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Knot theory in modern chemistry.

Horner, Kate E. and Miller, Mark A. and Steed, Jonathan W. and Sutcliffe, Paul M. (2016) 'Knot theory in modern chemistry.', Chemical society reviews., 45 (23). pp. 6432-6448.


Knot theory is a branch of pure mathematics, but it is increasingly being applied in a variety of sciences. Knots appear in chemistry, not only in synthetic molecular design, but also in an array of materials and media, including some not traditionally associated with knots. Mathematics and chemistry can now be used synergistically to identify, characterise and create knots, as well as to understand and predict their physical properties. This tutorial review provides a brief introduction to the mathematics of knots and related topological concepts in the context of the chemical sciences. We then survey the broad range of applications of the theory to contemporary research in the field.

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Date accepted:17 August 2016
Date deposited:26 October 2016
Date of first online publication:30 August 2016
Date first made open access:30 August 2017

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