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Molecular amphiphiles are molecules that carry both a hydrophilic part and a hydrophobic part, linked by covalent bonds. In contrast with molecular amphiphiles, supramolecular amphiphiles (or supra-amphiphiles) are amphiphiles that are formed on the basis of noncovalent interactions. The dynamic nature of noncovalent interactions may simplify fabrication procedures and facilitate the introduction of stimuli-responsive moieties, thus endowing supra-amphiphiles with dynamic, reversible and adaptive properties. Supra-amphiphiles provide a delicate platform for combining molecular architecture and functional assembly, enriching the molecular engineering of functional supramolecular systems.

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