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The study of host–guest interactions was inspired by molecular recognition in biological processes. Since the discovery of crown ether in the 1960s, host–guest interactions have attracted much attention from chemists interested in supramolecular chemistry. Increasing numbers of macrocyclic “host” molecules have been synthesized and investigated and many self-assembled and functional materials have been constructed based on host–guest interactions. Host–guest interactions can also be used to fabricate supra-amphiphiles. This chapter gives a brief introduction to the development of macrocyclic molecules for host–guest interactions and then illustrates in detail the supra-amphiphiles fabricated on the basis of these macrocyclic molecules, including their supramolecular architectures, self-assembly, structures and functions.

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