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One of the most exciting present areas of research into surface-based supramolecular systems is the formation of dynamic systems that can respond to stimuli and perform a variety of functions, be it sensors, electro-mechanical devices or more advanced responsive functions. This chapter compares and contrasts the performance of dynamic chemical systems in solution and on surfaces. It will show the varied preparative routes to these systems that rely on supramolecular chemistry and templating effects. The remarkable feats in using dynamic systems at the microscopic level and for actuation and reversible wetting at the macroscopic level are described in detail. Interfaces will be shown to be hugely different environments to solution because of solvation, the lower degrees of conformational freedom, and proximity to neighbouring components.

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