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  1. Self-assembled fibrillar networks of a multifaceted chiral squaramide: supramolecular multistimuli-responsive alcogels.

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    Schiller, Jana; Alegre-Requena, Juan V; Marqués-López, Eugenia; Herrera, Raquel P; Casanovas, Jordi; Alemán, Carlos; Díaz Díaz, David

    2016-05-11

    Chiral N,N'-disubstituted squaramide has been found to undergo self-assembly in a variety of alcoholic solvents at low concentrations leading to the formation of novel nanostructured supramolecular alcogels. The gels responded to thermal, mechanical, optical and chemical stimuli. Solubility studies, gelation ability tests and computer modeling of a series of structurally related squaramides proved the existence of a unique combination of non-covalent molecular interactions and favorable hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance in that drive the anisotropic growth of alcogel networks. The results have also revealed a remarkable effect of ultrasound on both the gelation kinetics and the properties of the alcogels. PMID:27087352

  2. Supramolecular self-assemblies as functional nanomaterials

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    Busseron, Eric; Ruff, Yves; Moulin, Emilie; Giuseppone, Nicolas

    2013-07-01

    In this review, we survey the diversity of structures and functions which are encountered in advanced self-assembled nanomaterials. We highlight their flourishing implementations in three active domains of applications: biomedical sciences, information technologies, and environmental sciences. Our main objective is to provide the reader with a concise and straightforward entry to this broad field by selecting the most recent and important research articles, supported by some more comprehensive reviews to introduce each topic. Overall, this compilation illustrates how, based on the rules of supramolecular chemistry, the bottom-up approach to design functional objects at the nanoscale is currently producing highly sophisticated materials oriented towards a growing number of applications with high societal impact.

  3. Construction of Supramolecular Architectures via Self-assembly

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    Takeharu; Haino

    2007-01-01

    1 Results In this paper we report supramolecular polymeric nano networks formed by the molecular-recognition-directed self-assembly between a calix[5]arene and C60[1]. Covalently-linked double-calix[5]arenes take up C60 into their cavities[2]. This complementary interaction creates a strong non-covalent bonding; thus,the iterative self-assembly between dumbbell fullerene 1 and ditopic host 2 can produce the supramolecular polymer networks (See Fig.1).

  4. Electrostatically Directed Self-Assembly of Ultrathin Supramolecular Polymer Microcapsules

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    Parker, Richard M.; Zhang, Jing; Zheng, Yu; Coulston, Roger J.; Smith, Clive A; Salmon, Andrew R; Yu, Ziyi; Oren A. Scherman; Abell, Chris

    2015-01-01

    Supramolecular self-assembly offers routes to challenging architectures on the molecular and macroscopic scale. Coupled with microfluidics it has been used to make microcapsules—where a 2D sheet is shaped in 3D, encapsulating the volume within. In this paper, a versatile methodology to direct the accumulation of capsule-forming components to the droplet interface using electrostatic interactions is described. In this approach, charged copolymers are selectively partitioned to the microdroplet...

  5. Self-Assembled Supramolecular Architectures Lyotropic Liquid Crystals

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    Garti, Nissim

    2012-01-01

    This book will describe fundamentals and recent developments in the area of Self-Assembled Supramolecular Architecture and their relevance to the  understanding of the functionality of  membranes  as delivery systems for active ingredients. As the heirarchial architectures determine their performance capabilities, attention will be paid to theoretical and design aspects related to the construction of lyotropic liquid crystals: mesophases such as lamellar, hexagonal, cubic, sponge phase micellosomes. The book will bring to the reader mechanistic aspects, compositional c

  6. Preface: Special Topic on Supramolecular Self-Assembly at Surfaces

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    Bartels, Ludwig [Department of Chemistry and the Materials Science and Engineering Program, University of California - Riverside, Riverside, California 92521 (United States); Ernst, Karl-Heinz [EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Überlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Dubendorf (Switzerland); Gao, Hong-Jun [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics,Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Thiel, Patricia A. [Department of Chemistry, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ames Laboratory,Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011 (United States)

    2015-03-14

    Supramolecular self-assembly at surfaces is one of the most exciting and active fields in Surface Science today. Applications can take advantage of two key properties: (i) versatile pattern formation over a broad length scale and (ii) tunability of electronic structure and transport properties, as well as frontier orbital alignment. It provides a new frontier for Chemical Physics as it uniquely combines the versatility of Organic Synthesis and the Physics of Interfaces. The Journal of Chemical Physics is pleased to publish this Special Topic Issue, showcasing recent advances and new directions.

  7. Preface: Special Topic on Supramolecular Self-Assembly at Surfaces

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    Supramolecular self-assembly at surfaces is one of the most exciting and active fields in Surface Science today. Applications can take advantage of two key properties: (i) versatile pattern formation over a broad length scale and (ii) tunability of electronic structure and transport properties, as well as frontier orbital alignment. It provides a new frontier for Chemical Physics as it uniquely combines the versatility of Organic Synthesis and the Physics of Interfaces. The Journal of Chemical Physics is pleased to publish this Special Topic Issue, showcasing recent advances and new directions

  8. Enabling Light Work in Helical Self-Assembly for Dynamic Amplification of Chirality with Photoreversibility.

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    Cai, Yunsong; Guo, Zhiqian; Chen, Jianmei; Li, Wenlong; Zhong, Liubiao; Gao, Ya; Jiang, Lin; Chi, Lifeng; Tian, He; Zhu, Wei-Hong

    2016-02-24

    Light-driven transcription and replication are always subordinate to a delicate chirality transfer. Enabling light work in construction of the helical self-assembly with reversible chiral transformation becomes attractive. Herein we demonstrate that a helical hydrogen-bonded self-assembly is reversibly photoswitched between photochromic open and closed forms upon irradiation with alternative UV and visible light, in which molecular chirality is amplified with the formation of helixes at supramolecular level. The characteristics in these superhelixes such as left-handed or right-handed twist and helical length, height, and pitch are revealed by SEM and AFM. The helical photoswitchable nanostructure provides an easily accessible route to an unprecedented photoreversible modulation in morphology, fluorescence, and helicity, with precise assembly/disassembly architectures similar to biological systems such as protein and DNA. PMID:26709946

  9. Novel biosensing platform based on self-assembled supramolecular hydrogel.

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    Ma, Dong; Zhang, Li-Ming

    2013-07-01

    The supramolecular hydrogel self-assembled from α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) and an amphiphilic triblock copolymer was used for the first time as a biosensing platform by the in-situ incorporation of horseradish peroxidase and polyaniline (PANI) nanoparticles. It was found that the used triblock copolymer could disperse well PANI nanoparticles in aqueous system and then interact with α-CD in the presence of horseradish peroxidase for the formation of supramolecular hydrogel composite. The content of PANI nanoparticles was found to affect the gelation time and gel strength. The circular dichroism analyses showed that the entrapped horseradish peroxidase could retain its native conformation. By electrochemical experiments, the incorporated PANI nanoparticles were confirmed to improve the current response and enzymatic activity, and the fabricated biosensor was found to provide a fast amperometric response to hydrogen peroxide. PMID:23623078

  10. Supramolecular amplification of amyloid self-assembly by iodination.

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    Bertolani, Arianna; Pirrie, Lisa; Stefan, Loic; Houbenov, Nikolay; Haataja, Johannes S; Catalano, Luca; Terraneo, Giancarlo; Giancane, Gabriele; Valli, Ludovico; Milani, Roberto; Ikkala, Olli; Resnati, Giuseppe; Metrangolo, Pierangelo

    2015-01-01

    Amyloid supramolecular assemblies have found widespread exploitation as ordered nanomaterials in a range of applications from materials science to biotechnology. New strategies are, however, required for understanding and promoting mature fibril formation from simple monomer motifs through easy and scalable processes. Noncovalent interactions are key to forming and holding the amyloid structure together. On the other hand, the halogen bond has never been used purposefully to achieve control over amyloid self-assembly. Here we show that single atom replacement of hydrogen with iodine, a halogen-bond donor, in the human calcitonin-derived amyloidogenic fragment DFNKF results in a super-gelator peptide, which forms a strong and shape-persistent hydrogel at 30-fold lower concentration than the wild-type pentapeptide. This is remarkable for such a modest perturbation in structure. Iodination of aromatic amino acids may thus develop as a general strategy for the design of new hydrogels from unprotected peptides and without using organic solvents. PMID:26123690

  11. Self-Assembly of Hierarchical Chiral Nanostructures Based on Metal-Benzimidazole Interactions: Chiral Nanofibers, Nanotubes, and Microtubular Flowers.

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    Zhou, Xiaoqin; Jin, Qingxian; Zhang, Li; Shen, Zhaocun; Jiang, Long; Liu, Minghua

    2016-09-01

    Controlled hierarchical self-assembly of synthetic molecules into chiral nanoarchitectures to mimic those biological chiral structures is of great importance. Here, a low-molecular-weight organogelator containing a benzimidazole moiety conjugated with an amphiphilic l-glutamic amide has been designed and its self-assembly into various hierarchical chiral nanostructures is investigated. Upon gel formation in organic solvents, 1D chiral nanostructure such as nanofiber and nanotube are obtained depending on the solvents. In the presence of transition and rare earth metal ions, hierarchical chiral nanostructures are formed. Specifically, the addition of TbCl3 , EuCl3 , and AgNO3 leads to nanofiber structures, while the addition of Cu(NO3 )2 , Tb(NO3 )3 , or Eu(NO3 )3 provides the microflower structures and microtubular flower structures, respectively. While Eu(III) and Tb(III)-containing microtubular flowers keep the chirality, the Cu(II)-coordinated microflowers lose chirality. More interestingly, the nanofibers formed by the gelator coordinated with Eu(III) or Tb(III) ions show not only the supramolecular chirality but also the circularly polarized luminescence. PMID:27248367

  12. Unzipping the role of chirality in nanoscale self-assembly of tripeptide hydrogels.

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    Marchesan, Silvia; Waddington, Lynne; Easton, Christopher D; Winkler, David A; Goodall, Liz; Forsythe, John; Hartley, Patrick G

    2012-11-01

    Change of chirality is a useful tool to manipulate the aqueous self-assembly behaviour of uncapped, hydrophobic tripeptides. In contrast with other short peptides, these tripeptides form hydrogels at a physiological pH without the aid of organic solvents or end-capping groups (e.g. Fmoc). The novel hydrogel forming peptide (D)Leu-Phe-Phe ((D)LFF) and its epimer Leu-Phe-Phe (LFF) exemplify dramatic supramolecular effects induced by subtle changes to stereochemistry. Only the d-amino acid-containing peptide instantly forms a hydrogel in aqueous solution following a pH switch, generating long fibres (>100 μm) that entangle into a 3D network. However, unexpected nanostructures are observed for both peptides and they are particularly heterogeneous for LFF. Structural analyses using CD, FT-IR and fluorescent amyloid staining reveal anti-parallel beta-sheets for both peptides. XRD analysis also identifies key distances consistent with beta-sheet formation in both peptides, but suggests additional high molecular order and extended molecular length for (D)LFF only. Molecular modelling of the two peptides highlights the key interactions responsible for self-assembly; in particular, rapid self-assembly of (D)LFF is promoted by a phenylalanine zipper, which is not possible because of steric factors for LFF. In conclusion, this study elucidates for the first time the molecular basis for how chirality can dramatically influence supramolecular organisation in very short peptide sequences. PMID:22955637

  13. Energy Landscapes for the Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Polyhedra

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    Russell, Emily R.; Menon, Govind

    2016-06-01

    We develop a mathematical model for the energy landscape of polyhedral supramolecular cages recently synthesized by self-assembly (Sun et al. in Science 328:1144-1147, 2010). Our model includes two essential features of the experiment: (1) geometry of the organic ligands and metallic ions; and (2) combinatorics. The molecular geometry is used to introduce an energy that favors square-planar vertices (modeling {Pd}^{2+} ions) and bent edges with one of two preferred opening angles (modeling boomerang-shaped ligands of two types). The combinatorics of the model involve two-colorings of edges of polyhedra with four-valent vertices. The set of such two-colorings, quotiented by the octahedral symmetry group, has a natural graph structure and is called the combinatorial configuration space. The energy landscape of our model is the energy of each state in the combinatorial configuration space. The challenge in the computation of the energy landscape is a combinatorial explosion in the number of two-colorings of edges. We describe sampling methods based on the symmetries of the configurations and connectivity of the configuration graph. When the two preferred opening angles encompass the geometrically ideal angle, the energy landscape exhibits a very low-energy minimum for the most symmetric configuration at equal mixing of the two angles, even when the average opening angle does not match the ideal angle.

  14. Supramolecular design of self-assembling nanofibers for cartilage regeneration.

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    Shah, Ramille N; Shah, Nirav A; Del Rosario Lim, Marc M; Hsieh, Caleb; Nuber, Gordon; Stupp, Samuel I

    2010-02-23

    Molecular and supramolecular design of bioactive biomaterials could have a significant impact on regenerative medicine. Ideal regenerative therapies should be minimally invasive, and thus the notion of self-assembling biomaterials programmed to transform from injectable liquids to solid bioactive structures in tissue is highly attractive for clinical translation. We report here on a coassembly system of peptide amphiphile (PA) molecules designed to form nanofibers for cartilage regeneration by displaying a high density of binding epitopes to transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGFbeta-1). Growth factor release studies showed that passive release of TGFbeta-1 was slower from PA gels containing the growth factor binding sites. In vitro experiments indicate these materials support the survival and promote the chondrogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells. We also show that these materials can promote regeneration of articular cartilage in a full thickness chondral defect treated with microfracture in a rabbit model with or even without the addition of exogenous growth factor. These results demonstrate the potential of a completely synthetic bioactive biomaterial as a therapy to promote cartilage regeneration. PMID:20133666

  15. A supramolecular helix that disregards chirality

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    Roche, Cécile; Sun, Hao-Jan; Leowanawat, Pawaret; Araoka, Fumito; Partridge, Benjamin E.; Peterca, Mihai; Wilson, Daniela A.; Prendergast, Margaret E.; Heiney, Paul A.; Graf, Robert; Spiess, Hans W.; Zeng, Xiangbing; Ungar, Goran; Percec, Virgil

    2016-01-01

    The functions of complex crystalline systems derived from supramolecular biological and non-biological assemblies typically emerge from homochiral programmed primary structures via first principles involving secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures. In contrast, heterochiral and racemic compounds yield disordered crystals, amorphous solids or liquids. Here, we report the self-assembly of perylene bisimide derivatives in a supramolecular helix that in turn self-organizes in columnar hexagonal crystalline domains regardless of the enantiomeric purity of the perylene bisimide. We show that both homochiral and racemic perylene bisimide compounds, including a mixture of 21 diastereomers that cannot be deracemized at the molecular level, self-organize to form single-handed helical assemblies with identical single-crystal-like order. We propose that this high crystalline order is generated via a cogwheel mechanism that disregards the chirality of the self-assembling building blocks. We anticipate that this mechanism will facilitate access to previously inaccessible complex crystalline systems from racemic and homochiral building blocks.

  16. Cucurbit[7]uriI-Based Vesicles Formed by Self-assembly of Supramolecular Amphiphiles

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    李佳锡; 周黎鹏; 罗全; 王永国; 张春秋; 卢伟; 徐家云; 刘俊秋

    2012-01-01

    Cucurbituril (CB), a well-known macrocyclic cavitand, has been used extensively to construct supramolecular aggregates. Based on host-guest intertactions, an adamantanyl derivative guest molecule was designed and syn- thesized to prepare a supramolecular amphiphile with cucurbit[7]uril. In aqueous solution, the cucurbit[7]uril based supramolecular amphiphiles self-assemble into well-defined vesicles, and their disassembly can be achieved by addition of excess competitive agent 1-adamantanamine hydrochloride. This vesicle functions as a new nanocapsule to encapsulate molecules within its hollow cavity. Through competitive disassembly of supramolecular amphiphiles, the vesicles behave as a novel drug delivery carrier.

  17. Structural aspects, thermal behavior, and stability of a self-assembled supramolecular polymer derived from flunixin–meglumine supramolecular adducts

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    Highlights: ► The thermal behavior of flunixin–meglumine, a potent NSAID, was investigated. ► This supramolecular adduct self-assembled resulting in a polymer-like material. ► The supramolecular polymer showed a high molecular weight around 290 ± 88 MDa. ► NMR and FT-IR showed that hydrogen bonding can be responsible for the self-assembly. ► The stability of the supramolecular polymer was also studied and presented here. - Abstract: Flunixin–meglumine, a potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and a cyclo-oxygenase inhibitor for Veterinary use, is a hydrogen-bonded supramolecular adduct. Two monotropically related crystalline modifications (Forms I and II) were observed for a flunixin–meglumine sample. During the melt of form I, flunixin–meglumine adducts self-assembled by hydrogen bonds involving the hydroxyl groups from meglumine, resulting in an amorphous rigid glassy supramolecular polymer, which showed a high molecular weight around 290 ± 88 MDa and a glass transition around 49.5 °C. Both the adduct and the resulting supramolecular polymer were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and weight-average molecular weight determination by light scattering. The chemical stability and morphological changes of the depolymerization process were also investigated for the supramolecular polymer, by DSC and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively.

  18. 2D-self-assembly of chiral buckybowls

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    Full text: So-called buckybowls, quasi-fragments of buckminster fullerene, are promising candidates for surface modifications for organic photovoltaics and controlled carbon nanotube growth. Corannulene (COR, C20H10) is the simplest curved fragment with a central C5 ring, surrounded by five aromatic C6 rings. We investigated the self-assembly of the C5-symmetric pentaphenyl-corannulene (Ph5Cor), a chiral derivative with five phenyl groups at the rim, on Cu(111). Fivefold symmetry is incompatible with the translational order in all 17 2D plane groups, and this system is therefore of fundamental interest for 2D self-assembly. STM shows packing motifs in which the five substituents are interdigitated and are compatible with LEED results. Workfuntion change measurements via UPS reveal an unusual large interface dipole. We compare our findings with those obtained for other penta-substituted COR derivatives on Cu(111) and present preliminary results for thermally- induced dehydrogenation into polymeric structures. (author)

  19. Chiral recognition and selection during the self-assembly process of protein-mimic macroanions

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    Yin, Panchao; Zhang, Zhi-Ming; Lv, Hongjin; Li, Tao; Haso, Fadi; Hu, Lang; Zhang, Baofang; Basca, John; Wei, Yongge; Gao, Yanqing; Hou, Yu; Li, Yang-Guang; Hill, Craig L.; Wang, En-Bo; Liu, Tianbo

    2015-03-01

    The research on chiral recognition and chiral selection is not only fundamental in resolving the puzzle of homochirality, but also instructive in chiral separation and stereoselective catalysis. Here we report the chiral recognition and chiral selection during the self-assembly process of two enantiomeric wheel-shaped macroanions, [Fe28(μ3-O)8(Tart)16(HCOO)24]20- (Tart=D- or L-tartaric acid tetra-anion). The enantiomers are observed to remain self-sorted and self-assemble into their individual assemblies in their racemic mixture solution. The addition of chiral co-anions can selectively suppress the self-assembly process of the enantiomeric macroanions, which is further used to separate the two enantiomers from their mixtures on the basis of the size difference between the monomers and the assemblies. We believe that delicate long-range electrostatic interactions could be responsible for such high-level chiral recognition and selection.

  20. Expanding the structural diversity of self-assembling dendrons and supramolecular dendrimers via complex building blocks.

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    Percec, Virgil; Won, Betty C; Peterca, Mihai; Heiney, Paul A

    2007-09-12

    The design and synthesis of the first examples of AB4 and AB5 dendritic building blocks with complex architecture are reported. Structural and retrostructural analysis of supramolecular dendrimers self-assembled from hybrid dendrons based on different combinations of AB4 and AB5 building blocks with AB2 and AB3 benzyl ether dendrons demonstrated that none of these new hybrid dendrons exhibit the previously encountered conformations of libraries of benzyl ether dendrons. These hybrid dendrons enabled the discovery of some highly unusual tapered and conical dendrons generated by the intramolecular back-folding of their repeat units and of their apex. The new back-folded tapered dendrons have double thickness and self-assemble into pine-tree-like columns exhibiting a long-range 7/2 helical order. The back-folded conical dendrons self-assemble into spherical dendrimers. Non-back-folded truncated conical dendrons were also discovered. They self-assemble into spherical dendrimers with a less densely packed center. The discovery of dendrons displaying a novel crown-like conformation is also reported. Crown-like dendrons self-assemble into long-range 5/1 helical pyramidal columns. The long-range 7/2 and 5/1 helical structures were established by applying, for the first time, the helical diffraction theory to the analysis of X-ray patterns obtained from oriented fibers of supramolecular dendrimers. PMID:17705390

  1. Mechanism of N-octadecyl-N'-maleoyl-L-phenylalanine self-assembled into supramolecular structures

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    Sheng Zu Zhang; Xin Jian Fu; Hong Wang; Ya Jiang Yang

    2008-01-01

    N-Octadecyl-N'-maleoyl-L-phenylalanine (ODMA-L-Phe) was synthesized through the condensation, deprotection and aeid-ylation reaction of BOC-L-phenylalanine, octadecylamine and maleic anhydride. ODMA-L-Phe can self-assemble in some organic solvents and turned them into thermally reversible physical supramolecular organogels. The morphology of ODMA-L-Phe aggregates was characterized by polarized optical microscopy (POM) and field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). The aggregates of ODMA-L-Phe were needle-like fibrils with diameters of approximately 100-200 nm. The mechanism of ODMA-L-Phe self-assembly in organic solvents was investigated using 1H NMR and circular dichroism (CD). The results indicated that hydrogen bonding was one of the main driving forces for the self-assembly of ODMA-L-Phe.

  2. A novel nanostructured supramolecular hydrogel self-assembled from tetraphenylethylene-capped dipeptides.

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    Yeh, Mei-Yu; Huang, Chen-Wei; Chang, Jui-Wen; Huang, Yu-Tang; Lin, Jhong-Hua; Hsu, Shu-Min; Hung, Shih-Chieh; Lin, Hsin-Chieh

    2016-08-14

    Herein, we report a tetraphenylethylene-diglycine (TPE-GG) hydrogelator from a systematic study of TPE-capped dipeptides with various amphiphilic properties. From a chemical design, we found that the hydrogelation of TPE-GG molecules can be utilized to generate supramolecular nanostructures with a large TPE-based nanobelt width (∼300 nm) and lateral dimension ratio (>30 fold). In addition, TPE-GG has the lowest molecular weight and minimum number of atoms compared to any TPE-capped peptide hydrogelator reported to date. This minimal self-assembled hydrogelator can fundamentally achieve the gel features compared with other TPE-capped peptides. A combined experimental and computational study indicates the π-π interactions, electrostatic interactions and hydrogen-bonding interactions are the major driving forces behind the formation of self-assembled nanobelts. This study demonstrates the importance of structure-property relationships and provides new insights into the design of supramolecular nanomaterials. PMID:27381445

  3. Supramolecular nanoparticles generated by the self-assembly of polyrotaxanes for antitumor drug delivery

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    Liu R; Lai YS; He B; Li Y; Wang G; Chang S; Gu Z

    2012-01-01

    Rong Liu,1,2,* Yusi Lai,1,* Bin He,1 Yuan Li,1 Gang Wang,1 Shuang Chang,1 Zhongwei Gu1 1National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; 2Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian, China*These authors contributed equally to this paperAbstract: A new approach of fabricating supramolecular nanoparticles generated by self-assembly polyrotaxanes for antitumor drug delivery has been reported. Cinnamic-acid-modified poly(ethy...

  4. Supramolecular Crafting of Self-Assembling Camptothecin Prodrugs with Enhanced Efficacy against Primary Cancer Cells

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    Su, Hao; Zhang, Pengcheng; Cheetham, Andrew G.; Koo, Jin Mo; Lin, Ran; Masood, Asad; Schiapparelli, Paula; Quiñones-Hinojosa, Alfredo; Cui, Honggang

    2016-01-01

    Chemical modification of small molecule hydrophobic drugs is a clinically proven strategy to devise prodrugs with enhanced treatment efficacy. While this prodrug strategy improves the parent drug's water solubility and pharmacokinetic profile, it typically compromises the drug's potency against cancer cells due to the retarded drug release rate and reduced cellular uptake efficiency. Here we report on the supramolecular design of self-assembling prodrugs (SAPD) with much improved water solubi...

  5. Development of Self-Assembled Supramolecular Catalysts and Their Applications to Organic Synthesis

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    Shiro IKEGAMI

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction In modern synthetic organic chemistry, the development of efficient reagent or catalyst recycling systems is regarded as one of the most important topics. We have previously reported a self-assembled process between poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) based polymer ligands and an inorganic species[1]. This process afforded a networked supramolecular complex where the polymers are cross-linked together by the inorganic species. Thus obtained complex was insoluble in water and worked as an efficient triphase catalyst.

  6. Fabrication of a Complex Two-Dimensional Adenine-Perylene-3,4,9, 10-tetracarboxylic Dianhydride Chiral Nanoarchitecture through Molecular Self-Assembly

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    Sun, Xiaonan; Mura, Manuela; Jonkman, Harry T.; Kantorovich, Lev N.; Silly, Fabien

    2012-01-01

    The two-dimensional self-assembly of a nonsyrnmetric adenine DNA base mixed with symmetric perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) molecules is investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). We experimentally observe that these two building blocks form a complex close-packed chiral supramolecular network on Au(111). The unit cell of the adenine PTCDA nanoarchitecture is composed of 14 molecules. The high stability of this structure relies on PTCDA-PTCDA and PTCDA-adenin...

  7. Molecular self-assembly approaches for supramolecular electronic and organic electronic devices

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    Yip, Hin-Lap

    Molecular self-assembly represents an efficient bottom-up strategy to generate structurally well-defined aggregates of semiconducting pi-conjugated materials. The capability of tuning the chemical structures, intermolecular interactions and nanostructures through molecular engineering and novel materials processing renders it possible to tailor a large number of unprecedented properties such as charge transport, energy transfer and light harvesting. This approach does not only benefit traditional electronic devices based on bulk materials, but also generate a new research area so called "supramolecular electronics" in which electronic devices are built up with individual supramolecular nanostructures with size in the sub-hundred nanometers range. My work combined molecular self-assembly together with several novel materials processing techniques to control the nucleation and growth of organic semiconducting nanostructures from different type of pi-conjugated materials. By tailoring the interactions between the molecules using hydrogen bonds and pi-pi stacking, semiconducting nanoplatelets and nanowires with tunable sizes can be fabricated in solution. These supramolecular nanostructures were further patterned and aligned on solid substrates through printing and chemical templating methods. The capability to control the different hierarchies of organization on surface provides an important platform to study their structural-induced electronic properties. In addition to using molecular self-assembly to create different organic nanostructures, functional self-assembled monolayer (SAM) formed by spontaneous chemisorption on surfaces was used to tune the interfacial property in organic solar cells. Devices showed dramatically improved performance when appropriate SAMs were applied to optimize the contact property for efficiency charge collection.

  8. Creating Prebiotic Sanctuary: Self-Assembling Supramolecular Peptide Structures Bind and Stabilize RNA

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    Carny, Ohad; Gazit, Ehud

    2011-04-01

    Any attempt to uncover the origins of life must tackle the known `blind watchmaker problem'. That is to demonstrate the likelihood of the emergence of a prebiotic system simple enough to be formed spontaneously and yet complex enough to allow natural selection that will lead to Darwinistic evolution. Studies of short aromatic peptides revealed their ability to self-assemble into ordered and stable structures. The unique physical and chemical characteristics of these peptide assemblies point out to their possible role in the origins of life. We have explored mechanisms by which self-assembling short peptides and RNA fragments could interact together and go through a molecular co-evolution, using diphenylalanine supramolecular assemblies as a model system. The spontaneous formation of these self-assembling peptides under prebiotic conditions, through the salt-induced peptide formation (SIPF) pathway was demonstrated. These peptide assemblies possess the ability to bind and stabilize ribonucleotides in a sequence-depended manner, thus increase their relative fitness. The formation of these peptide assemblies is dependent on the homochirality of the peptide monomers: while homochiral peptides (L-Phe-L-Phe and D-Phe-D-Phe) self-assemble rapidly in aqueous environment, heterochiral diastereoisomers (L-Phe-D-Phe and D-Phe-L-Phe) do not tend to self-assemble. This characteristic consists with the homochirality of all living matter. Finally, based on these findings, we propose a model for the role of short self-assembling peptides in the prebiotic molecular evolution and the origin of life.

  9. Supramolecular block copolymers by kinetically controlled co-self-assembly of planar and core-twisted perylene bisimides

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    Görl, Daniel; Zhang, Xin; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Würthner, Frank

    2015-05-01

    New synthetic methodologies for the formation of block copolymers have revolutionized polymer science within the last two decades. However, the formation of supramolecular block copolymers composed of alternating sequences of larger block segments has not been realized yet. Here we show by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), 2D NMR and optical spectroscopy that two different perylene bisimide dyes bearing either a flat (A) or a twisted (B) core self-assemble in water into supramolecular block copolymers with an alternating sequence of (AmBB)n. The highly defined ultralong nanowire structure of these supramolecular copolymers is entirely different from those formed upon self-assembly of the individual counterparts, that is, stiff nanorods (A) and irregular nanoworms (B), respectively. Our studies further reveal that the as-formed supramolecular block copolymer constitutes a kinetic self-assembly product that transforms into thermodynamically more stable self-sorted homopolymers upon heating.

  10. In situ clicking methylglyoxal for hierarchical self-assembly of nanotubes in supramolecular hydrogel.

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    Liu, Shuang; Luo, Yufeng; Liang, Gaolin

    2016-01-14

    Methylglyoxal (MGO) is a toxic, dicarbonyl metabolite in all living cells and its detoxification is regulated by glyoxalase I (GLOI). Herein, we rationally designed a precursor o-phenylenediamine-Phe-Phe-OH (1) which “click” reacts with MGO to yield amphiphilic methylquinoxaline-Phe-Phe-OH (2) to self-assemble into supramolecular hydrogel II (Gel II). Cryo-TEM images of Gel II suggested that there existed two orders of self-assembly to form the 32.8 nm width-nanotubes in the hydrogel. The hypothesis was validated with the analyses of the fluorescence, transmittance, and circular dichroism data of the serial dilutions of Gel II. Interference tests indicated that hydrogelation of 1 with MGO would not be affected by nitric oxide (NO). Our results suggest that 1 could be applied for specific hydrogelation with MGO, and potentially the removal of MGO in vitro. PMID:26660853

  11. Supramolecular Hydrogels from Self-Assembly of di-Fmoc-L-lysine

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    Hashemnejad, Seyed Meysam; Naas, Kinsey; Kundu, Santanu

    Mechanical properties and nanostructure of a supramolecular hydrogel formed by self-assembly of di-fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl-lysine (di-Fmoc-L-lysine) are reported here. Hydrogels were prepared by solvent switch technique in which water was added to a solution of di-Fmoc-L-lysine in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). Mechanical properties of the gels were investigated using shear and cavitation rheology. The gels display strain-softening behavior at moderate strain values. Morphological investigations of the samples were conducted using FTIR and CD spectroscopy, electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Self-assembled fibers with lateral dimensions ranging from 10 to 50 nm were captured in microscopy studies. FTIR results indicate β-sheet-like conformation of the peptides in the hydrogel.

  12. Supramolecular nanoparticles generated by the self-assembly of polyrotaxanes for antitumor drug delivery

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    Liu, Rong; Lai, Yusi; He, Bin; Li, Yuan; Wang, Gang; Chang, Shuang; Gu, Zhongwei

    2012-01-01

    A new approach of fabricating supramolecular nanoparticles generated by self-assembly polyrotaxanes for antitumor drug delivery has been reported. Cinnamic-acid-modified poly(ethylene glycol) chains were threaded in α-cyclodextrins to form polyrotaxanes. The polyrotaxanes self-assembled supramolecular nanoparticles. The morphology of the nanoparticles was changed from nanovesicle to micelle after the antitumor drug, doxorubicin, was loaded. The release profile of the drug-loaded nanoparticles was investigated, and it was found that the sustaining release time could last for 32 hours. The drug-loaded nanoparticles were co-cultured with mouse 4T1 breast cancer cells with a drug concentration of 10 μg/mL; the cell survival rate was 3.3% after a 72-hour incubation. In an in vivo study of breast cancer in a mouse model, the drug-loaded nanoparticles were injected in the tail veins of mice with a dose of 5 mg/kg body weight. The tumor inhibition rate of drug-loaded nanoparticles was 53%, which was better than that of doxorubicin hydrochloride. The cardiac toxicity of doxorubicin was decreased greatly after the encapsulation into supramolecular polyrotaxane nanoparticles. PMID:23055732

  13. Supramolecular nanoparticles generated by the self-assembly of polyrotaxanes for antitumor drug delivery

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Rong Liu,1,2,* Yusi Lai,1,* Bin He,1 Yuan Li,1 Gang Wang,1 Shuang Chang,1 Zhongwei Gu1 1National Engineering Research Center for Biomaterials, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; 2Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian, China*These authors contributed equally to this paperAbstract: A new approach of fabricating supramolecular nanoparticles generated by self-assembly polyrotaxanes for antitumor drug delivery has been reported. Cinnamic-acid-modified poly(ethylene glycol chains were threaded in a-cyclodextrins to form polyrotaxanes. The polyrotaxanes self-assembled supramolecular nanoparticles. The morphology of the nanoparticles was changed from nanovesicle to micelle after the antitumor drug, doxorubicin, was loaded. The release profile of the drug-loaded nanoparticles was investigated, and it was found that the sustaining release time could last for 32 hours. The drug-loaded nanoparticles were co-cultured with mouse 4T1 breast cancer cells with a drug concentration of 10 µg/mL; the cell survival rate was 3.3% after a 72-hour incubation. In an in vivo study of breast cancer in a mouse model, the drug-loaded nanoparticles were injected in the tail veins of mice with a dose of 5 mg/kg body weight. The tumor inhibition rate of drug-loaded nanoparticles was 53%, which was better than that of doxorubicin hydrochloride. The cardiac toxicity of doxorubicin was decreased greatly after the encapsulation into supramolecular polyrotaxane nanoparticles.Keywords: polyrotaxane, self-assembly, nanoparticle, doxorubicin, supermolecular

  14. Self-assembly of cationic multidomain peptide hydrogels: supramolecular nanostructure and rheological properties dictate antimicrobial activity

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    Jiang, Linhai; Xu, Dawei; Sellati, Timothy J.; Dong, He

    2015-11-01

    Hydrogels are an important class of biomaterials that have been widely utilized for a variety of biomedical/medical applications. The biological performance of hydrogels, particularly those used as wound dressing could be greatly advanced if imbued with inherent antimicrobial activity capable of staving off colonization of the wound site by opportunistic bacterial pathogens. Possessing such antimicrobial properties would also protect the hydrogel itself from being adversely affected by microbial attachment to its surface. We have previously demonstrated the broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity of supramolecular assemblies of cationic multi-domain peptides (MDPs) in solution. Here, we extend the 1-D soluble supramolecular assembly to 3-D hydrogels to investigate the effect of the supramolecular nanostructure and its rheological properties on the antimicrobial activity of self-assembled hydrogels. Among designed MDPs, the bactericidal activity of peptide hydrogels was found to follow an opposite trend to that in solution. Improved antimicrobial activity of self-assembled peptide hydrogels is dictated by the combined effect of supramolecular surface chemistry and storage modulus of the bulk materials, rather than the ability of individual peptides/peptide assemblies to penetrate bacterial cell membrane as observed in solution. The structure-property-activity relationship developed through this study will provide important guidelines for designing biocompatible peptide hydrogels with built-in antimicrobial activity for various biomedical applications.Hydrogels are an important class of biomaterials that have been widely utilized for a variety of biomedical/medical applications. The biological performance of hydrogels, particularly those used as wound dressing could be greatly advanced if imbued with inherent antimicrobial activity capable of staving off colonization of the wound site by opportunistic bacterial pathogens. Possessing such antimicrobial properties would

  15. Self-assembly behavior of a linear-star supramolecular amphiphile based on host-guest complexation.

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    Wang, Juan; Wang, Xing; Yang, Fei; Shen, Hong; You, Yezi; Wu, Decheng

    2014-11-01

    A star polymer, β-cyclodextrin-poly(l-lactide) (β-CD-PLLA), and a linear polymer, azobenzene-poly(ethylene glycol) (Azo-PEG), could self-assemble into a supramolecular amphiphilic copolymer (β-CD-PLLA@Azo-PEG) based on the host-guest interaction between β-CD and azobenzene moieties. This linear-star supramolecular amphiphilic copolymer further self-assembled into a variety of morphologies, including sphere-like micelle, carambola-like micelle, naan-like micelle, shuttle-like lamellae, tube-like fiber, and random curled-up lamellae, by tuning the length of hydrophilic or hydrophobic chains. The variation of morphology was closely related to the topological structure and block ratio of the supramolecular amphiphiles. These self-assembly structures could disassemble upon an ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation. PMID:25310380

  16. Supramolecular Self-Assembled Chaos: Polyphenolic Lignin’s Barrier to Cost-Effective Lignocellulosic Biofuels

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    Shawn Matthew Dirk

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Phenylpropanoid metabolism yields a mixture of monolignols that undergo chaotic, non-enzymatic reactions such as free radical polymerization and spontaneous self-assembly in order to form the polyphenolic lignin which is a barrier to cost-effective lignocellulosic biofuels. Post-synthesis lignin integration into the plant cell wall is unclear, including how the hydrophobic lignin incorporates into the wall in an initially hydrophilic milieu. Self-assembly, self-organization and aggregation give rise to a complex, 3D network of lignin that displays randomly branched topology and fractal properties. Attempts at isolating lignin, analogous to archaeology, are instantly destructive and non-representative of in planta. Lack of plant ligninases or enzymes that hydrolyze specific bonds in lignin-carbohydrate complexes (LCCs also frustrate a better grasp of lignin. Supramolecular self-assembly, nano-mechanical properties of lignin-lignin, lignin-polysaccharide interactions and association-dissociation kinetics affect biomass deconstruction and thereby cost-effective biofuels production.

  17. Toward Understanding Whether Interactive Surface Area Could Direct Ordered Macroscopic Supramolecular Self-Assembly.

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    Akram, Raheel; Cheng, Mengjiao; Guo, Fengli; Iqbal, Saleem; Shi, Feng

    2016-04-19

    The mismatching phenomena are ubiquitous in complex and advanced self-assembly, such as hierarchical assembly, macroscopic supramolecular assembly, and so on. Recently, for macroscopic supramolecular assembly, the strategy of maximizing the interactive surface area was used and supposed to handle this problem; however, now there is little understanding of whether interactive surface area is the dominant factor to guide the assembly patterns. Herein by taking millimeter cylinder building blocks with different diameter/height (d/h) ratios as model systems, we have investigated the interactive-surface-area-dependent assembling behaviors in macroscopic supramolecular assembly. The results showed that the increasing d/h ratio of cylinders contributed to selectivity of face-to-face assembled pattern over face-to-side or side-to-side geometries, thus having improved the ordering degree of the assembled structures; however, the mismatching phenomena could not be totally avoided due to high colliding chances in kinetics and the thermally favorable stability of these structures. We further confirmed the above hypothesis by in situ measurements of interactive forces of building blocks with different assembled patterns. This work of macroscopic supramolecular assembly provides an in situ visible platform, which is significant to clarify the influences of interactive surface area on the assembly behaviors. PMID:27029028

  18. Hierarchical self-assembly of a striped gyroid formed by threaded chiral mesoscale networks

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    Kirkensgaard, Jacob Judas Kain; Evans, Myfanwy; de Campo, Lilliana;

    2014-01-01

    Numerical simulations reveal a family of hierarchical and chiral multicontinuous network structures self-assembled from a melt blend of Y-shaped ABC and ABD three-miktoarm star terpolymers, constrained to have equal-sized A/B and C/D chains, respectively. The C and D majority domains within these...

  19. Synergy in supramolecular chemistry

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    Synergy and Cooperativity in Multi-metal Supramolecular Systems, T. NabeshimaHierarchically Assembled Titanium Helicates, Markus AlbrechtSupramolecular Hosts and Catalysts Formed by Self-assembly of Multinuclear Zinc Complexes in Aqueous Solution, Shin AokiSupramolecular Assemblies Based on Interionic Interactions, H. MaedaSupramolecular Synergy in the Formation and Function of Guanosine Quadruplexes, Jeffery T. DavisOn-Surface Chirality in Porous Self-Assembled Monolayers at Liquid-Solid Interface, Kazukuni Tahar

  20. Switching of inherent chirality driven by self-assembly.

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    Jędrzejewska, Hanna; Kwit, Marcin; Szumna, Agnieszka

    2015-09-18

    Dynamic chirality of iminoresorcin[4]arenes that originates from regioselective and diastereoselective keto-enol tautomerisation was switched by non-covalent interactions with achiral molecules, as demonstrated by experimental electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra supported by TD DFT calculations. PMID:26235373

  1. Architectural effect on the self-assembly of supramolecular triblock copolymer melts

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    Lee, Won Bo; Elliott, Richard; Katsov, Kirill; Fredrickson, Glenn H.

    2007-03-01

    Thermoreversible, supramolecular self-assembly in multi-block copolymer melts is studied within the framework of self-consistent field theory. This approach is adapted to study a system composed of two chemically distinct, but reactive homopolymer species: a linear A-homopolymer with a single reactive group at one of the ends, and a linear B-homopolymer with reactive groups at both ends. Reversible bonding occurs between the functional groups from different polymer species so that the reacting system can contain A, B, AB and ABA (co)polymer species whose overall volume fractions are controlled by the segmental incompatibility, bonding strength and homopolymer chain lengths. Architectural variations of these copolymers, arising from the differing lengths of A and B homopolymers, have a dramatic effect on not only the micro-phase separation but also on the extent of reversible bonding. Two characteristic phase diagrams are constructed to illustrate this behavior and possible technological applications are discussed.

  2. Competitive Self-Assembly Manifests Supramolecular Darwinism in Soft-Oxometalates

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    Das, Santu; Kumar, Saurabh; Mallick, Apabrita; Roy, Soumyajit

    2015-09-01

    Topological transformation manifested in inorganic materials shows manifold possibilities. In our present work, we show a clear topological transformation in a soft-oxometalate (SOM) system which was formed from its polyoxometalate (POM) precursor [PMo12@Mo72Fe30]. This topological transformation was observed due to time dependent competitive self-assembly of two different length scale soft-oxometalate moieties formed from this two-component host-guest reaction. We characterized different morphologies by scanning electron microscopy, electron dispersive scattering spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, horizontal attenuated total reflection-infrared spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The predominant structure is selected by its size in a sort of supramolecular Darwinian competition in this process and is described here.

  3. Scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy on supramolecular self-assembled fullerene nanostructures

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    Full text: The ability to engineer distinct patterns at the supramolecular level is a crucial step in nanometer-sized technology. Self-assemblying and/or self-organizing systems are especially important in this respect, as they appear to be the only feasible means for employing nanotechnology on the commercial scale. We have recently reported on the successful synthesis of ionic fullerene derivatives which are able to spontaneously form low-dimensional shapes ('nanorods') observed by TEM to be about 4 nm in diameter and several microns in length. The nanorods consist of a close-packed hydrophobic fullerene core and ionic sidegroups, and are relatively soluble in polar solvents. Here we present a combined microscopic/ spectroscopic study of the nanorods, utilizing scanning probe microscopy as well as IR, Raman and optical spectroscopy. Functionalization-induced spectral changes are explored, and the self-assemblying properties are discussed with respect solvent, concentration and thermal stability effects. The results obtained fill a gap in the characterization of these materials and may open the road towards more specialized applications of nanorods. (author)

  4. Interaction of chiral rafts in self-assembled colloidal membranes

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    Xie, Sheng; Hagan, Michael F.; Pelcovits, Robert A.

    2016-03-01

    Colloidal membranes are monolayer assemblies of rodlike particles that capture the long-wavelength properties of lipid bilayer membranes on the colloidal scale. Recent experiments on colloidal membranes formed by chiral rodlike viruses showed that introducing a second species of virus with different length and opposite chirality leads to the formation of rafts—micron-sized domains of one virus species floating in a background of the other viruses [Sharma et al., Nature (London) 513, 77 (2014), 10.1038/nature13694]. In this article we study the interaction of such rafts using liquid crystal elasticity theory. By numerically minimizing the director elastic free energy, we predict the tilt angle profile for both a single raft and two rafts in a background membrane, and the interaction between two rafts as a function of their separation. We find that the chiral penetration depth in the background membrane sets the scale for the range of the interaction. We compare our results with the experimental data and find good agreement for the strength and range of the interaction. Unlike the experiments, however, we do not observe a complete collapse of the data when rescaled by the tilt angle at the raft edge.

  5. Chiromers: conformation-driven mirror-image supramolecular chirality isomerism identified in a new class of helical rosette nanotubes

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    Hemraz, Usha D.; El-Bakkari, Mounir; Yamazaki, Takeshi; Cho, Jae-Young; Beingessner, Rachel L.; Fenniri, Hicham

    2014-07-01

    Rosette nanotubes are biologically inspired nanostructures, formed through the hierarchical organization of a hybrid DNA base analogue (G∧C), which features hydrogen-bonding arrays of guanine and cytosine. Several twin-G∧C motifs functionalized with chiral moieties, which undergo a self-assembly process under methanolic and aqueous conditions to produce helical rosette nanotubes (RNTs), were synthesized and characterized. The built-in molecular chirality in the twin-G∧C building blocks led to the supramolecular chirality exhibited by the RNTs, as evidenced by the CD activity. Depending on the motifs and environmental conditions, mirror-image supramolecular chirality due to absolute molecular chirality, solvent-induced and structure-dependent supramolecular chirality inversion, and pH-controlled chiroptical switching were observed.Rosette nanotubes are biologically inspired nanostructures, formed through the hierarchical organization of a hybrid DNA base analogue (G∧C), which features hydrogen-bonding arrays of guanine and cytosine. Several twin-G∧C motifs functionalized with chiral moieties, which undergo a self-assembly process under methanolic and aqueous conditions to produce helical rosette nanotubes (RNTs), were synthesized and characterized. The built-in molecular chirality in the twin-G∧C building blocks led to the supramolecular chirality exhibited by the RNTs, as evidenced by the CD activity. Depending on the motifs and environmental conditions, mirror-image supramolecular chirality due to absolute molecular chirality, solvent-induced and structure-dependent supramolecular chirality inversion, and pH-controlled chiroptical switching were observed. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr00340c

  6. Two-stages of chiral selectivity in the molecular self-assembly of tryptophan

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    Guisinger, Nathan

    Both chirality and molecular assembly are essential and key components to life. In this study we explore the molecular assembly of the amino acid tryptophan (both L- and D- chiralities) on Cu(111). Our investigation utilizes low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy to observe resulting assemblies at the molecular scale. We find that depositing a racemic mixture of both L- and D- tryptophan results in the assembly of basic 6 molecule ``Lego'' structures that are enantiopure. These enantiopure ``Legos'' further assemble into 1-dimensional chains one block at a time. These resulting chains are also enantiopure with chiral selectivity occurring at two stages of assembly. Utilizing scanning tunneling spectroscopy we are able to probe the electronic structure of the chiral Legos that give insight into the root of the observed selectivity. Two-stages of chiral selectivity in the molecular self-assembly of tryptophan.

  7. A Dynamic Combinatorial Approach for Identifying Side Groups that Stabilize DNA-Templated Supramolecular Self-Assemblies

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    Delphine Paolantoni

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available DNA-templated self-assembly is an emerging strategy for generating functional supramolecular systems, which requires the identification of potent multi-point binding ligands. In this line, we recently showed that bis-functionalized guanidinium compounds can interact with ssDNA and generate a supramolecular complex through the recognition of the phosphodiester backbone of DNA. In order to probe the importance of secondary interactions and to identify side groups that stabilize these DNA-templated self-assemblies, we report herein the implementation of a dynamic combinatorial approach. We used an in situ fragment assembly process based on reductive amination and tested various side groups, including amino acids. The results reveal that aromatic and cationic side groups participate in secondary supramolecular interactions that stabilize the complexes formed with ssDNA.

  8. Modeling Textural Processes during Self-Assembly of Plant-Based Chiral-Nematic Liquid Crystals

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    Yogesh K. Murugesan

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Biological liquid crystalline polymers are found in cellulosic, chitin, and DNA based natural materials. Chiral nematic liquid crystalline orientational order is observed frozen-in in the solid state in plant cell walls and is known as a liquid crystal analogue characterized by a helicoidal plywood architecture. The emergence of the plywood architecture by directed chiral nematic liquid crystalline self assembly has been postulated as the mechanism that leads to optimal cellulose fibril organization. In natural systems, tissue growth and development takes place in the presence of inclusions and secondary phases leaving behind characteristic defects and textures, which provide a unique testing ground for the validity of the liquid crystal self-assembly postulate. In this work, a mathematical model, based on the Landau-de Gennes theory of liquid crystals, is used to simulate defect textures arising in the domain of self assembly, due to presence of secondary phases representing plant cells, lumens and pit canals. It is shown that the obtained defect patterns observed in some plant cell walls are those expected from a truly liquid crystalline phase. The analysis reveals the nature and magnitude of the viscoelastic material parameters that lead to observed patterns in plant-based helicoids through directed self-assembly. In addition, the results provide new guidance to develop biomimetic plywoods for structural and functional applications.

  9. Chirality control of self-assembled achiral nanofibers using amines in their solid state

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    Jung, Sung Ho; Jeon, Jiwon; Kim, Hyungjun; Jaworski, Justyn; Jung, Jong Hwa

    2015-09-01

    Although there are numerous examples of helical and spiral conformations in nature, including plant tendrils, snail shells, and even collagen, the occurrence of supramolecular systems that are able to reversibly undergo solid-to-solid helical transformation based on environmental chiral triggers is rare. In this work, we present a supramolecular, non-helical nanofiber which shows a distinct helical rearrangement in the presence of specific diamines and monoamines, such as cyclohexanediamines, alanine, lysine, and phenylalanine, depending on the molecular chirality of the surrounding analytes. A detailed investigation on the structural organization of the nanofibers using SEM and CD spectra analysis confirmed the repeatable and reversible nature of this amplification of chiral information. Further preparation of an electrospun nanofiber film was demonstrated for distinguishing chiral diamines and monoamines in solution by film immersion and CD analysis, which is the first example of amplification of chiral information in the solid-state using electrospun nanofiber films. With this system, we could demonstrate a reusable means for detecting the molecular chirality, which also provided a unique example of reversible control of solid state rearrangement in supramolecular helicity.Although there are numerous examples of helical and spiral conformations in nature, including plant tendrils, snail shells, and even collagen, the occurrence of supramolecular systems that are able to reversibly undergo solid-to-solid helical transformation based on environmental chiral triggers is rare. In this work, we present a supramolecular, non-helical nanofiber which shows a distinct helical rearrangement in the presence of specific diamines and monoamines, such as cyclohexanediamines, alanine, lysine, and phenylalanine, depending on the molecular chirality of the surrounding analytes. A detailed investigation on the structural organization of the nanofibers using SEM and CD spectra

  10. The Self-Assembly of Nano-Objects Code: Applications to supramolecular organic monolayers adsorbed on metal surfaces

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    Roussel, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    The Self-Assembly of Nano-Objects (SANO) code we implemented demonstrates the ability to predict the molecular self-assembly of different structural motifs by tuning the molecular building blocks as well as the metallic substrate. It consists in a two-dimensional Grand Canonical Monte-Carlo (GCMC) approach developed to perform atomistic simulations of thousands of large organic molecules self-assembling on metal surfaces. Computing adsorption isotherms at room temperature and spanning over the characteristic sub-micrometric scales, we confront the robustness of the approach with three different well-known systems: ZnPcCl8 on Ag(111), CuPcF16 on Au(111) and PTBC on Ag(111). We retrieve respectively their square, oblique and hexagonal supramolecular tilling. The code incorporates generalized force fields to describe the molecular interactions, which provides transferability and versatility to many organic building blocks and metal surfaces.

  11. Supramolecular Engineering of Hierarchically Self-Assembled, Bioinspired, Cholesteric Nanocomposites Formed by Cellulose Nanocrystals and Polymers.

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    Zhu, Baolei; Merindol, Remi; Benitez, Alejandro J; Wang, Baochun; Walther, Andreas

    2016-05-01

    Natural composites are hierarchically structured by combination of ordered colloidal and molecular length scales. They inspire future, biomimetic, and lightweight nanocomposites, in which extraordinary mechanical properties are in reach by understanding and mastering hierarchical structure formation as tools to engineer multiscale deformation mechanisms. Here we describe a hierarchically self-assembled, cholesteric nanocomposite with well-defined colloid-based helical structure and supramolecular hydrogen bonds engineered on the molecular level in the polymer matrix. We use reversible addition-fragmentation transfer polymerization to synthesize well-defined hydrophilic, nonionic polymers with a varying functionalization density of 4-fold hydrogen-bonding ureidopyrimidinone (UPy) motifs. We show that these copolymers can be coassembled with cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), a sustainable, stiff, rod-like reinforcement, to give ordered cholesteric phases with characteristic photonic stop bands. The dimensions of the helical pitch are controlled by the ratio of polymer/CNC, confirming a smooth integration into the colloidal structure. With respect to the effect of the supramolecular motifs, we demonstrate that those regulate the swelling when exposing the biomimetic hybrids to water, and they allow engineering the photonic response. Moreover, the amount of hydrogen bonds and the polymer fraction are decisive in defining the mechanical properties. An Ashby plot comparing previous ordered CNC-based nanocomposites with our new hierarchical ones reveals that molecular engineering allows us to span an unprecedented mechanical property range from highest inelastic deformation (strain up to ∼13%) to highest stiffness (E ∼ 15 GPa) and combinations of both. We envisage that further rational design of the molecular interactions will provide efficient tools for enhancing the multifunctional property profiles of such bioinspired nanocomposites. PMID:27067311

  12. Chiral hierarchical molecular nanostructures on two-dimensional surface by controllable trinary self-assembly.

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    Liu, Jia; Chen, Ting; Deng, Xin; Wang, Dong; Pei, Jian; Wan, Li-Jun

    2011-12-28

    The bottom-up fabrication of surface hierarchical nanostructures is of great importance for the development of molecular nanostructures for chiral molecular recognition and enantioselective catalysis. Herein, we report the construction of a series of 2D chiral hierarchical structures by trinary molecular self-assembly with copper phthalocyanine (CuPc), 2,3,7,8,12,13-hexahexyloxy-truxenone (TrO23), and 1,3,5-tris(10-carboxydecyloxy) benzene (TCDB). A series of flower-like chiral hierarchical molecular architectures with increased generations are formed, and the details of these structures are investigated by high resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The flower-like hierarchical molecular architectures could be described by a unified configuration in which the lobe of each architecture is composed of a different number of triangular shape building units (TBUs). The off-axis edge-to-edge packing of TBUs confers the organizational chirality of the hierarchical assemblies. On the other hand, the TBUs can tile the surface in a vertex-sharing configuration, resulting in the expansion of chiral unit cells, which thereby further modulate the periodicity of chiral voids in the multilevel hierarchical assemblies. The formation of desired hierarchical structures could be controlled through tuning the molar ratio of each component in liquid phase. The results are significant for the design and fabrication of multicomponent chiral hierarchical molecular nanostructures. PMID:22106949

  13. Self-Assembly of Polyoxometalate and Polyelectrolyte Macroions into Mechanically Strong Supramolecular Hydrogels

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    Jing, Benxin; Zhu, Y. Elaine

    Polyoxometalate (POM) macroions are the nanoclusters of transition metal oxide with size 1-10 nm and well-defined structure at the atom level. Because of their stoichiometric surface groups and high solubility in polar solvents to form thermodynamically stable solution, POMs are studied as excellent model macroions at nanoscale. In this work, we explore the electrostatic controlled self-assembly of anionic POMs and cationic or zwitterionic polyelectrolytes (PEs) in aqueous solution. Specifically we examine the complex formation of zwitterionic poly (3-(methacryloylamino)propyl]dimethyl(3-sulfopropyl)ammonium hydroxide) (PSBMA) and cationic poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) with tungstate based POMs of varied valence. The phase diagram of POM/polyelectrolyte complexes is determined with varied POM/PE charge ratios. It is interesting to observe the coacervation of POMs with PSBMA. With cationic PDADMAC, hybrid POM-PDADMAC hydrogels can be formed. Nevertheless, POM-PDADMAC complexes exhibit much enhanced mechanical properties in comparison to polymer hydrogel. The viscoelastic properties of hybrid macroion complexes strongly depend on PDADMAC concentration, POM-to-PDADMAC molar ratio, the size and valence of POMs. At the intermediate range of POM-to-PDADMAC concentration ratio, shear thickening and strain hardening are observed with soft supramolecular hydrogels, which is resulted from the non-Gaussian stretching of polymer chains.

  14. Self-Healing Supramolecular Self-Assembled Hydrogels Based on Poly(L-glutamic acid).

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    Li, Guifei; Wu, Jie; Wang, Bo; Yan, Shifeng; Zhang, Kunxi; Ding, Jianxun; Yin, Jingbo

    2015-11-01

    Self-healing polymeric hydrogels have the capability to recover their structures and functionalities upon injury, which are extremely attractive in emerging biomedical applications. This research reports a new kind of self-healing polypeptide hydrogels based on self-assembly between cholesterol (Chol)-modified triblock poly(L-glutamic acid)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(L-glutamic acid) ((PLGA-b-PEG-b-PLGA)-g-Chol) and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD)-modified poly(L-glutamic acid) (PLGA-g-β-CD). The hydrogel formation relied on the host and guest linkage between β-CD and Chol. This study demonstrates the influences of polymer concentration and β-CD/Chol molar ratio on viscoelastic behavior of the hydrogels. The results showed that storage modulus was highest at polymer concentration of 15% w/v and β-CD/Chol molar ratio of 1:1. The effect of the PLGA molecular weight in (PLGA-b-PEG-b-PLGA)-g-Chol on viscoelastic behavior, mechanical properties and in vitro degradation of the supramolecular hydrogels was also studied. The hydrogels showed outstanding self-healing capability and good cytocompatibility. The multilayer structure was constructed using hydrogels with self-healing ability. The developed hydrogels provide a fascinating glimpse for the applications in tissue engineering. PMID:26414083

  15. Study on the α-cyclodextrin/poly(ethylene glycol) self-assembly supramolecular nanoparticles for drug delivery

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    2010-01-01

    This paper reports the synthesis and drug delivery properties of a novel supramolecular nanoparticle.α-Cyclodextrins(α-CD) were threaded on cinnamic acid modified poly(ethylene glycol) to form inclusion complex nanoparticles by supramolecular self-assemble.The anti-tumor drug doxorubicin was loaded in the nanoparticles and released in vitro to study the drug release behavior and the anti-tumor effects.The structure and morphology of the nanoparticles were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance,X-ray diffraction,ultraviolet absorbance,dynamic laser scattering,scanning electronic microscopy,transmission electron microscopy and atom force microscopy.The distribution of the drug loaded nanoparticles in cells and the anti-tumor effects were studied by confocal laser microscopy.The results demonstrate that the supramolecular nanoparticle is biocompatible and it is a promising carrier for drug delivery systems.

  16. Proton Mediated Chemistry and Catalysis in a Self-Assembled Supramolecular Host

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    Pluth, Michael; Bergman, Robert; Raymond, Kenneth

    2009-04-10

    Synthetic supramolecular host assemblies can impart unique reactivity to encapsulated guest molecules. Synthetic host molecules have been developed to carry out complex reactions within their cavities, despite the fact that they lack the type of specifically tailored functional groups normally located in the analogous active sites of enzymes. Over the past decade, the Raymond group has developed a series of self-assembled supramolecules and the Bergman group has developed and studied a number of catalytic transformations. In this Account, we detail recent collaborative work between these two groups, focusing on chemical catalysis stemming from the encapsulation of protonated guests and expanding to acid catalysis in basic solution. We initially investigated the ability of a water-soluble, self-assembled supramolecular host molecule to encapsulate protonated guests in its hydrophobic core. Our study of encapsulated protonated amines revealed rich host-guest chemistry. We established that self-exchange (that is, in-out guest movement) rates of protonated amines were dependent on the steric bulk of the amine rather than its basicity. The host molecule has purely rotational tetrahedral (T) symmetry, so guests with geminal N-methyl groups (and their attendant mirror plane) were effectively desymmetrized; this allowed for the observation and quantification of the barriers for nitrogen inversion followed by bond rotation. Furthermore, small nitrogen heterocycles, such as N-alkylaziridines, N-alkylazetidines, and N-alkylpyrrolidines, were found to be encapsulated as proton-bound homodimers or homotrimers. We further investigated the thermodynamic stabilization of protonated amines, showing that encapsulation makes the amines more basic in the cavity. Encapsulation raises the effective basicity of protonated amines by up to 4.5 pK{sub a} units, a difference almost as large as that between the moderate and strong bases carbonate and hydroxide. The thermodynamic stabilization

  17. Proton-Mediated Chemistry and Catalysis in a Self-Assembled Supramolecular Host

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    Synthetic supramolecular host assemblies can impart unique reactivity to encapsulated guest molecules. Synthetic host molecules have been developed to carry out complex reactions within their cavities, despite the fact that they lack the type of specifically tailored functional groups normally located in the analogous active sites of enzymes. Over the past decade, the Raymond group has developed a series of self-assembled supramolecules and the Bergman group has developed and studied a number of catalytic transformations. In this Account, we detail recent collaborative work between these two groups, focusing on chemical catalysis stemming from the encapsulation of protonated guests and expanding to acid catalysis in basic solution. We initially investigated the ability of a water-soluble, self-assembled supramolecular host molecule to encapsulate protonated guests in its hydrophobic core. Our study of encapsulated protonated amines revealed rich host-guest chemistry. We established that self-exchange (that is, in-out guest movement) rates of protonated amines were dependent on the steric bulk of the amine rather than its basicity. The host molecule has purely rotational tetrahedral (T) symmetry, so guests with geminal N-methyl groups (and their attendant mirror plane) were effectively desymmetrized; this allowed for the observation and quantification of the barriers for nitrogen inversion followed by bond rotation. Furthermore, small nitrogen heterocycles, such as N-alkylaziridines, N-alkylazetidines, and N-alkylpyrrolidines, were found to be encapsulated as proton-bound homodimers or homotrimers. We further investigated the thermodynamic stabilization of protonated amines, showing that encapsulation makes the amines more basic in the cavity. Encapsulation raises the effective basicity of protonated amines by up to 4.5 pKa units, a difference almost as large as that between the moderate and strong bases carbonate and hydroxide. The thermodynamic stabilization of

  18. Engineering of supramolecular H-bonded nanopolygons via self-assembly of programmed molecular modules.

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    Llanes-Pallas, Anna; Palma, Carlos-Andres; Piot, Luc; Belbakra, Abdelhalim; Listorti, Andrea; Prato, Maurizio; Samorì, Paolo; Armaroli, Nicola; Bonifazi, Davide

    2009-01-21

    Discrete and multicomponent nanoscale noncovalent assemblies on surfaces featuring polygonal porous domains are presented. The molecular engineering concept involves multivalent molecular modules that are preprogrammed to undergo heteromolecular recognition by exploiting complementary multiple H bonds. Two types of molecular modules have been engineered: (i) a linear unit of twofold symmetry exposing two 2,6-di(acylamino)pyridyl [donor-acceptor-donor (DAD)] recognition sites at its extremities with a 180 degree orientation relative to each other and (ii) an angular unit constituted by a 1,3,6,8-tetraethynylpyrene core peripherally functionalized with four uracil groups [acceptor-donor-acceptor (ADA)] positioned at 60 degrees and 120 degrees relative to each other. These molecular modules self-assemble through H-bonds between the complementary recognition sites, forming supramolecular architectures. Their symmetry depends upon the type of each individual subunit and the stoichiometry as well as on the combination and distribution of the main symmetry axes. These so-formed two-dimensional (2D) supramolecular oligomers have been studied in solution by optical spectroscopy and on highly ordered pyrolitic graphite (HOPG) substrates by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at the solid-liquid interface. Steady-state UV/vis absorption and emission titration measurements suggest the reversible formation of multiple oligomeric species with slightly modulated fluorescence spectra. This likely reflects the presence of various aggregates between the two polytopic receptors, which exhibit somewhat different electronic delocalization as a function of the aggregate size. The presence of multiple species is further confirmed by time-resolved luminescence measurements: lifetime values are fitted as double/multiple exponentials and are always shorter than 6.5 ns. The formation of several oligomeric species is further supported by in situ STM measurements at the solid-liquid interface

  19. A novel self-assembly with zinc porphyrin coordination polymer for enhanced photocurrent conversion in supramolecular solar cells

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    Graphical abstract: An innovative type of self-assembly based on acetohydrazide zinc porphyrin coordination polymer has been prepared in supramolecular solar cells. - Highlights: • A novel assembly with acetohydrazide porphyrin coordination polymer. • The assembly based on porphyrin is prepared as parallel sample. • Coordination polymer-based assembly shows enhanced photoelectronic behavior. • A series of different organic acid ligands as anchoring groups are prepared. - Abstract: In this work, a novel acetohydrazide zinc porphyrin-based coordination polymer (CP)-isonicotinic acid self-assembly by metal-ligand axial coordination to modify the nano-structured TiO2 electrode surface has been investigated in photoelectrochemical device. Compared to the assembly based on corresponding zinc porphyrin combined with isonicotinic acid by metal-ligand axial coordination, CP-isonicotinic acid assembly exhibits a significantly enhanced photoelectronic behavior. In addition, a series of different organic acid ligands were prepared to probe the impact of their structures on the photoelectronic performances of their corresponding assemblies-sensitized cells. This study affords a novel type of self-assembly to functionalize the nanostructured TiO2 electrode surface in supramolecular solar cells

  20. The formation of right-handed and left-handed chiral nanopores within a single domain during amino acid self-assembly on Au(111).

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    Yang, Sena; Jeon, Aram; Driver, Russell W; Kim, Yeonwoo; Jeon, Eun Hee; Kim, Sehun; Lee, Hee-Seung; Lee, Hangil

    2016-05-25

    We report the formation of both right- and left-handed chiral nanopores within a single domain during the self-assembly of an amino acid derivative on an inert Au(111) surface using STM. DFT calculations employed to rationalize this unusual result identified that intermolecular interactions between chiral, windmill-shaped tetramers are crucial for self-assembly. PMID:27171609

  1. A Ferrocene-Based Catecholamide Ligand: the Consequences of Ligand Swivel for Directed Supramolecular Self-Assembly

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    Mugridge, Jeffrey; Fiedler, Dorothea; Raymond, Kenneth

    2010-02-04

    A ferrocene-based biscatecholamide ligand was prepared and investigated for the formation of metal-ligand supramolecular assemblies with different metals. Reaction with Ge(IV) resulted in the formation of a variety of Ge{sub n}L{sub m} coordination complexes, including [Ge{sub 2}L{sub 3}]{sup 4-} and [Ge{sub 2}L{sub 2}({mu}-OMe){sub 2}]{sup 2-}. The ligand's ability to swivel about the ferrocenyl linker and adopt different conformations accounts for formation of many different Ge{sub n}L{sub m} species. This study demonstrates why conformational ligand rigidity is essential in the rational design and directed self-assembly of supramolecular complexes.

  2. Predicting Chiral Nanostructures, Lattices and Superlattices in Complex Multicomponent Nanoparticle Self-Assembly

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    2012-06-13

    "Bottom up" type nanoparticle (NP) self-assembly is expected to provide facile routes to nanostructured materials for various, for example, energy related, applications. Despite progress in simulations and theories, structure prediction of self-assembled materials beyond simple model systems remains challenging. Here we utilize a field theory approach for predicting nanostructure of complex and multicomponent hybrid systems with multiple types of short- and long-range interactions. We propose design criteria for controlling a range of NP based nanomaterial structures. In good agreement with recent experiments, the theory predicts that ABC triblock terpolymer directed assemblies with ligand-stabilized NPs can lead to chiral NP network structures. Furthermore, we predict that long-range Coulomb interactions between NPs leading to simple NP lattices, when applied to NP/block copolymer (BCP) assemblies, induce NP superlattice formation within the phase separated BCP nanostructure, a strategy not yet realized experimentally. We expect such superlattices to be of increasing interest to communities involved in research on, for example, energy generation and storage, metamaterials, as well as microelectronics and information storage. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  3. Supramolecular Self-Assembled Chaos: Polyphenolic Lignin’s Barrier to Cost-Effective Lignocellulosic Biofuels

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    Shawn Matthew Dirk; Jason Carl Harper; Blake Alexander Simmons; Anup Kumar Singh; Paul David Adams; Ann Mary Achyuthan; Komandoor Elayavalli Achyuthan

    2010-01-01

    Phenylpropanoid metabolism yields a mixture of monolignols that undergo chaotic, non-enzymatic reactions such as free radical polymerization and spontaneous self-assembly in order to form the polyphenolic lignin which is a barrier to cost-effective lignocellulosic biofuels. Post-synthesis lignin integration into the plant cell wall is unclear, including how the hydrophobic lignin incorporates into the wall in an initially hydrophilic milieu. Self-assembly, self-organization and aggregation gi...

  4. The assembly and structure of self-assembling peptides: molecular to supramolecular

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    Morris, Kyle

    2012-01-01

    Self-assembling molecules are central to a plethora of processes found in nature, biotechnology and even disease. The importance of the non-covalent interaction of monomers to the formation of fibrillar assemblies is evident in the repeated use of this mechanism throughout nature, from essential cellular processes such as the formation of the cytoskeleton to the production of silk. Further, it has been recognised in the last two decades that a self-assembly mechanism, that is t...

  5. Investigation of Supramolecular Coordination Self-Assembly and Polymerization Confined on Metal Surfaces Using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Lin, Tao

    Organic molecules are envisioned as the building blocks for design and fabrication of functional devices in future, owing to their versatility, low cost and flexibility. Although some devices such as organic light-emitting diode (OLED) have been already applied in our daily lives, the field is still in its infancy and numerous challenges still remain. In particular, fundamental understanding of the process of organic material fabrication at a molecular level is highly desirable. This thesis focuses on the design and fabrication of supramolecular and macromolecular nanostructures on a Au(111) surface through self-assembly, polymerization and a combination of two. We used scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) as an experimental tool and Monte Carlo (MC) and kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) simulations as theoretical tools to characterize the structures of these systems and to investigate the mechanisms of the self-assembly and polymerization processes at a single-molecular level. The results of this thesis consist of four parts as below: Part I addresses the mechanisms of two-dimensional multicomponent supramolecular self-assembly via pyridyl-Fe-terpyridyl coordination. Firstly, we studied four types of self-assembled metal-organic systems exhibiting different dimensionalities using specifically-designed molecular building blocks. We found that the two-dimensional system is under thermodynamic controls while the systems of lower dimension are under kinetic controls. Secondly, we studied the self-assembly of a series of cyclic supramolecular polygons. Our results indicate that the yield of on-surface cyclic polygon structures is very low independent of temperature and concentration and this phenomenon can be attributed to a subtle competition between kinetic and thermodynamic controls. These results shed light on thermodynamic and kinetic controls in on-surface coordination self-assembly. Part II addresses the two-dimensional supramolecular self-assembly of porphyrin

  6. A supramolecular Janus hyperbranched polymer and its photoresponsive self-assembly of vesicles with narrow size distribution.

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    Liu, Yong; Yu, Chunyang; Jin, Haibao; Jiang, Binbin; Zhu, Xinyuan; Zhou, Yongfeng; Lu, Zhongyuan; Yan, Deyue

    2013-03-27

    Herein, we report a novel Janus particle and supramolecular block copolymer consisting of two chemically distinct hyperbranched polymers, which is coined as Janus hyperbranched polymer. It is constructed by the noncovalent coupling between a hydrophobic hyperbranched poly(3-ethyl-3-oxetanemethanol) with an apex of an azobenzene (AZO) group and a hydrophilic hyperbranched polyglycerol with an apex of a β-cyclodextrin (CD) group through the specific AZO/CD host-guest interactions. Such an amphiphilic supramolecular polymer resembles a tree together with its root very well in the architecture and can further self-assemble into unilamellar bilayer vesicles with narrow size distribution, which disassembles reversibly under the irradiation of UV light due to the trans-to-cis isomerization of the AZO groups. In addition, the obtained vesicles could further aggregate into colloidal crystal-like close-packed arrays under freeze-drying conditions. The dynamics and mechanism for the self-assembly of vesicles as well as the bilayer structure have been disclosed by a dissipative particle dynamics simulation. PMID:23464832

  7. A New Level of Hierarchical Structure Control by Use of Supramolecular Self-assembled Dendronized Block Copolymers

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    Mezzenga, Raffaele; Li, Chaoxu; Schluter, Dieter; Zhang, Afang

    2009-03-01

    Block copolymers in which microphase segregation can be combined with supramolecular attachment of side chains to one block, constitute very appealing systems to design hierarchically self-assembled macromolecular materials. Self-organization of these systems is achieved at two length scales: that of the side chains (˜10^0nm) and that of the block copolymers (˜10^1-10^2nm). Because of the linear nature of the hosting block, only lamellar organization is typically observed at small length scales. Here we demonstrate that by replacing the linear polymer block with a dendronized polymer capable of participating in supramolecular interactions, one additional degree of freedom (the generation of the dendronized polymer) is introduced to engineer the self-assembly into unprecedented hierarchically ordered bulk structures. Not only this allows controlling beyond current possibilities the structures at the smaller length scale, with the introduction for example, of new columnar rectangular, hexagonal and tetragonal phases, but it may also lead to new functional template materials with increased 3D topological complexity for advanced technologies. References: C. Li, D.A. Schl"uter, A.Zhang, R. Mezzenga, Advanced Materials, in press.

  8. Design, synthesis, and self-assembly of optically active perylenetetracarboxylic diimide bearing two peripheral chiral binaphthyl moieties

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    An optically active perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI) bearing two optically active binaphthyl moieties has been designed and synthesized. The self-assembly properties of these novel PTCDI derivatives in DMF/H2O were systematically investigated by electronic absorption, circular dichroism (CD) spectra, IR spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. Observation of CD signal in the whole absorption region of PTCDI chromophore, indicates effective chiral information transfer from the chiral binaphthyl units to the central PTCDI chromophore at molecular level. The intermolecular π–π interaction between PTCDI rings together with the additionally formed hydrogen bonds between the crown ether moieties of (S)-1 and additional water molecules and the chiral discrimination of periphery chiral side chains induces further intensified asymmetrical perturbation of the chiral binaphthyl units to the central PTCDI chromophore during the self-assembly process, resulting in the formation of right-handed helical arrangement of corresponding molecules in a stack of PTCDI chromophores in aggregates. In addition, the formed nanostructures were revealed to show good semiconducting properties. - Graphical abstract: An optically active perylenetetracarboxylic diimide bearing two optically active binaphthyl moieties has been prepared. Self-assembly properties of this novel PTCDI derivative in DMF/H2O were systematically investigated. Experimental results indicate the effective chiral information transfer and expression at molecular and intermolecular level. Highlights: ► An optically active perylenetetracarboxylic diimide bearing two optically active binaphthyl moieties has been prepared. ► Self-assembly properties of this novel PTCDI derivative in DMF/H2O were systematically investigated. ► Experimental results indicate the effective chiral information transfer and expression at molecular

  9. Intelligent Chiral Sensing Based on Supramolecular and Interfacial Concepts

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    Hironori Izawa

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Of the known intelligently-operating systems, the majority can undoubtedly be classed as being of biological origin. One of the notable differences between biological and artificial systems is the important fact that biological materials consist mostly of chiral molecules. While most biochemical processes routinely discriminate chiral molecules, differentiation between chiral molecules in artificial systems is currently one of the challenging subjects in the field of molecular recognition. Therefore, one of the important challenges for intelligent man-made sensors is to prepare a sensing system that can discriminate chiral molecules. Because intermolecular interactions and detection at surfaces are respectively parts of supramolecular chemistry and interfacial science, chiral sensing based on supramolecular and interfacial concepts is a significant topic. In this review, we briefly summarize recent advances in these fields, including supramolecular hosts for color detection on chiral sensing, indicator-displacement assays, kinetic resolution in supramolecular reactions with analyses by mass spectrometry, use of chiral shape-defined polymers, such as dynamic helical polymers, molecular imprinting, thin films on surfaces of devices such as QCM, functional electrodes, FET, and SPR, the combined technique of magnetic resonance imaging and immunoassay, and chiral detection using scanning tunneling microscopy and cantilever technology. In addition, we will discuss novel concepts in recent research including the use of achiral reagents for chiral sensing with NMR, and mechanical control of chiral sensing. The importance of integration of chiral sensing systems with rapidly developing nanotechnology and nanomaterials is also emphasized.

  10. The supramolecular organization of self-assembling chlorosomal bacteriochlorophyll c, d, or e mimics.

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    Jochum, Tobias; Reddy, Chilla Malla; Eichhöfer, Andreas; Buth, Gernot; Szmytkowski, Jedrzej; Kalt, Heinz; Moss, David; Balaban, Teodor Silviu

    2008-09-01

    Bacteriochlorophylls (BChls) c, d, and e are the main light-harvesting pigments of green photosynthetic bacteria that self-assemble into nanostructures within the chlorosomes forming the most efficient antennas of photosynthetic organisms. All previous models of the chlorosomal antennae, which are quite controversially discussed because no single crystals could be grown so far from these organelles, involve a strong hydrogen-bonding interaction between the 3(1) hydroxyl group and the 13(1) carbonyl group. We have synthesized different self-assemblies of BChl c mimics having the same functional groups as the natural counterparts, that is, a hydroxyethyl substituent, a carbonyl group and a divalent metal atom ligated by a tetrapyrrole. These artificial BChl mimics have been shown by single crystal x-ray diffraction to form extended stacks that are packed by hydrophobic interactions and in the absence of hydrogen bonding. Time-resolved photoluminescence proves the ordered nature of the self-assembled stacks. FT-IR spectra show that on self-assembly the carbonyl frequency is shifted by approximately 30 cm(-1) to lower wavenumbers. From the FT-IR data we can infer the proximal interactions between the BChls in the chlorosomes consistent with a single crystal x-ray structure that shows a weak electrostatic interaction between carbonyl groups and the central zinc atom. PMID:18755898

  11. Supramolecular self-assembly of metal- free naphthalocyanine on Au(111)

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    Pham, Tuan Anh; Song, Fei; Stöhr, Meike

    2014-01-01

    The self-assembly of metal-free naphthalocyanine (H(2)Nc) on the Au(111) surface is studied under ultrahigh vacuum conditions at room temperature using a combination of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The STM me

  12. Biocatalytic self-assembly of supramolecular charge-transfer nanostructures based on n-type semiconductor-appended peptides.

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    Nalluri, Siva Krishna Mohan; Berdugo, Cristina; Javid, Nadeem; Frederix, Pim W J M; Ulijn, Rein V

    2014-06-01

    The reversible in situ formation of a self-assembly building block (naphthalenediimide (NDI)-dipeptide conjugate) by enzymatic condensation of NDI-functionalized tyrosine (NDI-Y) and phenylalanine-amide (F-NH2) to form NDI-YF-NH2 is described. This coupled biocatalytic condensation/assembly approach is thermodynamically driven and gives rise to nanostructures with optimized supramolecular interactions as evidenced by substantial aggregation induced emission upon assembly. Furthermore, in the presence of di-hydroxy/alkoxy naphthalene donors, efficient charge-transfer complexes are produced. The dynamic formation of NDI-YF-NH2 and electronic and H-bonding interactions are analyzed and characterized by different methods. Microscopy (TEM and AFM) and rheology are used to characterize the formed nanostructures. Dynamic nanostructures, whose formation and function are driven by free-energy minimization, are inherently self-healing and provide opportunities for the development of aqueous adaptive nanotechnology. PMID:24788665

  13. Influence of Dissolved O2 in Organic Solvents on CuOEP Supramolecular Self-Assembly on Graphite.

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    Hao, Yibo; Weatherup, Robert S; Eren, Baran; Somorjai, Gabor A; Salmeron, Miquel

    2016-06-01

    The supramolecular self-assembly of copper(II) octaethylporphyrin (CuOEP) and octaethylporphyrin (H2OEP) on graphitic surfaces immersed in organic solvents (dichlorobenzene, dodecane) is studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and Raman spectroscopy. STM reveals that the self-assembled structure of CuOEP in 1,2-dichlorobenzene is significantly altered by dissolved oxygen within the solvent. Raman spectroscopy reveals that the presence of the oxygen alters the molecule-substrate interaction, which is attributed to the adsorption of oxygen on the Cu center of the CuOEP, which is facilitated by electron transfer from the graphitic surface. Such oxygen-induced changes are not observed for H2OEP, indicating that the metal center of CuOEP plays a critical role. When the solvent is dodecane, we find that solvation effects dominate. CuOEP adsorbed on graphitic surfaces provides a model system relevant to the study of the transport and activation of oxygen by enzymes and other complexes. PMID:27180868

  14. Mechanochemical Encapsulation of Fullerenes in Peptidic Containers Prepared by Dynamic Chiral Self-Sorting and Self-Assembly.

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    Szymański, Marek; Wierzbicki, Michał; Gilski, Mirosław; Jędrzejewska, Hanna; Sztylko, Marcin; Cmoch, Piotr; Shkurenko, Aleksander; Jaskólski, Mariusz; Szumna, Agnieszka

    2016-02-24

    Molecular capsules composed of amino acid or peptide derivatives connected to resorcin[4]arene scaffolds through acylhydrazone linkers have been synthesized using dynamic covalent chemistry (DCC) and hydrogen-bond-based self-assembly. The dynamic character of the linkers and the preference of the peptides towards self-assembly into β-barrel-type motifs lead to the spontaneous amplification of formation of homochiral capsules from mixtures of different substrates. The capsules have cavities of around 800 Å(3) and exhibit good kinetic stability. Although they retain their dynamic character, which allows processes such as chiral self-sorting and chiral self-assembly to operate with high fidelity, guest complexation is hindered in solution. However, the quantitative complexation of even very large guests, such as fullerene C60 or C70 , is possible through the utilization of reversible covalent bonds or the application of mechanochemical methods. The NMR spectra show the influence of the chiral environment on the symmetry of the fullerene molecules, which results in the differentiation of diastereotopic carbon atoms for C70 , and the X-ray structures provide unique information on the modes of peptide-fullerene interactions. PMID:26808958

  15. Supramolecular self-assembly of metal- free naphthalocyanine on Au(111)

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    Pham, Tuan Anh; Song, Fei; Stöhr, Meike

    2014-01-01

    The self-assembly of metal-free naphthalocyanine (H(2)Nc) on the Au(111) surface is studied under ultrahigh vacuum conditions at room temperature using a combination of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The STM measurements reveal that the molecules form a well-ordered, defect-free structure with a square-like unit cell at monolayer coverage with their molecular plane parallel to the substrate plane. The mo...

  16. Self-assembled peptide nanotubes are uniquely rigid bioinspired supramolecular structures.

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    Kol, Nitzan; Adler-Abramovich, Lihi; Barlam, David; Shneck, Roni Z; Gazit, Ehud; Rousso, Itay

    2005-07-01

    We recently presented a novel class of self-assembled diphenylalanine-based peptide nanotubes. Here, for the first time, we present their mechanical properties, which we directly measured through indentation type experiments using atomic force microscopy. We find that the averaged point stiffness of the nanotubes is 160 N/m, and that they have a correspondingly high Young's modulus of approximately 19 GPa, as calculated by finite element analysis. This high value places these peptide nanotubes among the stiffest biological materials presently known, making them attractive building blocks for the design and assembly of biocompatible nanodevices. PMID:16178235

  17. Two-dimensional pentacene:3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride supramolecular chiral networks on Ag(111).

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    Chen, Wei; Li, Hui; Huang, Han; Fu, Yuanxi; Zhang, Hong Liang; Ma, Jing; Wee, Andrew Thye Shen

    2008-09-17

    Self-assembly of the binary molecular system of pentacene and 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) on Ag(111) has been investigated by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, molecular dynamics (MD), and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Well-ordered two-dimensional (2D) pentacene:PTCDA supramolecular chiral networks are observed to form on Ag(111). The 2D chiral network formation is controlled by the strong interfacial interaction between adsorbed molecules and the underlying Ag(111), as revealed by MD and DFT calculations. The registry effect locks the adsorbed pentacene and PTCDA molecules into specific adsorption sites due to the corrugation of the potential energy surface. The 2D supramolecular networks are further constrained through the directional CO...H-C multiple intermolecular hydrogen bonding between the anhydride groups of PTCDA and the peripheral aromatic hydrogen atoms of the neighboring pentacene molecules. PMID:18722423

  18. Self-assembly of hydrogen-bonded supramolecular complexes of nucleic-acid-base and fatty-acid at the liquid-solid interface.

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    Zhao, Huiling; Song, Xin; Aslan, Hüsnü; Liu, Bo; Wang, Jianguo; Wang, Li; Besenbacher, Flemming; Dong, Mingdong

    2016-06-01

    Self-assembly provides an effective approach for the fabrication of supramolecular complexes or heterojunction materials, which have unique properties and potential applications in many fields. In this study, the self-assembled structures of stearic acid (SA) and nucleic acid base, guanine (G), are formed at the liquid-solid interface. Two main configurations, namely SA-G-SA and SA-G-G-SA, are observed and the intermolecular recognition mechanism between G and SA is proposed from the hydrogen-bonding point of view. PMID:27170421

  19. Supramolecular self-assembly of cyclodextrin and higher water soluble guest: thermodynamics and topological studies.

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    De Sousa, Frederico B; Denadai, Angelo M Leite; Lula, Ivana S; Nascimento, Clebio S; Fernandes Neto, Nathália S G; Lima, Ana C; De Almeida, Wagner B; Sinisterra, Rubén D

    2008-07-01

    The supramolecular interactions between Imipramine hydrochloride (IMI), a tricyclic antidepressant, and beta-cyclodextrin (betaCD) have been investigated by experimental techniques and theoretical calculations. The association between these molecules might be lead to a host/guest compound, in which the physical chemistry properties of the guest molecule, such as high solubility, can be decreased. These new properties acquired by the inclusion phenomena are important to develop a strategy for pharmaceutical formulation. Nuclear magnetic resonance and horizontal attenuated total reflectance provided relevant information on the complex stoichiometries and the sites of interactions between the host and guest molecules. Stoichiometries of 1:2, 1:1, and 2:1 betaCD/IMI have been detected in solution. Self-diffusion coefficient and dynamic light scattering analysis provided information on the self-aggregation of the complex. Also, isothermal titration calorimetry studies indicated the existence of equilibrium between different complexes in solution. In order to determine the preferred arrangement for the inclusion complex formed by the IMI molecule and betaCD, theoretical calculations were performed. Of all proposed supramolecular structures, the 2:1 betaCD/IMI complex was calculated to be the most energetically favorable, in both gas and aqueous phases. The calculations indicated that the intermolecular hydrogen bonds involving the hydroxyl groups of betaCD play a major role in stabilizing the supramolecular 2:1 structure, corroborating experimental findings. PMID:18529008

  20. Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Polyoxometalate-Based Hybrids Driven by Metal Coordination and Electrostatic Interactions: From Discrete Supramolecular Species to Dense Monodisperse Nanoparticles.

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    Izzet, Guillaume; Abécassis, Benjamin; Brouri, Dalil; Piot, Madeleine; Matt, Benjamin; Serapian, Stefano Artin; Bo, Carles; Proust, Anna

    2016-04-20

    The metal-driven self-assembly processes of a covalent polyoxometalate (POM)-based hybrid bearing remote terpyridine binding sites have been investigated. In a strongly dissociating solvent, a discrete metallomacrocycle, described as a molecular triangle, is formed and characterized by 2D diffusion NMR spectroscopy (DOSY), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and molecular modeling. In a less dissociating solvent, the primary supramolecular structure, combining negatively charged POMs and cationic metal linkers, further self-assemble through intermolecular electrostatic interactions in a reversible process. The resulting hierarchical assemblies are dense monodisperse nanoparticles composed of ca. 50 POMs that were characterized by SAXS and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). This multiscale organized system directed by metal coordination and electrostatic interactions constitutes a promising step for the future design of POM self-assemblies with controllable structure-directing factors. PMID:27019075

  1. A versatile strategy towards non-covalent functionalization of graphene by surface-confined supramolecular self-assembly of Janus tectons

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    Ping Du

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Two-dimensional (2D, supramolecular self-assembly at surfaces is now well-mastered with several existing examples. However, one remaining challenge to enable future applications in nanoscience is to provide potential functionalities to the physisorbed adlayer. This work reviews a recently developed strategy that addresses this key issue by taking advantage of a new concept, Janus tecton materials. This is a versatile, molecular platform based on the design of three-dimensional (3D building blocks consisting of two faces linked by a cyclophane-type pillar. One face is designed to steer 2D self-assembly onto C(sp2-carbon-based flat surfaces, the other allowing for the desired functionality above the substrate with a well-controlled lateral order. In this way, it is possible to simultaneously obtain a regular, non-covalent paving as well as supramolecular functionalization of graphene, thus opening interesting perspectives for nanoscience applications.

  2. Giant, Hollow 2D Metalloarchitecture: Stepwise Self-Assembly of a Hexagonal Supramolecular Nut.

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    Li, Yiming; Jiang, Zhilong; Wang, Ming; Yuan, Jie; Liu, Die; Yang, Xiaoyu; Chen, Mingzhao; Yan, Jun; Li, Xiaopeng; Wang, Pingshan

    2016-08-10

    A polyterpyridinyl building block-based nutlike hexagonal bismetallo architecture with a central hollow Star of David was assembled by a stepwise strategy. This nanoarchitecture can be viewed as a recursive mathematical form that possesses a supramolecular corner-connected cyclic structure, i.e., a triangle or rhombus at various levels of scale or detail. The key metallo-organic ligand (MOL) with four uncomplexed free terpyridines was obtained by a final Suzuki cross-coupling reaction with a tetrabromoterpyridine Ru dimer. The molecular metallorhombus was prepared by reacting the MOL with a 60° bis-terpyridine and Fe(2+). The giant hollow hexagonal nut with a diameter of more than 11 nm and a molecular weight of ca. 33 kDa was obtained in near-quantitative yield by mixing the two types of multi-terpyridine ligands with Fe(2+). The supramolecular architecture was characterized by NMR ((1)H and (13)C), 2D NMR (COSY and ROESY), and DOSY spectroscopies, high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, traveling-wave ion mobility mass spectrometry, and transmission electron microscopy. PMID:27447878

  3. A unique quinolineboronic acid-based supramolecular structure that relies on double intermolecular B-N bonds for self-assembly in solid state and in solution

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    Zhang, Yanling; Li, Minyong; Chandrasekaran, Sekar; Gao, Xingming; Fang, Xikui; Lee, Hsiau-Wei; Hardcastle, Kenneth; Yang, Jenny; Wang, Binghe

    2007-01-01

    The boronic acid functional group plays very important roles in sugar recognition, catalysis, organic synthesis, and supramolecular assembly. Therefore, understanding the unique properties of this functional group is very important. 8-Quinolineboronic acid (8-QBA) is found to be capable of self-assembling in solid state through a unique intermolecular B-N bond mechanism reinforced by intermolecular boronic anhydride formation, π-π stacking, and hydrogen bond formation. NMR NOE and diffusion s...

  4. Encapsulation and Characterization of Proton-Bound Amine Homodimers in a Water Soluble, Self-Assembled Supramolecular Host

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    Pluth, Michael; Fiedler, Dorothea; Mugridge, Jeffrey; Bergman, Robert; Raymond, Kenneth

    2008-10-01

    Cyclic amines can be encapsulated in a water-soluble self-assembled supramolecular host upon protonation. The hydrogen bonding ability of the cyclic amines, as well as the reduced degrees of rotational freedom, allows for the formation of proton-bound homodimers inside of the assembly which are otherwise not observable in aqueous solution. The generality of homodimer formation was explored with small N-alkyl aziridines, azetidines, pyrrolidines and piperidines. Proton-bound homodimer formation is observed for N-alkylaziridines (R = methyl, isopropyl, tert-butyl), N-alkylazetidines (R = isopropyl, tertbutyl), and N-methylpyrrolidine. At high concentration, formation of a proton-bound homotrimer is observed in the case of N-methylaziridine. The homodimers stay intact inside the assembly over a large concentration range, thereby suggesting cooperative encapsulation. Both G3(MP2)B3 and G3B3 calculations of the proton-bound homodimers were used to investigate the enthalpy of the hydrogen bond in the proton-bound homodimers and suggest that the enthalpic gain upon formation of the proton-bound homodimers may drive guest encapsulation.

  5. Photosynthetic antenna-reaction center mimicry: sequential energy- and electron transfer in a self-assembled supramolecular triad composed of boron dipyrrin, zinc porphyrin and fullerene.

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    Maligaspe, Eranda; Tkachenko, Nikolai V; Subbaiyan, Navaneetha K; Chitta, Raghu; Zandler, Melvin E; Lemmetyinen, Helge; D'Souza, Francis

    2009-07-30

    A self-assembled supramolecular triad, a model to mimic the photochemical events of photosynthetic antenna-reaction center, viz., sequential energy and electron transfer, has been newly constructed and studied. Boron dipyrrin, zinc porphyrin, and fullerene respectively constitute the energy donor, electron donor, and electron acceptor segments of the antenna-reaction center mimicry. For the construction, first, boron dipyrrin was covalently attached to a zinc porphyrin entity bearing a benzo-18-crown-6 host segment at the opposite end of the porphyrin ring. Next, an alkyl ammonium functionalized fullerene was used to self-assemble the crown ether entity via ion-dipole interactions. The newly formed supramolecular triad was fully characterized by spectroscopic, computational, and electrochemical methods. Selective excitation of the boron dipyrrin moiety in the dyad resulted in energy transfer over 97% efficiency creating singlet excited zinc porphyrin. The rate of energy transfer from the decay measurements of time-correlated singlet photon counting (TCSPC) and up-conversion techniques agreed well with that obtained by the pump-probe technique and revealed efficient photoinduced energy transfer in the dyad (time constant in the order of 10-60 ps depending upon the conformer). Upon forming the supramolecular triad by self-assembling fullerene, the excited zinc porphyrin resulted in electron transfer to the coordinated fullerene yielding a charge-separated state, thus mimicking the antenna-reaction center functionalities of photosynthesis. Nanosecond transient absorption studies yielded a lifetime of the charge-separated state to be 23 micros indicating charge stabilization in the supramolecular triad. The present supramolecular system represents a successful model to mimic the rather complex "combined antenna-reaction center" events of photosynthesis. PMID:19580310

  6. Supramolecular recognition of heteropairs of lanthanide ions: a step toward self-assembled bifunctional probes.

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    André, Nicolas; Jensen, Thomas B; Scopelliti, Rosario; Imbert, Daniel; Elhabiri, Mourad; Hopfgartner, Gérard; Piguet, Claude; Bünzli, Jean-Claude G

    2004-01-26

    Three unsymmetrical ditopic hexadentate ligands coded for the recognition of trivalent lanthanide ions have been synthesized, L(AB), L(AC), and L(BC), where A represents a benzimidazole-pyridine-benzimidazole coordination unit, B a benzimidazole-pyridine-carboxamide one, and C a benzimidazole-pyridine-carboxylic acid moiety. Under stoichiometric 2:3 (Ln:L) conditions, these ligands self-assemble with lanthanide ions to yield triple-stranded bimetallic helicates having a sizable stability in acetonitrile: log beta(23) values for Eu are equal to 23.9 +/- 0.5 (L(AB)), 23.3 +/- 0.7 (deprotonated L(AC)), and 29.8 +/- 0.5 (deprotonated L(BC)). The crystal structure of the EuEu helicate with L(AB) shows 9-coordinate metal ions and an HHH (H stands for head) configuration of the helically wrapped ligand strands. In the presence of equimolar quantities of Ln and Ln' ions, L(AB) displays a remarkable predisposition to form HHH-heterobimetallic edifices, as proved both in the solid state by the crystal structures of the LaEu, LaTb, PrEr, and PrLu helicates and in solution by NMR spectroscopy. In all cases, the benzimidazole-pyridine-carboxamide units of the three ligands are bound to the smaller lanthanide ion, a fact further ascertained by high-resolution luminescence data on LaEu and by (1)H NMR. Analysis of the lanthanide-induced (1)H NMR shifts and of the spin-lattice relaxation times of the [LnLu(L(AB))(3)](6+) series (Ln = Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu) demonstrates the isostructural nature of the complexes in solution and that the crystal structure of LaTb is a good model for the solution structure. The selectivity of L(AB) for heteropairs of Ln(III) ions increases with increasing difference in ionic radius, resulting in 70% of the heterobimetallic species for deltar(i) = 0.1 A and up to 90% for LaLu (deltar(i) = 0.18 A), and corresponding to delta(deltaG) in the range 3-10 kJ.mol(-)(1). The origins of this stabilization are discussed in terms of the donor properties of the

  7. Controlled chiral electrochromism of polyoxometalates incorporated in supramolecular complexes.

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    Zhang, Bin; Guan, Weiming; Zhang, Simin; Li, Bao; Wu, Lixin

    2016-04-01

    A three-component supramolecular system was constructed by combining host-guest recognition and electrostatic interaction for realization of induced circular dichroism of achiral polyanionic clusters in aqueous solution, while the induced chiral heteropoly blue was built and switched off by controlling the redox of the inorganic component via electrochemistry. PMID:27002653

  8. A unique quinolineboronic acid-based supramolecular structure that relies on double intermolecular B-N bonds for self-assembly in solid state and in solution.

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    Zhang, Yanling; Li, Minyong; Chandrasekaran, Sekar; Gao, Xingming; Fang, Xikui; Lee, Hsiau-Wei; Hardcastle, Kenneth; Yang, Jenny; Wang, Binghe

    2007-04-16

    The boronic acid functional group plays very important roles in sugar recognition, catalysis, organic synthesis, and supramolecular assembly. Therefore, understanding the unique properties of this functional group is very important. 8-Quinolineboronic acid (8-QBA) is found to be capable of self-assembling in solid state through a unique intermolecular B-N bond mechanism reinforced by intermolecular boronic anhydride formation, π-π stacking, and hydrogen bond formation. NMR NOE and diffusion studies indicate that intermolecular B-N interaction also exists in solution with 8-QBA. In contrast, a positional isomer of 8-QBA, 5-quinolineboronic acid (5-QBA) showed very different behaviors in crystal packing and in solution and therefore different supramolecular network. Understanding the structural features of this unique 8-QBA assembly could be very helpful for the future design of new sugar sensors, molecular catalysts, and supramolecular assemblies. PMID:18414645

  9. Self-assembled supramolecular nano vesicles for safe and highly efficient gene delivery to solid tumors

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Wei Li,1,2,* Huafei Li,1,* Jinfeng Li,1,* Huajing Wang,1,* He Zhao,1 Li Zhang,1 Yu Xia,1 Zengwei Ye,1 Jie Gao,1,2 Jianxin Dai,1–3 Hao Wang,1–3 Yajun Guo1–31International Joint Cancer Institute, The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, 2National Engineering Research Center for Antibody Medicine, State Key Laboratory of Antibody Medicine and Targeting Therapy and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Cell Engineering, Shanghai, 3PLA General Hospital Cancer Center, PLA Graduate School of Medicine, Beijing, People's Republic of China*These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: The main obstacles for cationic polyplexes in gene delivery are in vivo instability and low solid-tumor accumulation. Safe vectors with high transfection efficiency and in vivo tumor accumulation are therefore highly desirable. In this study, the amphiphilic block copolymer poly(n-butyl methacrylate-b-poly(N-acryloylmorpholine was synthesized by reversible addition–fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT radical polymerization. The corresponding well-defined vesicles with narrow size distribution were tailored by finely regulating the packing parameter (β of copolymer (1/2 < β < 1. Compared with traditional "gold-standard" polycation (polyethylenimine, 25 kDa, plasmid DNA condensing efficiency, DNase I degradation protection, and cellular uptake were improved by the supramolecular nano vesicles. In addition, the plasmid DNA transferring efficiency in 10% fetal bovine serum medium was enlarged five times to that of polyethylenimine in renal tubular epithelial and human hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines. This improved in vitro transfection was mainly attributed to the densely packed bilayer. This stealth polyplex showed high serum stability via entropic repulsion, which further protected the polyplex from being destroyed during sterilization. As indicated by the IVIS® Lumina II Imaging System (Caliper Life Sciences, Hopkinton, MA 24 hours post

  10. Chiroptical studies on supramolecular chirality of molecular aggregates.

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    Sato, Hisako; Yajima, Tomoko; Yamagishi, Akihiko

    2015-10-01

    The attempts of applying chiroptical spectroscopy to supramolecular chirality are reviewed with a focus on vibrational circular dichroism (VCD). Examples were taken from gels, solids, and monolayers formed by low-molecular mass weight chiral gelators. Particular attention was paid to a group of gelators with perfluoroalkyl chains. The effects of the helical conformation of the perfluoroalkyl chains on the formation of chiral architectures are reported. It is described how the conformation of a chiral gelator was determined by comparing the experimental and theoretical VCD spectra together with a model proposed for the molecular aggregation in fibrils. The results demonstrate the potential utility of the chiroptical method in analyzing organized chiral aggregates. PMID:26183570

  11. The Self-Assembly of Nano-Objects Code: Applications to supramolecular organic monolayers adsorbed on metal surfaces

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    Roussel, Thomas; Vega, Lourdes F.

    2012-01-01

    The Self-Assembly of Nano-Objects (SANO) code we implemented demonstrates the ability to predict the molecular self-assembly of different structural motifs by tuning the molecular building blocks as well as the metallic substrate. It consists in a two-dimensional Grand Canonical Monte-Carlo (GCMC) approach developed to perform atomistic simulations of thousands of large organic molecules self-assembling on metal surfaces. Computing adsorption isotherms at room temperature and spanning over th...

  12. Self-Assembled Core-Satellite Gold Nanoparticle Networks for Ultrasensitive Detection of Chiral Molecules by Recognition Tunneling Current.

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    Zhang, Yuanchao; Liu, Jingquan; Li, Da; Dai, Xing; Yan, Fuhua; Conlan, Xavier A; Zhou, Ruhong; Barrow, Colin J; He, Jin; Wang, Xin; Yang, Wenrong

    2016-05-24

    Chirality sensing is a very challenging task. Here, we report a method for ultrasensitive detection of chiral molecule l/d-carnitine based on changes in the recognition tunneling current across self-assembled core-satellite gold nanoparticle (GNP) networks. The recognition tunneling technique has been demonstrated to work at the single molecule level where the binding between the reader molecules and the analytes in a nanojunction. This process was observed to generate a unique and sensitive change in tunneling current, which can be used to identify the analytes of interest. The molecular recognition mechanism between amino acid l-cysteine and l/d-carnitine has been studied with the aid of SERS. The different binding strength between homo- or heterochiral pairs can be effectively probed by the copper ion replacement fracture. The device resistance was measured before and after the sequential exposures to l/d-carnitine and copper ions. The normalized resistance change was found to be extremely sensitive to the chirality of carnitine molecule. The results suggested that a GNP networks device optimized for recognition tunneling was successfully built and that such a device can be used for ultrasensitive detection of chiral molecules. PMID:27104661

  13. Supramolecular Self-Assembly of Histidine-Capped-Dialkoxy-Anthracene: A Visible Light Triggered Platform for facile siRNA Delivery

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    Patil, Sachin

    2016-06-29

    Supramolecular self-assembly of histidine-capped-dialkoxy-anthracene (HDA) results in the formation of light responsive nanostructures.Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis of HDA shows two types of hydrogen bonding. The first hydrogen bond is established between the imidazole moieties while the second involves the oxygen atom of one amide group and the hydrogen atom of a second amide group. When protonated in acidic aqueous media, HDA successfully complexes siRNA yielding spherical nanostructures. This biocompatible platform controllably delivers siRNA with high efficacy upon visible light irradiation leading up to 90% of gene silencing in live cells.

  14. Self-healing and moldable material with the deformation recovery ability from self-assembled supramolecular metallogels.

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    Yan, Liwei; Gou, Shaohua; Ye, Zhongbin; Zhang, Shihong; Ma, Lihua

    2014-11-01

    A self-assembled non-covalent metallogel system with self-healing, deformation recoverable, moldable and bottom-up load-bearing properties was prepared using tetrazolyl derivatives and Pd(OAc)2. PMID:25208917

  15. Surface-Confined Supramolecular Self-Assembly of Molecular Nanocranes for Chemically Lifting and Positioning C60 above a Conducting Substrate.

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    Du, Ping; Kreher, David; Mathevet, Fabrice; Maldivi, Pascale; Charra, Fabrice; Attias, André-Jean

    2015-12-21

    2D supramolecular self-assembly is a good way to form well-defined nanostructures on various substrates. One of the current challenges is to extend this approach to 3D functional building blocks. Here, we address this issue by providing a strategy for the controlled lifting and positioning of functional units above a graphitic substrate. This is the first time that multistory cyclophane-based 3D tectons incorporating C60 units have been designed and synthesized. Molecular modelling provides a description of the 3D geometries and evidences the flexible character of the building blocks. Despite this later feature, the supramolecular self-assembly of Janus tectons on HOPG yields well-ordered adlayers incorporating C60 arrays at well-defined mean distances from the surface. As our approach is not limited to C60 , the results reported here open-up possibilities for applications where the topological and electronic interactions between the substrate and the functional unit are of prime importance. PMID:26488211

  16. Growth of Optically Active Chiral Inorganic Films through DNA Self-Assembly and Silica Mineralisation

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    Liu, Ben; Han, Lu; Duan, Yingying; Cao, Yunayuan; Feng, Ji; Yao, Yuan; Che, Shunai

    2014-05-01

    The circularly polarized reflection of nature is due to their distinct azimuthally twisted or helical character in the nanostructure of the surface films. Although many chiral inorganic powders have been successfully synthesised, the artificial synthesis of chiral inorganic films is rare. Herein, we reported a facile synthetic route for the growth of monolayered chiral film on the quaternary ammonium-modified silicon substrate. The films grew on the substrate surface because of the strong electrostatic interaction between positively charged quaternary ammonium groups and negatively charged phosphate groups of DNA, with subsequent growth to right-handed, vertically aligned, impeller-like helical architectures with left-handed two-dimensional square p4mm-structured DNA chiral packing. The DNA-silica composite films exhibited strong optical activity at 295 nm and in the range of 400-800 nm, corresponding to DNA chiral packing (absorption) and to the helical blade in the impeller (scattering), respectively. Upon removal of DNA templates, the pure inorganic impeller-like helical morphology was maintained; consequently, the scattering-based optical response was blue-shifted approximately 200 nm as a result of a decrease in the effective average refractive index. The hierarchical structures were reflected from the surfaces by cross-polarised light, which confirmed that the films were strongly birefringent, with long-range anisotropy.

  17. Self-Assembled Ionophores from Isoguanosine: Diffusion NMR Spectroscopy Clarifies Cation's and Anion's Influence on Supramolecular Structure

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    Evan-Salem, Tamar; Frish, Limor; Leeuwen, van Fijs W.B.; Reinhoudt, David N.; Verboom, Willem; Kaucher, Mark S.; Davis, Jeffery T.; Cohen, Yoram

    2007-01-01

    Cation-templated self-assembly of the lipophilic isoguanosine (isoG 1) with different monovalent cations (M+=Li+, Na+, K+, NH4+, and Cs+) was studied in solvents of different polarity by using diffusion NMR spectroscopy. Previous studies that did not use diffusion NMR techniques concluded that isoG

  18. Photosynthetic reaction center mimicry of a "special pair" dimer linked to electron acceptors by a supramolecular approach: self-assembled cofacial zinc porphyrin dimer complexed with fullerene(s).

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    D'Souza, Francis; Chitta, Raghu; Gadde, Suresh; Rogers, Lisa M; Karr, Paul A; Zandler, Melvin E; Sandanayaka, Atula S D; Araki, Yasuyaki; Ito, Osamu

    2007-01-01

    Biomimetic bacterial photosynthetic reaction center complexes have been constructed using well-defined self-assembled supramolecular approaches. The "special pair" donor, a cofacial porphyrin dimer, was formed via potassium ion induced dimerization of meso-(benzo-[15]crown-5)porphyrinatozinc. The dimer was subsequently self-assembled with functionalized fullerenes via axial coordination and crown ether-alkyl ammonium cation complexation to form the donor-acceptor pairs, mimicking the noncovalently bound entities of the photosynthetic reaction center. The adopted self-assembly methodology yielded supramolecular complexes of higher stability, with defined geometry and orientation. Efficient forward electron transfer from the singlet excited zinc porphyrin dimer to the fullerene entity and relatively slow reverse electron transfer, important steps in the photosynthetic light energy conversion have been achieved in these novel biomimetic model systems. PMID:17066393

  19. Chiral hierarchical self-assembly in Langmuir monolayers of diacetylenic lipids

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    2013-01-01

    When compressed in the intermediate temperature range below the chain-melting transition yet in the low-pressure liquid phase, Langmuir monolayers made of chiral lipid molecules form hierarchical structures. Using Brewster angle microscopy to reveal this structure, we found that as the liquid monolayer is compressed, an optically anisotropic condensed phase nucleates in the form of long, thin claws. These claws pack closely to form stripes. This appears to be a new mechanism for forming stripes in Langmuir monolayers. In the lower temperature range, these stripes arrange into spirals within overall circular domains, while near the chain-melting transition, the stripes arrange into target patterns. We attributed this transition to a change in boundary conditions at the core of the largest-scale circular domains. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  20. Charge-Transfer-Assisted Supramolecular 1 D Nanofibers through a Cholesteric Structure-Directing Agent: Self-Assembly Design for Supramolecular Optoelectronic Materials.

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    Babu, Thunga Madhu; Prasad, Edamana

    2015-08-17

    Self-assembly of pyrene butyric acid (PBA) and 2,4,7-trinitro-9H-fluoren-9-one (TNF) directed by a pyridine-linked cholesterol unit resulted in the formation of a conducting material (1.9472×10(-4)  S Cm(-1) ) due to the formation of 1 D nanofibers. X-ray diffraction, IR, and atomic force microscopic (AFM) techniques were used to establish the mechanism of the self-assembly of the multicomponent gels. Results indicate efficient charge transfer in the 1 D nanofibers, assisted by hydrogen bonding. PMID:26189871

  1. Surfactant assisted self-assembly of zinc 5,10-bis (4-pyridyl)-15,20-bis (4-octadecyloxyphenyl) porphyrin into supramolecular nanoarchitectures

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    The surfactant assisted self-assembly (SAS) method has been used in the formation of nanocubes, nanorods and microrods from zinc 5,10-bis (4-pyridyl)-15,20-bis (4-octadecyloxyphenyl) porphyrin. By the dropwise addition of chloroform solution of the zinc porphyrin into an aqueous solution of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), cuboidal nanostructures are formed at the initial stage. The nanocubes are transformed into nanorods and microrods by aging under ambient conditions. The longer nanorods with well defined edges have been formed with lower concentration of porphyrin solution whereas the shorter nanorods have been formed with higher concentration of zinc porphyrin. The synergistic effect of hydrophobic interactions by the long alkyl chains substituted on the peripheral phenyl rings of porphyrin and axial coordination of pyridyl nitrogen atoms with central zinc is mainly responsible for the formation of different nanostructures. The nanostructures were characterized by UV–visible spectra, fluorescence spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), IR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern. - Graphical abstract: Supramolecular nanocubes, nanorods and microrods have been controllably fabricated by a simple surfactant-assisted solution route using unsymmetrical porphyrin bearing self assembly motifs. - Highlights: • Nanoaggregates from unsymmetrical porphyrin using surfactant were fabricated. • Zn–N axial interaction and hydrophobic interaction play a major role in aggregation. • Self-assembly can be controlled via porphyrin concentration and aging time. • A possible explanation for the fabrication of nanoaggregates has been proposed. • Highly ordered J type of aggregation takes place

  2. Surfactant assisted self-assembly of zinc 5,10-bis (4-pyridyl)-15,20-bis (4-octadecyloxyphenyl) porphyrin into supramolecular nanoarchitectures

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    Gautam, Renu; Chauhan, S.M.S., E-mail: smschauhan@chemistry.du.ac.in

    2014-10-01

    The surfactant assisted self-assembly (SAS) method has been used in the formation of nanocubes, nanorods and microrods from zinc 5,10-bis (4-pyridyl)-15,20-bis (4-octadecyloxyphenyl) porphyrin. By the dropwise addition of chloroform solution of the zinc porphyrin into an aqueous solution of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), cuboidal nanostructures are formed at the initial stage. The nanocubes are transformed into nanorods and microrods by aging under ambient conditions. The longer nanorods with well defined edges have been formed with lower concentration of porphyrin solution whereas the shorter nanorods have been formed with higher concentration of zinc porphyrin. The synergistic effect of hydrophobic interactions by the long alkyl chains substituted on the peripheral phenyl rings of porphyrin and axial coordination of pyridyl nitrogen atoms with central zinc is mainly responsible for the formation of different nanostructures. The nanostructures were characterized by UV–visible spectra, fluorescence spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), IR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern. - Graphical abstract: Supramolecular nanocubes, nanorods and microrods have been controllably fabricated by a simple surfactant-assisted solution route using unsymmetrical porphyrin bearing self assembly motifs. - Highlights: • Nanoaggregates from unsymmetrical porphyrin using surfactant were fabricated. • Zn–N axial interaction and hydrophobic interaction play a major role in aggregation. • Self-assembly can be controlled via porphyrin concentration and aging time. • A possible explanation for the fabrication of nanoaggregates has been proposed. • Highly ordered J type of aggregation takes place.

  3. High-Definition Self-Assemblies driven by the Hydrophobic Effect: Synthesis and Properties of a Supramolecular Nano-Capsule

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    Liu, Simin; Gibb, Bruce C.

    2008-01-01

    High definition self-assemblies, those that possess order at the molecular level, are most commonly made from subunits possessing metals and metal coordination sites, or groups capable of partaking in hydrogen bonding. In other words, enthalpy is the driving force behind the free energy of assembly. The hydrophobic effect engenders the possibility of (nominally) relying not on enthalpy but entropy to drive assembly. Towards this idea, we describe how template molecules can trigger the dimeriz...

  4. Applying low-molecular weight supramolecular gelators in an environmental setting - self-assembled gels as smart materials for pollutant removal.

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    Okesola, Babatunde O; Smith, David K

    2016-07-25

    This review explores supramolecular gels as materials for environmental remediation. These soft materials are formed by self-assembling low-molecular-weight building blocks, which can be programmed with molecular-scale information by simple organic synthesis. The resulting gels often have nanoscale 'solid-like' networks which are sample-spanning within a 'liquid-like' solvent phase. There is intimate contact between the solvent and the gel nanostructure, which has a very high effective surface area as a result of its dimensions. As such, these materials have the ability to bring a solid-like phase into contact with liquids in an environmental setting. Such materials can therefore remediate unwanted pollutants from the environment including: immobilisation of oil spills, removal of dyes, extraction of heavy metals or toxic anions, and the detection or removal of chemical weapons. Controlling the interactions between the gel nanofibres and pollutants can lead to selective uptake and extraction. Furthermore, if suitably designed, such materials can be recyclable and environmentally benign, while the responsive and tunable nature of the self-assembled network offers significant advantages over other materials solutions to problems caused by pollution in an environmental setting. PMID:27241027

  5. Supramolecular Chirality: Solvent Chirality Transfer in Molecular Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry

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    Michiya Fujiki

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Controlled mirror symmetry breaking arising from chemical and physical origin is currently one of the hottest issues in the field of supramolecular chirality. The dynamic twisting abilities of solvent molecules are often ignored and unknown, although the targeted molecules and polymers in a fluid solution are surrounded by solvent molecules. We should pay more attention to the facts that mostly all of the chemical and physical properties of these molecules and polymers in the ground and photoexcited states are significantly influenced by the surrounding solvent molecules with much conformational freedom through non-covalent supramolecular interactions between these substances and solvent molecules. This review highlights a series of studies that include: (i historical background, covering chiral NaClO3 crystallization in the presence of d-sugars in the late 19th century; (ii early solvent chirality effects for optically inactive chromophores/fluorophores in the 1960s–1980s; and (iii the recent development of mirror symmetry breaking from the corresponding achiral or optically inactive molecules and polymers with the help of molecular chirality as the solvent use quantity.

  6. Nano-self-assemblies based on synthetic analogues of mycobacterial monomycoloyl glycerol and DDA: Supramolecular structure and adjuvant efficacy

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    Martin-Bertelsen, Birte; Korsholm, Karen Smith; Christensen, Dennis;

    2016-01-01

    responses. In the present study, we investigated the supramolecular structure and in vivo adjuvant activity of dispersions based on binary mixtures of DDA and an array of synthetic MMG-1 analogues (MMG- 2/3/5/6) displaying longer (MMG-2) or shorter (MMG-3) alkyl chain lengths, or polar headgroup (MMG-5) and...

  7. Energy transfer dynamics in metallo-supramolecular polymers formed by self-assembly of oligothiophene-bridged terpyridines

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    Blinova, Iulia; Rais, David; Pfleger, Jiří

    Prague: Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry AS CR, 2013. L16. ISBN 978-80-85009-76-7. [Workshop "Career in Polymers" /5./. 12.07.2013-13.07.2013, Prague] Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : electrical and optical properties * metallo-supramolecular polymers Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  8. Preparation for Supramolecular Complexes of Chiral Diols BDPDD, DMBDPD and BINOL with Some Prochiral Compounds

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    2003-01-01

    Interaction between chiral diols BDPDD, DMBDPD and BINOL with prochiral compounds was examined and some new supramolecular complexes were prepared. It was found that these chiral hosts could include prochiral guests,α,β-unsaturated compounds or piper- azinedione derivatives to give inclusion crystals in different molar ratio. Formations of these supramolecular complexes were characterized by the data of IR and 1H NMR spectra.

  9. Supramolecular self-assembled polynuclear complexes from tritopic, tetratopic, and pentatopic ligands: structural, magnetic and surface studies.

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    Dey, Subrata K; Abedin, Tareque S M; Dawe, Louise N; Tandon, Santokh S; Collins, Julie L; Thompson, Laurence K; Postnikov, Andrei V; Alam, Mohammad S; Müller, Paul

    2007-09-17

    Polymetallic, highly organized molecular architectures can be created by "bottom-up" self-assembly methods using ligands with appropriately programmed coordination information. Ligands based on 2,6-picolyldihydrazone (tritopic and pentatopic) and 3,6-pyridazinedihydrazone (tetratopic) cores, with tridentate coordination pockets, are highly specific and lead to the efficient self-assembly of square [3 x 3] Mn9, [4 x 4] Mn16, and [5 x 5] Mn25 nanoscale grids. Subtle changes in the tritopic ligand composition to include bulky end groups can lead to a rectangular 3 x [1 x 3] Mn9 grid, while changing the central pyridazine to a more sterically demanding pyrazole leads to simple dinuclear copper complexes, despite the potential for binding four metal ions. The creation of all bidentate sites in a tetratopic pyridazine ligand leads to a dramatically different spiral Mn4 strand. Single-crystal X-ray structural data show metallic connectivity through both mu-O and mu-NN bridges, which leads to dominant intramolecular antiferromagnetic spin exchange in all cases. Surface depositions of the Mn9, Mn16, and Mn25 square grid molecules on graphite (HOPG) have been examined using STM/CITS imagery (scanning tunneling microscopy/current imaging tunneling spectroscopy), where tunneling through the metal d-orbital-based HOMO levels reveals the metal ion positions. CITS imagery of the grids clearly shows the presence of 9, 16, and 25 manganese ions in the expected square grid arrangements, highlighting the importance and power of this technique in establishing the molecular nature of the surface adsorbed species. Nanoscale, electronically functional, polymetallic assemblies of this sort, created by such a bottom-up synthetic approach, constitute important components for advanced molecule-based materials. PMID:17696336

  10. Hierarchical self-assembly of switchable nucleolipid supramolecular gels based on environmentally-sensitive fluorescent nucleoside analogs

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    Nuthanakanti, Ashok; Srivatsan, Seergazhi G.

    2016-02-01

    Exquisite recognition and folding properties have rendered nucleic acids as useful supramolecular synthons for the construction of programmable architectures. Despite their proven applications in nanotechnology, scalability and fabrication of nucleic acid nanostructures still remain a challenge. Here, we describe a novel design strategy to construct new supramolecular nucleolipid synthons by using environmentally-sensitive fluorescent nucleoside analogs, based on 5-(benzofuran-2-yl)uracil and 5-(benzo[b]thiophen-2-yl)uracil cores, as the head group and fatty acids, attached to the ribose sugar, as the lipophilic group. These modified nucleoside-lipid hybrids formed organogels driven by hierarchical structures such as fibers, twisted ribbons, helical ribbons and nanotubes, which depended on the nature of fatty acid chain and nucleobase modification. NMR, single crystal X-ray and powder X-ray diffraction studies revealed the coordinated interplay of various non-covalent interactions invoked by modified nucleobase, sugar and fatty acid chains in setting up the pathway for the gelation process. Importantly, these nucleolipid gels retained or displayed aggregation-induced enhanced emission and their gelation behavior and photophysical properties could be reversibly switched by external stimuli such as temperature, ultrasound and chemicals. Furthermore, the switchable nature of nucleolipid gels to chemical stimuli enabled the selective two channel recognition of fluoride and Hg2+ ions through visual phase transition and fluorescence change. Fluorescent organogels exhibiting such a combination of useful features is rare, and hence, we expect that this innovative design of fluorescent nucleolipid supramolecular synthons could lead to the emergence of a new family of smart optical materials and probes.Exquisite recognition and folding properties have rendered nucleic acids as useful supramolecular synthons for the construction of programmable architectures. Despite their

  11. Design of bio-based supramolecular structures through self-assembly of α-lactalbumin and lysozyme

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    Monteiro, Adenilson A.; Monteiro, Marcia R.; Pereira, Ricardo N.; Diniz, Renata; Costa, Angélica R.; Malcata, F. Xavier; J. A. Teixeira; Teixeira, Álvaro V.; Oliveira, Eduardo B.; Coimbra, Jane S.; Vicente, A.A.; Ramos, Óscar L.

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    Bovine α-lactalbumin (α-La) and lysozyme (Lys), two globular proteins with highly homologous tertiary structures and opposite isoelectric points, were used to produce bio-based supramolecular structures under various pH values (3, 7 and 11), temperatures (25, 50 and 75 °C) and times (15, 25 and 35 min) of heating. Isothermal titration calorimetry experiments showed protein interactions and demonstrated that structures were obtained from the mixture of α-La/Lys in molar ratio of 0.546. Structu...

  12. Supramolecular self-assembly of graphene oxide and metal nanoparticles into stacked multilayers by means of a multitasking protein ring

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    Ardini, Matteo; Golia, Giordana; Passaretti, Paolo; Cimini, Annamaria; Pitari, Giuseppina; Giansanti, Francesco; Leandro, Luana Di; Ottaviano, Luca; Perrozzi, Francesco; Santucci, Sandro; Morandi, Vittorio; Ortolani, Luca; Christian, Meganne; Treossi, Emanuele; Palermo, Vincenzo; Angelucci, Francesco; Ippoliti, Rodolfo

    2016-03-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) is rapidly emerging worldwide as a breakthrough precursor material for next-generation devices. However, this requires the transition of its two-dimensional layered structure into more accessible three-dimensional (3D) arrays. Peroxiredoxins (Prx) are a family of multitasking redox enzymes, self-assembling into ring-like architectures. Taking advantage of both their symmetric structure and function, 3D reduced GO-based composites are hereby built up. Results reveal that the ``double-faced'' Prx rings can adhere flat on single GO layers and partially reduce them by their sulfur-containing amino acids, driving their stacking into 3D multi-layer reduced GO-Prx composites. This process occurs in aqueous solution at a very low GO concentration, i.e. 0.2 mg ml-1. Further, protein engineering allows the Prx ring to be enriched with metal binding sites inside its lumen. This feature is exploited to both capture presynthesized gold nanoparticles and grow in situ palladium nanoparticles paving the way to straightforward and ``green'' routes to 3D reduced GO-metal composite materials.Graphene oxide (GO) is rapidly emerging worldwide as a breakthrough precursor material for next-generation devices. However, this requires the transition of its two-dimensional layered structure into more accessible three-dimensional (3D) arrays. Peroxiredoxins (Prx) are a family of multitasking redox enzymes, self-assembling into ring-like architectures. Taking advantage of both their symmetric structure and function, 3D reduced GO-based composites are hereby built up. Results reveal that the ``double-faced'' Prx rings can adhere flat on single GO layers and partially reduce them by their sulfur-containing amino acids, driving their stacking into 3D multi-layer reduced GO-Prx composites. This process occurs in aqueous solution at a very low GO concentration, i.e. 0.2 mg ml-1. Further, protein engineering allows the Prx ring to be enriched with metal binding sites inside its

  13. 新型超分子化合物的合成自组装及应用研究的新进展%Recent Research Achievements on Synthesis,Self-assembly and Applications of New Supramolecular Compounds

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    张来新; 胡小兵

    2014-01-01

    This paper briefly introduced the definition, concept, generation and application of supramolecular chemistry. Emphases were put on three parts:① synthesis and self-assembly of new supramolecular compounds;② synthesis and selective recognition effects of new supramolecular compounds;③synthesis and application of su-pramolecular crown ether metal complexes.%简要介绍了超分子化学的定义、概念、产生及应用,详细介绍了:①新型超分子化合物合成及自组装;②新型超分子化合物的合成及选择性识别作用;③超分子冠醚金属配合物的合成及应用。

  14. Hollow spherical supramolecular dendrimers.

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    Percec, Virgil; Peterca, Mihai; Dulcey, Andrés E; Imam, Mohammad R; Hudson, Steven D; Nummelin, Sami; Adelman, Peter; Heiney, Paul A

    2008-10-01

    The synthesis of a library containing 12 conical dendrons that self-assemble into hollow spherical supramolecular dendrimers is reported. The design principles for this library were accessed by development of a method that allows the identification of hollow spheres, followed by structural and retrostructural analysis of their Pm3n cubic lattice. The first hollow spherical supramolecular dendrimer was made by replacing the tapered dendron, from the previously reported tapered dendritic dipeptide that self-assembled into helical pores, with its constitutional isomeric conical dendron. This strategy generated a conical dendritic dipeptide that self-assembled into a hollow spherical supramolecular dendrimer that self-organizes in a Pm3n cubic lattice. Other examples of hollow spheres were assembled from conical dendrons without a dipeptide at their apex. These are conical dendrons originated from tapered dendrons containing additional benzyl ether groups at their apex. The inner part of the hollow sphere assembled from the dipeptide resembles the path of a spherical helix or loxodrome and, therefore, is chiral. The spheres assembled from other conical dendrons are nonhelical, even when they contain stereocenters on the alkyl groups from their periphery. Functionalization of the apex of the conical dendrons with diethylene glycol allowed the encapsulation of LiOTf and RbOTf in the center of the hollow sphere. These experiments showed that hollow spheres function as supramolecular dendritic capsules and therefore are expected to display functions complementary to those of other related molecular and supramolecular structures. PMID:18771261

  15. Ionic supramolecular bonds preserve mechanical properties and enable synergetic performance at high humidity in water-borne, self-assembled nacre-mimetics

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    Das, Paramita; Walther, Andreas

    2013-09-01

    Although tremendous effort has been focused on enhancing the mechanical properties of nacre-mimetic materials, conservation of high stiffness and strength against hydration-induced decay of mechanical properties at high humidity remains a fundamental challenge in such water-borne high-performance materials. Herein, we demonstrate that ionic supramolecular bonds, introduced by infiltration of divalent Cu2+ ions, allow efficient stabilization of the mechanical properties of self-assembled water-borne nacre-mimetics based on sustainable sodium carboxymethylcellulose (Na+CMC) and natural sodium montmorillonite nanoclay (Na+MTM) against high humidity (95% RH). The mechanical properties in the highly hydrated state (Young's modulus up to 13.5 GPa and tensile strength up to 125 MPa) are in fact comparable to a range of non-crosslinked nacre-mimetic materials in the dry state. Moreover, the Cu2+-treated nacre-inspired materials display synergetic mechanical properties as found in a simultaneous improvement of stiffness, strength and toughness, as compared to the pristine material. Significant inelastic deformation takes place considering the highly reinforced state. This contrasts the typical behaviour of tight, covalent crosslinks and is suggested to originate from a sacrificial, dynamic breakage and rebinding of transient supramolecular ionic bonds. Considering easy access to a large range of ionic interactions and alteration of counter-ion charge via external stimuli, we foresee responsive and adaptive mechanical properties in highly reinforced and stiff bio-inspired bulk nanocomposites and in other bio-inspired materials, e.g. nanocellulose papers and peptide-based materials.Although tremendous effort has been focused on enhancing the mechanical properties of nacre-mimetic materials, conservation of high stiffness and strength against hydration-induced decay of mechanical properties at high humidity remains a fundamental challenge in such water-borne high

  16. Supramolecular self-assembly of graphene oxide and metal nanoparticles into stacked multilayers by means of a multitasking protein ring.

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    Ardini, Matteo; Golia, Giordana; Passaretti, Paolo; Cimini, Annamaria; Pitari, Giuseppina; Giansanti, Francesco; Leandro, Luana Di; Ottaviano, Luca; Perrozzi, Francesco; Santucci, Sandro; Morandi, Vittorio; Ortolani, Luca; Christian, Meganne; Treossi, Emanuele; Palermo, Vincenzo; Angelucci, Francesco; Ippoliti, Rodolfo

    2016-03-17

    Graphene oxide (GO) is rapidly emerging worldwide as a breakthrough precursor material for next-generation devices. However, this requires the transition of its two-dimensional layered structure into more accessible three-dimensional (3D) arrays. Peroxiredoxins (Prx) are a family of multitasking redox enzymes, self-assembling into ring-like architectures. Taking advantage of both their symmetric structure and function, 3D reduced GO-based composites are hereby built up. Results reveal that the "double-faced" Prx rings can adhere flat on single GO layers and partially reduce them by their sulfur-containing amino acids, driving their stacking into 3D multi-layer reduced GO-Prx composites. This process occurs in aqueous solution at a very low GO concentration, i.e. 0.2 mg ml(-1). Further, protein engineering allows the Prx ring to be enriched with metal binding sites inside its lumen. This feature is exploited to both capture presynthesized gold nanoparticles and grow in situ palladium nanoparticles paving the way to straightforward and "green" routes to 3D reduced GO-metal composite materials. PMID:26952635

  17. Self-Assembled Redox Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complexes: Nanostructure and Electron Transfer Characteristics of Supramolecular Films with Built-In Electroactive Chemical Functions

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    The mesostructural and electrochemical characterization of a redox-active polyelectrolyte-surfactant complex formed by polyallylamine tagged with an osmium complex and dodecylsulfate is presented. X-ray reflectivity (XRR), grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle goniometry (CA) and cyclic voltammetry (CV), including the numerical simulation of the voltammetric response, were employed to analyze the structure, stability and the electrochemical response of these supramolecular films. In contrast to redox-active polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs), the self-assembled system presented here shows a mesoscopic order yielding a film of layered structure very stable to an aqueous environment where the hydrophilic moieties (amino and sulfate groups) are not exposed to the solution since a contact angle of 95° is observed upon exposure to water. However, the film shows a self-exchange electron transfer mechanism with an apparent diffusion coefficient of 2 × 10−9 cm2 s−1 for a film of 300 nm of thickness. This behavior shows that the film exposed to an aqueous solution undergoes a fast electron transfer process to/from the electrode surface and ions to/from the electrolyte solution

  18. Metal-organic and supramolecular networks driven by 5-chloronicotinic acid: Hydrothermal self-assembly synthesis, structural diversity, luminescent and magnetic properties

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    Gao, Zhu-Qing; Li, Hong-Jin; Gu, Jin-Zhong; Zhang, Qing-Hua; Kirillov, Alexander M.

    2016-09-01

    Four new crystalline solids, namely [Co2(μ2-5-Clnic)2(μ3-5-Clnic)2(μ2-H2O)]n (1), [Co(5-Clnic)2(H2O)4]·2(5-ClnicH) (2), [Pb(μ2-5-Clnic)2(phen)]n (3), and [Cd(5-Clnic)2(phen)2]·3H2O (4) were generated by hydrothermal self-assembly methods from the corresponding metal(II) chlorides, 5-chloronicotinic acid (5-ClnicH) as a principal building block, and 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) as an ancillary ligand (optional). All the products 1-4 were characterized by IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, thermogravimetric (TGA), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Their structures range from an intricate 3D metal-organic network 1 with the 3,6T7 topology to a ladder-like 1D coordination polymer 3 with the 2C1 topology, whereas compounds 2 and 4 are the discrete 0D monomers. The structures of 2 and 4 are further extended (0D→2D or 0D→3D) by hydrogen bonds, generating supramolecular networks with the 3,8L18 and ins topologies, respectively. Synthetic aspects, structural features, thermal stability, magnetic (for 1) and luminescent (for 3 and 4) properties were also investigated and discussed.

  19. Enzyme-catalyzed preparation of supramolecular structured hydrogel of polypseudorotaxanes derived from the self-assembly of α-CDs with 3-arm p-hydroxyphenylpropionate terminated PEG

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    XIE Zhiguo; HOU Dandan; YE Lin; ZHANG Aiying; FENG Zengguo

    2007-01-01

    A kind of novel 3-D cross-1inked supramolecular structured hydrogels has been fabricated via enzymatic oxidative coupling of polypseudorotaxanes (PPRs) derived from the self-assembly of α-cyclodextrins (α-CDs) with 3-arm p-hydroxyphenylpropionate terminated PEG (3-HPPP) as a macromer by using horseradish peroxidase (HRP)/H2O2 catalytic system.The enzymatic cross-1inking of the macromer or PPRs made with a smaller amount of α-CDs was found to be much faster than that by ordinary chemical pathways,showing the promise to be used as the surgical adhesive and sealant which are needed to rapidly function in vivo.The gelation time was highly extended and the gel content was considerably decreased by increasing the α-CDs to macromer feeding molar ratio.Thereby these hydrogels exhibited a decreasing trend in dynamical mechanical properties with increasing the amount of α-CDs in regard to the blank hydrogel made without α-CD addition.

  20. Three-Dimensionally Isotropic Negative Refractive Index Materials from Block Copolymer Self-Assembled Chiral Gyroid Networks

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    Hur, Kahyun

    2011-10-17

    Metamaterials are engineered artificial materials that offer new functionalities such as super-resolution imaging and cloaking. Calculations of the photonic properties of three-dimensionally isotropic metamaterials with cubic double gyroid and alternating gyroid morphologies from block copolymer self-assembly are presented.

  1. Molecular self-assembly advances and applications

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    Dequan, Alex Li

    2012-01-01

    In the past several decades, molecular self-assembly has emerged as one of the main themes in chemistry, biology, and materials science. This book compiles and details cutting-edge research in molecular assemblies ranging from self-organized peptide nanostructures and DNA-chromophore foldamers to supramolecular systems and metal-directed assemblies, even to nanocrystal superparticles and self-assembled microdevices

  2. Direct Biomolecules Binding on Nonfouling Surface via Newly Discovered Supramolecular Self-assembly of Lysozyme under Physiological Condition

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    Yang, Peng

    2013-01-01

    A major challenge in the development of low cost and practical strategies for biomolecules immobilization on solid supports is that the multi-step chemical/physical activating and following deactivating procedures on nonfouling substrates often increase the cost and complexity of surface functional group types as well as deteriorate the surface integrity. Herein, we show a novel phase transition of lysozyme could be used to constitute a major step to address the above problem. It is found that when lysozyme is dissolved in a neutral buffer solution of 4-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperazineethanesulfonic acid (HEPES, pH 7.4) with 1–50 mM tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine (TCEP) added, a fast phase transition process occurs and the resulting novel fibra-like hierarchical supramolecular assemblies made by primary spherical particles aggregation would function as a “superglue” that strongly and quickly bind onto non-fouling coatings. This binding is highly selective towards lysozyme, and excludes completely tedious synthetical, chemical/physical activation/deactivation (blocking) steps. When biotin is conjugated with lysozyme, such phase transition quickly constructs a perfect biotinylated surface on nonfouling surface for avidin binding, showing great potential for the development of low-cost and practical biochips. PMID:22707360

  3. Levels of Supramolecular Chirality of Polyglutamine Aggregates Revealed by Vibrational Circular Dichroism

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    Kurouski, Dmitry; Kar, Karunakar; Wetzel, Ronald; Dukor, Rina K; Lednev, Igor K.; Nafie, Laurence A.

    2013-01-01

    Polyglutamine (PolyQ) aggregates are a hallmark of several severe neurodegenerative diseases, expanded CAG-repeat diseases in which inheritance of an expanded polyQ sequence above a pathological threshold is associated with a high risk of disease. Application of vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) reveals that these PolyQ fibril aggregates exhibit a chiral supramolecular organization that is distinct from the supramolecular organization of previously observed amyloid fibrils. PolyQ fibrils g...

  4. Supramolecular architecture based on the self-assembling of multiwall carbon nanotubes dispersed in polyhistidine and glucose oxidase: Characterization and analytical applications for glucose biosensing.

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    Dalmasso, Pablo R; Pedano, María L; Rivas, Gustavo A

    2013-01-15

    We report for the first time the development of a sensitive and selective glucose biosensor based on the self-assembling of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) dispersed in polyhistidine (Polyhis) and glucose oxidase (GOx) on glassy carbon electrodes (GCE). The supramolecular architecture was characterized by SEM, FT-IR and electrochemical techniques. The optimum multistructure was obtained with five (MWCNT-Polyhis/GOx) bilayers and one layer of Nafion as anti-interferent barrier. The sensitivity at 0.700V was (1.94±0.03) mAM(-1) (r=0.9991), with a linear range between 0.25 and 5.00mM, a detection limit of 2.2μM and a quantification limit of 6.7μM with minimum interference from lactose (1.5%), maltose (5.7%), galactose (1.2%), ascorbic acid (1.0%), and uric acid (3.3%). The biocatalytic layer demonstrated to be highly reproducible since the R.S.D. for 10 successive amperometric calibrations using the same surface was 3.6%. The sensitivity of the biosensor after 15 day storage at 4°C remained at 90% of its original value. The combination of the excellent dispersing properties and polycationic nature of polyhistidine, the stability of the MWCNT-Polyhis dispersion, the electrocatalytic properties of MWCNTs, the biocatalytic specificity of GOx, and the permselective properties of Nafion have allowed building up a sensitive, selective, robust, reproducible and stable glucose amperometric biosensor for the quantification of glucose in milk samples. PMID:22794932

  5. Generation of Supramolecular Chirality around Twofold Rotational or Helical Axes in Crystalline Assemblies of Achiral Components

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    Mikiji Miyata

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available A multi-point approximation method clarifies supramolecular chirality of twofold rotational or helical assemblies as well as bundles of the one-dimensional (1D assemblies. While one-point approximation of materials claims no chirality generation of such assemblies, multi-point approximations do claim possible generation in the 1D assemblies of bars and plates. Such chirality derives from deformations toward three-axial directions around the helical axes. The chiral columns are bundled in chiral ways through symmetry operations. The preferable right- or left-handed columns are bundled together to yield chiral crystals with right- or left-handedness, respectively, indicating that twofold helix symmetry operations cause chiral crystals composed of achiral components via a three-stepwise and three-directional process.

  6. Self-assembled cyclodextrin-modified gold nanoparticles on silica beads as stationary phase for chiral liquid chromatography and hydrophilic interaction chromatography.

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    Li, Yuanyuan; Wei, Manman; Chen, Tong; Zhu, Nan; Ma, Yulong

    2016-11-01

    A facile strategy based on self-assembly of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) (60±10nm in size) on the surfaces of amino-functionalized porous silica spheres under mild conditions was proposed. The resulting material possessed a core-shell structure in which AuNPs were the shell and silica spheres were the core. Then, thiolated-β-cyclodextrin (SH-β-CD) was covalently attached onto the AuNPs as chiral selector for the enantioseparation. The resultant packing material was evaluated by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The separations of nine pairs of enantiomers were achieved by using the new chiral stationary phase (CSP) in the reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) mode, respectively. The results showed the new CSP have more sufficient interaction with the analytes due to the existence of AuNPs on silica surfaces, resulting in faster mass transfer rate, compared with β-CD modified silica column. The result shed light on potential usage of chemical modified NPs as chiral selector for enantioseparation based on HPLC. In addition, the new phase was also used in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) to separate polar compounds and highly hydrophilic compounds. PMID:27591589

  7. Preparation of optical active polydiacetylene through gelating and the control of supramolecular chirality

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    2010-01-01

    Achiral diacetylene 10,12-pentacosadinoic acid (PCDA) and a chiral low-molecular-weight organogelator could form co-gel in organic solvent and it could be polymerized in the presence of Zn(II) ion or in the corresponding xerogel under UV-irradiation. Optically active polydiacetylene (PDA) were subsequently obtained. Supramolecular chirality of PDA could be controlled by the chirality of gelators. Left-handed and right-handed helical fibers were obtained by using Land D-gelators in xerogels respectively, and CD spectra exhibited mirror-image circular dichroism. The PDA in xerogel exhibited typical blue-to-red transition responsive to the temperature and pH, while the supramolecular chirality of PDA showed a corresponding change.

  8. Self-assembly behaviour of conjugated terthiophene surfactants in water

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    van Rijn, Patrick; Janeliunas, Dainius; Brizard, Aurelie M.; Stuart, Marc C. A.; Koper, Ger J. M.; Eelkema, Rienk; van Esch, Jan H.

    2011-01-01

    Conjugated self-assembled systems in water are of great interest because of their potential application in biocompatible supramolecular electronics, but so far their supramolecular chemistry remains almost unexplored. Here we present amphiphilic terthiophenes as a general self-assembling platform fo

  9. Coordination-driven face-directed self-assembly of trigonal prisms. Face-based conformational chirality

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    Caskey, D. C.; Yamamoto, T.; Addicott, Ch.; Shoemaker, R. K.; Vacek, Jaroslav; Hawkridge, A. M.; Muddiman, D. C.; Kottas, G. S.; Michl, Josef; Stang, P. J.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 130, č. 24 (2008), s. 7620-7628. ISSN 0002-7863 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA400550616; GA MŠk ME 857 Grant ostatní: NSF(US) CHE-0446688; NSF(US) OISE0532040; European Commission(XE) STRPNMP4-013880; European Commission(XE) MCRTNCT-2005019481 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40550506 Keywords : coordination * self-assembly * tetrapyridyl star connectors Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 8.091, year: 2008

  10. Hydrogen Bonded Supramolecular Polymers in Both Apolar and Aqueous Media: Self-Assembly and Reversible Conversion of Vesicles and Gels%Hydrogen Bonded Supramolecular Polymers in Both Apolar and Aqueous Media: Self-Assembly and Reversible Conversion of Vesicles and Gels

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    杜平; 孔军; 王贵涛; 赵新; 李光玉; 蒋锡夔; 黎占亭

    2011-01-01

    In a preliminary letter (Tetrahedron Lett. 2010, 51, 188), we reported two new hydrazide-based quadruple hydrogen-bonding motifs, this is, two monopodal (la and lb) and five dipodal (2a, 2b and 3a--3c) aromatic hydrazide derivatives, and the formation of supramolecular polymers and vesicles from the dipodal motifs in hydrocarbons. In this paper, we present a full picture on the properties of these hydrogen-bonding motifs with an emphasis on their self-assembling behaviors in aqueous media. SEM, AFM, TEM and fluorescent micrographs indicate that all the dipodal compounds also form vesicles in polar methanol and water-methanol (up to 50% of water) mixtures. Control experiments show that lb does not form vesicles in same media. Addition of lb to the solution of the dipodal compounds inhibits the latter's capacity of forming vesicles. At high concentrations, 3b and 3c also gelate discrete solvents, including hydrocarbons, esters, methanol, and methanol-water mixture. Concentration-dependent SEM investigations reveal that the vesicles of 3b and 3c fuse to form gels and the gel of 3c can de-aggregate to form the vesicles reversibly.

  11. Self-assembly of metallosupramolecular rhombi from chiral concave 9,9’-spirobifluorene-derived bis(pyridine ligands

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    Rainer Hovorka

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Two new 9,9’-spirobifluorene-based bis(4-pyridines were synthesised in enantiopure and one also in racemic form. These ligands act as concave templates and form metallosupramolecular [(dppp2M2L2] rhombi with cis-protected [(dpppPd]2+ and [(dpppPt]2+ ions. The self-assembly process of the racemic ligand preferably occurs in a narcissistic self-recognising manner. Hence, a mixture of all three possible stereoisomers [(dppp2M2{(R-L}2](OTf4, [(dppp2M2{(S-L}2](OTf4, and [(dppp2M2{(R-L}{(S-L}](OTf4 was obtained in an approximate 1.5:1.5:1 ratio which corresponds to an amplification of the homochiral assemblies by a factor of approximately three as evidenced by NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The racemic homochiral assemblies could also be characterised by single crystal X-ray diffraction.

  12. Controlling and imaging biomimetic self-assembly

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    Aliprandi, Alessandro; Mauro, Matteo; de Cola, Luisa

    2016-01-01

    The self-assembly of chemical entities represents a very attractive way to create a large variety of ordered functional structures and complex matter. Although much effort has been devoted to the preparation of supramolecular nanostructures based on different chemical building blocks, an understanding of the mechanisms at play and the ability to monitor assembly processes and, in turn, control them are often elusive, which precludes a deep and comprehensive control of the final structures. Here the complex supramolecular landscape of a platinum(II) compound is characterized fully and controlled successfully through a combination of supramolecular and photochemical approaches. The supramolecular assemblies comprise two kinetic assemblies and their thermodynamic counterpart. The monitoring of the different emission properties of the aggregates, used as a fingerprint for each species, allows the real-time visualization of the evolving self-assemblies. The control of multiple supramolecular pathways will help the design of complex systems in and out of their thermodynamic equilibrium.

  13. Supramolecular self-assembly within polymeric materials utilising triple hydrogen bonded heterocomplexes of 4-hydroxy-2,6-diamino pyridine derivatives

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    Banerjee, Sumela

    2015-01-01

    In recent years supramolecular chemistry has established as one of the most active fields of science. The most significant feature of supramolecular chemistry is the use of building blocks which reversibly held together by intermolecular forces, electrostatic or H-bonding. Therefore, the synthesis of supramolecular systems using different non-covalent assemblies provides some unique architectures and features which are extremely difficult to be obtained via covalent synthesis. One main applic...

  14. Chiral Supramolecular Chemistry of Basket Resorc[4]arenes

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    Calcaterra, Andrea

    2013-01-01

    Chiral Basket Resorc[4]arenes are well known chiral solvating agents that can induce enantiodiscrimination towards aminoacids, peptides and nucleosides. We synthesized both enantiomer of some basket resorc[4]arenes capable of forming stable diasteromeric host-guest complexes with some nucleosides like cytidine and cytarabine. The reactivity and the structures of the complexes were investigated in gas-phase (ESI-IRMPD, ESI-FT-ICR) and in solution (DOSY, ROESY). Different "in" and "out" struct...

  15. Homochiral oligopeptides by chiral amplification within two-dimensional crystalline self-assemblies at the air-water interface; Relevance to biomolecular handedness

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    Weissbuch, I.; Zepik, H.; Bolbach, G.; Shavit, E.; Tang, M.; Jensen, T.R.; Kjær, K.; Leiserowitz, L.; Lahav, M.

    2003-01-01

    -aqueous solution interface after injection of appropriate catalysts into the water subphase. The experimental relative abundance of oligopeptides with homochiral sequence generated from (R,S)-C-18-TE-Lys and (R,S)-C-18-TE-Glu, as determined by mass spectrometry on enantioselectively deuterium-labeled samples, was......A possible role that might have been played by ordered clusters at interfaces for the generation of homochiral oligopeptides under prebiotic conditions has been probed by a catalyzed polymerization of amphiphilic activated a-amino acids, in racemic and chiral non-racemic forms, which had self......-stearyl-glutamic thioacid (C-18-thio-Glu). According to insitu grazing incidence X-ray diffraction measurements on the water surface, (R,S)-C-18-TE-Lys, (RA-C-18-TE-Glu, and (R,S)-C-18-Glu-NCA amphiphiles self-assembled into ordered racemic 2D crystallites. Oligopeptides 2-12 units long were obtained at the air...

  16. Current-Driven Supramolecular Motor with In Situ Surface Chiral Directionality Switching.

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    Mishra, Puneet; Hill, Jonathan P; Vijayaraghavan, Saranyan; Van Rossom, Wim; Yoshizawa, Shunsuke; Grisolia, Maricarmen; Echeverria, Jorge; Ono, Teruo; Ariga, Katsuhiko; Nakayama, Tomonobu; Joachim, Christian; Uchihashi, Takashi

    2015-07-01

    Surface-supported molecular motors are nanomechanical devices of particular interest in terms of future nanoscale applications. However, the molecular motors realized so far consist of covalently bonded groups that cannot be reconfigured without undergoing a chemical reaction. Here we demonstrate that a platinum-porphyrin-based supramolecularly assembled dimer supported on a Au(111) surface can be rotated with high directionality using the tunneling current of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Rotational direction of this molecular motor is determined solely by the surface chirality of the dimer, and most importantly, the chirality can be inverted in situ through a process involving an intradimer rearrangement. Our result opens the way for the construction of complex molecular machines on a surface to mimic at a smaller scale versatile biological supramolecular motors. PMID:26098301

  17. A One-Pot Self-Assembly Reaction to Prepare a Supramolecular Palladium(II) Cyclometalated Complex: An Undergraduate Organometallic Laboratory Experiment

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    Fernandez, Alberto; Lopez-Torres, Margarita; Fernandez, Jesus J.; Vazquez-Garcia, Digna; Vila, Jose M.

    2012-01-01

    A laboratory experiment for students in advanced inorganic chemistry is described. Students prepare palladium(II) cyclometalated complexes. A terdentate [C,N,O] Schiff base ligand is doubly deprotonated upon reaction with palladium(II) acetate in a self-assembly process to give a palladacycle with a characteristic tetranuclear structure. This…

  18. Tailoring two-dimensional PTCDA-melamine self-assembled architectures at room temperature by tuning molecular ratio

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    Sun Xiaonan; Jonkman, Harry T; Silly, Fabien, E-mail: fabien.silly@cea.fr [Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, NL-9747 AG Groningen (Netherlands)

    2010-04-23

    Engineering and tuning multi-component supramolecular self-assemblies on surfaces is one of the challenges of nanotechnology. We use scanning tunneling microscopy to investigate the influence of molecular ratio on the self-assembly of PTCDA-melamine structures on Au(111)-(22x{radical}3). Our observations reveal that three different chiral supramolecular networks having a PTCDA:melamine ratio of 3:2, 1:2, 1:4 can be selectively created by tuning the ratio of molecules deposited on the surface. The 1:2 ratio network having melamine in excess has been observed previously but the 1:4 network has not yet been reported. In comparison, the multi-component 3:2 network having PTCDA in excess is a completely new structure.

  19. Tailoring two-dimensional PTCDA-melamine self-assembled architectures at room temperature by tuning molecular ratio.

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    Sun, Xiaonan; Jonkman, Harry T; Silly, Fabien

    2010-04-23

    Engineering and tuning multi-component supramolecular self-assemblies on surfaces is one of the challenges of nanotechnology. We use scanning tunneling microscopy to investigate the influence of molecular ratio on the self-assembly of PTCDA-melamine structures on Au(111)-(22 x complex square root of 3). Our observations reveal that three different chiral supramolecular networks having a PTCDA:melamine ratio of 3:2, 1:2, 1:4 can be selectively created by tuning the ratio of molecules deposited on the surface. The 1:2 ratio network having melamine in excess has been observed previously but the 1:4 network has not yet been reported. In comparison, the multi-component 3:2 network having PTCDA in excess is a completely new structure. PMID:20348601

  20. Tailoring two-dimensional PTCDA-melamine self-assembled architectures at room temperature by tuning molecular ratio

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    Engineering and tuning multi-component supramolecular self-assemblies on surfaces is one of the challenges of nanotechnology. We use scanning tunneling microscopy to investigate the influence of molecular ratio on the self-assembly of PTCDA-melamine structures on Au(111)-(22x√3). Our observations reveal that three different chiral supramolecular networks having a PTCDA:melamine ratio of 3:2, 1:2, 1:4 can be selectively created by tuning the ratio of molecules deposited on the surface. The 1:2 ratio network having melamine in excess has been observed previously but the 1:4 network has not yet been reported. In comparison, the multi-component 3:2 network having PTCDA in excess is a completely new structure.

  1. Self-Assembly Supramolecular Systems toward Molecular Machines and Motors%具有分子机器、分子开关功能的自组装超分子体系

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    陈慧兰

    2001-01-01

    Self-assembly, self-organization and self-replication, that are central to nature' s forms and functions, are now becoming feasible to construct large and intricate, yet highly ordered functioning molecular and supramolecular entities. This paper introduced the recently new progress for a kind of special rotaxane and catenane supramoculars having functions of molecular shuttle or molecular switch, as well as the chemical and biological systems toward molecular machines and motors.%本文介绍了具有分子梭或分子开关性质的新型轮烷和索烃超分子以及具有分子机器功能的其它类型化学和生物分子的国际研究最新动态。

  2. Simulation of self-organization processes in crystal-forming systems: Supramolecular cyclic R6 cluster precursors and self-assembly of TeO2- TEL ( Tellurite) and TeO2- PAR ( Paratellurite) structures

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    Ilyushin, G. D.

    2014-11-01

    The supramolecular chemistry of oxides of sp elements (SO2, SeO2, and TeO2) is considered. The self-assembly of TeO2- TEL ( Tellurite) and TeO2- PAR ( Paratellurite) crystal structures is simulated. Methods of combinatorial and topological analysis (TOPOS program package) are applied which are based on constructing a basis 3D network of the structure in the form of a graph, the sites of which correspond to the positions of centroids of TeO2 molecules and the edges characterize bonds between them. The topological type of the basis 2D network in the TeO2- TEL structure corresponds to graphite (C- GRA), while in the TeO2- PAR structure the basis network corresponds to the 3D diamond network (C- DIA). A nanocluster precursor of cyclic type ( R6) composed of six covalently bound TeO2 molecules (chair conformation) is established for both structures. The desymmetrization of the cyclic structure of the R6 cluster in TeO2- PAR is related to the formation of Te-Te bonds with lengths of 3.824 and 4.062 Å. The symmetry and topology code of the processes of self-assembly of 3D structures from nanocluster precursors is completely reconstructed into the form "primary chain → microlayer → microframework." In both structures R6 clusters form 2D packings with a coordination number of 6. The cluster self-assembly model explains the specific features of the morphogenesis of TeO2- TEL and TeO2- PAR (phases with low and high crystallization temperatures, respectively): platelike shape, perfect cleavage in the (110) plane, and preferred growth in the primar-chain direction [100] in the former case and growth in the direction of the primary [001] axis with the preferred formation of tetragonal prism faces (110) in the latter case.

  3. Calixarene-stabilised cobalt nanoparticle rings: Self-assembly and collective magnetic properties

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    Wei, A; Tripp, SL; Liu, J;

    2009-01-01

    entropic loss, analogous to the thermodynamic balance of forces governing supramolecular self-assembly. Examination of the Co nanoparticle rings by electron holography (an electron microscopy technique for imaging in-plane magnetic induction) reveals the existence of chiral flux closure (FC) domains at...... room temperature, comprising a 'racemic' mixture of clockwise and anticlockwise states. Furthermore, these FC polarisations can be reversed by applying out-of-plane magnetic pulses (Hz) in alternating directions. This switching behaviour has no known analogy at the macroscopic level, and may represent...

  4. Chemistry of anthracene-acetylene oligomers XXV: on-surface chirality of a self-assembled molecular network of a fan-blade-shaped anthracene-acetylene macrocycle with a long alkyl chain.

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    Tsuya, Takuya; Iritani, Kohei; Tahara, Kazukuni; Tobe, Yoshito; Iwanaga, Tetsuo; Toyota, Shinji

    2015-03-27

    An anthracene cyclic dimer with two different linkers and a dodecyl group was synthesized by means of coupling reactions. The calculated structure had a planar macrocyclic π core and a linear alkyl chain. Scanning tunneling microscopy observations at the 1-phenyloctane/graphite interface revealed that the molecules formed a self-assembled monolayer that consisted of linear striped bright and dark bands. In each domain, the molecular network consisted of either Re or Si molecules that differed in the two-dimensional chirality about the macrocyclic faces, which led to a unique conglomerate-type self-assembly. The molecular packing mode and the conformation of the alkyl chains are discussed in terms of the intermolecular interactions and the interactions between the molecules and the graphite surface with the aid of MM3 simulations of a model system. PMID:25688524

  5. Delineating the First Few Seconds of Supramolecular Self-Assembly of Mesostructured Titanium Oxide Thin Films through Time-Resolved Small Angle X-ray Scattering

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    Luca, Vittorio; Bertram, Willem K.; Sizgek, G. Devlet; Yang, Bin; Cookson, David (Aust. Synch.); (ANSTO)

    2009-01-15

    The early stages of evaporation induced self-assembly of titanium oxide mesophases from a precursor solution containing TiCl{sub 4} and the Pluronic triblock copolymer F-127 in HCl-water-ethanol solution have been studied using time-resolved SAXS techniques. Two experimental protocols were used to conduct these experiments. In one of these, the precursor solution was pumped around a closed loop as solvent was allowed to evaporate at a constant humidity-controlled rate. In the second protocol, a film of precursor solution was measured periodically as it dried completely to a residue under a stream of dry air. This permitted the detailed monitoring of changes in solution chemistry as a function of the elimination of volatile components followed by the actual drying process itself. The SAXS data were modeled in terms of two Guinier radii for soft nanoparticles while a broad Gaussian feature in the scatter profiles was accounted for by particle-article scattering interference due to close packing. For the initial precursor solution, one Guinier radius was found to be about 17 {angstrom} while the other ranged from 4 to 11 {angstrom}. Changing the rate of evaporation affected the two radii differently with a more pronounced effect on the smaller particle size range. Analysis gave an interparticle distance in the range 55--80 {angstrom} for the initial precursor solution which decreased steadily at both of the humidities investigated as evaporation proceeded and the particle packing increased. These results represent the first attempts to monitor in a precise fashion the growth of nano building blocks during the initial stages of the self-assembly process of a titanium oxide mesophase.

  6. Normal and Reversed Supramolecular Chirality of Insulin Fibrils Probed by Vibrational Circular Dichroism at the Protofilament Level of Fibril Structure

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    Kurouski, Dmitry; Dukor, Rina K.; Lu, Xuefang; Nafie, Laurence A.; Lednev, Igor K.

    2012-01-01

    Fibrils are β-sheet-rich aggregates that are generally composed of several protofibrils and may adopt variable morphologies, such as twisted ribbons or flat-like sheets. This polymorphism is observed for many different amyloid associated proteins and polypeptides. In a previous study we proposed the existence of another level of amyloid polymorphism, namely, that associated with fibril supramolecular chirality. Two chiral polymorphs of insulin, which can be controllably grown by means of smal...

  7. Self-assembly of chlorophenols in water

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    Rogalska, Ewa; Rogalski, Marek; Gulik-Krzywicki, Tadeusz; Gulik, Annette; Chipot, Christophe

    1999-01-01

    In saturated solutions of some di- and trichlorophenols, structures with complex morphologies, consisting of thin, transparent sheets often coiling into helices and ultimately twisting into filaments, were observed under the optical microscope. Freeze-fracture electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, phase diagrams, and molecular modeling were performed to elucidate the observed phenomena. Here, we present evidence that the chlorophenols studied, when interacting with water, self-assemble into bilayers. The fact that some chlorophenols form the same supramolecular structures as those described previously for structurally nonrelated surfactants sheds light on the mechanisms of self-assembly. PMID:10359753

  8. Structure and energetics of diphenylalanine self-assembling on Cu(110).

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    Tomba, Giulia; Lingenfelder, Magalí; Costantini, Giovanni; Kern, Klaus; Klappenberger, Florian; Barth, Johannes V; Ciacchi, Lucio Colombi; De Vita, Alessandro

    2007-12-13

    We investigate the dynamical features of the adsorption of diphenylalanine molecules on the Cu(110) surface and of their assembling into supramolecular structures by a combination of quantum and classical atomistic modeling with dynamic scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopic experiments. Our results reveal a self-assembling mechanism in which isolated adsorbed molecules change their conformation and adsorption mode as a consequence of their mutual interactions. In particular, the formation of zwitterions after proton transfer between initially neutral molecules is found to be the key event of the assembling process, which stabilizes the supramolecular structures. Because of the constraints on the intermolecular bonds exerted by the surface-molecule interactions, the assembly process is strictly stereoselective, and may suggest a general model for patterning and functionalization of bare metal surfaces with short chiral peptides. PMID:17999478

  9. Exploring the complexity of supramolecular interactions for patterning at the liquid-solid interface.

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    Mali, Kunal S; Adisoejoso, Jinne; Ghijsens, Elke; De Cat, Inge; De Feyter, Steven

    2012-08-21

    The use of self-assembly to fabricate surface-confined adsorbed layers (adlayers) from molecular components provides a simple means of producing complex functional surfaces. The molecular self-assembly process relies on supramolecular interactions sustained by noncovalent forces such as van der Waals, electrostatic, dipole-dipole, and hydrogen bonding interactions. Researchers have exploited these noncovalent bonding motifs to construct well-defined two-dimensional (2D) architectures at the liquid-solid interface. Despite myriad examples of 2D molecular assembly, most of these early findings were serendipitous because the intermolecular interactions involved in the process are often numerous, subtle, cooperative, and multifaceted. As a consequence, the ability to tailor supramolecular patterns has evolved slowly. Insight gained from various studies over the years has contributed significantly to the knowledge of supramolecular interactions, and the stage is now set to systematically engineer the 2D supramolecular networks in a "preprogrammed" fashion. The control over 2D self-assembly of molecules has many important implications. Through appropriate manipulation of supramolecular interactions, one can "encode" the information at the molecular level via structural features such as functional groups, substitution patterns, and chiral centers which could then be retrieved, transferred, or amplified at the supramolecular level through well-defined molecular recognition processes. This ability allows for precise control over the nanoscale structure and function of patterned surfaces. A clearer understanding and effective use of these interactions could lead to the development of functional surfaces with potential applications in molecular electronics, chiral separations, sensors based on host-guest systems, and thin film materials for lubrication. In this Account, we portray our various attempts to achieve rational design of self-assembled adlayers by exploiting the

  10. Enzyme-triggered self-assembly of a small molecule: a supramolecular hydrogel with leaf-like structures and an ultra-low minimum gelation concentration

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    We report on the use of a phosphatase to assist the formation of leaf-like structures and a supramolecular hydrogel with an ultra-low minimum gelation concentration. The compound can gel water at a minimum gelation concentration of 0.01 wt%, which is the lowest gelation concentration reported up to now. The images obtained by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) reveal the existence of leaf-like structures serving as the matrix of the hydrogels. The stability of the hydrogels was studied and emission spectra were used to get information about the molecular packing in the leaf-like structures. Since lowering the concentration of the gelator decreases the toxicity of the resulting hydrogels, ultra-low concentration gels have potential uses as biocompatible biomaterials for, e.g., cell cultures, tissue engineering, and drug delivery.

  11. A combined experimental and theoretical study of the supramolecular self-assembly of Cu(II) malonate complex assisted by various weak forces and water dimer

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    A Cu(II) malonate complex with formula [Cu(C3H2O4)(C6H8N2)(H2O)]2·4H2O (1) [C6H8N2=2-picolylamine, C3H2O42−=malonate dianion] has been synthesized by mixing the reactants in their stoichiometric proportion and its crystal structure has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In 1, monomeric neutral metal malonate units [Cu(C3H2O4)(C6H8N2)(H2O)] are interlinked with each other through hydrogen bonds, weak lone pair⋯π and cuprophilic interactions to generate supramolecular dimers, which in turn further associated through hydrogen bonding to form infinite 1D chains. Water dimers, through series of hydrogen bonds and weak π–stacking forces are found to be responsible for interconnection of 1D chains, which resulted in a 3D network. A density functional (DFT) study of the energetic features of several noncovalent interactions observed in the solid state have been analyzed and characterized using Bader's theory of “atoms-in-molecules”. We also present here Hirshfeld surface analysis to investigate the close intermolecular contacts. - Graphical Abstract: Interplay of weak forces like hydrogen bonding, lone pair⋯π, Cu⋯Cu and π–stacking interactions leading to the formation of supramolecular network in [Cu(C3H2O4)(C6H8N2)(H2O)]2·4H2O complex. - Highlights: • A complex of Cu(II) with malonate and 2-picolylamine is synthesized and X-ray characterized. • We report a density functional study of the energetic features of several noncovalent interactions • We perform Hirshfeld surface analysis to investigate the close intermolecular contacts

  12. Dissipative self-assembly of vesicular nanoreactors.

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    Maiti, Subhabrata; Fortunati, Ilaria; Ferrante, Camilla; Scrimin, Paolo; Prins, Leonard J

    2016-07-01

    Dissipative self-assembly is exploited by nature to control important biological functions, such as cell division, motility and signal transduction. The ability to construct synthetic supramolecular assemblies that require the continuous consumption of energy to remain in the functional state is an essential premise for the design of synthetic systems with lifelike properties. Here, we show a new strategy for the dissipative self-assembly of functional supramolecular structures with high structural complexity. It relies on the transient stabilization of vesicles through noncovalent interactions between the surfactants and adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which acts as the chemical fuel. It is shown that the lifetime of the vesicles can be regulated by controlling the hydrolysis rate of ATP. The vesicles sustain a chemical reaction but only as long as chemical fuel is present to keep the system in the out-of-equilibrium state. The lifetime of the vesicles determines the amount of reaction product produced by the system. PMID:27325101

  13. A combined experimental and theoretical study of the supramolecular self-assembly of Cu(II) malonate complex assisted by various weak forces and water dimer

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    Manna, Prankrishna [Department of Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700 032 (India); Ray Choudhury, Somnath [Central Chemical Laboratory, Geological Survey of India, 15 A and B Kyd Street, Kolkata 700 016 (India); Mitra, Monojit [Department of Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700 032 (India); Kumar Seth, Saikat [Department of Physics, M. G. Mahavidyalaya, Bhupatinagar, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal 721 425 (India); Helliwell, Madeleine [School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester, Brunswick Street, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Bauzá, Antonio [Departament de Química, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Crta. de Valldemossa km 7.5, 07122 Palma (Baleares) (Spain); Frontera, Antonio, E-mail: toni.frontera@uib.es [Departament de Química, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Crta. de Valldemossa km 7.5, 07122 Palma (Baleares) (Spain); Mukhopadhyay, Subrata, E-mail: smukhopadhyay@chemistry.jdvu.ac.in [Department of Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700 032 (India)

    2014-12-15

    A Cu(II) malonate complex with formula [Cu(C{sub 3}H{sub 2}O{sub 4})(C{sub 6}H{sub 8}N{sub 2})(H{sub 2}O)]{sub 2}·4H{sub 2}O (1) [C{sub 6}H{sub 8}N{sub 2}=2-picolylamine, C{sub 3}H{sub 2}O{sub 4}{sup 2−}=malonate dianion] has been synthesized by mixing the reactants in their stoichiometric proportion and its crystal structure has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In 1, monomeric neutral metal malonate units [Cu(C{sub 3}H{sub 2}O{sub 4})(C{sub 6}H{sub 8}N{sub 2})(H{sub 2}O)] are interlinked with each other through hydrogen bonds, weak lone pair⋯π and cuprophilic interactions to generate supramolecular dimers, which in turn further associated through hydrogen bonding to form infinite 1D chains. Water dimers, through series of hydrogen bonds and weak π–stacking forces are found to be responsible for interconnection of 1D chains, which resulted in a 3D network. A density functional (DFT) study of the energetic features of several noncovalent interactions observed in the solid state have been analyzed and characterized using Bader's theory of “atoms-in-molecules”. We also present here Hirshfeld surface analysis to investigate the close intermolecular contacts. - Graphical Abstract: Interplay of weak forces like hydrogen bonding, lone pair⋯π, Cu⋯Cu and π–stacking interactions leading to the formation of supramolecular network in [Cu(C{sub 3}H{sub 2}O{sub 4})(C{sub 6}H{sub 8}N{sub 2})(H{sub 2}O)]{sub 2}·4H{sub 2}O complex. - Highlights: • A complex of Cu(II) with malonate and 2-picolylamine is synthesized and X-ray characterized. • We report a density functional study of the energetic features of several noncovalent interactions • We perform Hirshfeld surface analysis to investigate the close intermolecular contacts.

  14. Supramolecular Langmuir monolayers and multilayered vesicles of self-assembling DNA–lipid surface structures and their further implications in polyelectrolyte-based cell transfections

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    Demirsoy, Fatma Funda Kaya [Ankara University, The Central Laboratory of The Institute of Biotechnology (Turkey); Eruygur, Nuraniye [Gazi University, Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy (Turkey); Süleymanoğlu, Erhan, E-mail: erhans@mail.ru [Gazi University, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy (Turkey)

    2015-01-15

    The basic interfacial characteristics of DNA–lipid recognitions have been studied. The complex structures of individual unbound DNA molecules and their binary and ternary complexes with zwitterionic lipids and divalent cations were followed by employing lipid monolayers at the air–liquid interfaces, as well as by performing various microscopic, spectroscopic, and thermodynamic measurements with multilayered vesicles. The pressure-area isotherms depicted that Mg{sup 2+}-ions increase the surface pressure of lipid films and thus give rise to electrostatic and hydrophobic lipid–DNA interactions in terms of DNA adsorption, adhesion, and compaction. These features were further approached by using multilamellar vesicles with a mean diameter of 850 nm, where a metal ion-directed nucleic acid compaction and condensation effects were shown. The data obtained show the effectiveness of Langmuir monolayers and lipid multilayers in studying nucleic acid–lipid recognitions. The data provide with further details and support previous reports on mainly structural features of these recognitions. Biomolecular surface recognition events were presented in direct link with spectral and thermodynamic features of lipid vesicle–polynucleotide complex formations. The results serve to build a theoretical model considering the use of neutral lipids in lipoplex designs as a polyelectrolyte alternatives to the currently employed cytotoxic cationic liposomes. The supramolecular structures formed and their possible roles in interfacial electrostatic and hydrophobic mechanisms of endosomal escape in relevant cell transfection assays are particularly emphasized.

  15. A chiral Mn(IV) complex and its supramolecular assembly: Synthesis, characterization and properties

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    Chullikkattil P Pradeep; Panthapally S Zacharias; Samar K Das

    2006-07-01

    The open air reaction of the chiral Schiff base ligand H2L, prepared by the condensation of L-phenylalaninol and 5-bromosalicylaldehyde, with MnII(CH3COO)2$\\cdot$4H2O yielded dark brown complex [MnIVL2]$\\cdot$0.5 DMF (1). Compound 1 was characterized by elemental analysis, IR, UV-visible, CD and EPR spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry and room temperature magnetic moment determination. Singlecrystal X-ray analysis revealed that compound 1 crystallises in the monoclinic 21 space group with six mononuclear [MnIVL2] units in the asymmetric unit along with three solvent DMF molecules. In the crystal structure, each Mn(IV) complex, acting as the building unit, undergoes supramolecular linking through C-H$\\cdots$O bonds leading to an intricate hydrogen bonding network.

  16. S-Shaped Conformation of the Quaterthiophene Molecular Backbone in Two-Dimensional Bisterpyridine-Derivative Self-Assembled Nanoarchitecture.

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    Kervella, Yann; Shilova, Ekaterina; Latil, Sylvain; Jousselme, Bruno; Silly, Fabien

    2015-12-15

    The conformation and the two-dimensional self-assembly of 4'-(3',4″-dihexyloxy-5,2':5',2″:5″,2‴-quaterthien-2,5‴-diyl)-bis(2,2':6',2″-terpyridine) molecules are theoretically and experimentally investigated. This molecular building block forms a hydrogen-bonded chiral supramolecular nanoarchitecture on graphite at the solid/liquid interface. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) shows that the molecule adopts an S-shaped conformation in this structure. DFTB+ calculations reveal that this conformation is not the lowest-energy conformation. The molecular nanoarchitecture appears to be stabilized by hydrogen bonding as well as van der Waals interactions. I-, L-, and D-shaped molecular conformations are, however, locally observed at the domain boundary, but these conformations do not self-assemble into organized 2D structures. PMID:26624809

  17. Molecular and supramolecular control of the work function of an inorganic electrode with self-assembled monolayer of umbrella-shaped fullerene derivatives.

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    Lacher, Sebastian; Matsuo, Yutaka; Nakamura, Eiichi

    2011-10-26

    The surface properties of inorganic substrates can be altered by coating with organic molecules, which may result in the improvement of the properties suitable for electronic or biological applications. This article reports a systematic experimental study on the influence of the molecular and supramolecular properties of umbrella-shaped penta(organo)[60]fullerene derivatives, and on the work function and the water contact angle of indium-tin oxide (ITO) and gold surfaces. We could relate these macroscopic characteristics to single-molecular level properties, such as ionization potential and molecular dipole. The results led us to conclude that the formation of a SAM of a polar compound generates an electronic field through intermolecular interaction of the molecular charges, and this field makes the overall dipole of the SAM much smaller than the one expected from the simple sum of the dipoles of all molecules in the SAM. This effect, which was called depolarization and previously discussed theoretically, is now quantitatively probed by experiments. The important physical properties in surface science such as work function, ionization potential, and water contact angles have been mutually correlated at the level of molecular structures and molecular orientations on the substrate surface. We also found that the SAMs on ITO and gold operate under the same principle except that the "push-back" effect operates specifically for gold. The study also illustrates the ability of the photoelectron yield spectroscopy technique to rapidly measure the work function of a SAM-covered substrate and the ionization potential value of a molecule on the surface. PMID:21923177

  18. Chapter 8: Selective Stoichiometric and Catalytic Reactivity in the Confines of a Chiral Supramolecular Assembly

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    University of California, Berkeley; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Raymond, Kenneth; Pluth, Michael D.; Bergman, Robert G.; Raymond, Kenneth N.

    2007-09-27

    increased complexity of synthetic host molecules, most assembly conditions utilize self-assembly to form complex highly-symmetric structures from relatively simple subunits. For supramolecular assemblies able to encapsulate guest molecules, the chemical environment in each assembly--defined by the size, shape, charge, and functional group availability--greatly influences the guest-binding characteristics.[6, 13-17

  19. Multivalent Protein Assembly Using Monovalent Self-Assembling Building Blocks

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    Katja Petkau-Milroy

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Discotic molecules, which self-assemble in water into columnar supramolecular polymers, emerged as an alternative platform for the organization of proteins. Here, a monovalent discotic decorated with one single biotin was synthesized to study the self-assembling multivalency of this system in regard to streptavidin. Next to tetravalent streptavidin, monovalent streptavidin was used to study the protein assembly along the supramolecular polymer in detail without the interference of cross-linking. Upon self-assembly of the monovalent biotinylated discotics, multivalent proteins can be assembled along the supramolecular polymer. The concentration of discotics, which influences the length of the final polymers at the same time dictates the amount of assembled proteins.

  20. Rapid Filament Supramolecular Chirality Reversal of HET-s (218-289) Prion Fibrils Driven by pH Elevation.

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    Shanmugasundaram, Maruda; Kurouski, Dmitry; Wan, William; Stubbs, Gerald; Dukor, Rina K; Nafie, Laurence A; Lednev, Igor K

    2015-07-01

    Amyloid fibril polymorphism is not well understood despite its potential importance for biological activity and associated toxicity. Controlling the polymorphism of mature fibrils including their morphology and supramolecular chirality by postfibrillation changes in the local environment is the subject of this study. Specifically, the effect of pH on the stability and dynamics of HET-s (218-289) prion fibrils has been determined through the use of vibrational circular dichroism (VCD), deep UV resonance Raman, and fluorescence spectroscopies. It was found that a change in solution pH causes deprotonation of Asp and Glu amino acid residues on the surface of HET-s (218-289) prion fibrils and triggers rapid transformation of one supramolecular chiral polymorph into another. This process involves changes in higher order arrangements like lateral filament and fibril association and their supramolecular chirality, while the fibril cross-β core remains intact. This work suggests a hypothetical mechanism for HET-s (218-289) prion fibril refolding and proposes that the interconversion between fibril polymorphs driven by the solution environment change is a general property of amyloid fibrils. PMID:26023710

  1. Nanophotonics and supramolecular chemistry

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    Ariga, Katsuhiko; Komatsu, Hirokazu; Hill, Jonathan P.

    2013-10-01

    Supramolecular chemistry has become a key area in emerging bottom-up nanoscience and nanotechnology. In particular, supramolecular systems that can produce a photonic output are increasingly important research targets and present various possibilities for practical applications. Accordingly, photonic properties of various supramolecular systems at the nanoscale are important in current nanotechnology. In this short review, nanophotonics in supramolecular chemistry will be briefly summarized by introducing recent examples of control of photonic responses of supramolecular systems. Topics are categorized according to the fundamental actions of their supramolecular systems: (i) self-assembly; (ii) recognition; (iii) manipulation.

  2. Self-assembled nanostructures

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    Zhang, Jin Z; Liu, Jun; Chen, Shaowei; Liu, Gang-yu

    2003-01-01

    Nanostructures refer to materials that have relevant dimensions on the nanometer length scales and reside in the mesoscopic regime between isolated atoms and molecules in bulk matter. These materials have unique physical properties that are distinctly different from bulk materials. Self-Assembled Nanostructures provides systematic coverage of basic nanomaterials science including materials assembly and synthesis, characterization, and application. Suitable for both beginners and experts, it balances the chemistry aspects of nanomaterials with physical principles. It also highlights nanomaterial-based architectures including assembled or self-assembled systems. Filled with in-depth discussion of important applications of nano-architectures as well as potential applications ranging from physical to chemical and biological systems, Self-Assembled Nanostructures is the essential reference or text for scientists involved with nanostructures.

  3. Synthesis and photophysical studies of chiral helical macrocyclic scaffolds via coordination-driven self-assembly of 1,8,9,16-tetraethynyltetraphenylene. formation of monometallic platinum(II) and dimetallic platinum(II)-ruthenium(II) complexes.

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    Lin, Fang; Peng, Hai-Yan; Chen, Jing-Xing; Chik, David T W; Cai, Zongwei; Wong, Keith M C; Yam, Vivian W W; Wong, Henry N C

    2010-11-24

    This paper is concerned with the synthesis and reactions of enantiopure 1,8,9,16-tetraethynyltetraphenylene (3). We obtained 3 in 34% yield through four steps starting from 1,8,9,16-tetrahydroxytetraphenylene (2a) via a functional group interconversion strategy. On the basis of this chiral "helical" building block, three rigid helical macrocycles 14, 15, and 22 were designed. Complexes 14 and 15 were constructed via coordination-driven self-assembly with platinum(II) complexes 8 and 9b, while 22 cannot be obtained successfully. Then macrocycle 28 was designed on the structural basis of 22 to which octyl chains were introduced, in the hope of improving the solubility of the complex. Macrocycle 28 was finally formed and was characterized by NMR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, and electrospray mass spectrometry. For the enantiopure 15 and 28, circular dichroism (CD) spectra also exhibited chiral properties. Complexes 27 and 28 both exhibited an intense emission band at 621 nm in acetonitrile at 298 K upon excitation at λ > 420 nm. PMID:21033663

  4. Principles of self-assembly of helical pores from dendritic dipeptides

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    Percec, Virgil; Dulcey, Andrés E.; Peterca, Mihai; Ilies, Monica; Nummelin, Sami; Sienkowska, Monika J.; Heiney, Paul A.

    2006-01-01

    The self-assembly of the dendritic dipeptides (4-3,4-3,5)nG2-CH2-Boc-l-Tyr-l-Ala-OMe and their achiral dendritic alcohol (4-3,4-3,5)nG2-CH2OH precursors, both with n = 1–16, where n represents the number of methylenic units in the alkyl groups of the dendron, are reported. All chiral dendritic dipeptides and achiral dendritic alcohols self-assemble into helical porous columns that are stable in both solution and solid state. The pore diameter (Dpore) of the columns self-assembled from dendritic dipeptides is ≈10 Å larger than that of structures assembled from dendritic alcohols. The increase of the Dpore at the transition from dendritic alcohol to dendritic dipeptide is accompanied by a decreased solid angle of the building block. This trend is in agreement with previous pore size-solid angle dependences observed with different protective groups of the dipeptide and primary structures of the dendron. However, within the series of dendritic alcohols and dendritic dipeptides with various n, the Dpore increases when the solid angle increases. The results of these investigations together with those of previous studies on the role of dipeptide stereochemistry and protective groups on this self-assembly process provide the molecular principles required to program the construction of supramolecular helical pores with diameter controlled at the Å level from a single dendritic dipeptide architecture. These principles are expected to be valid for libraries of dendritic dipeptides based on dendrons and dipeptides with various primary structures. PMID:16469843

  5. Photovoltaic self-assembly.

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    Lavin, Judith; Kemp, Richard Alan; Stewart, Constantine A.

    2010-10-01

    This late-start LDRD was focused on the application of chemical principles of self-assembly on the ordering and placement of photovoltaic cells in a module. The drive for this chemical-based self-assembly stems from the escalating prices in the 'pick-and-place' technology currently used in the MEMS industries as the size of chips decreases. The chemical self-assembly principles are well-known on a molecular scale in other material science systems but to date had not been applied to the assembly of cells in a photovoltaic array or module. We explored several types of chemical-based self-assembly techniques, including gold-thiol interactions, liquid polymer binding, and hydrophobic-hydrophilic interactions designed to array both Si and GaAs PV chips onto a substrate. Additional research was focused on the modification of PV cells in an effort to gain control over the facial directionality of the cells in a solvent-based environment. Despite being a small footprint research project worked on for only a short time, the technical results and scientific accomplishments were significant and could prove to be enabling technology in the disruptive advancement of the microelectronic photovoltaics industry.

  6. Self-assembly of multinuclear coordination species with chiral bipyridine ligands: silver complexes of 5,6-CHIRAGEN(o,m,p-xylidene) ligands and equilibrium behaviour in solution.

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    Mamula, O; Monlien, F J; Porquet, A; Hopfgartner, G; Merbach, A E; von Zelewsky, A

    2001-01-19

    The complexation reactions between Ag- and a series of enantiopure ligands belonging to the CHIRAGEN (from CHIRAlity GENerator) family (L1, L2, L3, based on (-)-5,6-pinene bipyridine) have been studied in solution. It has been shown that the length of the bridge plays a fundamental role in the self-assembly processes leading to different compounds: mononuclear complexes (with L3), mixtures of polynuclear complexes (with L2) and circular helicates (with L 1). Although the absolute configuration of the chiral centres in all three ligands is the same, the metal-centred chirality of L3 (delta) is inverted with respect to that in the other two complexes with L1 and L2 (delta). The metal configuration is thus opposite in the mononuclear complex with respect to the polynuclear species. Detailed thermodynamic studies were carried out for the Ag+ and L1 ligand system by 1H and 109Ag NMR spectroscopy (as a function of concentration, temperature and pressure). At low temperature and high pressure, the [Ag6L1(6)]6+ hexanuclear circular helicate forms a tetranuclear circular helicate [Ag4L1(4)]4+: 2[Ag6L1(6)]6+ 3 [Ag4L1(4)]4+. The thermodynamics parameters, obtained by temperature and pressure variation, have the following values: K298 = (8.7 +/- 0.7) x 10(-5) mol x kg(-1), deltaHo = -15.65 +/- 0.8 kJ x mol(-1), deltaSo = -130.2 +/- 3 J x mol(-1) x K(-1) and deltaVo(256 K)= -160 +/- 12 cm3 x mol(-1). The reaction volume calculated according to Connolly's method indicates that the calculated structure of [Ag4L1(4)]4+ is plausible. Both the signs and large magnitudes of deltaSo and deltaVo are counterintuitive, yet can be understood by modelling methods. PMID:11271539

  7. The thermodynamics of the self-assembly of covalently linked oligomeric naphthalenediimides into helical organic nanotubes.

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    Tambara, Koujiro; Olsen, John-Carl; Hansen, David E; Pantoş, G Dan

    2014-01-28

    The mechanism and thermodynamic functions of the self-assembly of a family of covalently linked oligomeric naphthalenediimides (NDIs) were investigated through variable-temperature NMR and CD studies. The NDIs were shown to self-assemble into helical supramolecular nanotubes via an isodesmic polymerisation mechanism, and regardless of the oligomer length a surprising entropy-enthalpy compensation was observed. PMID:24287562

  8. From coordination polymers to hierarchical self-assembled structures

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    Yan, Y.; Keizer, de A.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.; Besseling, N.A.M.

    2011-01-01

    In this review, novel hierarchical self-assembled structures based on reversible organo-metallic supramolecular polymers are discussed. Firstly, we discuss recent advances in the field of coordination polymers, considering cases in which transition metal ions and bis- or multiligands are used to bui

  9. Development of self-assembling nanowires containing electronically active oligothiophenes

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    Tsai, Wei-Wen

    modification of a class of peptide lipids. The tripeptide segments in the molecular structure promote beta-sheet formation in nonpolar organic solvents, which is the main driving force for their self-assembly into 1D nanowires. Left-handed helical nanowires were formed with diameters of 8.9 nm and pitches between 50--150 nm. Substitutions of oligothiophenes lead to unprecedented supercoiling phenomena manifested as the transformation from helical to coiled or curved nanowires. We proposed that the curving of the nanowires is the consequence of relaxation from torsionally strained nanohelices, a process similar to supercoiling of strained DNA double helix. This process is governed by the mismatch in intermolecular distances required for peptide beta-sheets vs. pi-pi interactions of the conjugated segments decorating the periphery of the nanowires. Circular dichroism revealed helical arrangements of the conjugated moieties in these peptide lipids manifesting supercoiling phenomena. Peptide lipids without helical arrangement of the conjugated segments only exhibit helical morphologies. The self-assembly process of peptide lipids also leads to hierarchical assemblies of energetically favored single, double, and triple-helical nanostructures with well-defined dimensions. Self-assembled nanowires from oligothiophene-substituted peptide lipids revealed increased conductivity of 1.39--1.41 x 10-5 S/cm, two orders of magnitude higher than unassembled films and one order of magnitude higher than unsubstituted peptide lipids. The role of the primary beta-helix in controlling supramolecular organization was investigated by varying the chirality of the tripeptide segments, GAA. Four diastereomers of a peptide lipid substituted with p-toluene carboxylates were compared using L or D-alanines. Molecules with all L residues self-assemble into left-handed helical nanofibers with a pitch of 160 +/- 30 nm. Substitution of one or two D-alanines leads to assemblies of cylindrical nanofibers without

  10. Correlation between the Selectivity and the Structure of an Asymmetric Catalyst Built on a Chirally Amplified Supramolecular Helical Scaffold.

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    Desmarchelier, Alaric; Caumes, Xavier; Raynal, Matthieu; Vidal-Ferran, Anton; van Leeuwen, Piet W N M; Bouteiller, Laurent

    2016-04-13

    For the first time, supramolecular helical rods composed of an achiral metal complex and a complementary enantiopure monomer provided a good level of enantioinduction in asymmetric catalysis. Mixtures containing an achiral ligand monomer (BTA(PPh2), 2 mol %) and an enantiopure ligand-free comonomer (ester BTA, 2.5 mol %), both possessing a complementary benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) central unit, were investigated in combination with [Rh(cod)2]BArF (1 mol %) in the asymmetric hydrogenation of dimethyl itaconate. Notably, efficient chirality transfer occurs within the hydrogen-bonded coassemblies formed by BTA Ile and the intrinsically achiral catalytic rhodium catalyst, providing the hydrogenation product with up to 85% ee. The effect of the relative content of BTA Ile as compared to the ligand was investigated. The amount of chiral comonomer can be decreased down to one-fourth of that of the ligand without deteriorating the enantioselectivity of the reaction, while the enantioselectivity decreases for mixtures containing high amounts of BTA Ile. The nonlinear relationship between the amount of chiral comonomer and the enantioselectivity indicates that chirality amplification effects are at work in this catalytic system. Also, right-handed helical rods are formed upon co-assembly of the achiral rhodium complex of BTA(PPh2) and the enantiopure comonomer BTA Ile as confirmed by various spectroscopic and scattering techniques. Remarkably, the major enantiomer and the selectivity of the catalytic reaction are related to the handedness and the net helicity of the coassemblies, respectively. Further development of this class of catalysts built on chirally amplified helical scaffolds should contribute to the design of asymmetric catalysts operating with low amounts of chiral entities. PMID:26998637

  11. Mimics of the self-assembling chlorosomal bacteriochlorophylls: regio- and stereoselective synthesis and stereoanalysis of acyl(1-hydroxyalkyl)porphyrins.

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    Balaban, Teodor Silviu; Bhise, Anil Dnyanoba; Bringmann, Gerhard; Bürck, Jochen; Chappaz-Gillot, Cyril; Eichhöfer, Andreas; Fenske, Dieter; Götz, Daniel C G; Knauer, Michael; Mizoguchi, Tadashi; Mössinger, Dennis; Rösner, Harald; Roussel, Christian; Schraut, Michaela; Tamiaki, Hitoshi; Vanthuyne, Nicolas

    2009-10-14

    Diacylation of copper 10,20-bis(3,5-di-tert-butylphenylporphyrin) using Friedel-Crafts conditions at short reaction times, high concentrations of catalyst, and 0-4 degrees C affords only the 3,17-diacyl-substituted porphyrins, out of the 12 possible regioisomers. At longer reaction times and higher temperatures, the 3,13-diacyl compounds are also formed, and the two isomers can be conveniently separated by normal chromatographic techniques. Monoreduction of these diketones affords in good yields the corresponding acyl(1-hydroxyalkyl)porphyrins, which after zinc metalation are mimics of the natural chlorosomal bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) d. Racemate resolution by HPLC on a variety of chiral columns was achieved and further optimized, thus permitting easy access to enantiopure porphyrins. Enantioselective reductions proved to be less effective in this respect, giving moderate yields and only 79% ee in the best case. The absolute configuration of the 3(1)-stereocenter was assigned by independent chemical and spectroscopic methods. Self-assembly of a variety of these zinc BChl d mimics proves that a collinear arrangement of the hydroxyalkyl substituent with the zinc atom and the carbonyl substituent is not a stringent requirement, since both the 3,13 and the 3,17 regioisomers self-assemble readily as the racemates. Interestingly, the separated enantiomers self-assemble less readily, as judged by absorption, fluorescence, and transmission electron microscopy studies. Circular dichroism spectra of the self-assemblies show intense Cotton effects, which are mirror-images for the two 3(1)-enantiomers, proving that the supramolecular chirality is dependent on the configuration at the 3(1)-stereocenter. Upon disruption of these self-assemblies with methanol, which competes with zinc ligation, only very weak monomeric Cotton effects are present. The favored heterochiral self-assembly process may also be encountered for the natural BChls. This touches upon the long

  12. Solvent-induced helical assembly and reversible chiroptical switching of chiral cyclic-dipeptide-functionalized naphthalenediimides.

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    Manchineella, Shivaprasad; Prathyusha, V; Priyakumar, U Deva; Govindaraju, T

    2013-12-01

    Understanding the roles of various parameters in orchestrating the preferential chiral molecular organization in supramolecular self-assembly processes is of great significance in designing novel molecular functional systems. Cyclic dipeptide (CDP) chiral auxiliary-functionalized naphthalenediimides (NCDPs 1-6) have been prepared and their chiral self-assembly properties have been investigated. Detailed photophysical and circular dichroism (CD) studies have unveiled the crucial role of the solvent in the chiral aggregation of these NCDPs. NCDPs 1-3 form supramolecular helical assemblies and exhibit remarkable chiroptical switching behaviour (M- to P-type) depending on the solvent composition of HFIP and DMSO. The strong influence of solvent composition on the supramolecular chirality of NCDPs has been further corroborated by concentration and solid-state thin-film CD studies. The chiroptical switching between supramolecular aggregates of opposite helicity (M and P) has been found to be reversible, and can be achieved through cycles of solvent removal and redissolution in solvent mixtures of specific composition. The control molecular systems (NCDPs 4-6), with an achiral or D-isomer second amino acid in the CDP auxiliary, did not show chiral aggregation properties. The substantial roles of hydrogen bonding and π-π interactions in the assembly of the NCDPs have been validated through nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), photophysical, and computational studies. Quantum chemical calculations at the ab initio, semiempirical, and density functional theory levels have been performed on model systems to understand the stabilities of the right (P-) and left (M-) handed helical supramolecular assemblies and the nature of the intermolecular interactions. This study emphasizes the role of CDP chiral auxiliaries on the solvent-induced helical assembly and reversible chiroptical switching of naphthalenediimides. PMID:24281809

  13. Self-assembly via microfluidics

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    Wang, Lei; Sánchez, Samuel

    2015-01-01

    The self-assembly of amphiphilic building blocks has attracted extensive interest in myriad fields in recent years, due to their great potential in the nanoscale design of functional hybrid materials. Microfluidic techniques provide an intriguing method to control kinetic aspects of the self-assembly of molecular amphiphiles by the facile adjustment of the hydrodynamics of the fluids. Up to now, there have been several reports about one-step direct self-assembly of different building blocks w...

  14. Self-assembly of channel type β-CD dimers induced by dodecane.

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    Zhou, Chengcheng; Cheng, Xinhao; Zhao, Qiang; Yan, Yun; Wang, Jide; Huang, Jianbin

    2014-01-01

    Cyclodextrins (CDs) can hardly self-assemble into well-defined structures. Here we report if they preassemble into channel type dimers assisted by dodecane, well-defined vesicles and bricks can be formed. Unlike the traditional self-assembly of amphiphilic molecules driven by hydrophobic effect, the self-assembly of the channel type dodecane@2β-CD supramolecular building block is predoninantly driven by hydrogen-bonds. More water molecules are found in the lyophilized vesicles than in the bricks, suggesting water molecules play an important role in the self-assembly of the channel-type dimers of β-CD. The amount of structural water in the self-assembly is closely related to the curvature of the final self-assembled structures. Our work reveals that the channel-type dimer of β-CD may represent a new sort of building block for advanced structures. PMID:25532046

  15. Self-assembly and application of diphenylalanine-based nanostructures.

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    Yan, Xuehai; Zhu, Pengli; Li, Junbai

    2010-06-01

    Micro- and nanostructures fabricated from biological building blocks have attracted tremendous attention owing to their potential for application in biology and in nanotechnology. Many biomolecules, including peptides and proteins, can interact and self-assemble into highly ordered supramolecular architectures with functionality. By imitating the processes where biological peptides or proteins are assembled in nature, one can delicately design and synthesize various peptide building blocks composed of several to dozens of amino acids for the creation of biomimetic or bioinspired nanostructured materials. This tutorial review aims to introduce a new kind of peptide building block, the diphenylalanine motif, extracted with inspiration of a pathogenic process towards molecular self-assembly. We highlight recent and current advances in fabrication and application of diphenylalanine-based peptide nanomaterials. We also highlight the preparation of such peptide-based nanostructures as nanotubes, spherical vesicles, nanofibrils, nanowires and hybrids through self-assembly, the improvement of their properties and the extension of their applications. PMID:20502791

  16. A Chiroptical Logic Circuit Based on Self-Assembled Soft Materials Containing Amphiphilic Spiropyran.

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    Liu, Changxia; Yang, Dong; Jin, Qingxian; Zhang, Li; Liu, Minghua

    2016-02-01

    A chiral logic circuit is proposed based on the multiple chiroptical responsiveness of a supramolecular gel material. The gel is fabricated by mixing a chiral gelator and a spiropyran derivative. Chiral responsiveness including the chiral switch and the logic gate is realized through the combined chirality transfer, photochromism, and acidichromism of the system. PMID:26677055

  17. Multi-hierarchical self-assembly of a collagen mimetic peptide from triple helix to nanofibre and hydrogel

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    Replicating the multi-hierarchical self-assembly of collagen has long-attracted scientists, from both the perspective of the fundamental science of supramolecular chemistry and that of potential biomedical applications in tissue engineering. Many approaches to drive the self-assembly of synthetic s...

  18. Chiral Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

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    Dibyendu S. Bag; T.C. Shami; K.U. Bhasker Rao

    2008-01-01

    The paper reviews nanoscale science and technology of chiral molecules/macromolecules-under twosubtopics-chiral nanotechnology and nano-chiral technology. Chiral nanotechnology discusses thenanotechnology, where molecular chirality plays a role in the properties of materials, including molecularswitches, molecular motors, and other molecular devices; chiral supramolecules and self-assembled nanotubesand their functions are also highlighted. Nano-chiral technology  describes the nanoscale appr...

  19. Virtual Screening for Dipeptide Aggregation: Toward Predictive Tools for Peptide Self-Assembly

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    Frederix, Pim W. J. M.; Ulijn, Rein V.; Hunt, Neil T.; Tuttle, Tell

    2011-01-01

    Several short peptide sequences are known to self-assemble into supramolecular nanostructures with interesting properties. In this study, coarse-grained molecular dynamics is employed to rapidly screen all 400 dipeptide combinations and predict their ability to aggregate as a potential precursor to their self-assembly. The simulation protocol and scoring method proposed allows a rapid determination of whether a given peptide sequence is likely to aggregate (an indicator for the ability to sel...

  20. Coded nanoscale self-assembly

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    Prathyush Samineni; Debabrata Goswami

    2008-12-01

    We demonstrate coded self-assembly in nanostructures using the code seeded at the component level through computer simulations. Defects or cavities occur in all natural assembly processes including crystallization and our simulations capture this essential aspect under surface minimization constraints for self-assembly. Our bottom-up approach to nanostructures would provide a new dimension towards nanofabrication and better understanding of defects and crystallization process.

  1. Effect of Structural Modifications on the Self-Assembly of Oligoprolines Conjugated with Sterically Demanding Chromophores.

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    Lewandowska, Urszula; Zajaczkowski, Wojciech; Pisula, Wojciech; Ma, Yingjie; Li, Chen; Müllen, Klaus; Wennemers, Helma

    2016-03-01

    Conjugates between oligoprolines and sterically demanding perylene monoimides (PMIs) form hierarchical supramolecular self-assemblies. The influence of the length and stereochemistry at the attachment site between the peptide backbone and the chromophore on the self-assembly properties of the conjugates was explored. Comparison between oligoprolines bearing 4R- or 4S-configured azidoprolines (Azp) for the conjugation with the PMIs revealed that diastereoisomers with 4R configuration guide the self-assembly consistently better than conjugates with 4S configuration. Elongating the peptide chain beyond nine proline residues or introducing structural "errors", by altering the absolute configuration of one stereogenic center at the outside of the functionalizable oligoproline helix, lowered the efficacy of self-assembly significantly, both in solution phase and in the solid state. The results showed how subtle structural modifications allow for tuning the self-assembly of chromophores and provided further design principles for the development of peptide-chromophore conjugates into nanostructured materials. PMID:26891419

  2. Virtual Screening for Dipeptide Aggregation: Toward Predictive Tools for Peptide Self-Assembly.

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    Frederix, Pim W J M; Ulijn, Rein V; Hunt, Neil T; Tuttle, Tell

    2011-10-01

    Several short peptide sequences are known to self-assemble into supramolecular nanostructures with interesting properties. In this study, coarse-grained molecular dynamics is employed to rapidly screen all 400 dipeptide combinations and predict their ability to aggregate as a potential precursor to their self-assembly. The simulation protocol and scoring method proposed allows a rapid determination of whether a given peptide sequence is likely to aggregate (an indicator for the ability to self-assemble) under aqueous conditions. Systems that show strong aggregation tendencies in the initial screening are selected for longer simulations, which result in good agreement with the known self-assembly or aggregation of dipeptides reported in the literature. Our extended simulations of the diphenylalanine system show that the coarse-grain model is able to reproduce salient features of nanoscale systems and provide insight into the self-assembly process for this system. PMID:23795243

  3. Virtual Screening for Dipeptide Aggregation: Toward Predictive Tools for Peptide Self-Assembly

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    2011-01-01

    Several short peptide sequences are known to self-assemble into supramolecular nanostructures with interesting properties. In this study, coarse-grained molecular dynamics is employed to rapidly screen all 400 dipeptide combinations and predict their ability to aggregate as a potential precursor to their self-assembly. The simulation protocol and scoring method proposed allows a rapid determination of whether a given peptide sequence is likely to aggregate (an indicator for the ability to self-assemble) under aqueous conditions. Systems that show strong aggregation tendencies in the initial screening are selected for longer simulations, which result in good agreement with the known self-assembly or aggregation of dipeptides reported in the literature. Our extended simulations of the diphenylalanine system show that the coarse-grain model is able to reproduce salient features of nanoscale systems and provide insight into the self-assembly process for this system. PMID:23795243

  4. Chiral assembly of achiral pseudoisocyanine with D-and L-phenylalanine

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    ZENG LiXi; HE Yujian; DAI ZhiFeng; WANG Jian; WANG CaiQi; YANG YongGang

    2009-01-01

    Supramolecular chirality and molecular self-assembly are important and interesting phenomena in living and non-living systems.In this work,supramolecular chirality of achiral pseudoisocyanine (PIC) J-aggregates was successfully induced by D-,L-phenylalanine (Phe) and other amino acids in NaCI solution.The chiral J-aggregates showed a characteristic,induced circular dichroism (ICD) in the visible region of J-band chromophore which depends on the absolute configuration,concentration and side groups of a-amino acids,as well as temperature.The atomic force microscopy images indicated that the J-aggregates exist in large bundles of entangled nanof ibers,and the observed ICD might result from the macroscopic helical arrangement of the assemblies.

  5. Chiral assembly of achiral pseudoisocyanine with D-and L-phenylalanine

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    2009-01-01

    Supramolecular chirality and molecular self-assembly are important and interesting phenomena in living and non-living systems.In this work,supramolecular chirality of achiral pseudoisocyanine(PIC) J-aggregates was successfully induced by D-,L-phenylalanine(Phe) and other amino acids in NaCl solution.The chiral J-aggregates showed a characteristic,induced circular dichroism(ICD) in the visible region of J-band chromophore which depends on the absolute configuration,concentration and side groups of α-amino acids,as well as temperature.The atomic force microscopy images indicated that the J-aggregates exist in large bundles of entangled nanofibers,and the observed ICD might result from the macroscopic helical arrangement of the assemblies.

  6. Advantages of Catalysis in Self-Assembled Molecular Capsules.

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    Catti, Lorenzo; Zhang, Qi; Tiefenbacher, Konrad

    2016-06-27

    Control over the local chemical environment of a molecule can be achieved by encapsulation in supramolecular host systems. In supramolecular catalysis, this control is used to gain advantages over classical homogeneous catalysis in bulk solution. Two of the main advantages concern influencing reactions in terms of substrate and product selectivity. Due to size and/or shape recognition, substrate selective conversion can be realized. Additionally, noncovalent interactions with the host environment facilitate alternative reaction pathways and can yield unusual products. This Concept article discusses and highlights literature examples utilizing self-assembled molecular capsules to achieve catalytic transformations displaying a high degree of substrate and/or product selectivity. Furthermore, the advantage of supramolecular hosts in multicatalyst tandem reactions is covered. PMID:27150251

  7. Influence of the chirality of short peptide supramolecular hydrogels in protein crystallogenesis

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    Conejero-Muriel, Mayte; Gavira, José A.; Pineda-Molina, Estela; Belsom, Adam; Bradley, Mark; Moral, Mónica; García-López Durán, Juan de Dios; Luque González, Angélica; Díaz-Mochón, Juan J; Contreras-montoya, Rafael; Martínez-Peragón, Ángela; Cuerva, Juan M.; Álvarez de Cienfuegos, Luis

    2015-01-01

    For the first time the influence of the chirality of the gel fibers in protein crystallogenesis has been studied. Enantiomeric hydrogels 1 and 2 were tested with model proteins lysozyme and glucose isomerase and a formamidase extracted from B. cereus. Crystallization behaviour and crystal quality of these proteins in both hydrogels are presented and compared.

  8. Self-assembling biomolecular catalysts for hydrogen production

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    Jordan, Paul C.; Patterson, Dustin P.; Saboda, Kendall N.; Edwards, Ethan J.; Miettinen, Heini M.; Basu, Gautam; Thielges, Megan C.; Douglas, Trevor

    2016-02-01

    The chemistry of highly evolved protein-based compartments has inspired the design of new catalytically active materials that self-assemble from biological components. A frontier of this biodesign is the potential to contribute new catalytic systems for the production of sustainable fuels, such as hydrogen. Here, we show the encapsulation and protection of an active hydrogen-producing and oxygen-tolerant [NiFe]-hydrogenase, sequestered within the capsid of the bacteriophage P22 through directed self-assembly. We co-opted Escherichia coli for biomolecular synthesis and assembly of this nanomaterial by expressing and maturing the EcHyd-1 hydrogenase prior to expression of the P22 coat protein, which subsequently self assembles. By probing the infrared spectroscopic signatures and catalytic activity of the engineered material, we demonstrate that the capsid provides stability and protection to the hydrogenase cargo. These results illustrate how combining biological function with directed supramolecular self-assembly can be used to create new materials for sustainable catalysis.

  9. Soft self-assembled nanoparticles with temperature-dependent properties

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    Rovigatti, Lorenzo; Capone, Barbara; Likos, Christos N.

    2016-02-01

    The fabrication of versatile building blocks that reliably self-assemble into desired ordered and disordered phases is amongst the hottest topics in contemporary materials science. To this end, microscopic units of varying complexity, aimed at assembling the target phases, have been thought, designed, investigated and built. Such a path usually requires laborious fabrication techniques, especially when specific functionalisation of the building blocks is required. Telechelic star polymers, i.e., star polymers made of a number of f di-block copolymers consisting of solvophobic and solvophilic monomers grafted on a central anchoring point, spontaneously self-assemble into soft patchy particles featuring attractive spots (patches) on the surface. Here we show that the tunability of such a system can be widely extended by controlling the physical and chemical parameters of the solution. Indeed, under fixed external conditions the self-assembly behaviour depends only on the number of arms and on the ratio of solvophobic to solvophilic monomers. However, changes in temperature and/or solvent quality make it possible to reliably change the number and size of the attractive patches. This allows the steering of the mesoscopic self-assembly behaviour without modifying the microscopic constituents. Interestingly, we also demonstrate that diverse combinations of the parameters can generate stars with the same number of patches but different radial and angular stiffness. This mechanism could provide a neat way of further fine-tuning the elastic properties of the supramolecular network without changing its topology.

  10. Self-assembly of cyclodextrins

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    Fülöp, Z.; Kurkov, S.V.; Nielsen, T.T.;

    2012-01-01

    The design of functional cyclodextrin (CD) nanoparticles is a developing area in the field of nanomedicine. CDs can not only help in the formation of drug carriers but also increase the local concentration of drugs at the site of action. CD monomers form aggregates by self-assembly, a tendency that...... increases upon formation of inclusion complexes with lipophilic drugs. However, the stability of such aggregates is not sufficient for parenteral administration. In this review CD polymers and CD containing nanoparticles are categorized, with focus on self-assembled CD nanoparticles. It is described how the...

  11. Selection of conformational states in self-assembled surface structures formed from an oligo(naphthylene-ethynylene) 3-bit binary switch

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    Ning, Yanxiao; Cramer, Jacob Roland; Nuermaimaiti, Ajiguli;

    2015-01-01

    Supra-molecular self-assembly on surfaces often involves molecular conformational flexibility which may act to enrich the variation and complexity of the structures formed. However, systematic and explicit investigations of how molecular conformational states are selected in surface self-assembly...

  12. Principles of self-assembly of helical pores from dendritic dipeptides

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    Percec, Virgil; Dulcey, Andrés E.; Peterca, Mihai; Ilies, Monica; Nummelin, Sami; Sienkowska, Monika J.; Heiney, Paul A.

    2006-01-01

    The self-assembly of the dendritic dipeptides (4-3,4-3,5)nG2-CH2-Boc-l-Tyr-l-Ala-OMe and their achiral dendritic alcohol (4-3,4-3,5)nG2-CH2OH precursors, both with n = 1–16, where n represents the number of methylenic units in the alkyl groups of the dendron, are reported. All chiral dendritic dipeptides and achiral dendritic alcohols self-assemble into helical porous columns that are stable in both solution and solid state. The pore diameter (Dpore) of the columns self-assembled from dendrit...

  13. Self-assembly of self-assembled molecular triangles

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    Mili C Naranthatta; V Ramkumar; Dillip Kumar Chand

    2014-09-01

    A rare variety of self-assembledmolecular triangle [Pd3(bpy)3(imidazolate)3](NO3)3, 1 is prepared by the combination of Pd(bpy)(NO3)2 with imidazole, at 1:1 ratio, in acetonitrile-water. Deprotonation of imidazole happened during the course of the complexation reaction where upon the metallomacrocycle is formed. The bowl-shaped trinuclear architecture of 1 is crafted with three peripheral bpy units capable of - stacking interactions. While the solution state structure of 1 can be best described as a trinuclear complex, in the solidstate well-fashioned intermolecular - and CH- interactions are observed. Thus, in the solid-state further self-assembly of already self-assembled molecular triangle is witnessed. The triangular panels are arranged in a linear manner utilizing intermolecular - interactions where upon two out of three bpy units of each molecule participated in the chain formation.

  14. Rapid self-assembly of block copolymers to photonic crystals

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    Xia, Yan; Sveinbjornsson, Benjamin R; Grubbs, Robert H; Weitekamp, Raymond; Miyake, Garret M; Atwater, Harry A; Piunova, Victoria; Daeffler, Christopher Scot; Hong, Sung Woo; Gu, Weiyin; Russell, Thomas P.

    2016-07-05

    The invention provides a class of copolymers having useful properties, including brush block copolymers, wedge-type block copolymers and hybrid wedge and polymer block copolymers. In an embodiment, for example, block copolymers of the invention incorporate chemically different blocks comprising polymer size chain groups and/or wedge groups that significantly inhibit chain entanglement, thereby enhancing molecular self-assembly processes for generating a range of supramolecular structures, such as periodic nanostructures and microstructures. The present invention also provides useful methods of making and using copolymers, including block copolymers.

  15. Multifunctional self-assembled monolayers

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    Zawodzinski, T.; Bar, G.; Rubin, S.; Uribe, F. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Ferrais, J. [Texas Univ., Dallas, TX (United States)

    1996-06-01

    This is the final report of at three year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The specific goals of this research project were threefold: to develop multifunctional self-assembled monolayers, to understand the role of monolayer structure on the functioning of such systems, and to apply this knowledge to the development of electrochemical enzyme sensors. An array of molecules that can be used to attach electrochemically active biomolecules to gold surfaces has been synthesized. Several members of a class of electroactive compounds have been characterized and the factors controlling surface modification are beginning to be characterized. Enzymes have been attached to self-assembled molecules arranged on the gold surface, a critical step toward the ultimate goal of this project. Several alternative enzyme attachment strategies to achieve robust enzyme- modified surfaces have been explored. Several means of juxtaposing enzymes and mediators, electroactive compounds through which the enzyme can exchange electrons with the electrode surface, have also been investigated. Finally, the development of sensitive biosensors based on films loaded with nanoscale-supported gold particles that have surface modified with the self-assembled enzyme and mediator have been explored.

  16. Mastering Dendrimer Self-Assembly for Efficient siRNA Delivery: From Conceptual Design to In Vivo Efficient Gene Silencing.

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    Chen, Chao; Posocco, Paola; Liu, Xiaoxuan; Cheng, Qiang; Laurini, Erik; Zhou, Jiehua; Liu, Cheng; Wang, Yang; Tang, Jingjie; Col, Valentina Dal; Yu, Tianzhu; Giorgio, Suzanne; Fermeglia, Maurizio; Qu, Fanqi; Liang, Zicai; Rossi, John J; Liu, Minghua; Rocchi, Palma; Pricl, Sabrina; Peng, Ling

    2016-07-01

    Self-assembly is a fundamental concept and a powerful approach in molecular science. However, creating functional materials with the desired properties through self-assembly remains challenging. In this work, through a combination of experimental and computational approaches, the self-assembly of small amphiphilic dendrons into nanosized supramolecular dendrimer micelles with a degree of structural definition similar to traditional covalent high-generation dendrimers is reported. It is demonstrated that, with the optimal balance of hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity, one of the self-assembled nanomicellar systems, totally devoid of toxic side effects, is able to deliver small interfering RNA and achieve effective gene silencing both in cells - including the highly refractory human hematopoietic CD34(+) stem cells - and in vivo, thus paving the way for future biomedical implementation. This work presents a case study of the concept of generating functional supramolecular dendrimers via self-assembly. The ability of carefully designed and gauged building blocks to assemble into supramolecular structures opens new perspectives on the design of self-assembling nanosystems for complex and functional applications. PMID:27244195

  17. Stable doping of carbon nanotubes via molecular self assembly

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    Lee, B.; Chen, Y.; Podzorov, V., E-mail: podzorov@physics.rutgers.edu [Department of Physics and Institute for Advanced Materials and Devices for Nanotechnology, Rutgers University, New Jersey 08854 (United States); Cook, A.; Zakhidov, A. [Department of Physics and NanoTech Institute, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas 75083 (United States)

    2014-10-14

    We report a novel method for stable doping of carbon nanotubes (CNT) based on methods of molecular self assembly. A conformal growth of a self-assembled monolayer of fluoroalkyl trichloro-silane (FTS) at CNT surfaces results in a strong increase of the sheet conductivity of CNT electrodes by 60–300%, depending on the CNT chirality and composition. The charge carrier mobility of undoped partially aligned CNT films was independently estimated in a field-effect transistor geometry (~100 cm²V⁻¹s⁻¹). The hole density induced by the FTS monolayer in CNT sheets is estimated to be ~1.8 ×10¹⁴cm⁻². We also show that FTS doping of CNT anodes greatly improves the performance of organic solar cells. This large and stable doping effect, easily achieved in large-area samples, makes this approach very attractive for applications of CNTs in transparent and flexible electronics.

  18. Improving Photocatalytic Activity through Electrostatic Self-Assembly: Polyelectrolytes as Tool for Solar Energy Conversion?

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    Groehn, Franziska

    2015-03-01

    With regard to the world's decreasing energy resources, developing strategies to exploit solar energy become more and more important. One approach is to take advantage of photocatalysis. Inspired by natural systems such as assemblies performing photosynthesis, it is highly promising to self-assemble synthetic functional species to form more effective or tailored supramolecular units. In this contribution, a new type of photocatalytically active self-assembled nanostructures in aqueous solution will be presented: supramolecular nano-objects obtained through self-assembly of macroions and multivalent organic or inorganic counterions. Polyelectrolyte-porphyrin nanoscale assemblies exhibit up to 10-fold higher photocatalytic activity than the corresponding porphyrins without polymeric template. Other self-assembled catalysts based on polyelectrolytes can exhibit expressed selectivity in a photocatalytic model reaction or even allow catalytic reactions in solution that are not possible with the building blocks only. Further, current results on combining different functional units at the polyelectrolyte template represent a next step towards more complex supramolecular structures for solar energy conversion.

  19. A self-assembled ionophore

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    Tirumala, Sampath K.

    1997-11-01

    Ionophores are compounds that bind and transport ions. Ion binding and transport are fundamental to many biological and chemical processes. In this thesis we detail the structural characterization and cation binding properties of a self-assembled ionophore built from an isoguanosine (isoG) derivative, 5sp'-t-butyldimethylsilyl-2sp',3sp'-isopropylidene isoG 30. We begin with a summary of the themes that facilitate ionophore design and the definitions of "self-assembly" and "self-assembled ionophore" in Chapter 1. In Chapter 2, we describe the structural characterization of the isoG 30 self-assembly. IsoG possesses complementary hydrogen bond donor and acceptor sites suitable to form a Csb4-symmetric tetramer, (isoG)sb4 51, that is stable even in high dielectric organic solvents such as CDsb3CN and dsb6-acetone. The isoG tetramer 51 has been characterized by vapor phase osmometry, UV spectroscopy, and by 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy. The isoG tetramer 51 organizes by hydrogen bonding between the Watson-Crick face of one isoG base and the complementary bottom edge of another purine. The tetramer 51 is stabilized by an inner and outer ring of hydrogen bonds. The inner ring forms between the imino NH1 proton of one monomer and the C2 carbonyl oxygen of an adjacent monomer, while the outer ring is made up of four NH6-N3 hydrogen bonds. The isoG tetramer 51 is thermodynamically stable, with an equilibrium constant (Ksba) of ca. 10sp9-10sp{10} Msp{-3} at room temperature, and a DeltaGsp° of tetramer formation of -12.5 kcal molsp{-1} in dsb6-acetone at 25sp°C. The van't Hoff plots indicated that the thermodynamic parameters for tetramer formation were DeltaHsp° = -18.2 ± 0.87 kcal molsp{-1} and DeltaSsp°sb{298} = -19.1 ± 5.45 eu. In Chapter 3, we describe the cation binding properties of isoG tetramer 51. The isoG tetramer 51 has a central cavity, containing four oxygen atoms, that is suitable for cation coordination. Depending on the cation, the resulting iso

  20. Syntheses, phase behavior, supramolecular chirality, and field-effect carrier mobility of asymmetrically end-capped mesogenic oligothiophenes.

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    Meng, Qingwei; Sun, Xiao-Hua; Lu, Zhengyu; Xia, Ping-Fang; Shi, Zehua; Chen, Dongzhong; Wong, Man Shing; Wakim, Salem; Lu, Jianping; Baribeau, Jean-Marc; Tao, Ye

    2009-01-01

    A novel series of asymmetrically end-capped mesogenic oligothiophenes, with various oligothiophene core lengths, alkoxy tail lengths, and molecular polarities through introducing alkylsulfanyl or alkylsulfonyl functionalities as the terminal group, have been synthesized by palladium-catalyzed Suzuki cross-coupling and Kumada cross-coupling reactions as key steps. For the single end-capped oligothiophenes, C(m)O-Ar-OT(4)-H in which m=10, 12, 14, 16, and 18, all of these oligomers exhibited a broad temperature range of highly ordered smectic E and enantiotropic nematic phases, apart from the one with the longest octadecyloxy tail. For the double end-capped series C(10)O-Ar-OT(n)-R, R=Ph-SC(6) or Ph-SO(2)C(6) in which n=1, 2, 3, and 4, oligomers with more than one thiophene ring exhibited smectic A and smectic C phases, various crystal polymorphs and/or unusual low-temperature condensed phases. In the nonpolar, alkylsulfanylphenyl-substituted oligothiophene series, both the crystal/solid melting point and mesogenic clear point increased significantly with an increasing oligothiophene conjugation length. In the polar, alkylsulfonylphenyl-substituted oligothiophene series, all the oligomers showed increased melting points, but decreased mesogenic temperature intervals than those of their corresponding alkylsulfanyl counterparts. Remarkably, two different helical structures showing distinct striated textures or striped patterns were observed with a pitch of several to tens of micrometers under a polarized optical microscope upon cooling from their preceding fluidic smectic phases. The unusual twisted smectic layer structures in the thin solid films exhibiting distinct supramolecular chirality of both handednesses, revealed by circular dichroism measurements, were further confirmed by XRD analyses characterized by a sharp layer reflection together with its higher orders and diffuse wide-angle scatterings. In addition, initial studies showed that the highly ordered smectic

  1. Self-assembled controllable microswimmers

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    Grosjean, Galien; Lagubeau, Guillaume; Darras, Alexis; Lumay, Geoffroy; Hubert, Maxime; Vandewalle, Nicolas

    2015-11-01

    Because they cause a deformation of the interface, floating particles interact. In particular, identical particles attract each other. To counter this attraction, particles possessing a large magnetic moment m-> are used. When m-> is perpendicular to the surface, dipole-dipole interaction is repulsive. This competition of forces can lead to the spontaneous formation of organized structures. By using submillimetric steel spheres for which m-> ~ B-> , interdistances in the system can be precisely tuned. Here, we deform these self-assemblies by adding a horizontal contribution m-> to the magnetic moment. Time reversal symmetry is broken in the system, leading to locomotion at low Reynolds number. Moreover, swimming direction depends on the orientation of field, meaning that swimming trajectories can be finely controlled. A model allows to understand the breaking of symmetry, while a study of the vibration modes gives further informations on the dynamics of this sytem. Because this system forms by self-assembly, it allows miniaturization with applications such as cargo transport or solvent flows. It is highly versatile, being composed of simple passive particles and controlled by magnetic fields.

  2. Dissipative particle dynamics simulation study on self-assembly of amphiphilic hyperbranched multiarm copolymers with different degrees of branching.

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    Tan, Haina; Wang, Wei; Yu, Chunyang; Zhou, Yongfeng; Lu, Zhongyuan; Yan, Deyue

    2015-11-21

    Hyperbranched multiarm copolymers (HMCs) have shown great potential to be excellent precursors in self-assembly to form various supramolecular structures in all scales and dimensions in solution. However, theoretical studies on the self-assembly of HMCs, especially the self-assembly dynamics and mechanisms, have been greatly lagging behind the experimental progress. Herein, we investigate the effect of degree of branching (DB) on the self-assembly structures of HMCs by dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulation. Our simulation results demonstrate that the self-assembly morphologies of HMCs can be changed from spherical micelles, wormlike micelles, to vesicles with the increase of DBs, which are qualitatively consistent with the experimental observations. In addition, both the self-assembly mechanisms and the dynamic processes for the formation of these three aggregates have been systematically disclosed through the simulations. These self-assembly details are difficult to be shown by experiments and are very useful to fully understand the self-assembly behaviors of HMCs. PMID:26364696

  3. Facile Isolation of Adsorbent-Free Long and Highly-Pure Chirality-Selected Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Using A Hydrogen-bonding Supramolecular Polymer

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    Toshimitsu, Fumiyuki; Nakashima, Naotoshi

    2015-12-01

    The ideal form of semiconducting-single-walled carbon nanotubes (sem-SWNTs) for science and technology is long, defect-free, chirality pure and chemically pure isolated narrow diameter tubes. While various techniques to solubilize and purify sem-SWNTs have been developed, many of them targeted only the chiral- or chemically-purity while sacrificing the sem-SWNT intrinsic structural identities by applying strong ultra-sonication and/or chemical modifications. Toward the ultimate purification of the sem-SWNTs, here we report a mild-conditioned extraction of the sem-SWNTs using removable supramolecular hydrogen-bonding polymers (HBPs) that are composed of dicarboxylic- or diaminopyridyl-fluorenes with ~70%-(8,6)SWNT selective extraction. Replacing conventional strong sonication techniques by a simple shaking using HPBs was found to provide long sem-SWNTs (>2.0 μm) with a very high D/G ratio, which was determined by atomic force microscopy observations. The HBPs were readily removed from the nanotube surfaces by an outer stimulus, such as a change in the solvent polarities, to provide chemically pure (8,6)-enriched sem-SWNTs. We also describe molecular mechanics calculations to propose possible structures for the HBP-wrapped sem-SWNTs, furthermore, the mechanism of the chiral selectivity for the sorted sem-SWNTs is well explained by the relationship between the molecular surface area and mass of the HBP/SWNT composites.

  4. XTile: An Error-Correction Package for DNA Self-Assembly

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    Chaurasia, Anshul; Jain, Prateek; Gupta, Manish K

    2009-01-01

    Self assembly is a process by which supramolecular species form spontaneously from their components. This process is ubiquitous throughout the life chemistry and is central to biological information processing. It has been predicted that in future self assembly will become an important engineering discipline by combining the fields of bio molecular computation, nano technology and medicine. However error control is a key challenge in realizing the potential of self assembly. Recently many authors have proposed several combinatorial error correction schemes to control errors which have a close analogy with the coding theory such as Winfree s proofreading scheme and its generalizations by Chen and Goel and compact scheme of Reif, Sahu and Yin. In this work, we present an error correction computational tool XTile that can be used to create input files to the Xgrow simulator of Winfree by providing the design logic of the tiles and it also allows the user to apply proofreading, snake and compact error correction ...

  5. Exploring Programmable Self-Assembly in Non-DNA based Molecular Computing

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    Terrazas, German; Krasnogor, Natalio

    2013-01-01

    Self-assembly is a phenomenon observed in nature at all scales where autonomous entities build complex structures, without external influences nor centralised master plan. Modelling such entities and programming correct interactions among them is crucial for controlling the manufacture of desired complex structures at the molecular and supramolecular scale. This work focuses on a programmability model for non DNA-based molecules and complex behaviour analysis of their self-assembled conformations. In particular, we look into modelling, programming and simulation of porphyrin molecules self-assembly and apply Kolgomorov complexity-based techniques to classify and assess simulation results in terms of information content. The analysis focuses on phase transition, clustering, variability and parameter discovery which as a whole pave the way to the notion of complex systems programmability.

  6. Self-assembled nanomaterials for photoacoustic imaging.

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    Wang, Lei; Yang, Pei-Pei; Zhao, Xiao-Xiao; Wang, Hao

    2016-02-01

    In recent years, extensive endeavors have been paid to construct functional self-assembled nanomaterials for various applications such as catalysis, separation, energy and biomedicines. To date, different strategies have been developed for preparing nanomaterials with diversified structures and functionalities via fine tuning of self-assembled building blocks. In terms of biomedical applications, bioimaging technologies are urgently calling for high-efficient probes/contrast agents for high-performance bioimaging. Photoacoustic (PA) imaging is an emerging whole-body imaging modality offering high spatial resolution, deep penetration and high contrast in vivo. The self-assembled nanomaterials show high stability in vivo, specific tolerance to sterilization and prolonged half-life stability and desirable targeting properties, which is a kind of promising PA contrast agents for biomedical imaging. Herein, we focus on summarizing recent advances in smart self-assembled nanomaterials with NIR absorption as PA contrast agents for biomedical imaging. According to the preparation strategy of the contrast agents, the self-assembled nanomaterials are categorized into two groups, i.e., the ex situ and in situ self-assembled nanomaterials. The driving forces, assembly modes and regulation of PA properties of self-assembled nanomaterials and their applications for long-term imaging, enzyme activity detection and aggregation-induced retention (AIR) effect for diagnosis and therapy are emphasized. Finally, we conclude with an outlook towards future developments of self-assembled nanomaterials for PA imaging. PMID:26757620

  7. Self-assembled nanomaterials for photoacoustic imaging

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    Wang, Lei; Yang, Pei-Pei; Zhao, Xiao-Xiao; Wang, Hao

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, extensive endeavors have been paid to construct functional self-assembled nanomaterials for various applications such as catalysis, separation, energy and biomedicines. To date, different strategies have been developed for preparing nanomaterials with diversified structures and functionalities via fine tuning of self-assembled building blocks. In terms of biomedical applications, bioimaging technologies are urgently calling for high-efficient probes/contrast agents for high-performance bioimaging. Photoacoustic (PA) imaging is an emerging whole-body imaging modality offering high spatial resolution, deep penetration and high contrast in vivo. The self-assembled nanomaterials show high stability in vivo, specific tolerance to sterilization and prolonged half-life stability and desirable targeting properties, which is a kind of promising PA contrast agents for biomedical imaging. Herein, we focus on summarizing recent advances in smart self-assembled nanomaterials with NIR absorption as PA contrast agents for biomedical imaging. According to the preparation strategy of the contrast agents, the self-assembled nanomaterials are categorized into two groups, i.e., the ex situ and in situ self-assembled nanomaterials. The driving forces, assembly modes and regulation of PA properties of self-assembled nanomaterials and their applications for long-term imaging, enzyme activity detection and aggregation-induced retention (AIR) effect for diagnosis and therapy are emphasized. Finally, we conclude with an outlook towards future developments of self-assembled nanomaterials for PA imaging.

  8. Carbohydrates in Supramolecular Chemistry.

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    Delbianco, Martina; Bharate, Priya; Varela-Aramburu, Silvia; Seeberger, Peter H

    2016-02-24

    Carbohydrates are involved in a variety of biological processes. The ability of sugars to form a large number of hydrogen bonds has made them important components for supramolecular chemistry. We discuss recent advances in the use of carbohydrates in supramolecular chemistry and reveal that carbohydrates are useful building blocks for the stabilization of complex architectures. Systems are presented according to the scaffold that supports the glyco-conjugate: organic macrocycles, dendrimers, nanomaterials, and polymers are considered. Glyco-conjugates can form host-guest complexes, and can self-assemble by using carbohydrate-carbohydrate interactions and other weak interactions such as π-π interactions. Finally, complex supramolecular architectures based on carbohydrate-protein interactions are discussed. PMID:26702928

  9. Strategies to create hierarchical self-assembled structures via cooperative non-covalent interactions.

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    Rest, Christina; Kandanelli, Ramesh; Fernández, Gustavo

    2015-04-21

    Cooperative phenomena are common processes involved in the hierarchical self-assembly of multiple systems in nature, such as the tobacco mosaic virus and a cell's cytoskeleton. Motivated by the high degree of order exhibited by these systems, a great deal of effort has been devoted in the past two decades to design hierarchical supramolecular polymers by combining different classes of cooperative interactions. In this review, we have classified the field of supramolecular polymers depending on the cooperative non-covalent forces driving their formation, with particular emphasis on recent examples from literature. We believe that this overview would help scientists in the field to design novel self-assembled systems with improved complexity and functionalities. PMID:25735967

  10. Unravelling self-assembly of lanthanide helicates: Switching from deduction to induction

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    Classical supramolecular approach involving thermodynamic and kinetic characterisation is discussed for polymetallic lanthanide complexes with neutral ligands. These experimental studies allow (i) to obtain the stability constants of the self-assembled species and (ii) to establish the formation mechanism. Consequently, the analysis of these data with thermodynamic models promotes a deeper rationalization of self-assembly. The quantitative energetic parametrization of inter- and intra-molecular processes together with intermetallic and interligand interactions is obtained for europium(III) complexes of similar structure. To confirm the predictive ability of this thermodynamic modelling, the stability constant of the homologous tetrametallic helicate [Eu4(L4)3]12+ has been computed. An excellent agreement between the predicted and the experimental value of β4,3Eu,L4 demonstrates the power of this innovative approach for supramolecular programming

  11. Enantioselective analysis of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in freshwater fish based on microextraction with a supramolecular liquid and chiral liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Caballo, Carmen; Sicilia, Maria Dolores; Rubio, Soledad

    2015-06-01

    Toxicity of pharmaceuticals to aquatic biota is still largely unknown, and no research on the stereoselective toxicity of chiral drugs to these organisms has been undertaken to date. Because of the lack of analytical methods available for this purpose, this manuscript deals, for the first time, with the enantioselective analysis of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) ibuprofen, naproxen and ketoprofen in freshwater fish. The method was based on the microextraction of NSAIDs from fish muscle with a supramolecular liquid made up of inverted hexagonal aggregates of decanoic acid, their enantiomeric separation by liquid chromatography onto a (R)-1-naphthylglycine and 3,5-dinitrobenzoic acid stationary phase and quantification by tandem mass spectrometry. Limits of quantitation (LOQs) for NSAID enantiomers were in the range 1.7-3.3 ng g(-1). Absolute recoveries were from 97 to 104 %, which indicated the high extraction efficiency of the supramolecular solvent. Extraction equilibrium conditions were reached after 10 min which permitted fast sample treatment. Relative standard deviations for enantiomers in fish muscle were always below 6 %. Isotopically labelled internal standards were used to compensate for matrix interferences. The method in-house validation was carried out with the Oncorhynchus mykiss species, and it was applied to the determination of NSAID enantiomers in different fortified freshwater fish species (Alburnus alburnus, Lepomis gibbosus, Micropterus salmoides, O. mykiss and Cyprinus carpio). PMID:25869485

  12. Hierarchical Formation of Fibrillar and Lamellar Self-Assemblies from Guanosine-Based Motifs

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    Paolo Neviani

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Here we investigate the supramolecular polymerizations of two lipophilic guanosine derivatives in chloroform by light scattering technique and TEM experiments. The obtained data reveal the presence of several levels of organization due to the hierarchical self-assembly of the guanosine units in ribbons that in turn aggregate in fibrillar or lamellar soft structures. The elucidation of these structures furnishes an explanation to the physical behaviour of guanosine units which display organogelator properties.

  13. Self-Assembled Collagen-like Peptide Fibers as Templates for Metallic Nanowires

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    Gottlieb, Daniel; Morin, Stephen A.; Jin, Song; Raines, Ronald T.

    2008-01-01

    Inspired by nature’s ability to fabricate supramolecular nanostructures from the bottom-up, materials scientist have become increasingly interested in the use of biomolecules like DNA, peptides, or proteins as templates for the creation of novel nanostructures and nanomaterials. Although the advantages of self-assembling biomolecular structures clearly lie in their chemical diversity, spatial control, and numerous geometric architectures, it is challenging to elaborate them into functional hy...

  14. A Supramolecular Hydrogel Inspired by Elastin

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    丁磊; 王淑芳; 武文洁; 胡月晗; 杨翠红; 谭鸣; 孔德领; 杨志谋

    2011-01-01

    Self-assembly prevails in nature and learning from nature will lead to biofunctional materials. Inspired by the protein of elastin, we reported in this study on a supramolecular hydrogel beating the elastin repeating peptide of VPGAG. The visco-elasticity property, morphology of the nanostructures, and aromatic stacking in the self-assembled nanostructure were characterized by a rheometry, transmission electron microscope (TEM), and fluorescence microscope, respectively. The biocompatibility of the gelator was also proved by an MTT assay. Though the supramolecular hydrogel failed to exhibit a high elasticity like elastin, the thixotropic hydrogel might have potentials for the applications in fields of cell culture, controlled-drug release, etc.

  15. Self-assembled polyoxometalates nanoparticles as pickering emulsion stabilizers.

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    Leclercq, Loïc; Mouret, Adrien; Renaudineau, Séverine; Schmitt, Véronique; Proust, Anna; Nardello-Rataj, Véronique

    2015-05-21

    We easily produced a series of polyoxometalate (POM) nanoparticles by taking benefit from electrostatic attractions between various POMs and alkylammonium cations. These self-assembled supramolecular nanoparticles are fully characterized in terms of shape, nanostructure, and physicochemical properties. The nanoparticle differences are discussed on the basis of the chemical composition of the initial POM. Moreover, such particles have the ability to stabilize water-in-oil Pickering emulsions. Using a gel-trapping technique coupled to atomic force microscopy (AFM) observations, we determined their affinity toward oil by the contact angle of adsorbed nanoparticles. We show that the emulsion droplet size and stability can be directly linked to the nanoparticle hydrophobicity, which is tuned by the charge localization and molecular packing of POMs with the ammonium cations. Such particles are of special interest as they open large possibilities for Pickering interfacial catalysis. PMID:25937090

  16. Self-assembly of 33-mer gliadin peptide oligomers.

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    Herrera, M G; Benedini, L A; Lonez, C; Schilardi, P L; Hellweg, T; Ruysschaert, J-M; Dodero, V I

    2015-11-28

    The 33-mer gliadin peptide, LQLQPF(PQPQLPY)3PQPQPF, is a highly immunogenic peptide involved in celiac disease and probably in other immunopathologies associated with gliadin. Herein, dynamic light scattering measurements showed that 33-mer, in the micromolar concentration range, forms polydisperse nano- and micrometer range particles in aqueous media. This behaviour is reminiscent of classical association of colloids and we hypothesized that the 33-mer peptide self-assembles into micelles that could be the precursors of 33-mer oligomers in water. Deposition of 33-mer peptide aqueous solution on bare mica generated nano- and microstructures with different morphologies as revealed by atomic force microscopy. At 6 μM, the 33-mer is organised in isolated and clusters of spherical nanostructures. In the 60 to 250 μM concentration range, the spherical oligomers associated mainly in linear and annular arrangements and structures adopting a "sheet" type morphology appeared. At higher concentrations (610 μM), mainly filaments and plaques immersed in a background of nanospherical structures were detected. The occurrence of different morphologies of oligomers and finally the filaments suggests that the unique specific geometry of the 33-mer oligomers has a crucial role in the subsequent condensation and organization of their fractal structures into the final filaments. The self-assembly process on mica is described qualitatively and quantitatively by a fractal diffusion limited aggregation (DLA) behaviour with the fractal dimension in the range of 1.62 ± 0.02 to 1.73 ± 0.03. Secondary structure evaluation of the oligomers by Attenuated Total Reflection FTIR spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) revealed the existence of a conformational equilibrium of self-assembled structures, from an extended conformation to a more folded parallel beta elongated structures. Altogether, these findings provide structural and morphological information about supramolecular organization of the 33-mer

  17. Morphological Versatility in the Self-Assembly of Val-Ala and Ala-Val Dipeptides.

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    Erdogan, Hakan; Babur, Esra; Yilmaz, Mehmet; Candas, Elif; Gordesel, Merve; Dede, Yavuz; Oren, Ersin Emre; Demirel, Gokcen Birlik; Ozturk, Mustafa Kemal; Yavuz, Mustafa Selman; Demirel, Gokhan

    2015-07-01

    Since the discovery of dipeptide self-assembly, diphenylalanine (Phe-Phe)-based dipeptides have been widely investigated in a variety of fields. Although various supramolecular Phe-Phe-based structures including tubes, vesicles, fibrils, sheets, necklaces, flakes, ribbons, and wires have been demonstrated by manipulating the external physical or chemical conditions applied, studies of the morphological diversity of dipeptides other than Phe-Phe are still required to understand both how these small molecules respond to external conditions such as the type of solvent and how the peptide sequence affects self-assembly and the corresponding molecular structures. In this work, we investigated the self-assembly of valine-alanine (Val-Ala) and alanine-valine (Ala-Val) dipeptides by varying the solvent medium. It was observed that Val-Ala dipeptide molecules may generate unique self-assembly-based morphologies in response to the solvent medium used. Interestingly, when Ala-Val dipeptides were utilized as a peptide source instead of Val-Ala, we observed distinct differences in the final dipeptide structures. We believe that such manipulation may not only provide us with a better understanding of the fundamentals of the dipeptide self-assembly process but also may enable us to generate novel peptide-based materials for various applications. PMID:26086903

  18. Supramolecular science: A new way to understand the matter world

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    ZHANG Xi; SHEN Jiacong

    2003-01-01

    @@ After over 20 years' rapid development, supramolecular chemistry has exceeded the original realm of organic host-guest chemistry, and formed its own unique concepts and systems, such as molecular recognition, molecular self-assembly, supramolecular devices and materials[1,2]. These branches have organized into a charming new subject in the whole family of chemistry.

  19. Recent development of peptide self-assembly

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    Xiubo Zhao; Fang Pan; Jian R. Lu

    2008-01-01

    Amino acids are the building blocks to build peptides and proteins. Recent development in peptide synthesis has however enabled us to mimic this natural process by preparing various long and short peptides possessing different conformations and biological functions. The self-assembly of short designed peptides into molecular nanostructures is becoming a growing interest in nanobiotechnology. Self-assembled peptides exhibit several attractive features for applications in tissue regeneration, drug delivery, biological surface engineering as well as in food science, cosmetic industry and antibiotics. The aim of this review is to introduce the readers to a number of representative studies on peptide self-assembly.

  20. Self assembly of interlocked architectures

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    Schergna, S

    2002-01-01

    An area of great interest is the synthesis and characterisation of molecules possessing moving parts, with the goal that they can act as 'molecular machine' carrying out tasks that molecules with fixed conventional architectures cannot do. Rotaxanes and catenanes (mechanically interlocked architectures) represent one approach toward achieving these aims as their component wheels and / or threads are connected together but can still move, in certain, controlled directions. This thesis focused on the study of structural rigidity and the preorganisation of thread binding sites as factors of major influence on template efficiency in the synthesis of hydrogen bond assembled supramolecular structures (rotaxanes and catenanes). Chapter One gives a brief outline of the common synthetic approaches to interlocked architectures (catenanes and rotaxanes) that are now being developed to address the problems outlined above. Chapter Two and Chapter Three concerns the synthesis of novel amide-based rotaxanes containing vario...

  1. Directed Self-Assembly of Nanodispersions

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    Furst, Eric M [University of Delaware

    2013-11-15

    Directed self-assembly promises to be the technologically and economically optimal approach to industrial-scale nanotechnology, and will enable the realization of inexpensive, reproducible and active nanostructured materials with tailored photonic, transport and mechanical properties. These new nanomaterials will play a critical role in meeting the 21st century grand challenges of the US, including energy diversity and sustainability, national security and economic competitiveness. The goal of this work was to develop and fundamentally validate methods of directed selfassembly of nanomaterials and nanodispersion processing. The specific aims were: 1. Nanocolloid self-assembly and interactions in AC electric fields. In an effort to reduce the particle sizes used in AC electric field self-assembly to lengthscales, we propose detailed characterizations of field-driven structures and studies of the fundamental underlying particle interactions. We will utilize microscopy and light scattering to assess order-disorder transitions and self-assembled structures under a variety of field and physicochemical conditions. Optical trapping will be used to measure particle interactions. These experiments will be synergetic with calculations of the particle polarizability, enabling us to both validate interactions and predict the order-disorder transition for nanocolloids. 2. Assembly of anisotropic nanocolloids. Particle shape has profound effects on structure and flow behavior of dispersions, and greatly complicates their processing and self-assembly. The methods developed to study the self-assembled structures and underlying particle interactions for dispersions of isotropic nanocolloids will be extended to systems composed of anisotropic particles. This report reviews several key advances that have been made during this project, including, (1) advances in the measurement of particle polarization mechanisms underlying field-directed self-assembly, and (2) progress in the

  2. From Self-Assembled Vesicles to Protocells

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    Chen, Irene A.; Walde, Peter

    2010-01-01

    Self-assembled vesicles are essential components of primitive cells. We review the importance of vesicles during the origins of life, fundamental thermodynamics and kinetics of self-assembly, and experimental models of simple vesicles, focusing on prebiotically plausible fatty acids and their derivatives. We review recent work on interactions of simple vesicles with RNA and other studies of the transition from vesicles to protocells. Finally we discuss current challenges in understanding the ...

  3. Mechanical Self-Assembly Science and Applications

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    Mechanical Self-Assembly: Science and Applications introduces a novel category of self-assembly driven by mechanical forces. This book discusses self-assembly in various types of small material structures including thin films, surfaces, and micro- and nano-wires, as well as the practice's potential application in micro and nanoelectronics, MEMS/NEMS, and biomedical engineering. The mechanical self-assembly process is inherently quick, simple, and cost-effective, as well as accessible to a large number of materials, such as curved surfaces for forming three-dimensional small structures. Mechanical self-assembly is complementary to, and sometimes offer advantages over, the traditional micro- and nano-fabrication. This book also: Presents a highly original aspect of the science of self-assembly Describes the novel methods of mechanical assembly used to fabricate a variety of new three-dimensional material structures in simple and cost-effective ways Provides simple insights to a number of biological systems and ...

  4. Self-assembly of silk fibroin under osmotic stress

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    Sohn, Sungkyun

    The supramolecular self-assembly behavior of silk fibroin was investigated using osmotic stress technique. In Chapter 2, a ternary phase diagram of water-silk-LiBr was constructed based on X-ray results on the osmotically stressed regenerated silk fibroin of Bombyx mori silkworm. Microscopic data indicated that silk I is a hydrated structure and a rough estimate of the number of water molecules lost by the structure upon converting from silk I to silk II has been made, and found to be about 2.2 per [GAGAGS] hexapeptide. In Chapter 3, wet-spinning of osmotically stressed, regenerated silk fibroin was performed, based on the prediction that the enhanced control over structure and phase behavior using osmotic stress method helps improve the physical properties of wet-spun regenerated silk fibroin fibers. The osmotic stress was applied in order to pre-structure the regenerated silk fibroin molecule from its original random coil state to more oriented state, manipulating the phase of the silk solution in the phase diagram before the start of spinning. Monofilament fiber with a diameter of 20 microm was produced. In Chapter 4, we investigated if there is a noticeable synergistic osmotic pressure increase between co-existing polymeric osmolyte and salt when extremely highly concentrated salt molecules are present both at sample subphase and stressing subphase, as is the case of silk fibroin self-assembly. The equilibration method that measures osmotic pressure relative to a reference with known osmotic pressure was introduced. Osmotic pressure of aqueous LiBr solution up to 2.75M was measured and it was found that the synergistic effect was insignificant up to this salt concentration. Solution parameters of stressing solutions and Arrhenius kinetics based on time-temperature relationship for the equilibration process were derived as well. In Chapter 5, self-assembly behavior of natural silk fibroin within the gland of Bombyx mori silkworm was investigated using osmotic

  5. Colloidal chirality in wormlike micellar systems exclusively originated from achiral species: Role of secondary assembly and stimulus responsivity.

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    Zhao, Wenrong; Hao, Jingcheng

    2016-09-15

    Colloidal chirality in wormlike micellar systems exclusively originated from achiral species and discussion of the role of secondary assembly of fiber-like aggregates in chirality generation were presented in this paper. Herein, formation of colloidal wormlike micelles for the first time incorporated chirality and redox-responsiveness into one design via noncovalent interaction. A dual-stimuli-responsive gel of wormlike micelles which were designed by employing a dual-responsive cationic surfactant (FTMA) and a strong gelator (AzoNa4) and regulated by redox reaction and host-guest inclusion is presented. Both the redox and host-guest interaction play an important role in regulating the viscosity and supramolecular chirality of gels of the wormlike micelles. The supramolecular chirality and viscosity of the wormlike micelle gels were switched reversibly by exerting chemical redox onto the ferrocenyl groups. For the amphiphile FTMA containing redox-active ferrocenyl group, reversible control of the oxidation state of ferrocenyl groups leads to the charge and hydrophobicity changes of FTMA, therefore change its self-assembly behavior. Of equal interest, β-CD successfully detached the wormlike micelles via the recognition-inclusion behavior with FTMA and invalidate the H-bond and hydrophobic interaction between FTMA and AzoH4. This designed system provides a new strategy to tune the supramolecular chirality of colloidal aggregates and explore the specific packing mode detail within the micelles or the secondary assembly of the inter-micelles. We anticipate this dual-responsive H-bond-directed chiral gel switch could propose a new strategy when researchers designing new, multi-responsive functional gel materials. PMID:27314643

  6. Self assembly of interlocked architectures

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    An area of great interest is the synthesis and characterisation of molecules possessing moving parts, with the goal that they can act as 'molecular machine' carrying out tasks that molecules with fixed conventional architectures cannot do. Rotaxanes and catenanes (mechanically interlocked architectures) represent one approach toward achieving these aims as their component wheels and / or threads are connected together but can still move, in certain, controlled directions. This thesis focused on the study of structural rigidity and the preorganisation of thread binding sites as factors of major influence on template efficiency in the synthesis of hydrogen bond assembled supramolecular structures (rotaxanes and catenanes). Chapter One gives a brief outline of the common synthetic approaches to interlocked architectures (catenanes and rotaxanes) that are now being developed to address the problems outlined above. Chapter Two and Chapter Three concerns the synthesis of novel amide-based rotaxanes containing various saturated and unsaturated skeletons in their templating core. These new amide-based rotaxanes (muconic, hydromuconic and glutaconic) were synthesised by a clipping strategy in high yields. Chapter Four concerns the synthesis of a novel class of rotaxanes containing a naphthalene tetramide macrocycle that has a larger cavity (102). Several rotaxanation experiments based on macrocycle 102 precursors and threads containing several possible templating motifs were examined. Chapter Five report on the use of rotaxane wheels as a non-covalent protecting group able to influence the chemical behaviour of the functional groups in the central part of the axle. Chapter Six several heterocircuit [2]catenanes functionalised with various sulphide groups were synthesised and their monolayer forming capability on a gold surface studied. Another approach involving covalent attachment of macrocycles and catenanes on a pre-formed monolayer was also investigated. (author)

  7. Ultrasmall Peptides Self-Assemble into Diverse Nanostructures: Morphological Evaluation and Potential Implications

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    Charlotte A.E. Hauser

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we perform a morphological evaluation of the diverse nanostructures formed by varying concentration and amino acid sequence of a unique class of ultrasmall self-assembling peptides. We modified these peptides by replacing the aliphatic amino acid at the C-aliphatic terminus with different aromatic amino acids. We tracked the effect of introducing aromatic residues on self-assembly and morphology of resulting nanostructures. Whereas aliphatic peptides formed long, helical fibers that entangle into meshes and entrap >99.9% water, the modified peptides contrastingly formed short, straight fibers with a flat morphology. No helical fibers were observed for the modified peptides. For the aliphatic peptides at low concentrations, different supramolecular assemblies such as hollow nanospheres and membrane blebs were found. Since the ultrasmall peptides are made of simple, aliphatic amino acids, considered to have existed in the primordial soup, study of these supramolecular assemblies could be relevant to understanding chemical evolution leading to the origin of life on Earth. In particular, we propose a variety of potential applications in bioengineering and nanotechnology for the diverse self-assembled nanostructures.

  8. Ultrasmall peptides self-assemble into diverse nanostructures: morphological evaluation and potential implications.

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    Lakshmanan, Anupama; Hauser, Charlotte A E

    2011-01-01

    In this study, we perform a morphological evaluation of the diverse nanostructures formed by varying concentration and amino acid sequence of a unique class of ultrasmall self-assembling peptides. We modified these peptides by replacing the aliphatic amino acid at the C-aliphatic terminus with different aromatic amino acids. We tracked the effect of introducing aromatic residues on self-assembly and morphology of resulting nanostructures. Whereas aliphatic peptides formed long, helical fibers that entangle into meshes and entrap >99.9% water, the modified peptides contrastingly formed short, straight fibers with a flat morphology. No helical fibers were observed for the modified peptides. For the aliphatic peptides at low concentrations, different supramolecular assemblies such as hollow nanospheres and membrane blebs were found. Since the ultrasmall peptides are made of simple, aliphatic amino acids, considered to have existed in the primordial soup, study of these supramolecular assemblies could be relevant to understanding chemical evolution leading to the origin of life on Earth. In particular, we propose a variety of potential applications in bioengineering and nanotechnology for the diverse self-assembled nanostructures. PMID:22016623

  9. On the self-assembly of TiOx into 1D NP network nanostructures

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    Here, we report for the first time a ‘ligand free’ method of designing 1D TiOx supramolecular network materials, which starts from Ti bare metal powder. Each TiOx oxidation step has been carefully investigated with different analytical techniques, including high resolution transmission electron microscopy/high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRTEM/HRSEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) measurements. The self-assembly of TiOx nanoparticles (NPs) into 1D supramolecular nanoparticle networks is induced by the formation of mixed valent TiII,III species. The synthesis starts with etching a bare Ti surface, followed by a continuous oxidation of TiOx clusters and NPs, and it finally ends with the self-assembly into rigid 1D NPs chains. Today, such self-assembled 1D NP TiOx network materials are bridging the gap between the nanoscale and the macroscopic material world and will further provide interesting research opportunities. (fast track communication)

  10. Patterned self-assembled film guided electrodeposition

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    ZHOU; Feng; LI; Bin; XU; Tao; CHEN; Miao; HAO; Jingcheng; LI

    2004-01-01

    The paper describes the fabrication of polypyrrole (PPy) microstructures through patterned self-assembled film guided electrodeposition. Thus the patterned self-assembled monolayer is prepared by microcontact printing (μCP) and used as the template in the electrodeposition of PPy. It has been found that the self-assembled monolayer plays completely different roles on different substrates in directing the deposition of the PPy. Namely, the electrodeposition mainly occurs on the exposed area of the gold substrates patterned with dodecanethiol (DDT) and octadecanelthiol (ODT) and on the indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate patterned with octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS), while PPy nucleates on the OTS covered area and no deposition is found on the exposed area of a semiconductor substrate (silicon). This is attributed to the cooperative effect between the substrate conductivity and the compatibility of the PPy oligomer with the covered or exposed area of the substrate surface.

  11. Self-assembly of ciprofloxacin and a tripeptide into an antimicrobial nanostructured hydrogel.

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    Marchesan, Silvia; Qu, Yue; Waddington, Lynne J; Easton, Christopher D; Glattauer, Veronica; Lithgow, Trevor J; McLean, Keith M; Forsythe, John S; Hartley, Patrick G

    2013-05-01

    This work reports the self-assembly of a sparingly soluble antibiotic (ciprofloxacin) and a hydrophobic tripeptide ((D)Leu-Phe-Phe) into supramolecular nanostructures that yield a macroscopic hydrogel at physiological pH. Drug incorporation results in modified morphology and rheological properties of the self-assembled hydrogel. These changes can be correlated with intermolecular interactions between the drug and the peptide, as confirmed by spectroscopic analysis (fluorescence, circular dichroism, IR). The drug appears bound within the hydrogel by non-covalent interactions, and retains its activity over a prolonged release timescale. Antimicrobial activity of the ciprofloxacin-peptide self-assembled hydrogel was evaluated against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and a clinical strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae. Interestingly, the peptide hydrogel alone exhibited a mild anti-bacterial activity against Gram-negative bacteria. While toxic to bacteria, no major cytotoxicity was seen in haemolysis assays of human red blood cells or in mouse fibroblast cell cultures. This new approach of drug incorporation into the nanostructure of a simple tripeptide hydrogel by self-assembly may have important applications for cost-effective wound dressings and novel antimicrobial formulations. PMID:23422591

  12. Honeycomb self-assembled peptide scaffolds by the breath figure method.

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    Du, Mingchun; Zhu, Pengli; Yan, Xuehai; Su, Ying; Song, Weixing; Li, Junbai

    2011-04-01

    The self-assembly of molecules into desired architectures is currently a challenging subject for the development of supramolecular chemistry. Here we present a facile "breath figure" assembly process through the use of the self-assembled peptide building block diphenylalanine (L-Phe-L-Phe, FF). Macroporous honeycomb scaffolds were fabricated, and average pore size could be regulated, from (1.00±0.18) μm to (2.12±0.47) μm, through the use of different air speeds. It is indicated that the honeycomb formation is humidity-, solvent-, concentration-, and substrate-dependent. Moreover, water molecules introduced from "breath figure" intervene in the formation of hydrogen bonds during FF molecular self-assembly, which results in a hydrogen bond configuration transition from antiparallel β sheet to parallel β sheet. Meanwhile, as a result of the higher polarity of water molecules, the FF molecular array is transformed from laminar stacking into a hexagonal structure. These findings not only elucidate the FF molecule self-assembly process, but also strongly support the mechanism of breath figure array formation. Finally, human embryo skin fibroblast (ESF) culture experiments suggest that FF honeycomb scaffolds are an attractive biomaterial for growth of adherent cells with great potential applications in tissue engineering. PMID:21387428

  13. Self-assembly of metalloporphyrins: first TPP-bipy coordination polymer with CoII (TPP=meso-tetraphenylporphyrin and bipy=4,4´-bipyridine)

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    Fidalgo Marijuan, Arkaitz; Barandika Argoitia, Miren Gotzone; Bazán Blau, Begoña del Pilar; Urtiaga Greaves, Miren Karmele; Arriortua Marcaida, María Isabel

    2015-01-01

    Póster presentado en: 11th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry. 2-5 Diciembre 2011. Barcelona, España (ISABC 2011) Supramolecular entities based on self-assembly of metalloporphyrins are paradigmatic examples of the great efficiency of the nanodevices used by natural systems in photosynthesis, oxygen transport, electron transfer and catalysis. Obtaining supramolecular entities may be approached by different strategies of synthetic design. One of them consists on t...

  14. From self-assembled vesicles to protocells.

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    Chen, Irene A; Walde, Peter

    2010-07-01

    Self-assembled vesicles are essential components of primitive cells. We review the importance of vesicles during the origins of life, fundamental thermodynamics and kinetics of self-assembly, and experimental models of simple vesicles, focusing on prebiotically plausible fatty acids and their derivatives. We review recent work on interactions of simple vesicles with RNA and other studies of the transition from vesicles to protocells. Finally we discuss current challenges in understanding the biophysics of protocells, as well as conceptual questions in information transmission and self-replication. PMID:20519344

  15. Remote control of self-assembled microswimmers

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    Grosjean, Galien; Darras, Alexis; Hubert, Maxime; Lumay, Geoffroy; Vandewalle, Nicolas

    2015-01-01

    Physics governing the locomotion of microorganisms and other microsystems is dominated by viscous damping. An effective swimming strategy involves the non-reciprocal and periodic deformations of the considered body. Here, we show that a magnetocapillary-driven self-assembly, composed of three soft ferromagnetic beads, is able to swim along a liquid-air interface when powered by an external magnetic field. More importantly, we demonstrate that trajectories can be fully controlled, opening ways to explore low Reynolds number swimming. This magnetocapillary system spontaneously forms by self-assembly, allowing miniaturization and other possible applications such as cargo transport or solvent flows.

  16. Unfolding a molecular trefoil derived from a zwitterionic metallopeptide to form self-assembled nanostructures

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    Zhang, Ye

    2015-02-19

    While used extensively by nature to control the geometry of protein structures, and dynamics of proteins, such as self-organization, hydration forces and ionic interactions received less attention for controlling the behaviour of small molecules. Here we describe the synthesis and characterization of a novel zwitterionic metallopeptide consisting of a cationic core and three distal anionic groups linked by self-assembling peptide motifs. 2D NMR spectra, total correlated spectroscopy and nuclear Overhauser effect spectroscopy, show that the molecule exhibits a three-fold rotational symmetry and adopts a folded conformation in dimethyl sulfoxide due to Coulombic forces. When hydrated in water, the molecule unfolds to act as a self-assembling building block of supramolecular nanostructures. By combining ionic interactions with the unique geometry from metal complex and hydrophobic interactions from simple peptides, we demonstrate a new and effective way to design molecules for smart materials through mimicking a sophisticated biofunctional system using a conformational switch.

  17. Basic building units, self-assembly and crystallization in the formation of complex inorganic open architectures

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    C N R Rao

    2001-10-01

    Careful investigations of open-framework metal phosphates reveal that the formation of these complex architectures is likely to involve a process wherein one-dimensional ladders or chains, and possibly zero-dimens ional monomers, transform to higher dimensional structures. The one-dimensional ladder appears to be the primary building unit of these structures. At one stage of the building-up process, spontaneous self-assembly of a low-dimensional structure such as the ladder seems to occur, followed by crys tallization of a two- or three-dimensional structure. Accordingly, many of the higher dimensional structures retain the structural features of the 1D structure, indicating the occurrence of self-assembly. These findings mark the beginnings of our understan ding of complex supramolecular inorganic materials.

  18. Self-assembled Thiolated Calix[n]arene (n=4, 6, 8) Films on Gold Electrodes and Application for Electrochemical Determination Dopamine

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    Highlights: • TCnA/GE was prepared by using a simple self-assembled strategy. • Multilayer self-assembled films of TCnA molecules were fabricated on GE. • TCnA/GE exhibited high supramolecular recognition and enrichment capability. • TC8A/GE showed excellent electrochemical performance for DA. - Abstract: In this study, gold electrodes (GE) modified with three kinds of thiolated calix[4,6,8]arenes (TCnA: TC4A, TC6A, TC8A) were successfully prepared using a simple self-assembly strategy. Three self-assembled films were characterized by cyclic voltammetry measurement, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, static contact angle measurement and atomic force microscopy. The results confirmed that TCnA molecules effectively absorbed onto the surface of gold electrodes to fabricate the multilayer self-assembled films. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) measurement showed that the TCnA/GE exhibited high supramolecular recognition and enrichment capability and consequently displayed good electrochemical response toward dopamine (DA). Especially, TC8A/GE exhibited an excellent electrochemical performance for DA with high current densities of 1.5 mA mmol−1 L cm−2, broad linear range (1 × 10−6 to 1 × 10−3 mol L−1) and low detection limit (5 × 10−7 mol L−1). The mechanism of supramolecular recognition and enrichment capability of TCnA/GE was discussed

  19. From self-assembly fundamental knowledge to nanomedicine developments.

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    Monduzzi, Maura; Lampis, Sandrina; Murgia, Sergio; Salis, Andrea

    2014-03-01

    This review highlights the key role of NMR techniques in demonstrating the molecular aspects of the self-assembly of surfactant molecules that nowadays constitute the basic knowledge which modern nanoscience relies on. The aim is to provide a tutorial overview. The story of a rigorous scientific approach to understand self-assembly in surfactant systems and biological membranes starts in the early seventies when the progresses of SAXRD and NMR technological facilities allowed to demonstrate the existence of ordered soft matter, and the validity of Tanford approach concerning self-assembly at a molecular level. Particularly, NMR quadrupolar splittings, NMR chemical shift anisotropy, and NMR relaxation of dipolar and quadrupolar nuclei in micellar solutions, microemulsions, and liquid crystals proved the existence of an ordered polar-apolar interface, on the NMR time scale. NMR data, rationalized in terms of the two-step model of relaxation, allowed to quantify the dynamic aspects of the supramolecular aggregates in different soft matter systems. In addition, NMR techniques allowed to obtain important information on counterion binding as well as on size of the aggregate through molecular self-diffusion. Indeed NMR self-diffusion proved without any doubt the existence of bicontinuous microemulsions and bicontinuous cubic liquid crystals, suggested by pioneering and brilliant interpretation of SAXRD investigations. Moreover, NMR self-diffusion played a fundamental role in the understanding of microemulsion and emulsion nanostructures, phase transitions in phase diagrams, and particularly percolation phenomena in microemulsions. Since the nineties, globalization of the knowledge along with many other technical facilities such as electron microscopy, particularly cryo-EM, produced huge progresses in surfactant and colloid science. Actually we refer to nanoscience: bottom up/top down strategies allow to build nanodevices with applications spanning from ICT to food

  20. Bola-amphiphile self-assembly

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    Svaneborg, Carsten

    2012-01-01

    Bola-amphiphiles are rod-like molecules where both ends of the molecule likes contact with water, while the central part of the molecule dislikes contact with water. What do such molecules do when they are dissolved in water? They self-assemble into micelles. This is a Dissipartive particle dynam...

  1. DNA addition using linear self-assembly

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    ZHAO Jian; QIAN LuLu; LIU Qiang; ZHANG ZhiZhou; HE Lin

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a DNA algorithm which adds two nonnegative binary integers using self-assembly in constant steps. The approach has the benefit of greater experimental simplicity when compared with previous DNA addition algorithms. For the addition of two binary n-bit integers, O(n) is different from DNA strands and only O(1) biochemical experimental procedures are required.

  2. [INVITED] Self-assembled optical metamaterials

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    Baron, Alexandre; Aradian, Ashod; Ponsinet, Virginie; Barois, Philippe

    2016-08-01

    Self-assembled metamaterials constitute a promising platform to achieving bulk and homogenous optical materials that exhibit unusual effective medium properties. For many years now, the research community has contemplated lithographically fabricated metasurfaces, with extraordinary optical features. However, achieving large volumes at low cost is still a challenge by top-down fabrication. Bottom-up fabrication, that relies both on nanochemistry and self-assembly, is capable of building such materials while greatly reducing the energy footprint in the formulation of the metamaterial. Self-assembled metamaterials have shown that they are capable of reaching unprecedented values of bulkiness and homogeneity figures of merit. This feat is achieved by synthesizing plasmonic nanoresonators (meta-atoms in the sense of artificial polarizable units) and assembling them into a fully three-dimensional matrix through a variety of methods. Furthermore it has been shown that a wide range of material parameters can be tailored by controlling the geometry and composition of the meta-atoms as well as the volume fraction of the nano-objects in the metamaterial. Here we conduct a non-comprehensive review of some of the recent trends in self-assembled optical metamaterials and illustrate these trends with our recent work.

  3. Functional materials of self-assembled compounds

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    Hameren, R. van

    2010-01-01

    The research described in the thesis entitled “Functional materials of self-assembled compounds” has been carried out at the interface of physics and chemistry, with the aim to explore new scientific opportunities and develop new applications. The research mainly focuses on porphyrins, chromophoric

  4. Self-assembled nanogaps for molecular electronics

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    Tang, Qingxin; Tong, Yanhong; Jain, Titoo;

    2009-01-01

    A nanogap for molecular devices was realized using solution-based self-assembly. Gold nanorods were assembled to gold nanoparticle-coated conducting SnO2:Sb nanowires via thiol end-capped oligo(phenylenevinylene)s (OPVs). The molecular gap was easily created by the rigid molecule itself during se...

  5. Self-assembling bisphosphonates into nanofibers to enhance their inhibitory capacity on bone resorption

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    Tang, Anming; Qian, Yu; Liu, Shuang; Wang, Weijuan; Xu, Bing; Qin, An; Liang, Gaolin

    2016-05-01

    Osteoporosis (OP) is an important aging-related disease and the effective prevention/treatment of this disease remains challenging. Considering the acidic microenvironment of bone resorption lacunae, herein, we rationally designed two pamidronate (Pami)-derivative and alendronate (Alen)-derivative hydrogelators Pami-D and Alen-D which self-assemble into nanofibers to form supramolecular hydrogels under acidic conditions. Cell viability assay, osteoclastogenesis, osteoclastic gene expression, and in vitro bone resorption results indicated that both Pami-D and Alen-D have better inhibitory effects on osteoclastic formation and bone resorption than Pami and Alen, respectively. We anticipate that our new drugs Pami-D and Alen-D could ``smartly'' self-assemble and locally concentrate the drugs at bone resorption lacunae in vivo and subsequently prevent/treat osteoporosis more efficiently.Osteoporosis (OP) is an important aging-related disease and the effective prevention/treatment of this disease remains challenging. Considering the acidic microenvironment of bone resorption lacunae, herein, we rationally designed two pamidronate (Pami)-derivative and alendronate (Alen)-derivative hydrogelators Pami-D and Alen-D which self-assemble into nanofibers to form supramolecular hydrogels under acidic conditions. Cell viability assay, osteoclastogenesis, osteoclastic gene expression, and in vitro bone resorption results indicated that both Pami-D and Alen-D have better inhibitory effects on osteoclastic formation and bone resorption than Pami and Alen, respectively. We anticipate that our new drugs Pami-D and Alen-D could ``smartly'' self-assemble and locally concentrate the drugs at bone resorption lacunae in vivo and subsequently prevent/treat osteoporosis more efficiently. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experiment methods and details; syntheses and characterization of Pami-D and Alen-D; HPLC conditions; Fig. S1-S15, Schemes S1 and S2, Tables S1 and S2

  6. Self-assembled nanolaminate coatings (SV)

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    Fan, H.

    2012-03-01

    Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (LM Aero) are collaborating to develop affordable, self-assembled, nanocomposite coatings and associated fabrication processes that will be tailored to Lockheed Martin product requirements. The purpose of this project is to develop a family of self-assembled coatings with properties tailored to specific performance requirements, such as antireflective (AR) optics, using Sandia-developed self-assembled techniques. The project met its objectives by development of a simple and economic self-assembly processes to fabricate multifunctional coatings. Specifically, materials, functionalization methods, and associated coating processes for single layer and multiple layers coatings have been developed to accomplish high reflective coatings, hydrophobic coatings, and anti-reflective coatings. Associated modeling and simulations have been developed to guide the coating designs for optimum optical performance. The accomplishments result in significant advantages of reduced costs, increased manufacturing freedom/producibility, improved logistics, and the incorporation of new technology solutions not possible with conventional technologies. These self-assembled coatings with tailored properties will significantly address LMC's needs and give LMC a significant competitive lead in new engineered materials. This work complements SNL's LDRD and BES programs aimed at developing multifunctional nanomaterials for microelectronics and optics as well as structure/property investigations of self-assembled nanomaterials. In addition, this project will provide SNL with new opportunities to develop and apply self-assembled nanocomposite optical coatings for use in the wavelength ranges of 3-5 and 8-12 micrometers, ranges of vital importance to military-based sensors and weapons. The SANC technologies will be applied to multiple programs within the LM Company including the F-35, F-22, ADP (Future Strike Bomber

  7. Bio-inspired metal ions regulate the structure evolution of self-assembled peptide-based nanoparticles

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    Xu, An-Ping; Yang, Pei-Pei; Yang, Chao; Gao, Yu-Juan; Zhao, Xiao-Xiao; Luo, Qiang; Li, Xiang-Dan; Li, Li-Zhong; Wang, Lei; Wang, Hao

    2016-07-01

    We report an assembly and transformation process of a supramolecular module, BP-KLVFF-RGD (BKR) in solution and on specific living cell surfaces for imaging and treatment. The BKR self-assembled into nanoparticles, which further transformed into nanofibers in situ induced by coordination with Ca2+ ions.We report an assembly and transformation process of a supramolecular module, BP-KLVFF-RGD (BKR) in solution and on specific living cell surfaces for imaging and treatment. The BKR self-assembled into nanoparticles, which further transformed into nanofibers in situ induced by coordination with Ca2+ ions. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details; Fig. S1-S9. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr03580a

  8. Self-assembly of azide containing dipeptides.

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    Yuran, Sivan; Razvag, Yair; Das, Priyadip; Reches, Meital

    2014-07-01

    Functional structures and materials are formed spontaneously in nature through the process of self-assembly. Mimicking this process in vitro will lead to the formation of new substances that would impact many areas including energy production and storage, biomaterials and implants, and drug delivery. The considerable structural diversity of peptides makes them appealing building blocks for self-assembly in vitro. This paper describes the self-assembly of three aromatic dipeptides containing an azide moiety: H-Phe(4-azido)-Phe(4-azido)-OH, H-Phe(4-azido)-Phe-OH, and H-Phe-Phe(4-azido)-OH. The peptide H-Phe(4-azido)-Phe(4-azido)-OH self-assembled into porous spherical structures, whereas the peptides H-Phe(4-azido)-Phe-OH and H-Phe-Phe(4-azido)-OH did not form any ordered structures under the examined experimental conditions. The azido group of the peptide can serve as a photo cross-linking agent upon irradiation with UV light. To examine the effect of this group and its activity on the self-assembled structures, we irradiated the assemblies in solution for different time periods. Using electron microscopy, we determined that the porous spherical assemblies formed by the peptide H-Phe(4-azido)-Phe(4-azido)-OH underwent a structural change upon irradiation. In addition, using FT-IR, we detected the chemical change of the peptide azido group. Moreover, using indentation experiments with atomic force microscopy, we showed that the Young's modulus of the spherical assemblies increased after 20 min of irradiation with UV light. Overall, irradiating the solution of the peptide assemblies containing the azido group resulted in a change both in the morphology and mechanical properties of the peptide-based structures. These ordered assemblies or their peptide monomer building blocks can potentially be incorporated into other peptide assemblies to generate stiffer and more stable materials. PMID:24889029

  9. A hexaphenylbenzene based AIEE active two photon probe for the detection of hydrogen sulfide with tunable self-assembly in aqueous media and application in live cell imaging.

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    Pramanik, Subhamay; Bhalla, Vandana; Kim, Hwan Myung; Singh, Hardev; Lee, Hyo Won; Kumar, Manoj

    2015-11-01

    Supramolecular aggregates of hexaphenylbenzene derivative exhibit aggregation induced emission enhancement and modulation of self-assembled architecture from spherical to flower-like assembly in the presence of H2S. Furthermore, probe displays higher photostability, low toxicity and bright green fluorescence in two-photon microscopy (TPM) imaging for the detection of H2S in live HeLa cells. PMID:26356145

  10. A biomimetic approach for synthesizing artificial light-harvesting systems using self-assembly

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    Bhise, A.D.

    2005-10-01

    Photosynthesis is an extremely important process on Earth as it is the only natural source of food and fossil fuel, which fulfil our daily needs. After a certain period, the natural source of food and energy will decrease due to rapid consumption. Therefore, future generations will require alternative food and fuel sources. This represents a strong driving force to do research in construction of artificial light-harvesting (or antenna) systems. Synthetic antennas can be achieved either by covalent or non-covalent approaches by employing different strategies. This work throws light on the non-covalent approach i.e. a supramolecular approach in quest of artificial antenna systems wherein self-assembly and self-aggregation are at the focus. Furthermore this approach is biomimetic in nature as it is inspired by the antenna system which operates in green photosynthetic bacteria. Bacteriochlorophyll-c, d and e were selected as models for the syntheses of artificial mimics. The supramolecular interactions which are, the ligation of the central Mg atom by the 3{sup 1}-hydroxy group of another molecule; cooperative hydrogen bonding of the same OH group to the 13{sup 1}-carbonyl group of a third BChl-c molecule; and {pi}-{pi} interactions between the macrocycles are responsible for self-assembly of the building blocks or tectons. Well-defined architectures of self-assembling porphyrins find applications in mimicking the functions of light-harvesting. Porphyrins that are equipped with the same functional groups that are responsible for the self-assembly of bacteriochlorophylls-c, d and e within the chlorosomal antenna of some green photosynthetic bacteria, have been selectively synthesized from easily available and cheap starting materials, 10,20-Bis(3,5-di-t-butylphenyl)porphinato copper. All the target compounds were obtained after four to eight synthetic steps in good yields by employing different synthetic procedures involving also novel reactions. These fully synthetic

  11. Self-assembly of ssDNA-amphiphiles into micelles, nanotapes and nanotubes

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    Pearce, Timothy R.

    The field of DNA nanotechnology utilizes DNA as a construction material to create functional supramolecular and multi-dimensional structures like two-dimensional periodic lattices and three-dimensional polyhedrons with order on the nanometer scale for many nanotechnology applications including molecular templating, nanosensors, and drug delivery. Single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) is often used to create these nanostructures as the DNA bases provide an intrinsic molecular code that can be exploited to allow for the programmed assembly of structures based upon Watson-Crick base-pairing. However, engineering these complex structures from biopolymers alone requires careful design to ensure that the intrinsic forces responsible for organizing the materials can produce the desired structures. Additional control over supramolecular assembly can be achieved by chemically modifying the ssDNA with hydrophobic moieties to create amphiphilic molecules, which adds the hydrophobic interaction to the list of contributing forces that drive the self-assembly process. We first explored the self-assembly behavior of a set of ssDNA aptamer-amphiphiles composed of the same hydrophobic tail and hydrophilic ssDNA aptamer headgroup but with different spacer molecules linking these groups together. Through the use of cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), and circular dichroism (CD) we show that the aptamer-amphiphiles can assemble into a variety of structures depending on the spacer used. We demonstrated, for the first time, the creation of self-assembled aptamer-amphiphile nanotape structures and show that the choice of the spacer used in the design of aptamer-amphiphiles can influence their supramolecular self-assembly as well as the secondary structure of the aptamer headgroup. We next explored the role of the ssDNA headgroup on the amphiphile self-assembly behavior by designing amphiphiles with headgroups of multiple lengths and nucleotides

  12. Organic molecules at metal surfaces: the role of functional groups in self-assembly and charge transfer

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    Dell'Angela, Martina

    2009-01-01

    The understanding of the interaction of organic molecules with metal surfaces is crucial for tailoring the desired properties of future devices that can be employed for molecular electronics or biomedical applications. Self-assembly of complex supramolecular structures and charge transfer through molecular films or even through single molecules are some of the properties that have recently attracted much interest both for possible applications and for more fundamental studie...

  13. BIOCOMPATIBLE WATER-SOLUBLE ENDOMETALLOFULLERENES: PECULIARITIES OF SELF-ASSEMBLY IN AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS AND ORDERING UNDER AN APPLIED MAGNETIC FIELD

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    Lebedev, V.T.; KULVELIS YU. V.; RUNOV V.V.; SZHOGINA A.A.; SUYASOVA M.V.

    2016-01-01

    The self-organization of water-soluble endometallofullerenes (fullerenols) in solutions has been studied by neutron scattering in connection with their applications (Magneto-Resonance Imaging, X-Ray Tomography). Their functional characteristics depend strongly on molecular self-assembly which may be altered by chemical additives, concentration increase or the magnetic field applied. Polarized neutrons have been used to search paramagnetic fullerenols’ organization into supramolecular structur...

  14. Magnetism: a supramolecular function

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    Decurtins, S.; Pellaux, R.; Schmalle, H.W. [Zurich Univ., Inst. fuer Anorganische Chemie, Zurich (Switzerland)

    1996-11-01

    The field of molecule-based magnetism has developed tremendously in the last few years. Two different extended molecular - hence supramolecular -systems are presented. The Prussian-blue analogues show some of the highest magnetic ordering temperature of any class of molecular magnets, T{sub c} = 315 K, whereas the class of transition-metal oxalate-bridged compounds exhibits a diversity of magnetic phenomena. Especially for the latter compounds, the elastic neutron scattering technique has successfully been proven to trace the magnetic structure of these supramolecular and chiral compounds. (author) 18 figs., 25 refs.

  15. Expanding the solvent chemical space for self-assembly of dipeptide nanostructures.

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    Mason, Thomas O; Chirgadze, Dimitri Y; Levin, Aviad; Adler-Abramovich, Lihi; Gazit, Ehud; Knowles, Tuomas P J; Buell, Alexander K

    2014-02-25

    Nanostructures composed of short, noncyclic peptides represent a growing field of research in nanotechnology due to their ease of production, often remarkable material properties, and biocompatibility. Such structures have so far been almost exclusively obtained through self-assembly from aqueous solution, and their morphologies are determined by the interactions between building blocks as well as interactions between building blocks and water. Using the diphenylalanine system, we demonstrate here that, in order to achieve structural and morphological control, a change in the solvent environment represents a simple and convenient alternative strategy to the chemical modification of the building blocks. Diphenylalanine (FF) is a dipeptide capable of self-assembly in aqueous solution into needle-like hollow micro- and nanocrystals with continuous nanoscale channels that possess advantageous properties such as high stiffness and piezoelectricity and have so emerged as attractive candidates for functional nanomaterials. We investigate systematically the solubility of diphenylalanine in a range of organic solvents and probe the role of the solvent in the kinetics of self-assembly and the structures of the final materials. Finally, we report the crystal structure of the FF peptide in microcrystalline form grown from MeOH solution at 1 Å resolution and discuss the structural changes relative to the conventional materials self-assembled in aqueous solution. These findings provide a significant expansion of the structures and morphologies that are accessible through FF self-assembly for existing and future nanotechnological applications of this peptide. Solvent mediation of molecular recognition and self-association processes represents an important route to the design of new supramolecular architectures deriving their functionality from the nanoscale ordering of their components. PMID:24422499

  16. Side-chain-controlled self-assembly of polystyrene-polypeptide miktoarm star copolymers

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    Junnila, Susanna

    2012-03-27

    We show how the self-assembly of miktoarm star copolymers can be controlled by modifying the side chains of their polypeptide arms, using A 2B and A 2B 2 type polymer/polypeptide hybrids (macromolecular chimeras). Initially synthesized PS 2PBLL and PS 2PBLL 2 (PS, polystyrene; PBLL, poly(ε-tert-butyloxycarbonyl-l-lysine) ) miktoarms were first deprotected to PS 2PLLHCl and PS 2PLLHCl 2 miktoarms (PLLHCl, poly(l-lysine hydrochloride)) and then complexed ionically with sodium dodecyl sulfonate (DS) to give the supramolecular complexes PS 2PLL(DS) and PS 2(PLL(DS)) 2. The solid-state self-assemblies of these six miktoarm systems were studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS, WAXS). The side chains of the polypeptide arms were observed to have a large effect on the solubility, polypeptide conformation, and self-assembly of the miktoarms. Three main categories were observed: (i) lamellar self-assemblies at the block copolymer length scale with packed layers of α-helices in PS 2PBLL and PS 2PBLL 2; (ii) charge-clustered polypeptide micelles with less-defined conformations in a nonordered lattice within a PS matrix in PS 2PLLHCl and PS 2PLLHCl 2; (iii) lamellar polypeptide-surfactant self-assemblies with β-sheet conformation in PS 2PLL(DS) and PS 2(PLL(DS)) 2 which dominate over the formation of block copolymer scale structures. Differences between the 3- and 4-arm systems illustrate how packing frustration between the coil-like PS arms and rigid polypeptide conformations can be relieved by the right number of arms, leading to differences in the extent of order. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  17. Photoresponsive Toroidal Nanostructure Formed by Self-Assembly of Azobenzene-Functionalized Tris(phenylisoxazolyl)benzene.

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    Adachi, Hiroaki; Hirai, Yuko; Ikeda, Toshiaki; Maeda, Makoto; Hori, Ryo; Kutsumizu, Shoichi; Haino, Takeharu

    2016-03-01

    The self-assembly of tris(phenylisoxazolyl)benzene 1b with photochemically addressable azobenzene moieties produced toroidal nanostructures, the formation and dissociation of which were reversibly regulated upon photoirradiation. 1b displayed a mesogenic behavior. In the solution, the stacked assemblies along with their C3 axes were formed. In the mesophase, two molecules of 1b most likely adopted the antiparallel arrangement to stabilize the columnar organization. This assembling behavior most likely triggered the development of the supramolecular toroidal nanostructures. PMID:26910789

  18. Memorized chiral arrangement of gemini surfactant assemblies in nanometric hybrid organic-silica helices.

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    Ryu, Naoya; Okazaki, Yutaka; Hirai, Kana; Takafuji, Makoto; Nagaoka, Shoji; Pouget, Emilie; Ihara, Hirotaka; Oda, Reiko

    2016-04-30

    Hybrid nanohelices were obtained from silicification of self-assemblies of gemini surfactants with tartrate counterions. The chiral arrangement of these non-chiral gemini surfactants was preserved in the silica matrix even after the counterion exchange for a non-chiral bromide, and was capable of inducing the chiral organisation of a non-chiral dye, methyl orange. PMID:26961377

  19. Self-assembling membranes and related methods thereof

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    Capito, Ramille M; Azevedo, Helena S; Stupp, Samuel L

    2013-08-20

    The present invention relates to self-assembling membranes. In particular, the present invention provides self-assembling membranes configured for securing and/or delivering bioactive agents. In some embodiments, the self-assembling membranes are used in the treatment of diseases, and related methods (e.g., diagnostic methods, research methods, drug screening).

  20. Design directed self-assembly of donor-acceptor polymers.

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    Marszalek, Tomasz; Li, Mengmeng; Pisula, Wojciech

    2016-09-21

    Donor-acceptor polymers with an alternating array of donor and acceptor moieties have gained particular attention during recent years as active components of organic electronics. By implementation of suitable subunits within the conjugated backbone, these polymers can be made either electron-deficient or -rich. Additionally, their band gap and light absorption can be precisely tuned for improved light-harvesting in solar cells. On the other hand, the polymer design can also be modified to encode the desired supramolecular self-assembly in the solid-state that is essential for an unhindered transport of charge carriers. This review focuses on three major factors playing a role in the assembly of donor-acceptor polymers on surfaces which are (1) nature, geometry and substitution position of solubilizing alkyl side chains, (2) shape of the conjugated polymer defined by the backbone curvature, and (3) molecular weight which determines the conjugation length of the polymer. These factors adjust the fine balance between attractive and repulsive forces and ensure a close polymer packing important for an efficient charge hopping between neighboring chains. On the microscopic scale, an appropriate domain formation with a low density of structural defects in the solution deposited thin film is crucial for the charge transport. The charge carrier transport through such thin films is characterized by field-effect transistors as basic electronic elements. PMID:27440174

  1. Self-assembled network via molecular recognition

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    Dionisio, Marco

    2012-01-01

    Supramolecular chemistry is the ultimate strategy for the fabrication of innovative materials devote to accomplish advanced tasks. Mastering the weak interactions that held together the molecular components, a sophisticated structures appear. The present thesis deals with the formation of supramolecular networks via molecular recognition, covering three main topics: 1) the realization of hybrid organic-inorganic material, by polymer controlled association of gold nanoparticles; 2) the fabr...

  2. Ternary self-assemblies in water

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    Hill, Leila R.; Blackburn, Octavia A.; Jones, Michael W.;

    2013-01-01

    The self-assembly of higher order structures in water is realised by using the association of 1,3-biscarboxylates to binuclear meta-xylyl bridged DO3A complexes. Two dinicotinate binding sites are placed at a right-angle in a rhenium complex, which is shown to form a 1 : 2 complex with α,α'-bis(E......The self-assembly of higher order structures in water is realised by using the association of 1,3-biscarboxylates to binuclear meta-xylyl bridged DO3A complexes. Two dinicotinate binding sites are placed at a right-angle in a rhenium complex, which is shown to form a 1 : 2 complex with α...

  3. Towards negative index self-assembled metamaterials

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    Fruhnert, Martin; Lederer, Falk; Rockstuhl, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the magnetic response of meta-atoms that can be fabricated by a bottom-up technique. Usually such meta-atoms consist of a dielectric core surrounded by a large number of solid metallic nanoparticles. In contrast to those meta-atoms considered thus far, we study here for the first time hollow metallic nanoparticles (shells). In doing so we solve one of the most pertinent problems of current self-assembled metamaterials, namely implementing meta-atoms with sufficiently large resonance strength and small absorption. Both conditions have to be met for deep sub-wavelength meta-atoms to obtain effectively homogeneous metamaterials which may be meaningfully described by negative material parameters. Eventually we show that by using these findings self-assembled negative index materials come in reach.

  4. Self-assembly of chlorophenols in water

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    Rogalska, Ewa; Rogalski, Marek; Gulik-Krzywicki, Tadeusz; Gulik, Annette; Chipot, Christophe

    1999-01-01

    In saturated solutions of some di- and trichlorophenols, structures with complex morphologies, consisting of thin, transparent sheets often coiling into helices and ultimately twisting into filaments, were observed under the optical microscope. Freeze-fracture electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, phase diagrams, and molecular modeling were performed to elucidate the observed phenomena. Here, we present evidence that the chlorophenols studied, when interacting with water, self-assemble into...

  5. Magnetic Films on Self-assembled Nanospheres

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    T.Ulbrich; I.Guhr; T.Schrefl; O.Hellwig; S.van; Dijken; M.Albrecht

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Nanoparticle media using arrays of monodisperse nanoparticles with high magneticanisotropy are assumed to be the ideal future magnetic recording media. However,key requirements like control of the magnetic anisotropy orientation along with magnetic domain isolation have not been achieved so far. Here, we report on a combination of a two-dimensional topographic pattern formed of self-assembled nanoparticles with sizes as small as 20 nm and magnetic multilayer film deposition[1]. The so formed n...

  6. Self-Assembly of Information in Networks

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    Rosvall, M.; K. Sneppen

    2006-01-01

    We model self-assembly of information in networks to investigate necessary conditions for building a global perception of a system by local communication. Our approach is to let agents chat in a model system to self-organize distant communication-pathways. We demonstrate that simple local rules allow agents to build a perception of the system, that is robust to dynamical changes and mistakes. We find that messages are most effectively forwarded in the presence of hubs, while transmission in h...

  7. Single photon ionisation of self assembled monolayers

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    King, B. V.; Savina, M. R.; Tripa, C. E.; Calaway, W. F.; Veryovkin, I. V.; Moore, J. F.; Pellin, M. J.

    2002-05-01

    Self assembled monolayers formed from benzenethiol, diphenylsulphide and diphenyldisulphide have been analysed using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), sputter neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS) and laser desorption photoionisation mass spectrometry (LDPI). The peak corresponding to the parent ion was much stronger in LDPI than with SIMS or SNMS analysis and fragmentation was lower. A useful yield of order 0.5% was obtained for LDPI from diphenyldisulphide.

  8. Parallel Computation Using Active Self-assembly

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    Chen, Moya; Xin, Doris; Woods, Damien

    2013-01-01

    We study the computational complexity of the recently proposed nubot model of molecular-scale self-assembly. The model generalises asynchronous cellular automata to have non-local movement where large assemblies of molecules can be pushed and pulled around, analogous to millions of molecular motors in animal muscle effecting the rapid movement of macroscale arms and legs. We show that the nubot model is capable of simulating Boolean circuits of polylogarithmic depth and polynomial size, in on...

  9. Templated Self Assemble of Nano-Structures

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    Suo, Zhigang [Harvard University

    2013-04-29

    This project will identify and model mechanisms that template the self-assembly of nanostructures. We focus on a class of systems involving a two-phase monolayer of molecules adsorbed on a solid surface. At a suitably elevated temperature, the molecules diffuse on the surface to reduce the combined free energy of mixing, phase boundary, elastic field, and electrostatic field. With no template, the phases may form a pattern of stripes or disks. The feature size is on the order of 1-100 nm, selected to compromise the phase boundary energy and the long-range elastic or electrostatic interaction. Both experimental observations and our theoretical simulations have shown that the pattern resembles a periodic lattice, but has abundant imperfections. To form a perfect periodic pattern, or a designed aperiodic pattern, one must introduce a template to guide the assembly. For example, a coarse-scale pattern, lithographically defined on the substrate, will guide the assembly of the nanoscale pattern. As another example, if the molecules on the substrate surface carry strong electric dipoles, a charged object, placed in the space above the monolayer, will guide the assembly of the molecular dipoles. In particular, the charged object can be a mask with a designed nanoscale topographic pattern. A serial process (e.g., e-beam lithography) is necessary to make the mask, but the pattern transfer to the molecules on the substrate is a parallel process. The technique is potentially a high throughput, low cost process to pattern a monolayer. The monolayer pattern itself may serve as a template to fabricate a functional structure. This project will model fundamental aspects of these processes, including thermodynamics and kinetics of self-assembly, templated self-assembly, and self-assembly on unconventional substrates. It is envisioned that the theory will not only explain the available experimental observations, but also motivate new experiments.

  10. Self Assembly of Complex Building Blocks

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    Stucke, David; Crespi, Vincent

    2004-03-01

    A genetic search algorithm for optimizing the packing density of self-assembled multicomponent crystals of nanoparticles applied to complex colloidal building blocks will be presented. The algorithm searches the complex multi-dimensional space to find preferred crystal structures where standard methods fail. Mixtures of colloidal molecules and the structures found to be preferred to phase separation for different species of coloidal molecule mixtures will be shown.

  11. Single photon ionisation of self assembled monolayers

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    Self assembled monolayers formed from benzenethiol, diphenylsulphide and diphenyldisulphide have been analysed using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), sputter neutral mass spectrometry (SNMS) and laser desorption photoionisation mass spectrometry (LDPI). The peak corresponding to the parent ion was much stronger in LDPI than with SIMS or SNMS analysis and fragmentation was lower. A useful yield of order 0.5% was obtained for LDPI from diphenyldisulphide

  12. Formal Verification of Self-Assembling Systems

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    Sterling, Aaron

    2010-01-01

    This paper introduces the theory and practice of formal verification of self-assembling systems. We interpret a well-studied abstraction of nanomolecular self assembly, the Abstract Tile Assembly Model (aTAM), into Computation Tree Logic (CTL), a temporal logic often used in model checking. We then consider the class of "rectilinear" tile assembly systems. This class includes most aTAM systems studied in the theoretical literature, and all (algorithmic) DNA tile self-assembling systems that have been realized in laboratories to date. We present a polynomial-time algorithm that, given a tile assembly system T as input, either provides a counterexample to T's rectilinearity or verifies whether T has a unique terminal assembly. Using partial order reductions, the verification search space for this algorithm is reduced from exponential size to O(n^2), where n x n is the size of the assembly surface. That reduction is asymptotically the best possible. We report on experimental results obtained by translating tile ...

  13. Self-assembled plasmonic nanohole arrays.

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    Lee, Si Hoon; Bantz, Kyle C; Lindquist, Nathan C; Oh, Sang-Hyun; Haynes, Christy L

    2009-12-01

    We present a simple and massively parallel nanofabrication technique to produce self-assembled periodic nanohole arrays over a millimeter-sized area of metallic film, with a tunable hole shape, diameter, and periodicity. Using this method, 30 x 30 microm(2) defect-free areas of 300 nm diameter or smaller holes were obtained in silver; this area threshold is critical because it is larger than the visible wavelength propagation length of surface plasmon waves ( approximately 27 microm) in the silver film. Measured optical transmission spectra show highly homogeneous characteristics across the millimeter-size patterned area, and they are in good agreement with FDTD simulations. The simulations also reveal intense electric fields concentrated near the air/silver interface, which was used for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Enhancement factors (EFs) measured with different hole shape and excitation wavelengths on the self-assembled nanohole arrays were 10(4)-10(6). With an additional Ag electroless plating step, the EF was further increased up to 3 x 10(6). The periodic nanohole arrays produced using this tunable self-assembly method show great promise as inexpensive SERS substrates as well as surface plasmon resonance biosensing platforms. PMID:19831350

  14. Self-assembled biomimetic nanoreactors I: Polymeric template

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    McTaggart, Matt; Malardier-Jugroot, Cecile; Jugroot, Manish

    2015-09-01

    The variety of nanoarchitectures made feasible by the self-assembly of alternating copolymers opens new avenues for biomimicry. Indeed, self-assembled structures allow the development of nanoreactors which combine the efficiency of high surface area metal active centres to the effect of confinement due to the very small cavities generated by the self-assembly process. A novel self-assembly of high molecular weight alternating copolymers is characterized in the present study. The self-assembly is shown to organize into nanosheets, providing a 2 nm hydrophobic cavity with a 1D confinement.

  15. Potential control of DNA self-assembly on gold electrode

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    2002-01-01

    The self-assembly monolayer (SAM) was prepared with 2-aminoethanethiol (AET) on the gold electrode.A new approach based on potential was first used to control DNA self-assembly covalently onto the SAM with the activation of 1-ethyl-3(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide (EDC) and N-hydroxysulfosuccinimide (NHS). The influence of potential on DNA self-assembly was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry (CV), AC impedance, Auger electron spectrometry (AES) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The result proves that controlled potential can affect the course of DNA self-assembly. More negative potential can restrain the DNA self-assembly, while more positive potential can accelerate the DNA self-assembly, which is of great significance for the control of DNA self-assembly and will find wide application in the field of DNA-based devices.

  16. Comparison of self-assembled and micelle encapsulated QD chemosensor constructs for biological sensing.

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    Lemon, Christopher M; Nocera, Daniel G

    2015-01-01

    Whereas a variety of covalent conjugation strategies have been utilized to prepare quantum dot (QD)-based nanosensors, supramolecular approaches of self-assembly have been underexplored. A major advantage of self-assembly is the ability to circumvent laborious synthetic efforts attendant to covalent conjugation of a chemosensor to functionalized QDs. Here, we combine a CdSe/ZnS core-shell QD with gold(III) corroles using both self-assembly and micelle encapsulation to form QD nanosensors. Appreciable spectral overlap between QD emission and corrole absorption results in efficient Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), which may be initiated by one- or two-photon excitation. The triplet state of the gold(III) corroles is quenched by molecular oxygen, enabling these constructs to function as optical O2 sensors, which is useful for the metabolic profiling of tumours. The photophysical properties, including QD and corrole lifetimes, FRET efficiency, and O2 sensitivity, have been determined for each construct. The relative merits of each conjugation strategy are assessed with regard to their implementation as sensors. PMID:26399200

  17. Enzyme-instructed self-assembly: a multistep process for potential cancer therapy.

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    Zhou, Jie; Xu, Bing

    2015-06-17

    The central dogma of the action of current anticancer drugs is that the drug tightly binds to its molecular target for inhibition. The reliance on tight ligand-receptor binding, however, is also the major root of drug resistance in cancer therapy. In this article, we highlight enzyme-instructed self-assembly (EISA)-the integration of enzymatic transformation and molecular self-assembly-as a multistep process for the development of cancer therapy. Using apoptosis as an example, we illustrate that the combination of enzymatic transformation and self-assembly, in fact, is an inherent feature of apoptosis. After the introduction of EISA of small molecules in the context of supramolecular hydrogelation, we describe several key studies to underscore the promises of EISA for developing cancer therapy. Particularly, we will highlight that EISA allows one to develop approaches to target "undruggable" targets or "untargetable" features of cancer cells and provides the opportunity for simultaneously interacting with multiple targets. We envision that EISA, used separately or in combination with current anticancer therapeutics, will ultimately lead to a paradigm shift for developing anticancer medicine that inhibit multiple hallmark capabilities of cancer. PMID:25933032

  18. Block copolymer self-assembly-directed synthesis of mesoporous gyroidal superconductors.

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    Robbins, Spencer W; Beaucage, Peter A; Sai, Hiroaki; Tan, Kwan Wee; Werner, Jörg G; Sethna, James P; DiSalvo, Francis J; Gruner, Sol M; Van Dover, Robert B; Wiesner, Ulrich

    2016-01-01

    Superconductors with periodically ordered mesoporous structures are expected to have properties very different from those of their bulk counterparts. Systematic studies of such phenomena to date are sparse, however, because of a lack of versatile synthetic approaches to such materials. We demonstrate the formation of three-dimensionally continuous gyroidal mesoporous niobium nitride (NbN) superconductors from chiral ABC triblock terpolymer self-assembly-directed sol-gel-derived niobium oxide with subsequent thermal processing in air and ammonia gas. Superconducting materials exhibit a critical temperature (T c) of about 7 to 8 K, a flux exclusion of about 5% compared to a dense NbN solid, and an estimated critical current density (J c) of 440 A cm(-2) at 100 Oe and 2.5 K. We expect block copolymer self-assembly-directed mesoporous superconductors to provide interesting subjects for mesostructure-superconductivity correlation studies. PMID:27152327

  19. Self-Assembly of Discrete Metal Complexes in Aqueous Solution via Block Copolypeptide Amphiphiles

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The integration of discrete metal complexes has been attracting significant interest due to the potential of these materials for soft metal-metal interactions and supramolecular assembly. Additionally, block copolypeptide amphiphiles have been investigated concerning their capacity for self-assembly into structures such as nanoparticles, nanosheets and nanofibers. In this study, we combined these two concepts by investigating the self-assembly of discrete metal complexes in aqueous solution using block copolypeptides. Normally, discrete metal complexes such as [Au(CN2]−, when molecularly dispersed in water, cannot interact with one another. Our results demonstrated, however, that the addition of block copolypeptide amphiphiles such as K183L19 to [Au(CN2]− solutions induced one-dimensional integration of the discrete metal complex, resulting in photoluminescence originating from multinuclear complexes with metal-metal interactions. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM showed a fibrous nanostructure with lengths and widths of approximately 100 and 20 nm, respectively, which grew to form advanced nanoarchitectures, including those resembling the weave patterns of Waraji (traditional Japanese straw sandals. This concept of combining block copolypeptide amphiphiles with discrete coordination compounds allows the design of flexible and functional supramolecular coordination systems in water.

  20. Molecular design driving tetraporphyrin self-assembly on graphite: a joint STM, electrochemical and computational study

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    El Garah, M.; Santana Bonilla, A.; Ciesielski, A.; Gualandi, A.; Mengozzi, L.; Fiorani, A.; Iurlo, M.; Marcaccio, M.; Gutierrez, R.; Rapino, S.; Calvaresi, M.; Zerbetto, F.; Cuniberti, G.; Cozzi, P. G.; Paolucci, F.; Samorì, P.

    2016-07-01

    Tuning the intermolecular interactions among suitably designed molecules forming highly ordered self-assembled monolayers is a viable approach to control their organization at the supramolecular level. Such a tuning is particularly important when applied to sophisticated molecules combining functional units which possess specific electronic properties, such as electron/energy transfer, in order to develop multifunctional systems. Here we have synthesized two tetraferrocene-porphyrin derivatives that by design can selectively self-assemble at the graphite/liquid interface into either face-on or edge-on monolayer-thick architectures. The former supramolecular arrangement consists of two-dimensional planar networks based on hydrogen bonding among adjacent molecules whereas the latter relies on columnar assembly generated through intermolecular van der Waals interactions. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) at the solid-liquid interface has been corroborated by cyclic voltammetry measurements and assessed by theoretical calculations to gain multiscale insight into the arrangement of the molecule with respect to the basal plane of the surface. The STM analysis allowed the visualization of these assemblies with a sub-nanometer resolution, and cyclic voltammetry measurements provided direct evidence of the interactions of porphyrin and ferrocene with the graphite surface and offered also insight into the dynamics within the face-on and edge-on assemblies. The experimental findings were supported by theoretical calculations to shed light on the electronic and other physical properties of both assemblies. The capability to engineer the functional nanopatterns through self-assembly of porphyrins containing ferrocene units is a key step toward the bottom-up construction of multifunctional molecular nanostructures and nanodevices.Tuning the intermolecular interactions among suitably designed molecules forming highly ordered self-assembled monolayers is a viable approach to

  1. Self-assembly studies of native and recombinant fibrous proteins

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    Wilson, Donna Lucille

    The structure of silk proteins consists of alternating amorphous (glycine-rich) and ordered crystalline regions (poly(alanine) and poly(glycine-alanine) repeats), where the organized regions are typically beta-sheet assemblies. In collagen, the basic helical repeat (glycine-proline-hydroxyproline and variants on this repeat) drives hierarchical assembly. Three polypeptide chains form left-handed poly-proline II-like helices, these three chains then self-assemble to form a right-handed triple helix. The focus of this thesis is on these proteins and defined variations thereof to reveal features of fibrous protein self-assembly. The amino acid sequences of native silk and collagen and their respective assembly environments have been systematically manipulated. Spider silk protein, based on the consensus sequence of Nephila clavipes dragline-silk, was genetically engineered to include methionines flanking the beta-sheet forming polyalanine regions. These methionines could be selectively oxidized and reduced, altering the bulkiness and charge of a methionine-based sulfoxide group to control beta-sheet formation by steric hindrance. A second version of the sterical trigger included a recognition site for Protein Kinase A allowing for the selective phosphorylation of a serine. Patterning a monolayer of precursor "director" molecules on length scales ranging from nanometer- to micrometer-length scales simplifies the interpretation of supramolecular assembly. Utilizing the atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based technique of dip-pen nanolithography, thiolated collagen and a collagen-like peptide were patterned at 30--50 nm line widths on evaporated gold surfaces. These are the largest molecules thus far positively printed on a surface at such small-length scales. The method preserved the triple helical structure and biological activity of collagen and even fostered the formation of characteristic higher-levels of structural organization. Nanopatterns were also achieved for

  2. Molecular design driving tetraporphyrin self-assembly on graphite: a joint STM, electrochemical and computational study.

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    El Garah, M; Santana Bonilla, A; Ciesielski, A; Gualandi, A; Mengozzi, L; Fiorani, A; Iurlo, M; Marcaccio, M; Gutierrez, R; Rapino, S; Calvaresi, M; Zerbetto, F; Cuniberti, G; Cozzi, P G; Paolucci, F; Samorì, P

    2016-07-14

    Tuning the intermolecular interactions among suitably designed molecules forming highly ordered self-assembled monolayers is a viable approach to control their organization at the supramolecular level. Such a tuning is particularly important when applied to sophisticated molecules combining functional units which possess specific electronic properties, such as electron/energy transfer, in order to develop multifunctional systems. Here we have synthesized two tetraferrocene-porphyrin derivatives that by design can selectively self-assemble at the graphite/liquid interface into either face-on or edge-on monolayer-thick architectures. The former supramolecular arrangement consists of two-dimensional planar networks based on hydrogen bonding among adjacent molecules whereas the latter relies on columnar assembly generated through intermolecular van der Waals interactions. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) at the solid-liquid interface has been corroborated by cyclic voltammetry measurements and assessed by theoretical calculations to gain multiscale insight into the arrangement of the molecule with respect to the basal plane of the surface. The STM analysis allowed the visualization of these assemblies with a sub-nanometer resolution, and cyclic voltammetry measurements provided direct evidence of the interactions of porphyrin and ferrocene with the graphite surface and offered also insight into the dynamics within the face-on and edge-on assemblies. The experimental findings were supported by theoretical calculations to shed light on the electronic and other physical properties of both assemblies. The capability to engineer the functional nanopatterns through self-assembly of porphyrins containing ferrocene units is a key step toward the bottom-up construction of multifunctional molecular nanostructures and nanodevices. PMID:27376633

  3. Self-assembly of colloidal surfactants

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    Kegel, Willem

    2012-02-01

    We developed colloidal dumbbells with a rough and a smooth part, based on a method reported in Ref. [1]. Specific attraction between the smooth parts occurs upon addition of non-adsorbing polymers of appropriate size. We present the first results in terms of the assemblies that emerge in these systems. [4pt] [1] D.J. Kraft, W.S. Vlug, C.M. van Kats, A. van Blaaderen, A. Imhof and W.K. Kegel, Self-assembly of colloids with liquid protrusions, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 1182, (2009)

  4. Fabrication of self-assembled microsphere monolayers

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    Domonkos, Mária; Ižák, Tibor; Kromka, Alexander

    Bratislava: Slovenská vákuová spoločnosť, 2014 - (Michalka, M.; Vincze, A.; Veselý, M.), s. 125-128 ISBN 978-80-971179-4-8. [School of Vacuum Technology /17./. Štrbské Pleso (SK), 02.10.2014-05.10.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : self-assembly * monolayer * microspheres * spin-coating Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism

  5. Ionically self-assembled monolayers (ISAMs)

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    Janik, John

    2001-04-01

    Ionically self-assembled monolayers (ISAMs), fabricated by alternate adsorption of cationic and anionic components, yield exceptionally homogeneous thin films with sub-nanometer control of the thickness and relative special location of the component materials. Using organic electrochromic materials such as polyaniline, we report studies of electrochromic responses in ISAM films. Reversible changes in the absorption spectrum are observed with the application of voltages on the order of 1.0 V. Measurements are made using both liquid electrolytes and in all-solid state devices incorporating solid polyelectrolytes such as poly(2-acylamido 2-methyl propane sulfonic acid) (PAMPS).

  6. Self-assembly of information in networks

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    Rosvall, M.; Sneppen, K.

    2006-06-01

    We model self-assembly of information in networks to investigate necessary conditions for building a global perception of a system by local communication. Our approach is to let agents chat in a model system to self-organize distant communication pathways. We demonstrate that simple local rules allow agents to build a perception of the system, that is robust to dynamical changes and mistakes. We find that messages are most effectively forwarded in the presence of hubs, while transmission in hub-free networks is more robust against misinformation and failures.

  7. Self-Assembly of Information in Networks

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    Rosvall, M

    2006-01-01

    We model self-assembly of information in networks to investigate necessary conditions for building a global perception of a system by local communication. Our approach is to let agents chat in a model system to self-organize distant communication-pathways. We demonstrate that simple local rules allow agents to build a perception of the system, that is robust to dynamical changes and mistakes. We find that messages are most effectively forwarded in the presence of hubs, while transmission in hub-free networks is more robust against misinformation and failures.

  8. Self-assembly of magnetic biofunctional nanoparticles

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    Spherical, ferromagnetic FePt nanoparticles with a particle size of 3 nm were prepared by the simultaneous polyol reduction of Fe(acac)3 and Pt(acac)2 in phenyl ether in the presence of oleic acid and oleylamine. The oleic acid ligands can be replaced with 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid, giving particles that can be dispersed in water. Both x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy indicated that FePt particles were not affected by ligands replacement. Dispersions of the FePt particles with 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid ligands and ammonium counter ions gave self-assembled films consisting of highly ordered hexagonal arrays of particles

  9. L-Rhamnose-containing supramolecular nanofibrils as potential immunosuppressive materials.

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    Zhao, Fan; Heesters, Balthasar A; Chiu, Isaac; Gao, Yuan; Shi, Junfeng; Zhou, Ning; Carroll, Michael C; Xu, Bing

    2014-09-21

    An l-rhamnose-based hydrogelator self-assembles to form nanofibrils, which, in contrast to the properties of monomeric l-rhamnose, suppress the antibody response of mice to phycoerythrin (PE), a fluorescent protein antigen. As the first example of the supramolecular assemblies of a saccharide to suppress immunity, this work illustrates a new approach of immunomodulation. PMID:25078446

  10. Supramolecular Filaments Containing a Fixed 41% Paclitaxel Loading

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    Lin, Ran; Cheetham, Andrew G.; Zhang, Pengcheng; Lin, Yi-An; Cui, Honggang

    2013-01-01

    We report here the self-assembly of a rationally designed paclitaxel drug amphiphile into well-defined supramolecular filaments that possess a fixed 41% paclitaxel loading. These filaments can exert effective cytotoxicity against a number of cell lines comparable to that of free paclitaxel.

  11. Triggered self-assembly of magnetic nanoparticles

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    Ye, L.; Pearson, T.; Cordeau, Y.; Mefford, O. T.; Crawford, T. M.

    2016-01-01

    Colloidal magnetic nanoparticles are candidates for application in biology, medicine and nanomanufac-turing. Understanding how these particles interact collectively in fluids, especially how they assemble and aggregate under external magnetic fields, is critical for high quality, safe, and reliable deployment of these particles. Here, by applying magnetic forces that vary strongly over the same length scale as the colloidal stabilizing force and then varying this colloidal repulsion, we can trigger self-assembly of these nanoparticles into parallel line patterns on the surface of a disk drive medium. Localized within nanometers of the medium surface, this effect is strongly dependent on the ionic properties of the colloidal fluid but at a level too small to cause bulk colloidal aggregation. We use real-time optical diffraction to monitor the dynamics of self-assembly, detecting local colloidal changes with greatly enhanced sensitivity compared with conventional light scattering. Simulations predict the triggering but not the dynamics, especially at short measurement times. Beyond using spatially-varying magnetic forces to balance interactions and drive assembly in magnetic nanoparticles, future measurements leveraging the sensitivity of this approach could identify novel colloidal effects that impact real-world applications of these nanoparticles. PMID:26975332

  12. Triggered self-assembly of magnetic nanoparticles

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    Ye, L.; Pearson, T.; Cordeau, Y.; Mefford, O. T.; Crawford, T. M.

    2016-03-01

    Colloidal magnetic nanoparticles are candidates for application in biology, medicine and nanomanufac-turing. Understanding how these particles interact collectively in fluids, especially how they assemble and aggregate under external magnetic fields, is critical for high quality, safe, and reliable deployment of these particles. Here, by applying magnetic forces that vary strongly over the same length scale as the colloidal stabilizing force and then varying this colloidal repulsion, we can trigger self-assembly of these nanoparticles into parallel line patterns on the surface of a disk drive medium. Localized within nanometers of the medium surface, this effect is strongly dependent on the ionic properties of the colloidal fluid but at a level too small to cause bulk colloidal aggregation. We use real-time optical diffraction to monitor the dynamics of self-assembly, detecting local colloidal changes with greatly enhanced sensitivity compared with conventional light scattering. Simulations predict the triggering but not the dynamics, especially at short measurement times. Beyond using spatially-varying magnetic forces to balance interactions and drive assembly in magnetic nanoparticles, future measurements leveraging the sensitivity of this approach could identify novel colloidal effects that impact real-world applications of these nanoparticles.

  13. Self-Assemblies of novel molecules, VECAR

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    Shrestha, Bijay; Kim, Hye-Young; Lee, Soojin; Novak, Brian; Moldovan, Dorel

    2015-03-01

    VECAR is a newly synthesized molecule, which is an amphiphilic antioxidant molecule that consists of two molecular groups, vitamin-E and Carnosine, linked by a hydrocarbon chain. The hydrocarbon chain is hydrophobic and both vitamin-E and Carnosine ends are hydrophilic. In the synthesis process, the length of the hydrophobic chain of VECAR molecules can vary from the shortest (n =0) to the longest (n =18), where n indicates the number of carbon atoms in the chain. We conducted MD simulation studies of self-assembly of VECAR molecules in water using GROMACS on LONI HPC resources. Our study shows that there is a strong correlation between the shape and atomistic structure of the self-assembled nano-structures (SANs) and the chain-length (n) of VECAR molecules. We will report the results of data analyses including the atomistic structure of each SANs and the dynamic and energetic mechanisms of their formation as function of time. In summary, both VECAR molecules of chain-length n =18 and 9 form worm-like micelles, which may be used as a drug delivery system. This research is supported by the Louisiana Board of Regents-RCS Grant (LEQSF(2012-15)-RD-A-19).

  14. Enhanced Conversion Efficiencies in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Achieved through Self-Assembled Platinum(II) Metallacages

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    He, Zuoli; Hou, Zhiqiang; Xing, Yonglei; Liu, Xiaobin; Yin, Xingtian; Que, Meidan; Shao, Jinyou; Que, Wenxiu; Stang, Peter J.

    2016-01-01

    Two-component self-assembly supramolecular coordination complexes with particular photo-physical property, wherein unique donors are combined with a single metal acceptor, can be utilized for many applications including in photo-devices. In this communication, we described the synthesis and characterization of two-component self-assembly supramolecular coordination complexes (SCCs) bearing triazine and porphyrin faces with promising light-harvesting properties. These complexes were obtained from the self-assembly of a 90° Pt(II) acceptor with 2,4,6-tris(4-pyridyl)-1,3,5-triazine (TPyT) or 5,10,15,20-Tetra(4-pyridyl)-21H,23H-porphine (TPyP). The greatly improved conversion efficiencies of the dye-sensitized TiO2 solar cells were 6.79 and 6.08 respectively, while these SCCs were introduced into the TiO2 nanoparticle film photoanodes. In addition, the open circuit voltage (Voc) of dye-sensitized solar cells was also increased to 0.769 and 0.768 V, which could be ascribed to the inhibited interfacial charge recombination due to the addition of SCCs. PMID:27404912

  15. Enhanced Conversion Efficiencies in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Achieved through Self-Assembled Platinum(II) Metallacages.

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    He, Zuoli; Hou, Zhiqiang; Xing, Yonglei; Liu, Xiaobin; Yin, Xingtian; Que, Meidan; Shao, Jinyou; Que, Wenxiu; Stang, Peter J

    2016-01-01

    Two-component self-assembly supramolecular coordination complexes with particular photo-physical property, wherein unique donors are combined with a single metal acceptor, can be utilized for many applications including in photo-devices. In this communication, we described the synthesis and characterization of two-component self-assembly supramolecular coordination complexes (SCCs) bearing triazine and porphyrin faces with promising light-harvesting properties. These complexes were obtained from the self-assembly of a 90° Pt(II) acceptor with 2,4,6-tris(4-pyridyl)-1,3,5-triazine (TPyT) or 5,10,15,20-Tetra(4-pyridyl)-21H,23H-porphine (TPyP). The greatly improved conversion efficiencies of the dye-sensitized TiO2 solar cells were 6.79 and 6.08 respectively, while these SCCs were introduced into the TiO2 nanoparticle film photoanodes. In addition, the open circuit voltage (Voc) of dye-sensitized solar cells was also increased to 0.769 and 0.768 V, which could be ascribed to the inhibited interfacial charge recombination due to the addition of SCCs. PMID:27404912

  16. Self-assembly, self-organization and division of labour

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    Sendova-Franks, A. B.

    1999-01-01

    The prospect of generic principles of biological organization being uncovered through the increasingly broad use of the concepts of 'self-assembly' and 'self-organization' in biology will only be fulfilled if students of different levels of biological organization use the same terms with the same meanings. We consider the different ways the terms 'self-assembly' and 'self-organization' have been used, from studies of molecules to studies of animal societies. By linking 'self-assembly' and 'se...

  17. Molecular Component Structures Mediated Formation of Self-assemblies

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    2001-01-01

    Molecular recognition directed self-assemblies from complementary molecular components, melamine and barbituric acid derivatives were studied by means of NMR, fluorescence, and TEM. It was found that both the process of the self-assembly and the morphologies of the result ed self-assemblies could be mediated by modifying the structures of the molecular components used. The effect of the structures of the molecular components on the formation of the self-as semblies was discussed in terms of intermolecular interactions.

  18. New Hybrid Nanomaterial Based on Self-Assembly of Cyclodextrins and Cobalt Prussian Blue Analogue Nanocubes

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    Caio L. C. Carvalho

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Supramolecular self-assembly has been demonstrated to be a useful approach to developing new functional nanomaterials. In this work, we used a cobalt Prussian blue analogue (PBA, Co3[Co(CN6]2 compound and a β-cyclodextrin (CD macrocycle to develop a novel host-guest PBA-CD nanomaterial. The preparation of the functional magnetic material involved the self-assembly of CD molecules onto a PBA surface by a co-precipitation method. According to transmission electronic microscopy results, PBA-CD exhibited a polydisperse structure composed of 3D nanocubes with a mean edge length of 85 nm, which became shorter after CD incorporation. The supramolecular arrangement and structural, crystalline and thermal properties of the hybrid material were studied in detail by vibrational and electronic spectroscopies and X-ray diffraction. The cyclic voltammogram of the hybrid material in a 0.1 mol·L−1 NaCl supporting electrolyte exhibited a quasi-reversible redox process, attributed to Co2+/Co3+ conversion, with an E1/2 value of 0.46 V (vs. SCE, with higher reversibility observed for the system in the presence of CD. The standard rate constants for PBA and PBA-CD were determined to be 0.07 and 0.13 s−1, respectively, which suggests that the interaction between the nanocubes and CD at the supramolecular level improves electron transfer. We expect that the properties observed for the hybrid material make it a potential candidate for (biosensing designs with a desirable capability for drug delivery.

  19. Supramolecular Electrochemistry

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    Kaifer, Angel E.; Gomez-Kaifer, Marielle

    1999-12-01

    This book describes the electrochemical behavior of supramolecular systems. Special emphasis will be given to the electrochemistry of host-guest complexes, monolayer and multilayer assemblies, dendrimers, and other supramolecular assemblies. A fundamental theme throughout the book is to explore the effects that supramolecular structure exerts on the thermodynamics and kinetics of electrochemical reactions. Conversely, attention will be placed to the various ways in which electrochemical or redox conversions can be utilized to control or affect the structure or properties of supramolecular systems. This first book on this topic will be of value for graduate students and advanced researchers in both electrochemistry and supramolecular chemistry.

  20. Self-assembled software and method of overriding software execution

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    Bouchard, Ann M.; Osbourn, Gordon C.

    2013-01-08

    A computer-implemented software self-assembled system and method for providing an external override and monitoring capability to dynamically self-assembling software containing machines that self-assemble execution sequences and data structures. The method provides an external override machine that can be introduced into a system of self-assembling machines while the machines are executing such that the functionality of the executing software can be changed or paused without stopping the code execution and modifying the existing code. Additionally, a monitoring machine can be introduced without stopping code execution that can monitor specified code execution functions by designated machines and communicate the status to an output device.

  1. Atomically Precise Prediction of 2D Self-Assembly of Weakly Bonded Nanostructures: STM Insight into Concentration-Dependent Architectures.

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    El Garah, Mohamed; Dianat, Arezoo; Cadeddu, Andrea; Gutierrez, Rafael; Cecchini, Marco; Cook, Timothy R; Ciesielski, Artur; Stang, Peter J; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio; Samorì, Paolo

    2016-01-20

    A joint experimental and computational study is reported on the concentration-dependant self-assembly of a flat C3 -symmetric molecule on a graphite surface. As a model system a tripodal molecule, 1,3,5-tris(pyridin-3-ylethynyl)benzene, has been chosen, which can adopt either C3h or Cs symmetry when planar, as a result of pyridyl rotation along the alkynyl spacers. Density functional theory (DFT) simulations of 2D nanopatterns with different surface coverage reveal that the molecule can generate different types of self-assembled motifs. The stability of fourteen 2D patterns and the influence of concentration are analyzed. It is found that ordered, densely packed monolayers and 2D porous networks are obtained at high and low concentrations, respectively. A concentration-dependent scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) investigation of this molecular self-assembly system at a solution/graphite interface reveals four supramolecular motifs, which are in perfect agreement with those predicted by simulations. Therefore, this DFT method represents a key step forward toward the atomically precise prediction of molecular self-assembly on surfaces and at interfaces. PMID:26596683

  2. The alkyl linkers in tandem-homodimers of a β-sheet-forming nonapeptide affect the self-assembled nanostructures.

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    Tomizaki, Kin-Ya; Tanaka, Atsushi; Shimada, Hiroki; Nishizawa, Koki; Wada, Tsubasa; Imai, Takahito

    2016-06-01

    There is increasing interest in designing smart biomaterials by employing the self-assembly characteristics of synthetic peptides. The use of amyloid-like fibrils is one approach to nanometer- and micrometer-sized supramolecular structures. However, it is generally difficult to predict and/or analyze peptide conformations in nanostructures generated by the self-assembly of β-sheet-forming peptides such as amyloid-β peptide because each peptide experiences a slightly different environment. Therefore, a methodology for rationally designing peptide-based smart materials is required. In this study, we demonstrate the design and synthesis of tandem-homodimers of a β-sheet-forming peptide where the amino acid sequence is duplicated in series and joined via alkyl linkers of different chain length. The conformations of these tandem-homodimers within the self-assembled nanoarchitectures in aqueous solution were characterized. Our findings demonstrate that the hydrophobicity and/or flexibility of the alkyl linkers significantly affect the peptide conformation (extended or bent) of the self-assembled peptide nanostructures. We believe that the present tandem-homodimerization method represents a new direction for the rational design of peptide-based smart biomaterials. PMID:27117426

  3. Two-dimensional honeycomb network through sequence-controlled self-assembly of oligopeptides

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    Abb, Sabine; Harnau, Ludger; Gutzler, Rico; Rauschenbach, Stephan; Kern, Klaus

    2016-01-01

    The sequence of a peptide programs its self-assembly and hence the expression of specific properties through non-covalent interactions. A large variety of peptide nanostructures has been designed employing different aspects of these non-covalent interactions, such as dispersive interactions, hydrogen bonding or ionic interactions. Here we demonstrate the sequence-controlled fabrication of molecular nanostructures using peptides as bio-organic building blocks for two-dimensional (2D) self-assembly. Scanning tunnelling microscopy reveals changes from compact or linear assemblies (angiotensin I) to long-range ordered, chiral honeycomb networks (angiotensin II) as a result of removal of steric hindrance by sequence modification. Guided by our observations, molecular dynamic simulations yield atomistic models for the elucidation of interpeptide-binding motifs. This new approach to 2D self-assembly on surfaces grants insight at the atomic level that will enable the use of oligo- and polypeptides as large, multi-functional bio-organic building blocks, and opens a new route towards rationally designed, bio-inspired surfaces.

  4. Self-assembly of dynamic orthoester cryptates

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    Brachvogel, René-Chris; Hampel, Frank; von Delius, Max

    2015-01-01

    The discovery of coronands and cryptands, organic compounds that can accommodate metal ions in a preorganized two- or three-dimensional environment, was a milestone in supramolecular chemistry, leading to countless applications from organic synthesis to metallurgy and medicine. These compounds are typically prepared via multistep organic synthesis and one of their characteristic features is the high stability of their covalent framework. Here we report the use of a dynamic covalent exchange r...

  5. Self-assembly of block copolymers

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    Hidenori Otsuka

    2001-05-01

    Full Text Available Block copolymers in a selective solvent have a tendency to self-assemble at surfaces and into micelles1–4. At an aqueous interface, the amphiphilic property of block copolymers composed of hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments can cause the distal end of the hydrophilic chain to extend into the bulk aqueous solution, anchoring the hydrophilic block to the substrate surface through hydrophobic segments1, 2. In an aqueous solution, micelles with core-shell structure are formed by the segregation of insoluble blocks into the core, which is surrounded by a hydrophilic shell composed of hydrophilic blocks3, 4. This interfacial activity of amphiphilic block copolymers provides their utility in the biomedical field as colloidal dispersants, surface modifiers and drug carriers, prompting many studies of block copolymer adsorption on solid surfaces5, 6, 7, 8, force measurements between tethered layers9, 10, 11 and the characterization of micelle properties12, 13, 14.

  6. Pseudotannins self-assembled into antioxidant complexes.

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    Cheng, H A; Drinnan, C T; Pleshko, N; Fisher, O Z

    2015-10-21

    Natural tannins are attractive as building blocks for biomaterials due to their antioxidant properties and ability to form interpolymer complexes (IPCs) with other macromolecules. One of the major challenges to tannin usage in biomedical applications is their instability at physiological conditions and a lack of control over the purity and reactivity. Herein, we report the synthesis and characterization of tannin-like polymers with controlled architecture, reactivity, and size. These pseudotannins were synthesized by substituting linear dextran chains with gallic, resorcylic, and protocatechuic pendant groups to mimic the structure of natural hydrolysable tannins. We demonstrate that these novel materials can self-assemble to form reductive and colloidally stable nanoscale and microscale particles. Specifically, the synthesis, turbidity, particle size, antioxidant power, and cell uptake of IPCs derived from pseudotannins and poly(ethylene glycol) was evaluated. PMID:26313262

  7. Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Peptide Amphiphiles: Form and Function at Multiple Length Scales

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    Zha, Runye Helen

    Hierarchical self-assembly, the organization of molecules into supramolecular structures of increasing size and complexity, is a potent tool for materials synthesis and requires understanding the connections of structure across multiple length scales. Herein, self-assembly of peptide amphiphiles (PAs) into nanoscopic and macroscopic materials is explored, and their anti-cancer applications are investigated. First, nanoscale assembly is examined in the context of an anti-angiogenic PA bearing the G-helix motif of maspin, a tumor suppressor protein. Assembly of this maspin-mimetic PA (MMPA) stabilizes the native G-helix conformation and improves binding to endothelial cells. Furthermore, PA nanostructures significantly increase cell adhesion to fibronectin as compared to G-helix peptide alone. Combined with its inhibitory effect on cell migration, MMPA nanostructures thus show anti-angiogenic activity on par with maspin protein in vitro and in vivo. Second, assembly of cationic PAs with hyaluronic acid (HA), an anionic polyelectrolyte, into macroscopic membranes is explored using PAs with identical formal charge but systematically varied self-assembly domains. Results suggest that membrane formation is dictated by the initial moments of component aggregation and is highly sensitive to PA molecular structure via nanoscale assembly. Specifically, PAs with beta-sheet forming residues are nanofibrous and have high surface charge density, leading to robust membranes with aligned-fiber microstructure. PAs without beta-sheet forming residues are nanospherical and have low surface charge density, leading to weak membranes with non-fibrous finger-like microstructure. Lastly, the principles of PA-HA membrane assembly are applied towards development of anti-cancer therapeutic biomaterials. Here, cytotoxic PAs bearing the epitope (KLAKLAKbeta)2 are co-assembled with non-bioactive cationic PA in order to achieve varying nanoscale morphology. These nanostructures are then

  8. Shape Restoration by Active Self-Assembly

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    D. Arbuckle

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Shape restoration is defined as the problem of constructing a desired, or goal, solid shape Sg by growing an initial solid Si, which is a subset of the goal but is otherwise unknown. This definition attempts to capture abstractly a situation that often arises in the physical world when a solid object loses its desired shape due to wear and tear, corrosion or other phenomena. For example, if the top of the femur becomes distorted, the hip joint no longer functions properly and may have to be replaced surgically. Growing it in place back to its original shape would be an attractive alternative to replacement. This paper presents a solution to the shape restoration problem by using autonomous assembly agents (robots that self-assemble to fill the volume between Sg and Si. If the robots have very small dimension (micro or nano, the desired shape is approximated with high accuracy. The assembly agents initially execute a random walk. When two robots meet, they may exchange a small number of messages. The robot behavior is controlled by a finite state machine with a small number of states. Communication contact models chemical communication, which is likely to be the medium of choice for robots at the nanoscale, while small state and small messages are limitations that also are expected of nanorobots. Simulations presented here show that swarms of such robots organize themselves to achieve shape restoration by using distributed algorithms. This is one more example of an interesting geometric problem that can be solved by the Active Self-Assembly paradigm introduced in previous papers by the authors.

  9. Self-Assembling Nanoparticles of Amphiphilic Polymers for In Vitro and In Vivo FRET Imaging.

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    Garcia-Amorós, Jaume; Tang, Sicheng; Zhang, Yang; Thapaliya, Ek Raj; Raymo, Françisco M

    2016-01-01

    Self-assembling nanoparticles of amphiphilic polymers are viable delivery vehicles for transporting hydrophobic molecules across hydrophilic media. Noncovalent contacts between the hydrophobic domains of their macromolecular components are responsible for their formation and for providing a nonpolar environment for the encapsulated guests. However, such interactions are reversible and, as a result, these supramolecular hosts can dissociate into their constituents amphiphiles to release the encapsulated cargo. Operating principles to probe the integrity of the nanocarriers and the dynamic exchange of their components are, therefore, essential to monitor the fate of these supramolecular assemblies in biological media. The co-encapsulation of complementary chromophores within their nonpolar interior offers the opportunity to assess their stability on the basis of energy transfer and fluorescence measurements. Indeed, the exchange of excitation energy between the entrapped chromophores can only occur if the nanoparticles retain their integrity to maintain donors and acceptors in close proximity. In fact, energy-transfer schemes are becoming invaluable protocols to elucidate the transport properties of these fascinating supramolecular constructs in a diversity of biological preparations and can facilitate the identification of strategies to deliver contrast agents and/or drugs to target locations in living organisms for potential diagnostic and/or therapeutic applications. PMID:26589505

  10. Supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering

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    Ashwini Nangia

    2010-05-01

    Advances in supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering reported from India within the last decade are highlighted in the categories of new intermolecular interactions, designed supramolecular architectures, network structures, multi-component host-guest systems, cocrystals, and polymorphs. Understanding self-assembly and crystallization through X-ray crystal structures is illustrated by two important prototypes - the large unit cell of elusive saccharin hydrate, Na16(sac)16 . 30H2O, which contains regular and irregular domains in the same structure, and by the Aufbau build up of zinc phosphate framework structures, e.g. ladder motif in [C3N2H12][Zn(HPO4)2] to layer structure in [C3N2H12][Zn2(HPO4)3] upon prolonged hydrothermal conditions. The pivotal role of accurate X-ray diffraction in supramolecular and structural studies is evident in many examples. Application of the bottomup approach to make powerful NLO and magnetic materials, design of efficient organogelators, and crystallization of novel pharmaceutical polymorphs and cocrystals show possible future directions for interdisciplinary research in chemistry with materials and pharmaceutical scientists. This article traces the evolution of supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering starting from the early nineties and projects a center stage for chemistry in the natural sciences.

  11. Self-assembled levan nanoparticles for targeted breast cancer imaging.

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    Kim, Sun-Jung; Bae, Pan Kee; Chung, Bong Hyun

    2015-01-01

    We report on the targeted imaging of breast cancer using self-assembled levan nanoparticles. Indocyanine green (ICG) was encapsulated in levan nanoparticles via self-assembly. Levan-ICG nanoparticles were found to be successfully accumulated in breast cancer via specific interaction between fructose moieties in levan and overexpressed glucose transporter 5 in breast cancer cells. PMID:25383444

  12. Self-Assembly of Micromachining Systems Powered by Janus Micromotors.

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    Maggi, Claudio; Simmchen, Juliane; Saglimbeni, Filippo; Katuri, Jaideep; Dipalo, Michele; De Angelis, Francesco; Sanchez, Samuel; Di Leonardo, Roberto

    2016-01-27

    Janus particles can self-assemble around microfabricated gears in reproducible configurations with a high degree of spatial and orientational order. The final configuration maximizes the torque applied on the rotor leading to a unidirectional and steady rotating motion. The interplay between geometry and dynamical behavior leads to the self-assembly of Janus micromotors starting from randomly distributed particles. PMID:26649462

  13. Role of peripheral phenanthroline groups in the self-assembly of self-assembled molecular triangles

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    Mili C Naranthatta; V Ramkumar; Dillip Kumar Chand

    2015-02-01

    Self-assembled molecular triangles [Pd3(phen)3(imidazolate)3](NO3)3, 1a and [Pd3(phen)3 (imidazolate)3](PF6)3, 1b are prepared by the combination of imidazole with Pd(phen)(NO3)2 and Pd(phen) (PF6)2, respectively. Imidazole was deprotonated during the complexation reactions and the imidazolate so formed acted as a bis-monodentate bridging ligand to form the bowl-shaped trinuclear architectures of 1a/b. Relative orientation of the imidazolate moieties can be best described as syn,anti,anti as observed in the crystal structure of 1b. However, in solution state, slow conformational changes are assumed on the basis of 1HNMR spectral data. The molecular triangles are crafted with three peripheral phen units capable of − stacking interactions. Well-fashioned intermolecular − interactions are observed in the solid-state, wherein further self-assembly of already self-assembled triangle is observed.

  14. Effect of peptide secondary structure on peptide amphiphile supramolecular structure and interactions

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    Missirlis, Dimitris; Chworos, Arkadiusz; Fu, Caroline J; Khant, Htet A.; Krogstad, Daniel V.; Tirrell, Matthew

    2011-01-01

    Bottom-up fabrication of self-assembled nanomaterials requires control over forces and interactions between building blocks. We here report on the formation and architecture of supramolecular structures constructed from two different peptide amphiphiles. Inclusion of four alanines between a 16-mer peptide and a 16-carbon long aliphatic tail resulted in a secondary structure shift of the peptide headgroups from alpha helices to beta sheets. A concomitant shift in self-assembled morphology from...

  15. Self-assembly of [UO2X4]2- (X=Cl, Br) dianions with γ substituted pyridinium cations: Structural systematics and fluorescence properties

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    Surbella, Robert G.; Andrews, Michael B.; Cahill, Christopher L.

    2016-04-01

    Room temperature self-assembly of [UO2X4]2- (X=Cl, Br) with γ substituted pyridinium cations has resulted in the formation of twelve compounds that were studied via single crystal X-ray diffraction and fluorescence spectroscopy. Systematic variation of electron donating groups on the pyridinium species is shown to influence the presence and/or strength of various supramolecular synthons, including hydrogen bonding and pi interactions. Combinations of such non-covalent interactions (NCIs) have given rise to a range of supramolecular assemblies, and are shown to influence uranyl emission by way of second sphere coordination to equatorial ligands.

  16. Gd(III)-EPTPAC16, a new self-assembling potential liver MRI contrast agent: in vitro characterization and in vivo animal imaging studies

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    Torres, Suzana; Prata, Maria I. M.; Santos, Ana C; André, João P.; Martins, José A.; Helm, Lothar; Tóth, Éva; García-Martín, Maria L.; Tiago B Rodrigues; López-Larrubia, Pilar; Cerdán, Sebastián; Geraldes, Carlos F. G. C.

    2008-01-01

    The recently reported amphiphilic chelate, [Gd(EPTPAC16)(H2O)]2-, forms supramolecular aggregates in aqueous solution by self-assembly of the monomers with a relaxometrically determined critical micellar concentration (CMC) of 0.34 mM. The effect of sonication on the aggregate size was characterized by dynamic light scattering and relaxometry, indicating the presence of premicellar aggregates and an overall decrease in aggregate size and polydispersity upon sonication, slightly below the CMC....

  17. Solvent mediated self-assembly of solids

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    De Yoreo, J.; Wilson, W.D.; Palmore, T.

    1997-12-12

    Solvent-mediated crystallization represents a robust approach to self-assembly of nanostructures and microstructures. In organic systems, the relative ease with which the structure of hydrogen- bonded molecules can be manipulated allows for generation of a wide variety of nanoscale crystal structures. In living organisms, control over the micron-to-millimeter form of inorganic crystals is achieved through introduction of bio-organic molecules. The purpose of this proposal is to understand the interplay between solution chemistry, molecular structure, surface chemistry, and the processes of nucleation and crystal growth in solvent-mediated systems, with the goal of developing the atomic and molecular basis of a solvent-mediated self-assembly technology. We will achieve this purpose by: (1) utilizing an atomic force microscopy (AFM) approach that provides in situ, real time imaging during growth from solutions, (2) by modifying kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) models to include solution-surface kinetics, (3) by introducing quantum chemistry (QC) calculations of the potentials of the relevant chemical species and the near-surface structure of the solution, and (4) by utilizing molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to identify the minimum energy pathways to the solid state. Our work will focus on two systems chosen to address both the manometer and micron-to-millimeter length scales of assembly, the family of 2,5- diketopiperazines (X-DKPs) and the system of CaCO{sub 3} with amino acids. Using AFM, we will record the evolution of surface morphology, critical lengths, step speeds, and step-step interactions as a function of supersaturation and temperature. In the case of the X-DKPs, these measurements will be repeated as the molecular structure of the growth unit is varied. In the case of CaCO{sub 3}, they will be performed as a function of solution chemistry including pH, ionic strength, and amino acid content. In addition, we will measure nucleation rates and orientations of

  18. Designed self-assembly of molecular necklaces.

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    Park, Ki-Min; Kim, Soo-Young; Heo, Jungseok; Whang, Dongmok; Sakamoto, Shigeru; Yamaguchi, Kentaro; Kim, Kimoon

    2002-03-13

    This paper reports an efficient strategy to synthesize molecular necklaces, in which a number of small rings are threaded onto a large ring, utilizing the principles of self-assembly and coordination chemistry. Our strategy involves (1) threading a molecular "bead" with a short "string" to make a pseudorotaxane and then (2) linking the pseudorotaxanes with a metal complex with two cis labile ligands acting as an "angle connector" to form a cyclic product (molecular necklace). A 4- or 3-pyridylmethyl group is attached to each end of 1,4-diaminobutane or 1,5-diaminopentane to produce the short "strings" (C4N4(2+), C4N3(2+), C5N4(2+), and C5N3(2+)), which then react with a cucurbituril (CB) "bead" to form stable pseudorotaxanes (PR44(2+), PR43(2+), PR54(2+), and PR53(2+), respectively). The reaction of the pseudorotaxanes with Pt(en)(NO(3))(2) (en = ethylenediamine) produces a molecular necklace [4]MN, in which three molecular "beads" are threaded on a triangular framework, and/or a molecular necklace [5]MN, in which four molecular "beads" are threaded on a square framework. Under refluxing conditions, the reaction with PR44(2+) or PR54(2+) yields exclusively [4]MN (MN44T or MN54T, respectively), whereas that with PR43(2+) or PR53(2+) produces exclusively [5]MN (MN43S or MN53S, respectively). The products have been characterized by various methods including X-ray crystallography. At lower temperatures, on the other hand, the reaction with PR44(2+) or PR54(2+) affords both [4]MN and [5]MN. The supermolecules reported here are the first series of molecular necklaces obtained as thermodynamic products. The overall structures of the molecular necklaces are strongly influenced by the structures of pseudorotaxane building blocks, which is discussed in detail on the basis of the X-ray crystal structures. The temperature dependence of the product distribution observed in this self-assembly process is also discussed. PMID:11878967

  19. Photosynthetic reaction center mimicry: low reorganization energy driven charge stabilization in self-assembled cofacial zinc phthalocyanine dimer-fullerene conjugate.

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    D'Souza, Francis; Maligaspe, Eranda; Ohkubo, Kei; Zandler, Melvin E; Subbaiyan, Navaneetha K; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2009-07-01

    By employing well-defined self-assembly methods, a biomimetic bacterial photosynthetic reaction center complex has been constructed, and photoinduced electron transfer originating in this supramolecular donor-acceptor conjugate has been investigated. The biomimetic model of the bacterial "special pair" donor, a cofacial zinc phthalocyanine dimer, was formed via potassium ion induced dimerization of 4,5,4',5',4'', 5'',4''',5'''-zinc tetrakis(1,4,7,10,13-pentaoxatridecamethylene)phthalocyanine. The dimer was subsequently self-assembled with functionalized fullerenes via "two-point" binding involving axial coordination and crown ether-alkyl ammonium cation complexation to form the donor-acceptor pair, mimicking the noncovalently bound entities of the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center. The adopted self-assembly methodology yielded a supramolecular complex of higher stability with defined geometry and orientation as revealed by the binding constant and computational optimized structure. Unlike the previously reported porphyrin analog, the present phthalocyanine macrocycle based model system exhibited superior electron-transfer properties including formation of a long-lived charge-separated state, a key step of the photosynthetic light energy conversion process. Detailed analysis of the kinetic data in light of the Marcus theory of electron transfer revealed that small reorganization energy of the relatively rigid phthalocyanine is primarily responsible for slower charge-recombination process. The importance of the cofacial dimer in stabilizing the charge-separated state is borne out in the present all-supramolecular "reaction center" donor-acceptor mimic. PMID:19505071

  20. Self-assembly of Bis[2-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-pyridine]Copper(Ⅱ) Induced by C-H…π and π…π Stacking Interaction

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    2000-01-01

    @@ Introduction The control of molecular assembly in the solid state is an important theme of modern chemistry.It is in this regard that there is an activity in the area of supramolecular structures at present.The self-assembly of molecules can form well-defined supramolecular structures under the influence of drive forces such as hydrogen bonds[1-3],metal-ligand coordination bonds[4-6] and π…π stacking interactions[7-10].Word et al.have described the co-ordination chemistry of polydentate chelating ligands which contain mixed pyridine-phenol donor sets[11].Some unusual structures of transition metal pyridine-phenol complexes have been established in which non-covalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding and π…π stacking appear to play a dominant part.These observations suggest that it might be possible to construct supramolecular structures with a metal pyridine-phenol system.To explore this idea we have begun to investigate the self-assembly properties of metal pyridine-phenol complexes.Herein we present the self-assembly properties of Cu(pp)2[pp=2-(2-hydroxyphenol)-pyridine] under different conditions.

  1. Transient signal generation in a self-assembled nanosystem fueled by ATP

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    Pezzato, Cristian; Prins, Leonard J.

    2015-07-01

    A fundamental difference exists in the way signal generation is dealt with in natural and synthetic systems. While nature uses the transient activation of signalling pathways to regulate all cellular functions, chemists rely on sensory devices that convert the presence of an analyte into a steady output signal. The development of chemical systems that bear a closer analogy to living ones (that is, require energy for functioning, are transient in nature and operate out-of-equilibrium) requires a paradigm shift in the design of such systems. Here we report a straightforward strategy that enables transient signal generation in a self-assembled system and show that it can be used to mimic key features of natural signalling pathways, which are control over the output signal intensity and decay rate, the concentration-dependent activation of different signalling pathways and the transient downregulation of catalytic activity. Overall, the reported methodology provides temporal control over supramolecular processes.

  2. Enthalpy-entropy correlations as chemical guides to unravel self-assembly processes.

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    Piguet, Claude

    2011-08-28

    Intermolecular connections play a crucial role in biology (recognition, signalling, binding), in physics (material cohesion) and in chemistry ((supra)molecular engineering). While a phenomenological thermodynamic free-energy approach for modelling self-assemblies is now at hand, a more satisfying description based on the chemically-intuitive enthalpic and entropic contributions remains elusive. On the other hand, the innumerable reports of empirical enthalpy/entropy correlations characterizing intermolecular interactions justify a questioning about the emergence and exploitation of an apparent 'fourth law of thermodynamics', which could provide a simple manipulation of intermolecular binding processes. This tutorial Perspective aims at highlighting the current level of non-quantum rationalization of enthalpy-entropy correlations and their chemical consequences on the tuning and on the programming of intermolecular interactions in pure materials, and in diluted solutions. PMID:21629958

  3. Controlling self-assembly of DNA-polymer conjugates for applications in imaging and drug delivery.

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    Peterson, Amberlyn M; Heemstra, Jennifer M

    2015-01-01

    Amphiphilic supramolecular structures such as micelles and vesicles can be formed through phase-driven self-assembly of monomer units having discrete hydrophilic and hydrophobic blocks. These structures show great promise for use in medical and biological applications, and incorporating DNA as the hydrophilic block of the amphiphilic monomers enables the creation of assemblies that also take advantage of the unique information storage and molecular recognition capabilities of DNA. Recently, significant advances have been made in the synthesis of DNA-polymer conjugates (DPCs), controlling the morphology of DPC assemblies by altering monomer structure, and probing the effect of assembly on DNA stability and hybridization. Together, these investigations have laid the framework for using DPCs in drug delivery, cellular imaging, and other applications in materials science and chemistry. PMID:25327363

  4. Specific and Reversible DNA-Directed Self-Assembly of Modular Vesicle-Droplet Hybrid Materials.

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    Hadorn, Maik; Boenzli, Eva; Hanczyc, Martin M

    2016-04-19

    Modular hybrid structures functionalized to assemble in a controlled manner possess diverse properties necessary for a new generation of complex materials and applications. Here, we functionalized giant unilamellar vesicles and emulsion droplets with biotinylated single-stranded DNA oligonucleotides using streptavidin as an intermediary linker to demonstrate specific and reversible DNA-directed self-assembly into vesicle-droplet hybrid structures. A low molar percentage of PEGylated phospholipids independent of the DNA-based recognition machinery at the supramolecular surface modulated the stability of the system. The reversibility of the aggregation was demonstrated by heating the hybrid structures above the melting temperature of the conjoining double-stranded DNA in the presence of excess biotin. The application of this general assembly control system to diverse multiphase soft materials provides the mechanism to assemble complex modular hybrid systems in a controllable and reversible way, which may provide an advantage where multifunctionality is a target property. PMID:27010467

  5. Cyclodextrin-Mediated Hierarchical Self-Assembly and Its Potential in Drug Delivery Applications.

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    Antoniuk, Iurii; Amiel, Catherine

    2016-09-01

    Hierarchical self-assembly exploits various non-covalent interactions to manufacture sophisticated organized systems at multiple length scales with interesting properties for pharmaceutical industry such as possibility of spatially controlled drug loading and multiresponsiveness to external stimuli. Cyclodextrin (CD)-mediated host-guest interactions proved to be an efficient tool to construct hierarchical architectures primarily due to the high specificity and reversibility of the inclusion complexation of CDs with a number of hydrophobic guest molecules, their excellent bioavailability, and easiness of chemical modification. In this review, we will outline the recent progress in the development of CD-based hierarchical architectures such as nanoscale drug and gene delivery carriers and physically cross-linked supramolecular hydrogels designed for a sustained release of actives. PMID:27342436

  6. Self-assemblies of magnetic nanoparticles and di-block copolymers: Magnetic micelles and vesicles

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    Magnetic nanocomposites are obtained by the self-assembly in water of polypeptide-based di-block copolymers polybutadiene-b-poly(glutamic acid) combined with hydrophobic γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles. These hybrid supramolecular objects are either-(3D) spherical micelles filled with a hydrophobic ferrofluid at a concentration as high as 45 vol% or-hollow vesicles with a (2D) magnetic membrane. In this last case, the organic amphiphile copolymers are able to confine the hydrophobic nanoparticles within the thin layer of polybutadiene blocks. We probe these objects by atomic force microscopy, by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and by light scattering. Furthermore, anisotropic SANS data bring the experimental evidence of the capability to modify the shape of the mineralized membranes in response to a magnetic field intensity as low as 290 G

  7. Initial condition of stochastic self-assembly

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    Davis, Jason K.; Sindi, Suzanne S.

    2016-02-01

    The formation of a stable protein aggregate is regarded as the rate limiting step in the establishment of prion diseases. In these systems, once aggregates reach a critical size the growth process accelerates and thus the waiting time until the appearance of the first critically sized aggregate is a key determinant of disease onset. In addition to prion diseases, aggregation and nucleation is a central step of many physical, chemical, and biological process. Previous studies have examined the first-arrival time at a critical nucleus size during homogeneous self-assembly under the assumption that at time t =0 the system was in the all-monomer state. However, in order to compare to in vivo biological experiments where protein constituents inherited by a newly born cell likely contain intermediate aggregates, other possibilities must be considered. We consider one such possibility by conditioning the unique ergodic size distribution on subcritical aggregate sizes; this least-informed distribution is then used as an initial condition. We make the claim that this initial condition carries fewer assumptions than an all-monomer one and verify that it can yield significantly different averaged waiting times relative to the all-monomer condition under various models of assembly.

  8. Self-Assembly of Tetraphenylalanine Peptides.

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    Mayans, Enric; Ballano, Gema; Casanovas, Jordi; Díaz, Angélica; Pérez-Madrigal, Maria M; Estrany, Francesc; Puiggalí, Jordi; Cativiela, Carlos; Alemán, Carlos

    2015-11-16

    Three different tetraphenylalanine (FFFF) based peptides that differ at the N- and C-termini have been synthesized by using standard procedures to study their ability to form different nanoassemblies under a variety of conditions. The FFFF peptide assembles into nanotubes that show more structural imperfections at the surface than those formed by the diphenylalanine (FF) peptide under the same conditions. Periodic DFT calculations (M06L functional) were used to propose a model that consists of three FFFF molecules defining a ring through head-to-tail NH3(+)⋅⋅⋅(-)OOC interactions, which in turn stack to produce deformed channels with internal diameters between 12 and 16 Å. Depending on the experimental conditions used for the peptide incubation, N-fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl (Fmoc) protected FFFF self-assembles into a variety of polymorphs: ultra-thin nanoplates, fibrils, and star-like submicrometric aggregates. DFT calculations indicate that Fmoc-FFFF prefers a parallel rather than an antiparallel β-sheet assembly. Finally, coexisting multiple assemblies (up to three) were observed for Fmoc-FFFF-OBzl (OBzl = benzyl ester), which incorporates aromatic protecting groups at the two peptide terminals. This unusual and noticeable feature is attributed to the fact that the assemblies obtained by combining the Fmoc and OBzl groups contained in the peptide are isoenergetic. PMID:26419936

  9. Self-assembling holographic biosensors and biocomputers.

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    Light, Yooli Kim; Bachand, George David (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM); Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Trent, Amanda M. (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM)

    2006-05-01

    We present concepts for self-assembly of diffractive optics with potential uses in biosensors and biocomputers. The simplest such optics, diffraction gratings, can potentially be made from chemically-stabilized microtubules migrating on nanopatterned tracks of the motor protein kinesin. We discuss the fabrication challenges involved in patterning sub-micron-scale structures with proteins that must be maintained in aqueous buffers to preserve their activity. A novel strategy is presented that employs dry contact printing onto glass-supported amino-silane monolayers of heterobifunctional crosslinkers, followed by solid-state reactions of these cross-linkers, to graft patterns of reactive groups onto the surface. Successive solution-phase addition of cysteine-mutant proteins and amine-reactive polyethylene glycol allows assembly of features onto the printed patterns. We present data from initial experiments showing successful micro- and nanopatterning of lines of single-cysteine mutants of kinesin interleaved with lines of polyethylene, indicating that this strategy can be employed to arrays of features with resolutions suitable for gratings.

  10. Restricted meniscus convective self-assembly.

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    Chen, Kai; Stoianov, Stefan V; Bangerter, Justin; Robinson, Hans D

    2010-04-15

    Convective (or evaporation-induced) self-assembly is a standard technique for depositing uniform, poly-crystalline coatings of nanospheres across multiple square centimeters on the timescale of minutes. In this paper, we present a variation of this technique, where the drying meniscus is restricted by a straight-edge located approximately 100 microm above the substrate adjacent to the drying zone. Surprisingly, we find this technique to yield films at roughly twice the growth rate compared to the standard technique. We attribute this to differing rates of diffusion of vapor from the drying crystal in the two cases. We also investigate the crystal growth rate dependence on ambient relative humidity and find, contrary to some previous reports, that the growth rate depends strongly on the humidity. We introduce a model which indicates that while the length of the drying zone may increase with humidity, this alone cannot compensate for the simultaneous reduction in evaporation rate, so a lower humidity must always lead to a higher growth speed. Comparing the model to our experimental results, we find that the length of the drying zone is constant and mostly independent of parameters such as humidity and surface tension. PMID:20132947

  11. Functional Self-Assembled Nanofibers by Electrospinning

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    Greiner, A.; Wendorff, J. H.

    Electrospinning constitutes a unique technique for the production of nanofibers with diameters down to the range of a few nanometers. In strong contrast to conventional fiber producing techniques, it relies on self-assembly processes driven by the Coulomb interactions between charged elements of the fluids to be spun to nanofibers. The transition from a macroscopic fluid object such as a droplet emerging from a die to solid nanofibers is controlled by a set of complex physical instability processes. They give rise to extremely high extensional deformations and strain rates during fiber formation causing among others a high orientational order in the nanofibers as well as enhanced mechanical properties. Electrospinning is predominantly applied to polymer based materials including natural and synthetic polymers, but, more recently, its use has been extended towards the production of metal, ceramic and glass nanofibers exploiting precursor routes. The nanofibers can be functionalized during electrospinning by introducing pores, fractal surfaces, by incorporating functional elements such as catalysts, quantum dots, drugs, enzymes or even bacteria. The production of individual fibers, random nonwovens, or orientationally highly ordered nonwovens is achieved by an appropriate selection of electrode configurations. Broad areas of application exist in Material and Life Sciences for such nanofibers, including not only optoelectronics, sensorics, catalysis, textiles, high efficiency filters, fiber reinforcement but also tissue engineering, drug delivery, and wound healing. The basic electrospinning process has more recently been extended towards compound co-electrospinning and precision deposition electrospinning to further broaden accessible fiber architectures and potential areas of application.

  12. Entropy Driven Self-Assembly in Charged Lock-Key Particles.

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    Odriozola, Gerardo; Lozada-Cassou, Marcelo

    2016-07-01

    In this work we study the lock-key model successfully used in supramolecular chemistry and particles self-assembly and gain further insight into the infinite diluted limit of the lock and key, depletant mediated, effective attraction. We discuss the depletant forces and entropy approaches to self-assembly and give details on the different contributions to the net force for a charged lock and key pair immersed in a solvent plus a primitive model electrolyte. We show a strong correlation of the force components behavior and the underlying processes of co-ion and solvent release from the cavity. In addition, we put into context the universal behavior observed for the energy-distance curves when changing the lock and key to solvent size ratio. Basically, we now show that this behavior is not always achieved and depends on the particular system geometry. Finally, we present a qualitative good agreement with experiments when changing the electrolyte concentration, valence, and cavity-key size ratio. PMID:27031174

  13. Self-Assembled Collagen-like Peptide Fibers as Templates for Metallic Nanowires.

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    Gottlieb, Daniel; Morin, Stephen A; Jin, Song; Raines, Ronald T

    2008-01-01

    Inspired by nature's ability to fabricate supramolecular nanostructures from the bottom-up, materials scientist have become increasingly interested in the use of biomolecules like DNA, peptides, or proteins as templates for the creation of novel nanostructures and nanomaterials. Although the advantages of self-assembling biomolecular structures clearly lie in their chemical diversity, spatial control, and numerous geometric architectures, it is challenging to elaborate them into functional hybrid inorganic-bionanomaterials without rendering the biomolecular scaffold damaged or dysfunctional. In this study, attachment of gold nanoparticles to collagen-related self-assembling peptides at L-lysine residues incorportated within the peptides sequence and the N-terminus led to metal nanoparticle-decorated fibers. After electroless silver plating, these fibers were completely metalized, creating electrically conductive nanowires under mild conditions while leaving the peptide fiber core intact. This study demonstrates the bottom-up assembly of synthetic peptidic fibers under mild conditions and their potential as templates for other complex inorganic-organic hybrid nanostructures. PMID:20130788

  14. Programming Self-Assembly of DNA Origami Honeycomb Two-Dimensional Lattices and Plasmonic Metamaterials.

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    Wang, Pengfei; Gaitanaros, Stavros; Lee, Seungwoo; Bathe, Mark; Shih, William M; Ke, Yonggang

    2016-06-22

    Scaffolded DNA origami has proven to be a versatile method for generating functional nanostructures with prescribed sub-100 nm shapes. Programming DNA-origami tiles to form large-scale 2D lattices that span hundreds of nanometers to the micrometer scale could provide an enabling platform for diverse applications ranging from metamaterials to surface-based biophysical assays. Toward this end, here we design a family of hexagonal DNA-origami tiles using computer-aided design and demonstrate successful self-assembly of micrometer-scale 2D honeycomb lattices and tubes by controlling their geometric and mechanical properties including their interconnecting strands. Our results offer insight into programmed self-assembly of low-defect supra-molecular DNA-origami 2D lattices and tubes. In addition, we demonstrate that these DNA-origami hexagon tiles and honeycomb lattices are versatile platforms for assembling optical metamaterials via programmable spatial arrangement of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) into cluster and superlattice geometries. PMID:27224641

  15. Thermodynamics, morphology, and kinetics of early- stage self-assembly of pi-conjugated oligopeptides

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    Thurston, Bryce; Tovar, John; Ferguson, Andrew

    Synthetic oligopeptides containing π-conjugated cores self-assemble novel materials with attractive electronic and photophysical properties. All-atom, explicit solvent molecular dynamics simulations of Asp-Phe-Ala-Gly-OPV3-Gly-Ala-Phe-Asp peptides were used to parameterize an implicit solvent model to simulate self-assembly. At low-pH conditions, peptides assemble into β-sheet-like stacks with strongly favorable monomer association free energies of ΔF ~ - 25kB T . Aggregation at high-pH produces disordered aggregates destabilized by Coulombic repulsion between negatively charged Asp termini. We model simulations of hundereds of monomers as a continuous-time Markov process. We infer transition rates between different aggregate sizes and microsecond relaxation times for early-stage assembly. Our data suggests a hierarchical model of assembly in which peptides coalesce into small clusters over tens of nanoseconds followed by structural ripening and diffusion limited aggregation on longer time scales. This work provides new molecular-level understanding of early-stage assembly, and a means to study the impact of peptide chemistry upon the thermodynamics, assembly kinetics, and morphology of the supramolecular aggregates. Supported by U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Award DE-SC0004857. Molecular simulations partially conducted on University of Illinois Computational Science and Engineering Program parallel computing resources.

  16. Electrochemical Functionalization of Graphene at the Nanoscale with Self-Assembling Diazonium Salts.

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    Xia, Zhenyuan; Leonardi, Francesca; Gobbi, Marco; Liu, Yi; Bellani, Vittorio; Liscio, Andrea; Kovtun, Alessandro; Li, Rongjin; Feng, Xinliang; Orgiu, Emanuele; Samorì, Paolo; Treossi, Emanuele; Palermo, Vincenzo

    2016-07-26

    We describe a fast and versatile method to functionalize high-quality graphene with organic molecules by exploiting the synergistic effect of supramolecular and covalent chemistry. With this goal, we designed and synthesized molecules comprising a long aliphatic chain and an aryl diazonium salt. Thanks to the long chain, these molecules physisorb from solution onto CVD graphene or bulk graphite, self-assembling in an ordered monolayer. The sample is successively transferred into an aqueous electrolyte, to block any reorganization or desorption of the monolayer. An electrochemical impulse is used to transform the diazonium group into a radical capable of grafting covalently to the substrate and transforming the physisorption into a covalent chemisorption. During covalent grafting in water, the molecules retain the ordered packing formed upon self-assembly. Our two-step approach is characterized by the independent control over the processes of immobilization of molecules on the substrate and their covalent tethering, enabling fast (t graphene. This strategy is highly versatile and works with many carbon-based materials including graphene deposited on silicon, plastic, and quartz as well as highly oriented pyrolytic graphite. PMID:27299370

  17. Effect of a bulky lateral substitution by chlorine atom and methoxy group on self-assembling properties of lactic acid derivatives

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    Several chiral liquid crystalline materials derived from the lactic acid have been studied with the aim to establish the effect of bulky lateral substituents on their self-assembling properties. A chlorine atom and methoxy group have been used as lateral substituents in ortho position to ether group position on phenyl ring far from the chiral centre. All the studied materials possess tilted ferroelectric smectic C* phase in a broad temperature range. In dependence on the molecular structure namely type of lateral substituent and length of the chiral chain, the cholesteric mesophase, orthogonal paraelectric smectic A* and crystal mesophases have been detected. Lateral chlorine substitution results in decrease of both the clearing point and crystallisation temperature as well as in a distinct increase of spontaneous polarization. Bulky methoxy substitution slightly suppresses the spontaneous polarisation but strongly increases the melting point that results in monotropic peculiarity of the SmC* phase. Mesomorphic, spontaneous, structural and dielectric properties of the substituted compounds were established and compared to those of the non-substituted ones in order to contribute to better understanding of the structure–property relationship for such chiral self-assembling materials. - Highlights: • Chiral liquid crystalline materials derived from the lactic acid have been studied. • Effect of bulky lateral substituents on self-assembling properties has been established. • Bulky methoxy substitution suppresses spontaneous polarisation but increases the melting point. • The compounds might have a strong potential for many advanced electro-optic applications

  18. Effect of a bulky lateral substitution by chlorine atom and methoxy group on self-assembling properties of lactic acid derivatives

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    Stojanović, Maja, E-mail: maja.stojanovic@df.uns.ac.rs [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Trg D.Obradovića 4, 21000 Novi Sad (Serbia); Bubnov, Alexej [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague (Czech Republic); Obadović, Dušanka Ž. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Trg D.Obradovića 4, 21000 Novi Sad (Serbia); Hamplová, Věra [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague (Czech Republic); Cvetinov, Miroslav [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Trg D.Obradovića 4, 21000 Novi Sad (Serbia); Kašpar, Miroslav [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague (Czech Republic)

    2014-07-01

    Several chiral liquid crystalline materials derived from the lactic acid have been studied with the aim to establish the effect of bulky lateral substituents on their self-assembling properties. A chlorine atom and methoxy group have been used as lateral substituents in ortho position to ether group position on phenyl ring far from the chiral centre. All the studied materials possess tilted ferroelectric smectic C* phase in a broad temperature range. In dependence on the molecular structure namely type of lateral substituent and length of the chiral chain, the cholesteric mesophase, orthogonal paraelectric smectic A* and crystal mesophases have been detected. Lateral chlorine substitution results in decrease of both the clearing point and crystallisation temperature as well as in a distinct increase of spontaneous polarization. Bulky methoxy substitution slightly suppresses the spontaneous polarisation but strongly increases the melting point that results in monotropic peculiarity of the SmC* phase. Mesomorphic, spontaneous, structural and dielectric properties of the substituted compounds were established and compared to those of the non-substituted ones in order to contribute to better understanding of the structure–property relationship for such chiral self-assembling materials. - Highlights: • Chiral liquid crystalline materials derived from the lactic acid have been studied. • Effect of bulky lateral substituents on self-assembling properties has been established. • Bulky methoxy substitution suppresses spontaneous polarisation but increases the melting point. • The compounds might have a strong potential for many advanced electro-optic applications.

  19. Equation of State for Phospholipid Self-Assembly

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    Marsh, Derek

    2016-01-01

    Phospholipid self-assembly is the basis of biomembrane stability. The entropy of transfer from water to self-assembled micelles of lysophosphatidylcholines and diacyl phosphatidylcholines with different chain lengths converges to a common value at a temperature of 44°C. The corresponding enthalpies...... of transfer converge at ∼-18°C. An equation of state for the free energy of self-assembly formulated from this thermodynamic data depends on the heat capacity of transfer as the sole parameter needed to specify a particular lipid. For lipids lacking calorimetric data, measurement of the critical...

  20. Atomic structures of peptide self-assembly mimics

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    Makabe, Koki; McElheny, Dan; Tereshko, Valentia; Hilyard, Aaron; Gawlak, Grzegorz; Yan, Shude; Koide, Akiko; Koide, Shohei

    2006-01-01

    Although the β-rich self-assemblies are a major structural class for polypeptides and the focus of intense research, little is known about their atomic structures and dynamics due to their insoluble and noncrystalline nature. We developed a protein engineering strategy that captures a self-assembly segment in a water-soluble molecule. A predefined number of self-assembling peptide units are linked, and the β-sheet ends are capped to prevent aggregation, which yields a mono-dispersed soluble p...

  1. Self-assembly of latex particles for colloidal crystals

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    Zhirong Li; Jingxia wang; Yanlin Song

    2011-01-01

    Self-assembly of latex particles is of great importance for fabricating various functional colloidal crystals.In this paper,we review recent research on the self-assembly of latex particles for colloidal crystals,covering the assembly forces and various assembly approaches of latex particles,including self-assembly by gravity sedimentation,vertical deposition,physical confinement,electric field,and magnetic field.Furthermore,some simple methods for assembling latex particles such as spin coating,spray coating,and printing are also summarized.

  2. Self-assembly of dynamic orthoester cryptates.

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    Brachvogel, René-Chris; Hampel, Frank; von Delius, Max

    2015-01-01

    The discovery of coronands and cryptands, organic compounds that can accommodate metal ions in a preorganized two- or three-dimensional environment, was a milestone in supramolecular chemistry, leading to countless applications from organic synthesis to metallurgy and medicine. These compounds are typically prepared via multistep organic synthesis and one of their characteristic features is the high stability of their covalent framework. Here we report the use of a dynamic covalent exchange reaction for the one-pot template synthesis of a new class of coronates and cryptates, in which acid-labile O,O,O-orthoesters serve as bridgeheads. In contrast to their classic analogues, the compounds described herein are constitutionally dynamic in the presence of acid and can be induced to release their guest via irreversible deconstruction of the cage. These properties open up a wide range of application opportunities, from systems chemistry to molecular sensing and drug delivery. PMID:25997913

  3. Supramolecular barrels from amphiphilic rigid-flexible macrocycles

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    Yang, Won-Young; Ahn, Jong-Hyun; Yoo, Yong-Sik; Oh, Nam-Keun; Lee, Myongsoo

    2005-05-01

    Precise control of supramolecular objects requires the rational design of molecular components, because the information determining their specific assembly should be encoded in their molecular architecture. In this context, diverse self-assembling molecules including liquid crystals, dendrimers, block copolymers, hydrogen-bonded complexes and rigid macrocycles are being created as a means of manipulating supramolecular structure. Incorporation of a stiff rod-like building block into an amphiphilic molecular architecture leads to another class of self-assembling molecules. Aggregation of rod building blocks can generate various nanoscale objects including bundles, ribbons, tubules and vesicles, depending on the molecular structure and/or the presence of a selective solvent. We present here an unusual example of supramolecular barrels in the solid and in aqueous solution, based on the self-assembly of amphiphilic rigid-flexible macrocycles driven by non-covalent interactions. Preliminary experiments show that these amphiphilic macrocycles are membrane-active. The amphiphilic macrocycles might thus lead to an excellent model system for exploring biological processes in supramolecular materials.

  4. Magnetic structure of two- and three-dimensional supramolecular compounds

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    Decurtins, S.; Schmalle, H.W.; Pellaux, R. [Zurich Univ. (Switzerland); Fischer, P.; Fauth, F. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Ouladdiaf, B. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin, 75 - Paris (France)

    1997-09-01

    Supramolecular chiral networks of oxalato-bridged transition metals show either two- or three-dimensional structural features. The magnetic structures of such compounds have been investigated by means of elastic neutron powder diffraction. (author) 2 figs., 2 refs.

  5. Optical orientation in self assembled quantum dots

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    We examined Zeeman splitting in a series of lnxGa(1-x)As/GaAs self assembled quantum dots (SAQD's) with different pump polarisations. All these measurements were made in very low external magnetic fields where direct determination of the Zeeman splitting energy is impossible due to its small value in comparison to the photoluminescence linewidths. The use of a technique developed by M. J. Snelling allowed us to obtain the Zeeman splitting and hence the excitonic g-factors indirectly. We observed a linear low field splitting, becoming increasingly non-linear at higher fields. We attribute this non-linearity to field induced level mixing. It is believed these are the first low field measurements in these structures. A number of apparent nuclear effects in the Zeeman splitting measurements led us onto the examination of nuclear effects in these structures. The transverse and oblique Hanie effects then allowed us to obtain the sign of the electronic g-factors in two of our samples, for one sample, a (311) grown In0.5Ga0.5As/GaAs SAQD sample, we were able to ascertain the spin relaxation time, the maximum value of the nuclear field, and provide evidence of the existence of nuclear spin freezing in at least one of our samples. We have then used a novel technique investigated by D. J. Guerrier, to examine optically detected nuclear magnetic resonance in our samples. We believe this is the first such study on these structures. We could not ascertain the dipolar indium resonance signal, even though all other isotopes were seen. We have therefore suggested a number of possible mechanisms that may be responsible for the lack of an indium resonance signal. (author)

  6. Self-Assembled Nanostructured Health Monitoring Sensors Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The objective of the proposed NASA SBIR program is to design, fabricate and evaluate the performance of self-assembled nanostructured sensors for the health...

  7. Self-assembled microsphere gratings on rib waveguides

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    Tai, Chao-Yi; Unal, Bayram; Wilkinson, James S.; Mohamed A. Ghanem; Bartlett, Philip N.

    2003-01-01

    We report the spectral transmission of a rib waveguide side-coupled to a self-assembled polystyrene microsphere array. A transmission stopband was observed at ? ~ 1590nm, showing the potential for realising wavelength-selective devices

  8. Self-Assembling Wireless Autonomous Reconfigurable Modules (SWARM) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Payload Systems Inc. and the MIT Space Systems Laboratory propose Self-assembling, Wireless, Autonomous, Reconfigurable Modules (SWARM) as an innovative approach to...

  9. Urethane tetrathiafulvalene derivatives: synthesis, self-assembly and electrochemical properties

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the self-assembly of two new tetrathiafulvalene (TTF derivatives that contain one or two urethane groups. The formation of nanoribbons was evidenced by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD, which showed that the self-assembly ability of T1 was better than that of T2. The results revealed that more urethane groups in a molecule did not necessarily instigate self-assembly. UV–vis and FTIR spectra were measured to explore noncovalent interactions. The driving forces for self-assembly of TTF derivatives were mainly hydrogen bond interactions and π–π stacking interactions. The electronic conductivity of the T1 and T2 films was tested by a four-probe method.

  10. Tuning the 1D-self-assembly of dicyano-functionalized helicene building-blocks

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    Full text: Effective control of chirality in supramolecular systems is an important challenge towards the assembly of well-defined nano-architectures from the bottom-up. The chirality transfer from single molecules onto 3D- and 2D-crystals is well known, however chirality in case of the 1D-objects (wires) is largely unexplored. Here we present a study based on Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (STM) and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) measurements and Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations to understand the formation of 1D conglomerates from enantiopure dicyano functionalized heptahelicene molecules of both chiralities at different, well defined single-crystal surfaces. We show that the main bonding motif can be switched by temperature, substrate or adatom stimuli. We discuss the key driving forces for the formation of well-ordered long-range arrays and the chirality transfer on the single molecule scale as well as onto the 1D conglomerate as a whole. In comparison of experiment and theory, we deepen the insight into the chirality transfer in competition between molecule-molecule and surface-molecule interactions. (author)

  11. Self-assembled helical nanostructures from an asymmetrical perylene diimide

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    Lan Ying Yang; Min Min Shi; Mang Wang; Hong Zheng Chen

    2008-01-01

    An asymmetrical perylene diimide 3,N-(4-methoxyphenyl)-N'-(4-nitrophenyl)-perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic diimide,was synthesized,and its self-assembly and dissociation behaviors in chloroform was studied in detail bv UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopies.The resulting unique helical nanostructures from 3 were proposed to be self-assembled via the cooperative actions of π-π stacking,steric hindrance and electrophile-nucleophile type pairing.

  12. Self-assembled functional molecular materials for optoelectronic applications

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    Kwok, CC; W. Lu; Che, CM

    2008-01-01

    There has been a growing interest to develop functional organic and organometallic materials in nano-scale by self assembly reactions as these materials could have unique electronic properties and applications. We have found that functionalized organometallic nano-wires which the formations are directed by weak Pt⋯Pt interactions along the dimension of the aggregates can be readily obtained by self-assembly reactions. These platinum(II) nano-wires exhibit interesting photophysical properties,...

  13. Using lateral capillary forces to compute by self-assembly

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    Rothemund, Paul W. K.

    2000-01-01

    Investigations of DNA computing have highlighted a fundamental connection between self-assembly (SA) and computation: in principle, any computation can be performed by a suitable self-assembling system. In practice, exploration of this connection is limited by our ability to control the geometry and specificity of binding interactions. Recently, a system has been developed that uses surface tension to assemble plastic tiles according to shape complementarity and likeness of wetting [Bowden, N...

  14. Atomic force microscopy investigations of peptide self-assembly

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    Sedman, Victoria L.

    2006-01-01

    The ability of short peptide fragments to self-assemble in isolation as amyloid and amyloid-like structures has prompted their use as model systems for the study of amyloid formation and recently also for their utilisation as novel nanofibrillar material. The atomic force microscope (AFM) is used here to investigate the self-assembly of two peptide systems and the development of strategies to directly manipulate and control the structures they form. The studies presented in Chapter 2 addr...

  15. Characterization and utilization of self-assembled diphenylalanine nanotubes

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    Xu, Kairuo

    2011-01-01

    Diphenylalanine (FF) peptide is the core-recognition motif of β-amyloid polypeptide, a peptide associated with diseases such as Alzheimer’s and which is known to be capable of self-assembly. FF has attracted interest in nanotechnology due to the physical and chemical stability and mechanical rigidity of the self-assembled nanotube form of the peptide. A number of promising applications of FF nanotubes have previously been explored. To extend this work to biomedical and pharmaceutical areas, a...

  16. RT Self-assembly of Silica Nanoparticles on Optical Fibres

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    Canning, John; Lindoy, Lachlan; Huyang, George;

    2013-01-01

    The room temperature deposition of self-assembling silica nanoparticles onto D-shaped optical fibres x201c;D-fibrex201d;), drawn from milled preforms fabricated by modified chemical vapor deposition, is studied and preliminary results reported here.......The room temperature deposition of self-assembling silica nanoparticles onto D-shaped optical fibres x201c;D-fibrex201d;), drawn from milled preforms fabricated by modified chemical vapor deposition, is studied and preliminary results reported here....

  17. Design strategies for self-assembly of discrete targets

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    Both biological and artificial self-assembly processes can take place by a range of different schemes, from the successive addition of identical building blocks to hierarchical sequences of intermediates, all the way to the fully addressable limit in which each component is unique. In this paper, we introduce an idealized model of cubic particles with patterned faces that allows self-assembly strategies to be compared and tested. We consider a simple octameric target, starting with the minimal requirements for successful self-assembly and comparing the benefits and limitations of more sophisticated hierarchical and addressable schemes. Simulations are performed using a hybrid dynamical Monte Carlo protocol that allows self-assembling clusters to rearrange internally while still providing Stokes-Einstein-like diffusion of aggregates of different sizes. Our simulations explicitly capture the thermodynamic, dynamic, and steric challenges typically faced by self-assembly processes, including competition between multiple partially completed structures. Self-assembly pathways are extracted from the simulation trajectories by a fully extendable scheme for identifying structural fragments, which are then assembled into history diagrams for successfully completed target structures. For the simple target, a one-component assembly scheme is most efficient and robust overall, but hierarchical and addressable strategies can have an advantage under some conditions if high yield is a priority

  18. Design strategies for self-assembly of discrete targets

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    Madge, Jim; Miller, Mark A.

    2015-07-01

    Both biological and artificial self-assembly processes can take place by a range of different schemes, from the successive addition of identical building blocks to hierarchical sequences of intermediates, all the way to the fully addressable limit in which each component is unique. In this paper, we introduce an idealized model of cubic particles with patterned faces that allows self-assembly strategies to be compared and tested. We consider a simple octameric target, starting with the minimal requirements for successful self-assembly and comparing the benefits and limitations of more sophisticated hierarchical and addressable schemes. Simulations are performed using a hybrid dynamical Monte Carlo protocol that allows self-assembling clusters to rearrange internally while still providing Stokes-Einstein-like diffusion of aggregates of different sizes. Our simulations explicitly capture the thermodynamic, dynamic, and steric challenges typically faced by self-assembly processes, including competition between multiple partially completed structures. Self-assembly pathways are extracted from the simulation trajectories by a fully extendable scheme for identifying structural fragments, which are then assembled into history diagrams for successfully completed target structures. For the simple target, a one-component assembly scheme is most efficient and robust overall, but hierarchical and addressable strategies can have an advantage under some conditions if high yield is a priority.

  19. Effect of polymerization on hierarchical self-assembly into nanosheets.

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    Ikeda, Taichi

    2015-01-20

    The oligomers consisting of phenyl-capped bithiophene and tetra(ethylene glycol)s linked by azide-alkyne Huisgen cycloaddition were synthesized. The relationship between the degree of polymerization and self-assembling ability was investigated in o-dichlorobenzene and dimethyl sulfoxide. From the absorption spectrum, it was confirmed that the critical degree of polymerization (CDP) for thiophene unit aggregation was 4. The morphology of the aggregated product was observed by atomic force microscopy. The oligomers 4mer and 5mer could not self-assemble into well-defined structures due to the weak driving force for the self-assembly. In the cases of 6mer and 7mer, aggregates with nonwell-defined and nanosheet structures coexisted. In the cases of 8mer and 9mer, the nanosheet was the main product. The critical point between 7mer and 8mer could be confirmed by different aggregation behaviors in the cooling process of the solution (nonsigmoidal and sigmoidal). In the cases of 8mer and 9mer, polymer folding prior to intermolecular self-assembly, which was supported by sigmoidal aggregation behavior, leads to the nanosheet formation. On the contrary, shorter oligomers than 8mer experience intermolecular aggregation prior to intramolecular polymer folding, which was supported by the nonsigmoidal aggregation behavior. This is the first report to prove the existence of CDP for folded polymer nanosheet formation which requires hierarchical self-assembly, i.e., polymer folding followed by intermolecular self-assembly. PMID:25526560

  20. Synthetic Self-Assembled Materials in Biological Environments.

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    Versluis, Frank; van Esch, Jan H; Eelkema, Rienk

    2016-06-01

    Synthetic self-assembly has long been recognized as an excellent approach for the formation of ordered structures on the nanoscale. Although the development of synthetic self-assembling materials has often been inspired by principles observed in nature (e.g., the assembly of lipids, DNA, proteins), until recently the self-assembly of synthetic molecules has mainly been investigated ex vivo. The past few years however, have witnessed the emergence of a research field in which synthetic, self-assembling systems are used that are capable of operating as bioactive materials in biological environments. Here, this up-and-coming field, which has the potential of becoming a key area in chemical biology and medicine, is reviewed. Two main categories of applications of self-assembly in biological environments are identified and discussed, namely therapeutic and imaging agents. Within these categories key concepts, such as triggers and molecular constraints for in vitro/in vivo self-assembly and the mode of interaction between the assemblies and the biological materials will be discussed. PMID:27042774

  1. Polypeptide-based aerosol nanoparticles: self-assembly and control of conformation by solvent and thermal annealing.

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    Rahikkala, Antti; Junnila, Susanna; Vartiainen, Ville; Ruokolainen, Janne; Ikkala, Olli; Kauppinen, Esko; Raula, Janne

    2014-07-14

    Nanoconfined self-assemblies within aerosol nanoparticles and control of the secondary structures are shown here upon ionically complexing poly(L-lysine) (PLL) with dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid (DBSA) surfactant and using solvents chloroform, 1-propanol, or dimethylformamide. Different solvent volatilities and drying temperatures allowed tuning the kinetics of morphology formation. The supramolecular self-assembly and morphology were studied using cryo-TEM and SEM, and the secondary structures, using FT-IR. Highly volatile chloroform led to the major fraction of α-helical conformation of PLL(DBSA), whereas less volatile solvents or higher drying temperatures led to the increasing fraction of β-sheets. Added drugs budesonide and ketoprofen prevented β-sheet formation and studied PLL(DBSA)-drug nanoparticles were in the α-helical conformation. Preliminary studies showed that ketoprofen released with a slower rate than budesonide which was hypothesized to result from different localization of drugs within the PLL(DBSA) nanoparticles. These results instruct to prepare polypeptide aerosol nanoparticles with internal self-assembled structures and to control the secondary structures by aerosol solvent annealing, which we foresee to be useful, e.g., toward controlling the release of poorly soluble drug molecules. PMID:24848300

  2. Self-assembled multicompartment liquid crystalline lipid carriers for protein, peptide, and nucleic acid drug delivery.

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    Angelova, Angelina; Angelov, Borislav; Mutafchieva, Rada; Lesieur, Sylviane; Couvreur, Patrick

    2011-02-15

    with large water channels. Time-resolved X-ray diffraction (XRD) scans allowed us to detect metastable intermediate and coexisting structures and monitor the temperature-induced phase sequences of mixed systems containing glycerol monooleate, a soluble protein macromolecule, and an interfacial curvature modulating agent. These observed states correspond to the stages of the growth of the nanofluidic channel network. With the application of a thermal stimulus, the system becomes progressively more ordered into a double-diamond cubic lattice formed by a bicontinuous lipid membrane. High-resolution freeze-fracture electronic microscopy indicates that nanodomains are induced by the inclusion of proteins into nanopockets of the supramolecular cubosomic assemblies. These results contribute to the understanding of the structure and dynamics of functionalized self-assembled lipid nanosystems during stimuli-triggered LC phase transformations. PMID:21189042

  3. Understanding complex chiral plasmonics

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    Duan, Xiaoyang; Yue, Song; Liu, Na

    2015-10-01

    Chiral nanoplasmonics exhibits great potential for novel nanooptical devices due to the generation of a strong chiroptical response within nanoscale metallic structures. Recently, a number of different approaches have been utilized to create chiral nanoplasmonic structures. However, particularly for tailoring nanooptical chiral sensing devices, the understanding of the resulting chiroptical response when coupling chiral and achiral structures together is crucial and has not been completely understood to date. Here, we present a thorough and step-by-step experimental study to understand the intriguing chiral-achiral coupling scheme. We set up a hybrid plasmonic system, which bears resemblance to the `host-guest' system in supramolecular chemistry to analyze and explain the complex chiral response both at the chiral and achiral plasmonic resonances. We also provide an elegant and simple analytical model, which can describe, predict, and comprehend the chiroptical spectra in detail. Our study will shed light on designing well-controlled chiral-achiral coupling platforms for reliable chiral sensing.Chiral nanoplasmonics exhibits great potential for novel nanooptical devices due to the generation of a strong chiroptical response within nanoscale metallic structures. Recently, a number of different approaches have been utilized to create chiral nanoplasmonic structures. However, particularly for tailoring nanooptical chiral sensing devices, the understanding of the resulting chiroptical response when coupling chiral and achiral structures together is crucial and has not been completely understood to date. Here, we present a thorough and step-by-step experimental study to understand the intriguing chiral-achiral coupling scheme. We set up a hybrid plasmonic system, which bears resemblance to the `host-guest' system in supramolecular chemistry to analyze and explain the complex chiral response both at the chiral and achiral plasmonic resonances. We also provide an elegant

  4. Self-assembled structures of 4‧-([2,2‧:6‧,2″-terpyridine]-4‧-yl)-[1,1‧-phenyl]-4-carboxylic acid molecules induced by metal atoms on ag(111) surface

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    Ling, Jie; Lu, Yan; Liu, Lacheng; Liu, Xiaoqing; Wang, Li

    2016-07-01

    The self-assembled supramolecular structures of 4‧-([2,2‧:6‧,2″-terpyridine]-4‧-yl)-[1,1‧-phenyl]-4-carboxylic acid (Y) molecules on Ag(111) surface induced by metal elements have been studied by scanning tunneling microscopy. After annealing, the as-deposited monolayer of Y molecules shows four kinds of well-ordered structures due to the competition between dipole interaction, hydrogen bonding and Van der Waals interaction. Introduced Cu atoms drive ordered monolayer into a self-assembled supramolecular structure with bright spots. Deposited Ag atoms cause the monolayer change to a windmill shape self-assembled supramolecular structure. Though the Cu and Ag are in the same group of the periodic table, a Cu atom connects two COOH groups and an Ag atom trends to bind to three COOH groups during the formation of metal-organic bonding within both induced structures. Such result suggests that the self-assembled structures formed by metal-organic coordination bonding can be controlled by choosing the number of metal-organic coordination bonds, which can be helpful to design metal-organic molecular architectures comprising functional building blocks.

  5. Synthesis, optical properties, and helical self-assembly of a bivaline-containing tetraphenylethene

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    Li, Hongkun; Zheng, Xiaoyan; Su, Huimin; Lam, Jacky W. Y.; Sing Wong, Kam; Xue, Shan; Huang, Xuejiao; Huang, Xuhui; Li, Bing Shi; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2016-01-01

    A chiral tetraphenylethene derivative with two valine-containing attachments (TPE-DVAL), was synthesized by Cu(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne “click” reaction. The optical properties and self-assembling behaviours of TPE-DVAL were investigated. The molecule is non-emissive and circular dichroism (CD)-silent in solution, but shows strong fluorescence and Cotton effects in the aggregation state, demonstrating aggregation-induced emission (AIE) and CD (AICD) characteristics. TPE-DVAL exhibits good circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) when depositing on the surface of quartz to allow the evaporation of its 1,2-dichloroethane solution. SEM and TEM images of the molecule show that the molecule readily self-assembles into right-handed helical nanofibers upon the evaporation of its solvent of DCE. The molecular alignments and interactions in assembling process are further explored through XRD analysis and computational simulation. The driving forces for the formation of the helical fibers were from the cooperative effects of intermolecular hydrogen bonding, π-π interactions and steric effect.

  6. A redox responsive, fluorescent supramolecular metallohydrogel consists of nanofibers with single-molecule width

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    Zhang, Ye

    2013-04-03

    The integration of a tripeptide derivative, which is a versatile self-assembly motif, with a ruthenium(II)tris(bipyridine) complex affords the first supramolecular metallo-hydrogelator that not only self assembles in water to form a hydrogel but also exhibits gel-sol transition upon oxidation of the metal center. Surprisingly, the incorporation of the metal complex in the hydrogelator results in the nanofibers, formed by the self-assembly of the hydrogelator in water, to have the width of a single molecule of the hydrogelator. These results illustrate that metal complexes, besides being able to impart rich optical, electronic, redox, or magnetic properties to supramolecular hydrogels, also offer a unique geometrical control to prearrange the self-assembly motif prior to self-assembling. The use of metal complexes to modulate the dimensionality of intermolecular interactions may also help elucidate the interactions of the molecular nanofibers with other molecules, thus facilitating the development of supramolecular hydrogel materials for a wide range of applications. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  7. Enzymatic induction of supramolecular order and bioactivity

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    Yang, Chengbiao; Ren, Xinrui; Ding, Dan; Wang, Ling; Yang, Zhimou

    2016-05-01

    We showed in this study that enzymatic triggering is a totally different pathway for the preparation of self-assembling nanomaterials to the heating-cooling process. Because the molecules were under lower energy levels and the molecular conformation was more ordered during the enzymatic triggeration under mild conditions, nanomaterials with higher supramolecular order could be obtained through biocatalytic control. In this study, nanoparticles were obtained by an enzymatic reaction and nanofibers were observed through the heating-cooling process. We observed a distinct trough at 318 nm from the CD spectrum of a particle sample but not a fiber sample, suggesting the long range arrangement of molecules and helicity in the nanoparticles. The nanoparticles with higher supramolecular order possessed much better potency as a protein vaccine adjuvant because it accelerated the DC maturation and elicited stronger T-cells cytokine production than the nanofibers. Our study demonstrated that biocatalytic triggering is a useful method for preparing supramolecular nanomaterials with higher supramolecular order and probably better bioactivity.We showed in this study that enzymatic triggering is a totally different pathway for the preparation of self-assembling nanomaterials to the heating-cooling process. Because the molecules were under lower energy levels and the molecular conformation was more ordered during the enzymatic triggeration under mild conditions, nanomaterials with higher supramolecular order could be obtained through biocatalytic control. In this study, nanoparticles were obtained by an enzymatic reaction and nanofibers were observed through the heating-cooling process. We observed a distinct trough at 318 nm from the CD spectrum of a particle sample but not a fiber sample, suggesting the long range arrangement of molecules and helicity in the nanoparticles. The nanoparticles with higher supramolecular order possessed much better potency as a protein vaccine

  8. Sequential programmable self-assembly: Role of cooperative interactions

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    Halverson, Jonathan D.; Tkachenko, Alexei V.

    2016-03-01

    We propose a general strategy of "sequential programmable self-assembly" that enables a bottom-up design of arbitrary multi-particle architectures on nano- and microscales. We show that a naive realization of this scheme, based on the pairwise additive interactions between particles, has fundamental limitations that lead to a relatively high error rate. This can be overcome by using cooperative interparticle binding. The cooperativity is a well known feature of many biochemical processes, responsible, e.g., for signaling and regulations in living systems. Here we propose to utilize a similar strategy for high precision self-assembly, and show that DNA-mediated interactions provide a convenient platform for its implementation. In particular, we outline a specific design of a DNA-based complex which we call "DNA spider," that acts as a smart interparticle linker and provides a built-in cooperativity of binding. We demonstrate versatility of the sequential self-assembly based on spider-functionalized particles by designing several mesostructures of increasing complexity and simulating their assembly process. This includes a number of finite and repeating structures, in particular, the so-called tetrahelix and its several derivatives. Due to its generality, this approach allows one to design and successfully self-assemble virtually any structure made of a "GEOMAG" magnetic construction toy, out of nanoparticles. According to our results, once the binding cooperativity is strong enough, the sequential self-assembly becomes essentially error-free.

  9. Constructing supramolecular nanostructure by hydrogen-bonding

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    LI YiBao; ZENG QingDao; WANG ZhiHui; QI GuiCun; GUAN Li; FAN XiaoLin; WANG Chen

    2008-01-01

    The diquinoxalino (2.3-2'.3'-a.c) phenazine (DQP), containing 6 nitrogen atoms, was synthesized, and its adsorption and self-assembling behavior on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) was studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) under ambient conditions. With 1,14-tetradecanedioic acid as a bridge, uniform two-dimensional arrays of 1,14-tetradecanedioic acid/DQP nanostrueture were suc-cessfully fabricated. The result illustrates that it is possible to construct and control supramolecular nanostructure by intermolecular hydrogen-bonding.

  10. The magneto-elastica: from self-buckling to self-assembly

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    Vella, D.

    2013-12-04

    Spherical neodymium-iron-boron magnets are permanent magnets that can be assembled into a variety of structures owing to their high magnetic strength. A one-dimensional chain of these magnets responds to mechanical loadings in a manner reminiscent of an elastic rod. We investigate the macroscopic mechanical properties of assemblies of ferromagnetic spheres by considering chains, rings and chiral cylinders of magnets. Based on energy estimates and simple experiments, we introduce an effective magnetic bending stiffness for a chain of magnets and show that, used in conjunction with classic results for elastic rods, it provides excellent estimates for the buckling and vibration dynamics of magnetic chains. We then use this estimate to understand the dynamic self-assembly of a cylinder from an initially straight chain of magnets.

  11. Supramolecular nanofibrils inhibit cancer progression in vitro and in vivo

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    Kuang, Yi; Du, Xuewen; Zhou, Jie; Xu, Bing

    2014-01-01

    The recent discovery of the inverse comorbidity between cancer and Alzheimer’s disease implies that one may use amyloids to inhibit tumors. During the conversion of a dipeptide segment (Phe-Phe) in β-amyloid into a supramolecular hydrogelator, we obtained a small molecule (1) that can self-assembly into nanofibrils via multiple intermolecular hydrogen bonding and aromatic-aromatic interactions. Interestingly, while the monomers of 1 are innocuous, the nanofibrils formed by 1 can selectively i...

  12. From supramolecular chemistry to nanotechnology : assembly of 3D nanostructures

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    Ling, Xing Yi

    2008-01-01

    Fabricating well-defined and stable nanoparticle arrays and crystals in a controlled fashion receives growing attention in nanotechnology owing to the potential application in optoelectronic devices, biological sensors, and photonic structures. The research described in this thesis aims to construct stable, ordered and functional 2D and 3D nanoparticle structures. Molecular recognition abilities have been exploited by using a combination of supramolecularly directed self-assembly of receptor-...

  13. TPPS和Gemini表面活性剂的复合膜及其手性的研究%Supramolecular Assembly and Chirality of a Complex Film between Achiral TPPS and a Gemini Surfactant at the Air/water Interface

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    张莉; 王金本; 刘鸣华

    2004-01-01

    研究了一种新的gemini表面活性剂(C 12H24-α,ω-(C12H25N+(CH3)2Br-)2,(简写为C12-C12-C12)和TPPS在气液界面上形成的复合膜及其手性.实验发现,单独C12-C12-C12不能在纯水表面形成稳定的单分子膜,但当亚相中存在TPPS时,可形成稳定的单分子膜.通过水平提拉法将复合膜转移到固体基板上,发现在适当的pH值条件下,TPPS可在复合膜中形成J-聚集体,并且发现,尽管Gemini表面活性剂和TPPS都是非手性的,TPPS的J-聚集体表现出强烈的Cotton效应.另外,gemini表面活性剂的两个正电荷中心对TPPS的J-聚集体的手性并不能表现出协同效应.%Supramolecular assembly and chirality between a novel gemini surfactant (C12H24-α, ω-(C12H25N + (CH3)2Br-)2,(abbreviated as C12-C12-C12) and TPPS (tetrakis(4-sulfonatophenyl) porphine) at the air/water interface were investigated. It was found that although the gemini surfactant itself could not form a stable monolayer at the air/water interface, when there existed TPPS in the subphase, a stable complex monolayer could be formed. The complex monolayer could be transferred onto solid substrate by a horizontal lifting method. At a certain pH value of the subphase, TPPS could form a J-aggregate. It was further found that the J-aggregate of TPPS showed a strong split Cotton effect in the transferred film although both the gemini surfactant and TPPS are achiral. Further investigation through AFM measurements revealed that the nanothread formed in the transferred film was responsible for the chirality of the multilayer film. In addition, the two positive charge center of the gemini surfactant did not necessarily play the cooperative role in inducing the chirality of TPPS J-aggregate.

  14. Catalysis of Supramolecular Hydrogelation.

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    Trausel, Fanny; Versluis, Frank; Maity, Chandan; Poolman, Jos M; Lovrak, Matija; van Esch, Jan H; Eelkema, Rienk

    2016-07-19

    One often thinks of catalysts as chemical tools to accelerate a reaction or to have a reaction run under more benign conditions. As such, catalysis has a role to play in the chemical industry and in lab scale synthesis that is not to be underestimated. Still, the role of catalysis in living systems (cells, organisms) is much more extensive, ranging from the formation and breakdown of small molecules and biopolymers to controlling signal transduction cascades and feedback processes, motility, and mechanical action. Such phenomena are only recently starting to receive attention in synthetic materials and chemical systems. "Smart" soft materials could find many important applications ranging from personalized therapeutics to soft robotics to name but a few. Until recently, approaches to control the properties of such materials were largely dominated by thermodynamics, for instance, looking at phase behavior and interaction strength. However, kinetics plays a large role in determining the behavior of such soft materials, for instance, in the formation of kinetically trapped (metastable) states or the dynamics of component exchange. As catalysts can change the rate of a chemical reaction, catalysis could be used to control the formation, dynamics, and fate of supramolecular structures when the molecules making up these structures contain chemical bonds whose formation or exchange are susceptible to catalysis. In this Account, we describe our efforts to use synthetic catalysts to control the properties of supramolecular hydrogels. Building on the concept of synthesizing the assembling molecule in the self-assembly medium from nonassembling precursors, we will introduce the use of catalysis to change the kinetics of assembler formation and thereby the properties of the resulting material. In particular, we will focus on the synthesis of supramolecular hydrogels where the use of a catalyst provides access to gel materials with vastly different appearance and mechanical

  15. Graphene controlled H- and J-stacking of perylene dyes into highly stable supramolecular nanostructures for enhanced photocurrent generation

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    Gan, Shiyu; Zhong, Lijie; Engelbrekt, Christian;

    2014-01-01

    We report a new method for controlling H- and J-stacking in supramolecular self-assembly. Graphene nanosheets act as structure inducers to direct the self-assembly of a versatile organic dye, perylene into two distinct types of functional nanostructures, i.e. one-dimensional nanotubes via J......-stacking and two-dimensional branched nanobuds through H-stacking. Graphene integrated supramolecular nanocomposites are highly stable and show significant enhancement of photocurrent generation in these two configurations of photosensing devices, i.e. solid-state optoelectronic constructs and liquid...

  16. Bioprinting synthetic self-assembling peptide hydrogels for biomedical applications.

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    Loo, Yihua; Hauser, Charlotte A E

    2016-02-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting is a disruptive technology for creating organotypic constructs for high-throughput screening and regenerative medicine. One major challenge is the lack of suitable bioinks. Short synthetic self-assembling peptides are ideal candidates. Several classes of peptides self-assemble into nanofibrous hydrogels resembling the native extracellular matrix. This is a conducive microenvironment for maintaining cell survival and physiological function. Many peptides also demonstrate stimuli-responsive gelation and tuneable mechanical properties, which facilitates extrusion before dispensing and maintains the shape fidelity of the printed construct in aqueous media. The inherent biocompatibility and biodegradability bodes well for in vivo applications as implantable tissues and drug delivery matrices, while their short length and ease of functionalization facilitates synthesis and customization. By applying self-assembling peptide inks to bioprinting, the dynamic complexity of biological tissue can be recreated, thereby advancing current biomedical applications of peptide hydrogel scaffolds. PMID:26694103

  17. Self-Assembly in Biosilicification and Biotemplated Silica Materials

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    Francisco M. Fernandes

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available During evolution, living organisms have learned to design biomolecules exhibiting self-assembly properties to build-up materials with complex organizations. This is particularly evidenced by the delicate siliceous structures of diatoms and sponges. These structures have been considered as inspiration sources for the preparation of nanoscale and nanostructured silica-based materials templated by the self-assembled natural or biomimetic molecules. These templates range from short peptides to large viruses, leading to biohybrid objects with a wide variety of dimensions, shapes and organization. A more recent strategy based on the integration of biological self-assembly as the driving force of silica nanoparticles organization offers new perspectives to elaborate highly-tunable, biofunctional nanocomposites.

  18. A novel autonomous self-assembly distributed swarm flying robot

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    Wei Hongxing; Li Ning; Liu Miao; Tan Jindong

    2013-01-01

    Swarm intelligence embodied by many species such as ants and bees has inspired scholars in swarm robotic researches.This paper presents a novel autonomous self-assembly distributed swarm flying robot-DSFR,which can drive on the ground,autonomously accomplish self-assembly and then fly in the air coordinately.Mechanical and electrical designs ofa DSFR module,as well as the kinematics and dynamics analysis,are specifically investigated.Meanwhile,this paper brings forward a generalized adjacency matrix to describe configurations of DSFR structures.Also,the distributed flight control model is established for vertical taking-off and horizontal hovering,which can be applied to control of DSFR systems with arbitrary configurations.Finally,some experiments are carried out to testify and validate the DSFR design,the autonomous self-assembly strategy and the distributed flight control laws.

  19. Comparing open and closed molecular self-assembly

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    Castelnovo, Martin; Foret, Lionel

    2014-01-01

    We study theoretically in the present work the self-assembly of molecules in an open system, which is fed by monomers and depleted in partial or complete clusters. Such a scenario is likely to occur for example in the context of viral self-assembly. We provide a general formula for the mean-field size distribution which is valid both at equilibrium in a closed system, and in the stationary state in an open system. This allows us to explore in a simple way out-of-equilibrium features for self-assembly and compare them to equilibrium properties. In particular, we identify a region of parameter space for which the out-of-equilibrium size distribution in the presence of external fluxes is equal to the equilibrium size distribution in the absence of external fluxes, up to a constant renormalization factor. The range of validity of this result and its consequences are discussed.

  20. Biomedical exploitation of self assembled peptide based nanostructures.

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    Roy, Anupam; Franco, Octavio L; Mandal, Santi M

    2013-11-01

    Nowadays, peptide based disease prevention is an important topic in biomedical science, which may radically change the traditional use of biomaterials and improve the life quality. Self-assembled nanostructured peptides have been receiving extreme attention in the drug delivery field due their high biocompatibility levels, better loading capacity, extended circulation and localization in required target site. This article focuses on the composition and synthesis of different forms of self-assembled peptide nanostructures as nanotubes, nanofibers, nanoparticles, nanotapes and nanogels. The most important properties for their self assembled mechanism and their biomedical applications are also discussed. Various potential applications of nanostructures peptide could be developed designed for therapeutic agent's delivery, biosensors, anticancerous and antimicrobial activities. PMID:23968344

  1. Self-assembling peptides and their potential applications in biomedicine.

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    Rymer, Sarah-Jane; Tendler, Saul J B; Bosquillon, Cynthia; Washington, Clive; Roberts, Clive J

    2011-08-01

    For many years, peptides have been known to self-assemble to form nano- and micro-scale structures. Their nature of assembly and assembled morphology has since been investigated as this area of research has important implications for the development of both drug delivery and tissue regeneration. In this article, we explore the process of peptide self-assembly in vivo, and experiments that exploit the structures formed. Particular focus is directed towards diphenylalanine, the simplest self-assembling peptide, which generally forms tube-like structures on assembly. In addition, different peptides that may assemble into a range of other morphologies are highlighted and potential applications in regenerative medicine and drug delivery discussed. PMID:22826867

  2. Functional self-assembled lipidic systems derived from renewable resources

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    Silverman, Julian R.; Samateh, Malick; John, George

    2015-01-01

    Self-assembled lipidic amphiphile systems can create a variety of multi-functional soft materials with value-added properties. When employing natural reagents and following biocatalytic syntheses, self-assembling monomers may be inherently designed for degradation, making them potential alternatives to conventional and persistent polymers. By using non-covalent forces, self-assembled amphiphiles can form nanotubes, fibers, and other stimuli responsive architectures prime for further applied research and incorporation into commercial products. By viewing these lipid derivatives under a lens of green principles, there is the hope that in developing a structure–function relationship and functional smart materials that research may remain safe, economic, and efficient. PMID:26766923

  3. Hydrodynamic Self-Assembly of Topographical Patterns on Soft Materials

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    Kumar, Satish [Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (United States)

    2016-01-06

    The objective of this project is to use theoretical tools to explore fundamentally new ways of creating and controlling surface topography on soft materials (e.g., polymeric liquids, gels, colloidal suspensions) that make use of principles from hydrodynamics and self-assembly. Surface topography is known to have a significant impact on the optical, adhesive, and wetting properties of materials, so improved fundamental understanding of how to create and control it will help enable the tailoring of these properties to desired specifications. Self-assembly is the spontaneous organization of an ordered structure, and hydrodynamics often plays an important role in the self-assembly of soft materials. This research supported through this project has led to the discovery of a number of novel phenomena that are described in published journal articles. In this way, the research significantly adds to the fundamental understanding of the topics investigated.

  4. Actinide sequestration using self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports.

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    Fryxell, Glen E; Lin, Yuehe; Fiskum, Sandy; Birnbaum, Jerome C; Wu, Hong; Kemner, Ken; Kelly, Shelley

    2005-03-01

    Surfactant templated synthesis of mesoporous ceramics provides a versatile foundation upon which to create high efficiency environmental sorbents. These nanoporous ceramic oxides condense a huge amount of surface area into a very small volume. The ceramic oxide interface is receptive to surface functionalization through molecular self-assembly. The marriage of mesoporous ceramics with self-assembled monolayer chemistry creates a powerful new class of environmental sorbent materials called self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports (SAMMS). These SAMMS materials are highly efficient sorbents whose interfacial chemistry can be fine-tuned to selectively sequester a specific target species, such as heavy metals, tetrahedral oxometalate anions, and radionuclides. Details addressing the design, synthesis, and characterization of SAMMS materials specifically designed to sequester actinides, of central importance to the environmental cleanup necessary after 40 years of weapons-grade plutonium production, as well as evaluation of their binding affinities and kinetics are presented. PMID:15787373

  5. Self-Assemblies of Acicular Hollow Fe/C Nanostructures.

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    Li, Wangchang; Qiao, Xiaojing; Li, Mingyu; Zheng, Qiuyu; Ren, Qingguo; Zhu, Y Q; Peng, H X

    2015-08-01

    Self-assemblies of acicular hollow Fe/C structures were synthesized using D-glucose monohydrate and ferric chloride as precursors by a simple hydrothermal process followed by carbonization at 800 °C. The self-assembled structures with an overall diameter of 15~20 µm composed of radially formed hollow needles from a central core with an average diameter of ca. 1 µm and a length up to 10 µm. The end of the needles was revealed to be a awl shape with a hollow structure formed during the self-assembly process and the subsequent heat treatment. The hollow structure was probably caused by the Kirkendall effect at 800 °C. The materials exhibit ferromagnetic characteristic with saturation magnetization (Ms), remanent magnetization (Mr), and coercivity (Hc) of 22.2 emu/g, 3 emu/g, and 151.22 Oe, respectively, with Ms much lower than that of Fe3O4. PMID:26369160

  6. Supramolecular biomaterials

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    Webber, Matthew J.; Appel, Eric A.; Meijer, E. W.; Langer, Robert

    2016-01-01

    Polymers, ceramics and metals have historically dominated the application of materials in medicine. Yet rationally designed materials that exploit specific, directional, tunable and reversible non-covalent interactions offer unprecedented advantages: they enable modular and generalizable platforms with tunable mechanical, chemical and biological properties. Indeed, the reversible nature of supramolecular interactions gives rise to biomaterials that can sense and respond to physiological cues, or that mimic the structural and functional aspects of biological signalling. In this Review, we discuss the properties of several supramolecular biomaterials, as well as their applications in drug delivery, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and immunology. We envision that supramolecular biomaterials will contribute to the development of new therapies that combine highly functional materials with unmatched patient- and application-specific tailoring of both material and biological properties.

  7. Coordination polymers with the chiral ligand N-p-tolylsulfonyl-L-glutamic acid: Influence of metal ions and different bipyridine ligands on structural chirality

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    Four new polymers, namely [Ni(-tsgluO)(2,4'-bipy)2(H2O)2]n.5nH2O (1), [Co(-tsgluO)(2,4'-bipy)2(H2O)2]n.5nH2O (2), [Ni(-tsgluO)(4,4'-bipy)]n.0.5nH2O (3), and [Co(-tsgluO)(4,4'-bipy)]n.0.5nH2O (4), where tsgluO2-=(+)-N-p-tolylsulfonyl-L-glutamate dianion, 2,4'-bipy=2,4'-bipyridine, and 4,4'-bipy=4,4'-bipyridine, have been prepared and structurally characterized. Compounds 1 and 2 are isostructural and mononuclear, and crystallize in the acentric monoclinic space group Cc, forming 1D chain structures. Compound 3 is also mononuclear, but crystallizes in the chiral space group P21, forming a homochiral 2D architecture. In contrast to the other complexes, compound 4 crystallizes in the space group P-1 and is composed of binuclear [Co2O6N2]n4- units, which give rise to a 2D bilayer framework. Moreover, compounds 1, 2, and 4 self-assemble to form 3D supramolecular structures through π-π stacking and hydrogen-bonding interactions, while compound 3 is further hydrogen-bonded to form 3D frameworks. We have demonstrated the influence of the central metal and bipyridine ligands on the framework chirality of the coordination complexes. - Graphical abstract: Four novel polymers based on a chiral ligand were prepared and structurally characterized; it represents the first series of investigations about the effect of central metals and bipyridine ligands on framework chirality.

  8. Nano-engineering by optically directed self-assembly.

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    Furst, Eric (University of Delaware, Newark, DE); Dunn, Elissa (Yale University, New Haven, CT); Park, Jin-Gyu (Yale University, New Haven, CT); Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Sainis, Sunil (Yale University, New Haven, CT); Merrill, Jason (Yale University, New Haven, CT); Dufresne, Eric (Yale University, New Haven, CT); Reichert, Matthew D.; Brotherton, Christopher M.; Bogart, Katherine Huderle Andersen; Molecke, Ryan A.; Koehler, Timothy P.; Bell, Nelson Simmons; Grillet, Anne Mary; Gorby, Allen D.; Singh, John (University of Delaware, Newark, DE); Lele, Pushkar (University of Delaware, Newark, DE); Mittal, Manish (University of Delaware, Newark, DE)

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    Lack of robust manufacturing capabilities have limited our ability to make tailored materials with useful optical and thermal properties. For example, traditional methods such as spontaneous self-assembly of spheres cannot generate the complex structures required to produce a full bandgap photonic crystals. The goal of this work was to develop and demonstrate novel methods of directed self-assembly of nanomaterials using optical and electric fields. To achieve this aim, our work employed laser tweezers, a technology that enables non-invasive optical manipulation of particles, from glass microspheres to gold nanoparticles. Laser tweezers were used to create ordered materials with either complex crystal structures or using aspherical building blocks.

  9. Parallelism and Time in Hierarchical Self-Assembly

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    Chen, Ho-Lin; Doty, David

    2011-01-01

    We study the role that parallelism plays in time complexity of Winfree's abstract Tile Assembly Model (aTAM), a model of molecular algorithmic self-assembly. In the "hierarchical" aTAM, two assemblies, both consisting of multiple tiles, are allowed to aggregate together, whereas in the "seeded" aTAM, tiles attach one at a time to a growing assembly. Adleman, Cheng, Goel, and Huang ("Running Time and Program Size for Self-Assembled Squares", STOC 2001) showed how to assemble an n x n square in...

  10. DNA Self-Assembly For Constructing 3D Boxes

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    Kao, Ming-Yang; Ramachandran, Vijay

    2001-01-01

    We propose a mathematical model of DNA self-assembly using 2D tiles to form 3D nanostructures. This is the first work to combine studies in self-assembly and nanotechnology in 3D, just as Rothemund and Winfree did in the 2D case. Our model is a more precise superset of their Tile Assembly Model that facilitates building scalable 3D molecules. Under our model, we present algorithms to build a hollow cube, which is intuitively one of the simplest 3D structures to construct. We also introduce fi...

  11. Large-Scale Self-Assembled Ag Nanotubes

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    WEI Guodan; NAN Cewen; YU Dapeng

    2005-01-01

    A high yield of silver nanotubes with large aspect ratio were conveniently synthesized via an organic-assist solvothermal preparation technique using polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) as a capping reagent and architecture soft-template. The molecular ratio between the repeating unit of PVP and AgNO3 plays a crucial role in determining the geometric shape of the product. Such novel-type Ag nanotubes were self-assembled by Ag nanoparticles, which had largely similar crystallographic orientation, forming a texture. The fact that nanoparticles without anisotropic crystal structures can form such superstructures by self-assembly may open a window for understanding a range of nanotube formation processes.

  12. Self-Assembled Peptide Gels for 3D Cell Culture

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    Tang, Claire

    2010-01-01

    Under specific conditions short peptides modified with an N-terminal fluorenyl-9-methoxycarbonyl (Fmoc) group can self-assemble into hydrogel scaffolds similar in properties to the natural extracellular matrix. Fmoc-diphenylalanine (Fmoc-FF) for instance, has been shown to form hydrogels at physiological pH that have the ability to support 2D and 3D cell culture. The aim of this investigation is to provide further understanding of the self-assembly mechanism of such systems in order to progre...

  13. Probing the lateral composition profile of self-assembled islands

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    We apply a selective etching procedure to probe the lateral composition profile of self-assembled SiGe pyramids on a Si(001) substrate surface. We find that the pyramids consist of highly Si intermixed corners, whereas the edges, the apex, and the center of the pyramids remain Ge rich. Our results cannot be explained by existing growth models that minimize strain energy. We use a model that includes surface interdiffusion during island growth, underlining the paramount importance of surface processes during the formation of self-assembled quantum dot heterostructures in many different material systems

  14. Structural simulations of nanomaterials self-assembled from ionic macrocycles.

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    van Swol, Frank B.; Medforth, Craig John (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM)

    2010-10-01

    Recent research at Sandia has discovered a new class of organic binary ionic solids with tunable optical, electronic, and photochemical properties. These nanomaterials, consisting of a novel class of organic binary ionic solids, are currently being developed at Sandia for applications in batteries, supercapacitors, and solar energy technologies. They are composed of self-assembled oligomeric arrays of very large anions and large cations, but their crucial internal arrangement is thus far unknown. This report describes (a) the development of a relevant model of nonconvex particles decorated with ions interacting through short-ranged Yukawa potentials, and (b) the results of initial Monte Carlo simulations of the self-assembly binary ionic solids.

  15. Self-assembly of gelator molecules in liquid crystals studied by ESR

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    Highlights: ► The event of HCCA crystallization is strongly affected by the presence of gelator 1. ► ESR technique detects the onset of gelator network self-assembly in nematic phase. ► The melting of gelator network is studied in the heating cycle. -- Abstract: Thermotropic liquid crystal trans-4-heptylcyclohexanecarboxylic acid (HCCA) doped with 4-oxo-2,2,6,6,-tetramethyl-1-piperidinyloxy spin probe (Tempone) is investigated by electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy in the presence of chiral bisoxalamide gelator 1 during both cooling and heating cycles. In the temperature range 295–383 K, where HCCA displays isotropic, nematic, smectic B and crystalline phases, the impact of 1 self-organization was detected via (non) homogeneous partitioning of the spin probe in the environments varying in the polarity, an effect dependent on the gelator concentration. In particular, the evidence of the onset of the gelator network self-assembly in the nematic phase was detected by ESR at higher temperatures than the ones reported so far by other experimental techniques. Additionally, the spectral analysis points to the switching of the polarity in the vicinity of the spin probe when the transfer of chirality from 1 to HCCA upon cooling of the sample from isotropic to chiral nematic phase appears and when the event of LC gelation results in the achiral nematic phase during chiral gel fibers formation. When the gelation proceeds in the smectic phase, the melting of the gelator network is studied in the nematic phase during the heating cycle. Furthermore, the event of HCCA crystallization is shown to be strongly affected by the presence of 1 as well. The experimental evidence is provided that gelator network confines the HCCA into the domains within the bulk crystalline matrix where the local molecular dynamics are still not frozen. Therefore, we propose that non-homogeneous polarity profile of molecular organization/packing within LC gels could be determinable for the

  16. Metal-Directed Design of Supramolecular Protein Assemblies.

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    Bailey, J B; Subramanian, R H; Churchfield, L A; Tezcan, F A

    2016-01-01

    Owing to their central roles in cellular signaling, construction, and biochemistry, protein-protein interactions (PPIs) and protein self-assembly have become a major focus of molecular design and synthetic biology. In order to circumvent the complexity of constructing extensive noncovalent interfaces, which are typically involved in natural PPIs and protein self-assembly, we have developed two design strategies, metal-directed protein self-assembly (MDPSA) and metal-templated interface redesign (MeTIR). These strategies, inspired by both the proposed evolutionary roles of metals and their prevalence in natural PPIs, take advantage of the favorable properties of metal coordination (bonding strength, directionality, and reversibility) to guide protein self-assembly with minimal design and engineering. Using a small, monomeric protein (cytochrome cb562) as a model building block, we employed MDPSA and MeTIR to create a diverse array of functional supramolecular architectures which range from structurally tunable oligomers to metalloprotein complexes that can properly self-assemble in living cells into novel metalloenzymes. The design principles and strategies outlined herein should be readily applicable to other protein systems with the goal of creating new PPIs and protein assemblies with structures and functions not yet produced by natural evolution. PMID:27586336

  17. Structure and Order of Phosphonic Acid-Based Self-Assembled Based Self-Assembled

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    Dubey, M.; Weidner, T; Gamble, L; Castner, D

    2010-01-01

    Organophosphonic acid self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on oxide surfaces have recently seen increased use in electrical and biological sensor applications. The reliability and reproducibility of these sensors require good molecular organization in these SAMs. In this regard, packing, order, and alignment in the SAMs is important, as it influences the electron transport measurements. In this study, we examine the order of hydroxyl- and methyl-terminated phosphonate films deposited onto silicon oxide surfaces by the tethering by aggregation and growth method using complementary, state-of-art surface characterization tools. Near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy and in situ sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy are used to study the order of the phosphonate SAMs in vacuum and under aqueous conditions, respectively. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry results show that these samples form chemically intact monolayer phosphonate films. NEXAFS and SFG spectroscopy showed that molecular order exists in the octadecylphosphonic acid and 11-hydroxyundecylphosphonic acid SAMs. The chain tilt angles in these SAMs were approximately 37{sup o} and 45{sup o}, respectively.

  18. Thermodynamic versus kinetic control in self-assembly of zero-, one-, quasi-two-, and two-dimensional metal-organic coordination structures

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    Lin, Tao; Wu, Qi; Shi, Ziliang; Lin, Nian [Department of Physics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong (China); Liu, Jun; Liu, Pei Nian [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Functional Materials Chemistry and Institute of Fine Chemicals, East China University of Science and Technology, Meilong Road 130, Shanghai (China)

    2015-03-14

    Four types of metal-organic structures exhibiting specific dimensionality were studied using scanning tunneling microscopy and Monte Carlo simulations. The four structures were self-assembled out of specifically designed molecular building blocks via the same coordination motif on an Au(111) surface. We found that the four structures behaved differently in response to thermal annealing treatments: The two-dimensional structure was under thermodynamic control while the structures of lower dimension were under kinetic control. Monte Carlo simulations revealed that the self-assembly pathways of the four structures are associated with the characteristic features of their specific heat. These findings provide insights into how the dimensionality of supramolecular coordination structures affects their thermodynamic properties.

  19. A nanoscale bio-inspired light-harvesting system developed from self-assembled alkyl-functionalized metallochlorin nano-aggregates

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    Ocakoǧlu, Kasim

    2014-01-01

    Self-assembled supramolecular organization of nano-structured biomimetic light-harvesting modules inside solid-state nano-templates can be exploited to develop excellent light-harvesting materials for artificial photosynthetic devices. We present here a hybrid light-harvesting system mimicking the chlorosomal structures of the natural photosynthetic system using synthetic zinc chlorin units (ZnChl-C6, ZnChl-C12 and ZnChl-C 18) that are self-aggregated inside the anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) nano-channel membranes. AAO nano-templates were modified with a TiO2 matrix and functionalized with long hydrophobic chains to facilitate the formation of supramolecular Zn-chlorin aggregates. The transparent Zn-chlorin nano-aggregates inside the alkyl-TiO2 modified AAO nano-channels have a diameter of ∼120 nm in a 60 μm length channel. UV-Vis studies and fluorescence emission spectra further confirm the formation of the supramolecular ZnChl aggregates from monomer molecules inside the alkyl-functionalized nano-channels. Our results prove that the novel and unique method can be used to produce efficient and stable light-harvesting assemblies for effective solar energy capture through transparent and stable nano-channel ceramic materials modified with bio-mimetic molecular self-assembled nano-aggregates. © 2014 the Partner Organisations.

  20. Real-time tracking of superparamagnetic nanoparticle self-assembly.

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    Siffalovic, P; Majkova, E; Chitu, L; Jergel, M; Luby, S; Capek, I; Satka, A; Timmann, A; Roth, S V

    2008-12-01

    The spontaneous self-assembly process of superparamagnetic nanoparticles in a fast-drying colloidal drop is observed in real time. The grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) technique is employed for an in situ tracking of the reciprocal space, with a 3 ms delay time between subsequent frames delivered by a new generation of X-ray cameras. A focused synchrotron beam and sophisticated sample oscillations make it possible to relate the dynamic reciprocal to direct space features and to localize the self-assembly. In particular, no nanoparticle ordering is found inside the evaporating drop and near-surface region down to a drop thickness of 90 microm. Scanning through the shrinking drop-contact line indicates the start of self-assembly near the drop three-phase interface, in accord with theoretical predictions. The results obtained have direct implications for establishing the self-assembly process as a routine technological step in the preparation of new nanostructures. PMID:19003821

  1. Chemical reaction mediated self-assembly of PTCDA into nanofibers.

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    Sayyad, Arshad S; Balakrishnan, Kaushik; Ajayan, Pulickel M

    2011-09-01

    Uniform and crystalline nanofibers of perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA), an insoluble organic semiconducting molecule, have been achieved by self-assembling the molecules using chemical reaction mediated conversion of an appropriately designed soluble precursor, perylene tetracarboxylic acid (PTCA) using carbodiimide chemistry. PMID:21814688

  2. Long coherence times in self-assembled semiconductor quantum dots

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    Birkedal, Dan; Leosson, K.; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    We report measurements of ultra-long coherence in self-assembled quantum dots. Transient four-wave mixing experiments at 5 K show an average dephasing time of 372 ps, corresponding to a homogeneous linewidth of 3.5 mueV, which is significantly smaller than the linewidth observed in single...

  3. Surface dispersion and hardening of self-assembled diacetylene nanotubes.

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    Lee, Sang Beom; Koepsel, Richard R; Russell, Alan J

    2005-11-01

    We describe here the first method for dispersion of individual self-assembled diacetylene nanotubes on surfaces. Complete polymerization by UV exposure was achieved as demonstrated by nanotubes that were resistant to aggressive organic solvents and temperatures well above the melting point of the monomer. The polymerized tubes displayed reversible thermochromic and mechanochromic properties. PMID:16277453

  4. Amphiphilic self-assembly of alkanols in protic ionic liquids.

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    Jiang, Haihui Joy; FitzGerald, Paul A; Dolan, Andrew; Atkin, Rob; Warr, Gregory G

    2014-08-21

    Strong cohesive forces in protic ionic liquids (PILs) can induce a liquid nanostructure consisting of segregated polar and apolar domains. Small-angle X-ray scattering has shown that these forces can also induce medium chain length n-alkanols to self-assemble into micelle- and microemulsion-like structures in ethylammonium (EA(+)) and propylammonium (PA(+)) PILs, in contrast to their immiscibility with both water and ethanolammonium (EtA(+)) PILs. These binary mixtures are structured on two distinct length scales: one associated with the self-assembled n-alkanol aggregates and the other with the underlying liquid nanostructure. This suggests that EA(+) and PA(+) enable n-alkanol aggregation by acting as cosurfactants, which EtA(+) cannot do because its terminating hydroxyl renders the cation nonamphiphilic. The primary determining factor for miscibility and self-assembly is the ratio of alkyl chain lengths of the alkanol and PIL cation, modulated by the anion type. These results show how ILs can support the self-assembly of nontraditional amphiphiles and enable the creation of new forms of soft matter. PMID:25068766

  5. Microcolumns with self-assembled particle frits for proteomics

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    Ishihama, Yasushi; Rappsilber, Juri; Andersen, Jens S;

    2002-01-01

    LC-MS-MS experiments in proteomics are usually performed with packed microcolumns employing frits or outlets smaller than the particle diameter to retain the packing material. We have developed packed microcolumns using self-assembled particles (SAPs) as frits that are smaller than the size of the...

  6. Self-Assembled Monolayers deposition in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide

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    Rabbia, Laurent; Perrut, Vincent; Pons, Patrick; Lellouchi, Djemel

    2009-01-01

    Self-Assembled Monolayers of organic molecules have been successfully deposited onto wafer surface in supercritical carbon dioxide. Deposition method and apparatus are described. The layers are characterized by AFM and water droplet contact angle. Interest of this technique compared to liquid and vapor phase is discussed and studied for surface conversion from hydrophilic to hydrophobic for different materials.

  7. Hierarchical self-assembly of complex polyhedral microcontainers

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    Filipiak, David J.; Azam, Anum; Leong, Timothy G.; Gracias, David H.

    2009-07-01

    The concept of self-assembly of a two-dimensional (2D) template to a three-dimensional (3D) structure has been suggested as a strategy to enable highly parallel fabrication of complex, patterned microstructures. We have previously studied the surface-tension-based self-assembly of patterned, microscale polyhedral containers (cubes, square pyramids and tetrahedral frusta). In this paper, we describe the observed hierarchical self-assembly of more complex, patterned polyhedral containers in the form of regular dodecahedra and octahedra. The hierarchical design methodology, combined with the use of self-correction mechanisms, was found to greatly reduce the propagation of self-assembly error that occurs in these more complex systems. It is a highly effective way to mass-produce patterned, complex 3D structures on the microscale and could also facilitate encapsulation of cargo in a parallel and cost-effective manner. Furthermore, the behavior that we have observed may be useful in the assembly of complex systems with large numbers of components.

  8. Multiphonon capture processes in self-assembled quantum dots

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    Magnúsdóttir, Ingibjörg; Uskov, A.; Bischoff, Svend;

    2001-01-01

    We investigate capture of carriers from states in the continuous part of the energy spectrum into the discrete states of self-assembled InAs/GaAs QDs via emission of one or two phonons. We are not aware of any other investigations of two-phonon mediated capture processes in QDs, but we show that...

  9. Understanding the self-assembly of TCNQ on Cu(111)

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    Stradi, Daniele; Borca, Bogdana; Barja, Sara;

    2016-01-01

    The structure of self-assembled monolayers of 7,7',8,8'-tetracyano-p-quinodimethane (TCNQ) adsorbed on Cu(111) has been studied using a combination of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) experiments and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We show that the polymorphism of the self-assem...

  10. Self-assembled materials from thermosensitive and biohybrid block copolymers

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    de Graaf, A.J.

    2012-01-01

    In this research, several block copolymers were synthesized and characterized with regard to possible pharmaceutical applications. All block copolymers were thermosensitive and self-assembled at 37 °C into structures like micelles and hydrogels, which can be used for innovative drug delivery purpose

  11. Long lived coherence in self-assembled quantum dots

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    Birkedal, Dan; Leosson, Kristjan; Hvam, Jørn Märcher

    2001-01-01

    We report measurements of ultralong coherence in self-assembled quantum dots. Transient four-wave mixing experiments at 5 K show an average dephasing time of 372 ps, corresponding to a homogeneous linewidth of 3.5 mu eV, which is significantly smaller than the linewidth observed in single...

  12. Photoinduced self-assembly of nanostructure in glass

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    Shimotsuma Y.; Asai T; Sakakura M.; Hirao K.; Miura K; Kazansky P. G.

    2013-01-01

    Ultrashort-pulsed laser direct writing can be useful for a 3D material processing. Especially the localized form-birefringence originated from self-assembled nanostructure in isotropic material (i.e. SiO2 and GeO2 glass) was demonstrated.

  13. Encapsulation of gold nanoparticles into self-assembling protein nanoparticles

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    Yang Yongkun; Burkhard Peter

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Gold nanoparticles are useful tools for biological applications due to their attractive physical and chemical properties. Their applications can be further expanded when they are functionalized with biological molecules. The biological molecules not only provide the interfaces for interactions between nanoparticles and biological environment, but also contribute their biological functions to the nanoparticles. Therefore, we used self-assembling protein nanoparticles (SAPNs...

  14. Photoinduced self-assembly of nanostructure in glass

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    Shimotsuma Y.

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Ultrashort-pulsed laser direct writing can be useful for a 3D material processing. Especially the localized form-birefringence originated from self-assembled nanostructure in isotropic material (i.e. SiO2 and GeO2 glass was demonstrated.

  15. Self-assembling electroactive hydrogels for flexible display technology

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    We have assessed the potential of self-assembling hydrogels for use in conformal displays. The self-assembling process can be used to alter the transparency of the material to all visible light due to scattering by fibres. The reversible transition is shown to be of low energy by differential scanning calorimetry. For use in technology it is imperative that this transition is controlled electrically. We have thus synthesized novel self-assembling hydrogelator molecules which contain an electroactive group. The well-known redox couple of anthraquinone/anthrahydroquinone has been used as the hydrophobic component for a series of small molecule gelators. They are further functionalized with peptide combinations of L-phenylalanine and glycine to provide the hydrophilic group to complete 'head-tail' models of self-assembling gels. The gelation and electroactive characteristics of the series were assessed. Cyclic voltammetry shows the reversible redox cycle to be only superficially altered by functionalization. Additionally, spectroelectrochemical measurements show a reversible transparency and colour change induced by the redox process.

  16. Electrostatic Force Microscopy of Self Assembled Peptide Structures

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    Clausen, Casper Hyttel; Dimaki, Maria; Pantagos, Spyros P.;

    2011-01-01

    In this report electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) is used to study different peptide self-assembled structures, such as tubes and particles. It is shown that not only geometrical information can be obtained using EFM, but also information about the composition of different structures. In...

  17. Probabilistic Analysis of Pattern Formation in Monotonic Self-Assembly.

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    Moore, Tyler G; Garzon, Max H; Deaton, Russell J

    2015-01-01

    Inspired by biological systems, self-assembly aims to construct complex structures. It functions through piece-wise, local interactions among component parts and has the potential to produce novel materials and devices at the nanoscale. Algorithmic self-assembly models the product of self-assembly as the output of some computational process, and attempts to control the process of assembly algorithmically. Though providing fundamental insights, these computational models have yet to fully account for the randomness that is inherent in experimental realizations, which tend to be based on trial and error methods. In order to develop a method of analysis that addresses experimental parameters, such as error and yield, this work focuses on the capability of assembly systems to produce a pre-determined set of target patterns, either accurately or perhaps only approximately. Self-assembly systems that assemble patterns that are similar to the targets in a significant percentage are "strong" assemblers. In addition, assemblers should predominantly produce target patterns, with a small percentage of errors or junk. These definitions approximate notions of yield and purity in chemistry and manufacturing. By combining these definitions, a criterion for efficient assembly is developed that can be used to compare the ability of different assembly systems to produce a given target set. Efficiency is a composite measure of the accuracy and purity of an assembler. Typical examples in algorithmic assembly are assessed in the context of these metrics. In addition to validating the method, they also provide some insight that might be used to guide experimentation. Finally, some general results are established that, for efficient assembly, imply that every target pattern is guaranteed to be assembled with a minimum common positive probability, regardless of its size, and that a trichotomy exists to characterize the global behavior of typical efficient, monotonic self-assembly systems

  18. Novel surfactants for the production of functional nanostructured materials via the ionic self-assembly (ISA) route = Neuartige Tenside für die Synthese funktioneller nanostrukturierter Materialien durch ionische Selbsorganisation

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    Franke, Danielle

    2006-01-01

    In recent years, the aim of supramolecular syntheses is not only the creation of particular structures but also the introduction of specific functions in these supramolecules. The present work describes the use of the ionic self-assembly (ISA) route to generate nanostructured materials with integrated functionality. Since the ISA strategy has proved to be a facile method for the production of liquid-crystalline materials, we investigated the phase behaviour, physical properties and function o...

  19. From structure to function via complex supramolecular dendrimer systems.

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    Sun, Hao-Jan; Zhang, Shaodong; Percec, Virgil

    2015-06-21

    This tutorial review summarizes strategies elaborated for the discovery and prediction of programmed primary structures derived from quasi-equivalent constitutional isomeric libraries of self-assembling dendrons, dendrimers and dendronized polymers. These libraries demonstrate an 82% predictability, defined as the percentage of similar primary structures resulting in at least one conserved supramolecular shape with internal order. A combination of structural and retrostructural analysis that employs methodologies transplanted from structural biology, adapted to giant supramolecular assemblies was used for this process. A periodic table database of programmed primary structures was elaborated and used to facilitate the emergence of a diversity of functions in complex dendrimer systems via first principles. Assemblies generated by supramolecular and covalent polymer backbones were critically compared. Although by definition complex functional systems cannot be designed, this tutorial hints to a methodology based on database analysis principles to facilitate design principles that may help to mediate an accelerated emergence of chemical, physical and most probably also societal, political and economic complex systems on a shorter time scale and lower cost than by the current methods. This tutorial review is limited to the simplest, synthetically most accessible self-assembling minidendrons, minidendrimers and polymers dendronized with minidendrons that are best analyzed and elucidated at molecular, supramolecular and theoretical levels, and most used in other laboratories. These structures are all interrelated, and their principles expand in a simple way to their higher generations. PMID:25325787

  20. Self-assembly of tetraalkoxydinaphthophenazines in monolayers on HOPG by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Jaroch, Tomasz; Maranda-Niedbala, Agnieszka; Kotwica, Kamil; Wamil, Damian; Bujak, Piotr; Pron, Adam; Nowakowski, Robert

    2015-11-01

    2D supramolecular organization in monolayers of tetraalkoxydinaphthophenazines, a new group of solution processable organic semiconductors obtained by simple functionalization of indanthrone (6,15-dihydrodinaphtho[2,3-a:2‧,3‧-h]phenazine-5,9,14,18-tetraone), an old intractable dye, was investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Five derivatives with increasing substituent length from butoxy (P-C4) to dodecyloxy (P-C12) were tested. All derivatives show a strong tendency to form ordered monolayers on HOPG graphite via self-assembly which constitute of rows of molecules oriented in one direction. However, local arrangement in this 2D supramolecular organization is strongly dependent on the substituent length. Two tendencies in the structural evolution are observed. For butoxy (P-C4), hexyloxy (P-C6) and octyloxy (P-C8) derivatives increasing substituent length results in the transformation of the structure governed by the conjugated core interactions to the one in which mutual interactions of the alkoxy groups dominate. As a consequence, for P-C8 a very stable 2D structure is obtained with a nearly rectangular 2D unit cell, as a consequence of the alkoxy group interdigitation in two perpendicular directions. With further increase of the substituent length to decyloxy (P-C10) and dodecyloxy (P-C12) a different effect is observed-a directional expansion of the unit cell along the longitudinal axis of the molecules. This is a consequence of structural nonequivalence of the alkoxy groups attached to the same aromatic ring.

  1. Self-assembled supramolecular nano vesicles for safe and highly efficient gene delivery to solid tumors

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    Li W; Li H; Li J; Zhao H; Zhang L; Xia Y; Ye Z; Gao J; Dai J; Wang H; Guo Y.

    2012-01-01

    Wei Li,1,2,* Huafei Li,1,* Jinfeng Li,1,* Huajing Wang,1,* He Zhao,1 Li Zhang,1 Yu Xia,1 Zengwei Ye,1 Jie Gao,1,2 Jianxin Dai,1–3 Hao Wang,1–3 Yajun Guo1–31International Joint Cancer Institute, The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, 2National Engineering Research Center for Antibody Medicine, State Key Laboratory of Antibody Medicine and Targeting Therapy and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Cell Engineering, Shanghai, 3PLA General Hospital Cancer Center, PL...

  2. Beyond Clusters: Supramolecular Networks Self-Assembled from Nanosized Silver Clusters and Inorganic Anions.

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    Wang, Zhi; Li, Xiao-Yu; Liu, Li-Wei; Yu, Si-Qi; Feng, Zhen-Yu; Tung, Chen-Ho; Sun, Di

    2016-05-10

    Assembly of small clusters into rigid bodies with precise shape and symmetry has been witnessed by the significant advances in cluster-based metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), however, nanosized silver cluster based MOFs remain largely unexplored. Herein, two anion-templated silver clusters, CO3 @Ag20 and SO4 @Ag22 , were ingeniously incorporated into a 2D sql lattice (1, [CO3 @Ag20 (iPrS)10 (NO3 )8 (DMF)2 ]n ) and an unprecedented 3D two-fold interpenetrated dia network (2, [SO4 @Ag22 (iPrS)12 (NO3 )6 ⋅2 NO3 ]n ), respectively, under mild solvothermal conditions. Their atomically precise structures were confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and further consolidated by IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and elemental analysis. Each drum-like CO3 @Ag20 cluster is extended by twelve NO3 (-) ions to form the 2D sql lattice of 1, whereas each ball-shaped SO4 @Ag22 cluster with a twisted truncated tetrahedral geometry is pillared by four [Ag6 (NO3 )3 ] triangular prisms to form the 3D interpenetrated dia network of 2. Notably, 2 is the first interpenetrated 3D MOF constructed from silver clusters. These results demonstrate the dual role of the anions, which not only internally act as anion templates to induce the formation of silver thiolate clusters but also externally extend the cluster units into the rigid networks. The photoluminescent and electrochemical properties of 2 are discussed in detail. PMID:27006096

  3. Protonation of Lipids Impacts the Supramolecular and Biological Properties of Their Self-Assembly

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    Breton, M.; Berret, J.; F.; Bourgaux, C.; Kral, Teresa; Hof, Martin; Pichon, Ch.; Bessodes, M.; Scherman, D.; Mignet, N.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 27, č. 20 (2011), s. 12336-12345. ISSN 0743-7463 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA400400621; GA MŠk(CZ) LC06063 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : fluorescence correlation spectroscopy * angle neutron-scattering * bilayer thickness Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 4.186, year: 2011

  4. Self Assembly of Nano Metric Metallic Particles for Realization of Photonic and Electronic Nano Transistors

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    Asaf Shahmoon; Ofer Limon; Olga Girshevitz; Zeev Zalevsky

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we present the self assembly procedure as well as experimental results of a novel method for constructing well defined arrangements of self assembly metallic nano particles into sophisticated nano structures. The self assembly concept is based on focused ion beam (FIB) technology, where metallic nano particles are self assembled due to implantation of positive gallium ions into the insulating material (e.g., silica as in silicon on insulator wafers) that acts as intermediary la...

  5. Anion-dipole interactions make the homopolymers self-assemble into multiple nanostructures.

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    Wang, Long-Hai; Zhang, Zi-Dan; Hong, Chun-Yan; He, Xue-Hao; You, Wei; You, Ye-Zi

    2015-05-27

    Anion-dipole interactions can make homopolymers self-assemble like an amphiphilic block copolymer. Generally, common homopolymers cannot self-assemble into multiple nanostructures. Here, it is reported that anion-dipole interactions can enable a number of homopolymers to achieve a variety of self-assembly behaviors in aqueous solution. Such interactions and self-assembly features have been exclusively reserved for amphiphilic (block) polymers until now. PMID:25873566

  6. Molecular recognition on supramolecular systems (XXXV)——Synthesis of novel β-cyclodextrin derivative bearing pyridinio group and its chiral discrimination of amino acids

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    刘育; 康诗钊

    2001-01-01

    A novel p-cyclodextrin derivative 4 bearing a pyridinio group on the primary side was synthesized by the reaction of 2-aminopyridine with 6-p-cyclodextrin monoaldehyde 3, and its complexation stability constants with several aliphatic amino acids have been determined in phosphate buffer solution ( pH = 7.2, 0.1 mol ?L-1) at 25℃by using spectrofluorometric titrations. The stoichiometry is 1 : 1 for the inclusion complexation of amino acids with compound 4. Circular dichroism study indicates that the aromatic moiety was embedded shallowly into the cyclodextrin cavity. As a spectral probe, the pyridinio group in the modified cyclodextrin can recognize not only differences of the size and shape of amino acid molecules, but also the L/D-amino acid chiral iso-mer. As compared with mono-[6-(1-pyridinio)-6-deoxy]-p-cyclodextrin 5, compound 4 switched the enantiomer preference for L- to D-isomer, and showed the highest enantioselectivity of 5.4 for D/L-serine. These results are discussed from the viewpoints of ge

  7. Molecular recognition on supramolecular systems (XXXV)-- Synthesis of novel b-cyclodextrin derivative bearing pyridinio group and its chiral discrimination of amino acids

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    2001-01-01

    A novel b-cyclodextrin derivative 4 bearing a pyridinio group on the primary side was synthesized by the reaction of 2-aminopyridine with 6-b-cyclodextrin monoaldehyde 3, and its complexation stability constants with several aliphatic amino acids have been determined in phosphate buffer solution ( pH = 7.2, 0.1 mol·L-1) at 25 ℃ by using spectrofluormetric titrations. The stoichiometry is 1︰1 for the inclusion complexation of amino acids with compound 4. Circular dichroism study indicates that the aromatic moiety was embedded shallowly into the cyclodextrin cavity. As a spectral probe, the pyridinio group in the modified cyclodextrin can recognize not only differences of the size and shape of amino acid molecules, but also the L/D-amino acid chiral isomer. As com-pared with mono-[6-(1-pyridinio)-6-deoxy]-b-cyclodextrin 5, compound 4 switched the enantiomer preference for L- to D-isomer, and showed the highest enantioselectivity of 5.4 for D/L-serine. The-se results are discussed from the viewpoints of geometric compensation, induced-fit concept and cooperation of several weak interactions.

  8. Flourishing Development in Supramolecular Chemistry%蓬勃发展的超分子化学

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    张来新; 朱海云

    2014-01-01

    This paper briefly introduces the concepts and applications of supramolecular chemistry.Emphases are put on three parts:①selective anion recognition of supramolecular self-assembly;②synthesis and applications of supramolecular metal complexes;③synthesis and applications of supramolecular receptor in medicine.Future de-velopments of supramolecular chemistry are prospected in the end.%本文简要介绍了超分子化学的概念及应用,详细综述了:①超分子自组装对阴离子的选择性识别作用;②超分子金属配合物的合成及应用;③医用超分子受体的合成及应用。并对超分子化学的发展进行了展望。

  9. Self-assembly of gibberellic amide assemblies and their applications in the growth and fabrication of ordered gold nanoparticles

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    Smoak, Evan M.; Carlo, Andrew D.; Fowles, Catherine C.; Banerjee, Ipsita A.

    2010-01-01

    Gibberellins are a group of naturally occurring diterpenoid based phytohormones that play a vital role in plant growth and development. In this work, we have studied the self-assembly of gibberellic acid, a phytohormone, which belongs to the family of gibberellins, and designed amide derivatives of gibberellic acid (GA3) for the facile, green synthesis of gold nanoparticles. It was found that the derivatives self-assembled into nanofibers and nanoribbons in aqueous solutions at varying pH. Further, upon incubation with tetrachloroaurate, the self-assembled GA3-amide derivatives efficiently nucleated and formed gold nanoparticles when heated to 60 °C. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy analyses revealed that uniform coatings of gold nanoparticles in the 10-20 nm range were obtained at low pH on the nanowire surfaces without the assistance of additional reducing agents. This simple method for the development of morphology controlled gold nanoparticles using a plant hormone derivative opens doors for a new class of plant biomaterials which can efficiently yield gold nanoparticles in an environmentally friendly manner. The gold encrusted nanowires formed using biomimetic methods may lead on to the formation of conductive nanowires, which may be useful for a wide range of applications such as in optoelectronics and sensors. Further, the spontaneous formation of highly organized nanostructures obtained from plant phytohormone derivatives such as gibberellic acid is of particular interest as it might help in further understanding the supramolecular assembly mechanism of more highly organized biological structures.

  10. Self-assembly of gibberellic amide assemblies and their applications in the growth and fabrication of ordered gold nanoparticles

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    Gibberellins are a group of naturally occurring diterpenoid based phytohormones that play a vital role in plant growth and development. In this work, we have studied the self-assembly of gibberellic acid, a phytohormone, which belongs to the family of gibberellins, and designed amide derivatives of gibberellic acid (GA3) for the facile, green synthesis of gold nanoparticles. It was found that the derivatives self-assembled into nanofibers and nanoribbons in aqueous solutions at varying pH. Further, upon incubation with tetrachloroaurate, the self-assembled GA3-amide derivatives efficiently nucleated and formed gold nanoparticles when heated to 60 deg. C. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy analyses revealed that uniform coatings of gold nanoparticles in the 10-20 nm range were obtained at low pH on the nanowire surfaces without the assistance of additional reducing agents. This simple method for the development of morphology controlled gold nanoparticles using a plant hormone derivative opens doors for a new class of plant biomaterials which can efficiently yield gold nanoparticles in an environmentally friendly manner. The gold encrusted nanowires formed using biomimetic methods may lead on to the formation of conductive nanowires, which may be useful for a wide range of applications such as in optoelectronics and sensors. Further, the spontaneous formation of highly organized nanostructures obtained from plant phytohormone derivatives such as gibberellic acid is of particular interest as it might help in further understanding the supramolecular assembly mechanism of more highly organized biological structures.

  11. Self-assembly of gibberellic amide assemblies and their applications in the growth and fabrication of ordered gold nanoparticles

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    Smoak, Evan M; Carlo, Andrew D; Fowles, Catherine C; Banerjee, Ipsita A, E-mail: banerjee@fordham.edu [Department of Chemistry, Fordham University, 441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458 (United States)

    2010-01-15

    Gibberellins are a group of naturally occurring diterpenoid based phytohormones that play a vital role in plant growth and development. In this work, we have studied the self-assembly of gibberellic acid, a phytohormone, which belongs to the family of gibberellins, and designed amide derivatives of gibberellic acid (GA{sub 3}) for the facile, green synthesis of gold nanoparticles. It was found that the derivatives self-assembled into nanofibers and nanoribbons in aqueous solutions at varying pH. Further, upon incubation with tetrachloroaurate, the self-assembled GA{sub 3}-amide derivatives efficiently nucleated and formed gold nanoparticles when heated to 60 deg. C. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy analyses revealed that uniform coatings of gold nanoparticles in the 10-20 nm range were obtained at low pH on the nanowire surfaces without the assistance of additional reducing agents. This simple method for the development of morphology controlled gold nanoparticles using a plant hormone derivative opens doors for a new class of plant biomaterials which can efficiently yield gold nanoparticles in an environmentally friendly manner. The gold encrusted nanowires formed using biomimetic methods may lead on to the formation of conductive nanowires, which may be useful for a wide range of applications such as in optoelectronics and sensors. Further, the spontaneous formation of highly organized nanostructures obtained from plant phytohormone derivatives such as gibberellic acid is of particular interest as it might help in further understanding the supramolecular assembly mechanism of more highly organized biological structures.

  12. Colloidal Self-Assembly Driven by Deformability & Near-Critical Phenomena

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    Evers, C.H.J.

    2016-01-01

    Self-assembly is the spontaneous formation of patterns or structures without human intervention. This thesis aims to increase our understanding of self-assembly. In self-assembly of proteins, the building blocks are very small and complex. Consequently, grasping the basic principles that drive the f

  13. Orthogonal Selection and Fixing of Coordination Self-Assembly Pathways for Robust Metallo-organic Ensemble Construction.

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    Burke, Michael J; Nichol, Gary S; Lusby, Paul J

    2016-07-27

    Supramolecular construction strategies have overwhelmingly relied on the principles of thermodynamic control. While this approach has yielded an incredibly diverse and striking collection of ensembles, there are downsides, most obviously the necessity to trade-off reversibility against structural integrity. Herein we describe an alternative "assembly-followed-by-fixing" approach that possesses the high-yielding, atom-efficient advantages of reversible self-assembly reactions, yet gives structures that possess a covalent-like level of kinetic robustness. We have chosen to exemplify these principles in the preparation of a series of M2L3 helicates and M4L6 tetrahedra. While the rigidity of various bis(bidentate) ligands causes the larger species to be energetically preferred, we are able to freeze the self-assembly process under "non-ambient" conditions, to selectivity give the disfavored M2L3 helicates. We also demonstrate "kinetic-stimuli" (redox and light)-induced switching between architectures, notably reconstituting the lower energy tetrahedra into highly distorted helicates. PMID:27351912

  14. Direct observation of ultrafast coherent exciton dynamics in helical π-stacks of self-assembled perylene bisimides

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    Sung, Jooyoung; Kim, Pyosang; Fimmel, Benjamin; Würthner, Frank; Kim, Dongho

    2015-01-01

    Ever since the discovery of dye self-assemblies in nature, there have been tremendous efforts to exploit biomimetic supramolecular assemblies for tailored artificial photon processing materials. This feature necessarily has resulted in an increasing demand for understanding exciton dynamics in the dye self-assemblies. In a sharp contrast with J-type aggregates, however, the detailed observation of exciton dynamics in H-type aggregates has remained challenging. In this study, as we succeed in measuring transient fluorescence from Frenkel state of π-stacked perylene tetracarboxylic acid bisimide dimer and oligomer aggregates, we present an experimental demonstration on Frenkel exciton dynamics of archetypal columnar π–π stacks of dyes. The analysis of the vibronic peak ratio of the transient fluorescence spectra reveals that unlike the simple π-stacked dimer, the photoexcitation energy in the columnar π-stacked oligomer aggregates is initially delocalized over at least three molecular units and moves coherently along the chain in tens of femtoseconds, preceding excimer formation process. PMID:26492820

  15. Thymine- and Adenine-Functionalized Polystyrene Form Self-Assembled Structures through Multiple Complementary Hydrogen Bonds

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we investigated the self-assembly of two homopolymers of the same molecular weight, but containing complementary nucleobases. After employing nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization to synthesize poly(vinylbenzyl chloride, we converted the polymer into poly(vinylbenzyl azide through a reaction with NaN3 and then performed click chemistry with propargyl thymine and propargyl adenine to yield the homopolymers, poly(vinylbenzyl triazolylmethyl methylthymine (PVBT and poly(vinylbenzyl triazolylmethyl methyladenine (PVBA, respectively. This PVBT/PVBA blend system exhibited a single glass transition temperature over the entire range of compositions, indicative of a miscible phase arising from the formation of multiple strong complementary hydrogen bonds between the thymine and adenine groups of PVBT and PVBA, respectively; Fourier transform infrared and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy confirmed the presence of these noncovalent interactions. In addition, dynamic rheology, dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy provided evidence for the formation of supramolecular network structures in these binary PVBT/PVBA blend systems.

  16. Self-assembling multidomain peptides tailor biological responses through biphasic release.

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    Kumar, Vivek A; Taylor, Nichole L; Shi, Siyu; Wickremasinghe, Navindee C; D'Souza, Rena N; Hartgerink, Jeffrey D

    2015-06-01

    Delivery of small molecules and drugs to tissues is a mainstay of several tissue engineering strategies. Next generation treatments focused on localized drug delivery offer a more effective means in dealing with refractory healing when compared to systemic approaches. Here we describe a novel multidomain peptide hydrogel that capitalizes on synthetic peptide chemistry, supramolecular self-assembly and cytokine delivery to tailor biological responses. This material is biomimetic, shows shear stress recovery and offers a nanofibrous matrix that sequesters cytokines. The biphasic pattern of cytokine release results in the spatio-temporal activation of THP-1 monocytes and macrophages. Furthermore, macrophage-material interactions are promoted without generation of a proinflammatory environment. Subcutaneous implantation of injectable scaffolds showed a marked increase in macrophage infiltration and polarization dictated by cytokine loading as early as 3 days, with complete scaffold resorption by day 14. Macrophage interaction and response to the peptide composite facilitated the (i) recruitment of monocytes/macrophages, (ii) sustained residence of immune cells until degradation, and (iii) promotion of a pro-resolution M2 environment. Our results suggest the potential use of this injectable cytokine loaded hydrogel scaffold in a variety of tissue engineering applications. PMID:25818414

  17. Self-Assembled, Iridescent, Crustacean-Mimetic Nanocomposites with Tailored Periodicity and Layered Cuticular Structure.

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    Wang, Baochun; Walther, Andreas

    2015-11-24

    Natural high-performance materials inspire the pursuit of ordered hard/soft nanocomposite structures at high fractions of reinforcements and with balanced molecular interactions. Herein, we develop a facile, waterborne self-assembly pathway to mimic the multiscale cuticle structure of the crustacean armor by combining hard reinforcing cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) with soft poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA). We show iridescent CNC nanocomposites with cholesteric liquid-crystal structure, in which different helical pitches and photonic band gaps can be realized by varying the CNC/PVA ratio. We further show that multilayered crustacean-mimetic materials with tailored periodicity and layered cuticular structure can be obtained by sequential preparation pathways. The transition from a cholesteric to a disordered structure occurs for a critical polymer concentration. Correspondingly, we find a transition from stiff and strong mechanical behavior to materials with increasing ductility. Crack propagation studies using scanning electron microscopy visualize the different crack growth and toughening mechanisms inside cholesteric nanocomposites as a function of the interstitial polymer content for the first time. Different extents of crack deflection, layered delamination, ligament bridging, and constrained microcracking can be observed. Drawing of highly plasticized films sheds light on the mechanistic details of the transition from a cholesteric/chiral nematic to a nematic structure. The study demonstrates how self-assembly of biobased CNCs in combination with suitable polymers can be used to replicate a hierarchical biological structure and how future design of these ordered multifunctional nanocomposites can be optimized by understanding mechanistic details of deformation and fracture. PMID:26372330

  18. Click chemistry-assisted, bis-cholesteryl-appended, isosorbide-based, dual-responsive organogelators and their self-assemblies.

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    Balamurugan, R; Zhang, Y-S; Fitriyani, S; Liu, J-H

    2016-06-21

    A new series of symmetric, bis-cholesteryl-appended, isosorbide derivatives (BCIE, BCIC2 and BCIC4) were designed as gelators to respond to changes in their environment and were synthesized successfully. Among these derivatives, BCIE can gel a wide variety of organic solvents (23 solvents), suggesting that BCIE acts as a more versatile gelator than BCIC2 and BCIC4. The CGC of the gels varies from 1.53 mM in 1-hexanol to 23 mM in pyridine. The results of the gelation ability in different solvents revealed that changing the linking group (ester/carbamate) attached to the cholesteryl units can produce a dramatic change in the gelation behavior of the compounds. The morphology of the as-formed organogels can be regulated by changing the types of organic solvents. The results from electron microscopy studies revealed that the gelator molecule self-assembled into different aggregates, from wrinkled fibers to dense fibers, with the change of solvents. The gels of BCIE in 1-hexanol and 1-octanol exhibited strong CD (circular dichroism) signals, indicating that the gelation induced supramolecular chirality in these gel systems. Secondary forces of van der Waals and π-π stacking (from both 1,2,3-triazole and aromatic units) played important roles in the aggregation of compounds in the solvents according to FTIR and variable temperature (1)H-NMR analysis, and a mechanism for the gel formation was proposed. The gel-to-sol phase transition can be triggered by the addition of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA), and the gel state was obtained slowly (after 1 day) when neutralizing with triethyl amine (TEA), which indicated that the sol ⇄ gel phase transitions are tunable by pH, which is further supported by (1)H-NMR and SEM analysis. In addition, the gel stability of BCIE was investigated using Cu(2+), Cd(2+), Ag(2+), Fe(3+), Hg(2+), Mg(2+), Pd(2+), Al(3+) and Zn(2+), and the results showed that the gel-to-sol phase transition process could be selectively controlled by interaction

  19. Structure-property relationships for self-assembled zinc chlorin light-harvesting dye aggregates.

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    Huber, Valerie; Sengupta, Sanchita; Würthner, Frank

    2008-01-01

    A series of zinc 3(1)-hydroxymethyl chlorins 10 a-e and zinc 3(1)-hydroxyethyl chlorins 17 with varied structural features were synthesized by modifying naturally occurring chlorophyll a. Solvent-, temperature-, and concentration-dependent UV/Vis and CD spectroscopic methods as well as microscopic investigations were performed to explore the importance of particular functional groups and steric effects on the self-assembly behavior of these zinc chlorins. Semisynthetic zinc chlorins 10 a-e possess the three functional units relevant for self-assembly found in their natural bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) counterparts, namely, the 3(1)-OH group, a central metal ion, and the 13(1) C==O moiety along the Qy axis, and they contain various 17(2)-substituents. Depending on whether the zinc chlorins have 17(2)-hydrophobic or hydrophilic side chains, they self-assemble in nonpolar organic solvents or in aqueous media, respectively. Zinc chlorins possessing at least two long side chains provide soluble self-aggregates that are stable in solution for a prolonged time, thus facilitating elucidation of their properties by optical spectroscopy. The morphology of the zinc chlorin aggregates was elucidated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies, revealing well-defined nanoscale rod structures for zinc chlorin 10 b with a height of about 6 nm. It is worth noting that this size is in good accordance with a tubular arrangement of the dyes similar to that observed in their natural BChl counterparts in the light-harvesting chlorosomes of green bacteria. Furthermore, for the epimeric 3(1)-hydroxyethyl zinc chlorins 17 with hydrophobic side chains, the influence of the chirality center at the 3(1)-position on the aggregation behavior was studied in detail by UV/Vis and CD spectroscopy. Unlike zinc chlorins 10, the 3(1)-hydroxyethyl zinc chlorins 17 formed only small oligomers and not higher rod aggregate structures, which can be attributed to the steric effect imposed by the additional

  20. Self-Assembly of Graphene on Carbon Nanotube Surfaces

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    Li, Kaiyuan; Eres, Gyula; Howe, Jane; Chuang, Yen-Jun; Li, Xufan; Gu, Zhanjun; Zhang, Litong; Xie, Sishen; Pan, Zhengwei

    2013-08-01

    The rolling up of a graphene sheet into a tube is a standard visualization tool for illustrating carbon nanotube (CNT) formation. However, the actual processes of rolling up graphene sheets into CNTs in laboratory syntheses have never been demonstrated. Here we report conformal growth of graphene by carbon self-assembly on single-wall and multi-wall CNTs using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of methane without the presence of metal catalysts. The new graphene layers roll up into seamless coaxial cylinders encapsulating the existing CNTs, but their adhesion to the primary CNTs is weak due to the existence of lattice misorientation. Our study shows that graphene nucleation and growth by self-assembly of carbon on the inactive carbon basal plane of CNTs occurs by a new mechanism that is markedly different from epitaxial growth on metal surfaces, opening up the possibility of graphene growth on many other non-metal substrates by simple methane CVD.

  1. Dynamic self-assembly of microscale rotors and swimmers.

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    Davies Wykes, Megan S; Palacci, Jérémie; Adachi, Takuji; Ristroph, Leif; Zhong, Xiao; Ward, Michael D; Zhang, Jun; Shelley, Michael J

    2016-05-18

    Biological systems often involve the self-assembly of basic components into complex and functioning structures. Artificial systems that mimic such processes can provide a well-controlled setting to explore the principles involved and also synthesize useful micromachines. Our experiments show that immotile, but active, components self-assemble into two types of structure that exhibit the fundamental forms of motility: translation and rotation. Specifically, micron-scale metallic rods are designed to induce extensile surface flows in the presence of a chemical fuel; these rods interact with each other and pair up to form either a swimmer or a rotor. Such pairs can transition reversibly between these two configurations, leading to kinetics reminiscent of bacterial run-and-tumble motion. PMID:27121100

  2. Coherence and dephasing in self-assembled quantum dots

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    Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Leosson, K.; Birkedal, Dan

    We measured dephasing times in InGaAl/As self-assembled quantum dots at low temperature using degenerate four-wave mixing. At 0K, the coherence time of the quantum dots is lifetime limited, whereas at finite temperatures pure dephasing by exciton-phonon interactions governs the quantum dot cohere...... coherence. The inferred homogeneous line widths are significantly smaller than the line widths usually observed in the photoluminescence from single quantum dots indicating an additional inhomogeneours broadening mechanism in the latter.......We measured dephasing times in InGaAl/As self-assembled quantum dots at low temperature using degenerate four-wave mixing. At 0K, the coherence time of the quantum dots is lifetime limited, whereas at finite temperatures pure dephasing by exciton-phonon interactions governs the quantum dot...

  3. Directed self-assembly of microscale hydrogels by electrostatic interaction

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    The unique benefit of electrostatic self-assembly of microscale components in solution is demonstrated for the first time. In particular, positive and negative treatment of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) facilitates a novel bottom-up assembly approach using electrostatic interaction from microgels with opposite charges. Fundamental investigations of electrostatic interaction of microgels reveal that the contact area of microgels determines the total energy of construct and thus the final patterns. The electrostatic self-assembly approach enables the fabrication of large and complex biological related structures (e.g., multi-layer spheroid) with accurate control. By the design of the microgels, the thickness and number of microgels in each layer can be controlled. Biological investigations of positive and negative treatments of PEG further prove the possibility of using this approach in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and drug delivery. (paper)

  4. Multidimensional hierarchical self-assembly of amphiphilic cylindrical block comicelles

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    Qiu, Huibin; Hudson, Zachary M.; Winnik, Mitchell A.; Manners, Ian

    2015-03-01

    Self-assembly of molecular and block copolymer amphiphiles represents a well-established route to micelles with a wide variety of shapes and gel-like phases. We demonstrate an analogous process, but on a longer length scale, in which amphiphilic P-H-P and H-P-H cylindrical triblock comicelles with hydrophobic (H) or polar (P) segments that are monodisperse in length are able to self-assemble side by side or end to end in nonsolvents for the central or terminal segments, respectively. This allows the formation of cylindrical supermicelles and one-dimensional (1D) or 3D superstructures that persist in both solution and the solid state. These assemblies possess multiple levels of structural hierarchy in combination with existence on a multimicrometer-length scale, features that are generally only found in natural materials.

  5. Self-assembly does not account for the hydrophobic effect.

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    Abraham, Michael H; Blandamer, Michael J

    2002-07-01

    Marmur has claimed that large values of activity coefficients for nonelectrolytes, particularly in the context of hydrophobic interactions between solutes in aqueous solution at ambient temperature and pressure, cannot be accounted for by thermodynamics, and has suggested that association (self-assembly) of solute molecules in solution solves this dilemma. We show that the analysis of Marmur is incorrect, specifically because the equilibrium in solution between monomeric solute molecules and associated solute molecules is entirely ignored. We show further that activity coefficients such as that for nitromethane solute in hexane solvent, 39.7, and that for solute hexane in solvent water, 4.48 x 10(5), can be calculated as 31.9 and 4.71 x 10(5), respectively, by methods based on well-known molecule-molecule interactions. No assumption of self-assembly is required. PMID:12083940

  6. Molecular Gels Materials with Self-Assembled Fibrillar Networks

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    Weiss, Richard G

    2006-01-01

    Molecular gels and fibrillar networks – a comprehensive guide to experiment and theory Molecular Gels: Materials with Self-Assembled Fibrillar Networks provides a comprehensive treatise on gelators, especially low molecular-mass gelators (LMOGs), and the properties of their gels. The structures and modes of formation of the self-assembled fibrillar networks (SAFINs) that immobilize the liquid components of the gels are discussed experimentally and theoretically. The spectroscopic, rheological, and structural features of the different classes of LMOGs are also presented. Many examples of the application of the principal analytical techniques for investigation of molecular gels (including SANS, SAXS, WAXS, UV-vis absorption, fluorescence and CD spectroscopies, scanning electron, transmission electron and optical microscopies, and molecular modeling) are presented didactically and in-depth, as are several of the theories of the stages of aggregation of individual LMOG molecules leading to SAFINs. Several actua...

  7. Charged diphenylalanine nanotubes and controlled hierarchical self-assembly.

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    Wang, Minjie; Du, Lingjie; Wu, Xinglong; Xiong, Shijie; Chu, Paul K

    2011-06-28

    Hexagonal hierarchical microtubular structures are produced by diphenylalanine self-assembly and the ratio of the relative humidity in the growth chamber to the diphenylalanine concentration (defined as the RH-FF ratio) determines the microtubular morphology. The hexagonal arrangement of the diphenylalanine molecules first induces the hexagonal nanotubes with opposite charges on the two ends, and the dipolar electric field on the nanotubes serves as the driving force. Side-by-side hexagonal aggregation and end-to-end arrangement ensue finally producing a hexagonal hierarchical microtubular structure. Staining experiments and the external electric field-induced parallel arrangement provide evidence of the existence of opposite charges and dipolar electric field. In this self-assembly, the different RH-FF ratios induce different contents of crystalline phases. This leads to different initial nanotube numbers finally yielding different microtubular morphologies. Our calculation based on the dipole model supports the dipole-field mechanism that leads to the different microtubular morphologies. PMID:21591732

  8. Self-assembled arrays of peptide nanotubes by vapour deposition.

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    Adler-Abramovich, Lihi; Aronov, Daniel; Beker, Peter; Yevnin, Maya; Stempler, Shiri; Buzhansky, Ludmila; Rosenman, Gil; Gazit, Ehud

    2009-12-01

    The use of bionanostructures in real-world applications will require precise control over biomolecular self-assembly and the ability to scale up production of these materials. A significant challenge is to control the formation of large, homogeneous arrays of bionanostructures on macroscopic surfaces. Previously, bionanostructure formation has been based on the spontaneous growth of heterogenic populations in bulk solution. Here, we demonstrate the self-assembly of large arrays of aromatic peptide nanotubes using vapour deposition methods. This approach allows the length and density of the nanotubes to be fine-tuned by carefully controlling the supply of the building blocks from the gas phase. Furthermore, we show that the nanotube arrays can be used to develop high-surface-area electrodes for energy storage applications, highly hydrophobic self-cleaning surfaces and microfluidic chips. PMID:19893524

  9. Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Triangulenium Salts

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    Shi, Dong

    -processed self-assembling method was developed to make aggregates with uniform morphologies and excellent stabilities in an equilibrium state either with pure ATOTA+ salts or with mixed systems of ATOTA+ salts and lipid molecules in aqueous media. Special emphasis was given to effects of the counterions in......-assembly and triangulenium salts. Chapters 3 to 6 are mainly focused on the synthesis and self-assembly of trioxatriangulenium salts in aqueous media. In particular, chapter 3 reports a direct selfassembly of a synthetic triangulenium salt mixed with DMPC lipid (5/95 by molar ratio) to make mono disperse......This thesis describes the design and synthesis of asymmetrically substituted amphiphilic tis(dialkylamino)trioxiatriangulenium (ATOTA+) salts with different counter ions. Attention was focused on exploring the assembling properties of the ATOTA+ salts in aqueous media. A direct vortexing...

  10. Protein-directed self-assembly of a fullerene crystal

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    Kim, Kook-Han; Ko, Dong-Kyun; Kim, Yong-Tae; Kim, Nam Hyeong; Paul, Jaydeep; Zhang, Shao-Qing; Murray, Christopher B.; Acharya, Rudresh; Degrado, William F.; Kim, Yong Ho; Grigoryan, Gevorg

    2016-04-01

    Learning to engineer self-assembly would enable the precise organization of molecules by design to create matter with tailored properties. Here we demonstrate that proteins can direct the self-assembly of buckminsterfullerene (C60) into ordered superstructures. A previously engineered tetrameric helical bundle binds C60 in solution, rendering it water soluble. Two tetramers associate with one C60, promoting further organization revealed in a 1.67-Å crystal structure. Fullerene groups occupy periodic lattice sites, sandwiched between two Tyr residues from adjacent tetramers. Strikingly, the assembly exhibits high charge conductance, whereas both the protein-alone crystal and amorphous C60 are electrically insulating. The affinity of C60 for its crystal-binding site is estimated to be in the nanomolar range, with lattices of known protein crystals geometrically compatible with incorporating the motif. Taken together, these findings suggest a new means of organizing fullerene molecules into a rich variety of lattices to generate new properties by design.

  11. Symmetric organization of self-assembled carbon nitride

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    A scheme for creating 'flower-like' nanostructures of carbon nitride is described that involves the self-assembly of nanocrystals following laser ablation of a solid graphite target immersed in aqueous ammonia solution. The primary nanocrystals possess rod-like symmetry, and then self-assemble upon drying to form nanoleaf or nanopetal shaped structures. Samples were characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), x-ray photoelectron microscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The analyses confirmed their composition to be consistent with that of crystalline β-phase carbon nitride. The morphologies of the carbon nitride nanostructures depended strongly on the synthesis conditions and upon the conditions under which the aqueous suspension of ablated particles were dried

  12. Prospects for using self-assembled nucleic acid structures.

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    Rudchenko, M N; Zamyatnin, A A

    2015-04-01

    According to the central dogma in molecular biology, nucleic acids are assigned with key functions on storing and executing genetic information in any living cell. However, features of nucleic acids are not limited only with properties providing template-dependent biosynthetic processes. Studies of DNA and RNA unveiled unique features of these polymers able to make various self-assembled three-dimensional structures that, among other things, use the complementarity principle. Here, we review various self-assembled nucleic acid structures as well as application of DNA and RNA to develop nanomaterials, molecular automata, and nanodevices. It can be expected that in the near future results of these developments will allow designing novel next-generation diagnostic systems and medicinal drugs. PMID:25869355

  13. Self-assembly of nanomaterials at fluid interfaces.

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    Toor, Anju; Feng, Tao; Russell, Thomas P

    2016-05-01

    Recent developments in the field of the self-assembly of nanoscale materials such as nanoparticles, nanorods and nanosheets at liquid/liquid interfaces are reviewed. Self-assembly behavior of both biological and synthetic particles is discussed. For biological nanoparticles, the nanoparticle assembly at fluid interfaces provides a simple route for directing nanoparticles into 2D or 3D constructs with hierarchical ordering. The interfacial assembly of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) at liquid interfaces would play a key role in applications such as nanotube fractionation, flexible electronic thin-film fabrication and synthesis of porous SWCNT/polymer composites foams. Liquids can be structured by the jamming of nanoparticle surfactants at fluid interfaces. By controlling the interfacial packing of nanoparticle surfactants using external triggers, a new class of materials can be generated that combines the desirable characteristics of fluids such as rapid transport of energy carriers with the structural stability of a solid. PMID:27233643

  14. Self-Reproducing by Self-Assembly and Fission

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    Wiedermann, Jiří

    Auckland : CDMTCS, 2004 - (Calude, C.; Calude, E.; Dinneen, M.), s. 1-10 - (CDMTCS Research Report Series. 252). [DLT'04. International Conference on Developments in Language Theory /8./. Auckland (NZ), 13.12.2004-17.12.2004] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR 1ET100300419 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1030915 Keywords : cellular automata * self-assembly * self-reproducing automata Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics http://hdl.handle.net/2292/3759

  15. Intrinsic universality and the computational power of self-assembly.

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    Woods, Damien

    2015-07-28

    Molecular self-assembly, the formation of large structures by small pieces of matter sticking together according to simple local interactions, is a ubiquitous phenomenon. A challenging engineering goal is to design a few molecules so that large numbers of them can self-assemble into desired complicated target objects. Indeed, we would like to understand the ultimate capabilities and limitations of this bottom-up fabrication process. We look to theoretical models of algorithmic self-assembly, where small square tiles stick together according to simple local rules in order to carry out a crystal growth process. In this survey, we focus on the use of simulation between such models to classify and separate their computational and expressive powers. Roughly speaking, one model simulates another if they grow the same structures, via the same dynamical growth processes. Our journey begins with the result that there is a single intrinsically universal tile set that, with appropriate initialization and spatial scaling, simulates any instance of Winfree's abstract Tile Assembly Model. This universal tile set exhibits something stronger than Turing universality: it captures the geometry and dynamics of any simulated system in a very direct way. From there we find that there is no such tile set in the more restrictive non-cooperative model, proving it weaker than the full Tile Assembly Model. In the two-handed model, where large structures can bind together in one step, we encounter an infinite set of infinite hierarchies of strictly increasing simulation power. Towards the end of our trip, we find one tile to rule them all: a single rotatable flipable polygonal tile that simulates any tile assembly system. We find another tile that aperiodically tiles the plane (but with small gaps). These and other recent results show that simulation is giving rise to a kind of computational complexity theory for self-assembly. It seems this could be the beginning of a much longer journey

  16. Tailoring self-assembled monolayers at the electrochemical interface

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    S Varatharajan; Sheela Berchmans; V Yegnaraman

    2009-09-01

    The main focus of this review is to illustrate the amenability of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for functionalisation with different receptors, catalytic materials, biomolecules, enzymes, antigen-antibody, etc for various applications. The review discusses initially about the preparation and characterization of SAMs and tailoring of SAMs by incorporation of suitable recognition elements. A description of how the molecular recognition is achieved through forces like electrostatic, covalent and host-guest interactions is included in the review.

  17. Stability of Self-Assembled Polymeric Micelles in Serum

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    Lu, Jiao; Owen, Shawn C.; Shoichet, Molly S.

    2011-01-01

    The stability of polymeric nanoparticles in serum is critical to their use in drug delivery where dilution after intravenous injection often results in nanoparticle disassembly and drug unloading; however, few investigate this in biologically relevant media. To gain greater insight into nanoparticle stability in blood, the stability of self-assembled polymeric micelles of poly(d,l-lactide-co-2-methyl-2-carboxytrimethylene carbonate)-g-poly(ethylene glycol), P(LA-co-TMCC)-g-PEG, were tested in...

  18. The effects of self-assembly in solutions of polyelectrolytes

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    Limberger, Roman E.

    2004-01-01

    The PhD thesis "The Effects of Self-Assembly in Solutions of Polyelectrolytes" written by Roman E. Limberger contains the introduction, the literature review, two original parts, the consequences, the acknowledgements, the list of references and four appendices. In the introduction the relevance of the present thesis is explained. The literature review is divided into two parts. The first part is dedicated to the consideration of the main theoretical models and the results in the study of...

  19. Self-Assembly of Graphene on Carbon Nanotube Surfaces

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    Li, Kaiyuan; Eres, Gyula; Howe, Jane; Chuang, Yen-Jun; Li, Xufan; Gu, Zhanjun; Zhang, Litong; Xie, Sishen; Pan, Zhengwei

    2013-01-01

    The rolling up of a graphene sheet into a tube is a standard visualization tool for illustrating carbon nanotube (CNT) formation. However, the actual processes of rolling up graphene sheets into CNTs in laboratory syntheses have never been demonstrated. Here we report conformal growth of graphene by carbon self-assembly on single-wall and multi-wall CNTs using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of methane without the presence of metal catalysts. The new graphene layers roll up into seamless coax...

  20. Purification of ethanol for highly sensitive self-assembly experiments

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    Kathrin Barbe; Martin Kind; Christian Pfeiffer; Andreas Terfort

    2014-01-01

    Ethanol is the preferred solvent for the formation of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of thiolates on gold. By applying a thin film sensor system, we could demonstrate that even the best commercial qualities of ethanol contain surface-active contaminants, which can compete with the desired thiolates for surface sites. Here we present that gold nanoparticles deposited onto zeolite X can be used to remove these contaminants by chemisorption. This nanoparticle-impregnated zeolite does not only ...

  1. Self-assembly of phenylalanine-based molecules.

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    German, Helen W; Uyaver, Sahin; Hansmann, Ulrich H E

    2015-03-01

    Using molecular dynamics, we study the self-assembly of phenylalanine with charged end-groups at various temperatures and concentrations. As in the case of diphenylalanine, we observe the formation of nanotubes; however, phenylalanine aggregates in layers of four, not six, molecules. The observed aggregates are consistent with recent experimental measurements of fibrils obtained from mice with phenylketonuria. We investigate the stability and the mechanism by which these tubular structures form and discuss potential toxicity mechanisms. PMID:25347763

  2. Hydrophobic Interactions Modulate Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles

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    Sánchez-Iglesias, Ana; Grzelczak, Marek; Altantzis, Thomas; Goris, Bart; Perez-Juste, Jorge; Bals, Sara; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Donaldson, Jr., Stephen H.; Chmelka, Bradley F.; Israelachvili, Jacob N.; Liz-Marzán, Luis M.

    2012-01-01

    Abstract: Hydrophobic interactions constitute one of the most important types of nonspecific interactions in biological systems, which emerge when water molecules rearrange as two hydrophobic species come close to each other. The prediction of hydrophobic interactions at the level of nanoparticles (Brownian objects) remains challenging because of uncontrolled diffusive motion of the particles. We describe here a general methodology for solvent-induced, reversible self-assembly of gold nanopar...

  3. Self-assembled containers based on extended tetrathiafulvalene.

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    Bivaud, Sébastien; Goeb, Sébastien; Croué, Vincent; Dron, Paul I; Allain, Magali; Sallé, Marc

    2013-07-10

    Two original self-assembled containers constituted each by six electroactive subunits are described. They are synthesized from a concave tetratopic π-extended tetrathiafulvalene ligand bearing four pyridyl units and cis-M(dppf)(OTf)2 (M = Pd or Pt; dppf = 1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene; OTf = trifluoromethane-sulfonate) complexes. Both fully characterized assemblies present an oblate spheroidal cavity that can incorporate one perylene molecule. PMID:23795694

  4. Self-assembled materials from thermosensitive and biohybrid block copolymers

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    De Graaf, A.J.

    2012-01-01

    In this research, several block copolymers were synthesized and characterized with regard to possible pharmaceutical applications. All block copolymers were thermosensitive and self-assembled at 37 °C into structures like micelles and hydrogels, which can be used for innovative drug delivery purposes. Some of the synthesized polymers were biohybrid, in the sense that they contained peptide segments which enabled their cleavage by enzymes that are upregulated in diseased tissues. First, method...

  5. Self Assembled Monolayers for Quartz Crystal Microbalance based Biosensing

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    Myrskog, Annica

    2009-01-01

    The work in this thesis has been focused on developing surfaces for use in biosensor systems, especially for quartz crystal microbalances. The surfaces were prepared by adsorption of organosulfur molecules onto gold substrates, so called self assembled monolayers (SAMs). By chemical synthesis these thiols can be specifically tailored to provide surfaces with desired properties. The investigated surfaces were all based on thiols terminated with carboxylic acid groups to render hydrophilic surf...

  6. Self-assembled mannan nanogel : cytocompatibility and cell localization

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    Ferreira, Sílvia A.; Carvalho, Vera; Vilanova, Manuel; Costa, Carla Isabel; Teixeira, João P.; Gama, F. M.

    2012-01-01

    Amphiphilic mannan, produced by the Michael addition of hydrophobic 1-hexadecanethiol to vinyl methacrylated mannan, self-assembles in aqueous medium through hydrophobic interactions among alkyl chains. Resultant nanogel is stable, spherical, polydisperse, with 50–140 nm mean hydrodynamic diameter depending on the polymer degree of substitution, and nearly neutral negative surface charge. No cytotoxicity of mannan nanogel is detected up to about 0.4 mg/mL in mouse embryo fibroblast cell line ...

  7. Self-assembled hexagonal double fishnets as negative index materials

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    Lodewijks, Kristof; Van Roy, Willem; Borghs, Gustaaf; Van Dorpe, Pol

    2010-01-01

    We show experimentally the successful use of colloidal lithography for the fabrication of negative index metamaterials in the near-infrared wavelength range. In particular, we investigated a specific implementation of the widely studied double fishnet metamaterials, consisting of a gold-silica-gold layer stack perforated by a hexagonal array of round holes. Tuning of the hole diameter allows us to tailor these self-assembled metamaterials both as single- ({\\epsilon} < 0) and double ({\\epsilon} < 0 and {\\mu} < 0) negative metamaterials.

  8. Host-Guest Self-assembly in Block Copolymer Blends

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    Woon Ik Park; YongJoo Kim; Jae Won Jeong; Kyungho Kim; Jung-Keun Yoo; Yoon Hyung Hur; Jong Min Kim; Thomas, Edwin L.; Alfredo Alexander-Katz; Yeon Sik Jung

    2013-01-01

    Ultrafine, uniform nanostructures with excellent functionalities can be formed by self-assembly of block copolymer (BCP) thin films. However, extension of their geometric variability is not straightforward due to their limited thin film morphologies. Here, we report that unusual and spontaneous positioning between host and guest BCP microdomains, even in the absence of H-bond linkages, can create hybridized morphologies that cannot be formed from a neat BCP. Our self-consistent field theory (...

  9. Antifouling Self-assembled Monolayers on Microelectrodes for Patterning Biomolecules

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    Noel, John; Teizer, Winfried; Hwang, Wonmuk

    2009-01-01

    We present a procedure for forming a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) trimethoxysilane self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a silicon substrate with gold microelectrodes. The PEG-SAM is formed in a single assembly step and prevents biofouling on silicon and gold surfaces. The SAM is used to coat microelectrodes patterned with standard, positive-tone lithography. Using the microtubule as an example, we apply a DC voltage to induce electrophoretic migration to the SAM-coated electrode in a reversible m...

  10. Self-assembled monolayers formed on AZ31 Mg alloy

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    Salman, S. A.; Okido, M.

    2012-07-01

    Self-assembled monolayer (SAM) was successfully adsorbed on the AZ31 Mg alloy surface using oleic acid and stearic acid with various organic solvents, such as acetone, ethanol, and hexane. The surface monolayers were characterized using contact angle measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and anodic polarization test. It was shown that the higher contact angle and the best anti-corrosion property were obtained with treatment in oleic acid with ethanol solution.

  11. Investigating self-assembled protein nanotubes using atomic force microscopy

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    Niu, Lijiang

    2009-01-01

    Self-assembled protein nanotubular materials are attractive as putative building blocks for a variety of applications. Knowledge of the three-dimensional structures and the physical properties of these protein nanotubes then becomes a prerequisite for their use in rational materials design. The main purpose of the work presented in this thesis is to investigate both the structural and mechanical properties of protein nanotubes utilizing atomic force microscopy (AFM). Several different protein...

  12. The self-assembly of a camptothecin-lysine nanotube.

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    Sun, Yuan; Shieh, Aileen; Kim, Se Hye; King, Samantha; Kim, Anne; Sun, Hui-Lung; Croce, Carlo M; Parquette, Jon R

    2016-06-15

    A simple, low molecular weight camptothecin-lysine conjugate is reported to self-assemble into nanotubes with diameters of 70-100nm and a drug loading level of 60.5%. The nanotubes exhibited promising in vitro cytotoxicity against cancer cell lines A549, NCI-H460 and NCI-H23. The release of active camptothecin was highly dependent on conjugate concentration, temperature and pH of the solution. PMID:27156772

  13. Evolutionary dynamics in a simple model of self-assembly

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    Johnston, Iain G.; Ahnert, Sebastian E.; Doye, Jonathan P. K.; Louis, Ard A.

    2011-06-01

    We investigate the evolutionary dynamics of an idealized model for the robust self-assembly of two-dimensional structures called polyominoes. The model includes rules that encode interactions between sets of square tiles that drive the self-assembly process. The relationship between the model’s rule set and its resulting self-assembled structure can be viewed as a genotype-phenotype map and incorporated into a genetic algorithm. The rule sets evolve under selection for specified target structures. The corresponding complex fitness landscape generates rich evolutionary dynamics as a function of parameters such as the population size, search space size, mutation rate, and method of recombination. Furthermore, these systems are simple enough that in some cases the associated model genome space can be completely characterized, shedding light on how the evolutionary dynamics depends on the detailed structure of the fitness landscape. Finally, we apply the model to study the emergence of the preference for dihedral over cyclic symmetry observed for homomeric protein tetramers.

  14. Molecular Motions in Functional Self-Assembled Nanostructures

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    Jean-Marc Saiter

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The construction of “smart” materials able to perform specific functions at the molecular scale through the application of various stimuli is highly attractive but still challenging. The most recent applications indicate that the outstanding flexibility of self-assembled architectures can be employed as a powerful tool for the development of innovative molecular devices, functional surfaces and smart nanomaterials. Structural flexibility of these materials is known to be conferred by weak intermolecular forces involved in self-assembly strategies. However, some fundamental mechanisms responsible for conformational lability remain unexplored. Furthermore, the role played by stronger bonds, such as coordination, ionic and covalent bonding, is sometimes neglected while they can be employed readily to produce mechanically robust but also chemically reversible structures. In this review, recent applications of structural flexibility and molecular motions in self-assembled nanostructures are discussed. Special focus is given to advanced materials exhibiting significant performance changes after an external stimulus is applied, such as light exposure, pH variation, heat treatment or electromagnetic field. The crucial role played by strong intra- and weak intermolecular interactions on structural lability and responsiveness is highlighted.

  15. SELF-ASSEMBLING AMPHIPHILIC POLYELECTROLYTES AND THEIR NANOSTRUCTURES

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    Yotaro Morishima

    2000-01-01

    The self-assembling behavior of random copolymers of sodium 2-(acrylamido)-2-methylpropanesulfonate (AMPS)and hydrophobic comonomers possessing dodecyl groups linked by various spacer bonds was discussed with a focus on the effect of the spacer. The characterization of association behavior of such polymers in water using quasielastic light scattering,capillary electrophoresis, NMR relaxation, various fluorescence, and viscoelastic methods was described. These copolymers form a variety of self-assembled nanostructures depending on the type of the spacer. Random copolymers of AMPS and Ndodecylmethacrylamide show a strong preference for intrapolymer self-association even in concentrated aqueous solutions forming single-macromolecular self-assemblies (unimolecular micelles). In contrast, random copolymers of AMPS and dodecyl methacrylate are prone to undergo interpolymer associations yielding multipolymer micelles. In random copolymers of AMPS and a methacrylate substituted a nonionic surfactant (HO(CH2CH2O)25C12H25) (C12E25), dodecyl groups are much less restricted by the polymer backbone because they are linked via a long, flexible hydrophilic spacer. Thus, the polymerbound C12E25 surfactant moieties form micelles similar to those formed by discrete surfactants, but they are bridged by polymer chains forming a network structure.

  16. Equilibrium self-assembly of small RNA viruses

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    Bruinsma, R. F.; Comas-Garcia, M.; Garmann, R. F.; Grosberg, A. Y.

    2016-03-01

    We propose a description for the quasiequilibrium self-assembly of small, single-stranded (ss) RNA viruses whose capsid proteins (CPs) have flexible, positively charged, disordered tails that associate with the negatively charged RNA genome molecules. We describe the assembly of such viruses as the interplay between two coupled phase-transition-like events: the formation of the protein shell (the capsid) by CPs and the condensation of a large ss viral RNA molecule. Electrostatic repulsion between the CPs competes with attractive hydrophobic interactions and attractive interaction between neutralized RNA segments mediated by the tail groups. An assembly diagram is derived in terms of the strength of attractive interactions between CPs and between CPs and the RNA molecules. It is compared with the results of recent studies of viral assembly. We demonstrate that the conventional theory of self-assembly, which does describe the assembly of empty capsids, is in general not applicable to the self-assembly of RNA-encapsidating virions.

  17. Molecular pathways for defect annihilation in directed self-assembly.

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    Hur, Su-Mi; Thapar, Vikram; Ramirez-Hernandez, Abelardo; Khaira, Gurdaman S.; Segal-Peretz, Tamar; Rincon-Delgadillo, Paulina A.; Li, Weihua; Muller, Marcus; Nealey, Paul F.; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2015-11-17

    Over the last few years, the directed self-assembly of block copolymers by surface patterns has transitioned from academic curiosity to viable contender for commercial fabrication of next-generation nanocircuits by lithography. Recently, it has become apparent that kinetics, and not only thermodynamics, plays a key role for the ability of a polymeric material to self-assemble into a perfect, defect-free ordered state. Perfection, in this context, implies not more than one defect, with characteristic dimensions on the order of 5 nm, over a sample area as large as 100 cm2. In this work, we identify the key pathways and the corresponding free-energy barriers for eliminating defects, and we demonstrate that an extraordinarily large thermodynamic driving force is not necessarily sufficient for their removal. By adopting a concerted computational and experimental approach, we explain the molecular origins of these barriers, how they depend on material characteristics, and we propose strategies designed to over-come them. The validity of our conclusions for industrially-relevant patterning processes is established by relying on instruments and assembly lines that are only available at state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and, through this confluence of fundamental and applied research, we are able to discern the evolution of morphology at the smallest relevant length scales - a handful of nanometers -, and present a view of defect annihilation in directed self-assembly at an unprecedented level of detail.

  18. Self-assembled elastin-like polypeptide particles.

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    Osborne, Jill L; Farmer, Robin; Woodhouse, Kimberly A

    2008-01-01

    In this work, the self-assembly of a recombinant elastin-based block copolymer containing both hydrophobic and cross-linking domains from the human elastin protein was investigated. The particle formation and dynamic behavior were characterized using inverted microscopy and dynamic light scattering. The morphology and stability were evaluated using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Above a critical temperature the molecules self-assembled into a bimodal distribution of nano- and micron-sized particles. The larger particles increased in size through coalescence. Micron-sized particle formation appeared largely reversible, although a self-assembly/disassembly hysteresis was observed. At high polyethylene glycol (PEG) concentrations particle coalescence and settling were reduced, particle stability seemed enhanced and PEG coated the particles. Particle stabilization was also achieved through covalent cross-linking using glutaraldehyde. This study laid the foundation for optimization of particle size and stability through modification of the solvent system and has shown that this family of elastin-based polypeptides holds potential for use as particulate drug carriers. PMID:17881311

  19. Three dimensional self-assembly at the nanoscale

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    Gracias, D. H.

    2013-05-01

    At the nanoscale, three dimensional manipulation and assembly becomes extremely challenging and also cost prohibitive. Self-assembly provides an attractive and possibly the only highly parallel methodology to structure truly three dimensional patterned materials and devices at this size scale for applications in electronics, optics, robotics and medicine. This is a concise review along with a perspective of an important and exciting field in nanotechnology and is related to a Nanoengineering Pioneer Award that I received at this SPIE symposium for my contributions to the 3D selfassembly of nanostructures. I detail a historical account of 3D self-assembly and outline important developments in this area which is put into context with the larger research areas of 3D nanofabrication, assembly and nanomanufacturing. A focus in this review is on our work as it relates to the self-assembly with lithographically patterned units; this approach provides a means for heterogeneous integration of periodic, curved and angled nanostructures with precisely defined three dimensional patterns.

  20. Modeling the self-assembly of nanoparticle and nanorod superlattices

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    Titov, Alexey; Kral, Petr

    2008-03-01

    Coloidal semiconductor PbSe/CdSE nanoparticles (NP) of the sizes of 3-10 nm can self-assemble in fcc, hcp and single-hexagonal (sh) superlattices [1]. We model the Coulombic, van der Waals and steric interactions between these NPs to understand the exact conditions under which they can self-assemble in these lattice structures. Our simulations show that non-local dipoles of the NPs and their screening by the conducting substrate are both crucial for the sh lattice formation. We model analogously the self-assembly of semiconducting CdSe nanorods (NRs), realized also in the presence of electric fields [2], and the binary semiconducting-metallic nanoparticle superlattices [3]. [1] D. Talapin, E. Shevchenko, C. B. Murray, A. Titov and P. Kr'al, Nano Letters 7, 1213 (2007). [2] A. Titov and P. Kr'al, submitted. [3] E. V. Shevchenko, D. V. Talapin, N. A. Kotov, S. O'Brien, C. B. Murray, Nature 439, 55-59 (2006).

  1. Photoinduced processes in self-assembled porphyrin/perylene bisimide metallosupramolecular boxes.

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    Indelli, M Teresa; Chiorboli, Claudio; Scandola, Franco; Iengo, Elisabetta; Osswald, Peter; Würthner, Frank

    2010-11-18

    Two new supramolecular boxes, (ZnMC)(2)(rPBI)(2) and (ZnMC)(2)(gPBI)(2), have been obtained by axial coordination of N,N'-dipyridyl-functionalized perylene bisimide (PBI) dyes to the zinc ion centers of two 2+2 porphyrin metallacycles (ZnMC = [trans,cis,cis-RuCl(2)(CO)(2)(Zn·4'-cis-DPyP)](2)). The two molecular boxes involve PBI pillars with different substituents at the bay area: the "red" PBI (rPBI = N,N'-di(4-pyridyl)-1,6,7,12-tetra(4-tert-butylphenoxy)perylene-3,4:9,10-tetracarboxylic acid bisimide) containing tert-butylphenoxy substituents and the "green" PBI (gPBI = N,N'-di(4-pyridyl)-1,7-bis(pyrrolidin-1-yl)perylene-3,4:9,10-tetracarboxylic acid bisimide) bearing pyrrolidinyl substituents. Due to the rigidity of the modules and the simultaneous formation of four pyridine-zinc bonds, these discrete adducts self-assemble quantitatively and are remarkably stable in dichloromethane solution. The photophysical behavior of the new supramolecular boxes has been studied in dichloromethane by emission spectroscopy and ultrafast absorption techniques. A different photophysical behavior is observed for the two systems. In (ZnMC)(2)(rPBI)(2), efficient electron transfer quenching of both perylene bisimide and zinc porphyrin chromophores is observed, leading to a charge separated state, PBI(-)-Zn(+), in which a perylene bisimide unit is reduced and zinc porphyrin is oxidized. In the deactivation of the perylene bisimide localized excited state, an intermediate zwitterionic charge transfer state of type PBI(-)-PBI(+) seems to play a relevant role. In (ZnMC)(2)(gPBI)(2), singlet energy transfer from the Zn porphyrin chromophores to the perylene bisimide units occurs with an efficiency of 0.7. This lower than unity value is due to a competing electron transfer quenching, leading to the charge separated state PBI(-)-Zn(+). The distinct photophysical behavior of these two supramolecular boxes is interpreted in terms of energy changes occurring upon replacement of the "red" r

  2. Chirality imprinting and direct asymmetric reaction screening using a stereodynamic Brønsted/Lewis acid receptor.

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    Bentley, Keith W; Proano, Daysi; Wolf, Christian

    2016-01-01

    Molecular recognition, activation and dynamic self-assembly with Brønsted and Lewis acids play a central role across the chemical sciences including catalysis, crystal engineering, supramolecular architectures and drug design. Despite this general advance, the utilization of the corresponding binding motifs for fast and robust quantitative chemosensing of chiral compounds in a complicate matrix has remained challenging. Here we show that a stereodynamic probe carrying complementary boronic acid and urea units achieves this goal with hydroxy carboxylic acids. Synergistic dual-site binding and instantaneous chirality imprinting result in characteristic ultraviolet and CD readouts that allow instantaneous determination of the absolute configuration, enantiomeric excess and concentration of the target compound even in complex mixtures. The robustness and practicality of this strategy for high-throughput screening purposes is demonstrated. Comprehensive sensing of only 0.5 mg of a crude reaction mixture of an asymmetric reduction eliminates cumbersome work-up protocols and minimizes analysis time, labour and waste production. PMID:27549926

  3. Large-scale dissipative particle dynamics simulations of self-assembly amphiphilic systems†

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    Li, Xuejin; Tang, Yu-Hang

    2014-01-01

    We present large-scale simulation results on the self-assembly of amphiphilic systems in bulk solution and under soft confinement. Self-assembled unilamellar and multilamellar vesicles are formed from amphiphilic molecules in bulk solution. The system is simulated by placing amphiphilic molecules inside large unilamellar vesicles (LUVs) and the dynamic soft confinement-induced self-assembled vesicles are investigated. Moreover, the self-assembly of sickle hemoglobin (HbS) is simulated in a crowded and fluctuating intracellular space and our results demonstrate that the HbS self-assemble into polymer fibers causing the LUV shape to be distorted. PMID:24938634

  4. Self-Assembly of Plasmonic Nanoclusters for Optical Metauids

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    Schade, Nicholas Benjamin

    I discuss experimental progress towards developing a material with an isotropic, negative index of refraction at optical frequencies. The simplest way to make such a material is to create a metafluid, or a disordered collection of subwavelength, isotropic electromagnetic resonators. Small clusters of metal particles, such as tetrahedra, serve as these constituents. What is needed are methods for manufacturing these structures with high precision and in sufficient yield that their resonances are identical. Jonathan Fan et al. [Science, 328 (5982), 1135-1138, 2010] demonstrated that colloidal self-assembly is a means of preparing electromagnetic resonators from metal nanoparticles. However, the resonances are sensitive to the separation gaps between particles. Standard synthesis routes for metal nanoparticles yield crystals or nanoshells that are inadequate for metafluids due to polydispersity, faceting, and thermal instabilities. To ensure that the separation gaps and resonances are uniform, more monodisperse spherical particles are needed. An additional challenge is the self-assembly of tetrahedral clusters in high yield from these particles. In self-assembly approaches that others have examined previously, the yield of any particular type of cluster is low. In this dissertation I present solutions to several of these problems, developed in collaboration with my research group and others. We demonstrate that slow chemical etching can transform octahedral gold crystals into ultrasmooth, monodisperse nanospheres. The particles can serve as seeds for the growth of larger octahedra which can in turn be etched. The size of the gold nanospheres can therefore be adjusted as desired. We further show that in colloidal mixtures of two sphere species that strongly bind to one another, the sphere size ratio determines the size distribution of self-assembled clusters. At a critical size ratio, tetrahedral clusters assemble in high yield. We explain the experimentally observed

  5. Directed self-assembly of block copolymers for next generation nanolithography

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    Seong-Jun Jeong

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Directed self-assembly of block copolymers has received a great deal of research attention as a promising nanolithography to complement the intrinsic limitations of conventional photolithography. In this review, we highlight the recent progress in the development of the directed self-assembly process for practical utilization in semiconductor applications. Various advanced directed self-assembly approaches are examined, in which block copolymer self-assembly is synergistically integrated with conventional photolithography, such as ArF lithography or I-line lithography, via either epitaxial self-assembly or the graphoepitaxy principle. We focus on the practical advantages anticipated from directed self-assembly integration, such as pattern density multiplication, feature size uniformity improvement, line edge roughness reduction, as well as cost reduction. Additionally, a direction for future research on directed self-assembly is suggested with diverse potential applications.

  6. A Theoretical and Experimental Study of DNA Self-assembly

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    Chandran, Harish

    The control of matter and phenomena at the nanoscale is fast becoming one of the most important challenges of the 21st century with wide-ranging applications from energy and health care to computing and material science. Conventional top-down approaches to nanotechnology, having served us well for long, are reaching their inherent limitations. Meanwhile, bottom-up methods such as self-assembly are emerging as viable alternatives for nanoscale fabrication and manipulation. A particularly successful bottom up technique is DNA self-assembly where a set of carefully designed DNA strands form a nanoscale object as a consequence of specific, local interactions among the different components, without external direction. The final product of the self-assembly process might be a static nanostructure or a dynamic nanodevice that performs a specific function. Over the past two decades, DNA self-assembly has produced stunning nanoscale objects such as 2D and 3D lattices, polyhedra and addressable arbitrary shaped substrates, and a myriad of nanoscale devices such as molecular tweezers, computational circuits, biosensors and molecular assembly lines. In this dissertation we study multiple problems in the theory, simulations and experiments of DNA self-assembly. We extend the Turing-universal mathematical framework of self-assembly known as the Tile Assembly Model by incorporating randomization during the assembly process. This allows us to reduce the tile complexity of linear assemblies. We develop multiple techniques to build linear assemblies of expected length N using far fewer tile types than previously possible. We abstract the fundamental properties of DNA and develop a biochemical system, which we call meta-DNA, based entirely on strands of DNA as the only component molecule. We further develop various enzyme-free protocols to manipulate meta-DNA systems and provide strand level details along with abstract notations for these mechanisms. We simulate DNA circuits by

  7. Polymer Physics Prize Lecture: Self-assemblies of Giant Molecular Shape Amphiphiles as a New Platform for Engineering Structures with Sub-Nanometer Feature Sizes

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    Cheng, Stephen Z. D.

    2013-03-01

    Utilizing nano-building blocks rather than atoms to construct and engineer new structures is a fresh approach to design and develop functional materials for the purpose of transferring and amplifying microscopic functionality to macroscopic materials' property. As one of the important elements of these nano-building blocks, giant molecular shape amphiphiles (GMSAs) provide a latest platform for generating self-assembled ordered structures at nanometer scale, which are stabilized by collective physical bonds (such as collective hydrogen bonding). In this talk, two topics will be focused on. First, composed of functionalized hydrophilic molecular nanoparticles as the heads with rigid shape and fixed volume, and tethered polymer chains as the tails (such as giant molecular surfactants and lipids and other topologies), these GMSAs of various architectures can self-assemble into highly diversified, thermodynamically stable microstructures at sub-10 nm length scale in the bulk, thin film and solution states. Second, GMSAs could also be constructed solely from nanoparticles interconnected via different numbers of the rigid linkages in specific symmetry, simulating the overall shapes of small molecules but with sizes that are one-order of magnitude larger in length and three-order of magnitude larger in volume. Giant crystal structures can then be obtained from this class of ``giant molecules'' via supramolecular crystallization. These findings are not only scientifically intriguing in understanding the physical principles underlying their self-assembly, but also technologically relevant in industrial applications.

  8. Self-assembly, redox activity, and charge transport of functional surface nano-architectures by molecular design

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    Skomski, Daniel

    inter-layer charge transport allowed electronic property characterization with the scanning tunneling microscope, demonstrating a narrowing of the film bandgap with increasing thickness which evidenced electron conjugation in the film. These results have advanced our understanding of supramolecular self-assembly at surfaces and how it can impact future technologies from organic-based materials.

  9. Combustion and self-assembly of nanoenergetic materials

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    Malchi, Jonathan Yaniv

    The recent worldwide interest in nanotechnology spans a wide variety of scientific fields such as electronics, biology, materials science and medicine. Because of their extremely small dimensions, nanoparticles demonstrate properties different from matter at larger scales. Understanding these unusual properties and utilizing them for macroscale devices is an overall goal for nanotechnology. Moreover, manipulating these small particles into organized structures is crucial for taking full advantage of what nanotechnology has to offer, however it has proven to be a difficult task. Recent work utilizing electrostatic forces shows great potential for the self-assembly of nanoparticles into organized two-dimensional and three-dimensional structures. Overall, this work examines how nanotechnology and self-assembly can benefit the field of energetic materials. Because of aluminum's high energy density and low cost, it has been used in the field of energetic materials for several decades. In order to achieve sufficient energy release rates, aluminum is typically manufactured as a powder having spherical particles with diameters on the micron scale. It is well-known that decreasing the original particle diameter of a fuel particle will increase the burning time and, thus, energy release rate. Therefore, aluminum particles have recently been made to have diameters on the nanoscale, and shown to be advantageous for several applications. The combustion of nanoaluminum (nAl) in various systems is the primary focus of this study. A progression of experiments is used to analyze the combustion of nAl: (1) a fully heterogeneous flame spread system, (2) a semi-homogeneous sonicated thermite system and (3) a quasi-homogeneous self-assembled thermite system. The flame spread experiment physically separates the nAl from the gaseous oxidizer allowing for a well-understood convective, diffusive, reactive system to be analyzed. Because of the simplicity of the experimental setup, variables

  10. Microwave-assisted click polymerization for the synthesis of Abeta(16-22) cyclic oligomers and their self-assembly into polymorphous aggregates.

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    Elgersma, Ronald C; van Dijk, Maarten; Dechesne, Annemarie C; van Nostrum, Cornelus F; Hennink, Wim E; Rijkers, Dirk T S; Liskamp, Rob M J

    2009-11-01

    We report on the design, synthesis, and structural analysis of cyclic oligomers with an amyloidogenic peptide sequence as the repeating unit to obtain novel self-assembling bionanomaterials. The peptide was derived from the Alzheimer Abeta(16-22) sequence since its strong tendency to form antiparallel beta-sheets ensured the formation of intermolecular hydrogen bridges on which the supramolecular assembly of the individual cyclic oligomers was based. The synthesis of the cyclic oligomers was performed via a microwave-assisted Cu(I)-catalyzed 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of azido-Lys-Leu-Val-Phe-Phe-Ala-Glu-propargyl amide as the monomer. The formation of cyclic oligomers, up to pentamers (35 amino acid residues), was verified by MALDI-TOF analysis and the individual cyclic monomer and dimer could be isolated by HPLC. Gelation behavior and the self-assembly of the linear monomer and the cyclic monomer and dimer were studied by TEM, FTIR and CD. Significant differences were observed in the morphology of the supramolecular aggregates of these three peptides that could be explained by alterations of the hydrogen bond network. PMID:19830304

  11. Self-assembly of [Et,Et]-bacteriochlorophyll cF on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite revealed by scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Möltgen, H; Kleinermanns, K; Jesorka, A; Schaffner, K; Holzwarth, A R

    2002-06-01

    The chlorosomal light-harvesting antennae of green phototrophic bacteria consist of large supramolecular aggregates of bacteriochlorophyll c (BChl c). The supramolecular structure of (3(1)-R/S)-BChl c on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) and molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). On MoS2, we observed single BChl c molecules, dimers or tetramers, depending on the polarity of the solvent. On HOPG, we observed extensive self-assembly of the dimers and tetramers. We propose C=O...H-O...Mg bonding networks for the observed dimer chains, in agreement with former ultraviolet-visible and infrared spectroscopic work. The BChl c moieties in the tetramers are probably linked by four C=O...H-O hydrogen bonds to form a circle and further stabilized by Mg...O-H bondings to underlying BChl c layers. The tetramers form highly ordered, distinct chains and extended two-dimensional networks. We investigated semisynthetic chlorins for comparison by STM but observed that only BChl c self-assembles to well-structured large aggregates on HOPG. The results on the synthetic chlorins support our structure proposition. PMID:12081324

  12. Uses of neutron scattering in supramolecular chemistry

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    Full text: A major thrust in recent chemical research has been the development of supramolecular chemistry 1 - broadly the chemistry of large multicomponent molecular assemblies in which the component structural units are held together by either covalent linkages or by a variety of weaker (non-covalent) interactions that include hydrogen bonding, dipole stacking, π-stacking, van der Waals q forces and favourable hydrophobic interactions. Much of the activity in the area has been motivated by the known behaviour of biological molecules (such as enzymes). Thus molecular assemblies are ubiquitous in natural systems but, with a limited number of exceptions, have only recently been the subject of increasing investigation by chemists. A feature of much of this recent work has been its focus on molecular design for achieving complementarity between single molecule hosts and guests. The use of single crystal neutron diffraction coupled with molecular modelling and a range of other techniques to investigate the nature of individual supramolecular systems will be discussed. By way of example, in one such study the supramolecular array formed by co-crystallisation of 1,2- diaminoethane and benzoic acid has been investigated; the system self-assembles into an unusual layered structure composed of two-dimensional hydrogen bonded networks sandwiched between layers of edge-to-face stacked aromatic systems. The number of hydrogen-bond donors and acceptors is balanced in this structure

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of Stimuli Responsive Block Copolymers, Self-Assembly Behavior and Applications

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    Michael Duane Determan

    2005-12-17

    The central theme of this thesis work is to develop new block copolymer materials for biomedical applications. While there are many reports of stimuli-responsive amphiphilic [19-21] and crosslinked hydrogel materials [22], the development of an in situ gel forming, pH responsive pentablock copolymer is a novel contribution to the field, Figure 1.1 is a sketch of an ABCBA pentablock copolymer. The A blocks are cationic tertiary amine methacrylates blocked to a central Pluronic F127 triblock copolymer. In addition to the prerequisite synthetic and macromolecular characterization of these new materials, the self-assembled supramolecular structures formed by the pentablock were experimentally evaluated. This synthesis and characterization process serves to elucidate the important structure property relationships of these novel materials, The pH and temperature responsive behavior of the pentablock copolymer were explored especially with consideration towards injectable drug delivery applications. Future synthesis work will focus on enhancing and tuning the cell specific targeting of DNA/pentablock copolymer polyplexes. The specific goals of this research are: (1) Develop a synthetic route for gel forming pentablock block copolymers with pH and temperature sensitive properties. Synthesis of these novel copolymers is accomplished with ATRP, yielding low polydispersity and control of the block copolymer architecture. Well defined macromolecular characteristics are required to tailor the phase behavior of these materials. (2) Characterize relationship between the size and shape of pentablock copolymer micelles and gel structure and the pH and temperature of the copolymer solutions with SAXS, SANS and CryoTEM. (3) Evaluate the temperature and pH induced phase separation and macroscopic self-assembly phenomenon of the pentablock copolymer. (4) Utilize the knowledge gained from first three goals to design and formulate drug delivery formulations based on the multi

  14. Topological dynamics in supramolecular rotors.

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    Palma, Carlos-Andres; Björk, Jonas; Rao, Francesco; Kühne, Dirk; Klappenberger, Florian; Barth, Johannes V

    2014-08-13

    Artificial molecular switches, rotors, and machines are set to establish design rules and applications beyond their biological counterparts. Herein we exemplify the role of noncovalent interactions and transient rearrangements in the complex behavior of supramolecular rotors caged in a 2D metal-organic coordination network. Combined scanning tunneling microscopy experiments and molecular dynamics modeling of a supramolecular rotor with respective rotation rates matching with 0.2 kcal mol(-1) (9 meV) precision, identify key steps in collective rotation events and reconfigurations. We notably reveal that stereoisomerization of the chiral trimeric units entails topological isomerization whereas rotation occurs in a topology conserving, two-step asynchronous process. In supramolecular constructs, distinct displacements of subunits occur inducing a markedly lower rotation barrier as compared to synchronous mechanisms of rigid rotors. Moreover, the chemical environment can be instructed to control the system dynamics. Our observations allow for a definition of mechanical cooperativity based on a significant reduction of free energy barriers in supramolecules compared to rigid molecules. PMID:25078022

  15. Self-Assembling Nano-Architectures Created from a Protein Nano-Building Block Using an Intermolecularly Folded Dimeric de Novo Protein.

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    Kobayashi, Naoya; Yanase, Keiichi; Sato, Takaaki; Unzai, Satoru; Hecht, Michael H; Arai, Ryoichi

    2015-09-01

    The design of novel proteins that self-assemble into supramolecular complexes is an important step in the development of synthetic biology and nanotechnology. Recently, we described the three-dimensional structure of WA20, a de novo protein that forms an intermolecularly folded dimeric 4-helix bundle (PDB code 3VJF ). To harness the unusual intertwined structure of WA20 for the self-assembly of supramolecular nanostructures, we created a protein nanobuilding block (PN-Block), called WA20-foldon, by fusing the dimeric structure of WA20 to the trimeric foldon domain of fibritin from bacteriophage T4. The WA20-foldon fusion protein was expressed in the soluble fraction in Escherichia coli, purified, and shown to form several homooligomeric forms. The stable oligomeric forms were further purified and characterized by a range of biophysical techniques. Size exclusion chromatography, multiangle light scattering, analytical ultracentrifugation, and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) analyses indicate that the small (S form), middle (M form), and large (L form) forms of the WA20-foldon oligomers exist as hexamer (6-mer), dodecamer (12-mer), and octadecamer (18-mer), respectively. These findings suggest that the oligomers in multiples of 6-mer are stably formed by fusing the interdigitated dimer of WA20 with the trimer of foldon domain. Pair-distance distribution functions obtained from the Fourier inversion of the SAXS data suggest that the S and M forms have barrel- and tetrahedron-like shapes, respectively. These results demonstrate that the de novo WA20-foldon is an effective building block for the creation of self-assembling artificial nanoarchitectures. PMID:26120734

  16. Self-Assembled Conjugated Polymer Nanometer Scale Devices

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    Wenping Hu; Hiroshi Nakashima; Keiichi Torimitsu; Yunqi Liu; Daoben Zhu

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction Nanometer scale devices, as the next generation devices of electronics, have got a worldwide attention and rapid development recently. Simultaneously, conjugated polymers have been applied in organic electronics successfully because of their outstanding electronic-photonic properties. However, as far as we know few reports have dealt with the fabrication of nanometer scale devices by using conjugated polymers, although the combination of nanometer scale devices and polymers will not only extend conjugated polymers to Nanoelectronics, but also excavate the behaviors of polymer molecules at nano-molecular level, such as the electron transport through polymer molecules. One reason for this case is due to the lack of rigidity for most polymers.It results in the failure to bridge them between electrodes or to stand on substrates, therefore, fails to be characterized by scanning probe microscopy. Another reason is that the non-functionalized end-group of most polymers is impossible to graft on substrates through chemical bonds. Here, we introduce a self-assembled conjugated polymer can be used to fabricate nanodevices by self-assembly. The conjugated polymer is a derivative of poly(p-phenyleneethynylene)s (PPE) with thioacetyl end groups (Fig. 1). In general, it is known that for self-assembling ideal nanojunctions the materials should possess: a) conductivity, b) rigidity (for wiring and bridging between electrodes), and c) connectivity (for covalent attachment to metallic or semiconductor solid surfaces). PPE provides good conductivity owing to its special π-conjugated configuration. It is also believed that in principle PPE molecules possess rigidity because of the presence of the triple bond in their molecules,which prevents the rotation of adjacent phenyl rings with respect to each other.

  17. Self-assembly of cyclo-diphenylalanine peptides in vacuum.

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    Jeon, Joohyun; Shell, M Scott

    2014-06-19

    The diphenylalanine (FF) peptide self-assembles into a variety of nanostructures, including hollow nanotubes that form in aqueous solution with an unusually high degree of hydrophilic surface area. In contrast, diphenylalanine can also be vapor-deposited in vacuum to produce rodlike assemblies that are extremely hydrophobic; in this process FF has been found to dehydrate and cyclize to cyclo-diphenylalanine (cyclo-FF). An earlier study used all-atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to understand the early stages of the self-assembly of linear-FF peptides in solution. Here, we examine the self-assembly of cyclo-FF peptides in vacuum and compare it to these previous results to understand the differences underlying the two cases. Using all-atom replica exchange MD simulations, we consider systems of 50 cyclo-FF peptides and examine free energies along various structural association coordinates. We find that cyclo-FF peptides form ladder-like structures connected by double hydrogen bonds, and that multiple such ladders linearly align in a cooperative manner to form larger-scale, elongated assemblies. Unlike linear-FFs which mainly assemble through the interplay between hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions, the assembly of cyclo-FFs in vacuum is primarily driven by electrostatic interactions along the backbone that induce alignment at long-range, followed by van der Waals interactions between side chains that become important for close-range packing. While both solution and vacuum phase driving forces result in ladder-like structures, the clustering of ladders is opposite: linear-FF peptide ladders form assemblies with side-chains buried inward, while cyclo-FF ladders point outward. PMID:24877752

  18. Buckling Instability of Self-Assembled Colloidal Columns

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    Swan, James W.; Vasquez, Paula A.; Furst, Eric M.

    2014-09-01

    Suspended, slender self-assembled domains of magnetically responsive colloids are observed to buckle in microgravity. Upon cessation of the magnetic field that drives their assembly, these columns expand axially and buckle laterally. This phenomenon resembles the buckling of long beams due to thermal expansion; however, linear stability analysis predicts that the colloidal columns are inherently susceptible to buckling because they are freely suspended in a Newtonian fluid. The dominant buckling wavelength increases linearly with column thickness and is quantitatively described using an elastohydrodynamic model and the suspension thermodynamic equation of state.

  19. Crossbar nanoarchitectonics of the crosslinked self-assembled monolayer

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    Hamoudi, Hicham

    2014-01-01

    A bottom-up approach was devised to build a crossbar device using the crosslinked SAM of the 5,5′-bis (mercaptomethyl)-2,2′-bipyridine-Ni2+ (BPD- Ni2+) on a gold surface. To avoid metal diffusion through the organic film, the author used (i) nanoscale bottom electrodes to reduce the probability of defects on the bottom electrodes and (ii) molecular crosslinked technology to avoid metal diffusion through the SAMs. The properties of the crosslinked self-assembled monolayer were determined by XP...

  20. Purification of ethanol for highly sensitive self-assembly experiments

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Ethanol is the preferred solvent for the formation of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs of thiolates on gold. By applying a thin film sensor system, we could demonstrate that even the best commercial qualities of ethanol contain surface-active contaminants, which can compete with the desired thiolates for surface sites. Here we present that gold nanoparticles deposited onto zeolite X can be used to remove these contaminants by chemisorption. This nanoparticle-impregnated zeolite does not only show high capacities for surface-active contaminants, such as thiols, but can be fully regenerated via a simple pyrolysis protocol.