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  1. Supramolecular assemblies based on glycoconjugated dyes

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    Schmidt, Bettina

    2016-01-01

    Supramolecular assemblies of glycoconjugated dyes can be tailored with properties that make them attractive for use in biomedical applications. For example, when assemblies of glycoconjugated dyes are displaying carbohydrates on their periphery in a polyvalent manner, these assemblies can be used to

  2. Supramolecular Assemblies in Photosynthesis

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    Wrachtrup, J.; Tietz, C.; Jelezko, F.; Gerken, U.; Schuler, S.; Götze, B.; Volkmer, A.

    2002-10-01

    The photosynthetic apparatus contains a wealth of supramolecular assemblies that are optimized for charge and energy transfer. Various techniques have been applied to investigate these functions that rely on the electronic interaction among pigment molecules. In this contribution we will present single-molecule studies of pigment protein complexes. They reveal new information about electronic interactions between chlorophyll molecules in light harvesting complexes.

  3. Self-Assembly of Optical Molecules with Supramolecular Concepts

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    Ken Okamoto

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Fabrication of nano-sized objects is one of the most important issues in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Soft nanomaterials with flexible properties have been given much attention and can be obtained through bottom-up processing from functional molecules, where self-assembly based on supramolecular chemistry and designed assembly have become crucial processes and techniques. Among the various functional molecules, dyes have become important materials in certain areas of nanotechnology and their self-assembling behaviors have been actively researched. In this short review, we briefly introduce recent progress in self-assembly of optical molecules and dyes, based mainly on supramolecular concepts. The introduced examples are classified into four categories: self-assembly of (i low-molecular-weight dyes and (ii polymeric dyes and dye self-assembly (iii in nanoscale architectures and (iv at surfaces.

  4. Orthogonal Functionalization of Ferritin via Supramolecular Re-Assembly

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    Spa, Silvia J.; Bunschoten, Anton; Rood, Marcus T.M.; Peters, R.J.B.; Koster, Abraham J.; Leeuwen, Van F.W.B.

    2015-01-01

    To investigate if the degree of functionalization of ferritin could be controlled using a supramolecular self-assembly process, two photophysical separable batches of ferritin were created by functionalizing ferritin capsids with either Cy3- or Cy5-dye (loading rate of about 50 %). After dis-asse

  5. Supramolecular Assemblies Responsive to Biomolecules toward Biological Applications.

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    Shigemitsu, Hajime; Hamachi, Itaru

    2015-10-01

    Stimuli-responsive supramolecular assemblies consisting of small molecules are attractive functional materials for biological applications such as drug delivery, medical diagnosis, enzyme immobilization, and tissue engineering. By use of their dynamic and reversible properties, many supramolecular assemblies responsive to a variety of biomolecules have been designed and synthesized. This review focuses on promising strategies for the construction of such dynamic supramolecular assemblies and their functions. While studies of biomolecule-responsive supramolecular assemblies have mainly been performed in vitro, it has recently been demonstrated that some of them can work in live cells. Supramolecular assemblies now open up new avenues in chemical biology and biofunctional materials.

  6. Investigation on the Cyanine Dyes Supramolecular Assembly and Chiral Inducement by Fulvic Acid%黄腐酸对菁染料超分子组装及手性调控研究

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    张秀凤; 陈蕾; 杨千帆; 孙晓然; 陈宏博; 杨光; 唐亚林

    2014-01-01

    Using cyanine dyes supramolecular as molecular probes to mark FA has important significance in life sciences and pharmaceutical chemistry ,w hich can detect FA as drug efficacy mechanism and the change in physiological activity .In the pres-ent paper ,we investigated supramolecular assembly and chiral inducement of cyanine dyes template by FA with absorption and circular dichroism (CD) spectra .The result suggests that FA can induce cyanine dyes from J-aggregation to monomer along with different colors change and has strong affinity with cyanine dye monomer .The template of FA not only can translate the chirality of MTC H-aggregation to other two states ,but also induce ETC J-aggregation to molecular rearrangement and form left-handed helix of J-aggregates .Besides ,the association of PTC with FA ,i .e .binding to FA gave rise to the J-aggregation CD signals . Meanwhile ,it was inferred that the meso substituent of cyanine dyes play an important role in the interaction between FA and the J-aggregation:the smaller the meso substituent ,the higher the affinity interacted with FA .Clearly ,the binding abilities be-tween cyanine dyes and FA follow the order of MTC> ETC> PTC .These results support that the cyanine dyes supramolecular aggregates can be used as a kind of excellent molecular probes for specific recognition of FA and achieve the effect of visual in-spection .%利用菁染料超分子作为分子探针对黄腐酸进行标记,检测黄腐酸和药效机制,对于生命科学和药物化学领域的发展具有重要意义。采用紫外-可见吸收光谱和圆二色谱研究黄腐酸作为模板对不同结构菁染料超分子的组装及手性调控。结果表明:黄腐酸能诱导三种菁染料 J-聚集体解聚为单体并伴有体系表观颜色的变化,并与菁染料单体之间具有很高亲和力。黄腐酸作为模板不仅可以诱导M TC形成具有一定手性的H-聚集体,而且能使M TC的 H-聚集体的手性出现两次反

  7. Supramolecular assembly in telechelic polymer blends

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    Elliott, R.; Fredrickson, Glenn H.

    2009-10-01

    Equilibrium, supramolecular assembly in melt blends of two species of telechelic polymers with reversible bonding sites at both ends is theoretically investigated. The bonding between polymers, whether between like or dislike chains, is controlled by affinities of chain bonding set by specified bond energies. Low affinities, or low overall bond strength, results in a monodisperse population of unlinked chains while larger affinities cause longer chains to assemble, forming a polydisperse blend. We investigate sequentially blends with only homobonding (like chain), only heterobonding (dislike chain), and finally a mixed homo- and heterobonding melt. In the first case, the effects of longer chain assembly and polydispersity in a homogeneous melt and its bulk demixing transition are explored. In contrast with the homobonding case, large heterobonding affinities cause alternating blocks to assemble into multiblock copolymers, which can lead to mesophases. The weak bonding region between bulk phase separation and mesophase stability is investigated and a novel Lifshitz point is found indicating a region prone to emulsify. Mixed homo- and heterobonding systems are also examined. Polymeric segments of both species are modeled as flexible Gaussian threads and nonspecific interactions between dissimilar blocks are contactlike Flory-Huggins repulsions. The melts are assumed to be incompressible and all calculations are carried out within mean-field theory. A new integral equation formalism is developed for enumerating all linear species in these complex supramolecular systems, and the random phase approximation and numerical self-consistent field theory are invoked in this context to map out a variety of phase diagrams.

  8. Beyond molecules: mesoporous supramolecular frameworks self-assembled from coordination cages and inorganic anions.

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    Luo, Dong; Zhou, Xiao-Ping; Li, Dan

    2015-05-18

    Biological function arises by the assembly of individual biomolecular modules into large aggregations or highly complex architectures. A similar strategy is adopted in supramolecular chemistry to assemble complex and highly ordered structures with advanced functions from simple components. Here we report a series of diamond-like supramolecular frameworks featuring mesoporous cavities, which are assembled from metal-imidazolate coordination cages and various anions. Small components (metal ions, amines, aldehydes, and anions) are assembled into the hierarchical complex structures through multiple interactions including covalent bonds, dative bonds, and weak C-H⋅⋅⋅X (X=O, F, and π) hydrogen bonds. The mesoporous cavities are large enough to trap organic dye molecules, coordination cages, and vitamin B12. The study is expected to inspire new types of crystalline supramolecular framework materials based on coordination motifs and inorganic ions. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. The use of supramolecular chemistry in dye delivery systems

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    Merckel, D A S

    2002-01-01

    This thesis reports an investigation into supramolecular recognition of the sulfate/ sulfonate oxoanionic group, a moiety present in the majority of reactive dyes. In the first section the problems associated with the use of reactive dyes in dyeing cotton fabrics together with a literature review of supramolecular approaches to anion recognition are discussed. Drawing on the current literature concerning anion recognition (in particular the recognition of phosphates), the main body of the thesis concerns the design and synthesis of several series ofC-shaped (tweezer) and tripodal potential sulfate/ sulfonate receptors. These receptors incorporate the H-bond donor groups guanidine and thiourea and to a lesser extent urea and amide functionalities. In addition the behaviour of potential tweezer-like receptor molecules based on s-triazine (derived from cyanuric chloride) has also been investigated. The sulfate/ sulfonate and related phosphonate association properties of these potential receptors have been studie...

  10. 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...

  11. 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).

  12. Supramolecular Assembly of Complementary Cyanine Salt J-Aggregates

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    Li, Zhong’an

    2015-09-09

    An understanding of structure–property relationships in cyanine dyes is critical for their design and application. Anionic and cationic cyanines can be organized into complementary cyanine salts, offering potential building blocks to modulate their intra/intermolecular interactions in the solid state. Here, we demonstrate how the structures of these complementary salts can be tuned to achieve highly ordered J-type supramolecular aggregate structures of heptamethine dyes in crystalline solids.

  13. Supramolecular Assembly of Complementary Cyanine Salt J-Aggregates.

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    Li, Zhong'an; Mukhopadhyay, Sukrit; Jang, Sei-Hum; Brédas, Jean-Luc; Jen, Alex K-Y

    2015-09-23

    An understanding of structure-property relationships in cyanine dyes is critical for their design and application. Anionic and cationic cyanines can be organized into complementary cyanine salts, offering potential building blocks to modulate their intra/intermolecular interactions in the solid state. Here, we demonstrate how the structures of these complementary salts can be tuned to achieve highly ordered J-type supramolecular aggregate structures of heptamethine dyes in crystalline solids.

  14. Layer-by-layer fabrication of supramolecular dyes on TiO2 surfaces for optoelectronic applications

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    Kong, Xiaoqing; Maguire, Shawn; Lye, Diane; Weck, Marcus; Lee, Stephanie

    We present a modular layer-by-layer approach based on metal coordination chemistry to assemble supramolecular dyes exhibiting increased absorption in the visible range on electrode surfaces. Specifically, palladiated bis-pincer complexes (Pd-BPCs) were employed as linkers between pyridyl-terminated organic molecules via dative bonding. By alternately immersing mesoporous TiO2-coated glass substrates in solutions containing dissolved zinc porphyin (ZnP) and Pd-BPCs, supramolecular dyes were assembled layer-by-layer on the TiO2 surfaces. UV-visible absorption spectra of these assembled structures revealed a linear increase in the Soret and Q bands of ZnP after each immersion of the substrate in the ZnP solution. Coordination of the ZnP layers with Pd-BPC resulted in a slight red shift (organic molecules in specific layers of the supramolecular assemblies. By assembling unique organic dyes that absorb different wavelengths of light, we expect to expand light absorption across the visible region of the solar spectrum for solar cell applications.

  15. Gold Nanoparticle Assemblies through Hydrogen-Bonded Supramolecular Mediators

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    Kinge, Sachin S.; Crego-Calama, Mercedes; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2007-01-01

    The synthesis of spherical gold nanoparticle assemblies with multicomponent double rosette molecular boxes as mediators is presented. These nine-component hydrogen-bonded supramolecular structures held together by 36 hydrogen bonds induce gold nanoparticle assembly. The morphologies of the nanoparti

  16. Reversible Guest Exchange Mechanisms in Supramolecular Host-GuestAssemblies

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    Pluth, Michael D.; Raymond, Kenneth N.

    2006-09-01

    Synthetic chemists have provided a wide array of supramolecular assemblies able to encapsulate guest molecules. The scope of this tutorial review focuses on supramolecular host molecules capable of reversibly encapsulating polyatomic guests. Much work has been done to determine the mechanism of guest encapsulation and guest release. This review covers common methods of monitoring and characterizing guest exchange such as NMR, UV-VIS, mass spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and calorimetry and also presents representative examples of guest exchange mechanisms. The guest exchange mechanisms of hemicarcerands, cucurbiturils, hydrogen-bonded assemblies, and metal-ligand assemblies are discussed. Special attention is given to systems which exhibit constrictive binding, a motif common in supramolecular guest exchange systems.

  17. Design and assembly of supramolecular dual-modality nanoprobes

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    Liu, Shuang; Zhang, Pengcheng; Ray Banerjee, Sangeeta; Xu, Jiadi; Pomper, Martin G.; Cui, Honggang

    2015-05-01

    We report the design and synthesis of self-assembling dual-modality molecular probes containing both a fluorophore for optical imaging and a metal ion chelator for imaging with MRI or radionuclide methods. These molecular probes can spontaneously associate into spherical nanoparticles under physiological conditions. We demonstrate the use of these supramolecular nanoprobes for live-cell optical imaging, as well as their potential use as MRI contrast agents after complexation with gadolinium. Our results suggest that self-assembly into supramolecular nanoprobes presents an effective means to enhance and tune the relaxivities of molecular probes.We report the design and synthesis of self-assembling dual-modality molecular probes containing both a fluorophore for optical imaging and a metal ion chelator for imaging with MRI or radionuclide methods. These molecular probes can spontaneously associate into spherical nanoparticles under physiological conditions. We demonstrate the use of these supramolecular nanoprobes for live-cell optical imaging, as well as their potential use as MRI contrast agents after complexation with gadolinium. Our results suggest that self-assembly into supramolecular nanoprobes presents an effective means to enhance and tune the relaxivities of molecular probes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental methods, materials, synthesis schemes, sample characterization, fluorescence measurements, cellular uptake and MRI experimental details. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr01518a

  18. Molecular Recognition Directed Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Polymers

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    1994-06-30

    demonstrated that various substituted gallic acid derivatives can be used to constmict exo-receptors with a tapered shape. "Tihis paper will review...understood self-assembled biological system [3ab.5]. Therefore, we believe it provides an ideal model to be used for the understanding of the principles...governing the self-assembly of synthetic supraimolecular architectures. Synthetic Strategy Used In The Design Of TMV-Like Supramolecular Architectures fl

  19. Accurate length control of supramolecular oligomerization: Vernier assemblies.

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    Hunter, Christopher A; Tomas, Salvador

    2006-07-12

    Linear oligomeric supramolecular assemblies of defined length have been generated using the Vernier principle. Two molecules, containing a different number (n and m) of mutually complementary binding sites, separated by the same distance, interact with each other to form an assembly of length (n x m). The assembly grows in the same way as simple supramolecular polymers, but at a molecular stop signal, when the binding sites come into register, the assembly terminates giving an oligomer of defined length. This strategy has been realized using tin and zinc porphyrin oligomers as the molecular building blocks. In the presence of isonicotinic acid, a zinc porphyrin trimer and a tin porphyrin dimer form a 3:4 triple stranded Vernier assembly six porphyrins long. The triple strand Vernier architecture introduced here adds an additional level of cooperativity, yielding a stability and selectivity that cannot be achieved via a simple Vernier approach. The assembly properties of the system were characterized using fluorescence titrations and size-exclusion chromatography (SEC). Assembly of the Vernier complex is efficient at micromolar concentrations in nonpolar solvents, and under more competitive conditions, a variety of fragmentation assemblies can be detected, allowing determination of the stability constants for this system and detailed speciation profiles to be constructed.

  20. Synthesis, characterization and applications of ionic supramolecular assemblies

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    Lin, Xinrong

    Supramolecular ionic assemblies not only provide alternatives to conventional polymers, but also introduce unique and interesting functions for the design of "smart" polymeric assemblies for use in a number of fields due to their programmable and reversible properties. Research in the area has led to an understanding of the connection between molecular contributions and macroscopic properties, as well as a range of applications from material processing/manufacuturing to energy transfer and storage. To this end, we have developed a library of charged building blocks based on ionic liquids to create functional supramolecular ionic assemblies. The polymeric ionic assemblies prepared from a di-phosphonium and poly (acrylic acid) were first studied and found to have the potential to be utilized as "smart" materials due to their ability to reversibly respond to stimuli such as temperature and pressure. With the interest of elucidating the molecular contributions to the bulk macroscopic material properties, six supramolecular assemblies were sequentially characterized in terms of thermal, rheological and X-ray studies. The effect of side alkyl chain was found to dramatically change the material properties. A second type of supramolecular assembly was investigated based on a poly-phosphonium ionic liquid, which was complexed with a number of carboxylic acids. The material properties were easily manipulated from a sticky fiber to a brittle solid by changing the composition of the carboxylic acid. A crosslinked supramolecular assembly combining ionic interactions and weak covalent bonds, specifically disulfide bonds, was next designed and characterized. The network properties could be switched between "on and off" using mild conditions. The polymeric ionic networks and their building block ionic liquids are also of interest as safe electrolytes in energy storage devices due to their non-flammability, non-volatility, etc. We have identified one ionic liquid with superior

  1. Smart stimuli-responsive spherical nanostructures constructed from supramolecular metallodendrimers via hierarchical self-assembly.

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    Chen, Li-Jun; Zhao, Guang-Zhen; Jiang, Bo; Sun, Bin; Wang, Ming; Xu, Lin; He, Jiuming; Abliz, Zeper; Tan, Hongwei; Li, Xiaopeng; Yang, Hai-Bo

    2014-04-23

    In this article, we present the design and construction of a series of supramolecular poly(benzyl ether) metallodendrimers featuring a well-defined hexagonal metallacycle at their cores via coordination-driven self-assembly. It was found that the second generation metallodendrimer 3c was able to hierarchically self-assemble into the regular vesicle-like structures. These nanoscale vesicles were monodisperse in shape and relatively monodisperse in size as detected in SEM, TEM, AFM, and DLS experiments. Notably, this kind of hierarchically formed vesicle-like nanostructure adopted a discrete metallacycle as the main skeleton, which is obviously different from many previous reports of nanoscale spherical architectures. Moreover, such supramolecular vesicle-like structures could encapsulate some fluorescent molecules, like BODIPY and SRB, etc. By taking advantage of the dynamic nature of metal-ligand bonds, the disassembly and reassembly of the hexagonal cavity core could be reversibly controlled by the addition and removal of bromide ions, resulting in the transition from the vesicles to micelles. Thus, the controlled release of fluorescence dye was successfully realized by the halide-induced vesicles-micelles transition. These findings not only enrich the library of supramolecular metallodenrimers but also provide a new avenue to the construction of novel "smart" nanomaterials, which have potential application in functional molecules delivery and release.

  2. Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Composites under Cylindrical Confinement

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    Bai, Peter; Thorkelsson, Kari; Ercius, Peter; Xu, Ting

    2014-03-01

    Block copolymer (BCP) or BCP-based supramolecules are useful platforms to direct nanoparticle (NP) assemblies. However, the variety of NP assemblies is rather limited in comparison to those shown by DNA-guided approach. By subjecting supramolecular nanocomposites to 2-D cylindrical confinement afforded by anodic aluminum oxide membranes, a range of new NP assemblies such as stacked rings, and single and double helices can be readily obtained, as confirmed by TEM and TEM tomography. At low NP loadings (3 v%), the nanostructure conforms to the supramolecule morphology. However, at higher NP loadings (6-9 v%), the nanostructure deviates significantly from the morphology of supramolecular nanocomposites in bulk or in thin film, suggesting that frustrated NP packing, in addition to simple supramolecule templating, may play a significant role in the self-assembly process. The present studies demonstrate that 2-D confinement can be an effective means to tailor self-assembled NP structures and may open further opportunities to manipulate the macroscopic properties of NP assemblies.

  3. Proteins evolve on the edge of supramolecular self-assembly

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    Garcia-Seisdedos, Hector; Empereur-Mot, Charly; Elad, Nadav; Levy, Emmanuel D.

    2017-08-01

    The self-association of proteins into symmetric complexes is ubiquitous in all kingdoms of life. Symmetric complexes possess unique geometric and functional properties, but their internal symmetry can pose a risk. In sickle-cell disease, the symmetry of haemoglobin exacerbates the effect of a mutation, triggering assembly into harmful fibrils. Here we examine the universality of this mechanism and its relation to protein structure geometry. We introduced point mutations solely designed to increase surface hydrophobicity among 12 distinct symmetric complexes from Escherichia coli. Notably, all responded by forming supramolecular assemblies in vitro, as well as in vivo upon heterologous expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Remarkably, in four cases, micrometre-long fibrils formed in vivo in response to a single point mutation. Biophysical measurements and electron microscopy revealed that mutants self-assembled in their folded states and so were not amyloid-like. Structural examination of 73 mutants identified supramolecular assembly hot spots predictable by geometry. A subsequent structural analysis of 7,471 symmetric complexes showed that geometric hot spots were buffered chemically by hydrophilic residues, suggesting a mechanism preventing mis-assembly of these regions. Thus, point mutations can frequently trigger folded proteins to self-assemble into higher-order structures. This potential is counterbalanced by negative selection and can be exploited to design nanomaterials in living cells.

  4. Molecular assemblies of perylene bisimide dyes in water.

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    Görl, Daniel; Zhang, Xin; Würthner, Frank

    2012-06-25

    Perylene bisimides are among the most valuable functional dyes and have numerous potential applications. As a result of their chemical robustness, photostability, and outstanding optical and electronic properties, these dyes have been applied as pigments, fluorescence sensors, and n-semiconductors in organic electronics and photovoltaics. Moreover, the extended quadrupolar π system of this class of dyes has facilitated the construction of numerous supramolecular architectures with fascinating photophysical properties. However, the supramolecular approach to the formation of perylene bisimide aggregates has been restricted mostly to organic media. Pleasingly, considerable progress has been made in the last few years in developing water-soluble perylene bisimides and their application in aqueous media. This Review provides an up-to-date overview on the self-assembly of perylene bisimides through π-π interactions in aqueous media. Synthetic strategies for the preparation of water-soluble perylene bisimides and the influence of water on the π-π stacking of perylene bisimides as well as the resulting applications are discussed.

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

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    Cassimiro, Douglas L.; Kobelnik, Marcelo [Institute of Chemistry, Paulista State University, Av. Prof. Francisco Degni, s/n, 14800-900 Araraquara, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Ribeiro, Clovis A., E-mail: ribeiroc@iq.unesp.br [Institute of Chemistry, Paulista State University, Av. Prof. Francisco Degni, s/n, 14800-900 Araraquara, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Crespi, Marisa S.; Boralle, Nivaldo [Institute of Chemistry, Paulista State University, Av. Prof. Francisco Degni, s/n, 14800-900 Araraquara, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    2012-02-10

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The thermal behavior of flunixin-meglumine, a potent NSAID, was investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This supramolecular adduct self-assembled resulting in a polymer-like material. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The supramolecular polymer showed a high molecular weight around 290 {+-} 88 MDa. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer NMR and FT-IR showed that hydrogen bonding can be responsible for the self-assembly. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 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 Degree-Sign 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.

  6. Small molecule-guided thermoresponsive supramolecular assemblies

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    Rancatore, Benjamin J.

    2012-10-23

    Small organic molecules with strong intermolecular interactions have a wide range of desirable optical and electronic properties and rich phase behaviors. Incorporating them into block copolymer (BCP)-based supramolecules opens new routes to generate functional responsive materials. Using oligothiophene- containing supramolecules, we present systematic studies of critical thermodynamic parameters and kinetic pathway that govern the coassemblies of BCP and strongly interacting small molecules. A number of potentially useful morphologies for optoelectronic materials, including a nanoscopic network of oligothiophene and nanoscopic crystalline lamellae, were obtained by varying the assembly pathway. Hierarchical coassemblies of oligothiophene and BCP, rather than macrophase separation, can be obtained. Crystallization of the oligothiophene not only induces chain stretching of the BCP block the oligothiophene is hydrogen bonded to but also changes the conformation of the other BCP coil block. This leads to an over 70% change in the BCP periodicity (e.g., from 31 to 53 nm) as the oligothiophene changes from a melt to a crystalline state, which provides access to a large BCP periodicity using fairly low molecular weight BCP. The present studies have demonstrated the experimental feasibility of generating thermoresponsive materials that convert heat into mechanical energy. Incorporating strongly interacting small molecules into BCP supramolecules effectively increases the BCP periodicity and may also open new opportunities to tailor their optical properties without the need for high molecular weight BCP. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  7. Phthalocyanine-Carbon Nanostructure Materials Assembled through Supramolecular Interactions.

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    Bottari, Giovanni; Suanzes, Juan A; Trukhina, Olga; Torres, Tomas

    2011-04-21

    The use of self-assembly for the construction of materials based on phthalocyanines and carbon nanostructures-fullerenes, single-walled carbon nanotubes, and graphene-has demonstrated to be a versatile strategy for the preparation of novel, multifunctional systems. Photophysical studies carried out on these photo- and electroactive supramolecular ensembles have revealed the occurrence of an efficient photoinduced electron-transfer process, thus paving the way for the utilization of these materials as active components in optoelectronic devices. This Perspective highlights the recent progress in the preparation of such materials and the potential use of these systems for the construction of nanostructured materials with singular physicochemical properties.

  8. 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

  9. Supramolecular hair dyes: a new application of cocrystallization

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    Delori, Amit; Urquhart, Andrew; Oswald, Iain D. H.

    2016-01-01

    The manuscript presents the first report of hair dyes of various colors formed by cocrystallization. Unlike the most popular oxidative hair dye (OHD) products, these dyes are NH3 free and do not require H2O2 as a color developer. The importance of these new hair dyes products is further enhanced...

  10. Supramolecular inclusion complexes between a coumarin dye and β-cyclodextrin, and attachment kinetics of thiolated β-cyclodextrin to gold surface

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    Velic, Dusan; Knapp, Martin; Köhler, Gottfried

    2001-10-01

    Supramolecular host-guest complexes formed between dye molecules, which are absorbing and fluorescing in the visible range, and cyclodextrin molecules are studied with the aim to generate a self-assembled nanostructured layer on a surface. Studies in solution show that an aminocoumarin dye, i.e. coumarin-6, binds strongly to β-cyclodextrin and yields fluorescent structures. The complex formation is substantiated by 17 nm blue shift of the fluorescence spectrum. The binding of thiolated cyclodextrin, 6-monodeoxy-6-monothio-β-cyclodextrin, to gold surface is then studied by induced change in the second-harmonic signal intensity generated from the surface. The saturation times of surface adsorption, as a measure of binding kinetics, are estimated for thiolated cyclodextrin as well as hexadecanethiol. The results support formation of self-assembled layers of the host molecules, which can serve as basis for the formation of supramolecular host-guest surface layers.

  11. Self-assembly of supramolecularly engineered polymers and their biomedical applications.

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    Wang, Dali; Tong, Gangsheng; Dong, Ruijiao; Zhou, Yongfeng; Shen, Jian; Zhu, Xinyuan

    2014-10-18

    Noncovalent interactions provide a flexible method of engineering various chemical entities with tailored properties. Specific noncovalent interactions between functionalized small molecules, macromolecules or both of them bearing complementary binding sites can be used to engineer supramolecular complexes that display unique structure and properties of polymers, which can be defined as supramolecularly engineered polymers. Due to their dynamic tunable structures and interesting physical/chemical properties, supramolecularly engineered polymers have recently received more and more attention from both academia and industry. In this feature article, we summarize the recent progress in the self-assembly of supramolecularly engineered polymers as well as their biomedical applications. In view of different molecular building units, the supramolecularly engineered polymers can be classified into the following three major types: supramolecularly engineered polymers built by small molecules, supramolecularly engineered polymers built by small molecules and macromolecules, and supramolecularly engineered polymers built by macromolecules, which possess distinct morphologies, definite architectures and specific functions. Owing to the reversible nature of the noncovalent interactions, the supramolecularly engineered polymers have exhibited unique features or advantages in molecular self-assembly, for example, facile preparation and functionalization, controllable morphologies and structures, dynamic self-assembly processes, adjustable performance, and so on. Furthermore, the self-assembled supramolecular structures hold great potential as promising candidates in various biomedical fields, including bioimaging, drug delivery, gene transfection, protein delivery, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Such developments in the self-assembly of supramolecularly engineered polymers and their biomedical applications greatly promote the interdiscipline research among

  12. Self-assembly of a supramolecular hexagram and a supramolecular pentagram

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    Jiang, Zhilong; Li, Yiming; Wang, Ming; Song, Bo; Wang, Kun; Sun, Mingyu; Liu, Die; Li, Xiaohong; Yuan, Jie; Chen, Mingzhao; Guo, Yuan; Yang, Xiaoyu; Zhang, Tong; Moorefield, Charles N.; Newkome, George R.; Xu, Bingqian; Li, Xiaopeng; Wang, Pingshan

    2017-05-01

    Five- and six-pointed star structures occur frequently in nature as flowers, snow-flakes, leaves and so on. These star-shaped patterns are also frequently used in both functional and artistic man-made architectures. Here following a stepwise synthesis and self-assembly approach, pentagonal and hexagonal metallosupramolecules possessing star-shaped motifs were prepared based on the careful design of metallo-organic ligands (MOLs). In the MOL design and preparation, robust ruthenium-terpyridyl complexes were employed to construct brominated metallo-organic intermediates, followed by a Suzuki coupling reaction to achieve the required ensemble. Ligand LA (VRu2+X, V=bisterpyridine, X=tetraterpyridine, Ru=Ruthenium) was initially used for the self-assembly of an anticipated hexagram upon reaction with Cd2+ or Fe2+ however, unexpected pentagonal structures were formed, that is, [Cd5LA5]30+ and [Fe5LA5]30+. In our redesign, LB [V(Ru2+X)2] was synthesized and treated with 60° V-shaped bisterpyridine (V) and Cd2+ to create hexagonal hexagram [Cd12V3LB3]36+ along with traces of the triangle [Cd3V3]6+. Finally, a pure supramolecular hexagram [Fe12V3LB3]36+ was successfully isolated in a high yield using Fe2+ with a higher assembly temperature.

  13. From micelle supramolecular assemblies in selective solvents to isoporous membranes.

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    Nunes, Suzana P; Karunakaran, Madhavan; Pradeep, Neelakanda; Behzad, Ali Reza; Hooghan, Bobby; Sougrat, Rachid; He, Haoze; Peinemann, Klaus-Viktor

    2011-08-16

    The supramolecular assembly of PS-b-P4VP copolymer micelles induced by selective solvent mixtures was used to manufacture isoporous membranes. Micelle order in solution was confirmed by cryo-scanning electron microscopy in casting solutions, leading to ordered pore morphology. When dioxane, a solvent that interacts poorly with the micelle corona, was added to the solution, polymer-polymer segment contact was preferential, increasing the intermicelle contact. Immersion in water gave rise to asymmetric porous membranes with exceptional pore uniformity and high porosity. The introduction of a small number of carbon nanotubes to the casting solution improved the membrane stability and the reversibility of the gate response in the presence of different pH values.

  14. From micelle supramolecular assemblies in selective solvents to isoporous membranes

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    Nunes, Suzana Pereira

    2011-08-16

    The supramolecular assembly of PS-b-P4VP copolymer micelles induced by selective solvent mixtures was used to manufacture isoporous membranes. Micelle order in solution was confirmed by cryo-scanning electron microscopy in casting solutions, leading to ordered pore morphology. When dioxane, a solvent that interacts poorly with the micelle corona, was added to the solution, polymer-polymer segment contact was preferential, increasing the intermicelle contact. Immersion in water gave rise to asymmetric porous membranes with exceptional pore uniformity and high porosity. The introduction of a small number of carbon nanotubes to the casting solution improved the membrane stability and the reversibility of the gate response in the presence of different pH values. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  15. Physical mechanisms and biological significance of supramolecular protein self-assembly.

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    Kentsis, Alex; Borden, Katherine L B

    2004-04-01

    In living cells, chemical reactions of metabolism, information processing, growth and development are organized in a complex network of interactions. At least in part, the organization of this network is accomplished as a result of physical assembly by supramolecular scaffolds. Indeed, most proteins function in cells within the context of multimeric or supramolecular assemblies. With the increasing availability of atomic structures and molecular thermodynamics, it is possible to recast the problem of non-covalent molecular self-assembly from a unified perspective of structural thermodynamics and kinetics. Here, we present a generalized theory of self-assembly based on Wegner's kinetic model and use it to delineate three physical mechanisms of self-assembly: as limited by association of assembly units (nucleation), by association of monomers (isodesmic), and by conformational reorganization of monomers that is coupled to assembly (conformational). Thus, we discuss actin, tubulin, clathrin, and the capsid of icosahedral cowpea chlorotic mottle virus with respect to assembly of architectural scaffolds that perform largely mechanical functions, and pyruvate dehydrogenase, and RING domain proteins PML, arenaviral Z, and BRCA1:BARD1 with regard to assembly of supramolecular enzymes with metabolic and chemically directive functions. In addition to the biological functions made possible by supramolecular self-assembly, such as mesoscale mechanics of architectural scaffolds and metabolic coupling of supramolecular enzymes, we show that the physical mechanisms of self-assembly and their structural bases are biologically significant as well, having regulatory roles in both formation and function of the assembled structures in health and disease.

  16. Supramolecular Layer-by-Layer Assembly: Alternating Adsorptions of Guest- and Host-Functionalized Molecules and Particles Using Multivalent Supramolecular Interactions

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    Crespo-Biel, Olga; Dordi, Barbara; Reinhoudt, David N.; Huskens, Jurriaan

    2005-01-01

    The stepwise construction of a novel kind of self-assembled organic/inorganic multilayers based on multivalent supramolecular interactions between guest-functionalized dendrimers and host-modified gold nanoparticles has been developed, yielding supramolecular layer-by-layer assembly. The deposition

  17. Supramolecular Dimerization and [2 + 2] Photocycloaddition Reactions of Crown Ether Styryl Dyes Containing a Tethered Ammonium Group: Structure-Property Relationships.

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    Ushakov, Evgeny N; Vedernikov, Artem I; Lobova, Natalia A; Dmitrieva, Svetlana N; Kuz'mina, Lyudmila G; Moiseeva, Anna A; Howard, Judith A K; Alfimov, Michael V; Gromov, Sergey P

    2015-12-31

    Molecular self-assembly is an effective strategy for controlling the [2 + 2] photocycloaddition reaction of olefins. The geometrical properties of supramolecular assemblies are proven to have a critical effect on the efficiency and selectivity of this photoreaction both in the solid state and in solution, but the role of other factors remains poorly understood. Convenient supramolecular systems to study the structure-property relationships are pseudocyclic dimers spontaneously formed by styryl dyes containing a crown ether moiety and a remote ammonium group. New dyes of this type were synthesized to investigate the effects of structural and electronic factors on the quantitative characteristics of supramolecular dimerization and [2 + 2] photocycloaddition in solution. Variable structural parameters for the styryl dyes were the size and structure of macrocyclic moiety, the nature of heteroaromatic residue, and the length of the ammonioalkyl group attached to this residue. Quantum chemical calculations of the pseudocyclic dimers were performed in order to interpret the relationships between the structure of the ammonium dyes and the efficiency of the supramolecular photoreaction. One of the dimeric complexes was obtained in the crystalline state and studied by X-ray diffraction. The results obtained demonstrate that the photocycloaddition in the pseudocyclic dimers can be dramatically affected by the electronic structure of the styryl moieties, as dependent on the electron-donating ability of the substituents on the benzene ring, and by the conformational flexibility of the pseudocycle, which determines the mobility of the olefinic bonds. The significance of electronic factors is highlighted by the fact that the photocycloaddition quantum yield in geometrically similar dimeric structures varies from ≤10(-4) to 0.38. The latter value is unusually high for olefins in solution.

  18. Supramolecular Surface Photochemistry: Cascade Energy Transfer between Encapsulated Dyes Aligned on a Clay Nanosheet Surface.

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    Tsukamoto, Takamasa; Ramasamy, Elamparuthi; Shimada, Tetsuya; Takagi, Shinsuke; Ramamurthy, V

    2016-03-29

    Three coumarin derivatives (7-propoxy coumarin, coumarin-480, and coumarin-540a, 2, 3, and 4, respectively) having different absorption and emission spectra were encapsulated within a water-soluble organic capsule formed by the two positively charged ammonium-functionalized cavitand octaamine (OAm, 1). Guests 2, 3, and 4 absorb in ultraviolet, violet, and blue regions and emit in violet, blue, and green regions, respectively. Energy transfer between the above three coumarin@(OAm)2 complexes assembled on the surface of a saponite clay nanosheet was investigated by steady-state and time-resolved emission techniques. Judging from their emission and excitation spectra, we concluded that the singlet-singlet energy transfer proceeded from 2 to 3, from 2 to 4, and from 3 to 4 when OAm-encapsulated 2, 3, and 4 were aligned on a clay surface as two-component systems. Under such conditions, the energy transfer efficiencies for the paths 2* to 3, 2* to 4, and 3* to 4 were calculated to be 33, 36, and 50% in two-component systems. When all three coumarins were assembled on the surface and 2 was excited, the energy transfer efficiencies for the paths 2* to 3, 2* to 4, and 3* to 4 were estimated to be 32, 34, and 33%. A comparison of energy transfer efficiencies of the two-component and three-component systems revealed that excitation of 2 leads to emission from 4. Successful merging of supramolecular chemistry and surface chemistry by demonstrating novel multi-step energy transfer in a three-component dye encapsulated system on a clay surface opens up newer opportunities for exploring such systems in an artificial light-harvesting phenomenon.

  19. Incorporating bacteria as a living component in supramolecular self-assembled monolayers through dynamic nanoscale interactions

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    Sankaran, Shrikrishnan; Kiren, Mustafa Can; Jonkheijm, Pascal

    2015-01-01

    Supramolecular assemblies, formed through noncovalent interactions, has become particularly attractive to develop dynamic and responsive architectures to address living systems at the nanoscale. Cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]), a pumpkin shaped macrocylic host molecule, has been successfully used to constru

  20. Self-Assembled PDINH Supramolecular System for Photocatalysis under Visible Light.

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    Liu, Di; Wang, Jun; Bai, Xiaojuan; Zong, Ruilong; Zhu, Yongfa

    2016-09-01

    A self-assembled perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic diimide(PDINH) supramolecular system consisting of all-organic PDINH molecule building blocks through non-covalent interactions works as a visible light photocatalyst with high activity.

  1. Incorporating bacteria as a living component in supramolecular self-assembled monolayers through dynamic nanoscale interactions

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    Sankaran, S.; Kiren, Mustafa Can; Jonkheijm, Pascal

    2015-01-01

    Supramolecular assemblies, formed through noncovalent interactions, has become particularly attractive to develop dynamic and responsive architectures to address living systems at the nanoscale. Cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]), a pumpkin shaped macrocylic host molecule, has been successfully used to

  2. Progress in non-viral gene delivery systems fabricated via supramolecular assembly

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    WANG Youxiang; SHEN Jiacong

    2005-01-01

    Gene delivery systems are one of key issues that limit the development of gene therapy. The novel non-viral gene delivery systems fabricated via supramolecular assembly have begun to show increasing promising and applications in gene therapy due to its suitable nanometric size, controllable structure and excellent biocompatibility. In this review, the fundamental and recent progress of non-viral gene supramolecular assembly is reviewed. Artificial viruses--the future direction of non-viral gene delivery systems are also described.

  3. Transuranic Hybrid Materials: Crystallographic and Computational Metrics of Supramolecular Assembly

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    Surbella, Robert G. [Department; Ducati, Lucas C. [Department; Pellegrini, Kristi L. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 902 Battelle Boulevard, Richland, Washington 99354, United States; McNamara, Bruce K. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 902 Battelle Boulevard, Richland, Washington 99354, United States; Autschbach, Jochen [Department; Schwantes, Jon M. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 902 Battelle Boulevard, Richland, Washington 99354, United States; Cahill, Christopher L. [Department

    2017-07-26

    A family of twelve supramolecular [AnO2Cl4]2- (An = U, Np, Pu) containing compounds assembled via hydrogen and halogen bonds donated by substituted 4-X-pyridinium cations (X = H, Cl, Br, I) is reported. These materials were prepared from a room-temperature synthesis wherein crystallization of unhydrolyzed and valence pure [An(VI)O2Cl4]2- (An = U, Np, Pu) tectons are the norm. We present a hierarchy of assembly criteria based on crystallographic observations, and subsequently quantify the strengths of the non-covalent interactions using Kohn-Sham density functional calculations. We provide, for the first time, a detailed description of the electrostatic potentials (ESPs) of the actinyl tetrahalide dianions and reconcile crystallographically observed structural motifs and non-covalent interaction (NCI) acceptor-donor pairings. Our findings indicate that the average electrostatic potential across the halogen ligands (the acceptors) changes by only ~2 kJ mol-1 across the AnO22+ series, indicating the magnitude of the potential is independent of the metal center. The role of the cation is therefore critical in directing structural motifs and dictating the resulting hydrogen and halogen bond strengths, the former being stronger due to the positive charge centralized on the pyridyl nitrogen N-H+. Subsequent analyses using the Quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) and natural bond orbital (NBO) approaches support this conclusion and highlight the structure directing role of the cations. Whereas one can infer that the 2 Columbic attraction is the driver for assembly, the contribution of the non-covalent interaction is to direct the molecular-level arrangement (or disposition) of the tectons.

  4. Supramolecular Lego assembly towards three-dimensional multi-responsive hydrogels.

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    Ma, Chunxin; Li, Tiefeng; Zhao, Qian; Yang, Xuxu; Wu, Jingjun; Luo, Yingwu; Xie, Tao

    2014-08-27

    Inspired by the assembly of Lego toys, hydrogel building blocks with heterogeneous responsiveness are assembled utilizing macroscopic supramolecular recognition as the adhesion force. The Lego hydrogel provides 3D transformation upon pH variation. After disassembly of the building blocks by changing the oxidation state, they can be re-assembled into a completely new shape.

  5. 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.

  6. Star-shaped tetrathiafulvalene oligomers towards the construction of conducting supramolecular assembly

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    Hasegawa, Masashi

    2015-01-01

    Summary The construction of redox-active supramolecular assemblies based on star-shaped and radially expanded tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) oligomers with divergent and extended conjugation is summarized. Star-shaped TTF oligomers easily self-aggregate with a nanophase separation to produce supramolecular structures, and their TTF units stack face-to-face to form columnar structures using the fastener effect. Based on redox-active self-organizing supramolecular structures, conducting nanoobjects are constructed by doping of TTF oligomers with oxidants after the formation of such nanostructures. Although radical cations derived from TTF oligomers strongly interact in solution to produce a mixed-valence dimer and π-dimer, it seems to be difficult to produce nanoobjects of radical cations different from those of neutral TTF oligomers. In some cases, however, radical cations form nanostructured fibers and rods by controlling the supramolecular assembly, oxidation states, and counter anions employed. PMID:26664579

  7. Control over differentiation of a metastable supramolecular assembly in one and two dimensions

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    Fukui, Tomoya; Kawai, Shinnosuke; Fujinuma, Satoko; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Yasuda, Takeshi; Sakurai, Tsuneaki; Seki, Shu; Takeuchi, Masayuki; Sugiyasu, Kazunori

    2017-05-01

    Molecular self-assembly under kinetic control is expected to yield nanostructures that are inaccessible through the spontaneous thermodynamic process. Moreover, time-dependent evolution, which is reminiscent of biomolecular systems, may occur under such out-of-equilibrium conditions, allowing the synthesis of supramolecular assemblies with enhanced complexities. Here we report on the capacity of a metastable porphyrin supramolecular assembly to differentiate into nanofibre and nanosheet structures. Mechanistic studies of the relationship between the molecular design and pathway complexity in the self-assembly unveiled the energy landscape that governs the unique kinetic behaviour. Based on this understanding, we could control the differentiation phenomena and achieve both one- and two-dimensional living supramolecular polymerization using an identical monomer. Furthermore, we found that the obtained nanostructures are electronically distinct, which illustrates the pathway-dependent material properties.

  8. From metal-organic squares to porous zeolite-like supramolecular assemblies

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    Wang, Shuang

    2010-12-29

    We report the synthesis, structure, and characterization of two novel porous zeolite-like supramolecular assemblies, ZSA-1 and ZSA-2, having zeolite gis and rho topologies, respectively. The two compounds were assembled from functional metal-organic squares (MOSs) via directional hydrogen-bonding interactions and exhibited permanent microporosity and thermal stability up to 300 °C. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  9. Amphiphiles Self-Assembly: Basic Concepts and Future Perspectives of Supramolecular Approaches

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    Domenico Lombardo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Amphiphiles are synthetic or natural molecules with the ability to self-assemble into a wide variety of structures including micelles, vesicles, nanotubes, nanofibers, and lamellae. Self-assembly processes of amphiphiles have been widely used to mimic biological systems, such as assembly of lipids and proteins, while their integrated actions allow the performance of highly specific cellular functions which has paved a way for bottom-up bionanotechnology. While amphiphiles self-assembly has attracted considerable attention for decades due to their extensive applications in material science, drug and gene delivery, recent developments in nanoscience stimulated the combination of the simple approaches of amphiphile assembly with the advanced concept of supramolecular self-assembly for the development of more complex, hierarchical nanostructures. Introduction of stimulus responsive supramolecular amphiphile assembly-disassembly processes provides particularly novel approaches for impacting bionanotechnology applications. Leading examples of these novel self-assembly processes can be found, in fact, in biosystems where assemblies of different amphiphilic macrocomponents and their integrated actions allow the performance of highly specific biological functions. In this perspective, we summarize in this tutorial review the basic concept and recent research on self-assembly of traditional amphiphilic molecules (such as surfactants, amphiphile-like polymers, or lipids and more recent concepts of supramolecular amphiphiles assembly which have become increasingly important in emerging nanotechnology.

  10. Solid structures of the stepwise self-assembled copillar[5]arene-based supramolecular polymers

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    Park, Yeon Sil; Hwang, Seong Min; Shin, Jae Yeon; Paek, Kyung Soo [Dept. of Chemistry, Soongsil University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-10-15

    Development of supramolecular polymer has attracted much interest because of their interesting properties such as stimuli-responsiveness, recycling, self-healing and degradability, and their consequential applications. The essential feature of this class of polymers is the self-assembly of discrete monomeric subunits via non-covalent interactions or dynamic covalent bonds. Among the many monomeric subunits, pillar[n]arenes have been ideal building blocks for the fabrication of polymeric supramolecules because of their intrinsic characteristics. The ring-shaped morphologies in supramolecular polymer P are probably due to the tendency of the end-to-end connection in the solid state of long flexible supramolecular chains. The size increase of nano-rings as the stepwise addition increases might be due to the fact that the linear supramolecular polymer P in solution seems to be maintained until the nano-ring formation by solidification.

  11. 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

    2015-12-01

    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.

  12. Investigation of Porphyrin and Lipid Supramolecular Assemblies for Cancer Imaging and Therapy

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    Ng, Kenneth Ka-Seng

    Aerobic life on earth is made possible through the functions of the porphyrin. These colorful and ubiquitous chromophores are efficient at concentrating and converting sunlight into chemical energetic potential which sustain biological life. Humans have had a longstanding fascination with these molecules, especially for their applications in photodynamic therapy. The photophysical properties of porphyrins are highly influenced by their surrounding environment. Intermolecular interactions between these pigments can lead to excited state quenching, energy transfer and large changes to their absorption and fluorescence spectra. This thesis is focused on utilizing molecular self-assembly strategies to develop nanoscale porphyrin and phospholipid structures. The rationale being that intermolecular interactions between porphyrins in these nanostructures can induce changes which can be exploited in novel biomedical imaging and therapeutic applications. Four lipid-based structural platforms are studied including: nanoemulsions, bilayer discs and nanovesicles. In Chapter 1, I provide a background on the photophysics of porphyrins and the effect of intermolecular porphyrin interactions on photophysical properties. I also discuss phospholipids and their self-assembly process. Lastly I review current biomedical photonics techniques and discuss how these strategies can be used in conjugation with porphyrin and lipid supramolecular assemblies. In Chapter 2, I investigate the influence that loading a novel bacteriochlorin photosensitizer into a protein-stabilized lipid emulsion has on its spectral properties. I discovered that while the dye can be incorporated into the lipid emulsion, no changes were observed in its spectral properties. In Chapter 3, an amphipathic alpha-helical protein is used to stabilize and organize porphyrin-lipid molecules into bilayer discs. Close packing between porphyrin molecules causes quenching, which can be reversed by structural degradation of the

  13. The assembly of supramolecular boxes and coordination polymers based on bis-zinc-salphen building blocks.

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    Kuil, Mark; Puijk, Iris M; Kleij, Arjan W; Tooke, Duncan M; Spek, Anthony L; Reek, Joost N H

    2009-01-05

    We report the assembly of supramolecular boxes and coordination polymers based on a rigid bis-zinc(II)-salphen complex and various ditopic nitrogen ligands. The use of the bis-zinc(II)-salphen building block in combination with small ditopic nitrogen ligands gave organic coordination polymers both in solution as well as in the solid state. Molecular modeling shows that supramolecular boxes with small internal cavities can be formed. However, the inability to accommodate solvent molecules (such as toluene) in these cavities explains why coordination polymers are prevailing over well-defined boxes, as it would lead to an energetically unfavorable vacuum. In contrast, for relatively longer ditopic nitrogen ligands, we observed the selective formation of supramolecular box assemblies in all cases studied. The approach can be easily extended to chiral analogues by using chiral ditopic nitrogen ligands.

  14. Photoluminescence spectra of self-assembling helical supramolecular assemblies: a theoretical study.

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    van Dijk, Leon; Kersten, Sander P; Jonkheijm, Pascal; van der Schoot, Paul; Bobbert, Peter A

    2008-10-02

    The reversible assembly of helical supramolecular polymers of chiral molecular building blocks is known to be governed by the interplay between mass action and the competition between weakly and strongly bound states of these building blocks. The highly co-operative transition from free monomers at high temperatures to long helical aggregates at low temperatures can be monitored by photoluminescence spectroscopy that probes the energetically lowest-lying optical excitations in the assemblies. In order to provide the interpretation of obtained spectroscopic data with a firm theoretical basis, we present a comprehensive model that combines a statistical theory of the equilibrium polymerization with a quantum-mechanical theory that not only accounts for the conformational properties of the assemblies but also describes the impact of correlated energetic disorder stemming from deformations within the chromophores and their interaction with solvent molecules. The theoretical predictions are compared to fluorescence spectra of chiral oligo(p-phenylene-vinylene) molecules in the solvent dodecane and we find them to qualitatively describe the red-shift of the main fluorescence peak and its decreasing intensity upon aggregation.

  15. Controlling Electronic Transitions in Fullerene van der Waals Aggregates via Supramolecular Assembly.

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    Das, Saunak; Herrmann-Westendorf, Felix; Schacher, Felix H; Täuscher, Eric; Ritter, Uwe; Dietzek, Benjamin; Presselt, Martin

    2016-08-24

    Morphologies crucially determine the optoelectronic properties of organic semiconductors. Therefore, hierarchical and supramolecular approaches have been developed for targeted design of supramolecular ensembles of organic semiconducting molecules and performance improvement of, e.g., organic solar cells (OSCs), organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), and organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). We demonstrate how the photonic properties of fullerenes change with the formation of van der Waals aggregates. We identified supramolecular structures with broadly tunable absorption in the visible spectral range and demonstrated how to form aggregates with targeted visible (vis) absorption. To control supramolecular structure formation, we functionalized the C60-backbone with polar (bis-polyethylene glycol malonate-MPEG) tails, thus yielding an amphiphilic fullerene derivative that self-assembles at interfaces. Aggregates of systematically tuned size were obtained from concentrating MPEGC60 in stearic acid matrices, while different supramolecular geometries were provoked via different thin film preparation methods, namely spin-casting and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) deposition from an air-water interface. We demonstrated that differences in molecular orientation in LB films (C2v type point group aggregates) and spin-casting (stochastic aggregates) lead to huge changes in electronic absorption spectra due to symmetry and orientation reasons. These differences in the supramolecular structures, causing the different photonic properties of spin-cast and LB films, could be identified by means of quantum chemical calculations. Employing supramolecular assembly, we propounded that molecular symmetry in fullerene aggregates is extremely important in controlling vis absorption to harvest photons efficiently, when mixed with a donor molecule, thus improving active layer design and performance of OSCs.

  16. Supramolecular Gel-Templated In Situ Synthesis and Assembly of CdS Quantum Dots Gels

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    Zhu, Lili; He, Jie; Wang, Xiaoliang; Li, Dawei; He, Haibing; Ren, Lianbing; Jiang, Biwang; Wang, Yong; Teng, Chao; Xue, Gi; Tao, Huchun

    2017-01-01

    Although many studies have attempted to develop strategies for spontaneously organizing nanoparticles (NPs) into three-dimensional (3D) geometries, it remains a fascinating challenge. In this study, a method for in situ synthesis and self-assembly of a CdS quantum dots (QDs) gel using a Cd supramolecular gel as a scaffold was demonstrated. During the QDs formation process, the Cd ions that constituted the Cd gels served as the precursors of the CdS QDs, and the oleic acid (OA) that ligated with the Cd in the supramolecular gels was capped on the surface of the CdS QDs in the form of carboxylate. The OA-stabilized CdS QDs were in situ synthesized in the entangled self-assembled fibrillar networks (SAFIN) of the Cd gels through reactions between the gelator and H2S. As a result, the QDs exactly replicated the framework of the SAFIN in the CdS QD gels instead of simply assembling along the SAFIN of the supramolecular gels. Moreover, the CdS QDs showed extraordinary sensitivity in the fluorescence detection of IO4 - anions. The facile one-step method developed here is a new approach to assembling nanostructured materials into 3D architectures and has general implications for the design of low molecular mass gelators to bring desired functionality to the developed supramolecular gels.

  17. Self-assembled and responsive supramolecular nanoparticles mediated by cucurbit[8]uril host-guest interactions

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    Stoffelen, Carmen

    2015-01-01

    Supramolecular nanoparticles (SNPs) have gained large interest in nanoscience because stable, but reversible three-dimensional assemblies can be used for a variety of applications, ranging from stimuli-responsive and self-healing materials to biomedical applications. In particular soft SNPs are prom

  18. Self-assembled and responsive supramolecular nanoparticles mediated by cucurbit[8]uril host-guest interactions

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    Stoffelen, C.

    2015-01-01

    Supramolecular nanoparticles (SNPs) have gained large interest in nanoscience because stable, but reversible three-dimensional assemblies can be used for a variety of applications, ranging from stimuli-responsive and self-healing materials to biomedical applications. In particular soft SNPs are

  19. Heterotopic silver-NHC complexes: from coordination polymers to supramolecular assemblies

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    Rubio, M.; Siegler, M. A.; Spek, A.L.; Reek, J.N.H.

    2010-01-01

    New coordination polymers based on different combinations of silver atoms and pyridyl-substituted N-heterocyclic carbene moieties are described. The addition of Zn(ii) templates leads to Ag-Zn supramolecular assemblies via selective ZnN interactions; a process that can be reverted.

  20. Heterotopic silver-NHC complexes: from coordination polymers to supramolecular assemblies

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    Rubio, M.; Siegler, M.A.; Spek, A.L.; Reek, J.N.H.

    2010-01-01

    New coordination polymers based on different combinations of silver atoms and pyridyl-substituted N-heterocyclic carbene moieties are described. The addition of Zn(II) templates leads to Ag-Zn supramolecular assemblies via selective Zn⋯N interactions; a process that can be reverted.

  1. The assembly of supramolecular boxes and coordination polymers based on bis-zinc-salphen building blocks

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    Kuil, M.; Puijk, I.M.; Kleij, A.W.; Tooke, D.M.; Spek, A.L.; Reek, J.N.H.

    2009-01-01

    We report the assembly of supramolecular boxes and coordination polymers based on a rigid bis-zinc(II)-salphen complex and various ditopic nitrogen ligands. The use of the bis-zinc(II)-salphen building block in combination with small ditopic nitrogen ligands gave organic coordination polymers both

  2. Self-assembling supramolecular systems of different symmetry formed by wedged macromolecular dendrons

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    Shcherbina, M. A., E-mail: shcherbina@ispm.ru; Bakirov, A. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Synthetic Polymer Materials (Russian Federation); Yakunin, A. N. [Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry (Russian Federation); Percec, V. [University of Pennsylvania (United States); Beginn, U. [Universitaet Osnabrueck, Institut fuer Chemie (Germany); Moeller, M. [Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry (Germany); Chvalun, S. N. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Synthetic Polymer Materials (Russian Federation)

    2012-03-15

    The main stages of the self-assembling of supramolecular ensembles have been revealed by studying different functional wedged macromolecules: polymethacrylates with tapered side chains based on gallic acid, their macromonomers, and salts of 2,3,4- and 3,4,5-tris(dodecyloxy)benzenesulphonic acid. The first stage is the formation of individual supramolecular aggregates (long cylinders or spherical micelles) due to the weak noncovalent interactions of mesogenic groups and the subsequent ordering in these aggregates, which is accompanied by a decrease in the free energy of the system. Supramolecular aggregates, in turn, form 2D or 3D lattices. The shape of supramolecular aggregates and its change with temperature are delicate functions of the mesogen chemical structure; this circumstance makes it possible to rationally design complex self-assembling systems with the ability to respond smartly to external stimuli. X-ray diffraction analysis allows one to study the structure of supramolecular systems with different degrees of order, determine the type of mesophases formed by these systems, and reveal the phase behavior of the material. Particular attention has been paid to the method for reconstruction of electron density distribution from the relative reflection intensity. The application of a suite of experimental methods, including wide- and small-angle X-ray diffraction, molecular modeling, differential scanning calorimetry, and polarization optical microscopy, allows one to establish the relationship between the shape of the structural unit (molecule or molecular aggregate), the nature of the interaction, and the phase behavior of the material.

  3. Supramolecular assemblies of bay-substituted perylene diimides in solution and on a solid substrate.

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    Sariola-Leikas, Essi; Niemi, Marja; Lemmetyinen, Helge; Efimov, Alexander

    2013-10-07

    Perylene diimides (PDIs) substituted with a terpyridine moiety at the bay-region have been synthesized. These building blocks were used to construct supramolecular complexes in chloroform. A dimer and a trimer were built via the bay-region complexation with zinc. The PDI compounds were further modified to have silane anchors and PDI self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) were prepared on a quartz substrate. Complexation of metal ions was also done on the surface, and this was observed clearly in the absorption spectrum. These studies on the surface show possible progress in the study of supramolecular multilayer structures.

  4. Free-standing porous supramolecular assemblies of nanoparticles made using a double-templating strategy.

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    Ling, Xing Yi; Phang, In Yee; Reinhoudt, David N; Vancso, G Julius; Huskens, Jurriaan

    2009-01-01

    The formation of stable and ordered free-standing porous supramolecular assemblies of nanoparticles with sizes and geometries controlled at different length scales is demonstrated by a double-templating strategy. Our technique combines the directed assembly of particles, templating using nanoimprint lithography (NIL), and supramolecular layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly. First, 500-nm beta-cyclodextrin (CD)-functionalized polystyrene (PS) particles were assembled by convective assembly onto a sacrificial polymer template patterned with a predefined geometry and size using NIL, forming a 3D crystal architecture of particles. LbL assembly of alternating supramolecular host- and guest-functionalized glues of CD-functionalized Au (Au-CD) nanoparticles and adamantyl (Ad) dendrimers, sized between 3-5 nm, within the preformed PS-particle crystal effectively bound the particles together into a particle composite. These particle composites were released from the substrate together with the polymer template, and transferred onto a target substrate. The particle crystal integrity, order and functionality were preserved. Rinsing the structure with dichloromethane removed the PS core material together with the polymer template, resulting in interconnected porous capsules, the sizes and shapes of which are fully determined by the PS core size and the polymer template definition. Again, integrity and shape were preserved in the rinsing step. These capsules were capable of storing organic fluorescent molecules using specific interactions.

  5. Development of Supramolecular Saccharide Sensors Based on Cyclodextrin Complexes and Self-assembling Systems.

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    Tsuchido, Yuji; Fujiwara, Shoji; Hashimoto, Takeshi; Hayashita, Takashi

    2017-01-01

    Cyclodextrins (CDs) are water-soluble host compounds having nano-size hydrophobic cavities that enable them to incorporate organic molecules in water. Optically inert CDs can be efficiently combined with various types of chromoionophores and fluoroionophores. In this study, using diverse combinations of phenylboronic acid fluorescent sensors and azoprobes with CDs, the unique saccharide recognition functions of CD, chemically modified CD, and CD gel complexes based on their synergistic function are clarified, thereby confirming their use as supramolecular saccharide sensors. To realize novel supramolecular chirality, the twisted structure of two ditopic azoprobes inside the γ-CD chiral cavity is controlled by multi-point recognition of guest ions in water. As different types of supramolecular saccharide sensors, phenylboronic acid-based self-assembling systems are also reviewed.

  6. Expanded Porphyrin-Anion Supramolecular Assemblies: Environmentally Responsive Sensors for Organic Solvents and Anions.

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    Zhang, Zhan; Kim, Dong Sub; Lin, Chung-Yon; Zhang, Huacheng; Lammer, Aaron D; Lynch, Vincent M; Popov, Ilya; Miljanić, Ognjen Š; Anslyn, Eric V; Sessler, Jonathan L

    2015-06-24

    Porphyrins have been used frequently to construct supramolecular assemblies. In contrast, noncovalent ensembles derived from expanded porphyrins, larger congeners of naturally occurring tetrapyrrole macrocycles, are all but unknown. Here we report a series of expanded porphyrin-anion supramolecular assemblies. These systems display unique environmentally responsive behavior. Addition of polar organic solvents or common anions to the ensembles leads to either a visible color change, a change in the fluorescence emission features, or differences in solubility. The actual response, which could be followed easily by the naked eye, was found to depend on the specifics of the assembly, as well as the choice of analyte. Using the ensembles of this study, it proved possible to differentiate between common solvents, such as diethyl ether, THF, ethyl acetate, acetone, alcohol, acetonitrile, DMF, and DMSO, identify complex solvent systems, as well as distinguish between the fluoride, chloride, bromide, nitrate, and sulfate anions.

  7. Protein-responsive assemblies from catechol-metal ion supramolecular coordination.

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    Yuan, C; Chen, J; Yu, S; Chang, Y; Mao, J; Xu, Y; Luo, W; Zeng, B; Dai, L

    2015-03-21

    Supramolecular self-assembly driven by catechol-metal ion coordination has gained great success in the fabrication of functional materials including adhesives, capsules, coatings and hydrogels. However, this route has encountered a great challenge in the construction of nanoarchitectures in the absence of removable templates, because of the uncontrollable crosslinking of catechol-metal ion coordination. Herein, we show that a supramolecular approach, combining both catechol-metal ion coordination and polymer self-assembly together, can organize polymers into hybrid nanoassemblies ranging from solid particles, homogeneous vesicles to Janus vesicles. Without the introduction of a specific binding ligand or complicated molecular design, these assemblies can totally disassemble in response to proteins. UV/vis absorption, fluorescence quenching and recovery investigations have confirmed that proteins can seize metal ions from the hybrid nanoassemblies, thus causing the degradation of catechol-metal ion coordination networks.

  8. Regulated assembly of a supramolecular centrosome scaffold in vitro

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    Woodruff, J. B.; Wueseke, O.; Viscardi, V.

    2015-01-01

    are not well understood. In Caenorhabditis elegans, PCM assembly requires the coiled-coil protein SPD-5. We found that recombinant SPD-5 could polymerize to form micrometer-sized porous networks in vitro. Network assembly was accelerated by two conserved regulators that control PCM assembly in vivo, Polo...

  9. Supramolecular chemistry: Unexplored territory for self-assembly

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    Beuerle, Florian

    2016-12-01

    Cage-like structures can self-assemble from suitable metal ions and organic linkers, but the size of the assemblies was limited. The surprise discovery of a new series of cages opens up fresh horizons for self-assembly. See Letter p.563

  10. Supramolecular Self-Assembly Induced Adjustable Multiple Gating States of Nanofluidic Diodes.

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    Fang, Ruochen; Zhang, Huacheng; Yang, Liulin; Wang, Huanting; Tian, Ye; Zhang, Xi; Jiang, Lei

    2016-12-21

    Artificial nanochannels, inheriting smart gating functions of biological ion channels, promote the development of artificial functional nanofluidic devices for high-performance biosensing and electricity generation. However, gating states of the artificial nanochannels have been mainly realized through chemical modification of the channels with responsive molecules, and their gating states cannot be further regulated once the nanochannel is modified. In this work, we employed a new supramolecular layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly method to achieve reversible and adjustable multiple gating features in nanofluidic diodes. Initially, a self-assembly precursor was modified into a single conical nanochannel, then host molecule-cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]) and guest molecule, a naphthalene derivative, were self-assembled onto the precursor through an LbL method driven by host-enhanced π-π interaction, forming supramolecular monolayer or multilayers on the inner surface of the channel. These self-assemblies with different layer numbers possessed remarkable charge effects and steric effects, exhibiting a capability to regulate the surface charge density and polarity, the effective diameter, and the geometric asymmetry of the single nanochannel, realizing reversible gating of the single nanochannel among multiple rectification and ion-conduction states. As an example of self-assembly of supramolecular networks in nanoconfinements, this work provides a new approach for enhancing functionalities of artificial nanochannels by LbL supramolecular self-assemblies. Meanwhile, since the host molecule, CB[8], used in this work can interact with different kinds of biomolecules and stimuli-responsive chemical species, this work can be further extended to build a novel stable multiple-state research platform for a variety of uses such as sensing and controllable release.

  11. Anisotropic Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Polymers and Plasmonic Nanoparticles at the Liquid-Liquid Interface.

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    Armao Iv, Joseph J; Nyrkova, Irina; Fuks, Gad; Osypenko, Artem; Maaloum, Mounir; Moulin, Emilie; Arenal, Raul; Gavat, Odile; Semenov, Alexander; Giuseppone, Nicolas

    2017-02-15

    The study of supramolecular polymers in the bulk, in diluted solution, and at the solid-liquid interface has recently become a major topic of interest, going from fundamental aspects to applications in materials science. However, examples of supramolecular polymers at the liquid-liquid interface are mostly unexplored. Here, we describe the supramolecular polymerization of triarylamine molecules and their light-triggered organization at a chloroform-water interface. The resulting interfacial nematic layer of these 1D supramolecular polymers is further used as a template for the precise alignment of spherical gold nanoparticles coming from the water phase. These hybrid thin films are spontaneously formed in a single process, without chemical prefunctionalization of the metallic nanoparticles, and their ordering is improved by centrifugation. The resulting polymer chains and strings of nanoparticles can be co-aligned with high anisotropy over very large distances. By using a combination of experimental and theoretical investigations, we decipher the full sequence of this oriented self-assembly process. In such a highly anisotropic configuration, electron energy loss spectroscopy reveals that the self-assembled nanoparticles behave as plasmonic waveguides.

  12. Incorporating Bacteria as a Living Component in Supramolecular Self-Assembled Monolayers through Dynamic Nanoscale Interactions.

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    Sankaran, Shrikrishnan; Kiren, Mustafa Can; Jonkheijm, Pascal

    2015-01-01

    Supramolecular assemblies, formed through noncovalent interactions, has become particularly attractive to develop dynamic and responsive architectures to address living systems at the nanoscale. Cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]), a pumpkin shaped macrocylic host molecule, has been successfully used to construct various self-assembled architectures for biomedical applications since it can simultaneously bind two aromatic guest molecules within its cavity. Such architectures can also be designed to respond to external stimuli. Integrating living organisms as an active component into such supramolecular architectures would add a new dimension to the capabilities of such systems. To achieve this, we have incorporated supramolecular functionality at the bacterial surface by genetically modifying a transmembrane protein to display a CB[8]-binding motif as part of a cystine-stabilized miniprotein. We were able to confirm that this supramolecular motif on the bacterial surface specifically binds CB[8] and forms multiple intercellular ternary complexes leading to aggregation of the bacterial solution. We performed various aggregation experiments to understand how CB[8] interacts with this bacterial strain and also demonstrate that it can be chemically reversed using a competitor. To confirm that this strain can be incorporated with a CB[8] based architecture, we show that the bacterial cells were able to adhere to CB[8] self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold and still retain considerable motility for several hours, indicating that the system can potentially be used to develop supramolecular bacterial biomotors. The bacterial strain also has the potential to be combined with other CB[8] based architectures like nanoparticles, vesicles and hydrogels.

  13. 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

  14. Exploring the Transferability of Large Supramolecular Assemblies to the Vacuum-Solid Interface

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    Xu, W.; Dong, M. D.; Gersen, H.;

    2009-01-01

    We present an interplay of high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy imaging and the corresponding theoretical calculations based on elastic scattering quantum chemistry techniques of the adsorption of a gold-functionalized rosette assembly and its building blocks on a Au(111) surface...... from those formed by the individual molecular building blocks of the rosette assembly, suggesting that the assembly itself can be transferred intact to the surface by in situ thermal sublimation. This unanticipated result will open up new perspectives for growth of complex 3-D supramolecular...

  15. Crystalline oligo(ethylene sulfide) domains define highly stable supramolecular block copolymer assemblies.

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    Brubaker, Carrie E.; Velluto, Diana; Demurtas, Davide; Phelps, Edward A.; Hubbell, Jeffrey A.

    2015-07-01

    With proper control over copolymer design and solvation conditions, self-assembled materials display impressive morphological variety that encompasses nanoscale colloids as well as bulk three-dimensional architectures. Here we take advantage of both hydrophobicity and crystallinity to mediate supra-molecular self-assembly of spherical micellar, linear fibrillar, or hydrogel structures by a family of highly asymmetric poly(ethylene glycol)-b-oligo(ethylene sulfide) (PEG-OES) copolymers. Assembly structural polymorphism was achieved with modification of PEG-OES topology (linear versus multiarm) and with precise, monomer-by-monomer control of OES length. Notably, all three morphologies were accessed utilizing OES oligomers with degrees of polymerization as short as three. These exceptionally small assembly forming blocks represent the first application of ethylene sulfide oligomers in supramolecular materials. While the assemblies demonstrated robust aqueous stability over time, oxidation by hydrogen peroxide progressively converted ethylene sulfide residues to increasingly hydrophilic and amorphous sulfoxides and sulfones, causing morphological changes and permanent disassembly. We utilized complementary microscopic and spectroscopic techniques to confirm this chemical stimulus-responsive behavior in self-assembled PEG-OES colloidal dispersions and physical gels. In addition to inherent stimulus-responsive behavior, fibrillar assemblies demonstrated biologically relevant molecular delivery, as confirmed by the dose-dependent activation of murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells following fibril-mediated delivery of the immunological adjuvant monophosphoryl lipid A. In physical gels composed of either linear or multiarm PEG-OES precursors, rheologic analysis also identified mechanical stimulus-responsive shear thinning behavior. Thanks to the facile preparation, user-defined morphology, aqueous stability, carrier functionality, and stimuli-responsive behaviors of

  16. Supramolecular chiral host-guest nanoarchitecture induced by the selective assembly of barbituric acid derivative enantiomers

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    Sun, Xiaonan; Silly, Fabien; Maurel, Francois; Dong, Changzhi

    2016-10-01

    Barbituric acid derivatives are prochiral molecules, i.e. they are chiral upon adsorption on surfaces. Scanning tunneling microscopy reveals that barbituric acid derivatives self-assemble into a chiral guest-host supramolecular architecture at the solid-liquid interface on graphite. The host nanoarchitecture has a sophisticated wavy shape pattern and paired guest molecules are nested insides the cavities of the host structure. Each unit cell of the host structure is composed of both enantiomers with a ratio of 1:1. Furthermore, the wavy patterns of the nanoarchitecture are formed from alternative appearance of left- and right-handed chiral building blocks, which makes the network heterochiral. The functional guest-host nanoarchitecture is the result of two-dimensional chiral amplification from single enantiomers to organizational heterochiral supramolecular self-assembly.

  17. Supramolecular assemblies based on 2-ureido-4[1H]-pyrimidinone building block

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    WANG Sumin; WU Lizhu; ZHANG Liping; TUNG Chenho

    2006-01-01

    With high association constants in nonpolar solvents, the quadruple hydrogen bonding arrays of 2-ureido-4[1H]-pyrimidinones are recently considered to be one of the ideal building blocks to construct the complicated and functional supramole- cular systems. In this paper, we review the latest achievements of the supramolecular assemblies based on 2-ureido-4[1H]-pyrimidinone AADD quadruple hydrogen bonding building blocks.

  18. 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.

  19. Tuning Cellular Uptake of Molecular Probes by Rational Design of Their Assembly into Supramolecular Nanoprobes.

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    Lock, Lye Lin; Reyes, Claudia D; Zhang, Pengcheng; Cui, Honggang

    2016-03-16

    Intracellular sensing of pathologically relevant biomolecules could provide essential information for accurate evaluation of disease staging and progression, yet the poor cellular uptake of water-soluble molecular probes limits their use as protease sensors. In other cases such as extracellular sensing, cellular uptake should be effectively inhibited. Self-assembly of molecular probes into supramolecular nanoprobes presents a potential strategy to alter their interaction mechanisms with cells to promote or reduce their cellular uptake. Here, we report on the design, synthesis, and assembly of peptide-based molecular beacons into supramolecular protease sensors of either spherical or filamentous shapes. We found that positively charged spherical nanobeacons demonstrate much higher cellular uptake efficiency than its monomeric form, thus making them most suitable for intracellular sensing of the lysosomal protease cathepsin B. Our results also suggest that assembly into filamentous nanobeacons significantly reduces their internalization by cancer cells, an important property that can be utilized for probing extracellular protease activities. These studies provide important guiding principles for rational design of supramolecular nanoprobes with tunable cellular uptake characteristics.

  20. Directed flexibility: self-assembly of a supramolecular tetrahedron.

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    Ludlow, James M; Xie, Tingzheng; Guo, Zaihong; Guo, Kai; Saunders, Mary Jane; Moorefield, Charles N; Wesdemiotis, Chrys; Newkome, George R

    2015-03-01

    Self-assembly of a tribenzo-27-crown-9 ether functionalized with six terpyridines generated (85%) an expanded tetrahedral structure comprised of four independent triangular surfaces interlinked by crown ether vertices.

  1. Dissipative out-of-equilibrium assembly of man-made supramolecular materials.

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    van Rossum, Susan A P; Tena-Solsona, Marta; van Esch, Jan H; Eelkema, Rienk; Boekhoven, Job

    2017-09-18

    The use of dissipative self-assembly driven by chemical reaction networks for the creation of unique structures is gaining in popularity. In dissipative self-assembly, precursors are converted into self-assembling building blocks by the conversion of a source of energy, typically a photon or a fuel molecule. The self-assembling building block is intrinsically unstable and spontaneously reverts to its original precursor, thus giving the building block a limited lifetime. As a result, its presence is kinetically controlled, which gives the associated supramolecular material unique properties. For instance, formation and properties of these materials can be controlled over space and time by the kinetics of the coupled reaction network, they are autonomously self-healing and they are highly adaptive to small changes in their environment. By means of an example of a biological dissipative self-assembled material, the unique concepts at the basis of these supramolecular materials will be discussed. We then review recent efforts towards man-made dissipative assembly of structures and how their unique material properties have been characterized. In order to help further the field, we close with loosely defined design rules that are at the basis of the discussed examples.

  2. Supramolecular assembly of self-healing nanocomposite hydrogels

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    Gerth, M.; Bohdan, M.A.; Fokkink, R.G.; Voets, I.K.; Gucht, van der J.; Sprakel, J.H.B.

    2014-01-01

    Hierarchical self-assembly of transient composite hydrogels is demonstrated through a two-step, orthogonal strategy using nanoparticle tectons interconnected through metal–ligand coordination complexes. The resulting materials are highly tunable with moduli and viscosities spanning many orders of

  3. Paradigm shift from self-assembly to commanded assembly of functional materials: recent examples in porphyrin/fullerene supramolecular systems

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    Mao Li, Shinsuke Ishihara, Qingmin Ji, Misaho Akada, Jonathan P Hill and Katsuhiko Ariga

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Current nanotechnology based on top-down nanofabrication may encounter a variety of drawbacks in the near future so that development of alternative methods, including the so-called bottom-up approach, has attracted considerable attention. However, the bottom-up strategy, which often relies on spontaneous self-assembly, might be inefficient in the development of the requisite functional materials and systems. Therefore, assembly processes controlled by external stimuli might be a plausible strategy for the development of bottom-up nanotechnology. In this review, we demonstrate a paradigm shift from self-assembly to commanded assembly by describing several examples of assemblies of typical functional molecules, i.e. porphyrins and fullerenes. In the first section, we describe recent progress in the design and study of self-assembled and co-assembled supramolecular architectures of porphyrins and fullerenes. Then, we show examples of assembly induced by external stimuli. We emphasize the paradigm shift from self-assembly to commanded assembly by describing the recently developed electrochemical-coupling layer-by-layer (ECC-LbL methodology.

  4. Self-assembled supramolecular nanocarrier hosting two kinds of guests in the site-isolation state.

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    Lou, Xing-Long; Cheng, Fa; Cao, Peng-Fei; Tang, Qiang; Liu, Hua-Ji; Chen, Yu

    2009-11-02

    Hyperbranched polyethylenimine (HPEI) was simply mixed with a solution of amphiphilic calix[4]arene (AC4), which possesses four phenol groups and four aliphatic chains, in chloroform. This resulted in the novel supramolecular complex HPEI-AC4 through the noncovalent interaction of the amino groups of HPEI with the phenol groups of AC4. The formed HPEI-AC4 supramolecular complexes were characterized by 1H NMR spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering. The cationic water-soluble dye methyl blue (MB) and the anionic water-soluble dye methyl orange (MO) were used as the model guests to test the performance of HPEI-AC4 as a supramolecular nanocarrier. It was found that HPEI-AC4 could accommodate the anionic water-soluble MO guests into the HPEI core. The MO encapsulation capacity of HPEI-AC4 was pH sensitive, which reached maximum loading under weakly acidic conditions. The loaded MO molecules could be totally released when the pH value was reduced to be around 4.5 or raised to be around 9.5, and this process was reversible. HPEI-AC4 could not only accommodate the anionic MO with the HPEI core but could also simultaneously load the cationic MB molecules using the formed AC4 shell, thereby realizing the site isolation of the two kinds of functional units. The amount of MO and MB encapsulated by HPEI-AC4 could be controlled by varying the ratio of hydroxyl groups of AC4 to amino groups of HPEI.

  5. Symposium Supramolecular Assemblies on Surface: Nanopatterning, Functionality and Reactivity

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    2016-05-19

    This low-cost and eco - friendly ‘bottom-up’ methodology paves the way to a ‘bottom-up’ assembly of a vast array of solid-supported, designer...Clocking surface‐reaction by the nosberved in‐plane rotation of  product University of Toronto 2:30 PM 2:50 PM Frida 20 Brothers, Penelope Molecular

  6. Controlling Hierarchically Self-Assembly in Supramolecular Tailed-Dendron Systems

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    Merlet-Lacroix, Nathalie; Rao, Jingui; Zhang, Afang; Schlüter, Dieter; Ruokolainen, Janne; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2010-03-01

    We study the self-assembly of a dendritic macromolecular system formed by a second-generation dendron and a polymer chain emanating from its focal point. We use supramolecular ionic interactions to attach to the periphery of the dendrons sulphated alkyl tails. The resulting ``triblock copolymers'' have a molecular architecture similar to a four-arm pitchfork with varying arms and holder lengths. The bulk morphologies observed by SAXS and TEM show thermodynamically stable, hierarchical ``inverted'' hexagonal or lamellar structures. The structural models for the molecular packing emerging from experimental findings are benchmarked to available self-consistent field theories (SCFT) and experiments and theoretical predictions are found in perfect agreement. The present results show that supramolecular systems based on tailed dendrons and surfactants can be used to scale up of the structural organization from the liquid crystalline length scale to the block copolymer length scale, while preserving the inverted unconventional morphologies offering new possibilities in the design of nanostructured materials.

  7. Supramolecular Assemblies Using Piperazine with Dicarboxylic Acids and Hydroxy-carboxylic Acids

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    CHEN Zi-Yun; PENG Meng-Xia

    2008-01-01

    The molecular self-assembly of piperazine (pip) with 1,4-cyclohexanedicarboxylic acid (H2chda),m-phthalic acid (H2mpda),6-hydroxy-2-naphthalic acid (Hohna) and 1-hydroxy-2-naphthalic acid (Hshna) results in four new supramolecular networks formulated as H2pip·chda (1),H2pip·2Hmpda (2),HEpip·ohna·2H2O(3) and H2pip·shna (4),respectively.Single-crystal X-ray diffraction study reveals that compounds 1--3 are three-dimensional supramolecular networks,while 4 has a one-dimensional hydrogen-bonded chain-based structure,with CCDC:672051 (1),672052 (2),672053 (3) and 672054 (4).

  8. 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.

  9. Cooperative Self-Assembly Transfer from Hierarchical Supramolecular Polymers to Gold Nanoparticles.

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    Coelho, João Paulo; Tardajos, Gloria; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Rödle, Alexander; Fernández, Gustavo; Guerrero-Martínez, Andrés

    2015-11-24

    The transfer of information encoded by molecular subcomponents is a key phenomenon that regulates the biological inheritance in living organisms, yet there is a lack of understanding of related transfer mechanisms at the supramolecular level in artificial multicomponent systems. Our contribution to tackle this challenge has focused on the design of a thiolated π-conjugated linking unit, whose hierarchical, cooperative self-assembly in nonpolar media can be efficiently transferred from the molecular to the nanoscopic level, thereby enabling the reversible self-assembly of gold nanoparticle (AuNP) clusters. The transfer of supramolecular information by the linking π-system can only take place when a specific cooperative nucleation-elongation mechanism is operative, whereas low-ordered noncooperative assemblies formed below a critical concentration do not suffice to extend the order to the AuNP level. To the best of our knowledge, our approach has allowed for the first time a deep analysis of the hierarchy levels and thermodynamics involved in the self-assembly of AuNPs.

  10. Structural Consequences of Anionic Host-Cationic Guest Interactions in a Supramolecular Assembly

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    Pluth, Michael D.; Johnson, Darren W.; Szigethy, Geza; Davis, Anna V.; Teat, Simon J.; Oliver, Allen G.; Bergman, Robert G.; Raymond, Kenneth N.

    2008-07-09

    The molecular structure of the self-assembled supramolecular assembly [M{sub 4}L{sub 6}]{sup 12-} has been explored with different metals (M = Ga{sup III}, Fe{sup III}, Ti{sup IV}) and different encapsulated guests (NEt{sub 4}{sup +}, BnNMe{sub 3}{sup +}, Cp{sub 2}Co{sup +}, Cp*{sub 2}Co{sup +}) by X-ray crystallography. While the identity of the metal ions at the vertices of the M{sub 4}L{sub 6} structure is found to have little effect on the assembly structure, encapsulated guests significantly distort the size and shape of the interior cavity of the assembly. Cations on the exterior of the assembly are found to interact with the assembly through either {pi}-{pi}, cation-{pi}, or CH-{pi} interactions. In some cases, the exterior guests interact with only one assembly, but cations with the ability to form multiple {pi}-{pi} interactions are able to interact with adjacent assemblies in the crystal lattice. The solvent accessible cavity of the assembly is modeled using the rolling probe method and found to range from 253-434 {angstrom}{sup 3}, depending on the encapsulated guest. Based on the volume of the guest and the volume of the cavity, the packing coefficient for each host-guest complex is found to range from 0.47-0.67.

  11. 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

  12. Co-existence of Distinct Supramolecular Assemblies in Solution and in the Solid State.

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    Reddy, G N Manjunatha; Huqi, Aida; Iuga, Dinu; Sakurai, Satoshi; Marsh, Andrew; Davis, Jeffery T; Masiero, Stefano; Brown, Steven P

    2017-02-16

    The formation of distinct supramolecular assemblies, including a metastable species, is revealed for a lipophilic guanosine (G) derivative in solution and in the solid state. Structurally different G-quartet-based assemblies are formed in chloroform depending on the nature of the cation, anion and the salt concentration, as characterized by circular dichroism and time course diffusion-ordered NMR spectroscopy data. Intriguingly, even the presence of potassium ions that stabilize G-quartets in chloroform was insufficient to exclusively retain such assemblies in the solid state, leading to the formation of mixed quartet and ribbon-like assemblies as revealed by fast magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectroscopy. Distinct N-H⋅⋅⋅N and N-H⋅⋅⋅O intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions drive quartet and ribbon-like self-assembly resulting in markedly different 2D (1) H solid-state NMR spectra, thus facilitating a direct identification of mixed assemblies. A dissolution NMR experiment confirmed that the quartet and ribbon interconversion is reversible-further demonstrating the changes that occur in the self-assembly process of a lipophilic nucleoside upon a solid-state to solution-state transition and vice versa. A systematic study for complexation with different cations (K(+) , Sr(2+) ) and anions (picrate, ethanoate and iodide) emphasizes that the existence of a stable solution or solid-state structure may not reflect the stability of the same supramolecular entity in another phase. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. 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.

    2016-07-01

    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.

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

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    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

  15. The Acid Hydrolysis Mechanism of Acetals Catalyzed by a Supramolecular Assembly in Basic Solution

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    Pluth, Michael D.; Bergman, Robert G.; Raymond, Kenneth N.

    2008-09-24

    A self-assembled supramolecular host catalyzes the hydrolysis of acetals in basic aqueous solution. The mechanism of hydrolysis is consistent with the Michaelis-Menten kinetic model. Further investigation of the rate limiting step of the reaction revealed a negative entropy of activation ({Delta}S{double_dagger} = -9 cal mol{sup -1}K{sup -1}) and an inverse solvent isotope effect (k(H{sub 2}O)/k(D{sub 2}O) = 0.62). These data suggest that the mechanism of hydrolysis that takes place inside the assembly proceeds through an A-2 mechanism, in contrast to the A-1 mechanism operating in the uncatalyzed reaction. Comparison of the rates of acetal hydrolysis in the assembly with the rate of the reaction of unencapsulated substrates reveals rate accelerations of up to 980 over the background reaction for the substrate diethoxymethane.

  16. 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.

  17. Complexation-induced supramolecular assembly drives metal-ion extraction.

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    Ellis, Ross J; Meridiano, Yannick; Muller, Julie; Berthon, Laurence; Guilbaud, Philippe; Zorz, Nicole; Antonio, Mark R; Demars, Thomas; Zemb, Thomas

    2014-09-26

    Combining experiment with theory reveals the role of self-assembly and complexation in metal-ion transfer through the water-oil interface. The coordinating metal salt Eu(NO3)3 was extracted from water into oil by a lipophilic neutral amphiphile. Molecular dynamics simulations were coupled to experimental spectroscopic and X-ray scattering techniques to investigate how local coordination interactions between the metal ion and ligands in the organic phase combine with long-range interactions to produce spontaneous changes in the solvent microstructure. Extraction of the Eu(3+)-3(NO3(-)) ion pairs involves incorporation of the "hard" metal complex into the core of "soft" aggregates. This seeds the formation of reverse micelles that draw the water and "free" amphiphile into nanoscale hydrophilic domains. The reverse micelles interact through attractive van der Waals interactions and coalesce into rod-shaped polynuclear Eu(III) -containing aggregates with metal centers bridged by nitrate. These preorganized hydrophilic domains, containing high densities of O-donor ligands and anions, provide improved Eu(III) solvation environments that help drive interfacial transfer, as is reflected by the increasing Eu(III) partitioning ratios (oil/aqueous) despite the organic phase approaching saturation. For the first time, this multiscale approach links metal-ion coordination with nanoscale structure to reveal the free-energy balance that drives the phase transfer of neutral metal salts.

  18. Designed supramolecular assemblies for biosensors and photoactive devices. LDRD final report

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    Song, X.Z.; Shelnutt, J.A.; Hobbs, J.D.; Cesarano, J.

    1997-02-01

    The objective of this project is the development of a new class of supramolecular assemblies for applications in biosensors and biodevices. The supramolecular assemblies are based on membranes and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films composed of naturally-occurring or synthetic lipids, which contain electrically and/or photochemically active components. The LB films are deposited onto electrically-active materials (metal, semiconductors). The active components film components (lipo-porphyrins) at the surface function as molecular recognition sites for sensing proteins and other biomolecules, and the porphyrins and other components (e.g., fullerenes) incorporated into the films serve as photocatalysts and vectorial electron-transport agents. Computer-aided molecular design (CAMD) methods are used to tailor the structure of these film components to optimize function. Molecular modeling is also used to predict the location, orientation, and motion of these molecular components within the films. The result is a variety of extended, self-assembled molecular structures that serve as devices for sensing proteins and biochemicals or as other bioelectronic devices.

  19. Flower-like supramolecular self-assembly of phosphonic acid appended naphthalene diimide and melamine

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    Bhosale, Rajesh S.; Al Kobaisi, Mohammad; Bhosale, Sidhanath V.; Bhargava, Suresh; Bhosale, Sheshanath V.

    2015-09-01

    Diverse supramolecular assemblies ranging from nanometres to micrometers of small aromatic π-conjugated functional molecules have attracted enormous research interest in light of their applications in optoelectronics, chemosensors, nanotechnology, biotechnology and biomedicines. Here we study the mechanism of the formation of a flower-shaped supramolecular structure of phosphonic acid appended naphthalene diimide with melamine. The flower-shaped assembly formation was visualised by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging, furthermore, XRD and DLS used to determined mode of aggregation. Characteristically, phosphonic acid-substituted at imide position of NDIs possess two important properties resulting in the formation of controlled flower-like nanostructures: (i) the aromatic core of the NDI which is designed to optimize the dispersive interactions (π-π stacking and van der Waals interactions) between the cores within a construct and (ii) phosphonic acid of NDI interact with malamine through molecular recognition i.e. strong hydrogen-bonding (H-bonding). We believe such arrangements prevent crystallization and favour the directional growth of flower-like nanostructure in 3D fashion. These works demonstrate that complex self-assembly can indeed be attained through hierarchical non-covalent interactions of two components. Furthermore, flower-like structures built from molecular recognition by these molecules indicate their potential in other fields if combined with other chemical entities.

  20. Towards Tobacco Mosaic Virus-Like Self-Assembled Supramolecular Architectures

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  1. 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.

  2. Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Photocatalytic Properties of a Supramolecular Assembly Based on Keggin Polyoxotungstate

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    CHEN Shun-Yu; CHEN Xin-Qin; LIN Shen

    2012-01-01

    A new supramolecular compound (4,4'-bipyH)4[SiW12O40](4,4'-bipy) (4,4'-bipy = 4,4'-bipyridine) was synthesized hydrothermally and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and IR spectrum. The crystallography analysis for the title compound reveals that the crystal crystallizes in monoclinic, space group C2/m with a = 22.2767(12), b = 21.1879(11), c = 15.6942(8) A, β = 97.068(3)°, V = 7351.3(7) A3, Cs0H44N10040SiW12, Mr = 3659.24, Z = 4, Dc = 3.306 g/cm3, F(000) = 6544, GOOF = 1.137, R = 0.0577 and wR = 0.1579. The title compound consists of a discrete Keggin-type [SiWl2O40]4- anion, one 4,4'-bipy and four protonated (4,4'-bipyH)+ cations. The [SiWl2O40]4- anion and protonated 4,4'-bipy are connected to form a supramolecular structure by hydrogen bonds. Meanwhile, the title compound exhibits good photocatalytic activity for color degradation of Rhodamine-B dye solution under visible-light irradiation.

  3. Supramolecular Aggregate as a High-Efficiency Gene Carrier Mediated with Optimized Assembly Structure.

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    Zhang, Yi; Duan, Junkun; Cai, Lingguang; Ma, Dong; Xue, Wei

    2016-11-02

    For cancer gene therapy, a safe and high-efficient gene carrier is a must. To resolve the contradiction between gene transfection efficiency and cytotoxicity, many polymers with complex topological structures have been synthesized, although their synthesis processes and structure control are difficult as well as the high molecular weight also bring high cytotoxicity. We proposed an alternative strategy that uses supramolecular inclusion to construct the aggregate from the small molecules for gene delivery, and to further explore the relationship between the topological assembly structure and their ability to deliver gene. Herein, PEI-1.8k-conjugating β-CD through 6-hydroxyl (PEI-6-CD) and 2-hydroxyl (PEI-2-CD) have been synthesized respectively and then assembled with diferrocene (Fc)-ended polyethylene glycol (PEG-Fc). The obtained aggregates were then used to deliver MMP-9 shRNA plasmid for MCF-7 cancer therapy. It was found that the higher gene transfection efficiency can be obtained by selecting PEI-2-CD as the host and tuning the host/guest molar ratios. With the rational modulation of supramolecular architectures, the aggregate played the functions similar to macromolecules which exhibit higher transfection efficiency than PEI-25k, but show much lower cytotoxicity because of the nature of small/low molecules. In vitro and in vivo assays confirmed that the aggregate could deliver MMP-9 shRNA plasmid effectively into MCF-7 cells and then downregulate MMP-9 expression, which induced the significant MCF-7 cell apoptosis, as well inhibit MCF-7 tumor growth with low toxicity. The supramolecular aggregates maybe become a promising carrier for cancer gene therapy and also provided an alternative strategy for designing new gene carriers.

  4. Supramolecular polymers in inhomogeneous systems

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    Zweistra, H.J.A.

    2007-01-01

    This thesis describes theoretical results of supramolecular polymers in inhomogeneous systems. Supramolecular polymers are linear assemblies of which the monomers are joined by reversible bonds. Many types of supramolecular polymers have been synthesized in recent years. Moreover, there are numerous

  5. Supramolecular catalysis with extended aggregates and gels: inversion of stereoselectivity caused by self-assembly.

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    Rodríguez-Llansola, Francisco; Miravet, Juan F; Escuder, Beatriu

    2010-07-26

    L-Proline-L-valine dipeptide derivatives, which self-assemble in toluene, have been studied as stereoselective catalysts in the conjugate addition of cyclohexanone to trans-beta-nitrostyrene. Remarkable effects on the stereoselectivity are observed associated to the aggregation of the catalyst. Outstanding differences were observed between the catalytic activity of compound 1, which forms supramolecular gels in toluene, and compound 2, which is not a gelator. In the former case, the enantioselectivity of the reaction was almost insensitive to changes in catalyst concentration and temperature, but in the case of compound 2, the catalytic activity was very much affected by those variables. Structural studies indicate that the results can be rationalized by taking into account significant conformational changes experienced by the catalytic L-proline derivatives associated with the aggregation process. The results highlight that catalyst self-assembly is a very important issue to consider in the stereoselective outcome of organocatalytic reactions. Especially relevant is the fact that the use of supramolecular gels as organocatalysts emerges as a technique that affords reliable and constant stereoselectivity in different conditions with the added value of easy catalyst recovery.

  6. Molecular basis of cooperativity in pH-triggered supramolecular self-assembly

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    Li, Yang; Zhao, Tian; Wang, Chensu; Lin, Zhiqiang; Huang, Gang; Sumer, Baran D.; Gao, Jinming

    2016-10-01

    Supramolecular self-assembly offers a powerful strategy to produce high-performance, stimuli-responsive nanomaterials. However, lack of molecular understanding of stimulated responses frequently hampers our ability to rationally design nanomaterials with sharp responses. Here we elucidated the molecular pathway of pH-triggered supramolecular self-assembly of a series of ultra-pH sensitive (UPS) block copolymers. Hydrophobic micellization drove divergent proton distribution in either highly protonated unimer or neutral micelle states along the majority of the titration coordinate unlike conventional small molecular or polymeric bases. This all-or-nothing two-state solution is a hallmark of positive cooperativity. Integrated modelling and experimental validation yielded a Hill coefficient of 51 in pH cooperativity for a representative UPS block copolymer, by far the largest reported in the literature. These data suggest hydrophobic micellization and resulting positive cooperativity offer a versatile strategy to convert responsive nanomaterials into binary on/off switchable systems for chemical and biological sensing, as demonstrated in an additional anion sensing model.

  7. Self assembly of amphiphilic C60 fullerene derivatives into nanoscale supramolecular structures

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    Casscells S Ward

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The amphiphilic fullerene monomer (AF-1 consists of a "buckyball" cage to which a Newkome-like dendrimer unit and five lipophilic C12 chains positioned octahedrally to the dendrimer unit are attached. In this study, we report a novel fullerene-based liposome termed 'buckysome' that is water soluble and forms stable spherical nanometer sized vesicles. Cryogenic electron microscopy (Cryo-EM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and dynamic light scattering (DLS studies were used to characterize the different supra-molecular structures readily formed from the fullerene monomers under varying pH, aqueous solvents, and preparative conditions. Results Electron microscopy results indicate the formation of bilayer membranes with a width of ~6.5 nm, consistent with previously reported molecular dynamics simulations. Cryo-EM indicates the formation of large (400 nm diameter multilamellar, liposome-like vesicles and unilamellar vesicles in the size range of 50–150 nm diameter. In addition, complex networks of cylindrical, tube-like aggregates with varying lengths and packing densities were observed. Under controlled experimental conditions, high concentrations of spherical vesicles could be formed. In vitro results suggest that these supra-molecular structures impose little to no toxicity. Cytotoxicity of 10–200 μM buckysomes were assessed in various cell lines. Ongoing studies are aimed at understanding cellular internalization of these nanoparticle aggregates. Conclusion In this current study, we have designed a core platform based on a novel amphiphilic fullerene nanostructure, which readily assembles into supra-molecular structures. This delivery vector might provide promising features such as ease of preparation, long-term stability and controlled release.

  8. New high-throughput screening protease assay based upon supramolecular self-assembly.

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    Whitten, David G.; Tang, Yanli; Zhou, Zhijun; Achyuthan, Komandoor E.

    2008-11-01

    We previously demonstrated that the supramolecular self-assembly of cyanines could be useful for developing fluorescent enzymatic assays. We took that concept a step further by synthesizing a covalent adduct of the tetrapeptide Asp-Glu-Val-Asp (DEVD) and a cyanine (DEVD-cyanine). The DEVD-cyanine due to its canonical sequence was recognized and hydrolyzed by the proteases, Caspase-3 and -7 in 96- or 384-microwell plate reactions. The catalytically liberated cyanine self-assembled upon scaffolds of carboxymethylamylose (CMA), carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), or a mixture of CMA and CMC resulting in a J aggregate exhibiting bright fluorescence at a 470 nm emission wavelength (optimum signal/background using excitation wavelengths of 415-440 nm). The fluorescence intensity increased with enzyme and substrate concentrations or reaction time and exhibited classical saturation profiles of a rectangular hyperbola. Saturation of the reaction was at 30 U/mL (1 {micro}g/mL) Caspase-3 and 250 {micro}M DEVD-cyanine. The reaction kinetics was linear between 1 and 20 min and saturated at 60 min. The affinity constant (Km) for DEVD-cyanine was 23 {micro}M, similar to those of previously reported values for other DEVD substrates of Caspase-3. Maximal fluorescence emission was observed by using a mixture of CMA and CMC scaffolds at 65 and 35 {micro}M, respectively. The reaction kinetics of Caspase-7 executed in a 384-well plate was similar to the reaction kinetics of Caspase-3 conducted in a 96-well plate. We believe that this is the first demonstration of a cyanine liberated from a covalent adduct due to protease action, leading to supramolecular self-assembly and the detection of protease activity.

  9. Self-assembled sorbitol-derived supramolecular hydrogels for the controlled encapsulation and release of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

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    Howe, Edward J; Okesola, Babatunde O; Smith, David K

    2015-05-01

    A simple supramolecular hydrogel based on 1,3:2,4-di(4-acylhydrazide)benzylidene sorbitol (DBS-CONHNH2), is able to extract acid-functionalised anti-inflammatory drugs via directed interactions with the self-assembled gel nanofibres. Two-component hydrogel-drug hybrid materials can be easily formed by mixing and exhibit pH-controlled drug release.

  10. Supramolecular Polymer Network-Mediated Self-Assembly of Semicrystalline Polymers with Excellent Crystalline Performance.

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    Cheng, Chih-Chia; Chuang, Wei-Tsung; Lee, Duu-Jong; Xin, Zhong; Chiu, Chih-Wei

    2017-03-01

    A novel application of supramolecular interactions within semicrystalline polymers, capable of self-assembling into supramolecular polymer networks via self-complementary multiple hydrogen-bonded complexes, is demonstrated for efficient construction of highly controlled self-organizing hierarchical structures to offer a direct, efficient nucleation pathway resulting in superior crystallization performance. Herein, a novel functionalized poly(ε-caprolactone) containing self-complementary sextuple hydrogen-bonded uracil-diamidopyridine (U-DPy) moieties is successfully developed and demonstrated excellent thermal and viscoelastic properties as well as high dynamic structural stability in the bulk state due to physical cross-linking created by reversible sextuple hydrogen bonding between U-DPy units. Due to the ability to vary the extent of the reversible network by tuning the U-DPy content, this newly developed material can be readily adjusted to obtain the desired crystalline products with specific characteristics. Importantly, incorporating only 0.1% U-DPy resulted in a polymer with a high crystallization rate constant, short crystallization half-time, and much more rapid crystallization kinetics than pristine PCL, indicating a low content of U-DPy moieties provides highly efficient nucleation sites that manipulate the nucleation and growth processes of polymer crystals to promote crystallization and chain alignment in bulk. This new system is suggested as a potential new route to substantially improve the performance of polymer crystallization. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Extreme sensitivity of circular dichroism to long-range excitonic couplings in helical supramolecular assemblies.

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    van Dijk, Leon; Bobbert, Peter A; Spano, Frank C

    2010-01-21

    Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy is an ideal tool for studying the self-assembly of helical supramolecular assemblies since it is very sensitive to extended excitonic couplings between chiral chromophores. We show that the CD spectrum retains its high sensitivity to long-range interactions even in the presence of extreme disorder and strong interaction with vibrations when excitations are mainly localized on individual molecules. We derive a universal expression for the first moment of the CD spectrum of helical assemblies in terms of a modulated sum over excitonic couplings, which is independent of the strength of the energetic disorder, the spatial correlation of the disorder, and the strength of the interaction with vibrations. This demonstrates that excitonic couplings can be directly extracted from experimental CD spectra without having information about the energetic disorder and vibrational interactions. We apply our results to helical assemblies of functionalized chiral oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) molecules and show that existing theoretical values for the excitonic couplings should be adapted in order to obtain agreement with the experimental CD spectrum.

  12. Encapsulation and characterization of proton-bound amine homodimers in a water-soluble, self-assembled supramolecular host

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    Pluth, Michael D.; Fiedler, Dorothea; Mugridge, Jeffrey S.; Bergman, Robert G.; Raymond, Kenneth N.

    2009-01-01

    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 that 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 formatio...

  13. Control over Structure and Function of Peptide Amphiphile Supramolecular Assemblies through Molecular Design and Energy Landscapes

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    Supramolecular chemistry is a powerful tool to create a material of a defined structure with tunable properties. This strategy has led to catalytically active, bioactive, and environment-responsive materials, among others, that are valuable in applications ranging from sensor technology to energy and medicine. Supramolecular polymers formed by peptide amphiphiles (PAs) have been especially relevant in tissue regeneration due to their ability to form biocompatible structures and mimic many important signaling molecules in biology. These supramolecular polymers can form nanofibers that create networks which mimic natural extracellular matrices. PA materials have been shown to induce growth of blood vessels, bone, cartilage, and nervous tissue, among others. The work described in this thesis not only studied the relationship between molecular structure and functions of PA assemblies, but also uncovered a powerful link between the energy landscape of their supramolecular self-assembly and the ability of PA materials to interact with cells. In chapter 2, it is argued that fabricating fibrous nanostructures with defined mechanical properties and decoration with bioactive molecules is not sufficient to create a material that can effectively communicate with cells. By systemically placing the fibronectin-derived RGDS epitope at increasing distances from the surface of PA nanofibers through a linker of one to five glycine residues, integrin-mediated RGDS signaling was enhanced. The results suggested that the spatial presentation of an epitope on PA nanofibers strongly influences the bioactivity of the PA substrates. In further improving functionality of a PA-based scaffold to effectively direct cell growth and differentiation, chapter 3 explored the use of a cell microcarrier to compartmentalize and simultaneously tune insoluble and soluble signals in a single matrix. PA nanofibers were incorporated at the surface of the microcarrier in order to promote cell adhesion, while

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Transition-metal-doped aluminum hydrides as building blocks for supramolecular assemblies.

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    Liu, Jianjun; Yu, Jiamei; Ge, Qingfeng

    2010-11-25

    Density functional theory calculations were carried out to characterize a series of transition-metal-doped aluminum hydrides, forming TMAl(n)H(2n) and TMAl(n)H(2n+1) (TM = Sc, Ti, V; n = 3,4), in either charged or neutral form. A new electron-counting rule for these clusters was formulated as PSEN (paired skeleton electron number) = 4n, which can characterize both closed-shell and open-shell clusters. On the basis of this electron-counting rule, the superatomic clusters such as TiAl(4)H(9) and TiAl(3)H(6) were identified and can be used to assemble supramolecular structures. Electronic structure analysis showed that three-centered TM-H-Al bonds largely contributed to the structural stability. Also, the spin state of a wide range of clusters in their ground state can be predicted by the electron-counting rule.

  17. Acceleration of Amide Bond Rotation by Encapsulation in the Hydrophobic Interior of a Water-Soluble Supramolecular Assembly

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    Pluth, Michael D.; Bergman, Robert G.; Raymond, Kenneth N.

    2008-04-08

    The hydrophobic interior cavity of a self-assembled supramolecular assembly exploits the hydrophobic effect for the encapsulation of tertiary amides. Variable temperature 1H NMR experiments reveal that the free energy barrier for rotation around the C-N amide bond is lowered by up to 3.6 kcal/mol upon encapsulation. The hydrophobic cavity of the assembly is able to stabilize the less polar transition state of the amide rotation process. Carbon-13 labeling studies showed that the {sup 13}C NMR carbonyl resonance increases with temperature for the encapsulated amides which suggests that the assembly is able to favor a twisted for of the amide.

  18. 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.

  19. Self-assembled hemicapsules with inherent functionalities: modeling of a supramolecular electrostatic self-assembly

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    Oshovsky, G.; Reinhoudt, David; Verboom, Willem

    2006-01-01

    An approach to functional self-assembled hemicapsules is described consisting of the use of multivalent (valency ≥ 4) and divalent components, the functional groups of which have a relatively weak binding affinity. Electrostatic self-assembly of tetrakis(pyridiniummethyl)cavitand hemispheres (H) and

  20. Sensitization effects of supramolecular assemblies on the luminescence of terbium-ion prulifloxacin complexes

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    Wang Hong; Yi Chongyue; Li Xue; Fang Fang [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Yang Yajiang, E-mail: yjyang@mail.hust.edu.c [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2011-04-15

    Luminescence enhancement of terbium-ion prulifloxacin complexes (Tb(III)-PUFX) in supramolecular hydrogels formed by assembly of 1,3:2,4-di-O-benzylidene-D-sorbitol (DBS) was investigated by steady-state fluorescence, varying temperature fluorescence and time-resolved fluorescence. The luminescence images show that Tb(III)-PUFX were dispersed in the DBS gels. The luminescence intensity of Tb(III)-PUFX in the DBS gels was significantly increased in comparison with that in corresponding aqueous solutions. The varying temperature fluorescent spectra show that the luminescence intensity of Tb(III)-PUFX decreased with an increase in the temperature. This implies that the luminescence enhancement of Tb(III)-PUFX is related to the dissociation and the formation of the DBS assemblies. Time-resolved fluorescence measurements show slower rotational motion in DBS gels in comparison with that in the corresponding aqueous solutions. This may be ascribed to a unique microstructure of three-dimensional network formed by DBC aggregates, resulting in deactivation of the nonradiative relaxation. The images of field emission scanning electron microscopy and polarized optical microscopy indicate that the morphology of the DBS assemblies was not influenced upon addition of Tb(III)-PUFX to the DBS gels.

  1. Supramolecular assemblies of 4,7-phenanthroline with various aromatic polycarboxylic acids

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    Biswas, Sharmita Nandy; Nandy, Purnendu

    2016-10-01

    Five molecular complexes 1a-1e, of 4,7-phenanthroline (1) with various aromatic polycarboxylic acids such as benzene-1,3-dicarboxylic acid (a), pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid (b), pyridine-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (c), benzene-1,2,3,4,5-pentacarboxylic acid (d) and 1,2,3,4,5,6-benzenehexacarboxylic acid (e) have been prepared and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric analyses. The analysis shows that all the assemblies crystallized as hydrates, except complex, 1c, formed between 1 and pyridine-2,5-dicarboxylic acid. Single crystal X-ray data reveals that the packing patterns of all the molecular complexes have been directed by strong hydrogen bonding O-H⋯O/O-H⋯N/N+-H⋯O- and weak hydrogen bonding C-H⋯O interactions. All the hydrated assemblies aggregate through the formation of cyclic networks as basic recognition pattern. Further, we observed that water molecules play significant role for production of supramolecular assemblies.

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

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    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.

  3. Exploration of supramolecular assemblies of rac-1,3-cyclohexanedicarboxylic acid

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    Giri, Lopamudra; Pedireddi, V. R.

    2015-11-01

    Supramolecular assemblies of rac-1,3-cyclohexanedicarboxylic acid (1) with melamine (a), 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethene (b); 1, 2-bis(4pyridyl)ethane (c) in the presence of Co(II), and 1,10-phenanthroline (d) along with Cu(II) and Ni(II), respectively 1a - 1d and 1d', have been reported. All the assemblies were prepared by crystallization method, through slow-evaporation process, at ambient conditions. All the complexes yield sheet structures that are stacked in three-dimensional arrangement, however, each structure is unique within three-dimensional networks with varied arrangements of either organic entities or coordinated ensembles. For instance, while a host-guest type assembly was observed in 1a, only crinkled tapes are observed in 1b. Among coordination complexes, 1c has an interpenetrated cubic network, whereas 1d and 1d' form host-guest networks. A noteworthy feature to highlight is that the water molecules in the channels of 1d organize in the form of pentamers, which are further held together through tetrameric network, with the aid of hydrogen bonds. A further interesting feature is the presence of acid 1 in different conformations in the complexes as cis form in 1b, 1c and 1d and trans form in 1d'. However, in 1a both cis and trans conformers are observed.

  4. Supramolecular assembled three-dimensional graphene hybrids: Synthesis and applications in supercapacitors

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    Ni, Lubin; Zhang, Wang; Wu, Zhen; Sun, Chunyu; Cai, Yin; Yang, Guang; Chen, Ming; Piao, Yuanzhe; Diao, Guowang

    2017-02-01

    Graphene-based materials have received worldwide attention in the focus of forefront energy storage investigations. Currently, the design of novel three-dimensional (3D) graphene structures with high energy capability, superior electron and ion conductivity, and robust mechanical flexibility is still a great challenge. Herein, we have successfully demonstrated a novel approach to fabricate 3D assembled graphene through the supramolecular interactions of β-cyclodextrin polymers (β-CDP) with an adamantine end-capped poly(ethylene oxide) polymer linker (PEG-AD). The incorporation of PEG-AD linker into rGO sheets increased the interlayer spacing of rGO sheets to form 3D graphene materials, which can provide efficient 3D electron transfer pathways and ion diffusion channels, and facilitate the infiltration of gel electrolyte. The as-prepared 3D self-assembled graphene materials exhibit significantly improved electrochemical performances of supercapacitor in terms of high specific capacitance, remarkable rate capability, and excellent cycling stability compared to pristine reduced graphene oxide. This study shed new lights to the construction of three dimensional self-assembled graphene materials and their urgent applications in energy storage.

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

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    Liu, Shuang; Luo, Yufeng; Liang, Gaolin

    2015-12-01

    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.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. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional experimental details as described in the text. Synthetic routes for 1; Schemes S1 and S2, Fig. S1-S20 and Table S1. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07179h

  6. 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

  7. Responsive supramolecular polymer metallogel constructed by orthogonal coordination-driven self-assembly and host/guest interactions.

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    Yan, Xuzhou; Cook, Timothy R; Pollock, J Bryant; Wei, Peifa; Zhang, Yanyan; Yu, Yihua; Huang, Feihe; Stang, Peter J

    2014-03-26

    An emerging strategy for the fabrication of advanced supramolecular materials is the use of hierarchical self-assembly techniques wherein multiple orthogonal interactions between molecular precursors can produce new species with attractive properties. Herein, we unify the spontaneous formation of metal-ligand bonds with the host/guest chemistry of crown ethers to deliver a 3D supramolecular polymer network (SPN). Specifically, we have prepared a highly directional dipyridyl donor decorated with a benzo-21-crown-7 moiety that undergoes coordination-driven self-assembly with a complementary organoplatinum acceptor to furnish hexagonal metallacycles. These hexagons subsequently polymerize into a supramolecular network upon the addition of a bisammonium salt due to the formation of [2]pseudorotaxane linkages between the crown ether and ammonium moieties. At high concentrations, the resulting 3D SPN becomes a gel comprising many cross-linked metallohexagons. Notably, thermo- and cation-induced gel-sol transitions are found to be completely reversible, reflecting the dynamic and tunable nature of such supramolecular materials. As such, these results demonstrate the structural complexity that can be obtained when carefully controlling multiple interactions in a hierarchical fashion, in this case coordination and host/guest chemistry, and the interesting dynamic properties associated with the materials thus obtained.

  8. Assembling supramolecular networks by halogen bonding in coordination polymers driven by 5-bromonicotinic acid

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    Gu, Jin-Zhong, E-mail: gujzh@lzu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Applied Organic Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Metal Chemistry and Resources Utilization of Gansu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wu, Jiang [State Key Laboratory of Applied Organic Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Metal Chemistry and Resources Utilization of Gansu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Kirillov, Alexander M. [Centro de Química Estrutural, Complexo I, Instituto Superior Técnico, The University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal); Lv, Dong-Yu; Tang, Yu; Wu, Jin-Cai [State Key Laboratory of Applied Organic Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Nonferrous Metal Chemistry and Resources Utilization of Gansu Province, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2014-05-01

    A series of six coordination compounds ([Zn(5-Brnic){sub 2}]·1.5H{sub 2}O){sub n} (1), [Cd(5-Brnic){sub 2}]{sub n} (2), [Co(5-Brnic){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub n} (3), [Zn(5-Brnic){sub 2}(H{sub 2}biim)]{sub n} (4), ([Cd(5-Brnic){sub 2}(phen)]·H{sub 2}O){sub n} (5), and [Pb(5-Brnic){sub 2}(phen)] (6) have been generated by the hydrothermal method from the metal(II) nitrates, 5-bromonicotinic acid (5-BrnicH), and an optional ancillary 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) or 2,2′-biimidazole (H{sub 2}biim) ligand. All the products 1–6 have been characterized by IR spectroscopy, elemental, thermal, powder and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. Their 5-bromonicotinate-driven structures vary from the 3D metal-organic framework with the seh-3,5-P21/c topology (in 2) and the 2D interdigitated layers with the sql topology (in 1 and 3), to the 1D chains (in 4 and 5) and the 0D discrete monomers (in 6). The 5-bromonicotinate moiety acts as a versatile building block and its tethered bromine atom plays a key role in reinforcing and extending the structures into diverse 3D supramolecular networks via the various halogen bonding Br⋯O, Br⋯Br, and Br⋯π interactions, as well as the N–H⋯O and C–H⋯O hydrogen bonds. The obtained results demonstrate a useful guideline toward engineering the supramolecular architectures in the coordination network assembly under the influence of various halogen bonding interactions. The luminescent (for 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6) and magnetic (for 3) properties have also been studied and discussed in detail. - Graphical abstract: Six coordination compounds driven by 5-bromonicotinic acid have been generated and structurally characterized, revealing diverse metal-organic networks that are further reinforced and extended via various halogen bonding interactions. - Highlights: • 5-Bromonicotinic acid is a versatile ligand for Zn, Cd, Co and Pb derivatives. • Careful selection of co-ligands and metals resulted in different network

  9. 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

    2016-05-04

    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.

  10. Co-assembly of Peptide Amphiphiles and Lipids into Supramolecular Nanostructures Driven by Anion-π Interactions

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    Yu, Zhilin; Erbas, Aykut; Tantakitti, Faifan; Palmer, Liam C.; Jackman, Joshua A.; Olvera de la Cruz, Monica; Cho, Nam-Joon; Stupp, Samuel I.

    2017-06-01

    Co-assembly of binary systems driven by specific non-covalent interactions can greatly expand the structural and functional space of supramolecular nanostructures. We report here on the self-assembly of peptide amphiphiles and fatty acids driven primarily by anion-π interactions. The peptide sequences investigated were functionalized with a perfluorinated phenylalanine residue to promote anion-π interactions with carboxylate headgroups in fatty acids. These interactions were verified here by NMR and circular dichroism experiments as well as investigated using atomistic simulations. Positioning the aromatic units close to the N-terminus of the peptide backbone near the hydrophobic core of cylindrical nanofibers leads to strong anion-π interactions between both components. With a low content of dodecanoic acid in this position, the cylindrical morphology is preserved. However, as the aromatic units are moved along the peptide backbone away from the hydrophobic core, the interactions with dodecanoic acid transform the cylindrical supramolecular morphology into ribbon-like structures. Increasing the ratio of dodecanoic acid to PA leads to either the formation of large vesicles in the binary systems where the anion-π interactions are strong, or a heterogeneous mixture of assemblies when the peptide amphiphiles associate weakly with dodecanoic acid. Our findings reveal how co-assembly involving designed specific interactions can drastically change supramolecular morphology and even cross from nano to micro scales.

  11. Combining modular ligation and supramolecular self-assembly for the construction of star-shaped macromolecules.

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    Altintas, Ozcan; Muller, Thierry; Lejeune, Elise; Plietzsch, Oliver; Bräse, Stefan; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher

    2012-06-14

    A well-defined random copolymer of styrene (S) and chloromethylstyrene (CMS) featuring lateral chlorine moieties with an alkyne terminal group is prepared (P(S-co-CMS), M(n) = 5500 Da, PDI = 1.13). The chloromethyl groups are converted into Hamilton wedge (HW) entities (P(S-co-HWS), M(n) = 6200 Da, PDI = 1.13). The P(S-co-HWS) polymer is subsequently ligated with tetrakis(4-azidophenyl)methane to give HW-functional star-shaped macromolecules (P(S-co-HWS))(4), M(n) = 25,100 Da, PDI = 1.08). Supramolecular star-shaped copolymers are then prepared via self-assembly between the HW-functionalized four-arm star-shaped macromolecules (P(S-co-HW))(4) and cyanuric acid (CA) end-functionalized PS (PS-CA, M(n) = 3700 Da, PDI = 1.04), CA end-functionalized poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA-CA, M(n) = 8500 Da, PDI = 1.13) and CA end-functionalized polyethylene glycol (PEG-CA, M(n) = 1700 Da, PDI = 1.05). The self-assembly is monitored by (1)H NMR spectroscopy and light scattering analyses.

  12. Water-Insoluble Photosensitizer Nanocolloids Stabilized by Supramolecular Interfacial Assembly towards Photodynamic Therapy

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    Liu, Yamei; Ma, Kai; Jiao, Tifeng; Xing, Ruirui; Shen, Guizhi; Yan, Xuehai

    2017-02-01

    Nanoengineering of hydrophobic photosensitizers (PSs) is a promising approach for improved tumor delivery and enhanced photodynamic therapy (PDT) efficiency. A variety of delivery carriers have been developed for tumor delivery of PSs through the enhanced permeation and retention (EPR) effect. However, a high-performance PS delivery system with minimum use of carrier materials with excellent biocompatibility is highly appreciated. In this work, we utilized the spatiotemporal interfacial adhesion and assembly of supramolecular coordination to achieve the nanoengineering of water-insoluble photosensitizer Chlorin e6 (Ce6). The hydrophobic Ce6 nanoparticles are well stabilized in a aqueous medium by the interfacially-assembled film due to the coordination polymerization of tannic acid (TA) and ferric iron (Fe(III)). The resulting Ce6@TA-Fe(III) complex nanoparticles (referenced as Ce6@TA-Fe(III) NPs) significantly improves the drug loading content (~65%) and have an average size of 60 nm. The Ce6@TA-Fe(III) NPs are almost non-emissive as the aggregated states, but they can light up after intracellular internalization, which thus realizes low dark toxicity and excellent phototoxicity under laser irradiation. The Ce6@TA-Fe(III) NPs prolong blood circulation, promote tumor-selective accumulation of PSs, and enhanced antitumor efficacy in comparison to the free-carrier Ce6 in vivo evaluation.

  13. Design and construction of self-assembling supramolecular protein complexes using artificial and fusion proteins as nanoscale building blocks.

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    Kobayashi, Naoya; Arai, Ryoichi

    2017-02-01

    The central goal of nanobiotechnology is to design and construct novel biomaterials of nanometer sizes. In this short review, we describe recent progress of several approaches for designing and creating artificial self-assembling protein complexes and primarily focus on the following biotechnological strategies for using artificial and fusion proteins as nanoscale building blocks: fusion proteins designed for symmetrical self-assembly; three-dimensional domain-swapped oligomers; self-assembling designed coiled-coil peptide modules; metal-directed self-assembling engineered proteins; computationally designed self-assembling de novo proteins; and self-assembling protein nanobuilding blocks (PN-Blocks) using an intermolecularly folded dimeric de novo protein. These state-of-the-art nanobiotechnologies for designing supramolecular protein complexes will facilitate the development of novel functional nanobiomaterials.

  14. 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.

  15. A luminescent supramolecular assembly composed of a single-walled carbon nanotube and a molecular magnet precursor

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    Safar, G. A. M., E-mail: gamsafar@yahoo.com.br; Simoes, T. R. G. [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Departamento de Quimica (Brazil); Paula, A. M. de [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Departamento de Fisica (Brazil); Gratens, X.; Chitta, V. A. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil); Stumpf, H. O. [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Departamento de Quimica (Brazil)

    2013-02-15

    Magnetism of supramolecular assemblies of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTS) with a magnetic dinuclear molecule is investigated. Raman, optical absorption and confocal fluorescence images are used to probe the interaction of the dinuclear compound and the SWCNT. The supramolecular assembly shows antiferromagnetism, on the contrary to the case when strong electronic doping of the SWCNT occurs, yielding a spin-glass system, and contrary to the case of the dinuclear molecular crystal, which is ferromagnetic. The SWCNT imposes the antiferromagnetic order to the dinuclear molecule, corroborating recent findings that antiferromagnetism is present in pure SWCNTs. Two theoretical models are used to fit the data, both yielding good fitting results. The nanoparticle size range is around 2-10 nm.

  16. Controlled preparation of porous TiO2-Ag nanostructures through supramolecular assembly for plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis.

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    Fei, Jinbo; Li, Junbai

    2015-01-14

    By templating Ag(+)-induced supramolecular assembly at different temperatures, porous TiO2-Ag nanotubes and nanospheres are fabricated in a controlled manner due to the effect of Rayleigh instability. Compared with traditional TiO2 nanoparticles, TiO2-Ag nanostructures above show much more extensive visible light absorption and exhibit the noticeably plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis because of the existence of Ag nanoparticles.

  17. Interfacial assembly of cinnamoyl-terminated bolaamphiphiles through the air/water interface: headgroup-dependent assembly, supramolecular nanotube and photochemical sewing.

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    Liu, Xufei; Wang, Tianyu; Liu, Minghua

    2011-10-06

    A series of cinnamoyl-terminated bolaamphiphiles were synthesized and their assemblies at the air/water interface were investigated. It was found that the assembly behaviour depended on the substituted groups on the cinnamoyl unit. The bolaamphiphile with 4-hydroxycinnamoyl head groups (HCDA) was found to assemble into a supramolecular nanotube, while the others formed only layer-structured films. Moreover, the nanotube formed from HCDA showed supramolecular chirality due to the symmetry breaking. Both the layered films and the nanotubes showed photochemical dimerization upon UV irradiation, which were studied from the UV-Vis, FT-IR spectral and MALDI-TOF MS analysis. Interestingly, such dimerization behavior of the cinnamoyl group could be used to stabilize the nanotube of HCDAvia photochemical sewing. During such a process both the supramolecular chirality and the tubular shapes were kept. Remarkably, such a photochemical sewed chiral nanotube could further induce the chirality of an achiral porphyrin derivative assembled on it, and produced the induced chirality without using any chiral molecules.

  18. Self-healing supramolecular bioelastomers with shape memory property as a multifunctional platform for biomedical applications via modular assembly.

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    Wu, Yaobin; Wang, Ling; Zhao, Xin; Hou, Sen; Guo, Baolin; Ma, Peter X

    2016-10-01

    Mimicking native functional dynamics for traditional biomaterials such as thermoset elastomers is limited due to their lack of responsiveness to biological stimuli and difficulties to incorporate biofunctionalities. Furthermore, the mechanical fracture of traditional thermoset elastomers caused by irreversible covalent bond rupture would lead to their permanent loss of properties. To overcome these challenges, degradable self-healed supramolecular bioelastomers are designed by an elastic poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) backbone and multiple hydrogen-bonding ureido-pyrimidinone (UPy) grafts. These supramolecular elastic polymers exhibit efficient self-healing, rapid shape-memory abilities and highly tunable mechanical properties due to the dynamic supramolecular interactions, and perform a good biocompatibility in vitro and a mild host response in vivo. By combining modular approaches, these supramolecular bioelastomers have been further assembled into a multifunctional platform to expand their applications in different biomedical fields. These include a complex 3D scaffold with shape-memory capacity and anisotropic mechanical properties, a controllable drug delivery model via a layer-by-layer technique, a surface antibacterial composite by physical modification, and a spatial oriented cell co-culture system via incorporating different cell-laden self-healing films, demonstrating their potential as building blocks in a wide range of biomedical applications where dynamic properties and biological functions are desired.

  19. Transient structures of keratins from hoof and horn influence their self association and supramolecular assemblies.

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    Kakkar, Prachi; Balaraman, Madhan; Shanmugam, Ganesh

    2016-12-01

    Keratins as fibrous proteins, offer structural integrity to various tissues in providing the functional role of protection or load bearing. This work is a prelude to understand the structure - property correlation for a wide variety of keratins. The kinetics of aggregation of bovine hoof keratin (KF) and horn keratin (KR) were monitored by different biophysical methods. pH dependent studies indicated that initially both keratins existed in pre-aggregated form and the efficiency of aggregation decreased with increasing pH. The size of the aggregates was found to be larger in KF compared to KR. UV-vis and particle size analysis clearly revealed that the pre-aggregated forms of KF and KR dissociated to intermediate transient structures with smaller aggregate size, which acted as stronger nucleating agents for further self association of the keratins to form higher order supramolecular assemblies. Conformational analysis indicated that there was no significant conformational change during the aggregation of KF and KR. Morphology of the KF aggregates showed fractal arrangement while KR aggregates formed an ordered structure with no particular arrangement. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report which shows an interesting and unique observation on changes in the structure during self-association of keratins.

  20. Fabrication of CO2 Facilitated Transport Channels in Block Copolymer through Supramolecular Assembly

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    Yao Wang

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the molecule 12-amidine dodecanoic acid (M with ending groups of carboxyl and amidine groups respectively was designed and synthesized as CO2-responsive guest molecules. The block copolymer polystyrene-b-polyethylene oxide (PS-b-PEO was chosen as the host polymer to fabricate a composite membrane through H-bonding assembly with guest molecule M. We attempted to tune the phase separation structure of the annealed film by varying the amount of M added, and investigated the nanostructures via transmission electron microscope (TEM, fourier transform infrared (FT-IR etc. As a result, a reverse worm-like morphology in TEM image of bright PS phase in dark PEO/M matrix was observed for PS-b-PEO/M1 membrane in which the molar ratio of EO unit to M was 1:1. The following gas permeation measurement indicated that the gas flux of the annealed membranes dramatically increased due to the forming of ordered phase separation structure. As we expected, the obtained composite membrane PS-b-PEO/M1 with EO:M mole ratio of 1:1 presented an evident selectivity for moist CO2 permeance, which is identical with our initial proposal that the guest molecule M in the membranes will play the key role for CO2 facilitated transportation since the amidine groups of M could react reversibly with CO2 molecules in membranes. This work provides a supramolecular approach to fabricating CO2 facilitated transport membranes.

  1. 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.

  2. Autonomous oscillation in supramolecular assemblies: Role of free energy landscape and fluctuations

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    Sereda, Yuriy V.; Ortoleva, Peter J.

    2015-11-01

    Molecular dynamics studies demonstrated that a supramolecular assembly can express autonomous structural oscillations about equilibrium. It is demonstrated here that for nanosystems such oscillations can result from the interplay of free energy landscape and structural fluctuations. Furthermore, these oscillations have intermittent character, reflecting the conflict between a tendency to oscillate due to features in the free energy landscape, and the Second Law's repression of perpetual oscillation in an isothermal, equilibrium system. The demonstration system is a T = 1 icosahedral structure constituted of 12 protein pentamers in contact with a bath at fixed temperature. The oscillations are explained in terms of a Langevin model accounting for interactions among neighboring pentamers. The model is based on a postulated free energy landscape in the 24-dimensional space of variables describing the centrifugal and rotational motion of each pentamer. The model includes features such as basins of attraction and low free energy corridors. When the system is driven slightly out of equilibrium, the oscillations are transformed into a limit cycle, as expressed in terms of power spectrum narrowing.

  3. Solid-state NMR spectroscopic trends for supramolecular assemblies and protein aggregates.

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    Linser, Rasmus

    2017-08-24

    Solid-state NMR is able to generate structural data on sample preparations that are explicitly non-crystalline. In particular, for amyloid fibril samples, which can comprise significant degrees of sample disorder, solid-state NMR has been used very successfully. But also solid-state NMR studies of other supramolecular assemblies that have resisted assessment by more standard methods are being performed with increasing ease and biological impact, many of which are briefly reviewed here. New technical trends with respect to structure calculation, protein dynamics and smaller sample amounts have reshaped the field of solid-state NMR recently. In particular, proton-detected approaches based on fast Magic-Angle Spinning (MAS) were demonstrated for crystalline systems initially. Currently, such approaches are being expanded to the above-mentioned non-crystalline targets, the characterization of which can now be pursued with sample amounts on the order of a milligram. In this Trends article, I am giving a brief overview about achievements of the last years as well as the directions that the field has been heading into and delineate some satisfactory perspectives for solid-state NMR's future striving. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Template Syntheses, Crystal Structures and Supramolecular Assembly of Hexaaza Macrocyclic Copper(II) Complexes

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    Kim, Taehyung; Kim, Ju Chang [Pukyong National Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of); Lough, Alan J. [Univ. of Toronto, Toronto (Canada)

    2013-06-15

    Two new hexaaza macrocyclic copper(II) complexes were prepared by a template method and structurally characterized. In the solid state, they were self-assembled by intermolecular interactions to form the corresponding supramolecules 1 and 2, respectively. In the structure of 1, the copper(II) macrocycles are bridged by a tp ligand to form a macrocyclic copper(II) dimer. The dimer extends its structure by intermolecular forces such as hydrogen bonds and C-H···π interactions, resulting in the formation of a double stranded 1D supramolecule. In 2, the basic structure is a monomeric copper(II) macrocycle with deprotonated imidazole pendants. An undulated 1D hydrogen bonded array is achieved through hydrogen bonds between imidazole pendants and secondary amines, where the imidazole pendants act as a hydrogen bond acceptor. The 1D hydrogen bonded supramolecular chain is supported by C-H···π interactions between the methyl groups of acetonitrile ligands and imidazole pendants of the copper(II) macrocycles. In both complexes, the introduction of imidazoles to the macrocycle as a pendant plays an important role for the formation of supramolecules, where they act as intermolecular hydrogen bond donors and/or acceptors, C-H···π and π-π interactions.

  5. Supramolecular Assembly of Comb-like Macromolecules Induced by Chemical Reactions that Modulate the Macromolecular Interactions In Situ.

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    Xia, Hongwei; Fu, Hailin; Zhang, Yanfeng; Shih, Kuo-Chih; Ren, Yuan; Anuganti, Murali; Nieh, Mu-Ping; Cheng, Jianjun; Lin, Yao

    2017-08-16

    Supramolecular polymerization or assembly of proteins or large macromolecular units by a homogeneous nucleation mechanism can be quite slow and require specific solution conditions. In nature, protein assembly is often regulated by molecules that modulate the electrostatic interactions of the protein subunits for various association strengths. The key to this regulation is the coupling of the assembly process with a reversible or irreversible chemical reaction that occurs within the constituent subunits. However, realizing this complex process by the rational design of synthetic molecules or macromolecules remains a challenge. Herein, we use a synthetic polypeptide-grafted comb macromolecule to demonstrate how the in situ modulation of interactions between the charged macromolecules affects their resulting supramolecular structures. The kinetics of structural formation was studied and can be described by a generalized model of nucleated polymerization containing secondary pathways. Basic thermodynamic analysis indicated the delicate role of the electrostatic interactions between the charged subunits in the reaction-induced assembly process. This approach may be applicable for assembling a variety of ionic soft matters that are amenable to chemical reactions in situ.

  6. High-tech applications of self-assembling supramolecular nanostructured gel-phase materials: from regenerative medicine to electronic devices.

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    Hirst, Andrew R; Escuder, Beatriu; Miravet, Juan F; Smith, David K

    2008-01-01

    It is likely that nanofabrication will underpin many technologies in the 21st century. Synthetic chemistry is a powerful approach to generate molecular structures that are capable of assembling into functional nanoscale architectures. There has been intense interest in self-assembling low-molecular-weight gelators, which has led to a general understanding of gelation based on the self-assembly of molecular-scale building blocks in terms of non-covalent interactions and packing parameters. The gelator molecules generate hierarchical, supramolecular structures that are macroscopically expressed in gel formation. Molecular modification can therefore control nanoscale assembly, a process that ultimately endows specific material function. The combination of supramolecular chemistry, materials science, and biomedicine allows application-based materials to be developed. Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering using molecular gels as nanostructured scaffolds for the regrowth of nerve cells has been demonstrated in vivo, and the prospect of using self-assembled fibers as one-dimensional conductors in gel materials has captured much interest in the field of nanoelectronics.

  7. Exploiting Supramolecular Interactions for the Intramolecular Folding of Side-Chain Functionalized Polymers and Assembly of Anisotropic Colloids

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    Romulus, Joy

    The overarching goal presented in this thesis is the self-assembly of synthetic systems into higher ordered structures utilizing supramolecular chemistry. Noncovalent interactions including charge-transfer and hydrogen bonding as well as DNA hybridization are exploited to induce the assembly of polymers and colloids into well-defined architectures. This strategy provides a tunable handle on materials bulk properties that can be adjusted by simply changing variables such as temperature and solvent. A brief overview of design principles for the supramolecular assembly of side-chain functionalized polymers is presented. The polymerization technique selected was living ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP), thus affording control over molecular weight and molecular weight distributions. ROMP also allowed for the incorporation of functional groups that were used to assemble the polymers into ordered structures. Charge-transfer motifs were exploited and shown to drive the assembly of random and alternating copolymers via intramolecular side-chain interactions. Incorporation of complementary hydrogen bonding motifs was shown to guide the single-chain folding of a multifunctional triblock copolymer into sheet-like structures. Precision over the size, shape, and monomer sequence were identified as key elements for efficient self-assembly. The self-assembly of colloids using DNA hybridization was also investigated. Previously, the majority of colloid-based research relied upon the self-assembly of spherical isotropic particles into closed-packed arrangements. In contrast, anisotropic particles may allow for the realization of open structures. By expanding upon a method to permanently cross-link DNA strands incubated on a colloidal surface, a new strategy to engineer patchy particles is described. These functional DNA-coated patches are demonstrated to direct particle assembly. The self-assembly of polymer and colloidal systems utilizing noncovalent interactions

  8. Supramolecular Assemblies in Salts of 2,2'-Biimidazole with 5-Sulfosalicylic Acid and 3,4,5-Trihydroxybenzoic Acid

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    LI Yan-Ping; YANG Pin

    2007-01-01

    Supramolecular assemblies of 2,2'-biimidazole with 5-sulfosalicylic acid and 3,4,5-trihydroxybenzoic acid, have been synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods. Both the two proton-transfer compounds of 2,2'-biimidazole with 3-carboxy-4-hydroxybenzenesulfonic acid (5-sulfosalicylic acid, 5-SSA) [namely structures having significant interlayer π-π interactions between the cation and anion species. In Ⅰ, a 5-SSA2- dianionic species results from deprotonation of both the sulfonic and the carboxylic acid groups, all available O-atom acceptors interact with all cation and water molecule donors by hydrogen bonds. In Ⅱ, the formula unit displays a crystallographic inversion symmetry. The structural information about the two complexes between 2,2'-biimidazole compound and benzenecarboxylic acids obtained in this work will be particularly important for the rational design of supramolecular organic functional materials.

  9. Azobenzene dye-coupled quadruply hydrogen-bonding modules as colorimetric indicators for supramolecular interactions

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    Yagang Zhang

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The facile coupling of azobenzene dyes to the quadruply hydrogen-bonding modules 2,7-diamido-1,8-naphthyridine (DAN and 7-deazaguanine urea (DeUG is described. The coupling of azobenzene dye 2 to mono-amido DAN units 4, 7, and 9 was effected by classic 4-(dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP-catalyzed peptide synthesis with N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl-N’-ethyl carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC as activating agent, affording the respective amide products 5, 8, and 10 in 60–71% yield. The amide linkage was formed through either the aliphatic or aromatic ester group of 2, allowing both the flexibility and absorption maximum to be tuned. Azobenzene dye 1 was coupled to the DeUG unit 11 by Steglich esterification to afford the product amide 12 in 35% yield. Alternatively, azobenzene dye 16 underwent a room-temperature copper-catalyzed azide–alkyne Huisgen cycloaddition with DeUG alkyne 17 to give triazole 18 in 71% yield. Azobenzene coupled DAN modules 5, 8, and 10 are bright orange–red in color, and azobenzene coupled DeUG modules 12 and 18 are orange–yellow in color. Azobenzene coupled DAN and DeUG modules were successfully used as colorimetric indicators for specific DAN–DeUG and DAN–UPy (2-ureido-4(1H-pyrimidone quadruply hydrogen-bonding interactions.

  10. Self-assembly of 2,3-dihydroxycholestane steroids into supramolecular organogels as a soft template for the in-situ generation of silicate nanomaterials

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    Edelsztein, Valeria C; Andrea S. Mac Cormack; Matías Ciarlantini; Di Chenna, Pablo H

    2013-01-01

    Supramolecular gels are an important and interesting class of soft materials that show great potential for many applications. Most of them have been discovered serendipitously, and understanding the supramolecular self-assembly that leads to the formation of the gel superstructure is the key to the directed design of new organogels. We report herein the organogelating property of four stereoisomers of the simple steroid 2,3-dihydroxycholestane. Only the isomer with the trans-diaxial hydroxy g...

  11. Cucurbit[n]uril-Based Microcapsules Self-Assembled within Microfluidic Droplets: A Versatile Approach for Supramolecular Architectures and Materials.

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    Liu, Ji; Lan, Yang; Yu, Ziyi; Tan, Cindy S Y; Parker, Richard M; Abell, Chris; Scherman, Oren A

    2017-02-21

    Microencapsulation is a fundamental concept behind a wide range of daily applications ranging from paints, adhesives, and pesticides to targeted drug delivery, transport of vaccines, and self-healing concretes. The beauty of microfluidics to generate microcapsules arises from the capability of fabricating monodisperse and micrometer-scale droplets, which can lead to microcapsules/particles with fine-tuned control over size, shape, and hierarchical structure, as well as high reproducibility, efficient material usage, and high-throughput manipulation. The introduction of supramolecular chemistry, such as host-guest interactions, endows the resultant microcapsules with stimuli-responsiveness and self-adjusting capabilities, and facilitates hierarchical microstructures with tunable stability and porosity, leading to the maturity of current microencapsulation industry. Supramolecular architectures and materials have attracted immense attention over the past decade, as they open the possibility to obtain a large variety of aesthetically pleasing structures, with myriad applications in biomedicine, energy, sensing, catalysis, and biomimicry, on account of the inherent reversible and adaptive nature of supramolecular interactions. As a subset of supramolecular interactions, host-guest molecular recognition involves the formation of inclusion complexes between two or more moieties, with specific three-dimensional structures and spatial arrangements, in a highly controllable and cooperative manner. Such highly selective, strong yet dynamic interactions could be exploited as an alternative methodology for programmable and controllable engineering of supramolecular architectures and materials, exploiting reversible interactions between complementary components. Through the engineering of molecular structures, assemblies can be readily functionalized based on host-guest interactions, with desirable physicochemical characteristics. In this Account, we summarize the current state

  12. Thermodynamics and mechanisms of the formation of supramolecules and supramolecular assemblies of s, p, d and f elements: problems and prospects

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    Tsivadze, Aslan Yu; Ionova, Galina V; Mikhalko, V K; Kostrubov, Yu N [A.N. Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2007-03-31

    The experimental results concerning the mechanism and thermodynamics of formation of three classes of supramolecular systems, namely, polymers, discrete ring nanostructures and macrocyclic complexes (with crown ethers, cryptands, etc.) are surveyed. The thermodynamic factors, in particular, the bond energy between the 'building blocks', determining the stability of supramolecular assemblies are analysed. The energy contributions of the metal-ligand and metal-metal interactions and hydrogen bonds to the thermodynamics and mechanism of self-assembly are compared. The principles of design of new polynuclear assemblies of s, p, d and f elements are considered.

  13. Electrochemically controlled supramolecular systems

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    Nijhuis, Christian A.; Ravoo, Bart Jan; Huskens, Jurriaan; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2007-01-01

    Large and complex molecular structures can be assembled by supramolecular chemistry and self-organization. For practical purposes it is required that the assembly and disassembly of supramolecular complexes and materials can be directed and controlled by external stimuli in order to build, for insta

  14. Spectroscopy and laser characterization of synthesized supramolecular host cucurbit[7]uril using aqueous Rhodamine B dye

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    Deepak R Boraste; Monika Gupta; Ganapati Shankarling; Alok K Ray; Sandip K Nayak

    2014-02-01

    Recent demonstration in augmenting the efficiency of aqueous Rhodamine dye lasers using cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]), a deaggregating and photostabilizing host, has drawn interest in the synthesis and characterization of spectroscopic grade CB[7] in larger quantities. Synthesis of cucurbituril group of macrocycles always leads to the formation of various homologues of CB[n]s (n=5–7) with CB[7] as the minor product. The literature procedure has been optimized to get pure CB[7] in 12–14% yield by fractional crystallization and the purity was checked by NMR, MS and spectrophotometric titration. Laser performances of the synthesized and commercial CB[7] sample as an additive were evaluated using Nd-YAG (532 nm) pumped Rhodamine B aqueous dye lasers and comparable results were obtained.

  15. Thermal, optical and photoinduced properties of a series of homo and co-polyimides with two kinds of covalently bonded azo-dyes and their supramolecular counterparts

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    Konieczkowska, Jolanta; Wojtowicz, Magdalena; Sobolewska, Anna; Noga, Joanna; Jarczyk-Jedryka, Anna; Kozanecka-Szmigiel, Anna; Schab-Balcerzak, Ewa

    2015-10-01

    The paper describes the synthesis and characterization of new aromatic polyimides with one or two different moieties of the azo-dyes covalently attached to the polymer backbone and their supramolecular analogues. Azo-functionalized polyimides were prepared using post-polymerization method including the introduction of Disperse Red 13 and/or 4-[4-(6-hydroxyhexyloxy)phenylazo]pyridine to homo and co-polyimides containing hydroxyl groups via Mitsunobu reaction. The degree of functionalization of polymers with chromophores was estimated by UV-Vis spectroscopy. Polyimides containing hydroxyl groups were applied as matrixes to create supramolecular systems based on hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen-bond interactions in azosystems were studied by FTIR spectroscopy. The polymers were characterized by 1H NMR, FTIR, X-ray, UV-Vis, DSC and TGA methods. The photoisomerization process was investigated in supramolecular systems. The light-induced anisotropy was studied in a holographic gratings recording experiment and by photoinduced birefringence measurements. The polymer films were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) after the diffraction grating recording to confirm formation of surface relief gratings (SRGs). To the best of our knowledge, that the first time photoinduced anisotropy has been studied by birefringence measurements in polyimides containing two different azo-dyes.

  16. Supramolecular amphiphiles.

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    Zhang, Xi; Wang, Chao

    2011-01-01

    Supramolecular amphiphiles (SA), also named superamphiphiles, refer to amphiphiles that are formed by non-covalent interactions. This tutorial review focuses on the molecular architectures of SAs, including diversified topologies such as single chain, double chain, bolaform, gemini and rotaxane types. Non-covalent syntheses that have been employed to fabricate SAs are driven by hydrogen bonding, electrostatic attraction, host-guest recognition, charge transfer interaction, metal coordination and so on. It should be noted that SAs can be either small organic molecules or polymers. SAs allow for tuning of their amphiphilicity in a reversible fashion, leading to controlled self-assembly and disassembly. This line of research has been enriching traditional colloid chemistry and current supramolecular chemistry, and the application of SAs in the field of functional supramolecular materials is keenly anticipated.

  17. Two 3D supramolecular frameworks assembled from the dinuclear building block: A crystallographic evidence of carboxylate(O)$\\ldots$ interaction

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    Sudip Mohapatra; Syamantak Roy; Debajyoti Ghoshal; Tapas Kumar Maji

    2014-07-01

    Two new complexes of Mn(II) and Zn(II) have been synthesized using a mixed ligand system and characterized by IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, single crystal x-ray diffraction and variable temperature magnetic study for one of the compounds. Dimeric coordination structures of [Mn2(2,4-pyrdc)2(bpe)(H2O)6]·2H2O (1) and [Zn2(2,4-pyrdc)2(azpy)(H2O)6]·2H2O (2) [2,4-pyrdc = 2,4-pyridinedicarboxylate; bpe = 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane; azpy = 4, 4' azopyridine] are constructed by the bridging of bpe and azpy, respectively and both are extended to a 3D supramolecular structure by non-covalent interactions. In both the cases, unprecedented carboxylate(O)$\\ldots$ interactions played a crucial role in the organization of the 3D supramolecular assembly. The carboxylate(O)$\\ldots$ interactions are controlled by the C-H$\\ldots$ interactions which were accomplished by the proper modulation of the organic linkers. The formation of these supramolecular frameworks revealed that control of weak interactions can be achieved by the interplay of both energetically strong (covalent) and weak forces (non-covalent).

  18. Supramolecular Assemblies of(±)-2,2'-Dihydroxy-1,1'-binaphthyl with 2,2'-Bipyridine and Naphthodiazine

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    JI Bao-Ming吉保明; CHEN Hua-Ting陈花婷; DU Chen-Xia杜晨霞; DING Kui-Ling丁奎岭

    2004-01-01

    Supramolecular assemblies of (±)-2,2'-dihydroxy-l,l'-binaphthyl (BINOL, A), with aza donor molecules including 2,2'-bipyridine (B) and naphthodiazine (C), have been synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods. Two inclusion complexes crystallize in the triclinic system with P-1 space group. In the inclusion complex between A and B, two molecules of A and two molecules of B are linked each other by intermolecular hydrogen bonds with two molecules of water as the bridges, forming a centrosymmetric dimer with formula of A2(H2O)2B2; while in the inclusion complex between A and C, the molecule C virtually acts as a bridge to link molecules A through intermolecular O-H...N hydrogen bonds, forming a short-chain supramolecular block with interactions also play an important role in the solid-state packing of these two inclusion complexes. The structural information disclosed on the complex between dihydroxy compound and aza hydrogen bond acceptors in this work would be particularly important for the rational design of supramolecular organic functional materials.

  19. Self-assembly through secondary interactions in formation of two-dimensional lead(II) supramolecular polymer with nanosheets morphology

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    Noori, Yasamin; Akhbari, Kamran; Phuruangrat, Anukorn; Costantino, Ferdinando

    2017-02-01

    In order to study the role of self-assembly through secondary interactions in formation of [Pb(3-AB)2]n (1), [3-ABbar = 3-aminobenzoate], we designed some experiments and synthesized two samples of 1 under ultrasonic irradiations. Nanosheets of 1 were synthesized under these conditions. Compound 1 is a one-dimensional coordination polymer. Self-assembly through hydrogen bonding and π-π stacking interactions between these chains results in formation of two-dimensional supramolecular polymer. It seems that self-assembly through secondary interactions between these chain structures is responsible for formation of 1 with nanosheet morphology. Formation nanoparticles of [Pb(2,6-DHB)2]n (2), [2,6-DHBbar = 2,6-dihydroxybenzoate], under the same condition applied for 1, which has three-dimensional coordination network in its crystalline structure, approved our hypotheses. These microstructures were characterized by IR spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).

  20. 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.

  1. Surface modification of cellulose fiber via supramolecular assembly of biodegradable polyesters by the aid of host-guest inclusion complexation.

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    Zhao, Qiang; Wang, Shufang; Cheng, Xinjian; Yam, Richard C M; Kong, Deling; Li, Robert K Y

    2010-05-10

    In this article, we report a novel surface modification method for cellulose fiber that is based on supramolecular assembly. Beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) was first covalently grafted onto the fiber surface. Then poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) oligomers having both ends capped with adamantane motifs (i.e., PCL-AD) were immobilized to the cellulose fiber surface through the host-guest inclusion complexation between beta-CD and AD motif. FTIR-ATR and XPS analyses confirmed the successful assembly of PCL-ADs, which was further supported by the increasing trend of weight gain with the concentration of CDs on the fiber surface. Contact angle and TGA measurements reflect the enhanced hydrophobicity and thermal stability of the cellulose fiber as a consequence of this modification. The morphologies of the cellulose fiber before and after the assembly process have also been compared by SEM.

  2. Building new discrete supramolecular assemblies through the interaction of iso-tellurazole N-oxides with Lewis acids and bases.

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    Ho, Peter C; Jenkins, Hilary A; Britten, James F; Vargas-Baca, Ignacio

    2017-07-21

    The supramolecular macrocycles spontaneously assembled by iso-tellurazole N-oxides are stable towards Lewis bases as strong as N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHC) but readily react with Lewis acids such as BR3 (R = Ph, F). The electron acceptor ability of the tellurium atom is greatly enhanced in the resulting O-bonded adducts, which consequently enables binding to a variety of Lewis bases that includes acetonitrile, 4-dimethylaminopyridine, 4,4'-bipyridine, triphenyl phosphine, a N-heterocyclic carbene and a second molecule of iso-tellurazole N-oxide.

  3. Solvent-polarity-tuned morphology and inversion of supramolecular chirality in a self-assembled pyridylpyrazole-linked glutamide derivative: nanofibers, nanotwists, nanotubes, and microtubes.

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    Jin, Qingxian; Zhang, Li; Liu, Minghua

    2013-07-01

    The self-assembly of a low-molecular-weight organogelator into various hierarchical structures has been achieved for a pyridylpyrazole linked L-glutamide amphiphile in different solvents. Upon gel formation, supramolecular chirality was observed, which exhibited an obvious dependence on the polarity of the solvent. Positive supramolecular chirality was obtained in nonpolar solvents, whereas it was inverted into negative supramolecular chirality in polar solvents. Moreover, the gelator molecules self-assembled into a diverse array of nanostructures over a wide scale range, from nanofibers to nanotubes and microtubes, depending on the solvent polarity. Such morphological changes could even occur for the xerogels in the solvent vapors. We found that the interactions between the pyridylpyrazole headgroups and the solvents could subtly change the stacking of the molecules and, hence, their self-assembled nanostructures. This work exemplifies that organic solvents can significantly involve the gelation, as well as tune the structure and properties, of a gel.

  4. Integrative self-assembly of functional hybrid nanoconstructs by inorganic wrapping of single biomolecules, biomolecule arrays and organic supramolecular assemblies

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    Patil, Avinash J.; Li, Mei; Mann, Stephen

    2013-07-01

    Synthesis of functional hybrid nanoscale objects has been a core focus of the rapidly progressing field of nanomaterials science. In particular, there has been significant interest in the integration of evolutionally optimized biological systems such as proteins, DNA, virus particles and cells with functional inorganic building blocks to construct mesoscopic architectures and nanostructured materials. However, in many cases the fragile nature of the biomolecules seriously constrains their potential applications. As a consequence, there is an on-going quest for the development of novel strategies to modulate the thermal and chemical stabilities, and performance of biomolecules under adverse conditions. This feature article highlights new methods of ``inorganic molecular wrapping'' of single or multiple protein molecules, individual double-stranded DNA helices, lipid bilayer vesicles and self-assembled organic dye superstructures using inorganic building blocks to produce bio-inorganic nanoconstructs with core-shell type structures. We show that spatial isolation of the functional biological nanostructures as ``armour-plated'' enzyme molecules or polynucleotide strands not only maintains their intact structure and biochemical properties, but also enables the fabrication of novel hybrid nanomaterials for potential applications in diverse areas of bionanotechnology.

  5. Supramolecular Nanomedicine - An Overview.

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    Sekhon, Bhupinder Singh

    2015-01-01

    Supramolecular chemistry enabling molecules and molecular complexes binding through non-covalent bonds allows nanomedicines to serve their desirable function to deliver drugs at the right time and the right place with minimal invasiveness. Supramolecular nanomedicine is the application of nanosupramolecules to the human health and disease and its main applications include diagnosis and therapy, drug and gene delivery, and tissue engineering. Nanoparticles with different structures obtained by assembling supraamphiphiles are promising candidates for multifunctional therapeutic platforms combining imaging and therapeutic capabilities. Encapsulation in supramolecular nanocarriers such as polymeric micelles, polymeric vesciles, layer-by-layer assembly, and porphysomes has the potential to deliver imaging and therapeutic drugs to the sites of action in the body. Hybrid supramolecular nanostructures of organic and inorganic molecules show promising potential in nanomedicine. Research is progressing towards rapid development on supramolecular nanotheranostic devices. Moreover, supramolecular nanoparticles exhibit low-toxicity, low-immunogenicity, nonpathogenicity, and in vivo degradability.

  6. Fabrication of Highly Ordered Polymeric Nanodot and Nanowire Arrays Templated by Supramolecular Assembly Block Copolymer Nanoporous Thin Films

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    Liu Xikui

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Realizing the vast technological potential of patternable block copolymers requires both the precise controlling of the orientation and long-range ordering, which is still a challenging topic so far. Recently, we have demonstrated that ordered nanoporous thin film can be fabricated from a simple supramolecular assembly approach. Here we will extend this approach and provide a general route to fabricate large areas of highly ordered polymeric nanodot and nanowire arrays. We revealed that under a mixture solvent annealing atmosphere, a near-defect-free nanoporous thin film over large areas can be achieved. Under the direction of interpolymer hydrogen bonding and capillary action of nanopores, this ordered porous nanotemplate can be properly filled with phenolic resin precursor, followed by curation and pyrolysis at middle temperature to remove the nanotemplate, a perfect ordered polymer nanodot arrays replication was obtained. The orientation of the supramolecular assembly thin films can be readily re-aligned parallel to the substrate upon exposure to chloroform vapor, so this facile nanotemplate replica method can be further extend to generate large areas of polymeric nanowire arrays. Thus, we achieved a successful sub-30 nm patterns nanotemplates transfer methodology for fabricating polymeric nanopattern arrays with highly ordered structure and tunable morphologies.

  7. Self-assembly and supramolecular liquid crystals based on organic cation encapsulated polyoxometalate hybrid reverse micelles and pyridine derivatives.

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    Yin, Shengyan; Sun, Hang; Yan, Yi; Zhang, Hui; Li, Wen; Wu, Lixin

    2011-09-15

    The controlled self-assembly of multi-components in one system represents the capability integrating intermolecular interactions and functions of components and is believed the key procedure leading to multifunctional materials finally. In pursuing this goal, we used a double-chain cationic surfactant with a benzoic acid group at the end of one tail to encapsulate Keggin-type polyanion clusters via electrostatic interaction, obtaining uniform supramolecular hybrid reverse micelles, which served as hydrogen-bonding donors. Five pyridine derivatives containing conjugated and non-conjugated groups were chosen as hydrogen-bonding acceptors to bind with reverse micelles. Through mixing with these components according to chemical stoichiometry, the hybrid reverse micelle changed to a new self-assembly precursor through intermolecular hydrogen bonding. The as-prepared reverse micelles bearing conjugated pyridine groups exhibit supramolecular liquid crystal properties, which were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry, polarizing optical microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The length and number of the alky chain in the pyridine derivatives, as well as the charges of polyoxometalates were also studied with regard to the liquid crystal structure. The synergistic effect of among three components was analyzed, and the liquid crystal properties could be conveniently adjusted through the modification of the hydrogen-bonding acceptor components.

  8. 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

  9. Self-assembled TiO₂ with increased photoelectron production, and improved conduction and transfer: enhancing photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Ahmed, Saquib; Du Pasquier, Aurelien; Birnie, Dunbar P; Asefa, Tewodros

    2011-08-01

    Highly crystalline mesoporous anatase TiO(2) is prepared through supramolecular self-assembly and by utilizing cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as templating material. Photoanodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) made from these TiO(2) nanoparticles are found to have a high specific surface area of 153 m(2)/g and high surface roughness. Optical absorption spectroscopy studies reveal that the photoanode films adsorb four times more dye than films made of commercial P25 TiO(2). Mercury porosimetry and field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) studies show hierarchical macro- and meso-porosity of the photoanode films leading to better dye and electrolyte percolation, combined with improved electron conduction pathways compared to P25 films. Electrochemical impedance studies confirm lower impedance and higher electron lifetime in the synthesized mesoporous TiO(2) films compared to P25 films. Higher photovoltaic efficiency was recorded of cells made from the synthesized mesoporous TiO(2) in comparison to the corresponding cells made from P25. Incident-photon-to-current efficiency data provided critical understanding of recombination kinetics, and provided proof of Mie scattering by the self-assembled submicrometer sized TiO(2) aggregates and the macropores in their structure. The scattering phenomenon was further corroborated by diffused reflectance studies. An in-depth analysis of CTAB-templated mesoporous TiO(2) has been conducted to show how it can be a good candidate photoanode material for enhancing the performance of DSSCs.

  10. Supramolecular assembly of 2,4,5-trifluorobenzoate complex based on weak interactions involving fluorine atoms

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    Chun-Hua Ge; Rui Zhang; Ping Fan; Xiang-Dong Zhang; Li-Juan Wang; Fang-Fang Wang

    2013-01-01

    The complex [Cd(tfbz)2(phen)]2 (1) (tfbz =2,4,5-trifluorobenzoate,phen =1,10-phenanthro-line) was synthesized using trifluorobenzoic acid ligand.The single-crystal structure of 1 has been determined by X-ray crystallography.The packing structure is characterized by the formation of an intricate three-dimensional supramolecular network that depends on the C-H…F,F…F, F(lp)…π (lp =lone pair) interactions.

  11. Supramolecular assemblies of a conjugate of nucleobase, amino acids, and saccharide act as agonists for proliferation of embryonic stem cells and development of zygotes.

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    Du, Xuewen; Zhou, Jie; Guvench, Olgun; Sangiorgi, Frank O; Li, Xinming; Zhou, Ning; Xu, Bing

    2014-06-18

    The synthetic challenges in glycobiology and glycochemistry hamper the development of glycobiomaterials for biomedicine. Here we report the use of molecular self-assembly to sidestep the laborious synthesis of complex glycans for promoting the proliferation of murine embryonic stem (mES) cells. Our study shows that the supramolecular assemblies of a small molecule conjugate of nucleobase, amino acids, and saccharide, as a de novo glycoconjugate, promote the proliferation of mES cells and the development of zygotes into blastocysts of mouse. Molecular engineering confirms that each motif (i.e., adenine, Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) domain, and glucosamine) is indispensable for the observed activity of the conjugate. As the first example of using assemblies of the molecular conjugates of multiple fundamental biological building blocks to control cell behaviors, this work illustrates an unprecedented approach to use supramolecular assemblies as multifunctional mimics of glycoconjugates.

  12. A Binary Bivalent Supramolecular Assembly Platform Based on Cucurbit[8]uril and Dimeric Adapter Protein 14-3-3.

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    de Vink, Pim J; Briels, Jeroen M; Schrader, Thomas; Milroy, Lech-Gustav; Brunsveld, Luc; Ottmann, Christian

    2017-07-24

    Interactions between proteins frequently involve recognition sequences based on multivalent binding events. Dimeric 14-3-3 adapter proteins are a prominent example and typically bind partner proteins in a phosphorylation-dependent mono- or bivalent manner. Herein we describe the development of a cucurbit[8]uril (Q8)-based supramolecular system, which in conjunction with the 14-3-3 protein dimer acts as a binary and bivalent protein assembly platform. We fused the phenylalanine-glycine-glycine (FGG) tripeptide motif to the N-terminus of the 14-3-3-binding epitope of the estrogen receptor α (ERα) for selective binding to Q8. Q8-induced dimerization of the ERα epitope augmented its affinity towards 14-3-3 through a binary bivalent binding mode. The crystal structure of the Q8-induced ternary complex revealed molecular insight into the multiple supramolecular interactions between the protein, the peptide, and Q8. © 2017 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  13. Lanthanide-directed synthesis of luminescent self-assembly supramolecular structures and mechanically bonded systems from acyclic coordinating organic ligands.

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    Barry, Dawn E; Caffrey, David F; Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur

    2016-06-01

    Herein some examples of the use of lanthanide ions (f-metal ions) to direct the synthesis of luminescent self-assembly systems (architectures) will be discussed. This area of lanthanide supramolecular chemistry is fast growing, thanks to the unique physical (magnetic and luminescent) and coordination properties of the lanthanides, which are often transferred to the resulting supermolecule. The emphasis herein will be on systems that are luminescent, and hence, generated by using either visibly emitting ions (such as Eu(III), Tb(III) and Sm(III)) or near infrared emitting ions (like Nd(III), Yb(III) and Er(III)), formed through the use of templating chemistry, by employing structurally simple ligands, possessing oxygen and nitrogen coordinating moieties. As the lanthanides have high coordination requirements, their use often allows for the formation of coordination compounds and supramolecular systems such as bundles, grids, helicates and interlocked molecules that are not synthetically accessible through the use of other commonly used templating ions such as transition metal ions. Hence, the use of the rare-earth metal ions can lead to the formation of unique and stable species in both solution and in the solid state, as well as functional and responsive structures.

  14. Supramolecular self-assembly of biopolymers with carbon nanotubes for biomimetic and bio-inspired sensing and actuation.

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    Lu, Luhua; Chen, Wei

    2011-06-01

    Biopolymers are important natural multifunctional macromolecules for biomimetic and bio-inspired advanced functional material design. They are not only simple dispersants for carbon nanotube stabilization as they have been found to have specific interactions with carbon nanotubes. Their molecular activity, orientation and crystallization are influenced by the CNTs, which endow their composites with a variety of novel sensing and actuation performances. This review focuses on the progress in supramolecular self-assembly of biopolymers with carbon nanotubes, and their advances in sensing and actuation. To promote the development of advanced biopolymer/CNT functional materials, new electromechanical characteristics of biopolymer/CNT composites are discussed in detail based on the relationship between the microscopic biopolymer structures and the macroscopic composite properties.

  15. Direct biomolecule binding on nonfouling surfaces via newly discovered supramolecular self-assembly of lysozyme under physiological conditions.

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    Yang, Peng

    2012-08-01

    When lysozyme is dissolved in a neutral HEPES buffer solution (pH = 7.4) with 0.001-0.050 M TCEP added, a fast phase transition process occurs and the resulting novel fiber-like hierarchical supramolecular assemblies made by primary spherical-particle aggregation can function as a "superglue" that binds strongly and quickly onto non-fouling coatings. This binding is highly selective towards lysozyme, and excludes synthetic, chemical/physical activation/deactivation (blocking) steps. By using biotinylated lysozyme, such a phase transition quickly creates a perfect biotinylated surface on non-fouling surfaces for avidin binding, showing great potential for the development of low-cost and practical biochips.

  16. Solvent effect on neutral chiral supramolecular assemblies and their distinct receptor behaviour towards anions.

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    Kumar, Navnita; Khullar, Sadhika; Mandal, Sanjay K

    2015-01-28

    We describe the distinct receptor behaviour of a neutral chiral Cu(ii) complex in dimethylsulfoxide or methanol towards anions, such as F(-), Cl(-), Br(-), I(-) or OAc(-), where F(-) and OAc(-) show the most colorimetric change, through various spectroscopic techniques. Further insights into this at the molecular level come from the single crystal X-ray structures of both dimethylsulfoxide and methanol solvates which show a solvent effect on their supramolecular network formation. Both chromogenic and fluorogenic sensing of the anions indicate a 2 : 1 receptor-anion formation via anion-π as well as hydrogen bonding interactions.

  17. 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.

  18. Construction of diverse supramolecular assemblies of dimetal subunits differing in coordinated water molecules via strong hydrogen bonding interactions: Synthesis, crystal structures and spectroscopic properties

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    Sadhika Khullar; Sanjay K Mandal

    2014-09-01

    Three new supramolecular assemblies (constructed through strong hydrogen bonding) of [Co2(bpta)2(adc)(H2O)4](ClO4)2.2H2O (1), [Cu2(bpta)2(fum)(H2O)2](ClO4)2 (2) and [Cu2(bpta)2(tdc)(H2O) (ClO4)](ClO4).3H2O (3), which are synthesised by one pot self-assembly of the metal salt, bpta ligand and the corresponding dicarboxylate under the same reaction conditions, are reported (where adc = acetylene dicarboxylate, fum = fumarate, tdc = 2,5-thiophenedicarboxylate and bpta = N,N'-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-tertbutylamine). These compounds have varying degrees of coordinatedwater molecules per dimetal subunits (four for 1, two for 2 and one for 3, respectively). Furthermore, the orientation of the coordinated water molecules in 1 and 2, with respect to the mono (carboxylato)-bridged dimetal subunit, is different (cis and trans, respectively). On the other hand, there is a coordinated perchlorate ion in 3 making the two metal centers inequivalent. Unlike 1 and 3, there are no lattice water molecules in 2. This difference in the dimetal subunit in 1-3 and the presence or absence of the lattice water molecules are the keys to forming the diverse supramolecular assemblies. In 1 and 3, the involvement of lattice water molecules in the construction of such assemblies is distinctly different. In case of 2, the formation of supramolecular assembly depends on the coordinated water molecule (trans to each other) and thus a ladder shaped supramolecular assembly is the result. The strength of hydrogen bonding observed in the networks of 1-3 is indicated in the O…O distances (2.596 Å to 3.160 Å) and the OH…O angles 124° to 176°. All are characterised by elemental analysis, FTIR spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction studies.

  19. A Three-Component Assembly Promoted by Boronic Acids Delivers a Modular Fluorophore Platform (BASHY Dyes).

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    Santos, Fábio M F; Rosa, João N; Candeias, Nuno R; Carvalho, Cátia Parente; Matos, Ana I; Ventura, Ana E; Florindo, Helena F; Silva, Liana C; Pischel, Uwe; Gois, Pedro M P

    2016-01-26

    The modular assembly of boronic acids with Schiff-base ligands enabled the construction of innovative fluorescent dyes [boronic acid salicylidenehydrazone (BASHY)] with suitable structural and photophysical properties for live cell bioimaging applications. This reaction enabled the straightforward synthesis (yields up to 99%) of structurally diverse and photostable dyes that exhibit a polarity-sensitive green-to-yellow emission with high quantum yields of up to 0.6 in nonpolar environments. These dyes displayed a high brightness (up to 54,000 M(-1) cm(-1)). The promising structural and fluorescence properties of BASHY dyes fostered the preparation of non-cytotoxic, stable, and highly fluorescent poly(lactide-co-glycolide) nanoparticles that were effectively internalized by dendritic cells. The dyes were also shown to selectively stain lipid droplets in HeLa cells, without inducing any appreciable cytotoxicity or competing plasma membrane labeling; this confirmed their potential as fluorescent stains.

  20. Dye-polyoxometalate composite films: self-assembly, thermal and photochemical properties.

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    Gao, Shuiying; Cao, Rong; Yang, Chunpeng

    2008-08-01

    A series of dye-polyoxometalate composite films were prepared by alternately depositing cationic dye molecules and anionic polyoxometalates such as Keggin-type [BW(12)O(40)](5-) and the sandwich complex [Co(4)(H(2)O)(2)(PW(9)O(34))(2)](10-)via layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly method. These cationic dye molecules (MB, AA, TH, BB3, BCB and NB) are heterocyclic planar and rigid phenothiazine and phenoxazine dye molecules with different substituting groups in the side chains. The self-assembly of the films was studied by UV-vis and IR spectra. The results show that the substituting groups of dye molecules such as NH(2) and CH(2)CH(3) have influence on the self-assembly properties. The continuous and regular growth of the films was also dependent upon hydrogen bonding (NHO) formed between the amino groups of dye molecules and oxygen atoms of POMs as well as electrostatic interactions. The investigation of thermal and photochemical treatments of the composite films is also presented. The thermal stability experiments indicate that the composite films of TH with two NH(2) substitute groups and NB with more pi-conjugated system exhibit high thermal stability, whereas the sunlight irradiation results indicate that the composite films of TH have good photochemical stability.

  1. Functionalized Nanostructures: Redox-Active Porphyrin Anchors for Supramolecular DNA Assemblies

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    Börjesson, Karl

    2010-09-28

    We have synthesized and studied a supramolecular system comprising a 39-mer DNA with porphyrin-modified thymidine nucleosides anchored to the surface of large unilamellar vesicles (liposomes). Liposome porphyrin binding characteristics, such as orientation, strength, homogeneity, and binding site size, was determined, suggesting that the porphyrin is well suited as a photophysical and redox-active lipid anchor, in comparison to the inert cholesterol anchor commonly used today. Furthermore, the binding characteristics and hybridization capabilities were studied as a function of anchor size and number of anchoring points, properties that are of importance for our future plans to use the addressability of these redox-active nodes in larger DNA-based nanoconstructs. Electron transfer from photoexcited porphyrin to a lipophilic benzoquinone residing in the lipid membrane was characterized by steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence and verified by femtosecond transient absorption. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  2. 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.

  3. A molecular simulation probing of structure and interaction for supramolecular sodium dodecyl sulfate/single-wall carbon nanotube assemblies.

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    Xu, Zhijun; Yang, Xiaoning; Yang, Zhen

    2010-03-10

    Here we report a larger-scale atomic-level molecular dynamics (MD) simulation for the self-assembly of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant on single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) surfaces and the interaction between supramolecular SDS/SWNT aggregates. We make an effort to address several important problems in regard to carbon nanotube dispersion/separation. At first, the simulation provides comprehensive direct evidence for SDS self-assembly structures on carbon nanotube surfaces, which can help to clarify the relevant debate over the exact adsorption structure. We also, for the first time, simulated the potential of mean force (PMF) between two SWNTs embedded in SDS surfactant micelles. A novel unified PMF approach has been applied to reveal various cooperative interactions between the SDS/SWNT aggregates, which is different from the previous electrostatic repulsion explanation. The unique role of sodium ions revealed here provides a new microscopic understanding of the recent experiments in the electrolyte tuning of the interfacial forces on the selective fractionation of SDS surrounding SWNTs.

  4. Fabrication of cyclodextrins-procainamide supramolecular self-assembly: shape-shifting of nanosheet into microtubular structure.

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    Siva, S; Kothai Nayaki, S; Rajendiran, N

    2015-05-20

    Encapsulation behavior of α- and β-cyclodextrins (α-CD, β-CD) with procainamide hydrochloride (PCA) has been investigated by absorption, fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence, proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and powder X-ray diffraction techniques. Spectral results revealed that PCA forms 1:2 drug-CD2 inclusion complexes with CDs. Novel supramolecular self-assemblies have been fabricated by inclusion complexation of PCA with α-CD/β-CD and characterized by transmission electron microscope and micro-Raman imaging. The obtained results from transmission electron microscope indicated that PCA/α-CD complex could form nano-sized particles. However, when the macrocyclic ring with six glucose units was switched into seven glucose units, the resultant PCA/β-CD complex could be self-assembled to micro-sized tubular structures. Shape-shifting of 2D nanosheet into 1D microtube by simple rolling mechanism was analyzed. Thermodynamic parameters of inclusion process were determined by Parameter Method 3 calculations.

  5. Reversed assembly of dyes in an RNA duplex compared with those in DNA.

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    Fujii, Taiga; Urushihara, Masaaki; Kashida, Hiromu; Ito, Hiroshi; Liang, Xingguo; Yagi-Utsumi, Maho; Kato, Koichi; Asanuma, Hiroyuki

    2012-10-15

    We prepared reversed dye clusters by hybridizing two RNA oligomers, each of which tethered dyes (Methyl Red, 4'-methylthioazobenzene, and thiazole orange) on D-threoninols (threoninol nucleotides) at the center of their strands. NMR spectroscopic analyses revealed that two dyes from each strand were axially stacked in an antiparallel manner to each other in the duplex, and were located adjacent to the 3'-side of a natural nucleobase. Interestingly, this positional relationship of the dyes was completely the opposite of that assembled in DNA that we reported previously: dyes in DNA were located adjacent to the 5'-side of a natural nucleobase. This observation was also consistent with the circular dichroism of dimerized dyes in which the Cotton effect of the dyes (i.e., the winding properties of two dyes) was inverted in RNA relative to that in DNA. Further spectroscopic analyses revealed that clustering of the dyes on RNA duplexes induced distinct hypsochromicity and narrowing of the band, thus demonstrating that the dyes were axially stacked (i.e., H-aggregates) even on an A-type helix. On the basis of these results, we also prepared heterodimers of a fluorophore (thiazole orange) and quencher (Methyl Red) in an RNA duplex. Fluorescence from thiazole orange was found to be strongly quenched by Methyl Red due to the excitonic interaction, so that the ratio of fluorescent intensities of the RNA-thiazole orange conjugate with and without its complementary strand carrying a quencher became as high as 27. We believe that these RNA-dye conjugates are potentially useful probes for real-time monitoring of RNA interference (RNAi) mechanisms.

  6. Supramolecular Assembly of pH-Sensitive Triphenylene Derived π-Gelators and Their Application as Molecular Template for the Preparation of Silica Nanotubes

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    Ignacio Muñoz Resta

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The gelation properties and mode of self-assembly of six asymmetrical hexaether triphenylene derivatives mono-functionalized with carboxylic and primary amine groups were investigated. The presence of a carboxylic and amine group attached to the triphenylene core generated stable, thermo- and pH-sensitive supramolecular π-organogels with a reversible response to both stimuli. In order to understand the gelation process, we studied the effect of the spacer length and found a different gelation scope for the acid and basic derivatives that accounts for a different supramolecular self-assembly. The presence of the basic group on the amino derivatives was used to guide and catalyze the templated in situ sol-gel polymerization of TEOS and allowed us, under controlled hydrolytic conditions, to prepare an entangled fibrillar network of silica nanotubes.

  7. 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.

  8. Chiral Supramolecular Self-Assembly of 2,2’:6’,2”-TERPYRIDINE-4’-CARBOXYLIC Acid Molecules Chemically Adsorbed on Cu(111)

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    Jiang, Danfeng; Lu, Yan; Ling, Jie; Leng, Xinli; Liu, Xiaoqing; Wang, Li

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, large-area chiral supramolecular self-assembly of 2,2’:6’,2”-terpyridine-4’-carboxylic acid (C16H11N3O2; Y) molecules on Cu(111) is studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The basic building blocks of such a self-assembled monolayer are triangular vortex-shaped supramolecular structures containing three twisted Y molecules. Chirality is maintained and transferred from one vortex to the adjacent vortex in successive molecular domains within the same atomic terrace. The twisted Y molecule, bridging two nearest-neighbor Cu atoms, is stabilized by symmetric Cu-O bonds on the surface. The near perpendicularity of these bonds to the surface is the main reason for the formation of “standing-up” Y molecules.

  9. Self-assemblies based on the "outer-surface interactions" of cucurbit[n]urils: new opportunities for supramolecular architectures and materials.

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    Ni, Xin-Long; Xiao, Xin; Cong, Hang; Zhu, Qian-Jiang; Xue, Sai-Feng; Tao, Zhu

    2014-04-15

    Supramolecular architectures and materials have attracted immense attention during the last decades because they not only open the possibility of obtaining a large variety of aesthetically interesting structures but also have applications in gas storage, sensors, separation, catalysis, and so on. On the other hand, cucurbit[n]urils (Q[n]s), a relatively new class of macrocyclic hosts with a rigid hydrophobic cavity and two identical carbonyl fringed portals, have attracted much attention in supramolecular chemistry. Because of the strong charge-dipole and hydrogen bonding interactions, as well as hydrophobic and hydrophilic effect derived from the negative portals and rigid cavities of Q[n]s, nearly all research in Q[n]s has been focused on utilizing the portals and cavities to construct supramolecular assemblies similar to other macrocyclic receptors such as cyclodextrin and calixarenes. Interestingly, a recent study revealed that other weak noncovalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding and π···π stacking, as well as C-H···π and ion-dipole interactions, could also be defined as "outer-surface interactions", which are derived from the electrostatically positive outer surface of Q[n]s. These interactions could be the driving forces in the formation of various novel Q[n]-based supramolecular architectures and functional materials. In this Account, we provide a comprehensive overview of supramolecular self-assemblies based on the outer-surface interactions of Q[n]s. These outer-surface interactions include those between Q[n]s, Q[n]s and aromatic molecules, Q[n]s and calixarenes, Q[n]s and inorganic complex ions, and Q[n]s and polyoxometalates. Pioneering work has shown that such weak noncovalent interactions play very important roles in the formation of various Q[n]-based functional materials and supramolecular architectures. For example, hydrogen bonds in outer-surface interactions between Q[n] molecules not only function as the sole driving force in the

  10. Synthesis of a New Porphyrin-fluorescein Hybrid and its Supramolecular Self-assembly with Amino-porphyrinatomanganese(Ⅲ)by Hydrogen-bonding

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    Jia Zheng LU; Jin Wang HUANG; Li Fen FAN; Jie LIU; Ke Zhuan XU; Xian Li CHEN; Liang Nian JI

    2005-01-01

    A new porphyrin-fluorescein hybrid 2 (Fl-PPTPP) has been synthesized and characterized by UV-Vis, IR, 1H-NMR, ESI-MS and elemental analysis. The supramolecular self-assembly of Fl-PPTPP with amino-porphyrinatomanganese(Ⅲ) [Mn(Ⅲ) (p-APTPP)C1] by hydrogen-bonding was studied using fluorescence spectroscopic titration and ESI-MS.

  11. Reversible supramolecular assembly at specific DNA sites: nickel-promoted bivalent DNA binding with designed peptide and bipyridyl-bis(benzamidine) components.

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    Sánchez, Mateo I; Mosquera, Jesús; Vázquez, M Eugenio; Mascareñas, José L

    2014-09-01

    At specific DNA sites, nickel(II) salts promote the assembly of designed components, namely a bis(histidine)-modified peptide that is derived from a bZIP transcription factor and a bis(benzamidine) unit that is equipped with a bipyridine. This programmed supramolecular system with emergent properties reproduces some key characteristics of naturally occurring DNA-binding proteins, such as bivalence, selectivity, responsiveness to external agents, and reversibility.

  12. Supramolecular biofunctional materials.

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    Zhou, Jie; Li, Jie; Du, Xuewen; Xu, Bing

    2017-06-01

    This review discusses supramolecular biofunctional materials, a novel class of biomaterials formed by small molecules that are held together via noncovalent interactions. The complexity of biology and relevant biomedical problems not only inspire, but also demand effective molecular design for functional materials. Supramolecular biofunctional materials offer (almost) unlimited possibilities and opportunities to address challenging biomedical problems. Rational molecular design of supramolecular biofunctional materials exploit powerful and versatile noncovalent interactions, which offer many advantages, such as responsiveness, reversibility, tunability, biomimicry, modularity, predictability, and, most importantly, adaptiveness. In this review, besides elaborating on the merits of supramolecular biofunctional materials (mainly in the form of hydrogels and/or nanoscale assemblies) resulting from noncovalent interactions, we also discuss the advantages of small peptides as a prevalent molecular platform to generate a wide range of supramolecular biofunctional materials for the applications in drug delivery, tissue engineering, immunology, cancer therapy, fluorescent imaging, and stem cell regulation. This review aims to provide a brief synopsis of recent achievements at the intersection of supramolecular chemistry and biomedical science in hope of contributing to the multidisciplinary research on supramolecular biofunctional materials for a wide range of applications. We envision that supramolecular biofunctional materials will contribute to the development of new therapies that will ultimately lead to a paradigm shift for developing next generation biomaterials for medicine. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Self-assembled structure of cyanine dyes: J-aggregates characteristicson optical information storing microcrystals

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    JIANG Xiaoli; LI Xiaowei; LAI Weidong; MENG Tao; FENG Xiaomin; ZHANG Jixian

    2006-01-01

    Dye sensitization is a fundamental function for solar cell and silver halide (AgX) microcrystal to increase the optoelectronic conversion efficiency. In this paper, the spectral properties and self-assembled structure of three types of cyanine dyes, adsorbed both on (100) surface of 0.4 μm AgBr cubic crystal and (111) surface of 1.8 μm AgBr tabular crystal, were studied with combination ofspectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM) technique. Rectangular aggregation structure is formed on the crystal faces of (100) and (111) for both anionic and cationic dyes, while herringbone-stacking structure is formed by anionic-cationic dye, and a J-band spectrum is correspondingly detected. The photoelectron property of dye-sensitized samples was also investigated with microwave absorption and dielectric spectrum detection technology. After excited by a 355 nm fast-pulse laser, the photoelectron decay process of anionic-cationic dye sensitized sample is the fastest. This indicates that the affection of anionic-cationic dye aggregates to the photoelectron decay is the biggest, and the sensitization is more efficient.

  14. The Orange Side of Disperse Red 1: Humidity-Driven Color Switching in Supramolecular Azo-Polymer Materials Based on Reversible Dye Aggregation.

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    Schoelch, Simon; Vapaavuori, Jaana; Rollet, Frédéric-Guillaume; Barrett, Christopher J

    2017-01-01

    Humidity detection, and the quest for low-cost facile humidity-sensitive indicator materials is of great interest for many fields, including semi-conductor processing, food transport and storage, and pharmaceuticals. Ideal humidity-detection materials for a these applications might be based on simple clear optical readout with no power supply, i.e.: a clear color change observed by the naked eye of any untrained observer, since it doesn't require any extra instrumentation or interpretation. Here, the introduction of a synthesis-free one-step procedure, based on physical mixing of easily available commercial materials, for producing a humidity memory material which can be easily painted onto a wide variety of surfaces and undergoes a remarkable color change (approximately 100 nm blue-shift of λMAX ) upon exposure to various thresholds of levels of ambient humidity is reported. This strong color change, easily visible to as a red-to-orange color switch, is locked in until inspection, but can then be restored reversibly if desired, after moderate heating. By taking advantage of spontaneously-forming reversible 'soft' supramolecular bonds between a red-colored azo dye and a host polymer matrix, a reversible dye 'migration' aggregation appearing orange, and dis-aggregation back to red can be achieved, to function as the sensor. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Combining supramolecular chemistry with biology.

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    Uhlenheuer, Dana A; Petkau, Katja; Brunsveld, Luc

    2010-08-01

    Supramolecular chemistry has primarily found its inspiration in biological molecules, such as proteins and lipids, and their interactions. Currently the supramolecular assembly of designed compounds can be controlled to great extent. This provides the opportunity to combine these synthetic supramolecular elements with biomolecules for the study of biological phenomena. This tutorial review focuses on the possibilities of the marriage of synthetic supramolecular architectures and biological systems. It highlights that synthetic supramolecular elements are for example ideal platforms for the recognition and modulation of proteins and cells. The unique features of synthetic supramolecular systems with control over size, shape, valency, and interaction strength allow the generation of structures fitting the demands to approach the biological problems at hand. Supramolecular chemistry has come full circle, studying the biology and its molecules which initially inspired its conception.

  16. Reversible, Temperature-Dependent Supramolecular Assembly of Aquaporin-4 Orthogonal Arrays in Live Cell Membranes

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    Crane, Jonathan M.; Verkman, A.S.

    2009-01-01

    Abstract The shorter “M23” isoform of the glial cell water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4) assembles into orthogonal arrays of particles (OAPs) in cell plasma membranes, whereas the full-length “M1” isoform does not. N-terminal residues are responsible for OAP formation by AQP4-M23 and for blocking of OAP formation in AQP4-M1. In investigating differences in OAP formation by certain N-terminus mutants of AQP4, as measured by freeze-fracture electron microscopy versus live-cell imaging, we discovered reversible, temperature-dependent OAP assembly of certain weakly associating AQP4 mutants. Single-particle tracking of quantum-dot-labeled AQP4 in live cells and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy showed >80% of M23 in OAPs at 10–50°C compared to 70% at 10°C for the double mutant M1-C13A/C17A. OAP assembly by this mutant, but not by native M23, could also be modulated by reducing its membrane density. Exposure of native M1 and single cysteine mutants to 2-bromopalmitate confirmed the presence of regulated OAP assembly by S-palmitoylation. Kinetic studies showed rapid and reversible OAP formation during cooling and OAP disassembly during heating. Our results provide what to our knowledge is the first information on the energetics of AQP4 OAP assembly in plasma membranes. PMID:19948131

  17. Supramolecular Assemblies from Poly(styrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine Diblock Copolymers Mixed with 6-Hydroxy-2-naphthoic Acid

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Supramolecular assemblies involving interaction of a small organic molecule, 2-hydroxy-6-Naphthoic acid (HNA, with poly(styrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine (PS-b-P4VP diblock copolymers are utilized to obtain micellar structures in solution, nanostructured thin films on flat substrates and, finally, nanoporous thin films. The formation of hydrogen bonds between HNA and the poly(4-vinylpyridine (P4VP blocks is confirmed by spectroscopic measurements. The accordingly P4VP/HNA hydrogen-bonded complexes are poorly soluble in 1,4-dioxane, resulting in the formation of micellar structures with a P4VP/HNA core and a polystyrene (PS corona. Those micelles have been spin-coated onto silicon wafers, resulting in nanostructured thin films consisting of P4VP/HNA dot-like features embedded in a PS matrix. The morphology of those films has been tuned by solvent annealing. Selective dissolution of HNA by methanol results in the formation of a nanoporous thin film. The P4VP/HNA nanodomains have been also cross-linked by borax, and the thin films have been further dissolved in a good solvent for PS, leading to micelles with a structure reminiscent of the thin films.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. Supramolecular nanostructuring of silver surfaces via self-assembly of [60]fullerene and porphyrin modules

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    Bonifazi, Davide; Kiebele, Andreas; Stöhr, Meike; Cheng, Fuyong; Jung, Thomas; Diederich, Francois; Spillmann, Hannes

    2007-01-01

    Recent achievements in our laboratory toward the "bottom-up" fabrication of addressable multicomponent molecular entities obtained by self-assembly of C-60 and porphyrins on Ag(100) and Ag(111) surfaces are described.. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies on ad-layers constituting monomeric

  2. Supramolecular nanostructuring of silver surfaces via self-assembly of [60]fullerene and porphyrin modules

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    Bonifazi, Davide; Kiebele, Andreas; Stöhr, Meike; Cheng, Fuyong; Jung, Thomas; Diederich, Francois; Spillmann, Hannes

    2007-01-01

    Recent achievements in our laboratory toward the "bottom-up" fabrication of addressable multicomponent molecular entities obtained by self-assembly of C-60 and porphyrins on Ag(100) and Ag(111) surfaces are described.. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies on ad-layers constituting monomeric a

  3. Diverse supramolecular structures formed by self‐assembling proteins of the B acillus subtilis spore coat

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    Jiang, Shuo; Wan, Qiang; Krajcikova, Daniela; Tang, Jilin; Tzokov, Svetomir B.; Barak, Imrich

    2015-01-01

    Summary Bacterial spores (endospores), such as those of the pathogens C lostridium difficile and B acillus anthracis, are uniquely stable cell forms, highly resistant to harsh environmental insults. B acillus subtilis is the best studied spore‐former and we have used it to address the question of how the spore coat is assembled from multiple components to form a robust, protective superstructure. B . subtilis coat proteins (CotY, CotE, CotV and CotW) expressed in E scherichia coli can arrange intracellularly into highly stable macro‐structures through processes of self‐assembly. Using electron microscopy, we demonstrate the capacity of these proteins to generate ordered one‐dimensional fibres, two‐dimensional sheets and three‐dimensional stacks. In one case (CotY), the high degree of order favours strong, cooperative intracellular disulfide cross‐linking. Assemblies of this kind could form exquisitely adapted building blocks for higher‐order assembly across all spore‐formers. These physically robust arrayed units could also have novel applications in nano‐biotechnology processes. PMID:25872412

  4. Organogel formation via supramolecular assembly of oleic acid and sodium oleate

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    Nikiforidis, C.V.; Gilbert, E.P.; Scholten, E.

    2015-01-01

    To create materials with novel functionalities, the formation of gels within hydrophobic media has become popular. This is often accomplished through the assembly of low molecular weight organogelators into a variety of complex phases through intermolecular interactions. In the case of edible materi

  5. 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

  6. Assembling and releasing performance of supramolecular hydrogels formed from simple drug molecule as the hydrogelator

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    2007-01-01

    A simple drug compound, 4-oxo-4-(2-pyridinylamino) butanoic acid (defined as AP), was able to gel water at 4 wt%concentration under various conditions. In the superstructure, AP molecules assembled into fibrous aggregates driving by hydrogen bonds and π-π stacking interaction. The gels with different backbone structures released drug molecules in different speeds.

  7. Dragging human mesenchymal stem cells with the aid of supramolecular assemblies of single-walled carbon nanotubes, molecular magnets, and peptides in a magnetic field.

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    de Paula, Ana Cláudia C; Sáfar, Gustavo A M; Góes, Alfredo M; Bemquerer, Marcelo P; Ribeiro, Marcos A; Stumpf, Humberto O

    2015-01-01

    Human adipose-derived stem cells (hASCs) are an attractive cell source for therapeutic applicability in diverse fields for the repair and regeneration of damaged or malfunctioning tissues and organs. There is a growing number of cell therapies using stem cells due to their characteristics of modulation of immune system and reduction of acute rejection. So a challenge in stem cells therapy is the delivery of cells to the organ of interest, a specific site. The aim of this paper was to investigate the effects of a supramolecular assembly composed of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT), molecular magnets (lawsone-Co-phenanthroline), and a synthetic peptide (FWYANHYWFHNAFWYANHYWFHNA) in the hASCs cultures. The hASCs were isolated, characterized, expanded, and cultured with the SWCNT supramolecular assembly (SWCNT-MA). The assembly developed did not impair the cell characteristics, viability, or proliferation. During growth, the cells were strongly attached to the assembly and they could be dragged by an applied magnetic field of less than 0.3 T. These assemblies were narrower than their related allotropic forms, that is, multiwalled carbon nanotubes, and they could therefore be used to guide cells through thin blood capillaries within the human body. This strategy seems to be useful as noninvasive and nontoxic stem cells delivery/guidance and tracking during cell therapy.

  8. Supramolecular Photochemistry Controlling Photochemical Processes

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    2011-01-01

    This is the most updated, comprehensive collection of monographs on all aspects of photochemistry and photophysics related to natural and synthetic, inorganic, organic, and biological supramolecular systems. Supramolecular Photochemistry: Controlling Photochemical Processes addresses reactions in crystals, organized assemblies, monolayers, zeolites, clays, silica, micelles, polymers, dendrimers, organic hosts, supramolecular structures, organic glass, proteins and DNA, and applications of photosystems in confined media. This landmark publication describes the past, present, and future of this

  9. Supramolecular self-assembly on the B-Si(111)-(√3x√3) R30° surface: From single molecules to multicomponent networks

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    Makoudi, Younes; Jeannoutot, Judicaël; Palmino, Frank; Chérioux, Frédéric; Copie, Guillaume; Krzeminski, Christophe; Cleri, Fabrizio; Grandidier, Bruno

    2017-09-01

    Understanding the physical and chemical processes in which local interactions lead to ordered structures is of particular relevance to the realization of supramolecular architectures on surfaces. While spectacular patterns have been demonstrated on metal surfaces, there have been fewer studies of the spontaneous organization of supramolecular networks on semiconductor surfaces, where the formation of covalent bonds between organics and adatoms usually hamper the diffusion of molecules and their subsequent interactions with each other. However, the saturation of the dangling bonds at a semiconductor surface is known to make them inert and offers a unique way for the engineering of molecular patterns on these surfaces. This review describes the physicochemical properties of the passivated B-Si(111)-(√3x√3) R30° surface, that enable the self-assembly of molecules into a rich variety of extended and regular structures on silicon. Particular attention is given to computational methods based on multi-scale simulations that allow to rationalize the relative contribution of the dispersion forces involved in the self-assembled networks observed with scanning tunneling microscopy. A summary of state of the art studies, where a fine tuning of the molecular network topology has been achieved, sheds light on new frontiers for exploiting the construction of supramolecular structures on semiconductor surfaces.

  10. A supramolecular gel electrolyte formed from amide based co-gelator for quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell with boosted electron kinetic processes

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    Huo, Zhipeng; Wang, Lu; Tao, Li; Ding, Yong; Yi, Jinxin; Alsaedi, Ahmed; Hayat, Tasawar; Dai, Songyuan

    2017-08-01

    A supramolecular gel electrolyte (Tgel > 100 °C) is formed from N,N‧-1,8-octanediylbis-dodecanamide and iodoacetamide as two-component co-gelator, and introduced into the quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (QS-DSSCs). The different morphologies of microscopic network between two-component and single-component gel electrolytes have influence on the diffusion of redox couple in gel electrolytes and further affect the electron kinetic processes in QS-DSSCs. Compared with the single-component gel electrolyte, the two-component gel electrolyte has less compact gel network and weaker steric hindrance effect, which provides more effective charge transport channel for the diffusion of I3/I- redox couple. Meanwhile, the sbnd NH2 groups of iodoacetamide molecules interact with Li+ and I3-, which also accelerate the transport of I3-/I- and decrease in the I3- concentration in the TiO2/electrolyte interface. As a result, nearly a 12% improvement in short-circuit photocurrent density (Jsc) and much higher open circuit potential (Voc) are found in the two-component gel electrolyte based QS-DSSC. Consequently, the QS-DSSC based on the supramolecular gel electrolyte obtains a 17% enhancement in the photoelectric conversion efficiency (7.32%) in comparison with the QS-DSSC based on the single-component gel electrolyte (6.24%). Furthermore, the degradations of these QS-DSSCs are negligible after one sun light soaking with UV cutoff filter at 50 °C for 1000 h.

  11. Supramolecular Nanocomposites Under Confinement: Chiral Optically Active Nanoparticle Assemblies and Beyond

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    Bai, Peter; Yang, Sui; Bao, Wei; Salmeron, Miquel; Zhang, Xiang; Xu, Ting

    2015-03-01

    Block copolymer-based supramolecules provide a versatile platform to direct the self-assembly of nanoparticles (NPs) into precisely controlled nanostructures in bulk and thin film geometries. A supramolecule, PS-b-P4VP(PDP), composed of the small molecule 3-pentadecylphenol (PDP) hydrogen bonded to a diblock copolymer, polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP), was subjected to 2-D volume confinement in cylindrical anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane pores. TEM and 3-D TEM tomography reveal that the morphologies accessible by the supramolecule and supramolecule/NP composites, such as NP clusters, arrays, stacked rings, and single and double helical ribbons, are significantly different from those in the bulk or thin film. Furthermore, single molecule dark field scattering measurements demonstrate strong chiral optical response of single helical Au NP ribbon nanostructures in the near infrared wavelength regime. These studies demonstrate 2-D confinement to be an effective means to tailor self-assembled NP structure within supramolecule nanocomposites and pave the way for this assembly approach to be applied towards next generation chiral metamaterials and optoelectronic devices.

  12. Diverse supramolecular structures formed by self-assembling proteins of the B acillus subtilis spore coat

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    Summary Bacterial spores (endospores), such as those of the pathogens C lostridium difficile and B acillus anthracis, are uniquely stable cell forms, highly resistant to harsh environmental insults. B acillus subtilis is the best studied spore‐former and we have used it to address the question of how the spore coat is assembled from multiple components to form a robust, protective superstructure. B . subtilis coat proteins (CotY, CotE, CotV and CotW) expressed in E scherichia coli can arrange...

  13. Self-assembly of 2,3-dihydroxycholestane steroids into supramolecular organogels as a soft template for the in-situ generation of silicate nanomaterials.

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    Edelsztein, Valeria C; Mac Cormack, Andrea S; Ciarlantini, Matías; Di Chenna, Pablo H

    2013-01-01

    Supramolecular gels are an important and interesting class of soft materials that show great potential for many applications. Most of them have been discovered serendipitously, and understanding the supramolecular self-assembly that leads to the formation of the gel superstructure is the key to the directed design of new organogels. We report herein the organogelating property of four stereoisomers of the simple steroid 2,3-dihydroxycholestane. Only the isomer with the trans-diaxial hydroxy groups had the ability to gelate a broad variety of liquids and, thus, to be a super-organogelator for hydrocarbons. The scope of solvent gelation was analysed with regard to two solvent parameters, namely the Kamlet-Taft and the Hansen solubility parameters. The best correlation was observed with the Hansen approach that revealed the existence of two clear gelation zones. We propose a general model of self-assembly through multiple intermolecular hydrogen bonds between the 1,2-dihydroxy system, which is based on experimental data and computational simulations revealing the importance of the di-axial orientation of the hydroxy groups for the one-dimensional self-assembly. Under controlled conditions, the fibrillar superstructure of the organogel was successfully used as a template for the in-situ sol-gel polymerization of tetraethoxysilane and the further preparation of silica nanotubes. We propose that the driving forces for templating are hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions between the anionic silicate intermediate species and the self-assembled fibrillar network.

  14. Self-assembly of 2,3-dihydroxycholestane steroids into supramolecular organogels as a soft template for the in-situ generation of silicate nanomaterials

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    Valeria C. Edelsztein

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Supramolecular gels are an important and interesting class of soft materials that show great potential for many applications. Most of them have been discovered serendipitously, and understanding the supramolecular self-assembly that leads to the formation of the gel superstructure is the key to the directed design of new organogels. We report herein the organogelating property of four stereoisomers of the simple steroid 2,3-dihydroxycholestane. Only the isomer with the trans-diaxial hydroxy groups had the ability to gelate a broad variety of liquids and, thus, to be a super-organogelator for hydrocarbons. The scope of solvent gelation was analysed with regard to two solvent parameters, namely the Kamlet–Taft and the Hansen solubility parameters. The best correlation was observed with the Hansen approach that revealed the existence of two clear gelation zones. We propose a general model of self-assembly through multiple intermolecular hydrogen bonds between the 1,2-dihydroxy system, which is based on experimental data and computational simulations revealing the importance of the di-axial orientation of the hydroxy groups for the one-dimensional self-assembly. Under controlled conditions, the fibrillar superstructure of the organogel was successfully used as a template for the in-situ sol–gel polymerization of tetraethoxysilane and the further preparation of silica nanotubes. We propose that the driving forces for templating are hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions between the anionic silicate intermediate species and the self-assembled fibrillar network.

  15. Gear-like array of (H2O)12 as building blocks in one-dimensional supramolecular assembly

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    2007-01-01

    ray analysis revealed that every six Co(Hsae)2 forms a cyclic chip and every 12 water forms a novel gear-like cluster. Acting as building blocks, the gear-like water cluster and complex chip are connected in A-B fashion and extend into one-dimensional supramolecular chain. Hydrogen bond is the primary bridging force in the formation of supramolecular framework.

  16. Supramolecular Self-Assembly of a Model Hydrogelator: Characterization of Fiber Formation and Morphology

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    Yuan Gao

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Hydrogels are of intense recent interest in connection with biomedical applications ranging from 3-D cell cultures and stem cell differentiation to regenerative medicine, controlled drug delivery, and tissue engineering. This prototypical form of soft matter has many emerging material science applications outside the medical field. The physical processes underlying this type of solidification are incompletely understood, and this limits design efforts aimed at optimizing these materials for applications. We address this general problem by applying multiple techniques (e.g., NMR, dynamic light scattering, small angle neutron scattering, rheological measurements to the case of a peptide derivative hydrogelator (molecule 1, NapFFKYp over a broad range of concentration and temperature to characterize both the formation of individual nanofibers and the fiber network. We believe that a better understanding of the hierarchical self-assembly process and control over the final morphology of this kind of material should have broad significance for biological and medicinal applications utilizing hydrogels.

  17. Supramolecular Chemistry And Self-assembly Special Feature: Virus-assisted loading of polymer nanocontainer

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    Graff, Alexandra; Sauer, Marc; van Gelder, Patrick; Meier, Wolfgang

    2002-04-01

    We present a DNA-containing polymeric nanocontainer using the self-assembled superstructure of amphiphilic block copolymers in aqueous solutions. To demonstrate that DNA translocation is possible across a completely synthetic block copolymer membrane, we have used a phage transfection strategy as a DNA-transfer model system. For this purpose the bacterial channel forming protein LamB was reconstituted in ABA-triblock copolymer vesicles. The outer membrane protein LamB is a specific transporter for maltodextrins but also serves as a receptor for phage to trigger the ejection of phage DNA. We demonstrate that the functionality of the LamB protein is fully preserved despite the artificial surrounding. This leads to a type of polymeric vehicle for DNA that could be useful for gene therapy.

  18. Supramolecular Coordination Assemblies Constructed From Multifunctional Azole-Containing Carboxylic Acids

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    Yuheng Deng

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper provides a brief review of recent progress in the field of metal coordination polymers assembled from azole-containing carboxylic acids and gives a diagrammatic summary of the diversity of topological structures in the resulting infinite metal-organic coordination networks (MOCNs. Azole-containing carboxylic acids are a favorable kind of multifunctional ligand to construct various metal complexes with isolated complexes and one, two and three dimensional structures, whose isolated complexes are not the focus of this review. An insight into the topology patterns of the infinite coordination polymers is provided. Analyzed topologies are compared with documented topologies and catalogued by the nature of nodes and connectivity pattern. New topologies which are not available from current topology databases are described and demonstrated graphically.

  19. Supramolecular self-assembly and controllable drug release of thermosensitive hyperbranched multiarm copolymers

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    2010-01-01

    A novel temperature-responsive hyperbranched multiarm copolymer with a hydrophobic hyperbranched poly(3-ethyl-3-(hydroxymethyl)oxetane)(HBPO) core and thermosensitive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)(PNIPAM) arms was synthesized via the atom transfer radical polymerization(ATRP) of NIPAM monomers from a hyperbranched HBPO macroinitiator.It was found that HBPO-star-PNIPAM self-assembled into multimolecular micelles(around 60 nm) in water at room temperature according to pyrene probe fluorescence spectrometry,1H NMR,TEM,and DLS measurements.The micelle solution showed a reversible thermosensitive phase transition at a lower critical solution temperature(LCST)(around 32°C) observed by variable temperature optical absorbance measurements.Variable temperature NMR and DLS analyses demonstrated that the LCST transition originated from the secondary aggregation of the micelles driven by increasing hydrophobic interaction due to the dehydration of PNIPAM shells upon heating.The drug loading and release properties of HBPO-star-PNIPAM micelles were also investigated using prednisone acetate as a model drug.The micelles showed a much improved drug encapsulation efficiency and temperature-dependent sustainable release behavior due to the special micellar structure.The micelles exhibited no apparent cytotoxicity against human HeLa cells.

  20. 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.

  1. Self-assembled ultra small ZnO nanocrystals for dye-sensitized solar cell application

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    Patra, Astam K.; Dutta, Arghya; Bhaumik, Asim, E-mail: msab@iacs.res.in

    2014-07-01

    We demonstrate a facile chemical approach to produce self-assembled ultra-small mesoporous zinc oxide nanocrystals using sodium salicylate (SS) as a template under hydrothermal conditions. These ZnO nanomaterials have been successfully fabricated as a photoanode for the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) in the presence of N719 dye and iodine–triiodide electrolyte. The structural features, crystallinity, purity, mesophase and morphology of the nanostructure ZnO are investigated by several characterization tools. N{sub 2} sorption analysis revealed high surface areas (203 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}) and narrow pore size distributions (5.1–5.4 nm) for different samples. The mesoporous structure and strong photoluminescence facilitates the high dye loading at the mesoscopic void spaces and light harvesting in DSSC. By utilizing this ultra-small ZnO photoelectrode with film thickness of about 7 μm in the DSSC with an open-circuit voltage (V{sub OC}) of 0.74 V, short-circuit current density (J{sub SC}) of 3.83 mA cm{sup −2} and an overall power conversion efficiency of 1.12% has been achieved. - Graphical abstract: Ultra-small ZnO nanocrystals have been synthesized with sodium salicylate as a template and using it as a photoanode in a dye-sensitized solar cell 1.12% power conversion efficiency has been observed. - Highlights: • Synthesis of self-assembled ultra-small mesoporous ZnO nanocrystals by using sodium salicylate as a template. • Mesoporous ZnO materials have high BET surface areas and void space. • ZnO nanoparticles serve as a photoanode for the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). • Using ZnO nanocrystals as photoelectrode power conversion efficiency of 1.12% has been achieved.

  2. 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。

  3. Energy and Electron Transfer Cascade in Self-Assembled Bilayer Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Ogunsolu, Omotola Olukemi; Murphy, Ian A; Wang, Jamie C; Das, Anjan; Hanson, Kenneth

    2016-10-04

    Current high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) rely on the incorporation of multiple chromophores, via either co-deposition or pre-formed assemblies, as a means of increasing broad band light absorption. These strategies have some inherent limitations including decreased total light absorption by each of the dyes, low surface loadings, and complex synthetic procedures. In this report, we introduce an alternative strategy, self-assembled bilayers, as a simple, step-wise method of incorporating two complementary chromophores into a DSSC. The bilayer devices exhibit a 10% increase in Jsc, Voc and η over the monolayer devices due to increased incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency across the entire visible spectrum and slowed recombination losses at the interface. Directional energy and electron transfer towards the metal oxide surface are key steps in the bilayer photon-to-current generation process. These results are important as they open the door to a new architecture for harnessing broad band light in dye-sensitized devices.

  4. 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.

  5. Patchy Supramolecular Bottle-Brushes Formed by Solution Self-Assembly of Bis(urea)s and Tris(urea)s Decorated by Two Incompatible Polymer Arms.

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    Catrouillet, Sylvain; Bouteiller, Laurent; Boyron, Olivier; Lorthioir, Cédric; Nicol, Erwan; Pensec, Sandrine; Colombani, Olivier

    2016-09-01

    In an attempt to design urea-based Janus nanocylinders through a supramolecular approach, nonsymmetrical bis(urea)s and tris(urea)s decorated by two incompatible polymer arms, namely, poly(styrene) (PS) and poly(isobutylene) (PIB), were synthesized using rather straightforward organic and polymer chemistry techniques. Light scattering experiments revealed that these molecules self-assembled in cyclohexane by cooperative hydrogen bonds. The extent of self-assembly was limited for the bis(urea)s. On the contrary, reasonably anisotropic 1D structures (small nanocylinders) could be obtained with the tris(urea)s (Nagg ∼ 50) which developed six cooperative hydrogen bonds per molecule. (1)H transverse relaxation measurements and NOESY NMR experiments in cyclohexane revealed that perfect Janus nanocylinders with one face consisting of only PS and the other of PIB were not obtained. Nevertheless, phase segregation between the PS and PIB chains occurred to a large extent, resulting in patchy cylinders containing well separated domains of PIB and PS chains. Reasons for this behavior were proposed, paving the way to improve the proposed strategy toward true urea-based supramolecular Janus nanocylinders.

  6. Supramolecular phosphatases formed by the self-assembly of the bis(Zn²⁺-cyclen) complex, copper(II), and barbital derivatives in water.

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    Zulkefeli, Mohd; Hisamatsu, Yosuke; Suzuki, Asami; Miyazawa, Yuya; Shiro, Motoo; Aoki, Shin

    2014-10-01

    In our previous paper, we reported that a dimeric Zn(2+) complex with a 2,2'-bipyridyl linker (Zn2L(1)), cyanuric acid (CA), and a Cu(2+) ion automatically assemble in aqueous solution to form 4:4:4 complex 3, which selectively catalyzes the hydrolysis of mono(4-nitrophenyl)phosphate (MNP) at neutral pH. Herein, we report that the use of barbital (Bar) instead of CA for the self-assembly with Zn2L(1) and Cu(2+) induces 2:2:2 complexation of these components, and not the 4:4:4 complex, to form supramolecular complex 6 a, the structure and equilibrium characteristics of which were studied by analytical and physical measurements. The finding show that 6 a also accelerates the hydrolysis of MNP, similarly to 3. Moreover, inspired by the crystal structure of 6 a, we prepared barbital units that contain functional groups on their side chains in an attempt to produce supramolecular phosphatases that possess functional groups near the Cu2(μ-OH)2 catalytic core so as to mimic the catalytic center of alkaline phosphatase (AP).

  7. Photo-Reversible Supramolecular Hydrogels Assembled by α-Cyclodextrin and Azobenzene Substituted Poly(acrylic acid)s

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    Wang, Mingwei; Zhang, Xiaojun; Li, Li; Wang, Junyou; Wang, Jie; Ma, Jun; Yuan, Zhenyu; Lincoln, Stephen F.; Guo, Xuhong

    2016-01-01

    Photo-reversible supramolecular hydrogels based on the mixture of α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) and azobenzene (Azo) substituted poly(acrylic acid) s were prepared. Effects of substitution degree of Azo, polymer concentration and tethered chain length on the reversible sol-gel transition of these

  8. Photo-Reversible Supramolecular Hydrogels Assembled by α-Cyclodextrin and Azobenzene Substituted Poly(acrylic acid)s

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    Wang, Mingwei; Zhang, Xiaojun; Li, Li; Wang, Junyou; Wang, Jie; Ma, Jun; Yuan, Zhenyu; Lincoln, Stephen F.; Guo, Xuhong

    2016-01-01

    Photo-reversible supramolecular hydrogels based on the mixture of α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) and azobenzene (Azo) substituted poly(acrylic acid) s were prepared. Effects of substitution degree of Azo, polymer concentration and tethered chain length on the reversible sol-gel transition of these mixture

  9. Self-assembled near-infrared dye nanoparticles as a selective protein sensor by activation of a dormant fluorophore.

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    Anees, Palapuravan; Sreejith, Sivaramapanicker; Ajayaghosh, Ayyappanpillai

    2014-09-24

    Design of selective sensors for a specific analyte in blood serum, which contains a large number of proteins, small molecules, and ions, is important in clinical diagnostics. While metal and polymeric nanoparticle conjugates have been used as sensors, small molecular assemblies have rarely been exploited for the selective sensing of a protein in blood serum. Herein we demonstrate how a nonspecific small molecular fluorescent dye can be empowered to form a selective protein sensor as illustrated with a thiol-sensitive near-IR squaraine (Sq) dye (λabs= 670 nm, λem= 700 nm). The dye self-assembles to form nonfluorescent nanoparticles (Dh = 200 nm) which selectively respond to human serum albumin (HSA) in the presence of other thiol-containing molecules and proteins by triggering a green fluorescence. This selective response of the dye nanoparticles allowed detection and quantification of HSA in blood serum with a sensitivity limit of 3 nM. Notably, the Sq dye in solution state is nonselective and responds to any thiol-containing proteins and small molecules. The sensing mechanism involves HSA specific controlled disassembly of the Sq nanoparticles to the molecular dye by a noncovalent binding process and its subsequent reaction with the thiol moiety of the protein, triggering the green emission of a dormant fluorophore present in the dye. This study demonstrates the power of a self-assembled small molecular fluorophore for protein sensing and is a simple chemical tool for the clinical diagnosis of blood serum.

  10. Engineering of supramolecular photoactive protein architectures: the defined co-assembly of photosystem I and cytochrome c using a nanoscaled DNA-matrix

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    Stieger, Kai R.; Ciornii, Dmitri; Kölsch, Adrian; Hejazi, Mahdi; Lokstein, Heiko; Feifel, Sven C.; Zouni, Athina; Lisdat, Fred

    2016-05-01

    The engineering of renewable and sustainable protein-based light-to-energy converting systems is an emerging field of research. Here, we report on the development of supramolecular light-harvesting electrodes, consisting of the redox protein cytochrome c working as a molecular scaffold as well as a conductive wiring network and photosystem I as a photo-functional matrix element. Both proteins form complexes in solution, which in turn can be adsorbed on thiol-modified gold electrodes through a self-assembly mechanism. To overcome the limited stability of self-grown assemblies, DNA, a natural polyelectrolyte, is used as a further building block for the construction of a photo-active 3D architecture. DNA acts as a structural matrix element holding larger protein amounts and thus remarkably improving the maximum photocurrent and electrode stability. On investigating the photophysical properties, this system demonstrates that effective electron pathways have been created.The engineering of renewable and sustainable protein-based light-to-energy converting systems is an emerging field of research. Here, we report on the development of supramolecular light-harvesting electrodes, consisting of the redox protein cytochrome c working as a molecular scaffold as well as a conductive wiring network and photosystem I as a photo-functional matrix element. Both proteins form complexes in solution, which in turn can be adsorbed on thiol-modified gold electrodes through a self-assembly mechanism. To overcome the limited stability of self-grown assemblies, DNA, a natural polyelectrolyte, is used as a further building block for the construction of a photo-active 3D architecture. DNA acts as a structural matrix element holding larger protein amounts and thus remarkably improving the maximum photocurrent and electrode stability. On investigating the photophysical properties, this system demonstrates that effective electron pathways have been created. Electronic supplementary information

  11. Solvent- and guest-responsive supramolecular self-assembly of 1,3,5-tris(10-carboxydecyloxy) benzene by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Cui, Lihua; Miao, Xinrui, E-mail: msxrmiao@scut.edu.cn; Xu, Li; Deng, Wenli, E-mail: wldeng@scut.edu.cn

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • TCDB can entrap solvent molecules or π-electron-conjugated guest molecules. • We calculate hydrogen bonding which is crucial to stabilize the assembly networks. • Structural properties rely on the solvent- and guest-responsive assembly. • Kinetics and thermodynamics explain the morphology character of polarity. - Abstract: Two-dimensional hydrogen-bonded networks formed in the self-assembly of 1,3,5-tris(10-carboxydecyloxy) benzene (TCDB) show regular solvent- and guest-induced supramolecular structural properties, which have been presented by scanning tunneling microscopy at the liquid–solid interface at ambient conditions. TCDB acting as a host template can entrap solvent molecules or π-electron-conjugated guest molecules to fabricate the flexible co-adsorption architectures, which are subject to the balance between the hydrogen bonding of the host lattice and the van der Waals forces between the host and the guest molecules. Hydrogen bonding among TCDB molecules is crucial to stabilize the host networks to settle the system into a global minimum of Gibbs free energy. We also find a strong correlation between the structural parameters and the physical properties of the solvent. Statistical analysis shows that the unit cell volume of TCDB dissolved in nonpolar 1-phenylotane and n-tetradecane shrank significantly compared with that of host–guest system, which fully reflects the coadsorption effect of nonpolar solvent molecules. Our results identify that the kinetic effect of adsorption/desorption as well as the solvent viscosity comes into play in tuning the two-dimensional self-assembled structures. Furthermore, mechanical calculations demonstrate that TCDB incline to adsorb with a larger dipole configuration in nonpolar solvents due to its dissolvability. It is believed that the results are of significance to supramolecular host–guest chemistry and surface science.

  12. Hydrogen bonded supramolecular materials

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    Li, Zhan-Ting

    2015-01-01

    This book is an up-to-date text covering topics in utilizing hydrogen bonding for constructing functional architectures and supramolecular materials. The first chapter addresses the control of photo-induced electron and energy transfer. The second chapter summarizes the formation of nano-porous materials. The following two chapters introduce self-assembled gels, many of which exhibit unique functions. Other chapters cover the advances in supramolecular liquid crystals and the versatility of hydrogen bonding in tuning/improving the properties and performance of materials. This book is designed

  13. 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.

  14. Micelles assembled with carbocyanine dyes for theranostic near-infrared fluorescent cancer imaging and photothermal therapy.

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    Yang, Hong; Mao, Huajian; Wan, Zhihui; Zhu, Aijun; Guo, Miao; Li, Yanli; Li, Xinming; Wan, Jiangling; Yang, Xiangliang; Shuai, Xintao; Chen, Huabing

    2013-12-01

    It is an emerging focus to explore a theranostic nanocarrier for simultaneous cancer imaging and therapy. Herein, we demonstrate a theranostic micelle system for cancer near infrared fluorescent (NIRF) imaging with enhanced signal to noise ratio and superior photothermal therapy. The copolymers consisting of monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol) and alkylamine-grafted poly(L-aspartic acid) are assembled with carbocyanine dyes into theranostic micelles, which exhibit small size, high loading capacity, good stability, sustained release behavior, and enhanced cellular uptake. The micelles achieve the preferable biodistribution and long-term retention of carbocyanine dyes at tumor, which result in enhanced NIRF imaging by generating stable retention of NIRF signals at both hypervascular and hypovascular tumors during a long-term imaging period of up to 8 day, accompanying with negligible noise at normal tissues. The photostability of carbocyanine dye (Cypate) plays an important role for long-term cancer imaging with enhanced SNR. Moreover, the micelles exhibit severe photothermal damage on cancer cells via the destabilization of subcellular organelles upon photoirradiation, causing superior photothermal tumor regress. The micelles act as a powerful theranostic nanocarrier for simultaneous cancer imaging with high contrast and superior photothermal therapy.

  15. From Polymeric Nanoparticles to Dye-containing Photonic Crystals:Synthesis,Self-assembling,Optical Features, Possible Applications

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    A.V.Yakimansky; A.Yu.Menshikova; N.N.Shevchenko; A.G.Bazhenova; S.K.Sazonov; A.I.Vedernikov; S.P.Gromov; V.A.Sazhnikov; M.V.Alfimov

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Self-assembling of monodisperse polymeric nanoparticles is a perspective method of obtaining photonic crystalline materials for optoelectronics,telecommunication industry and optosensorics.For tuning optical characteristics of photonic crystals it is advisable to functionalize nanoparticles by dyes absorbing or emitting light in the vicinity of the photonic band gap,which position depends on the nanoparticle diameter.To prepare monodisperse nanoparticles with the dye-functionalyzed surface emu...

  16. Photoactive molecular junctions based on self-assembled monolayers of indoline dyes.

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    Caranzi, Lorenzo; Pace, Giuseppina; Guarnera, Simone; Canesi, Eleonora V; Brambilla, Luigi; Raavi, Sai S K; Petrozza, Annamaria; Caironi, Mario

    2014-11-26

    We demonstrate the feasibility of a photodetector based on an ensemble molecular junction, where a self-assembled monolayer of an organic donor-acceptor dye is directly sandwiched between two electrodes. In such a device, upon photoexcitation and generation of a charge-transfer state on the molecule, charges are dissociated and directly collected at the electrodes without the need of transport through a bulk phase, as in usual photodetectors. We show that the device can work in photovoltaic regime and the spectral response can be tuned by varying the light absorbing dye. Therefore, the electro-optical properties of the downscaled device can be unambiguously related to the physical-chemical properties of the molecules, a commonly difficult point to demonstrate in a molecular junction device, because of the uncertainties of the interplay between molecules and electrodes. The proposed device, which relies on a simple self-assembly process, has a strong potentiality for fast responding, downscaled detectors, ultimately limited by charge dissociation dynamics, and can be considered also as a useful tool to investigate fundamental electro-optical processes in molecular monolayers.

  17. Supramolecular assembly of (Z)-ethyl 2-cyano-3-((4-fluorophenyl)amino) acrylate, crystal structure, Hirshfeld surface analysis and DFT studies

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    Matos, Catiúcia R. M. O.; Vitorino, Letícia S.; de Oliveira, Pedro H. R.; de Souza, Maria Cecília B. V.; Cunha, Anna C.; Boechat, Fernanda da C. S.; Resende, Jackson A. L. C.; Carneiro, José Walkimar de M.; Ronconi, Célia M.

    2016-09-01

    A mixture of the E and Z isomers of ethyl 2-cyano-3-((4-fluorophenyl)amino) acrylate was synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The structure of the Z isomer was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction, which revealed a three-dimensional supramolecular network governed by Csbnd H⋯N, Csbnd H⋯O, and Csbnd H⋯F hydrogen bonds and π⋯π stacking interactions. The combination of these interactions plays an important role in stabilizing the self-assembly process and the molecular conformation. Hirshfeld surface analysis indicated the roles of the noncovalent interactions in the crystal packing, which were quantified by fingerprint plots and DFT calculations.

  18. Assembly modulation of PDI derivative as a supramolecular fluorescence switching probe for detection of cationic surfactant and metal ions in aqueous media.

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    Dwivedi, Atul K; Pandeeswar, M; Govindaraju, T

    2014-12-10

    We report an amphiphilic perylene diimide (1), a bimolecular analog of l-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA), as a reversible fluorescence switching probe for the detection and sensing of cationic surfactants and Fe(3+)/Cu(2+) in an aqueous media respectively by means of host-guest interactions driven assembly and disassembly of 1. Photophysical studies of 1, going from dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) (State-I) to pure aqueous medium (State-II), suggested the formation of self-assembled aggregates by displaying very weak fluorescence emission along with red shifted broad absorption bands. Interestingly, the cationic surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) could disassemble 1 in miceller conditions by restoring bright yellow fluorescence and vibronically well-defined (Franck-Condon progressions A0-0/A0-1 ≈ 1.6) absorption bands of 1 over other neutral and anionic surfactants (State-III). Owing to the metal chelating nature of L-DOPA, 1 was able to sense Fe(3+) and Cu(2+) among a pool of other metal ions by means of fluorescence switching off state, attributed to metal interaction driven assembly of 1 (State-IV). Such metallosupramolecular assemblies were found to reverse back to the fluorescence switching on state using a metal ion chelator, diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA, State-III), further signifying the role of metal ions toward assembly of 1. Formation of assembly and disassembly could be visualized by the diminished and increased yellow emission under green laser light. Further, the assembly-disassembly modulation of 1 has been extensively characterized using infrared (IR), mass spectrometry, microscopy and dynamic light scattering (DLS) techniques. Therefore, modulation of the molecular self-assembly of PDI derivative 1 in aqueous media (assembled state, State-II) by means of host-guest interactions provided by micellar structures of CTAB (disassembled state, State-III), metal ion (Fe(3+) and Cu(2+)) interactions (assembled state, State-IV) and

  19. 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......-adsorbed to DDA:MMG-1/3/6 dispersions revealed that all tested adjuvants were immunoactive and induced strong Th1 and Th17 responses with a potential for a central effector memory profile. The MMG-1 and MMG-6 analogues were equally immunoactive in vivo upon incorporation into DDA liposomes, despite the reported...

  20. Applications of supramolecular chemistry

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    Schneider, Hans-Jörg

    2012-01-01

    ""The time is ripe for the present volume, which gathers thorough presentations of the numerous actually realized or potentially accessible applications of supramolecular chemistry by a number of the leading figures in the field. The variety of topics covered is witness to the diversity of the approaches and the areas of implementation…a broad and timely panorama of the field assembling an eminent roster of contributors.""-Jean-Marie Lehn, 1987 Noble Prize Winner in Chemistry

  1. Supramolecular approach to new inkjet printing inks.

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    Hart, Lewis R; Harries, Josephine L; Greenland, Barnaby W; Colquhoun, Howard M; Hayes, Wayne

    2015-04-29

    Electronically complementary, low molecular weight polymers that self-assemble through tunable π-π stacking interactions to form extended supramolecular polymer networks have been developed for inkjet printing applications and successfully deposited using three different printing techniques. Sequential overprinting of the complementary components results in supramolecular network formation through complexation of π-electron rich pyrenyl or perylenyl chain-ends in one component with π-electron deficient naphthalene diimide residues in a chain-folding polyimide. The complementary π-π stacked polymer blends generate strongly colored materials as a result of charge-transfer absorption bands in the visible spectrum, potentially negating the need for pigments or dyes in the ink formulation. Indeed, the final color of the deposited material can be tailored by varying the end-groups of the π-electron rich polymer component. Piezoelectric printing techniques were employed in a proof of concept study to allow characterization of the materials deposited, and a thermal inkjet printer adapted with imaging software enabled in situ analysis of the ink drops as they formed and of their physical properties. Finally, continuous inkjet printing allowed greater volumes of material to be deposited, on a variety of different substrate surfaces, and demonstrated the utility and versatility of this novel type of ink for industrial applications.

  2. Multivalency in supramolecular chemistry and nanofabrication

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    Mulder, Alart; Huskens, Jurriaan; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2004-01-01

    Multivalency is a powerful and versatile self-assembly pathway that confers unique thermodynamic and kinetic behavior onto supramolecular complexes. The diversity of the examples of supramolecular multivalent systems discussed in this perspective shows that the concept of multivalency is a general p

  3. Supramolecular architectures from the self-assembly of lanthanide ions with 6-hydroxypicolinic acid and 1,10-phenanthroline

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    Sun, Chang-Yan; Jin, Lin-Pei

    2005-05-01

    Three new lanthanide complexes, [La(HpicO) 3(phen)(H 2O)] n ( 1) and Ln 3(picO) 4(phen) 3(H 2O) 2·HpicO·0.5H 2O (Ln=Er ( 2), Yb ( 3)) were synthesized by the hydrothermal reactions and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, elemental analysis and IR spectrum. In complex 1, each La(III) ion is 10-coordinated and HpicO - ligands link the metal ions into 1D zigzag chains. Complexes 2 and 3 are isomorphous, and there are three crystallographically independent Ln(III) ions in the asymmetric unit. The N-H⋯O and O-H⋯O hydrogen bonds and π-π stacking interactions in these complexes result in the formation of 3D supramolecular architectures.

  4. Tuning Gas Adsorption Properties of Zeolite-like Supramolecular Assemblies with gis Topology via Functionalization of Isoreticular Metal–Organic Squares

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    Wang, Shuang

    2017-07-11

    A strategy based on metal-ligand directed assembly of metal-organic squares (MOSs), built-up from four-membered ring (4MR) secondary building units (SBUs), has been employed for the design and construction of isoreticular zeolite-like supramolecular assemblies (ZSAs). Four porous Co-based ZSAs having the same underlying gis topology, but differing only with respect to the capping and bridging linkers, were successfully isolated and fully characterized. In this series, each MOS in ZSA-3-ZSA-6 possess an ideal square geometry and is connected to four neighboring MOS via a total of 16 hydrogen bonds to give a 3-periodic porous network.To systematically assess the effect of the pore system (size and functionality) on the gas adsorption properties, we evaluated the MOSs for their affinity for different probe molecules such as CO2 and light hydrocarbons. ZSA-3-ZSA-6 showed high thermal stability (up to 300 °C) and was proven highly porous as evidenced by gas adsorption studies. Notably, alkyl-functionalized MOSs were found to offer potential for selective separation of CO2, C3H6, and C3H8 from CH4 and H2 containing gas stream, such as natural gas and refinery-off gases.

  5. Tuning Gas Adsorption Properties of Zeolite-like Supramolecular Assemblies with gis Topology via Functionalization of Isoreticular Metal-Organic Squares.

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    Wang, Shuang; Belmabkhout, Youssef; Cairns, Amy J; Li, Guanghua; Huo, Qisheng; Liu, Yunling; Eddaoudi, Mohamed

    2017-07-11

    A strategy based on metal-ligand directed assembly of metal-organic squares (MOSs), built-up from four-membered ring (4MR) secondary building units (SBUs), has been employed for the design and construction of isoreticular zeolite-like supramolecular assemblies (ZSAs). Four porous Co-based ZSAs having the same underlying gis topology, but differing only with respect to the capping and bridging linkers, were successfully isolated and fully characterized. In this series, each MOS in ZSA-3-ZSA-6 possess an ideal square geometry and is connected to four neighboring MOS via a total of 16 hydrogen bonds to give a 3-periodic porous network.To systematically assess the effect of the pore system (size and functionality) on the gas adsorption properties, we evaluated the MOSs for their affinity for different probe molecules such as CO2 and light hydrocarbons. ZSA-3-ZSA-6 showed high thermal stability (up to 300 °C) and was proven highly porous as evidenced by gas adsorption studies. Notably, alkyl-functionalized MOSs were found to offer potential for selective separation of CO2, C3H6, and C3H8 from CH4 and H2 containing gas stream, such as natural gas and refinery-off gases.

  6. Fluorescence turn-on recognition of chiral amino acids using dye incorporated β-CD functionalized AuNPs assembly

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    Aswathy, B., E-mail: aswathybv@gmail.com; Sony, G., E-mail: emailtosony@gmail.com

    2014-10-15

    An assembly of dye incorporated β-cyclodextrin (βCD) functionalized AuNPs for the fluorescent probing of chiral amino acids is presented. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) possessing a high extinction coefficient function can be used as excellent fluorescent quenchers in AuNP–fluorophore system. Inclusion of fluorescein (FL) into β-cyclodextrin (βCD) makes energy transfer to occur through the donor and quencher nearby. This energy transfer switches off by virtue of the analyte induced release of FL from β-CD cavity, which results in the fluorescence recovery of the quenched dye. Analysis suggests that the assembly of AuNPs–βCDs–FL is effective as a turn-on fluorescent probe for the chiroselective optical discrimination between D,L-tryptophan, D,L-phenyl alanine and D,L-tyrosine. The detection limits for analyzing L-tryptophan, L-phenyl alanine and L-tyrosine were found to be 0.59, 1.2 and 1.5 μM respectively. - Highlights: • Fluorescence quenching AuNP–βCD–dye assembly via energy transfer. • Energy transfer from dye to AuNPs is a SET process. • Fluorescence turn-on detection of amino acids by the competitive binding method. • Chiroselective discrimination between enantiomeric amino acids.

  7. Self-assembly of novel supramolecular silver(I) compound based on mixed ligands bipy/TST3- H3TST=2,4,6-tris (4-sulfophenylamino)-1,3,5-triazine

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    Yu, Yunfang; Wei, Yongqin; Broer, Ria; Wu, Kechen

    2007-01-01

    The novel supramolecular silver(I) compound with formula [Ag-6(TST)(2)(bipy)(6)(H2O)(2)](n) center dot 3nH(2)O (1) based on assembly of Ag(I) and mixed ligand bipy/TST3-, bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine, H3TST = 2,4,6-tris(4-sulfophenylamino)-1,3,5-triazine, has been prepared by hydrothermal method. In the

  8. Self-assembly of novel supramolecular silver(I) compound based on mixed ligands bipy/TST3- H3TST=2,4,6-tris (4-sulfophenylamino)-1,3,5-triazine

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    Yu, Yunfang; Wei, Yongqin; Broer, Ria; Wu, Kechen

    2007-01-01

    The novel supramolecular silver(I) compound with formula [Ag-6(TST)(2)(bipy)(6)(H2O)(2)](n) center dot 3nH(2)O (1) based on assembly of Ag(I) and mixed ligand bipy/TST3-, bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine, H3TST = 2,4,6-tris(4-sulfophenylamino)-1,3,5-triazine, has been prepared by hydrothermal method. In the s

  9. Self-assembly of novel supramolecular silver(I) compound based on mixed ligands bipy/TST3- H3TST=2,4,6-tris (4-sulfophenylamino)-1,3,5-triazine

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    Yu, Yunfang; Wei, Yongqin; Broer, Ria; Wu, Kechen

    2007-01-01

    The novel supramolecular silver(I) compound with formula [Ag-6(TST)(2)(bipy)(6)(H2O)(2)](n) center dot 3nH(2)O (1) based on assembly of Ag(I) and mixed ligand bipy/TST3-, bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine, H3TST = 2,4,6-tris(4-sulfophenylamino)-1,3,5-triazine, has been prepared by hydrothermal method. In the s

  10. Assembly of supramolecular DNA complexes containing both G-quadruplexes and i-motifs by enhancing the G-repeat-bearing capacity of i-motifs

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    Cao, Yanwei; Gao, Shang; Yan, Yuting; Bruist, Michael F.; Wang, Bing; Guo, Xinhua

    2017-01-01

    The single-step assembly of supramolecular complexes containing both i-motifs and G-quadruplexes (G4s) is demonstrated. This can be achieved because the formation of four-stranded i-motifs appears to be little affected by certain terminal residues: a five-cytosine tetrameric i-motif can bear ten-base flanking residues. However, things become complex when different lengths of guanine-repeats are added at the 3′ or 5′ ends of the cytosine-repeats. Here, a series of oligomers d(XGiXC5X) and d(XC5XGiX) (X = A, T or none; i < 5) are designed to study the impact of G-repeats on the formation of tetrameric i-motifs. Our data demonstrate that tetramolecular i-motif structure can tolerate specific flanking G-repeats. Assemblies of these oligonucleotides are polymorphic, but may be controlled by solution pH and counter ion species. Importantly, we find that the sequences d(TGiAC5) can form the tetrameric i-motif in large quantities. This leads to the design of two oligonucleotides d(TG4AC7) and d(TGBrGGBrGAC7) that self-assemble to form quadruplex supramolecules under certain conditions. d(TG4AC7) forms supramolecules under acidic conditions in the presence of K+ that are mainly V-shaped or ring-like containing parallel G4s and antiparallel i-motifs. d(TGBrGGBrGAC7) forms long linear quadruplex wires under acidic conditions in the presence of Na+ that consist of both antiparallel G4s and i-motifs. PMID:27899568

  11. Layer-by-layer self-assembly of dye-polyoxometalate multilayer composite films and their fluorescent properties

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    Wang Yonghui [Institute of Polyoxometalate Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, 130024 (China); Hu Changwen [Institute of Polyoxometalate Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, 130024 (China) and Department of Chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, 100081 (China)]. E-mail: huchw@nenu.edu.cn

    2005-04-01

    The layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly technique was successfully applied to the fabrication of dye-polyoxometalate multilayer composite films consisting of two dye molecules Rhodamine B (RB) and Rhodamine 6G (R6G) and a Keggin-type polyoxometalate [{alpha}-SiW{sub 12}O{sub 40}]{sup 4-} ({alpha}-SiW{sub 12}). The composite films were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and fluorescence spectroscopy. UV-vis spectra show that the characteristic absorbance values of the multilayer films increase almost linearly with the number of dye/{alpha}-SiW{sub 12} bilayers, suggesting that the deposition process is regular and highly reproducible from layer to layer. SEM micrographs indicate that the film surface is a little rough with some individual granular domains. In addition, the fluorescent properties of these composite films were also investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy.

  12. Supramolecular Assembly of Molecular Rare-Earth-3,5-Dichlorobenzoic Acid-2,2':6',2″-Terpyridine Materials: Structural Systematics, Luminescence Properties, and Magnetic Behavior.

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    Carter, Korey P; Thomas, Kara E; Pope, Simon J A; Holmberg, Rebecca J; Butcher, Ray J; Murugesu, Muralee; Cahill, Christopher L

    2016-07-18

    The syntheses and crystal structures of 16 new rare-earth (RE = La(3+)-Y(3+))-3,5-dichlorobenzoic acid-terpyridine molecular materials characterized via single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction are reported. These 16 complexes consist of four unique structure types ranging from molecular dimers (La(3+) and Ce(3+)) to tetramers (Pr(3+)-Y(3+)) as one moves across the RE(3+) series. This structural evolution is accompanied by subsequent changes in modes of supramolecular assembly (halogen bonding, halogen-π, halogen-halogen, and π-π interactions). Solid-state visible and near-infrared lifetime measurements were performed on complexes 6 (Sm(3+)), 7 (Eu(3+)), 9 (Tb(3+)), 10 (Dy(3+)), 11 (Ho(3+)), 12 (Er(3+)), and 14 (Yb(3+)), and characteristic emission was observed for all complexes except 11. Lifetime data for 11, 12, and 14 suggest sensitization by the terpy antenna does occur in near-infrared systems, although not as efficiently as in the visible region. Additionally, direct current magnetic susceptibility measurements were taken for complexes 10 (Dy(3+)) and 12 (Er(3+)) and showed dominant ferromagnetic behavior.

  13. 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.

  14. Supramolecular assembly and nanostructures of a series of luminol derivatives with aromatic/alkyl substituted groups in Langmuir-Blodgett films.

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    Jiao, Tifeng; Xing, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Qingrui; Zhang, Li; Liu, Minghua; Zhou, Jingxin; Gao, Faming

    2014-06-01

    A series of functional luminol derivatives with aromatic and alkyl substituted groups has been designed and synthesized from the reaction of the corresponding chloride precursors with luminol. These compounds can be spread on water surface to form stable Langmuir films at the air-water interface. It has been found that UV and IR spectra confirmed the characteristic aromatic segment, imide group, and aromatic/alkyl substituted groups. In addition, for the interfacial assembly process of compounds with alkyl substituted groups, there are obvious spectral changes for the alkyl chains. AFM results indicated that various different aggregated domains may be fabricated in the transferred LB films. For all cases, the substituted groups in molecular structures have an important effect in regulating the aggregation mode and spectral changes in organized molecular films. The present results showed that the modified luminol derivatives may have potential application in functional material fields such as ECL sensor, which may give some insight to study the relationship between the molecular structures and supramolecular aggregation of amphiphiles in organized molecular films.

  15. Effect of H-bonding interactions of water molecules in the self assembly of supramolecular architecture-joint experimental and computational studies

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    Jassal, Amanpreet Kaur; Kaur, Rajwinder; Islam, Nasarul; Anu; Mudsainiyan, Rahul Kumar

    2017-08-01

    A new {[Cu(4,4‧-BP)2.(H2O)4].2,6-NDC.3(H2O)} complex has been synthesized by refluxing Cu(NO3)2, 2,6-NDC and 4,4‧-BP (1:1:1 ratio) (2,6-NDC = 2,6-Naphthalene Dicarboxylic acid, 4,4‧-BP = 4,4'-bipyridine) in methanol/ammonia mixture and characterized by various spectroscopic techniques. The geometry around Cu2+ ion is typical octahedral in cationic complex, while the deprotonated 2,6-NDC act as a charge balancing counter anionic part. Water molecules (lattice and coordinated) also play important role in the self-assembly by forming Hsbnd bonded supramolecular architecture involving strong inter/intramolecular secondary interactions. The luminescence property and thermogravimetric analyses were also investigated. Both the intermolecular interactions of molecular and crystal structures of this complex were compared and discussed using Hirshfeld surface analysis and 2D-fingerprint plots. Hirshfeld surface analysis indicates that H⋯H, O⋯H and π···π contacts can account for 40.4, 19.3 and 7.7% respectively of the total Hirshfeld surface area. The DFT calculation at the CAM-B3LYP level of theory revealed the existence of three hydrogens binds in the complex. These hydrogen bonds exist between the oxygen atom of ligand and the hydrogen of coordinated water molecules.

  16. 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.

  17. Integrated effect of supramolecular self-assembled sandwich-like melamine cyanurate/MoS{sub 2} hybrid sheets on reducing fire hazards of polyamide 6 composites

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    Feng, Xiaming [State Key Laboratory of Fire Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Anhui 230026 (China); Suzhou Key Laboratory of Urban Public Safety, Suzhou Institute for Advanced Study, University of Science and Technology of China, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Wang, Xin, E-mail: wxcmx@ustc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Fire Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Anhui 230026 (China); Cai, Wei; Hong, Ningning [State Key Laboratory of Fire Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Anhui 230026 (China); Hu, Yuan, E-mail: yuanhu@ustc.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Fire Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Anhui 230026 (China); Suzhou Key Laboratory of Urban Public Safety, Suzhou Institute for Advanced Study, University of Science and Technology of China, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Liew, Kim Meow [Suzhou Key Laboratory of Urban Public Safety, Suzhou Institute for Advanced Study, University of Science and Technology of China, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Department of Architectural and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon (Hong Kong)

    2016-12-15

    A novel strategy of using supramolecular self-assembly for preparing sandwich-like melamine cyanurate/MoS{sub 2} sheets as the hybrid flame retardants for polyamide 6 (PA6) is reported for the first time. The introduction of MoS{sub 2} sheets function not only as a template to induce the formation of two-dimensional melamine cyanurate capping layers but also as a synergist to generate integrated flame-retarding effect of hybrid sheets, as well as a high-performance smoke suppressor to reduce fire hazards of PA6 materials. Once incorporating this well-designed structures (4 wt%) into PA6 matrix, there resulted in a remarkable drop (40%) in the peak heat release rate and a 25% reduction in total heat release. Moreover, the smoke production and pyrolysis gaseous products were efficiently suppressed by the addition of sandwich-like hybrid sheets. The integrated functions consisting of inherent flame retarding effect, physical barrier performance and catalytic activity are believed to the crucial guarantee for the reduced fire hazards of PA6 nanocomposites. Furthermore, this novel strategy with facile and scalable features may provide reference for developing various kinds of MoS{sub 2} based hybrid sheets for diverse applications.

  18. Surface modification of polypiperazine-amide membrane by self-assembled method for dye wastewater treatment☆

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    Yong Zhou; Zhenan Dai; Ding Zhai; Congjie Gao

    2015-01-01

    Polypiperazine-amide membranes were modified with poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) by self-assembled method, through which PEI molecules were fixed on the membrane surface by ionic interaction. In the experiments, the PEI concentration ranged from 50 to 2000 mg·L−1 while the depositing time was fixed at 20 min. The results showed that low PEI concentration resulted in a slight increase of pure water flux, which was attributed to the enhanced membrane surface hydrophilicity. The PEI adsorption on membrane surface had less effect on the re-jections to neutral PEG and sucrose, but improved the rejections to divalent cationic ions and methylene blue as the result of reversion of the membrane surface charge from negative to positive according to the XPS analysis and zeta potential measurements. The membrane modified at PEI=1500 mg·L−1 exhibited high rejection to methylene blue (MB) and is potential to be applied in the treatment of effluents containing positively charged dyes.

  19. High-definition self-assemblies driven by the hydrophobic effect: synthesis and properties of a supramolecular nanocapsule.

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    Liu, Simin; Gibb, Bruce C

    2008-08-28

    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 dimerization of a cavitand in aqueous solution, and in doing so are encapsulated within the resulting capsule. Although not held together by (enthalpically) strong and directional non-covalent forces, these capsules possess considerable thermodynamic and kinetic stability. As a result, they display unusual and even unique properties. We discuss some of these, including the use of the capsule as a nanoscale reaction chamber and how they can bring about the separation of hydrocarbon gases.

  20. Supramolecular perspectives in colloid science

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    Cohen Stuart, M.A.

    2008-01-01

    Supramolecular chemistry puts emphasis on molecular assemblies held together by non-covalent bonds. As such, it is very close in spirit to colloid science which also focuses on objects which are small, but beyond the molecular scale, and for which other forces than covalent bonds are crucial. We dis

  1. 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, E-mail: zqgao2008@163.com [School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan 030021 (China); Li, Hong-Jin [School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan 030021 (China); Gu, Jin-Zhong, E-mail: gujzh@lzu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Zhang, Qing-Hua [School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan 030021 (China); Kirillov, Alexander M. [Centro de Química Estrutural, Complexo I, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049–001 Lisbon (Portugal)

    2016-09-15

    Four new crystalline solids, namely [Co{sub 2}(µ{sub 2}-5-Clnic){sub 2}(µ{sub 3}-5-Clnic){sub 2}(µ{sub 2}-H{sub 2}O)]{sub n} (1), [Co(5-Clnic){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 4}]·2(5-ClnicH) (2), [Pb(µ{sub 2}-5-Clnic){sub 2}(phen)]{sub n} (3), and [Cd(5-Clnic){sub 2}(phen){sub 2}]·3H{sub 2}O (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. - Graphical abstract: A new series of crystalline solids was self-assembled and fully characterized; their structural, topological, luminescent and magnetic features were investigated. Display Omitted.

  2. Cover Picture: Design and Sensing Properties of a Self-Assembled Supramolecular Oligomer (Chem. Eur. J. 6/2016)

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    Bähring, Steffen; Martín-Gomis, Luis; Olsen, Gunnar;

    2016-01-01

    The controlled self-assembly of electron-rich and electron-deficient components to create a stimulus responsive oligomeric ensemble that functions as a sensor system for nitroaromatic explosives is depicted schematically on the cover. More information can be found in the Full Paper by Á. Sastre-S...

  3. Supramolecular synthons on surfaces : Controlling dimensionality and periodicity of tetraarylporphyrin assemblies by the interplay of cyano and alkoxy substituents

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    Wintjes, Nikolai; Hornung, Jens; Lobo-Checa, Jorge; Voigt, Tobias; Samuely, Tomáš; Thilgen, Carlo; Stöhr, Meike; Diederich, François; Jung, Thomas A.

    2008-01-01

    The self-assembly of three porphyrin derivatives was studied in detail on a Cu(111) substrate by means of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). All derivatives have two 4-cyanophenyl substituents in diagonally opposed meso-positions of the porphyrin core. but differ in the nature of the other two mes

  4. Two-dimensional assembly based on flow supramolecular chemistry: kinetic control of molecular interactions under solvent diffusion.

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    Numata, Munenori; Kozawa, Tomohiro

    2014-05-19

    Self-assembly of porphyrin molecules can be controlled kinetically to form structures with lengths extending from the nano- to the micrometer scale, through a programmed solvent-diffusion process in designed microflow spaces. Temporal solvent structures generated in the microflow were successfully transcribed into molecular architectures.

  5. Nanoscale force sensors to study supramolecular systems

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    Cingil, E.H.

    2016-01-01

    Supramolecular systems are solutions, suspensions or solids, formed by physical and non-covalent interactions. These weak and dynamic bonds drive molecular self-assembly in nature, leading to formation of complex ordered structures in high precision. Understanding self-assembly and co-assembly is cr

  6. Nanoscale force sensors to study supramolecular systems

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    Cingil, E.H.

    2016-01-01

    Supramolecular systems are solutions, suspensions or solids, formed by physical and non-covalent interactions. These weak and dynamic bonds drive molecular self-assembly in nature, leading to formation of complex ordered structures in high precision. Understanding self-assembly and co-assembly is

  7. New synthetic strategies for xanthene-dye-appended cyclodextrins.

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    Malanga, Milo; Darcsi, Andras; Balint, Mihaly; Benkovics, Gabor; Sohajda, Tamas; Beni, Szabolcs

    2016-01-01

    Xanthene dyes can be appended to cyclodextrins via an ester or amide bridge in order to switch the fluorescence on or off. This is made possible through the formation of nonfluorescent lactones or lactams as the fluorophore can reversibly cyclize. In this context we report a green approach for the synthesis of switchable xanthene-dye-appended cyclodextrins based on the coupling agent 4-(4,6-dimethoxy-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)-4-methylmorpholinium chloride (DMT-MM). By using 6-monoamino-β-cyclodextrin and commercially available inexpensive dyes, we prepared rhodamine- and fluorescein-appended cyclodextrins. The compounds were characterized by NMR and IR spectroscopy and MS spectrometry, their UV-vis spectra were recorded at various pH, and their purity was determined by capillary electrophoresis. Two potential models for the supramolecular assembly of the xanthene-dye-appended cyclodextrins were developed based on the set of data collected by the extensive NMR characterization.

  8. Unraveling the nanostructure of supramolecular assemblies of hydrogen-bonded rosettes on graphite: An atomic force microscopy study

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    Schönherr, Holger; Paraschiv, Vasile; Zapotoczny, Szczepan; Crego-Calama, Mercedes; Timmerman, Peter; Frank, Curtis W.; Vancso, G. Julius; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2002-01-01

    The self-organization of multicomponent tetrarosette assemblies into ordered nanostructures on graphite surfaces has been studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Real-space information on the level of individual molecules allowed us to analyze the underlying structure in unprecedented detail. In highly ordered nanorod domains, tetrarosettes 13⋅(DEB)12 arrange in the form of parallel rows with a spacing of 4.6 ± 0.1 nm. High resolution AFM revealed the internal packing of the tetrarosette assemblies in these rows, which can be described by an oblique lattice with a = 2.5 ± 0.3 nm, b = 5.0 ± 0.1 nm, and γ = 122 ± 3°. The results, together with recent improvements in synthetic approaches, contribute to the development of a general strategy to develop H-bonding-based nanostructures with molecular precision. PMID:11929980

  9. Hierarchical Assembly of Bioactive Amphiphilic Molecule Pairs into Supramolecular Nanofibril Self-Supportive Scaffolds for Stem Cell Differentiation.

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    Wang, Zhe; Zhang, Fuwu; Wang, Zhantong; Liu, Yijing; Fu, Xiao; Jin, Albert; Yung, Bryant C; Chen, Wei; Fan, Jing; Yang, Xiangyu; Niu, Gang; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2016-11-16

    Molecular design of biomaterials with unique features recapitulating nature's niche to influence biological activities has been a prolific area of investigation in chemistry and material science. The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides a wealth of bioactive molecules in supporting cell proliferation, migration, and differentiation. The well-patterned fibril and intertwining architecture of the ECM profoundly influences cell behavior and development. Inspired by those features from the ECM, we attempted to integrate essential biological factors from the ECM to design bioactive molecules to construct artificial self-supportive ECM mimics to advance stem cell culture. The synthesized biomimic molecules are able to hierarchically self-assemble into nanofibril hydrogels in physiological buffer driven by cooperative effects of electrostatic interaction, van der Waals forces, and intermolecular hydrogen bonds. In addition, the hydrogel is designed to be degradable during cell culture, generating extra space to facilitate cell migration, expansion, and differentiation. We exploited the bioactive hydrogel as a growth-factor-free scaffold to support and accelerate neural stem cell adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation into functional neurons. Our study is a successful attempt to entirely use bioactive molecules for bottom-up self-assembly of new biomaterials mimicking the ECM to directly impact cell behaviors. Our strategy provides a new avenue in biomaterial design to advance tissue engineering and cell delivery.

  10. Advances in switchable supramolecular nanoassemblies.

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    Fenske, Tassilo; Korth, Hans-Gert; Mohr, Andreas; Schmuck, Carsten

    2012-01-16

    Supramolecular nanoassemblies are gaining increasing importance as promising new materials with considerable potential for novel and promising applications. Within supramolecular nanoassemblies the connectivity of the monomeric units is based on reversible noncovalent interactions, like van der Waals interactions, hydrogen bonding, or ionic interactions. As the strength of these interactions depends on the molecular surrounding, the formation of nanoassemblies in principle can be controlled externally by changing the environment and/or the molecular shape of the underlying monomer. This way it is not only possible to switch the self-assembly on or off, but also to change between different aggregation states. In this minireview we present some recent selected approaches to supramolecular stimuli-responsive nanoassemblies.

  11. Towards surface-supported supramolecular architectures: tailored coordination assembly of 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate and Fe on Cu(100).

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    Lingenfelder, Magalí A; Spillmann, Hannes; Dmitriev, Alexandre; Stepanow, Sebastian; Lin, Nian; Barth, Johannes V; Kern, Klaus

    2004-04-19

    We present a comprehensive investigation of the modular assembly of surface-supported metal-organic coordination systems with specific topologies and high structural stability formed by vapor deposition of 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid molecules and iron atoms on a Cu(100) surface under ultra-high vacuum conditions. By making use of the two carboxylate moieties available for lateral linkage to Fe atoms, we succeeded in the fabrication of distinct Fe-carboxylate coordination architectures at the surface by carefully adjusting the ligand and metal concentration ratio and the temperature of the post-deposition annealing treatment. The mononuclear, 1D-polymeric and fully 2D-reticulated metallosupramolecular arrangements obtained were characterized in situ at the single-molecule level by scanning tunneling microscopy.

  12. Supramolecular hydrogels based on self-assembly between PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers and alpha-cyclodextrin.

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    Ni, Xiping; Cheng, Alan; Li, Jun

    2009-03-15

    This article reports a detailed study on the hydrogel formation of poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock copolymers with alpha-cyclodextrin (alpha-CD) in aqueous solutions. The gelation kinetics and the gel rheological properties were studied using viscometry. The sol-gel phase transitions were studied using phase diagrams, while the gelation mechanism was studied using differential scanning calorimetric analysis. It was concluded that the gelation was induced by the complex formation between the PEO segments of the PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer and alpha-CD, and the further self-assembly of the partially formed inclusion complexes. The addition of alpha-CD largely reduced the concentration of the copolymer needed for gel formation. The gels were thixotropic and reversible, and potentially suitable for use as an injectable drug-delivery system.

  13. Selective Synthesis of Molecular Borromean Rings: Engineering of Supramolecular Topology via Coordination-Driven Self-Assembly.

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    Kim, Taegeun; Singh, Nem; Oh, Jihun; Kim, Eun-Hee; Jung, Jaehoon; Kim, Hyunuk; Chi, Ki-Whan

    2016-07-13

    Molecular Borromean rings (BRs) is one of the rare topology among interlocked molecules. Template-free synthesis of BRs via coordination-driven self-assembly of tetracene-based Ru(II) acceptor and ditopic pyridyl donors is reported. NMR and single-crystal XRD analysis observed sequential transformation of a fully characterized monomeric rectangle to molecular BRs and vice versa. Crystal structure of BRs revealed that the particular topology was enforced by the appropriate geometry of the metallacycle and multiple parallel-displaced π-π interactions between the donor and tetracene moiety of the acceptor. Computational studies based on density functional theory also supported the formation of BRs through dispersive intermolecular interactions in solution.

  14. Shuttle-like supramolecular nanostructures formed by self-assembly of a porphyrin via an oil/water system

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    Guo Peipei

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this paper, in terms of the concentration of an aqueous solution of a surfactant, we investigate the self-assembly behavior of a porphyrin, 5, 10, 15, 20-tetra(4-pyridyl-21H, 23H-porphine [H2TPyP], by using an oil/water system as the medium. We find that when a chloroform solution of H2TPyP is dropwise added into an aqueous solution of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide [CTAB] with a lower concentration, a large amount of irregular nanoarchitectures, together with a small amount of well-defined shuttle-like nanostructures, hollow nanospheres, and nanotubes, could be produced. While a moderate amount of shuttle-like nanostructures accompanied by a few irregular nanoarchitectures, solid nanospheres, and nanorods are produced when a CTAB aqueous solution in moderate concentration is employed, in contrast, a great quantity of shuttle-like nanostructures together with a negligible amount of solid nanospheres, nanofibers, and irregular nanostructures are manufactured when a high-concentration CTAB aqueous solution is involved. An explanation on the basis of the molecular geometry of H2TPyP and in terms of the intermolecular π-π interactions between H2TPyP units, and hydrophobic interactions between CTAB and H2TPyP has been proposed. The investigation gives deep insights into the self-assembly behavior of porphyrins in an oil/water system and provides important clues concerning the design of appropriate porphyrins when related subjects are addressed. Our investigation suggests that an oil/aqueous system might be an efficient medium for producing unique organic-based nanostructures.

  15. Shuttle-like supramolecular nanostructures formed by self-assembly of a porphyrin via an oil/water system.

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    Guo, Peipei; Chen, Penglei; Liu, Minghua

    2011-09-23

    In this paper, in terms of the concentration of an aqueous solution of a surfactant, we investigate the self-assembly behavior of a porphyrin, 5, 10, 15, 20-tetra(4-pyridyl)-21H, 23H-porphine [H2TPyP], by using an oil/water system as the medium. We find that when a chloroform solution of H2TPyP is dropwise added into an aqueous solution of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide [CTAB] with a lower concentration, a large amount of irregular nanoarchitectures, together with a small amount of well-defined shuttle-like nanostructures, hollow nanospheres, and nanotubes, could be produced. While a moderate amount of shuttle-like nanostructures accompanied by a few irregular nanoarchitectures, solid nanospheres, and nanorods are produced when a CTAB aqueous solution in moderate concentration is employed, in contrast, a great quantity of shuttle-like nanostructures together with a negligible amount of solid nanospheres, nanofibers, and irregular nanostructures are manufactured when a high-concentration CTAB aqueous solution is involved. An explanation on the basis of the molecular geometry of H2TPyP and in terms of the intermolecular π-π interactions between H2TPyP units, and hydrophobic interactions between CTAB and H2TPyP has been proposed. The investigation gives deep insights into the self-assembly behavior of porphyrins in an oil/water system and provides important clues concerning the design of appropriate porphyrins when related subjects are addressed. Our investigation suggests that an oil/aqueous system might be an efficient medium for producing unique organic-based nanostructures.

  16. Self-assembly mechanism of 1,3:2,4-di(3,4-dichlorobenzylidene)-D-sorbitol and control of the supramolecular chirality.

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    Li, Jingjing; Fan, Kaiqi; Guan, Xidong; Yu, Yingzhe; Song, Jian

    2014-11-11

    Dibenzylidene-D-sorbitol (DBS) and its derivatives are known to form gels in organic solvents; however, the mechanism of the gel formation has been a subject of much debate. The present work is undertaken to elucidate the organization mechanism of a DBS derivative, 1,3:2,4-di(3,4-dichlorobenzylidene)-D-sorbitol (DCDBS), by taking into account the solvent effects and comparing the experiment data with theoretical calculation. These molecules form smooth nonhelical fibers with a rest circular dichroism (CD) signal in polar solvents, in contrast to rope-liked left-helical fibers with a strong negative CD signal observed in nonpolar solvents. The molecular complexes thus formed were characterized by means of Fourier transform infrared spectra, ultraviolet-visible spectra, X-ray diffraction patterns, static contact angles, and theoretical calculations. It was proposed that the interactions between the gelator and the solvents could subtly change the stacking of the molecules and hence their self-assembled nanostructures. In nonpolar solvents, the gelator molecules appear as a distorted T-shaped structure with the 6-OH forming intermolecular hydrogen bonds with the acetal oxygens of adjacent gelator molecule. In addition, because of differential stacking interactions on both sides of the 10-member ring skeleton of the gelator, the oligomers may assemble in a helix fashion to minimize the energy, leading to helical fibers. In polar solvents, however, the gelator molecules show a rigid planelike structure and thus stack on top of each other because of strong parallel-displaced π interactions. The balanced driving force on both sides of the 10-member ring skeleton made it difficult for the dimers to bend, thus resulting in nonhelical nanostructure. As expected from the mechanisms proposed here, twisted ribbon fibers with a medium strength CD signal were obtained when solvents of different polarities were mixed. Thus, solvent effects revealed in this work represent an

  17. 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

  18. Multivalent supramolecular dendrimer-based drugs.

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    Galeazzi, Simone; Hermans, Thomas M; Paolino, Marco; Anzini, Maurizio; Mennuni, Laura; Giordani, Antonio; Caselli, Gianfranco; Makovec, Francesco; Meijer, E W; Vomero, Salvatore; Cappelli, Andrea

    2010-01-11

    Supramolecular complexes consisting of a hydrophobic dendrimer host [DAB-dendr-(NHCONH-Ad)(64)] as well as solubilizing and bioactive guest molecules have been synthesized using a noncovalent approach. The guest-host supramolecular assembly is first preassembled in chloroform and transferred via the neat phase to aqueous solution. The bioactive guest molecules can bind to a natural (serotonin 5-HT(3)) receptor with nanomolar affinity as well as to the synthetic dendrimer receptor in aqueous solution, going toward a dynamic multivalent supramolecular construct capable of adapting itself to a multimeric receptor motif.

  19. Assembly of polymeric silver(I) complexes of isomeric phenylenediethynides with the supramolecular synthons Agn subset C2-R-C2 superset Agn (R = p-, m-, o-C6H4; n = 4, 5).

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    Zhao, Liang; Mak, Thomas C W

    2005-11-01

    New Agn subset C2-R-C2 supersetAgn (R = p-, m-, o-C6H4; n = 4, 5) supramolecular synthons have been explored in the coordination network assembly of silver(I) complexes of the isomeric phenylenediethynides. An unprecedented mu5-eta1-coordination mode for the ethynide moiety and a mixed mu4,mu5-coordination mode for the o-phenylenediethynide group are observed, providing a rationale for the abundant occurrence of C2@Agn (n

  20. Supramolecular assembly based on a heteropolyanion: Synthesis and crystal structure of Na3(H2O)6[Al(OH)6Mo6O18]$\\cdot$2H2O

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    Vaddypally Shivaiah; Samar K Das

    2005-05-01

    Synthesis and structural characterization of a polyoxometalate compound Na3(H2O)6 [Al(OH)6Mo6O18]$\\cdot$2H2O (1) have been described. Compound 1 exhibits three-dimensional network structure in the solid state, which is assembled by Anderson-type heteropolyanions, [Al(OH)6Mo6O18]$_n^{3n-}$, as building blocks sharing sodium cations. 1 possesses ``sinuous" channels occupied by supramolecular water dimers as guests. Anderson anions, sodium-coordinated water and crystal water are additionally involved in an intricate hydrogen-bonding network in the crystal of 1.

  1. Self-assembly of aromatic-functionalized amphiphiles: The role and consequences of aromatic-aromatic noncovalent interactions in building supramolecular aggregates and novel assemblies

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    Whitten, D.G.; Chen, L.; Geiger, H.C.; Perlstein, J.; Song, X. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States). Chemical Science and Technology Div.]|[Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States)

    1998-12-10

    This feature article presents an overview of a study of several different aromatic-functionalized amphiphiles-fatty acid and phospholipid derivatives. These amphiphiles form organized assemblies when the fatty acids are spread as monolayers at the air-water interface or when the phospholipids are dispersed in aqueous solutions. For a wide range of aromatic chromophores--trans-stilbene derivatives and a series of vinylogues (1,4-diphenyl-1,3-butadiene and 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene), diphenylacetylenes, and azobenzenes such as phenyl, biphenyl, and terphenyl derivatives and modified stilbenes (styryl thiophenes and styryl naphthalenes)--assembly formation is accompanied by formation of aggregates of the aromatic groups. Results of experimental studies and simulations indicate that in many cases the aromatics form a small, stable unit aggregate characterized by strong noncovalent edge-to-face interactions among adjacent aromatics. Although the unit aggregates exhibit characteristic spectral shifts and strong induced circular dichroism indicating a chiral pinwheel aggregate structure, they may be packed together in pure films or dispersions to form an extended glide or herringbone structure. Although the pinwheel unit aggregate and the extended glide or herringbone structure. Although the pinwheel unit aggregate and the extended glide structure is favored for the majority of aromatics studied, for certain aromatics (styrenes, styrylthiophenes, and {alpha}-styrylnaphthalenes) a translation layer, characterized by face-to-face noncovalent interactions, is preferred. The glide or herringbone aggregates are readily distinguished from the translation aggregates by different spectral signatures and different photochemical and photophysical behavior. Factors controlling the type of aggregate and hence extended structure formed from different aromatic functionalized aromatics include shape and steric factors and strength of the competing noncovalent edge-face and face

  2. 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.

  3. Collective fluorescence switching of counterion-assembled dyes in polymer nanoparticles

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    Reisch, Andreas; Didier, Pascal; Richert, Ludovic; Oncul, Sule; Arntz, Youri; Mély, Yves; Klymchenko, Andrey S.

    2014-06-01

    The current challenge in the field of fluorescent nanoparticles (NPs) for bioimaging is to achieve extreme brightness and external control of their emission using biodegradable materials. Here we propose a new concept of fluorescent polymer NPs, doped with ionic liquid-like salts of a cationic dye (octadecyl rhodamine B) with a bulky hydrophobic counterion (fluorinated tetraphenylborate) that serves as spacer minimizing dye aggregation and self-quenching. The obtained 40-nm poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) NPs containing up to 500 dyes are brighter than quantum dots and exhibit photo-induced reversible on/off fluorescence switching, never reported for dye-doped NPs. We show that this collective switching of hundreds of dyes is due to ultrafast excitation energy transfer and can be used for super-resolution imaging. These NPs, being spontaneously endocytosed by living cells, feature high signal-to-noise ratio and absence of toxicity. The counterion-based concept opens the way to a new class of nanomaterials for sensing, imaging and light harvesting.

  4. Natural dye sensitized TiO2 nanorods assembly of broccoli shape based solar cells.

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    Yuvapragasam, Akila; Muthukumarasamy, N; Agilan, S; Velauthapillai, Dhayalan; Senthil, T S; Sundaram, Senthilarasu

    2015-07-01

    TiO2 nanorods based thin films with rutile phase have been synthesized using template free low temperature hydrothermal method. The scanning electron microscope images showed that the prepared TiO2 samples were made of TiO2 nanorods and the nanorods had arranged by itself to form a broccoli like shape. The X-ray diffraction studies revealed that the prepared TiO2 samples exhibit rutile phase. The grown TiO2 nanorods had been sensitized using the flowers of Sesbania (S) grandiflora, leaves of Camellia (C) sinensis and roots of Rubia (R) tinctorum. Dye sensitized solar cells had been fabricated using the natural dye sensitized TiO2 nanorods based thin film photoelectrode and the open circuit voltage and short circuit current density were found to lie in the range of 0.45-0.6 V and 5.6-6.4 mA/cm(2) respectively. The photovoltaic performance of all the fabricated natural dye sensitized TiO2 solar cells indicate that natural dyes have the potential to be used as effective sensitizer in dye sensitized solar cells.

  5. Self-assembled molecular p/n junctions for applications in dye-sensitized solar energy conversion.

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    Farnum, Byron H; Wee, Kyung-Ryang; Meyer, Thomas J

    2016-09-01

    The achievement of long-lived photoinduced redox separation lifetimes has long been a central goal of molecular-based solar energy conversion strategies. The longer the redox-separation lifetime, the more time available for useful work to be extracted from the absorbed photon energy. Here we describe a novel strategy for dye-sensitized solar energy applications in which redox-separated lifetimes on the order of milliseconds to seconds can be achieved based on a simple toolkit of molecular components. Specifically, molecular chromophores (C), electron acceptors (A) and electron donors (D) were self-assembled on the surfaces of mesoporous, transparent conducting indium tin oxide nanoparticle (nanoITO) electrodes to prepare both photoanode (nanoITO|-A-C-D) and photocathode (nanoITO|-D-C-A) assemblies. Nanosecond transient-absorption and steady-state photolysis measurements show that the electrodes function microscopically as molecular analogues of semiconductor p/n junctions. These results point to a new chemical strategy for dye-sensitized solar energy conversion based on molecular excited states and electron acceptors/donors on the surfaces of transparent conducting oxide nanoparticle electrodes.

  6. Data Mining as a Guide for the Construction of Crosslinked Nanoparticles with Low Immunotoxicity via Controlling Polymer Chemistry and Supramolecular Assembly

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    Elsabahy, Mahmoud; Wooley, Karen L.

    2015-01-01

    CONSPECTUS The potential immunotoxicity of nanoparticles that are currently being approved or in different phases of clinical trials or under rigorous in vitro and in vivo characterizations in several laboratories has recently raised special attention. Products with no apparent in vitro or in vivo toxicity may still trigger the various components of the immune system, unintentionally, and lead to serious adverse reactions. Cytokines are one of the useful biomarkers to predict the effect of biotherapeutics on modulating the immune system and for screening the immunotoxicity of nanoparticles, both in vitro and in vivo, and were found recently to partially predict the in vivo pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of nanomaterials. Control of polymer chemistry and supramolecular assembly provides a great opportunity for construction of biocompatible nanoparticles for biomedical clinical applications. However, the sources of data collected regarding immunotoxicities of nanomaterials are diverse and experiments are usually conducted using different assays and under specific conditions, making direct comparisons nearly impossible and, thus, tailoring properties of nanomaterials based on the available data is challenging. In this account, the effects of chemical structure, crosslinking, degradability, morphology, concentration and surface chemistry on the immunotoxicity of an expansive array of polymeric nanomaterials will be highlighted, with focus being given on assays conducted using the same in vitro and in vivo models and experimental conditions. Furthermore, numerical descriptive values have been utilized, uniquely, to stand for induction of cytokines by nanoparticles. This treatment of available data provides a simple and easy way to compare the immunotoxicity of various nanomaterials, and the values were found to correlate-well with published data. Based on the investigated polymeric systems in this study, valuable information has been collected that aids in the

  7. Structure Prediction of Self-Assembled Dye Aggregates from Cryogenic Transmission Electron Microscopy, Molecular Mechanics, and Theory of Optical Spectra.

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    Friedl, Christian; Renger, Thomas; Berlepsch, Hans V; Ludwig, Kai; Schmidt Am Busch, Marcel; Megow, Jörg

    2016-09-01

    Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) studies suggest that TTBC molecules self-assemble in aqueous solution to form single-walled tubes with a diameter of about 35 Å. In order to reveal the arrangement and mutual orientations of the individual molecules in the tube, we combine information from crystal structure data of this dye with a calculation of linear absorbance and linear dichroism spectra and molecular dynamics simulations. We start with wrapping crystal planes in different directions to obtain tubes of suitable diameter. This set of tube models is evaluated by comparing the resulting optical spectra with experimental data. The tubes that can explain the spectra are investigated further by molecular dynamics simulations, including explicit solvent molecules. From the trajectories of the most stable tube models, the short-range ordering of the dye molecules is extracted and the optimization of the structure is iteratively completed. The final structural model is a tube of rings with 6-fold rotational symmetry, where neighboring rings are rotated by 30° and the transition dipole moments of the chromophores form an angle of 74° with respect to the symmetry axis of the tube. This model is in agreement with cryo-TEM images and can explain the optical spectra, consisting of a sharp red-shifted J-band that is polarized parallel to to the symmetry axis of the tube and a broad blue-shifted H-band polarized perpendicular to this axis. The general structure of the homogeneous spectrum of this hybrid HJ-aggregate is described by an analytical model that explains the difference in redistribution of oscillator strength inside the vibrational manifolds of the J- and H-bands and the relative intensities and excitation energies of those bands. In addition to the particular system investigated here, the present methodology can be expected to aid the structure prediction for a wide range of self-assembled dye aggregates.

  8. Tetrahedral Arrangements of Perylene Bisimide Columns via Supramolecular Orientational Memory.

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    Sahoo, Dipankar; Peterca, Mihai; Aqad, Emad; Partridge, Benjamin E; Heiney, Paul A; Graf, Robert; Spiess, Hans W; Zeng, Xiangbing; Percec, Virgil

    2017-01-24

    Chiral, shape, and liquid crystalline memory effects are well-known to produce commercial macroscopic materials with important applications as springs, sensors, displays, and memory devices. A supramolecular orientational memory effect that provides complex nanoscale arrangements was only recently reported. This supramolecular orientational memory was demonstrated to preserve the molecular orientation and packing within supramolecular units of a self-assembling cyclotriveratrylene crown at the nanoscale upon transition between its columnar hexagonal and Pm3̅n cubic periodic arrays. Here we report the discovery of supramolecular orientational memory in a dendronized perylene bisimide (G2-PBI) that self-assembles into tetrameric crowns and subsequently self-organizes into supramolecular columns and spheres. This supramolecular orientation memory upon transition between columnar hexagonal and body-centered cubic (BCC) mesophases preserves the 3-fold cubic [111] orientations rather than the 4-fold [100] axes, generating an unusual tetrahedral arrangement of supramolecular columns. These results indicate that the supramolecular orientational memory concept may be general for periodic arrays of self-assembling dendrons and dendrimers as well as for other periodic and quasiperiodic nanoscale organizations comprising supramolecular spheres, generated from other organized complex soft matter including block copolymers and surfactants.

  9. Coordination of alkaline earth metal ions in the inverted cucurbit[7]uril supramolecular assemblies formed in the presence of [ZnCl4]2- and [CdCl4]2-.

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    Li, Qing; Zhang, Yun-Qian; Zhu, Qian-Jiang; Xue, Sai-Feng; Tao, Zhu; Xiao, Xin

    2015-05-01

    A convenient method to isolate inverted cucurbit[7]uril (iQ[7]) from a mixture of water-soluble Q[n]s was established by eluting the soluble mixture of Q[n]s on a Dowex (H(+) form) column so that iQ[7] could be selected as a ligand for coordination and supramolecular assembly with alkaline earth cations (AE(2+)) in aqueous HCl solutions in the presence of [ZnCl(4)](2-) and [CdCl(4)](2-) anions as structure-directing agents. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that both iQ[7]-AE(2+) -[ZnCl(4)](2-) -HCl and iQ[7]-AE(2+) -[CdCl(4)](2-) -HCl interaction systems yielded supramolecular assemblies, in which the [ZnCl(4)](2-) and [CdCl(4)](2-) anions presented a honeycomb effect, and this resulted in the formation of linear iQ[7]/AE(2+) coordination polymers through outer-surface interactions of Q[n]s.

  10. Ordered supramolecular assembly of bis[3,4,12,13,21,22,30, 31-octa(dodecylthio)-2,3-naphthalocyaninato] erbium at the air/water interface

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    CHEN; Ya; nli

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    -type (na)phthalocyaninato and porphyrinato rare earth complexes, Polyhedron, 2000, 19:1381.[12]Jiang. J.. Kasuga, K., Dennis, P. et al., Supramolecular Photosensitive and Electroactive Materials, New York: Academic Press. 2001. 113-210.[13]Van Nostrum. C. F., Nolte, R. J. M., Functional supramolecular material: self-assembly of phthalocyanines and porphyraszines. Chem. Commun., 1996: 2385.[14]Liu. Y., Shigehara, K., Yamada, A., Purification of lutetium diphthalocyanine and electrochromism of its Langmuir-Blodgett films, Thin Solid Films, 1989, 179: 303.[15]Liu. Y.. Shigehara, K., Hara, M. et al., Electrochemistry and electrochromic behavior of Langmuir-Blodgett films of octakis-substituted rare-earth metal diphthalocyanines, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1991,113: 440.[16]Jones, R., Hunter, R. A., Davidson, K., Ordered Langmuir-Blodgett films of a substituted lutetium bisphthalocyanine, Thin Solid Films,1994, 250: 249.[17]Jones, R., Krier, A., Davidosn, K., Structure electrical conductivity and electrochromism in thin film of substituted and unsubstituted lanthanide bisphthalocyanines, Thin Solid Films, 1997, 298: 228.[18]Qian, D. -J., Liu, H. -G., Jiang, J., Monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett films of (phthalocyaninato)(tetra-4-pyridylporphyrinato) cerium double-decker heteto complex, Colloids and Surfaces A, 2000,163:191.[19]Honig, E. P., Hengst, J. H. T., Engelsen, D. D., Langmuir-Blodgett deposition ratios, J. Colloid Interface Sci., 1973, 45:92.[20]Smolenyak, P., Peterson, R., Nesesny, K. et al., Highly ordered thin films of octasubstituted phthalocyanines, J. Am. Chem.Soc., 1999, 121: 8628.[21]Kasha, M., Rawls, H. R., E1-Bayoumi, M. A., The excition model in molecular spectroscopy, Pure Appl. Chem., 1965, 11: 371.[22]Fujiki, M., Tabei, H., Kurihara, T., Self-assembling features of soluble nickel phthalocyanines, J. Phys. Chem., 1988, 92:1281.[23]Osburn, E. J., Chau, L. -K., Chen, S. -Y. et al., Novel amphiphilic phthalocyanines

  11. 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.

  12. Soft supramolecular nanoparticles by noncovalent and host-guest interactions

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    Stoffelen, C.; Huskens, J.

    2016-01-01

    Supramolecular chemistry provides a tool for the formation of highly ordered structures by means of noncovalent interactions. Soft supramolecular nanoparticles are self-assembled nanoassemblies based on small building blocks and stabilized by basic noncovalent interactions, selective host–guest inte

  13. 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.

  14. Supramolecular Assembly of Tripodal Trisamides

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    Feng, Li

    2010-03-01

    A series of tripodal trisamide compounds have been synthesized from tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (TREN) by condensation with different acid chlorides. Gelation of organic solvents with these compounds was investigated as a function of concentration and solvent solubility parameter. Compounds made with linear acid chlorides were poor gelators. A gelator made with 2-ethylbutyryl chloride (TREN-EB) was an excellent gelator for many organic solvents. It was found that the minimum gelation concentration of TREN-EB increased with increasing solubility parameter of the solvent. Thin films samples were prepared by spin-coating mixtures of TREN-EB and a poly(acrylate). Scanning force microscopy measurements showed that TREN-EB formed nanofibrillar network structures. In addition a dependence of the network morphology on the casting solvent was found.

  15. Supramolecular Chemistry Targeting Proteins.

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    van Dun, Sam; Ottmann, Christian; Milroy, Lech-Gustav; Brunsveld, Luc

    2017-09-28

    The specific recognition of protein surface elements is a fundamental challenge in the life sciences. New developments in this field will form the basis of advanced therapeutic approaches and lead to applications such as sensors, affinity tags, immobilization techniques, and protein-based materials. Synthetic supramolecular molecules and materials are creating new opportunities for protein recognition that are orthogonal to classical small molecule and protein-based approaches. As outlined here, their unique molecular features enable the recognition of amino acids, peptides, and even whole protein surfaces, which can be applied to the modulation and assembly of proteins. We believe that structural insights into these processes are of great value for the further development of this field and have therefore focused this Perspective on contributions that provide such structural data.

  16. Subcomponent self-assembly of a 4 nm M4 L6 tetrahedron with Zn(II) vertices and perylene bisimide dye edges.

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    Frischmann, Peter D; Kunz, Valentin; Stepanenko, Vladimir; Würthner, Frank

    2015-02-01

    Formation of a tetrahedron with >4 nm perylene bisimide (PBI) dye edges and Zn(II) vertices in a one-pot 22 component self-assembly reaction is reported. The luminescent polyhedron equilibrates to a Zn2 L3 helicate and disassembles upon dilution. Insights into the subcomponent self-assembly of extended PBI ligands help to refine design rules for constructing large photofunctional metallosupramolecular hosts.

  17. Supramolecular Hydrogelators and Hydrogels: From Soft Matter to Molecular Biomaterials

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    2015-01-01

    In this review we intend to provide a relatively comprehensive summary of the work of supramolecular hydrogelators after 2004 and to put emphasis particularly on the applications of supramolecular hydrogels/hydrogelators as molecular biomaterials. After a brief introduction of methods for generating supramolecular hydrogels, we discuss supramolecular hydrogelators on the basis of their categories, such as small organic molecules, coordination complexes, peptides, nucleobases, and saccharides. Following molecular design, we focus on various potential applications of supramolecular hydrogels as molecular biomaterials, classified by their applications in cell cultures, tissue engineering, cell behavior, imaging, and unique applications of hydrogelators. Particularly, we discuss the applications of supramolecular hydrogelators after they form supramolecular assemblies but prior to reaching the critical gelation concentration because this subject is less explored but may hold equally great promise for helping address fundamental questions about the mechanisms or the consequences of the self-assembly of molecules, including low molecular weight ones. Finally, we provide a perspective on supramolecular hydrogelators. We hope that this review will serve as an updated introduction and reference for researchers who are interested in exploring supramolecular hydrogelators as molecular biomaterials for addressing the societal needs at various frontiers. PMID:26646318

  18. Three-dimensional hydrogen-bonded supramolecular assembly in tetrakis(1,3,5-triaza-7-phosphaadamantanecopper(I chloride hexahydrate

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    Armando J. L. Pombeiro

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    Full Text Available The structure of the title compound, [Cu(PTA4]Cl·6H2O (PTA is 1,3,5-triaza-7-phosphaadamantane, C6H12N3P, is composed of discrete monomeric [Cu(PTA4]+ cations, chloride anions and uncoordinated water molecules. The CuI atom exhibits tetrahedral coordination geometry, involving four symmetry-equivalent P–bound PTA ligands. The structure is extended to a regular three-dimensional supramolecular framework via numerous equivalent O—H...N hydrogen bonds between all solvent water molecules (six per cation and all PTA N atoms, thus simultaneously bridging each [Cu(PTA4]+ cation with 12 neighbouring units in multiple directions. The study also shows that PTA can be a convenient ligand in crystal engineering for the construction of supramolecular architectures.

  19. 甲氨蝶呤柱撑水滑石超分子结构层柱材料的插层组装%Intercalation and assembly of supramolecular materials of methotrexate pillared layered double hydroxides

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    刘翠娟; 慎爱民; 杨治伟; 王旭; 沙靖全; 吕玉光

    2011-01-01

    用共沉淀和离子交换法将抗肿瘤类药物甲氨蝶呤(MTX)插层组装到水滑石层间,制备了一种新型的结晶度高、晶相单一且MTX在层间有序排列的超分子结构的药物-无机复合层柱材料.用XRD、原子光谱、元素分析、FT/IR、SEM及TG-DSC分析表征了超分子结构层柱材料的结构,并给出其结构模型.%A new drug-inorganic composite involving an antitumor compound methotrexate intercalated layered double hydroxides was assembled with coprecipitation and ion-exchange methods, from which high crystallized supramolecular materials were obtained and methotrexate were ordered between layers without impurities. The structures of supramolecular materials were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, atom absorbed spectra, FT-IR spectra,scanning electron microscope and TG-DSC and the structure models were Suggested.

  20. Gelation induced supramolecular chirality: chirality transfer, amplification and application.

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    Duan, Pengfei; Cao, Hai; Zhang, Li; Liu, Minghua

    2014-08-14

    Supramolecular chirality defines chirality at the supramolecular level, and is generated from the spatial arrangement of component molecules assembling through non-covalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding, van der Waals interactions, π-π stacking, hydrophobic interactions and so on. During the formation of low molecular weight gels (LMWGs), one kind of fascinating soft material, one frequently encounters the phenomenon of chirality as well as chiral nanostructures, either from chiral gelators or even achiral gelators. A view of gelation-induced supramolecular chirality will be very helpful to understand the self-assembly process of the gelator molecules as well as the chiral structures, the regulation of the chirality in the gels and the development of the "smart" chiral materials such as chiroptical devices, catalysts and chiral sensors. It necessitates fundamental understanding of chirality transfer and amplification in these supramolecular systems. In this review, recent progress in gelation-induced supramolecular chirality is discussed.

  1. Fibonacci Sequence and Supramolecular Structure of DNA.

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    Shabalkin, I P; Grigor'eva, E Yu; Gudkova, M V; Shabalkin, P I

    2016-05-01

    We proposed a new model of supramolecular DNA structure. Similar to the previously developed by us model of primary DNA structure [11-15], 3D structure of DNA molecule is assembled in accordance to a mathematic rule known as Fibonacci sequence. Unlike primary DNA structure, supramolecular 3D structure is assembled from complex moieties including a regular tetrahedron and a regular octahedron consisting of monomers, elements of the primary DNA structure. The moieties of the supramolecular DNA structure forming fragments of regular spatial lattice are bound via linker (joint) sequences of the DNA chain. The lattice perceives and transmits information signals over a considerable distance without acoustic aberrations. Linker sequences expand conformational space between lattice segments allowing their sliding relative to each other under the action of external forces. In this case, sliding is provided by stretching of the stacked linker sequences.

  2. Supramolecular Phase-Selective Gelation by Peptides Bearing Side-Chain Azobenzenes: Effect of Ultrasound and Potential for Dye Removal and Oil Spill Remediation

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    Jürgen Bachl

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Phase selective gelation (PSG of organic phases from their non-miscible mixtures with water was achieved using tetrapeptides bearing a side-chain azobenzene moiety. The presence of the chromophore allowed PSG at the same concentration as the minimum gelation concentration (MGC necessary to obtain the gels in pure organic phases. Remarkably, the presence of the water phase during PSG did not impact the thermal, mechanical, and morphological properties of the corresponding organogels. In the case of miscible oil/water mixtures, the entire mixture was gelled, resulting in the formation of quasi-hydrogels. Importantly, PSG could be triggered at room temperature by ultrasound treatment of the mixture or by adding ultrasound-aided concentrated solution of the peptide in an oil-phase to a mixture of the same oil and water. Moreover, the PSG was not affected by the presence of salts or impurities existing in water from natural sources. The process could be scaled-up, and the oil phases (e.g., aromatic solvents, gasoline, diesel fuel recovered almost quantitatively after a simple distillation process, which also allowed the recovery and reuse of the gelator. Finally, these peptidic gelators could be used to quantitatively remove toxic dyes from aqueous solutions.

  3. Supramolecular Phase-Selective Gelation by Peptides Bearing Side-Chain Azobenzenes: Effect of Ultrasound and Potential for Dye Removal and Oil Spill Remediation

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    Bachl, Jürgen; Oehm, Stefan; Mayr, Judith; Cativiela, Carlos; Marrero-Tellado, José Juan; Díaz Díaz, David

    2015-01-01

    Phase selective gelation (PSG) of organic phases from their non-miscible mixtures with water was achieved using tetrapeptides bearing a side-chain azobenzene moiety. The presence of the chromophore allowed PSG at the same concentration as the minimum gelation concentration (MGC) necessary to obtain the gels in pure organic phases. Remarkably, the presence of the water phase during PSG did not impact the thermal, mechanical, and morphological properties of the corresponding organogels. In the case of miscible oil/water mixtures, the entire mixture was gelled, resulting in the formation of quasi-hydrogels. Importantly, PSG could be triggered at room temperature by ultrasound treatment of the mixture or by adding ultrasound-aided concentrated solution of the peptide in an oil-phase to a mixture of the same oil and water. Moreover, the PSG was not affected by the presence of salts or impurities existing in water from natural sources. The process could be scaled-up, and the oil phases (e.g., aromatic solvents, gasoline, diesel fuel) recovered almost quantitatively after a simple distillation process, which also allowed the recovery and reuse of the gelator. Finally, these peptidic gelators could be used to quantitatively remove toxic dyes from aqueous solutions. PMID:26006247

  4. Supramolecular phase-selective gelation by peptides bearing side-chain azobenzenes: effect of ultrasound and potential for dye removal and oil spill remediation.

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    Bachl, Jürgen; Oehm, Stefan; Mayr, Judith; Cativiela, Carlos; Marrero-Tellado, José Juan; Díaz, David Díaz

    2015-05-22

    Phase selective gelation (PSG) of organic phases from their non-miscible mixtures with water was achieved using tetrapeptides bearing a side-chain azobenzene moiety. The presence of the chromophore allowed PSG at the same concentration as the minimum gelation concentration (MGC) necessary to obtain the gels in pure organic phases. Remarkably, the presence of the water phase during PSG did not impact the thermal, mechanical, and morphological properties of the corresponding organogels. In the case of miscible oil/water mixtures, the entire mixture was gelled, resulting in the formation of quasi-hydrogels. Importantly, PSG could be triggered at room temperature by ultrasound treatment of the mixture or by adding ultrasound-aided concentrated solution of the peptide in an oil-phase to a mixture of the same oil and water. Moreover, the PSG was not affected by the presence of salts or impurities existing in water from natural sources. The process could be scaled-up, and the oil phases (e.g., aromatic solvents, gasoline, diesel fuel) recovered almost quantitatively after a simple distillation process, which also allowed the recovery and reuse of the gelator. Finally, these peptidic gelators could be used to quantitatively remove toxic dyes from aqueous solutions.

  5. Transfer and assembly of large area TiO2 nanotube arrays onto conductive glass for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Jun; Li, Siqian; Ding, Hao; Li, Quantong; Wang, Baoyuan; Wang, Xina; Wang, Hao

    2014-02-01

    Highly ordered titanium oxide nanotube arrays are synthesized by a two-step anodic oxidation of pure titanium foil at constant voltage. It is found that the length of nanotube arrays firstly increased rapidly with the anodization time, and then the growth rate gradually slowed down with further increasing the anodization time. The mechanism of anodization time-dependent tube length growth is discussed. Large area free-standing TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays are detached from the underlying Ti foil and transferred onto the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) conductive glass substrates to serve as the photoanodes of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The photoelectric performance of the DSSCs assembled by TNT/FTO films is strongly related to the tube length of titania and the surface treatment. For the photoanodes without any surface modification, the highest overall photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) that can be achieved is 4.12% in the DSSC assembled with 33-μm-thick TNT arrays, while the overall PCE of DSSC based on the 33-μm-thick TNT arrays increases to 9.02% in response to the treatment with TiCl4.

  6. 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。

  7. Optical modulation of nano-gap tunnelling junctions comprising self-assembled monolayers of hemicyanine dyes

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    Pourhossein, Parisa; Vijayaraghavan, Ratheesh K.; Meskers, Stefan C. J.; Chiechi, Ryan C.

    2016-06-01

    Light-driven conductance switching in molecular tunnelling junctions that relies on photoisomerization is constrained by the limitations of kinetic traps and either by the sterics of rearranging atoms in a densely packed monolayer or the small absorbance of individual molecules. Here we demonstrate light-driven conductance gating; devices comprising monolayers of hemicyanine dyes trapped between two metallic nanowires exhibit higher conductance under irradiation than in the dark. The modulation of the tunnelling current occurs faster than the timescale of the measurement (~1 min). We propose a mechanism in which a fraction of molecules enters an excited state that brings the conjugated portion of the monolayer into resonance with the electrodes. This mechanism is supported by calculations showing the delocalization of molecular orbitals near the Fermi energy in the excited and cationic states, but not the ground state and a reasonable change in conductance with respect to the effective barrier width.

  8. Accelerated single photon emission from dye molecule-driven nanoantennas assembled on DNA.

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    Busson, Mickaël P; Rolly, Brice; Stout, Brian; Bonod, Nicolas; Bidault, Sébastien

    2012-07-17

    A photon interacts efficiently with an atom when its frequency corresponds exactly to the energy between two eigenstates. But at the nanoscale, homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadenings strongly hinder the ability of solid-state systems to absorb, scatter or emit light. By compensating the impedance mismatch between visible wavelengths and nanometre-sized objects, optical antennas can enhance light-matter interactions over a broad frequency range. Here we use a DNA template to introduce a single dye molecule in gold particle dimers that act as antennas for light with spontaneous emission rates enhanced by up to two orders of magnitude and single photon emission statistics. Quantitative agreement between measured rate enhancements and theoretical calculations indicate a nanometre control over the emitter-particle position while 10 billion copies of the target geometry are synthesized in parallel. Optical antennas can thus tune efficiently the photo-physical properties of nano-objects by precisely engineering their electromagnetic environment.

  9. Surface Modification of TiO2 Photoanodes with Fluorinated Self-Assembled Monolayers for Highly Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Wooh, Sanghyuk; Kim, Tea-Yon; Song, Donghoon; Lee, Yong-Gun; Lee, Tae Kyung; Bergmann, Victor W; Weber, Stefan A L; Bisquert, Juan; Kang, Yong Soo; Char, Kookheon

    2015-11-25

    Dye aggregation and electron recombination in TiO2 photoanodes are the two major phenomena lowering the energy conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Herein, we introduce a novel surface modification strategy of TiO2 photoanodes by the fluorinated self-assembled monolayer (F-SAM) formation with 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltriethoxysilane (PFTS), blocking the vacant sites of the TiO2 surface after dye adsorption. The F-SAM helps to efficiently lower the surface tension, resulting in efficient repelling ions, e.g., I3(-), in the electrolyte to decrease the electron recombination rate, and the role of F-SAM is characterized in detail by impedance spectroscopy using a diffusion-recombination model. In addition, the dye aggregates on the TiO2 surface are relaxed by the F-SAM with large conformational perturbation (i.e., helix structure) seemingly because of steric hindrance developed during the SAM formation. Such multifunctional effects suppress the electron recombination as well as the intermolecular interactions of dye aggregates without the loss of adsorbed dyes, enhancing both the photocurrent density (11.9 → 13.5 mA cm(-2)) and open-circuit voltage (0.67 → 0.72 V). Moreover, the combined surface modification with the F-SAM and the classical coadsorbent further improves the photovoltaic performance in DSCs.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Supramolecular Colloids.

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    Vilanova, Neus; De Feijter, Isja; Voets, Ilja K

    2016-04-22

    Control over colloidal assembly is of utmost importance for the development of functional colloidal materials with tailored structural and mechanical properties for applications in photonics, drug delivery and coating technology. Here we present a new family of colloidal building blocks, coined supramolecular colloids, whose self-assembly is controlled through surface-functionalization with a benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) derived supramolecular moiety. Such BTAs interact via directional, strong, yet reversible hydrogen-bonds with other identical BTAs. Herein, a protocol is presented that describes how to couple these BTAs to colloids and how to quantify the number of coupling sites, which determines the multivalency of the supramolecular colloids. Light scattering measurements show that the refractive index of the colloids is almost matched with that of the solvent, which strongly reduces the van der Waals forces between the colloids. Before photo-activation, the colloids remain well dispersed, as the BTAs are equipped with a photo-labile group that blocks the formation of hydrogen-bonds. Controlled deprotection with UV-light activates the short-range hydrogen-bonds between the BTAs, which triggers the colloidal self-assembly. The evolution from the dispersed state to the clustered state is monitored by confocal microscopy. These results are further quantified by image analysis with simple routines using ImageJ and Matlab. This merger of supramolecular chemistry and colloidal science offers a direct route towards light- and thermo-responsive colloidal assembly encoded in the surface-grafted monolayer.

  11. Robust excitons inhabit soft supramolecular nanotubes

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    Eisele, Doerthe M.; Arias, Dylan H.; Fu, Xiaofeng; Bloemsma, Erik A.; Steiner, Colby P.; Jensen, Russell A.; Rebentrost, Patrick; Eisele, Holger; Tokmakoff, Andrei; Lloyd, Seth; Nelson, Keith A.; Nicastro, Daniela; Knoester, Jasper; Bawendi, Moungi G.

    2014-01-01

    Nature's highly efficient light-harvesting antennae, such as those found in green sulfur bacteria, consist of supramolecular building blocks that self-assemble into a hierarchy of close-packed structures. In an effort to mimic the fundamental processes that govern nature's efficient systems, it is i

  12. Fabrication of Hierarchical Layer-by-Layer Assembled Diamond-based Core-Shell Nanocomposites as Highly Efficient Dye Absorbents for Wastewater Treatment

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    Zhao, Xinna; Ma, Kai; Jiao, Tifeng; Xing, Ruirui; Ma, Xilong; Hu, Jie; Huang, Hao; Zhang, Lexin; Yan, Xuehai

    2017-03-01

    The effective chemical modification and self-assembly of diamond-based hierarchical composite materials are of key importance for a broad range of diamond applications. Herein, we report the preparation of novel core-shell diamond-based nanocomposites for dye adsorption toward wastewater treatment through a layer-by-layer (LbL) assembled strategy. The synthesis of the reported composites began with the carboxyl functionalization of microdiamond by the chemical modification of diamond@graphene oxide composite through the oxidation of diamond@graphite. The carboxyl-terminated microdiamond was then alternatively immersed in the aqueous solution of amine-containing polyethylenimine and carboxyl-containing poly acrylic acid, which led to the formation of adsorption layer on diamond surface. Alternating (self-limiting) immersions in the solutions of the amine-containing and carboxyl-containing polymers were continued until the desired number of shell layers were formed around the microdiamond. The obtained core-shell nanocomposites were successfully synthesized and characterized by morphological and spectral techniques, demonstrating higher surface areas and mesoporous structures for good dye adsorption capacities than nonporous solid diamond particles. The LbL-assembled core-shell nanocomposites thus obtained demonstrated great adsorption capacity by using two model dyes as pollutants for wastewater treatment. Therefore, the present work on LbL-assembled diamond-based composites provides new alternatives for developing diamond hybrids as well as nanomaterials towards wastewater treatment applications.

  13. Supramolecular Multiblock Copolymers Featuring Complex Secondary Structures.

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    Elacqua, Elizabeth; Manning, Kylie B; Lye, Diane S; Pomarico, Scott K; Morgia, Federica; Weck, Marcus

    2017-09-06

    This contribution introduces main-chain supramolecular ABC and ABB'A block copolymers sustained by orthogonal metal coordination and hydrogen bonding between telechelic polymers that feature distinct secondary structure motifs. Controlled polymerization techniques in combination with supramolecular assembly are used to engineer heterotelechelic π-sheets that undergo high-fidelity association with both helical and coil-forming synthetic polymers. Our design features multiple advances to achieve our targeted structures, in particular, those emulating sheet-like structural aspects using poly(p-phenylenevinylene)s (PPVs). To engineer heterotelechelic PPVs in a sheet-like design, we engineer an iterative one-pot cross metathesis-ring-opening metathesis polymerization (CM-ROMP) strategy that affords functionalized Grubbs-II initiators that subsequently polymerize a paracyclophanediene. Supramolecular assembly of two heterotelechelic PPVs is used to realize a parallel π-sheet, wherein further orthogonal assembly with helical motifs is possible. We also construct an antiparallel π-sheet, wherein terminal PPV blocks are adjacent to a flexible coil-like poly(norbornene) (PNB). The PNB is designed, through supramolecular chain collapse, to expose benzene and perfluorobenzene motifs that promote a hairpin turn via charge-transfer-aided folding. We demonstrate that targeted helix-(π-sheet)-helix and helix-(π-sheet)-coil assemblies occur without compromising intrinsic helicity, while both parallel and antiparallel β-sheet-like structures are realized. Our main-chain orthogonal assembly approach allows the engineering of multiblock copolymer scaffolds featuring diverse secondary structures via the directional assembly of telechelic building blocks. The targeted assemblies, a mix of sequence-defined helix-sheet-coil and helix-sheet-helix architectures, are Nature-inspired synthetic mimics that expose α/β and α+β protein classes via de novo design and cooperative assembly

  14. Biocatalytic induction of supramolecular order

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    Hirst, Andrew R.; Roy, Sangita; Arora, Meenakshi; Das, Apurba K.; Hodson, Nigel; Murray, Paul; Marshall, Stephen; Javid, Nadeem; Sefcik, Jan; Boekhoven, Job; van Esch, Jan H.; Santabarbara, Stefano; Hunt, Neil T.; Ulijn, Rein V.

    2010-12-01

    Supramolecular gels, which demonstrate tunable functionalities, have attracted much interest in a range of areas, including healthcare, environmental protection and energy-related technologies. Preparing these materials in a reliable manner is challenging, with an increased level of kinetic defects observed at higher self-assembly rates. Here, by combining biocatalysis and molecular self-assembly, we have shown the ability to more quickly access higher-ordered structures. By simply increasing enzyme concentration, supramolecular order expressed at molecular, nano- and micro-levels is dramatically enhanced, and, importantly, the gelator concentrations remain identical. Amphiphile molecules were prepared by attaching an aromatic moiety to a dipeptide backbone capped with a methyl ester. Their self-assembly was induced by an enzyme that hydrolysed the ester. Different enzyme concentrations altered the catalytic activity and size of the enzyme clusters, affecting their mobility. This allowed structurally diverse materials that represent local minima in the free energy landscape to be accessed based on a single gelator structure.

  15. Graphite nanoplatelet assemblies for transparent and catalytic electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Aderhold, Patrick

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are a class of photovoltaic devices that have the potential to provide high conversion efficiency at low production cost. Research to improve performance in the individual components is active, but attention must be paid to methods that improve scalability and production cost as well. Graphite nanoplatelets (GNP), thin stacks of graphene sheets with nanometer-scale thickness and micron-scale lateral dimensions, provide a unique opportunity for creating DSSC electrodes with simple manufacturing techniques and low-energy processing. For the counterelectrode, a composite paper, made by cofiltration and pressing of GNP and polypropylene (PP), yields a highly electrical conductive surface that is mechanically robust and chemically stable in electrolyte. Decoration of this surface with platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) by a rapid microwave heating process produces a catalytic surface that rivals the current "thermalized" platinum standard counterelectrode. The GNP/PP/PtNP system, however, requires lower processing temperature and requires a fraction of the Pt loading. For the transparent electrode, thin sheets of GNP can be deposited on glass surfaces to create highly transparent coatings for use in photoanode construction. Substrate interactions and post treatments are examined and techniques for optimization are outlined. Overall GNP is shown to be a versatile and effective starting material for DSSC electrode construction and demonstrates its potential as a building-block in next-generation photovoltaic devices.

  16. Solution processable monosubstituted hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene self-assembling dyes

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    Ren, Shijie; Yan, Chao; Vak, Doojin; Jones, David J.; Holmes, Andrew B.; Wong, Wallace W.H. [School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne, Bio21 Institute, Parkville, Victoria (Australia)

    2012-05-23

    Molecular organization behavior and visible light absorption ability are important factors for organic materials to be used in efficient bulk heterojunction solar cells applications. In this context, a series of monosubstituted fluorenyl hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (FHBC) are synthesized with the aim to combine the self-association property of the FHBC unit with broadened light absorption of a small molecule organic dye, bisthienylbenzothiadiazole (TBT). Optical and electrochemical properties of the FHBC compounds vary according to their structures. Introduction of a TBT unit into the FHBC system broadens the absorption. All of the FHBC compounds show strong {pi}-{pi} intermolecular association in solution. X-ray scattering measurements on thermally extruded filaments and thin films showed ordered alignment of these compounds in the solid state. In atomic force microscopy experiments, nanoscale phase separation is observed in thin films of FHBC and fullerene derivative blends. Solar cell devices with these compounds as donors are fabricated. FHBC compounds with the TBT unit show higher short circuit current while the high open circuit voltages are maintained. With C{sub 60} derivative as acceptor, power conversion efficiency of 1.12% is achieved in the unoptimized solar cell devices under simulated solar irradiation. The efficiency was further improved to 1.64% when C{sub 70} derivative was used as the acceptor. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  17. Powering the future of molecular artificial photosynthesis with light-harvesting metallosupramolecular dye assemblies.

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    Frischmann, Peter D; Mahata, Kingsuk; Würthner, Frank

    2013-02-21

    Chemical ingenuity will play a significant role in solving the greatest challenge currently facing society: providing clean and carbon neutral energy for all of humanity. Molecular artificial photosynthesis is an emerging technology based on principles learned from Nature where individual components perform the essential light-harvesting, charge-separation, and water splitting functions to store solar energy in the form of chemical bonds. This tutorial review focuses specifically on the application of metallosupramolecular self-assembly strategies to interface solar fuel catalysts with photosensitizers and construct light-harvesting antennae capable of achieving panchromatic absorption and directional energy concentration.

  18. Switching surface chemistry with supramolecular machines.

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    Dunbar, Timothy D.; Kelly, Michael James; Jeppesen, Jan O. (University of California, Los Angeles, CA); Bunker, Bruce Conrad; Matzke, Carolyn M.; Stoddart, J. Fraser; Huber, Dale L.; Kushmerick, James G.; Flood, Amar H. (University of California, Los Angeles, CA); Perkins, Julie (University of California, Los Angeles, CA); Cao, Jianguo (University of California, Los Angeles, CA)

    2005-07-01

    Tethered supramolecular machines represent a new class of active self-assembled monolayers in which molecular configurations can be reversibly programmed using electrochemical stimuli. We are using these machines to address the chemistry of substrate surfaces for integrated microfluidic systems. Interactions between the tethered tetracationic cyclophane host cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) and dissolved {pi}-electron-rich guest molecules, such as tetrathiafulvalene, have been reversibly switched by oxidative electrochemistry. The results demonstrate that surface-bound supramolecular machines can be programmed to adsorb or release appropriately designed solution species for manipulating surface chemistry.

  19. Photochemically deposited nano-Ag/sol-gel TiO2-In2O3 mixed oxide mesoporous-assembled nanocrystals for photocatalytic dye degradation.

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    Sreethawong, Thammanoon; Ngamsinlapasathian, Supachai; Yoshikawa, Susumu

    2014-05-01

    This work focused on the improvement of the photocatalytic activity for Congo Red (CR) azo dye degradation of mesoporous-assembled 0.95 TiO2-0.05 In2O3 mixed oxide photocatalyst (with a TiO2-to-In2O3 molar ratio of 0.95:0.05) by loading with Ag nanoparticles. The mesoporous-assembled 0.95TiO2-0.05In2O3 mixed oxide photocatalyst was synthesized by a hydrolytic sol-gel method with the aid of a structure-directing surfactant, prior to loading with various Ag contents (0.5-2 wt.%) by a photochemical deposition method. The optimum Ag loading content was found to be 1.5 wt.%, exhibiting a great increase in photocatalytic CR dye degradation activity. The 1.5 wt.% Ag-loaded 0.95TiO2-0.05In2O3 mixed oxide photocatalyst was further applied for the CR dye degradation in the presence of water hardness. Different types (Ca2+ and Ca2+ -Mg2+ mixture) and concentrations (200 and 500 mg/l) of water hardness were investigated. The results showed that the water hardness reduced the photocatalytic CR dye degradation activity, particularly for the extremely hard water with 500 mg/l of Ca2+ -Mg2+ mixture. The adjustment of initial solution pH of the CR dye-containing hard water to an appropriate value was found to improve the photocatalytic CR dye degradation activity under the identical reaction conditions.

  20. Switchable PDT for reducing skin photosensitization by a NIR dye inducing self-assembled and photo-disassembled nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Yifan; He, Lingyi; Wu, Jie; Wang, Kaikai; Wang, Juan; Dai, Weimin; Yuan, Ahu; Wu, Jinhui; Hu, Yiqiao

    2016-11-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is the combination of light and photosensitizer (PS) to kill tumor cells, which has the potential to meet many currently unmet medical needs. However, the whole body distribution and activatability by sunlight of photosensitizers to induce skin photosensitivity have limited the extensive clinic application of PDT. Herein, a novel strategy is presented to overcome these limitations by using a hydrophobic Near-infared (NIR) dye IR-780 iodide (IR780) to induce the self-assembly of albumin-PS conjugates, as a switchable PDT (Switch-PDT) agent. The PDT effect of PS is effectively inhibited by IR780 and recovered by NIR light irradiation in vitro. This quench/recovery strategy dose not sacrifice the anti-tumor ability in vivo, and the combined PDT and PTT (photothermal) effect contributes a very effective tumor inhibition rate of 100%. More importantly, the PDT effect is significantly suppressed after intravenous administration in mice or subcutaneous administration in rabbits as exhibited by the negligible skin response, while traditional PDT agent arouses severe skin erythema and edema. To the best of our knowledge, the switchable PDT is the first time to be used to eradicate the skin photosensitization of PS in vivo.

  1. Dye-sensitized solar cells assembled with composite gel polymer electrolytes containing nanosized Al2O3 particles.

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    Jeon, Nawon; Kim, Dong-Won

    2013-12-01

    Polymeric ionic liquid, poly(1-methyl 3-(2-acryloyloxy propyl) imidazolium iodide) (PMAPII) containing iodide ions is synthesized and used as a matrix polymer for preparing the composite polymer electrolytes. The composite gel polymer electrolytes are prepared by utilizing PMAPII, organic solvent containing redox couple and aluminum oxide nanoparticle for application in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). PMAPII is highly compatible with organic solvents and thus there is no phase separation between the PMAPII and organic solvents. This makes it be possible to directly solidify the liquid electrolyte in the cell and maintain good interfacial contacts between the electrolyte and electrodes. The addition of 10 wt.% Al2O3 nanoparticle to gel polymer electrolyte provides the most desirable environment for ionic transport, resulting in the improvement of the photovoltaic performance of DSSC. The quasi-solid-state DSSC assembled with optimized composite gel polymer electrolyte containing 10 wt.% Al2O3 nanoparticle exhibits a relatively high conversion efficiency of 6.51% under AM 1.5 illumination at 100 mA cm(-2) and better stability than DSSC with liquid electrolyte.

  2. New Supramolecular Complex Assembled through Hydrogen Bonds.Crystal Structure of Co(PMBP-tsc)2·2DMF·2H2O

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    UU,Lang(刘浪); JIA,Dian-Zeng(贾殿赠); QIAO,Yong-Min(乔永民); YU,Kai-Bei(郁开北)

    2002-01-01

    The structure of the complex [Co(PMBP-tsc)2.2DMF@2H2O]( PMBP-tsc= 1-phenyl-3-methyl-4-benzoylpyrazol-5-one-thiosemicarbazone) has been determined by X-ray crystallography. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic system, space group Pna21, with lattice parameters a=2.1170(3) nm, b =1.2780(10) nm, c = 1.8956(2) nm, V= 4.5258(9) nm3 and Z=4. The structure shows that Co2+ in the complex is hexacoordinated with a distorted octahedral coordination sphere.The water molecules bridge the adjacent stacks through hydrogen bonds and lead to supramolecular formation with three-dimensional network structure.

  3. 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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    Wang Huaimin; Yang Zhimou [Key Laboratory of Bioactive Materials, Ministry of Education, College of Life Sciences, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Ren Chunhua; Wang Ling [College of Pharmacy, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Song Zhijian; Chen Xuemei, E-mail: yangzm@nankai.edu.cn [School of Chemical and Materials Engineering, College of Chemical Engineering, Huangshi Institute of Technology, Huangshi 435003 (China)

    2010-06-04

    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.

  4. Assembly of organic moiety with metal-oxide cluster to generate a new three dimensional supramolecular/hydrogen bonded network based on isopolymolybdate

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    DONIA ZAMMEL; ICHRAF NAGAZI; AMOR HADDAD

    2016-07-01

    A new octa-molybdate formulated as (C₂H₆N₄)₂ [β-Mo₈O₂₆].4H₂O (1) has been isolated by conventional solution method and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction method, IR spectroscopy, UV-Vis absorption, thermogravimetric analysis and cyclic voltammetry. Compound 1 crystallizes in the Triclinic system, space group P-1 with unit cell dimensions, a = 8.348 (2)Å, b = 10.154 (2)Å, c = 10.823 (3)Å, α = 68.35◦ (2), β = 71.59◦ (2), γ= 78.55◦ (2), V = 805.5 (3)ų, and Z = 2. The crystal structure of 1 is built up from octa-molybdate [β-Mo₈O₂₆]⁴⁻ clusters connected through hydrogen-bonding interactions into a three-dimensional supramolecular network.

  5. 3D Printing Polymers with Supramolecular Functionality for Biological Applications.

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    Pekkanen, Allison M; Mondschein, Ryan J; Williams, Christopher B; Long, Timothy E

    2017-09-11

    Supramolecular chemistry continues to experience widespread growth, as fine-tuned chemical structures lead to well-defined bulk materials. Previous literature described the roles of hydrogen bonding, ionic aggregation, guest/host interactions, and π-π stacking to tune mechanical, viscoelastic, and processing performance. The versatility of reversible interactions enables the more facile manufacturing of molded parts with tailored hierarchical structures such as tissue engineered scaffolds for biological applications. Recently, supramolecular polymers and additive manufacturing processes merged to provide parts with control of the molecular, macromolecular, and feature length scales. Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, generates customizable constructs desirable for many applications, and the introduction of supramolecular interactions will potentially increase production speed, offer a tunable surface structure for controlling cell/scaffold interactions, and impart desired mechanical properties through reinforcing interlayer adhesion and introducing gradients or self-assembled structures. This review details the synthesis and characterization of supramolecular polymers suitable for additive manufacture and biomedical applications as well as the use of supramolecular polymers in additive manufacturing for drug delivery and complex tissue scaffold formation. The effect of supramolecular assembly and its dynamic behavior offers potential for controlling the anisotropy of the printed objects with exquisite geometrical control. The potential for supramolecular polymers to generate well-defined parts, hierarchical structures, and scaffolds with gradient properties/tuned surfaces provides an avenue for developing next-generation biomedical devices and tissue scaffolds.

  6. 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.

  7. Positive role of incorporating P-25 TiO2 to mesoporous-assembled TiO2 thin films for improving photocatalytic dye degradation efficiency.

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    Sreethawong, Thammanoon; Ngamsinlapasathian, Supachai; Yoshikawa, Susumu

    2014-09-15

    In this work, a simple and effective strategy to improve the photocatalytic dye degradation efficiency of the mesoporous-assembled TiO2 nanoparticle thin films by incorporating small contents of commercial P-25 TiO2 during the thin film preparation was developed. The mesoporous-assembled TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by a sol-gel method with the aid of a mesopore-directing surfactant, followed by homogeneously mixing with P-25 TiO2 prior to the thin film coating on glass substrate. The mesoporous-assembled TiO2 film with 5 wt.% P-25 TiO2 incorporation and calcined at 400°C provided an improved photocatalytic Acid Black (AB) dye degradation efficiency. The increase in number of coated layers to the optimum four layers of the aforementioned film was found to further improve the degradation efficiency. The recyclability test of this 5 wt.% P-25 TiO2-incorporated mesoporous-assembled TiO2 film with four coated layers revealed that it can be reused for multiple cycles without a requirement of post-treatment while the degradation efficiency was retained.

  8. Supramolecular polymers for organocatalysis in water.

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    Neumann, Laura N; Baker, Matthew B; Leenders, Christianus M A; Voets, Ilja K; Lafleur, René P M; Palmans, Anja R A; Meijer, E W

    2015-07-28

    A water-soluble benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) derivative that self-assembles into one-dimensional, helical, supramolecular polymers is functionalised at the periphery with one L-proline moiety. In water, the BTA-derivative forms micrometre long supramolecular polymers, which are stabilised by hydrophobic interactions and directional hydrogen bonds. Furthermore, we co-assemble a catalytically inactive, but structurally similar, BTA with the L-proline functionalised BTA to create co-polymers. This allows us to assess how the density of the L-proline units along the supramolecular polymer affects its activity and selectivity. Both the supramolecular polymers and co-polymers show high activity and selectivity as catalysts for the aldol reaction in water when using p-nitrobenzaldehyde and cyclohexanone as the substrates for the aldol reaction. After optimisation of the reaction conditions, a consistent conversion of 92 ± 7%, deanti of 92 ± 3%, and eeanti of 97 ± 1% are obtained with a concentration of L-proline as low as 1 mol%.

  9. Post-assembly atomic layer deposition of ultrathin metal-oxide coatings enhances the performance of an organic dye-sensitized solar cell by suppressing dye aggregation.

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    Son, Ho-Jin; Kim, Chul Hoon; Kim, Dong Wook; Jeong, Nak Cheon; Prasittichai, Chaiya; Luo, Langli; Wu, Jinsong; Farha, Omar K; Wasielewski, Michael R; Hupp, Joseph T

    2015-03-11

    Dye aggregation and concomitant reduction of dye excited-state lifetimes and electron-injection yields constitute a significant mechanism for diminution of light-to-electrical energy conversion efficiencies in many dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). For TiO2-based DSCs prepared with an archetypal donor-acceptor organic dye, (E)-2-cyano-3-(5'-(5''-(p-(diphenylamino)phenyl)-thiophen-2''-yl)thiophen-2'-yl)acrylic acid (OrgD), we find, in part via ultrafast spectroscopy measurements, that postdye-adsorption atomic layer deposition (ALD) of ultrathin layers of either TiO2 or Al2O3 effectively reverses residual aggregation. Notably, the ALD treatment is significantly more effective than the widely used aggregation-inhibiting coadsorbent, chenodeoxycholic acid. Primarily because of reversal of OrgD aggregation, and resulting improved injection yields, ALD post-treatment engenders a 30+% increase in overall energy conversion efficiency. A secondary contributor to increased currents and efficiencies is an ALD-induced attenuation of the rate of interception of injected electrons, resulting in slightly more efficient charge collection.

  10. Dipole-moment-driven cooperative supramolecular polymerization.

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    Kulkarni, Chidambar; Bejagam, Karteek K; Senanayak, Satyaprasad P; Narayan, K S; Balasubramanian, S; George, Subi J

    2015-03-25

    While the mechanism of self-assembly of π-conjugated molecules has been well studied to gain control over the structure and functionality of supramolecular polymers, the intermolecular interactions underpinning it are poorly understood. Here, we study the mechanism of self-assembly of perylene bisimide derivatives possessing dipolar carbonate groups as linkers. It was observed that the combination of carbonate linkers and cholesterol/dihydrocholesterol self-assembling moieties led to a cooperative mechanism of self-assembly. Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of an assembly in explicit solvent strongly suggest that the dipole-dipole interaction between the carbonate groups imparts a macro-dipolar character to the assembly. This is confirmed experimentally through the observation of a significant polarization in the bulk phase for molecules following a cooperative mechanism. The cooperativity is attributed to the presence of dipole-dipole interaction in the assembly. Thus, anisotropic long-range intermolecular interactions such as dipole-dipole interaction can serve as a way to obtain cooperative self-assembly and aid in rationalizing and predicting the mechanisms in various synthetic supramolecular polymers.

  11. Redox-Robust Pentamethylferrocene Polymers and Supramolecular Polymers, and Controlled Self-Assembly of Pentamethylferricenium Polymer-Embedded Ag, AgI, and Au Nanoparticles.

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    Gu, Haibin; Ciganda, Roberto; Castel, Patricia; Vax, Amélie; Gregurec, Danijela; Irigoyen, Joseba; Moya, Sergio; Salmon, Lionel; Zhao, Pengxiang; Ruiz, Jaime; Hernández, Ricardo; Astruc, Didier

    2015-12-01

    We report the first pentamethylferrocene (PMF) polymers and the redox chemistry of their robust polycationic pentamethylferricenium (PMFium) analogues. The PMF polymers were synthesized by ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of a PMF-containing norbornene derivative by using the third-generation Grubbs ruthenium metathesis catalyst. Cyclic voltammetry studies allowed us to determine confidently the number of monomer units in the polymers through the Bard-Anson method. Stoichiometric oxidation by using ferricenium hexafluorophosphate quantitatively and instantaneously provided fully stable (even in aerobic solutions) blue d(5) Fe(III) metallopolymers. Alternatively, oxidation of the PMF-containing polymers was conducted by reactions with Ag(I) or Au(III) , to give PMFium polymer-embedded Ag and Au nanoparticles (NPs). In the presence of I2 , oxidation by using Ag(I) gave polymer-embedded Ag/AgI NPs and AgNPs at the surface of AgI NPs. Oxidation by using Au(III) also produced an Au(I) intermediate that was trapped and characterized. Engineered single-electron transfer reactions of these redox-robust nanomaterial precursors appear to be a new way to control their formation, size, and environment in a supramolecular way.

  12. 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.

  13. Single-step coacervate-mediated preconcentration of metals and metal-chelates in supramolecular vesicular surfactant assemblies and determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Tsogas, George Z. [Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Giokas, Dimosthenis L. [Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece)]. E-mail: dgiokas@cc.uoi.gr; Paleologos, Evangelos K. [Laboratory of Food Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Vlessidis, Athanasios G. [Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Evmiridis, Nicholaos P. [Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece)

    2005-04-29

    The use of ionic surfactant supramolecular aggregates is described, as means for accomplishing the concentration of analytes with different polarities using the same extraction pattern. The proposed method is based on the phase separation of an anionic surfactant through the formation of perplexed lamellar phases, allowing for the extraction of hydrated metal cations by complexation and metal-chelates by hydrophobic interactions. The data suggest that both extraction and phase separation are controlled by the presence of ionic surfactant as a function of the degree of phase divergence from the lamellar to bilayer phase. This again is determined by the composition of the phase-forming parameters, these are the surfactant concentration, the kind and amount of metallic counterparts and ionic strength. On the basis of these findings, the proposed method was successfully applied to the determination of metal species in natural waters. The limits of detection were easily brought down to the low microgram per liter levels by simply preconcentrating 10 mL of sample volume in the presence of at least 0.45% (w/v) of anionic surfactant. The method provided extraction recoveries higher than 94.0% with standard deviations well below 7.0%.

  14. Supramolecular Photodimerization of Coumarins

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    Koichi Tanaka

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Stereoselective photodimerization of coumarin and its derivatives in supra-molecular systems is reviewed. The enantioselective photodimerization of coumarin and thiocoumarin in inclusion crystals with optically active host compounds is also described.

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

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    张来新; 赵卫星

    2013-01-01

    简要介绍了超分子化学的产生、发展及应用,重点介绍了:①新型超分子化合物的合成及自组装;②新型超分子金属配合物的合成及应用;③新型超分子化合物的合成及药理作用。并对超分子化学的发展进行了展望。%This paper briefly introduces the generation ,development,and application of supramolecular chemis-try.Emphases are put on three parts:①synthesis and applications of new supramolecular compounds;②synthesis and applications of new supramolecular metal complexes;③synthesis and pharmacological effects of new supramo-lecular compounds.Future developments of supramolecular chemistry are prospected in the end.

  16. Triblock-Terpolymer-Directed Self-Assembly of Mesoporous TiO2: High-Performance Photoanodes for Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Docampo, Pablo

    2012-04-30

    A new self-assembly platform for the fast and straightforward synthesis of bicontinuous, mesoporous TiO 2 films is presented, based on the triblock terpolymer poly(isoprene - b - styrene - b - ethylene oxide). This new materials route allows the co-assembly of the metal oxide as a fully interconnected minority phase, which results in a highly porous photoanode with strong advantages over the state-of-the-art nanoparticle-based photoanodes employed in solidstate dye-sensitized solar cells. Devices fabricated through this triblock terpolymer route exhibit a high availability of sub-bandgap states distributed in a narrow and low enough energy band, which maximizes photoinduced charge generation from a state-of-the-art organic dye, C220. As a consequence, the co-assembled mesoporous metal oxide system outperformed the conventional nanoparticle-based electrodes fabricated and tested under the same conditions, exhibiting solar power-conversion efficiencies of over 5%. © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  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. Supramolecular photochemistry and solar cells

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    IHA NEYDE YUKIE MURAKAMI

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Supramolecular photochemistry as well as solar cells are fascinating topics of current interest in Inorganic Photochemistry and very active research fields which have attracted wide attention in last two decades. A brief outline of the investigations in these fields carried out in our Laboratory of Inorganic Photochemistry and Energy Conversion is given here with no attempt of an exhaustive coverage of the literature. The emphasis is placed on recent work and information on the above mentioned subjects. Three types of supramolecular systems have been the focus of this work: (i cage-type coordination compounds; (ii second-sphere coordination compounds, exemplified by ion-pair photochemistry of cobalt complexes and (iii covalently-linked systems. In the latter, modulation of the photoluminescence and photochemistry of some rhenium complexes are discussed. Solar energy conversion and development of thin-layer photoelectrochemical solar cells based on sensitization of nanocrystalline semiconductor films by some ruthenium polypyridyl complexes are presented as an important application that resulted from specifically engineered artificial assemblies.

  19. Effect of sodium on photovoltaic properties of dye-sensitized solar cells assembled with anatase TiO2 nanosheets with exposed {001} facets.

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    Wu, Xia; Lu, Gaoqing Max; Wang, Lianzhou

    2013-02-01

    Anatase TiO(2) nanosheets with exposed reactive {001} facets were prepared in the presence of HF. The photovoltaic properties of NaOH-washed anatase TiO(2) nanosheets with exposed {001} facets were investigated by assembling the TiO(2) as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A decreased overall efficiency and increased recombination rate was observed in comparison with the H(2)O-washed counterpart by both dark current scan and open-circuit voltage decay scan, and XPS confirmed that the deleterious effect of sodium ions is responsible for this reduced efficiency in DSSCs.

  20. Supramolecular tilt chirality in crystals of steroids and alkaloids.

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    Hisaki, Ichiro; Tohnai, Norimitsu; Miyata, Mikiji

    2008-03-01

    The concept of supramolecular chirality has assumed increasing importance in association with the development of supramolecular chemistry over the last two decades. In chiral crystals, 2 1 helical molecular assemblies are frequently observed as key motifs. Helical handedness of the 2 1 assemblies, however, has not been determined from the mathematical or crystallographical viewpoints. In this context, we have proposed two new concepts, three-axial chirality and tilt chirality. On the basis of the concepts, we describe supramolecular chirality and determine the handedness of 2 1 assemblies that are composed of relatively complicated molecules with multiple stereogenic centers such as brucine, bile acids, and cinchona alkaloids as well as those of simple molecules.

  1. Supramolecular clippers for controlling photophysical processes through preorganized chromophores.

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    Kumar, Mohit; Ushie, Onumashi Afi; George, Subi J

    2014-04-22

    A novel supramolecular clipping design for influencing the photophysical properties of functional molecular assemblies, by the preorganization (clipping) of chromophores, is described. Several chromophores end functionalized with molecular recognition units were designed. These molecular recognition units serve as handles to appropriately position these systems upon noncovalent interactions with multivalent guest molecules (supramolecular clippers). Towards this goal, we have synthesized 1,5-dialkoxynaphthalene (DAN) and naphthalenediimide (NDI) functionalized with dipicolylethylenediamine (DPA) motifs. These molecules could preorganize upon noncovalent clipping with adenosine di- or triphosphates, which resulted in preassociated excimers and mixed (cofacial) charge-transfer (CT) assemblies. Chiral guest binding could also induce supramolecular chirality, not only into the individual chromophoric assembly but also into the heteromeric CT organization, as seen from the strong circular dichroism (CD) signal of the CT transition. The unique ability of this design to influence the intermolecular interactions by changing the binding strength of the clippers furthermore makes it very attractive for controlling the bimolecular photophysical processes.

  2. Ag+ labeling: a convenient new tool for the characterization of hydrogen-bonded supramolecular assemblies by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.

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    Timmerman, P; Jolliffe, K A; Calama, M C; Weidmann, J L; Prins, L J; Cardullo, F; Snellink-Ruël, B H; Fokkens, R H; Nibbering, N M; Shinkai, S; Reinhoudt, D N

    2000-11-17

    Herein we describe our results on the characterization of a wide variety of different hydrogen-bonded assemblies by means of a novel matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) technique with Ag+ labeling. The labeling technique with Ag+ ions is extremely mild and provides a nondestructive way to generate charged assemblies that can be detected by mass spectrometry. Up to now more than 25 different single (1(3).2(3)), double (3(3).2(6)), and tetrarosettes (4(3).2(12)) have been successfully characterized by the use of this method. The success of the method entirely depends on the presence of a suitable binding site for the Ag+ ion. A variety of functionalities has been identified that provide strong binding sites for Ag+, either acting in a cooperative way (pi-arene and pi-alkene donor functionalities) or individually (cyano and crown ether functionalities). The method works well for assemblies with molecular weights between 2,000 and 8,000 Da, and most likely far beyond this limit.

  3. A Supramolecular Host-Guest Carrier System for Growth Factors Employing VHH Fragments

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    Cabanas-Danés, J.; Rodrigues, E.D.; Landman, Ellie B.M.; Weerd, van J.; Blitterswijk, van C.A.; Verrips, T.; Huskens, J.; Karperien, H.B.J.; Jonkheijm, Pascal

    2014-01-01

    A supramolecular strategy is presented for the assembly of growth factors employing His6-tagged single-domain antibodies (VHH). A combination of orthogonal supramolecular interactions of β-cyclodextrin (βCD)-adamantyl (Ad) host-guest and N-nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA)-histidine (His) interactions was

  4. Single molecule force spectroscopy of complementary hydrogen-bonded supramolecular systems: dimers, polymers and solvent effects

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    Embrechts, Anika

    2011-01-01

    The work described in this Thesis aimed at a better understanding of the structure-property relationships of supramolecular assemblies with a specific focus on hydrogen-bond dimers and polymers. The hydrogen-bond strength of (supra)molecular complexes in different solvents is usually determined by m

  5. New synthetic strategies for xanthene-dye-appended cyclodextrins

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    Milo Malanga

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Xanthene dyes can be appended to cyclodextrins via an ester or amide bridge in order to switch the fluorescence on or off. This is made possible through the formation of nonfluorescent lactones or lactams as the fluorophore can reversibly cyclize. In this context we report a green approach for the synthesis of switchable xanthene-dye-appended cyclodextrins based on the coupling agent 4-(4,6-dimethoxy-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl-4-methylmorpholinium chloride (DMT-MM. By using 6-monoamino-β-cyclodextrin and commercially available inexpensive dyes, we prepared rhodamine- and fluorescein-appended cyclodextrins. The compounds were characterized by NMR and IR spectroscopy and MS spectrometry, their UV–vis spectra were recorded at various pH, and their purity was determined by capillary electrophoresis. Two potential models for the supramolecular assembly of the xanthene-dye-appended cyclodextrins were developed based on the set of data collected by the extensive NMR characterization.

  6. Supramolecular Polymeric Materials Containing Cyclodextrins.

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    Nakahata, Masaki; Takashima, Yoshinori; Harada, Akira

    2017-01-01

    Smart design of polymeric materials may lead to intelligent materials exhibiting unique functional properties. Looking at nature, living systems use specific and reversible intermolecular interactions in realizing complex functions. Hence reversible bonds based on selective molecular recognition can impart artificial materials with unique functional properties. This review mainly focuses on supramolecular polymeric materials based on cyclodextrin-based host-guest interactions. Polymeric materials using molecular recognition at polymer main chain, side chain, and termini are described. Polymers carrying host and guest residues exhibit unique properties such as: 1) formation of macroscopic self-assembly of polymer gels carrying host and guest residues; 2) stimuli-responsive self-healing properties due to the reversible nature of host-guest interactions; and 3) macroscopic motion of artificial muscle cross-linked by host-guest interaction controlled by external stimuli. An overview of recent developments in this new frontier between materials science and life science is given.

  7. Designing dye-nanochannel antenna hybrid materials for light harvesting, transport and trapping.

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    Calzaferri, Gion; Méallet-Renault, Rachel; Brühwiler, Dominik; Pansu, Robert; Dolamic, Igor; Dienel, Thomas; Adler, Pauline; Li, Huanrong; Kunzmann, Andreas

    2011-02-25

    We discuss artificial photonic antenna systems that are built by incorporating chromophores into one-dimensional nanochannel materials and by organizing the latter in specific ways. Zeolite L (ZL) is an excellent host for the supramolecular organization of different kinds of molecules and complexes. The range of possibilities for filling its one-dimensional channels with suitable guests has been shown to be much larger than one might expect. Geometrical constraints imposed by the host structure lead to supramolecular organization of the guests in the channels. The arrangement of dyes inside the ZL channels is what we call the first stage of organization. It allows light harvesting within the volume of a dye-loaded ZL crystal and also the radiationless transport of energy to either the channel ends or center. One-dimensional FRET transport can be realized in these guest-host materials. The second stage of organization is realized by coupling either an external acceptor or donor stopcock fluorophore at the ends of the ZL channels, which can then trap or inject electronic excitation energy. The third stage of organization is obtained by interfacing the material to an external device via a stopcock intermediate. A possibility to achieve higher levels of organization is by controlled assembly of the host into ordered structures and preparation of monodirectional materials. The usually strong light scattering of ZL can be suppressed by refractive-index matching and avoidance of microphase separation in hybrid polymer/dye-ZL materials. The concepts are illustrated and discussed in detail on a bidirectional dye antenna system. Experimental results of two materials with a donor-to-acceptor ratio of 33:1 and 52:1, respectively, and a three-dye system illustrate the validity and challenges of this approach for synthesizing dye-nanochannel hybrid materials for light harvesting, transport, and trapping.

  8. Nanoparticulate dye-semiconductor hybrid materials formed by electrochemical self-assembly as electrodes in photoelectrochemical cells

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    Nonomura, Kazuteru; Loewenstein, Thomas; Schlettwein, Derck [Inst. fuer Angewandte Physik, Justus-Liebig-Univ. Giessen (Germany); Michaelis, Esther; Woehrle, Dieter [Inst. fuer Organische und Makromolekulare Chemie, Univ. Bremen (Germany); Kunze, Peter; Schiek, Manuela; Al-Shamery, Katharina; Yoshida, Tsukasa [Physikalische Chemie, Univ. Oldenburg (Germany); Reemts, Jens; Kittel, Achim; Parisi, Juergen [Abt. Energie- und Halbleiterforschung, Univ. Oldenburg (Germany); Iwaya, Mirian Yoshie [Environmental and Renewable Energy Systems, Gifu Univ. (Japan); Wark, Michael [Inst. fuer Physikalische Chemie und Elektrochemie, Univ. Hannover (Germany); Rathousky, Jiri [J. Heyrovsky Inst. of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague (Czech Republic)

    2009-07-15

    Dye-sensitized zinc oxide thin films were prepared, characterized and optimized for applications as photoelectrochemically active electrodes. Conditions were established under which crystalline thin films of ZnO with a porous texture were formed by electrochemically induced crystallization controlled by structure-directing agents (SDA). Dye molecules were adsorbed either directly as SDA during this preparation step or, preferably, following desorption of a SDA. The external quantum efficiency (IPCE) could thereby be increased significantly. Particular emphasis was laid on dye molecules that absorb in the red part of the visible spectrum. Model experiments under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions with dye molecules adsorbed on defined crystal planes of single crystals aimed at a deeper understanding of the coupling of the chromophore electronic {pi}-system within molecular aggregates and to the semiconductor surface. Detailed photoelectrochemical kinetic measurements were used to characterize and optimize the electrochemically prepared dye-sensitized ZnO films. Parallel electrical characterization in vacuum served to distinguish between contributions of charge transport within the ZnO semiconductor matrix and the ions of the electrolyte in the pore system of the electrode. (orig.)

  9. A correlated force-optical study on the self-assembly behavior of annexin V on model membranes: effect of dye conjugation.

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    Han, Jason J; Park, Seung-Han; Boo, Doo Wan

    2008-10-02

    We have examined the self-assembled membrane-bound aggregates of two annexin V (A5) dye conjugates and compared them to those from native A5. Native A5 and FITC-labeled A5 (A5-FITC) both formed discrete well-defined crystalline monolayer domains of p6 symmetry. However, A5-FITC also showed additional domains with a corrugated appearance not observed in native A5. In contrast, Cy3-labeled A5 (A5-Cy3) showed a mixture of crystalline monolayer and irregular multilayered domains, with the ratio of the two types varying significantly from sample to sample, and also required a much longer incubation time than native A5 and A5-FITC. When A5-FITC and A5-Cy3 were co-incubated on the same bilayer, well-defined crystalline monolayer domains containing both A5-FITC and A5-Cy3 were consistently observed at a much shorter incubation time than that of pure A5-Cy3 alone, indicating that A5-FITC facilitates the inclusion of A5-Cy3. These results suggest that dye labels can affect A5 2D self-assembly and crystal formation on membrane surfaces.

  10. Efficient Photocatalytic Degradation of Rhodamine B Dye by Aligned Arrays of Self-Assembled Hydrogen Titanate Nanotubes

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    Sriparna Chatterjee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We show that an aligned array of hydrothermally grown, multiwalled hydrogen titanate (H2Ti3O7 nanotubes—anchored to both faces of a metallic Ti foil—acts as an efficient photocatalyst. We studied the degradation of rhodamine B dye in the presence of the nanostructured photocatalyst under UV irradiation, by monitoring the optical absorption of the dye. Rhodamine B was chosen as a representative—and particularly harmful—industrial pollutant dye. The inner and outer diameters of the H2Ti3O7 nanotubes were 5 nm and 10 nm, respectively. The nanotube array catalyst is recyclable and structurally stable. Most importantly, it shows comparable or higher photodecomposition rate constant than those of both H2Ti3O7 nanotube powder and P-25 (Degussa. The enhanced photocatalytic performance may be ascribed to the nanotube array having a superhydrophilic surface with a high accessible surface area.

  11. Supramolecular Luminescence from Oligofluorenol-Based Supramolecular Polymer Semiconductors

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    Guang-Wei Zhang

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Supramolecular luminescence stems from non-covalent exciton behaviors of active π-segments in supramolecular entities or aggregates via intermolecular forces. Herein, a π-conjugated oligofluorenol, containing self-complementary double hydrogen bonds, was synthesized using Suzuki coupling as a supramolecular semiconductor. Terfluorenol-based random supramolecular polymers were confirmed via concentration-dependent nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR and dynamic light scattering (DLS. The photoluminescent spectra of the TFOH-1 solution exhibit a green emission band (g-band at approximately ~520 nm with reversible features, as confirmed through titration experiments. Supramolecular luminescence of TFOH-1 thin films serves as robust evidence for the aggregates of g-band. Our results suggest that the presence of polyfluorene ketone defects is a sufficient condition, rather than a sufficient-necessary condition for the g-band. Supramolecular electroluminescence will push organic devices into the fields of supramolecular optoelectronics, spintronics, and mechatronics.

  12. Supramolecular luminescence from oligofluorenol-based supramolecular polymer semiconductors.

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    Zhang, Guang-Wei; Wang, Long; Xie, Ling-Hai; Lin, Jin-Yi; Huang, Wei

    2013-11-13

    Supramolecular luminescence stems from non-covalent exciton behaviors of active π-segments in supramolecular entities or aggregates via intermolecular forces. Herein, a π-conjugated oligofluorenol, containing self-complementary double hydrogen bonds, was synthesized using Suzuki coupling as a supramolecular semiconductor. Terfluorenol-based random supramolecular polymers were confirmed via concentration-dependent nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The photoluminescent spectra of the TFOH-1 solution exhibit a green emission band (g-band) at approximately ~520 nm with reversible features, as confirmed through titration experiments. Supramolecular luminescence of TFOH-1 thin films serves as robust evidence for the aggregates of g-band. Our results suggest that the presence of polyfluorene ketone defects is a sufficient condition, rather than a sufficient-necessary condition for the g-band. Supramolecular electroluminescence will push organic devices into the fields of supramolecular optoelectronics, spintronics, and mechatronics.

  13. Halogen-bonding-triggered supramolecular gel formation.

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    Meazza, Lorenzo; Foster, Jonathan A; Fucke, Katharina; Metrangolo, Pierangelo; Resnati, Giuseppe; Steed, Jonathan W

    2013-01-01

    Supramolecular gels are topical soft materials involving the reversible formation of fibrous aggregates using non-covalent interactions. There is significant interest in controlling the properties of such materials by the formation of multicomponent systems, which exhibit non-additive properties emerging from interaction of the components. The use of hydrogen bonding to assemble supramolecular gels in organic solvents is well established. In contrast, the use of halogen bonding to trigger supramolecular gel formation in a two-component gel ('co-gel') is essentially unexplored, and forms the basis for this study. Here, we show that halogen bonding between a pyridyl substituent in a bis(pyridyl urea) and 1,4-diiodotetrafluorobenzene brings about gelation, even in polar media such as aqueous methanol and aqueous dimethylsulfoxide. This demonstrates that halogen bonding is sufficiently strong to interfere with competing gel-inhibitory interactions and create a 'tipping point' in gel assembly. Using this concept, we have prepared a halogen bond donor bis(urea) gelator that forms co-gels with halogen bond acceptors.

  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. Supramolecular Nanoparticles for Molecular Diagnostics and Therapeutics

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    Chen, Kuan-Ju

    Over the past decades, significant efforts have been devoted to explore the use of various nanoparticle-based systems in the field of nanomedicine, including molecular imaging and therapy. Supramolecular synthetic approaches have attracted lots of attention due to their flexibility, convenience, and modularity for producing nanoparticles. In this dissertation, the developmental story of our size-controllable supramolecular nanoparticles (SNPs) will be discussed, as well as their use in specific biomedical applications. To achieve the self-assembly of SNPs, the well-characterized molecular recognition system (i.e., cyclodextrin/adamantane recognition) was employed. The resulting SNPs, which were assembled from three molecular building blocks, possess incredible stability in various physiological conditions, reversible size-controllability and dynamic disassembly that were exploited for various in vitro and in vivo applications. An advantage of using the supramolecular approach is that it enables the convenient incorporation of functional ligands onto SNP surface that confers functionality ( e.g., targeting, cell penetration) to SNPs. We utilized SNPs for molecular imaging such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) by introducing reporter systems (i.e., radio-isotopes, MR contrast agents, and fluorophores) into SNPs. On the other hand, the incorporation of various payloads, including drugs, genes and proteins, into SNPs showed improved delivery performance and enhanced therapeutic efficacy for these therapeutic agents. Leveraging the powers of (i) a combinatorial synthetic approach based on supramolecular assembly and (ii) a digital microreactor, a rapid developmental pathway was developed that is capable of screening SNP candidates for the ideal structural and functional properties that deliver optimal performance. Moreover, SNP-based theranostic delivery systems that combine reporter systems and therapeutic payloads into a

  16. Ytterbium oxide nanodots via block copolymer self-assembly and their efficacy to dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Park, Kwang-Won; Ahn, Sungwoo; Lim, Sung-Hwan; Jin, Ming Hao; Song, Jeemin; Yun, Seung-Young [Department of Chemistry, Chung-Ang University, 84 Heukseok-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 156-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyeon Mo; Kim, Gi Jeong [Sooyang Chemtec Co., Ltd., Digital-ro 32-gil, Guro-gu, Seoul 152-777 (Korea, Republic of); Ok, Kang Min [Department of Chemistry, Chung-Ang University, 84 Heukseok-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 156-756 (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Jongin, E-mail: hongj@cau.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry, Chung-Ang University, 84 Heukseok-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 156-756 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-02-28

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A novel phosphor, Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3}, was developed as a UV-absorbing spectral converter for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). • The ordered Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanodots trap more light and prevent charge recombination at the interfaces. • Their multifunctionality improves DSSC performance for both Ru-based and organic dyes. - Abstract: In this study, we develop a novel phosphor, Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3}, to be used as the spectral converter in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) for the efficient capture of ultraviolet light via down-conversion. These zero-dimensional nanodots with a high refractive index also allow more light to be trapped and can prevent charge recombination at the interfaces in the DSSCs. Compared to DSSCs without the nanodots, the DSSCs fabricated with the Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanodots exhibits higher power-conversion efficiencies for both the N719 (10.5%) and CSD-01 (20.5%) dyes. The multifunctionality of the Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanodots provides a new route for improving the performance of DSSCs.

  17. Assembly of BODIPY-carbazole dyes with liposomes to fabricate fluorescent nanoparticles for lysosomal bioimaging in living cells.

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    Lv, Hai-Juan; Zhang, Xiao-Tai; Wang, Shu; Xing, Guo-Wen

    2017-01-31

    Two BODIPY-carbazole dye based fluorescent probes BCA and BCAS were designed, synthesized and encapsulated by liposomes to obtain fluorescent nanoparticles BCA-FNP and BCAS-FNP. The fluorescence imaging showed that BCA-FNP was membrane-permeable and capable of localizing lysosomes in living cells.

  18. Supramolecular interactions in the solid state.

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    Resnati, Giuseppe; Boldyreva, Elena; Bombicz, Petra; Kawano, Masaki

    2015-11-01

    In the last few decades, supramolecular chemistry has been at the forefront of chemical research, with the aim of understanding chemistry beyond the covalent bond. Since the long-range periodicity in crystals is a product of the directionally specific short-range intermolecular interactions that are responsible for molecular assembly, analysis of crystalline solids provides a primary means to investigate intermolecular interactions and recognition phenomena. This article discusses some areas of contemporary research involving supramolecular interactions in the solid state. The topics covered are: (1) an overview and historical review of halogen bonding; (2) exploring non-ambient conditions to investigate intermolecular interactions in crystals; (3) the role of intermolecular interactions in morphotropy, being the link between isostructurality and polymorphism; (4) strategic realisation of kinetic coordination polymers by exploiting multi-interactive linker molecules. The discussion touches upon many of the prerequisites for controlled preparation and characterization of crystalline materials.

  19. Supramolecular interactions in the solid state

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    Giuseppe Resnati

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available In the last few decades, supramolecular chemistry has been at the forefront of chemical research, with the aim of understanding chemistry beyond the covalent bond. Since the long-range periodicity in crystals is a product of the directionally specific short-range intermolecular interactions that are responsible for molecular assembly, analysis of crystalline solids provides a primary means to investigate intermolecular interactions and recognition phenomena. This article discusses some areas of contemporary research involving supramolecular interactions in the solid state. The topics covered are: (1 an overview and historical review of halogen bonding; (2 exploring non-ambient conditions to investigate intermolecular interactions in crystals; (3 the role of intermolecular interactions in morphotropy, being the link between isostructurality and polymorphism; (4 strategic realisation of kinetic coordination polymers by exploiting multi-interactive linker molecules. The discussion touches upon many of the prerequisites for controlled preparation and characterization of crystalline materials.

  20. Supramolecular interactions in the solid state

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    Resnati, Giuseppe; Boldyreva, Elena; Bombicz, Petra; Kawano, Masaki

    2015-01-01

    In the last few decades, supramolecular chemistry has been at the forefront of chemical research, with the aim of understanding chemistry beyond the covalent bond. Since the long-range periodicity in crystals is a product of the directionally specific short-range intermolecular interactions that are responsible for molecular assembly, analysis of crystalline solids provides a primary means to investigate intermolecular interactions and recognition phenomena. This article discusses some areas of contemporary research involving supramolecular interactions in the solid state. The topics covered are: (1) an overview and historical review of halogen bonding; (2) exploring non-ambient conditions to investigate intermolecular interactions in crystals; (3) the role of intermolecular interactions in morphotropy, being the link between isostructurality and polymorphism; (4) strategic realisation of kinetic coordination polymers by exploiting multi-interactive linker molecules. The discussion touches upon many of the prerequisites for controlled preparation and characterization of crystalline materials. PMID:26594375

  1. Conformation-variable PDI@β-sheet nanohelices show stimulus-responsive supramolecular chirality.

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    Ke, Damei; Tang, Ailing; Zhan, Chuanlang; Yao, Jiannian

    2013-05-28

    A tripeptide-perylene diimide (PDI) conjugate self-assembles into PDI@β-sheet nanohelices, whose local conformations are sensitive to the external stimuli of concentration, heating and ultrasound, showing stimulus-responsive supramolecular chirality.

  2. Supramolecular conformational effects in the electrocatalytic properties of electrostatic assembled films of meso(3- and 4-pyridyl) isomers of tetraruthenated porphyrins

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    Mayer, Ildemar; Toma, Henrique E.; Araki, Koiti [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica]. E-mail: koiaraki@iq.usp.br; Eberlin, Marcos N.; Tomazela, Daniela M. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica

    2005-05-15

    Meso(3- and 4-pyridyl)porphyrins coordinated to four [Ru(bipy){sub 2}Cl]{sup +} complexes, M(3-TRPyP) or M(4-TRPyP), where M=2H{sup +} and Zn{sup 2+}, have been obtained and characterized by electrochemistry, spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Layer-by-layer electrostatic assembled films with tetrasulfonated phthalocyaninatecuprate(II) anion, CuTSPc, displayed distinct electrocatalytic activity towards sulfite and nitrite oxidation. In general, the films derived from the M(4-TRPyP) isomers are more effective for the oxidation of nitrite, whereas those containing the M(3-TRPyP) isomers are more efficient for the oxidation of sulfite. The results demonstrated the influence of molecular geometry on the active sites of porphyrinic nano materials, enhancing the electron-transfer process in the M(3-TRPyP) derivative. This effect results from changes in the chemical environment around the active sites, induced by the contrasting molecular packing interactions with CuTSPc. (author)

  3. Supramolecular bacterial systems

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    Sankaran, Shrikrishnan

    2015-01-01

    For nearly over a decade, a wide variety of dynamic and responsive supramolecular architectures have been investigated and developed to address biological systems. Since the non-covalent interactions between individual molecular components in such architectures are similar to the interactions found

  4. Supramolecular Chemistry in Water

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    Oshovsky, Gennady V.; Reinhoudt, David N.; Verboom, Willem

    2007-01-01

    Supramolecular chemistry in water is a constantly growing research area because noncovalent interactions in aqueous media are important for obtaining a better understanding and control of the major processes in nature. This Review offers an overview of recent advances in the area of water-soluble sy

  5. Supramolecular bacterial systems

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    Sankaran, S.

    2015-01-01

    For nearly over a decade, a wide variety of dynamic and responsive supramolecular architectures have been investigated and developed to address biological systems. Since the non-covalent interactions between individual molecular components in such architectures are similar to the interactions found

  6. Porphyrinic supramolecular daisy chains incorporating pillar[5]arene-viologen host-guest interactions

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    Fathalla, Maher

    2015-05-18

    A porphyrin functionalised with pillar[5]arene and a viologen at its 5- and 15-meso positions assembles in a head-to-tail manner, producing linear supramolecular daisy chains in dichloromethane. At high concentrations, it forms an organogel which has been investigated by electron microscopy and rheological measurements, paving the way for the preparation of other functional supramolecular assemblies which harness viologen"⊂" pillararene host-guest interactions.

  7. Covalent defects restrict supramolecular self-assembly of homopolypeptides: case study of β2-fibrils of poly-L-glutamic acid.

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    Aleksandra Fulara

    Full Text Available Poly-L-glutamic acid (PLGA often serves as a model in studies on amyloid fibrils and conformational transitions in proteins, and as a precursor for synthetic biomaterials. Aggregation of PLGA chains and formation of amyloid-like fibrils was shown to continue on higher levels of superstructural self-assembly coinciding with the appearance of so-called β2-sheet conformation manifesting in dramatic redshift of infrared amide I' band below 1600 cm(-1. This spectral hallmark has been attributed to network of bifurcated hydrogen bonds coupling C = O and N-D (N-H groups of the main chains to glutamate side chains. However, other authors reported that, under essentially identical conditions, PLGA forms the conventional in terms of infrared characteristics β1-sheet structure (exciton-split amide I' band with peaks at ca. 1616 and 1683 cm(-1. Here we attempt to shed light on this discrepancy by studying the effect of increasing concentration of intentionally induced defects in PLGA on the tendency to form β1/β2-type aggregates using infrared spectroscopy. We have employed carbodiimide-mediated covalent modification of Glu side chains with n-butylamine (NBA, as well as electrostatics-driven inclusion of polylysine chains, as two different ways to trigger structural defects in PLGA. Our study depicts a clear correlation between concentration of defects in PLGA and increasing tendency to depart from the β2-structure toward the one less demanding in terms of chemical uniformity of side chains: β1-structure. The varying predisposition to form β1- or β2-type aggregates assessed by infrared absorption was compared with the degree of morphological order observed in electron microscopy images. Our results are discussed in the context of latent covalent defects in homopolypeptides (especially with side chains capable of hydrogen-bonding that could obscure their actual propensities to adopt different conformations, and limit applications in the field of

  8. Nano-assemblies of J-aggregates based on a NIR dye as a multifunctional drug carrier for combination cancer therapy.

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    Song, Xuejiao; Zhang, Rui; Liang, Chao; Chen, Qian; Gong, Hua; Liu, Zhuang

    2015-07-01

    The combination of chemotherapy with photothermal therapy, which may lead to improved therapeutic efficacies and reduced side effects of conventional chemotherapy, would require safe drug delivery systems (DDSs) with strong near-infrared (NIR) absorbance, efficient drug loading, and effective tumor homing ability. Herein, we fabricate nano-assemblies containing J-aggregates of a NIR dye, IR825, for drug delivery and combined photothermal & chemotherapy of cancer. It is found that IR825 could be complexed with a low-molecular-weight cationic polymer polyethylenimine (PEI), forming IR825@PEI J-aggregates with greatly enhanced NIR absorbance red-shifted to 915 nm. Those nano-assemblies of J-aggregates are further modified with polyethylene glycol (PEG), obtaining IR825@PEI-PEG nano-complex which exhibits great dispersity in physiological solutions, excellent photostability, and is able to efficiently load chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin (DOX) via a unique strategy different from drug loading in conventional amphiphilic polymer-based DDSs. In vivo animal experiments uncover that IR825@PEI-PEG/DOX upon intravenous injection into tumor-bearing mice shows rather high tumor uptake as illustrated by photoacoustic imaging. In vivo combined photothermal & chemotherapy is then carried out, demonstrating great synergistic anti-tumor therapeutic effect remarkably superior to those achieved by the respective mono-therapies. Hence, we present a novel type of nanoscale DDSs based on nano-assemblies of small molecules without involving amphiphilic polymers, promising for imaging-guided combination cancer therapy.

  9. Ytterbium oxide nanodots via block copolymer self-assembly and their efficacy to dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Park, Kwang-Won; Ahn, Sungwoo; Lim, Sung-Hwan; Jin, Ming Hao; Song, Jeemin; Yun, Seung-Young; Kim, Hyeon Mo; Kim, Gi Jeong; Ok, Kang Min; Hong, Jongin

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we develop a novel phosphor, Yb2O3, to be used as the spectral converter in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) for the efficient capture of ultraviolet light via down-conversion. These zero-dimensional nanodots with a high refractive index also allow more light to be trapped and can prevent charge recombination at the interfaces in the DSSCs. Compared to DSSCs without the nanodots, the DSSCs fabricated with the Yb2O3 nanodots exhibits higher power-conversion efficiencies for both the N719 (10.5%) and CSD-01 (20.5%) dyes. The multifunctionality of the Yb2O3 nanodots provides a new route for improving the performance of DSSCs.

  10. Efficient photodegradation of dyes using light-induced self assembly TiO(2)/β-cyclodextrin hybrid nanoparticles under visible light irradiation.

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    Zhang, Xu; Wu, Feng; Deng, Nansheng

    2011-01-15

    A novel β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) grafted titanium dioxide (TiO(2)/β-CD) was synthesized through photo-induced self assembly methods, and its structure was characterized. The TiO(2)/β-CD hybrid nanomaterial showed high photoactivity under visible light irradiation (λ ≥ 400 nm and/or λ ≥ 420 nm) and simulated solar irradiation (λ ≥ 365 nm). Photodegradation of Orange II followed the Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics model. The initial rate R(0) of Orange II degradation increased by 6.9, 2.6 and 1.9 times in the irradiation conditions of λ ≥ 420nm, λ ≥ 400nm and λ ≥ 365 nm, respectively. β-CD increased the lifetimes of the excited states of the unreactive guests and facilitated the electron transfer from the excited dye to the TiO(2) conduction band, which enhanced the dye pollutant degradation. Superoxide radicals were shown to be the main reactive species that caused the degradation of Orange II under visible irradiation.

  11. Influence of TiCl4 treatment on performance of dye-sensitized solar cell assembled with nano-TiO2 coating deposited by vacuum cold spraying

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    FAN Shengqiang; LI Changjiu; YANG Guanjun; ZHANG Lingzi

    2006-01-01

    Titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) treatment was employed to TiO2 coating deposited on fluoride-doped tin oxide (FTO) conducting glass and indium oxide doped tin oxide (ITO) conducting glass, respectively. The nano-crystalline TiO2coating was deposited using a composite powder composed of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and 25 nm TiO2 particles by vacuum cold spraying (VCS) process. A commercial N-719 dye was used to adsorb on the surface of TiO2 coating to prepare TiO2 electrode, which was applied to assemble dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC).The cell performance was measured under simulated solar light at an intensity of 100 mW·cm-2.Results show that with an FTO substrate the DSC composed of a VCS TiO2 electrode untreated by TiCl4 gives a short-circuit current density of 13.1 mA·cm-2 and an open circuit voltage of 0.60 V corresponding to an overall conversion efficiency of 4.4%. It is found that after TiCl4 treatment to the VCSTiO2 electrode with an FTO substrate, the short circuit current density of the cell increases by 31%, the open-circuit voltage increases by 60 mV and a higher conversion yield of 6.5% was obtained. However, when an ITOsubstrate is used to deposit TiO2 coating by VCS, after TiCl4 treatment, the conversion efficiency of the assembled cell reduces slightly due to corrosionof the conducting layer on the ITO glass by TiCl4.

  12. Supramolecular sensing with phosphonate cavitands.

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    Pinalli, Roberta; Dalcanale, Enrico

    2013-02-19

    solution, and we used this property as a starting point. The sensor implementation requires that we first graft the cavitand onto silicon and gold surfaces as monolayers. The exclusive recognition of sarcosine by these supramolecular sensors originates from their operation in aqueous environments, where synergistic multiple interactions with the phosphonate cavitand are possible only for N-methyl ammonium derivatives. We couple that selectivity with detection modes that probe the strength of the complexation either directly (microcantilever) or via exchange with molecules that have comparable affinity for the cavity (fluorescence dye displacement).

  13. Self-Assembly, Supramolecular Organization, and Phase Behavior of L-Alanine Alkyl Esters (n = 9-18) and Characterization of Equimolar L-Alanine Lauryl Ester/Lauryl Sulfate Catanionic Complex.

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    Sivaramakrishna, D; Swamy, Musti J

    2015-09-08

    A homologous series of l-alanine alkyl ester hydrochlorides (AEs) bearing 9-18 C atoms in the alkyl chain have been synthesized and characterized with respect to self-assembly, supramolecular structure, and phase transitions. The CMCs of AEs bearing 11-18 C atoms were found to range between 0.1 and 10 mM. Differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) studies showed that the transition temperatures (Tt), enthalpies (ΔHt) and entropies (ΔSt) of AEs in the dry state exhibit odd-even alternation, with the odd-chain-length compounds having higher Tt values, but the even-chain-length homologues showing higher values of ΔHt and ΔSt. In DSC measurements on hydrated samples, carried out at pH 5.0 and pH 10.0 (where they exist in cationic and neutral forms, respectively), compounds with 13-18 C atoms in the alkyl chain showed sharp gel-to-liquid crystalline phase transitions, and odd-even alternation was not seen in the thermodynamic parameters. The molecular structure, packing properties, and intermolecular interactions of AEs with 9 and 10 C atoms in the alkyl chain were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction, which showed that the alkyl chains are packed in a tilted interdigitated bilayer format. d-Spacings obtained from powder X-ray diffraction studies exhibited a linear dependence on the alkyl chain length, suggesting that the other AEs also adopt an interdigitated bilayer structure. Turbidimetric, fluorescence spectroscopic, and isothermal titration calorimetric (ITC) studies established that in aqueous dispersions l-alanine lauryl ester hydrochloride (ALE·HCl) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) form an equimolar complex. Transmission electron microscopic and DSC studies indicate that the complex exists as unilamellar liposomes, which exhibit a sharp phase transition at ∼39 °C. The aggregates were disrupted at high pH, suggesting that the catanionic complex would be useful to develop a base-labile drug delivery system. ITC studies indicated that ALE·HCl forms

  14. Supramolecular gel electrophoresis of large DNA fragments.

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    Tazawa, Shohei; Kobayashi, Kazuhiro; Oyoshi, Takanori; Yamanaka, Masamichi

    2017-07-06

    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis is a frequent technique used to separate exceptionally large DNA fragments. In a typical continuous field electrophoresis, it is challenging to separate DNA fragments larger than 20 kbp because they migrate at a comparable rate. To overcome this challenge, it is necessary to develop a novel matrix for the electrophoresis. Here, we describe the electrophoresis of large DNA fragments up to 166 kbp using a supramolecular gel matrix and a typical continuous field electrophoresis system. C3 -symmetric tris-urea self-assembled into a supramolecular hydrogel in tris-boric acid-EDTA buffer, a typical buffer for DNA electrophoresis, and the supramolecular hydrogel was used as a matrix for electrophoresis to separate large DNA fragments. Three types of DNA marker, the λ-Hind III digest (2 to 23 kbp), Lambda DNA-Mono Cut Mix (10 to 49 kbp), and Marker 7 GT (10 to 165 kbp), were analyzed in this study. Large DNA fragments of greater than 100 kbp showed distinct mobility using a typical continuous field electrophoresis system. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. 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.

  16. Supramolecular chemistry-general principles and selected examples from anion recognition and metallosupramolecular chemistry.

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    Albrecht, Markus

    2007-12-01

    This review gives an introduction into supramolecular chemistry describing in the first part general principles, focusing on terms like noncovalent interaction, molecular recognition, self-assembly, and supramolecular function. In the second part those will be illustrated by simple examples from our laboratories. Supramolecular chemistry is the science that bridges the gap between the world of molecules and nanotechnology. In supramolecular chemistry noncovalent interactions occur between molecular building blocks, which by molecular recognition and self-assembly form (functional) supramolecular entities. It is also termed the "chemistry of the noncovalent bond." Molecular recognition is based on geometrical complementarity based on the "key-and-lock" principle with nonshape-dependent effects, e.g., solvatization, being also highly influential. Self-assembly leads to the formation of well-defined aggregates. Hereby the overall structure of the target ensemble is controlled by the symmetry features of the certain building blocks. Finally, the aggregates can possess special properties or supramolecular functions, which are only found in the ensemble but not in the participating molecules. This review gives an introduction on supramolecular chemistry and illustrates the fundamental principles by recent examples from our group.

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

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    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.

  18. New self-assembled material based on Ru nanoparticles and 4-sulfocalix[4]arene as an efficient and recyclable catalyst for reduction of brilliant yellow azo dye in water: a new model catalytic reaction

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    Rambabu, Darsi; Pradeep, Chullikkattil P.; Dhir, Abhimanew

    2016-12-01

    New self-assembled material ( Ru@SC) with ruthenium nanoparticles (Ru NPs) and 4-sulfocalix[4]arene (SC) is synthesized in water at room temperature. Ru@SC is characterized by thermal gravimetric analysis, FT-IR, powder x-ray diffraction, TEM and SEM analysis. The size of Ru nanoparticles in the self-assembly is approximately 5 nm. The self-assembled material Ru@SC shows an efficient catalytic reduction of toxic `brilliant yellow' (BY) azo dye. The reduced amine products were successfully separated and confirmed by single-crystal XRD, NMR and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Ru@SC showed a better catalytic activity in comparison with commercial catalysts Ru/C (ruthenium on charcoal 5 %) and Pd/C (palladium on charcoal 5 and 10 %). The catalyst also showed a promising recyclability and heterogeneous nature as a catalyst for reduction of `BY' azo dye.

  19. Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy of self complementary hydrogen-bonded supramolecular systems: dimers, polymers and solvent effects

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    Embrechts, A.

    2011-01-01

    The work described in this Thesis aimed at a better understanding of the structure-property relationships of supramolecular assemblies with a specific focus on hydrogen-bond dimers and polymers. The hydrogen-bond strength of (supra)molecular complexes in different solvents is usually determined by

  20. Anatase TiO2 pillar-nanoparticle composite fabricated by layer-by-layer assembly for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhang, Guoliang; Pan, Kai; Zhou, Wei; Qu, Yang; Pan, Qingjing; Jiang, Baojiang; Tian, Guohui; Wang, Guofeng; Xie, Ying; Dong, Youzhen; Miao, Xiaohuan; Tian, Chungui

    2012-11-07

    The anatase TiO(2) pillar (PL)-TiO(2) nanoparticle (NP) composite is fabricated via layer-by-layer assembly. The composition of the nanostructures (i.e. the pillar-to-nanoparticle ratio) can be conveniently tuned by controlling the experimental conditions of the layer-by-layer assembly. It has been used to fabricate photoelectrodes for high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), which combine the advantages of the rapid electron transport in PLs with the high surface area of NPs. It was found that, with optimum preparation conditions, DSSCs with the composite photoelectrode show a better photoelectrical conversion efficiency (8.06%) than those with either the naked PL photoelectrode or the mechanically mixed PL-NP photoelectrode. This is explained by the photoelectron injection drive force and the interfacial electron transport of the DSSCs, which are quantitatively characterized using the surface photovoltage spectra and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. It is evident that the DSSC with the optimal PL/NP ratio displays the largest photoelectron injection drive force and the fastest interfacial electron transfer.

  1. Protein-based supramolecular polymers: progress and prospect.

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    Luo, Quan; Dong, Zeyuan; Hou, Chunxi; Liu, Junqiu

    2014-09-11

    Proteins are naturally evolved macromolecules with highly sophisticated structures and diverse properties. The design and controlled self-assembly of proteins into polymeric architectures via supramolecular interactions offers unique advantages in understanding the spontaneously self-organisational process and fabrication of various bioactive materials. This feature article highlights recent advances and future trends in supramolecular polymers that are directly assembled from the building blocks of proteins. Non-covalent interactions capable of inducing polymerization include aromatic π-π stacking, host-guest interactions, metal coordination, and interprotein interactions combined with site-selective protein modification to explore the dynamic and specific unidirectional aggregation behaviours among protein units. We also discuss some extended supramolecular protein polymers achieved by rational design and fine-tuning the protein-protein interactions, which may help to inspire future design of more complicated polymeric protein assemblies. The protein-based supramolecular polymer system provides a versatile platform for functionalization and thereby shows great potential in the development of novel biomaterials with controlled structures and properties.

  2. Monosaccharides as Versatile Units for Water-Soluble Supramolecular Polymers.

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    Leenders, Christianus M A; Jansen, Gijs; Frissen, Martijn M M; Lafleur, René P M; Voets, Ilja K; Palmans, Anja R A; Meijer, E W

    2016-03-18

    We introduce monosaccharides as versatile water-soluble units to compatibilise supramolecular polymers based on the benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) moiety with water. A library of monosaccharide-based BTAs is evaluated, varying the length of the alkyl chain (hexyl, octyl, decyl and dodecyl) separating the BTA and saccharide units, as well as the saccharide units (α-glucose, β-glucose, α-mannose and α-galactose). In all cases, the monosaccharides impart excellent water compatibility. The length of the alkyl chain is the determining factor to obtain either long, one-dimensional supramolecular polymers (dodecyl spacer), small aggregates (decyl spacer) or molecularly dissolved (octyl and hexyl) BTAs in water. For the BTAs comprising a dodecyl spacer, our results suggest that a cooperative self-assembly process is operative and that the introduction of different monosaccharides does not significantly change the self- assembly behaviour. Finally, we investigate the potential of post-assembly functionalisation of the formed supramolecular polymers by taking advantage of dynamic covalent bond formation between the monosaccharides and benzoxaboroles. We observe that the supramolecular polymers readily react with a fluorescent benzoxaborole derivative permitting imaging of these dynamic complexes by confocal fluorescence microscopy.

  3. Effect of the compact Ti layer on the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells assembled using stainless steel sheets

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    Meng, Lijian; Wu, Mingxing; Wang, Yongmei; Guo, Wei; Ma, Chunyu; Ma, Tingli; Silva, Rui

    2013-06-01

    Titanium films have been deposited on stainless steel metal sheets using dc magnetron sputtering technique at different substrate temperatures. The structure of the titanium films strongly depend on the substrate temperature. The titanium film deposited at the substrate temperature lower than 300 °C has a loose flat sheet grains structure and the titanium film prepared at the substrate temperature higher than 500 °C has a dense nubby grains structure. The DSSC assembled using stainless steel sheet coated with titanium film deposited at high substrate temperature has a low charge transfer resistance in the TiO2/Ti interface and results in a high conversion efficiency. The DSSC assembled using stainless steel sheet coated with titanium film deposited at temperature higher than 500 °C has higher conversion efficiency than that assembled using titanium metal sheet as the substrate. The maximum conversion efficiency, 2.26% is obtained for DSSC assembled using stainless steel sheet coated with titanium film deposited at 700 °C substrate temperature, which is about 70% of the conversion efficiency of the FTO reference cell used in this study.

  4. Microsphere assembly of TiO2 mesoporous nanosheets with highly exposed (101) facets and application in a light-trapping quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Tao, Xiyun; Ruan, Peng; Zhang, Xiang; Sun, Hongxia; Zhou, Xingfu

    2015-02-01

    The morphology of nano-titania has a significant effect on the photoelectric properties of dye-sensitized solar cells. In this study, microsphere assembly of a TiO2 mesoporous nanosheet constructed by nanocuboids was conducted via a simple hydrothermal process. The XRD pattern indicated that the hierarchical mesoporous microspheres are anatase phase with decreased (004) peaks. Raman spectrum shows enhanced Eg peaks at 143 and 638 cm-1 caused by the symmetric stretching vibration of O-Ti-O of the (101) crystalline facet in anatase TiO2. FESEM and TEM images show that well monodispersed TiO2 microspheres with a diameter of 2 μm are assembled by TiO2 mesoporous nanosheets with exposed (101) facets. The oriented attachment of TiO2 nanocuboids along the (101) direction leads to the formation of mesoporous titania nanosheets. The UV-Vis spectrum shows that the mesoporous TiO2 nanosheets have high scattering ability and light absorption by dye. Quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells that incorporate these microspheres into the top scattering layers exhibit a prominent improvement in the power conversion efficiency of 7.51%, which shows a 45.8% increase in the overall conversion efficiency when compared with the spine hierarchical TiO2 microspheres (5.15%). There is the potential application for microsphere assembly of mesoporous TiO2 nanosheets in quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells with excellent stability.

  5. Bolaform supramolecular amphiphiles as a novel concept for the buildup of surface-imprinted films.

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    Zhang, Jiawei; Liu, Yiliu; Wu, Guanglu; Schönhoff, Monika; Zhang, Xi

    2011-09-06

    Stable multilayer films were fabricated on the basis of the alternating layer-by-layer assembly of a two-component bolaform supramolecular amphiphile and diazoresins, followed by photochemical cross-linking of the structure. UV-visible spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy revealed a uniform deposition process. Moreover, one component of the supramolecular amphiphile can be removed from the multilayer films after cross-linking between the second component and the diazoresin. The release and uptake of the imprinted supramolecular amphiphile component are shown to be reversible. Furthermore, uptake experiments of different molecules show the selectivity of the imprinted sites for the template molecule. Thus, surface-imprinted films can be formed by employing dissociable two-component supramolecular amphiphiles. This research reveals that supramolecular amphiphiles can be used as a novel concept for the construction of multilayer films, and it also provides a new method of generating surface-imprinted multilayers.

  6. Constitutional dynamic chemistry: bridge from supramolecular chemistry to adaptive chemistry.

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    Lehn, Jean-Marie

    2012-01-01

    Supramolecular chemistry aims at implementing highly complex chemical systems from molecular components held together by non-covalent intermolecular forces and effecting molecular recognition, catalysis and transport processes. A further step consists in the investigation of chemical systems undergoing self-organization, i.e. systems capable of spontaneously generating well-defined functional supramolecular architectures by self-assembly from their components, thus behaving as programmed chemical systems. Supramolecular chemistry is intrinsically a dynamic chemistry in view of the lability of the interactions connecting the molecular components of a supramolecular entity and the resulting ability of supramolecular species to exchange their constituents. The same holds for molecular chemistry when the molecular entity contains covalent bonds that may form and break reversibility, so as to allow a continuous change in constitution by reorganization and exchange of building blocks. These features define a Constitutional Dynamic Chemistry (CDC) on both the molecular and supramolecular levels.CDC introduces a paradigm shift with respect to constitutionally static chemistry. The latter relies on design for the generation of a target entity, whereas CDC takes advantage of dynamic diversity to allow variation and selection. The implementation of selection in chemistry introduces a fundamental change in outlook. Whereas self-organization by design strives to achieve full control over the output molecular or supramolecular entity by explicit programming, self-organization with selection operates on dynamic constitutional diversity in response to either internal or external factors to achieve adaptation.The merging of the features: -information and programmability, -dynamics and reversibility, -constitution and structural diversity, points to the emergence of adaptive and evolutive chemistry, towards a chemistry of complex matter.

  7. Supramolecular assembly and rheology in food systems

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    Linden, van der E.; Sagis, L.M.C.; Venema, P.

    2003-01-01

    We address some recent progress in describing rheological responxe in the linear regime in terms of structural morphology and interactions between mesostructures. As one of the examples we use gels composed of protein fibrils. We subsequently address rheological response in the non-linear regime in

  8. Anion induced modulation of self-assembly and optical properties in urea end-capped oligo(p-phenylenevinylene)s.

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    Varghese, Reji; George, Subi J; Ajayaghosh, Ayyappanpillai

    2005-02-01

    The non-emissive supramolecular assembly of urea end-capped oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) flourophores turned strongly emissive in the presence of tetrabutylammonium flouride which has implications in the anion controlled design of supramolecular architectures with tunable emission properties.

  9. Supramolecular solid-state architectures formed by co-crystallization of melamine and 2-, 3- and 4-chlorophenylacetic acids

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    Janczak, Jan

    2016-12-01

    A family of supramolecular complexes of melamine with chlorophenylacetic acid isomers using solvent-assisted and evaporation-based techniques has been prepared. Crystallization of melamine with 2-chlorophenylacetic acid yield hydrated ionic supramolecular complex (1), whereas crystallization of melamine with 3- and 4-chlorophenylacetic acids leads to formation of neutral supramolecular complexes (2, 3), all with base to acid ratio of 1:2. Within chlorophenylacetic acid isomers only in 2-chlorophenylacetic acid isomer as the stronger acid the proton transfer to melamine takes place. The crystal structures of supramolecular complexes have been determined. The supramolecular assembly is driven by the noncovalent interactions, most commonly by the hydrogen bonds. The components of the crystals interact via Nsbnd H⋯O and Osbnd H⋯N with a graph of R22(8) forming respective ionic or neutral supramolecular complexes. All three supramolecular complexes studied interact each other via a pair of Nsbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonds forming pseudo one-dimensional supramolecular chains along [1-10] and [-110] in 1 and along [010] in 2 and 3. Hirshfeld surface and analysis of 2D fingerprint plots have been analysed both quantitatively and qualitatively interactions governing the supramolecular organisation. The IR and Raman vibrational characterization of the supramolecular complexes 1-3 was supported by the spectra of their deuterated analogues.

  10. Structural color-tunable mesoporous bragg stack layers based on graft copolymer self-assembly for high-efficiency solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lee, Chang Soo; Park, Jung Tae; Kim, Jong Hak

    2016-08-01

    We present a facile fabrication route for structural color-tunable mesoporous Bragg stack (BS) layers based on the self-assembly of a cost-effective graft copolymer. The mesoporous BS layers are prepared through the alternating deposition of organized mesoporous-TiO2 (OM-TiO2) and -SiO2 (OM-SiO2) films on the non-conducting side of the counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The OM layers with controlled porosity, pore size, and refractive index are templated with amphiphilic graft copolymers consisting of poly(vinyl chloride) backbones and poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) side chains, i.e., PVC-g-POEM. The morphology and properties of the structural color-tunable mesoporous BS-functionalized electrodes are characterized using energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EF-TEM), field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), spectroscopic ellipsometry, and reflectance spectroscopy. The solid-state DSSCs (ssDSSCs) based on a structural color-tunable mesoporous BS counter electrode with a single-component solid electrolyte show an energy conversion efficiency (η) of 7.1%, which is much greater than that of conventional nanocrystalline TiO2-based cells and one of the highest values for N719 dye-based ssDSSCs. The enhancement of η is due to the enhancement of current density (Jsc), attributed to the improved light harvesting properties without considerable decrease in fill factor (FF) or open-circuit voltage (Voc), as confirmed by incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).

  11. Rheology of Supramolecular Polymers

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    Shabbir, Aamir

    efficient processes or biomedical areas. Design and development of supramolecular polymers using ionic, hydrogen bonding or transition metal complexes with tailored properties requires deep understanding of dynamics both in linear and non-linear deformations. While linear rheology is important to understand......) hydrogen bonding polymers, and (b) ionic bonding polymers (hereafter termed as ionomers). We study linear and non-linear rheology fora model system of entangled pure poly(n-butyl acrylate), PnBA, homopolymer andfour poly(acrylic acid), PnBA-PAA, copolymers with varying AA side groups synthesizedvia...

  12. Mesoscopic order and the dimensionality of long-range resonance energy transfer in supramolecular semiconductors

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    Daniel, Clément; Makereel, François; Herz, Laura M.; Hoeben, Freek J. M.; Jonkheijm, Pascal; Schenning, Albertus P. H. J.; Meijer, E. W.; Silva, Carlos

    2008-09-01

    We present time-resolved photoluminescence measurements on two series of oligo-p-phenylenevinylene materials that self-assemble into supramolecular nanostructures with thermotropic reversibility in dodecane. One set of derivatives form chiral helical stacks, while the second set form less organized "frustrated" stacks. Here we study the effects of supramolecular organization on the resonance energy transfer rates. We measure these rates in nanoassemblies formed with mixed blends of oligomers and compare them with the rates predicted by Förster theory. Our results and analysis show that control of supramolecular order in the nanometer length scale has a dominant effect on the efficiency and dimensionality of resonance energy transfer.

  13. 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

  14. Supramolecular analytical chemistry.

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    Anslyn, Eric V

    2007-02-02

    A large fraction of the field of supramolecular chemistry has focused in previous decades upon the study and use of synthetic receptors as a means of mimicking natural receptors. Recently, the demand for synthetic receptors is rapidly increasing within the analytical sciences. These classes of receptors are finding uses in simple indicator chemistry, cellular imaging, and enantiomeric excess analysis, while also being involved in various truly practical assays of bodily fluids. Moreover, one of the most promising areas for the use of synthetic receptors is in the arena of differential sensing. Although many synthetic receptors have been shown to yield exquisite selectivities, in general, this class of receptor suffers from cross-reactivities. Yet, cross-reactivity is an attribute that is crucial to the success of differential sensing schemes. Therefore, both selective and nonselective synthetic receptors are finding uses in analytical applications. Hence, a field of chemistry that herein is entitled "Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry" is emerging, and is predicted to undergo increasingly rapid growth in the near future.

  15. Supramolecular spin valves

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    Urdampilleta, M.; Klyatskaya, S.; Cleuziou, J.-P.; Ruben, M.; Wernsdorfer, W.

    2011-07-01

    Magnetic molecules are potential building blocks for the design of spintronic devices. Moreover, molecular materials enable the combination of bottom-up processing techniques, for example with conventional top-down nanofabrication. The development of solid-state spintronic devices based on the giant magnetoresistance, tunnel magnetoresistance and spin-valve effects has revolutionized magnetic memory applications. Recently, a significant improvement of the spin-relaxation time has been observed in organic semiconductor tunnel junctions, single non-magnetic molecules coupled to magnetic electrodes have shown giant magnetoresistance and hybrid devices exploiting the quantum tunnelling properties of single-molecule magnets have been proposed. Herein, we present an original spin-valve device in which a non-magnetic molecular quantum dot, made of a single-walled carbon nanotube contacted with non-magnetic electrodes, is laterally coupled through supramolecular interactions to TbPc2 single-molecule magnets (Pc=phthalocyanine). Their localized magnetic moments lead to a magnetic field dependence of the electrical transport through the single-walled carbon nanotube, resulting in magnetoresistance ratios up to 300% at temperatures less than 1 K. We thus demonstrate the functionality of a supramolecular spin valve without magnetic leads. Our results open up prospects of new spintronic devices with quantum properties.

  16. Versatile types of polysaccharide-based supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes for gene delivery

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    Hu, Yang; Zhao, Nana; Yu, Bingran; Liu, Fusheng; Xu, Fu-Jian

    2014-06-01

    Different polysaccharide-based supramolecular polycations were readily synthesized by assembling multiple β-cyclodextrin-cored star polycations with an adamantane-functionalized dextran via host-guest interaction in the absence or presence of bioreducible linkages. Compared with nanoplexes of the starting star polycation and pDNA, the supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes exhibited similarly low cytotoxicity, improved cellular internalization and significantly higher gene transfection efficiencies. The incorporation of disulfide linkages imparted the supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes with the advantage of intracellular bioreducibility, resulting in better gene delivery properties. In addition, the antitumor properties of supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes were also investigated using a suicide gene therapy system. The present study demonstrates that the proper assembly of cyclodextrin-cored polycations with adamantane-functionalized polysaccharides is an effective strategy for the production of new nanoplex delivery systems.Different polysaccharide-based supramolecular polycations were readily synthesized by assembling multiple β-cyclodextrin-cored star polycations with an adamantane-functionalized dextran via host-guest interaction in the absence or presence of bioreducible linkages. Compared with nanoplexes of the starting star polycation and pDNA, the supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes exhibited similarly low cytotoxicity, improved cellular internalization and significantly higher gene transfection efficiencies. The incorporation of disulfide linkages imparted the supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes with the advantage of intracellular bioreducibility, resulting in better gene delivery properties. In addition, the antitumor properties of supramolecular polycation/pDNA nanoplexes were also investigated using a suicide gene therapy system. The present study demonstrates that the proper assembly of cyclodextrin-cored polycations

  17. Double-sided brush-shaped TiO2 nanostructure assemblies with highly ordered nanowires for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zha, Chenyang; Shen, Liming; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Wang, Yifeng; Korgel, Brian A; Gupta, Arunava; Bao, Ningzhong

    2014-01-08

    We describe a seeded hydrothermal process for the growth of unique double-sided brush-shaped (DSBS) TiO2 nanostructure assemblies consisting of highly ordered rutile nanowires vertically aligned around an annealed TiO2 nanoparticle layer. The annealed TiO2 nanoparticle layer seeds the nanowire growth and also supports the DSBS structure. The morphology of the DSBS TiO2 nanostructure depends on the hydrothermal reaction time. The diameter of the nanowires is about 6.6 nm, and with increasing reaction time from 1 to 8 h the nanowire length increases from 0.6 to 6.2 μm, whereas the thickness of the nanoparticle layer decreases from 4.3 to 2.8 μm. These free-standing nanowire arrays provide large internal surface area, which is essential for minimizing carrier recombination in high performance photovoltaic devices. Furthermore, the nanowire architecture can help increase the rate of charge transport as compared to particulate films because of lower concentration of grain boundaries. The power conversion efficiency of backside (DSBS TiO2/FTO photoanode) illuminated dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated using the DSBS TiO2 nanostructure assembly is found to be depended on the nanowire length. A cell fabricated using 15.2 μm thick nanostructures sensitized by N719 has a short-circuit current density of 12.18 mA cm(-2), 0.78 V open circuit potential, and a 0.59 filling factor, yielding a maximum power conversion efficiency of 5.61% under AM 1.5 illumination.

  18. Determining the exact number of dye molecules attached to colloidal CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in Förster resonant energy transfer assemblies

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    Kaiser, Uwe; Jimenez de Aberasturi, Dorleta; Vázquez-González, Margarita; Carrillo-Carrion, Carolina; Niebling, Tobias; Parak, Wofgang J.; Heimbrodt, Wolfram, E-mail: Wolfram.Heimbrodt@physik.uni-marburg.de [Department of Physics and Material Sciences Center, Philipps-University Marburg, Renthof 5, D-35032 Marburg (Germany)

    2015-01-14

    Semiconductor quantum dots functionalized with organic dye molecules are important tools for biological sensor applications. Energy transfer between the quantum dot and the attached dyes can be utilized for sensing. Though important, the determination of the real number of dye molecules attached per quantum dot is rather difficult. In this work, a method will be presented to determine the number of ATTO-590 dye molecules attached to CdSe/ZnS quantum dots based on time resolved spectral analysis. The energy transfer from the excited quantum dot to the attached ATTO-590 dye leads to a reduced lifetime of the quantum dot's excitons. The higher the concentration of dye molecules, the shorter the excitonic lifetime becomes. However, the number of dye molecules attached per quantum dot will vary. Therefore, for correctly explaining the decay of the luminescence upon photoexcitation of the quantum dot, it is necessary to take into account the distribution of the number of dyes attached per quantum dot. A Poisson distribution of the ATTO-590 dye molecules not only leads to excellent agreement between experimental and theoretical decay curves but also additionally yields the average number of dye molecules attached per quantum dot. In this way, the number of dyes per quantum dot can be conveniently determined.

  19. Layer-by-layer self-assembled mesoporous PEDOT-PSS and carbon black hybrid films for platinum free dye-sensitized-solar-cell counter electrodes

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    Kitamura, Koji; Shiratori, Seimei [School of Integrated Design Engineering, Keio University, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan)

    2011-05-13

    A thin film of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid) (PEDOT-PSS), which is an alternative cathodic catalyst for Pt in dye-sensitized solar cells, was prepared using the layer-by-layer self-assembly method (LbL). The film is highly adhesive to the substrate and has a controllable thickness. Therefore, the PEDOT-PSS film prepared using LbL is expected have high performance and durability as a counter electrode. Moreover, when carbon black was added to the PEDOT-PSS solution, highly mesoporous PEDOT-PSS and carbon black hybrid films were obtained. These films showed high cathodic activity. In this study, we investigated the change in morphology in the obtained film with increasing carbon black content, and the influence of the porosity and thickness on the performance of the cells. In this study, a Pt-free counter electrode with performance similar to that of Pt-based counter electrodes was successfully fabricated. The achieved efficiency of 4.71% was only a factor of 8% lower than that of the cell using conventional thermally deposited Pt on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass counter electrodes.

  20. Electrochemical Self-Assembly of Nanostructured CuSCN/Rhodamine B Hybrid Thin Film and Its Dye-Sensitized Photocathodic Properties

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    2014-01-01

    Nanostructured hybrid thin films of CuSCN and rhodamine B (RB) are electrochemically self-assembled (ESA) by cathodic electrolysis in an ethanol/water mixture containing Cu2+, SCN–, and RB. By selecting the solvent, Cu2+/SCN– ratio, and the concentration of RB, we demonstrate several control parameters in the film formation. High loading of RB into the film has been achieved to reach a CuSCN:RB volume ratio of approximately 2:1. The RB solid could almost completely be extracted from the hybrid film by soaking the film in dimethylacetamide (DMA), leading to a large increase of the surface area. The crystallographic orientation of the nanostructure with respect to the substrate can be controlled. Efficient quenching of fluorescence of RB has been observed for the CuSCN/RB hybrid film, implying hole injection from RB excited state to CuSCN. Photoelectrochemical study on the porous crystalline CuSCN obtained after the DMA treatment and sensitized with RB revealed sensitized photocathodic action under visible light illumination, indicating the potential usefulness of the porous CuSCN electrodes for construction of tandem dye-sensitized solar cells. PMID:25101148

  1. Albumin-NIR dye self-assembled nanoparticles for photoacoustic pH imaging and pH-responsive photothermal therapy effective for large tumors.

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    Chen, Qian; Liu, Xiaodong; Zeng, Jianfeng; Cheng, Zhenping; Liu, Zhuang

    2016-08-01

    Real-time in vivo pH imaging in the tumor, as well as designing therapies responsive to the acidic tumor microenvironment to achieve optimized therapeutic outcomes have been of great interests in the field of nanomedicine. Herein, a pH-responsive near-infrared (NIR) croconine (Croc) dye is able to induce the self-assembly of human serum albumin (HSA) to form HSA-Croc nanoparticles useful not only for real-time ratiometric photoacoustic pH imaging of the tumor, but also for pH responsive photothermal therapy with unexpected great performance against tumors with relatively large sizes. Such HSA-Croc nanoparticles upon intravenous injection exhibit efficient tumor homing. As the decrease of pH, the absorption of Croc at 810 nm would increase while that at 680 nm would decrease, allowing real-time pH sensing in the tumor by double-wavelength ratiometric photoacoustic imaging, which reveals the largely decreased pH inside the cores of large tumors. Moreover, utilizing HSA-Croc as a pH-responsive photothermal agent, effective photothermal ablation of large tumors is realized, likely owing to the more evenly distributed intratumoral heating compared to that achieved by conventional pH-insensitive photothermal agents, which are effective mostly for tumors with small sizes.

  2. Layer-by-layer self-assembled mesoporous PEDOT-PSS and carbon black hybrid films for platinum free dye-sensitized-solar-cell counter electrodes.

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    Kitamura, Koji; Shiratori, Seimei

    2011-05-13

    A thin film of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid) (PEDOT-PSS), which is an alternative cathodic catalyst for Pt in dye-sensitized solar cells, was prepared using the layer-by-layer self-assembly method (LbL). The film is highly adhesive to the substrate and has a controllable thickness. Therefore, the PEDOT-PSS film prepared using LbL is expected have high performance and durability as a counter electrode. Moreover, when carbon black was added to the PEDOT-PSS solution, highly mesoporous PEDOT-PSS and carbon black hybrid films were obtained. These films showed high cathodic activity. In this study, we investigated the change in morphology in the obtained film with increasing carbon black content, and the influence of the porosity and thickness on the performance of the cells. In this study, a Pt-free counter electrode with performance similar to that of Pt-based counter electrodes was successfully fabricated. The achieved efficiency of 4.71% was only a factor of 8% lower than that of the cell using conventional thermally deposited Pt on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass counter electrodes.

  3. Fabrication of layered hydroxide zinc nitrate films and their conversion to ZnO nanosheet assemblies for use in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Takuya Yuki

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Layered hydroxide zinc nitrate (LHZN; Zn5(NO32(OH8·xH2O films were fabricated on glass or plastic substrates by a chemical bath deposition method combined with a homogeneous precipitation in methanolic solutions. High- or low-temperature pyrolytic decomposition of the LHZN films having two-dimensional morphology was attempted to obtain porous ZnO nanosheet-assembly films. The LHZN films were converted into porous ZnO films by pyrolyzing at temperatures above 400 °C, while porous LHZN/ZnO hybrid films were obtained by pyrolyzing at a lower temperature of 120 °C without morphological changes. The pyrolyzed ZnO films were applied to dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs, resulting in the generation of relatively high open-circuit voltages. The low-temperature pyrolysis enabled us to fabricate the LHZN/ZnO film even on the plastic substrate. Actually a cell using the LHZN/ZnO film on an indium tin oxide-coated polyethylene naphthalate substrate showed an energy conversion efficiency of 2.08% with a high open-circuit voltage around 0.70 V.

  4. High-Efficiency Solid-State Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Fast Charge Extraction through Self-Assembled 3D Fibrous Network of Crystalline TiO 2 Nanowires

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    Tétreault, Nicolas

    2010-12-28

    Herein, we present a novel morphology for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells based on the simple and straightforward self-assembly of nanorods into a 3D fibrous network of fused single-crystalline anatase nanowires. This architecture offers a high roughness factor, significant light scattering, and up to several orders of magnitude faster electron transport to reach a near-record-breaking conversion efficiency of 4.9%. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  5. Green-fuel-mediated synthesis of self-assembled NiO nano-sticks for dual applications—photocatalytic activity on Rose Bengal dye and antimicrobial action on bacterial strains

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    Iyyappa Rajan, P.; Vijaya, J. Judith; Jesudoss, S. K.; Kaviyarasu, K.; Kennedy, L. John; Jothiramalingam, R.; Al-Lohedan, Hamad A.; Vaali-Mohammed, Mansoor-Ali

    2017-08-01

    With aim of promoting the employability of green fuels in the synthesis of nano-scaled materials with new kinds of morphologies for multiple applications, successful synthesis of self-assembled NiO nano-sticks was achieved through a 100% green-fuel-mediated hot-plate combustion reaction. The synthesized NiO nano-sticks show excellent photocatalytic activity on Rose Bengal dye and superior antibacterial potential towards both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

  6. High-efficiency solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells: fast charge extraction through self-assembled 3D fibrous network of crystalline TiO2 nanowires.

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    Tétreault, Nicolas; Horváth, Endre; Moehl, Thomas; Brillet, Jérémie; Smajda, Rita; Bungener, Stéphane; Cai, Ning; Wang, Peng; Zakeeruddin, Shaik M; Forró, László; Magrez, Arnaud; Grätzel, Michael

    2010-12-28

    Herein, we present a novel morphology for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells based on the simple and straightforward self-assembly of nanorods into a 3D fibrous network of fused single-crystalline anatase nanowires. This architecture offers a high roughness factor, significant light scattering, and up to several orders of magnitude faster electron transport to reach a near-record-breaking conversion efficiency of 4.9%.

  7. A metal-organic tetrahedron as a redox vehicle to encapsulate organic dyes for photocatalytic proton reduction.

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    Jing, Xu; He, Cheng; Yang, Yang; Duan, Chunying

    2015-03-25

    The design of artificial systems that mimic highly evolved and finely tuned natural photosynthetic systems is a subject of intensive research. We report herein a new approach to constructing supramolecular systems for the photocatalytic generation of hydrogen from water by encapsulating an organic dye molecule into the pocket of a redox-active metal-organic polyhedron. The assembled neutral Co4L4 tetrahedron consists of four ligands and four cobalt ions that connect together in alternating fashion. The cobalt ions are coordinated by three thiosemicarbazone NS chelators and exhibit a redox potential suitable for electrochemical proton reduction. The close proximity between the redox site and the photosensitizer encapsulated in the pocket enables photoinduced electron transfer from the excited state of the photosensitizer to the cobalt-based catalytic sites via a powerful pseudo-intramolecular pathway. The modified supramolecular system exhibits TON values comparable to the highest values reported for related cobalt/fluorescein systems. Control experiments based on a smaller tetrahedral analogue of the vehicle with a filled pocket and a mononuclear compound resembling the cobalt corner of the tetrahedron suggest an enzymatic dynamics behavior. The new, well-elucidated reaction pathways and the increased molarity of the reaction within the confined space render these supramolecular systems superior to other relevant systems.

  8. Tuning Supramolecular Structure and Functions of Peptide bola-Amphiphile by Solvent Evaporation-Dissolution.

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    Wang, Anhe; Cui, Lingyun; Debnath, Sisir; Dong, Qianqian; Yan, Xuehai; Zhang, Xi; Ulijn, Rein V; Bai, Shuo

    2017-06-28

    Solvent molecules significantly affect the supramolecular self-assembly, for example, in forming solvent-bridged hydrogen bonding networks. Even small changes in solvent composition can have dramatic impact on supramolecular assembly. Herein, we demonstrate the use of trace solvents (as low as 0.04%) to tune the morphology and consequent functions of supramolecular nanostructures based on an aromatic peptide bola-amphiphile. Specifically, perylene bisimide-(di)glycine-tyrosine (PBI-[GY]2) bola-amphiphile was shown to give rise to red-emitting nanofibers when assembled in water, while exposure to trace organic solvents such as tetrahydrofuran (THF) and others via solvent-evaporation followed by aqueous assembly gave rise to white-light-emitting nanospheres. Differential hydrogen bonding between water (donor and acceptor) and THF (acceptor only) impacts supramolecular organization, which was verified using a density functional theory (DFT) simulation. The tunable consequent surface hydrophobicity was utilized in staining the cytoplasm and membrane of cells, respectively. The trace-solvent effect achieved through evaporation-dissolution provides a methodology to mediate the morphologies and consequent functions for supramolecular biomaterials controlled by the self-assembly pathway.

  9. Influence of the preparation route on the supramolecular organization of lipids in a vesicular system

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    Elizondo, Elisa; Larsen, Jannik; Hatzakis, Nikos

    2012-01-01

    A confocal fluorescence microscopy-based assay was used for studying the influence of the preparation route on the supramolecular organization of lipids in a vesicular system. In this work, vesicles composed of cholesterol and CTAB (1/1 mol %) or cholesterol and DOPC (2/8 mol %) and incorporating...... two membrane dyes were prepared by either a compressed fluid (CF)-based method (DELOS-susp) or a conventional film hydration procedure. They were subsequently immobilized and imaged individually using a confocal fluorescence microscope. Two integrated fluorescence intensities, I(dye1) and I(dye2...

  10. Non-equilibrium steady states in supramolecular polymerization

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    Sorrenti, Alessandro; Leira-Iglesias, Jorge; Sato, Akihiro; Hermans, Thomas M.

    2017-06-01

    Living systems use fuel-driven supramolecular polymers such as actin to control important cell functions. Fuel molecules like ATP are used to control when and where such polymers should assemble and disassemble. The cell supplies fresh ATP to the cytosol and removes waste products to sustain steady states. Artificial fuel-driven polymers have been developed recently, but keeping them in sustained non-equilibrium steady states (NESS) has proven challenging. Here we show a supramolecular polymer that can be kept in NESS, inside a membrane reactor where ATP is added and waste removed continuously. Assembly and disassembly of our polymer is regulated by phosphorylation and dephosphorylation, respectively. Waste products lead to inhibition, causing the reaction cycle to stop. Inside the membrane reactor, however, waste can be removed leading to long-lived NESS conditions. We anticipate that our approach to obtain NESS can be applied to other stimuli-responsive materials to achieve more life-like behaviour.

  11. Prion-like nanofibrils of small molecules (PriSM): A new frontier at the intersection of supramolecular chemistry and cell biology

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    Zhou, Jie; Du, Xuewen; Xu, Bing

    2015-01-01

    Formed by non-covalent interactions and not defined at genetic level, the assemblies of small molecules in biology are complicated and less explored. A common morphology of the supramolecular assemblies of small molecules is nanofibrils, which coincidentally resembles the nanofibrils formed by proteins such as prions. So these supramolecular assemblies are termed as prion-like nanofibrils of small molecules (PriSM). Emerging evidence from several unrelated fields over the past decade implies ...

  12. Synthesis Nano Dendrimer Supramolecular with Melamine Core

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    Samaneh Maghsoodi,

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Dendrimers are a family of three-dimensional polymers and in nano dimension which are characterized by spherical structure. Excellent structural properties of dendrimers have distinguished them completely from linear polymers. Dendrimers have monodispersity characteristic and their size and molecular weight is controllable exactly during synthesis such as PAMAM dendrimers.Melamine can be used for synthetic core dendrimer through various methods including divergent. Melamine and related derivatives are able to form self-assembling compound via organized intramolecular networks of hydrogen bonds and provide useful molecular scaffolding components which are exploited by the field of supramolecular chemistry; which is beyond covalent bonding. In this study, the dendrimers of generated 0.5 and 1 with ester and primary amine-terminated groups with melamine and methyl acrylate were synthesized. The Synthesized dendrimer is able to form hydrogen bonding due to its nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen atoms which was led to supramolecule characteristic. The reaction products were identified with H NMR, and 13C NMR, FT-IR, MASS spectroscopic techniques. Also nano properties of the supramoleculs were determined by X-ray diffraction method.Supramolecular characteristics of synthesized dendrimer can be studied by shifts in H-NMR peaks and also flattening of FT-IR spectrum.The synthesized dendrimer derivatives are promising for environmental and medical applications. Also, such compounds might be reacting with transition metals as ligand and could be served as catalysts.

  13. Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembled Graphene Multilayers as Pt-Free Alternative Counter Electrodes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Rani, Adila; Chung, Kyungwha; Kwon, Jeong; Kim, Sung June; Jang, Yoon Hee; Jang, Yu Jin; Quan, Li Na; Yoon, Minji; Park, Jong Hyeok; Kim, Dong Ha

    2016-05-11

    Low cost, charged, and large scale graphene multilayers fabricated from nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide N-rGO(+), nitrogen and sulfur codoped reduced graphene oxide NS-rGO(+), and undoped reduced graphene oxide rGO(-) were applied as alternative counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The neat rGO-based counter electrodes were developed via two types of layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly (SA) methods: spin coating and spray coating methods. In the spin coating method, two sets of multilayer films were fabricated on poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA)-coated fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates using GO(-) combined with N-GO(+) followed by annealing and denoted as [rGO(-)/N-rGO(+)]n or with NS-GO(+) and denoted as [rGO(-)/NS-rGO(+)]n for counter electrodes in DSSCs. The DSSCs employing new types of counter electrodes exhibited ∼7.0% and ∼6.2% power conversion efficiency (PCE) based on ten bilayers of [rGO(-)/N-rGO(+)]10 and [rGO(-)/NS-rGO(+)]10, respectively. The DSSCs equipped with a blend of one bilayer of [rGO(-):N-rGO(+)] and [rGO(-):NS-rGO(+)] on PDDA-coated FTO substrates were prepared from a spray coating and showed ∼6.4% and ∼5.6% PCE, respectively. Thus, it was demonstrated that a combination of undoped, nitrogen-doped, and nitrogen and sulfur codoped reduced graphene oxides can be considered as potentially powerful Pt-free electrocatalysts and alternative electrodes in conventional photovoltaic devices.

  14. Nanoparticulate hollow TiO2 fibers as light scatterers in dye-sensitized solar cells: layer-by-layer self-assembly parameters and mechanism.

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    Rahman, Masoud; Tajabadi, Fariba; Shooshtari, Leyla; Taghavinia, Nima

    2011-04-04

    Hollow structures show both light scattering and light trapping, which makes them promising for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications. In this work, nanoparticulate hollow TiO(2) fibers are prepared by layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly deposition of TiO(2) nanoparticles on natural cellulose fibers as template, followed by thermal removal of the template. The effect of LbL parameters such as the type and molecular weight of polyelectrolyte, number of dip cycles, and the TiO(2) dispersion (amorphous or crystalline sol) are investigated. LbL deposition with weak polyelectrolytes (polyethylenimine, PEI) gives greater nanoparticle deposition yield compared to strong polyelectrolytes (poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride), PDDA). Decreasing the molecular weight of the polyelectrolyte results in more deposition of nanoparticles in each dip cycle with narrower pore size distribution. Fibers prepared by the deposition of crystalline TiO(2) nanoparticles show higher surface area and higher pore volume than amorphous nanoparticles. Scattering coefficients and backscattering properties of fibers are investigated and compared with those of commercial P25 nanoparticles. Composite P25-fiber films are electrophoretically deposited and employed as the photoanode in DSSC. Photoelectrochemical measurements showed an increase of around 50% in conversion efficiency. By employing the intensity-modulated photovoltage and photocurrent spectroscopy methods, it is shown that the performance improvement due to addition of fibers is mostly due to the increase in light-harvesting efficiency. The high surface area due to the nanoparticulate structure and strong light harvesting due to the hollow structure make these fibers promising scatterers in DSSCs. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Aqueous Self-Sorting in Extended Supramolecular Aggregates

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    Gustavo Fernández

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Self-organization and self-sorting processes are responsible for the regulation and control of the vast majority of biological processes that eventually sustain life on our planet. Attempts to unveil the complexity of these systems have been devoted to the investigation of the binding processes between artificial molecules, complexes or aggregates within multicomponent mixtures, which has facilitated the emergence of the field of self-sorting in the last decade. Since, artificial systems involving discrete supramolecular structures, extended supramolecular aggregates or gel-phase materials in organic solvents or—to a lesser extent—in water have been investigated. In this review, we have collected diverse strategies employed in recent years to construct extended supramolecular aggregates in water upon self-sorting of small synthetic molecules. We have made particular emphasis on co-assembly processes in binary mixtures leading to supramolecular structures of remarkable complexity and the influence of different external variables such as solvent and concentration to direct recognition or discrimination processes between these species. The comprehension of such recognition phenomena will be crucial for the organization and evolution of complex matter.

  16. Control over Rectification in Supramolecular Tunneling Junctions

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    Wimbush, K.S.; Wimbush, Kim S.; Reus, William F.; van der Wiel, Wilfred Gerard; Reinhoudt, David; Whitesides, George M.; Nijhuis, C.A.; Velders, Aldrik

    2010-01-01

    In complete control: The magnitude of current rectification in well-defined supramolecular tunneling junctions can be controlled by changing the terminal functionality (red spheres) of dendrimers (gray spheres) immobilized on a supramolecular platform (see picture). Junctions containing biferrocene

  17. Supramolecular Drug Delivery Systems Based on Water-Soluble Pillar[n]arenes.

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    Wu, Xuan; Gao, Lei; Hu, Xiao-Yu; Wang, Leyong

    2016-06-01

    Supramolecular drug delivery systems (SDDSs), including various kinds of nanostructures that are assembled by reversible noncovalent interactions, have attracted considerable attention as ideal drug carriers owing to their fascinating ability to undergo dynamic switching of structure, morphology, and function in response to various external stimuli, which provides a flexible and robust platform for designing and developing functional and smart supramolecular nano-drug carriers. Pillar[n]arenes represent a new generation of macrocyclic hosts, which have unique structures and excellent properties in host-guest chemistry. This account describes recent progress in our group to develop pillararene-based stimuli-responsive supramolecular nanostructures constructed by reversible host-guest interactions for controllable anticancer drug delivery. The potential applications of these supramolecular drug carriers in cancer treatment and the fundamental questions facing SDDSs are also discussed.

  18. Physical Organic Chemistry of Supramolecular Polymers

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    Serpe, Michael J.; Craig, Stephen L.

    2008-01-01

    Unlike the case of traditional covalent polymers, the entanglements that determine properties of supramolecular polymers are defined by very specific, intermolecular interactions. Recent work using modular molecular platforms to probe the mechanisms underlying mechanical response of supramolecular polymers is reviewed. The contributions of supramolecular kinetics, thermodynamics, and conformational flexibility to supramolecular polymer properties in solutions of discrete polymers, in networks, and at interfaces, are described. Molecule-to-material relationships are established through methods reminiscent of classic physical organic chemistry. PMID:17279638

  19. A Novel Self-Assembled Supramolecular Complex {[Cu(Ⅱ)(en)2·H2O] [Cu(Ⅰ)2(CN)4]}n with Honeycomb-like Structure and Its Adsorption Properties

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    SHEN,Xiao-Ping(沈小平); ZOU,Jian-Zhong(邹建忠); LI,Bao-Long(李宝龙); HU,Huai-Ming(胡怀民); XU,Zheng(徐正)

    2002-01-01

    A novel supramolecular complex {[Cu(Ⅱ)(en)2@H2O]@[Cu(I)2(CN)4]n (en= ethylenediamine), in which the cyanide-bridged Cu(I) forms the honeycomb-like skeleton host and the Cu(Ⅱ) complex ion [Cu(en)2@H2O]2+ is encapsulated in the center of the channel cavity of the skeleton, was synthesized by two different methods. The complex was also characterized by elemental analysis, ICP analysis, IR spectra and thermal analysis. The adsorption and desorption studies of the complex indicate that H2O and NH3 can be desorbed and re-adsorbed without collapse of the channel structure of the supramolecule.

  20. Exposing Differences in Monomer Exchange Rates of Multicomponent Supramolecular Polymers in Water.

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    Baker, Matthew B; Gosens, Ronald P J; Albertazzi, Lorenzo; Matsumoto, Nicholas M; Palmans, Anja R A; Meijer, E W

    2016-02-02

    The formation of multicomponent and bioactive supramolecular polymers is a promising strategy for the formation of biomaterials that match the dynamic and responsive nature of biological systems. In order to fully realize the potential of this strategy, knowledge of the location and behavior of bioactive components within the system is crucial. By employing synthetic strategies to create multifunctional monomers, coupled with FRET and STORM techniques, we have investigated the formation and behavior of a bioactive and multicomponent supramolecular polymer. By creating a peptide-dye-monomer conjugate, we were able to measure high degrees of monomer incorporation and to visualize the equal distribution of monomers within the supramolecular polymer. Furthermore, by tracking the movement of monomers, we uncovered small differences in the dynamics of the bioactive monomers.

  1. [Tattooing dyes].

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    Lehmann, G; Pierchalla, P

    1988-01-01

    Nine different tattoo dyes were analysed by various tests. Mixtures of organic dyes and inorganic filler were found; the inorganic filler consisted mainly of titanium dioxide (TiO2). Heavy metals, e.g. mercury, cadmium, or chrome as the common components of the traditional tattoo dyes, are capable of evoking unwanted skin reactions, but were not detected. Tattoo dyes are not officially controlled, and thus it is not known which substances-in addition to those identified by us-are presently used to produce ornamental tattoos. However, our results suggest that classic dyes have been superceded by newer, mainly synthetic dyes.

  2. 3D Printing of Biocompatible Supramolecular Polymers and their Composites.

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    Hart, Lewis R; Li, Siwei; Sturgess, Craig; Wildman, Ricky; Jones, Julian R; Hayes, Wayne

    2016-02-10

    A series of polymers capable of self-assembling into infinite networks via supramolecular interactions have been designed, synthesized, and characterized for use in 3D printing applications. The biocompatible polymers and their composites with silica nanoparticles were successfully utilized to deposit both simple cubic structures, as well as a more complex twisted pyramidal feature. The polymers were found to be not toxic to a chondrogenic cell line, according to ISO 10993-5 and 10993-12 standard tests and the cells attached to the supramolecular polymers as demonstrated by confocal microscopy. Silica nanoparticles were then dispersed within the polymer matrix, yielding a composite material which was optimized for inkjet printing. The hybrid material showed promise in preliminary tests to facilitate the 3D deposition of a more complex structure.

  3. Supramolecular helices: chirality transfer from conjugated molecules to structures.

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    Yang, Yang; Zhang, Yajie; Wei, Zhixiang

    2013-11-13

    Different scales of chirality endow a material with many excellent properties and potential applications. In this review, using π-conjugated molecules as functional building blocks, recent progress on supramolecular helices inspired by biological helicity is summarized. First, induced chirality on conjugated polymers and small molecules is introduced. Molecular chirality can be amplified to nanostructures, superstructures, and even macroscopic structures by a self-assembly process. Then, the principles for tuning the helicity of supramolecular chirality, as well as formation of helical heterojunctions, are summarized. Finally, the potential applications of chiral structures in chiral sensing and organic electronic devices are critically reviewed. Due to recent progress in chiral structures, an interdisciplinary area called "chiral electronics" is expected to gain wide popularity in the near future.

  4. Dynamic peptide libraries for the discovery of supramolecular nanomaterials

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    Pappas, Charalampos G.; Shafi, Ramim; Sasselli, Ivan R.; Siccardi, Henry; Wang, Tong; Narang, Vishal; Abzalimov, Rinat; Wijerathne, Nadeesha; Ulijn, Rein V.

    2016-11-01

    Sequence-specific polymers, such as oligonucleotides and peptides, can be used as building blocks for functional supramolecular nanomaterials. The design and selection of suitable self-assembling sequences is, however, challenging because of the vast combinatorial space available. Here we report a methodology that allows the peptide sequence space to be searched for self-assembling structures. In this approach, unprotected homo- and heterodipeptides (including aromatic, aliphatic, polar and charged amino acids) are subjected to continuous enzymatic condensation, hydrolysis and sequence exchange to create a dynamic combinatorial peptide library. The free-energy change associated with the assembly process itself gives rise to selective amplification of self-assembling candidates. By changing the environmental conditions during the selection process, different sequences and consequent nanoscale morphologies are selected.

  5. Adsorption of Cationic Laser Dye onto Polymer/Surfactant Complex Film

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    Pabitra Kumar Paul; Syed Arshad Hussain; Debajyoti Bhattacharjee; Mrinal Pal

    2011-01-01

    Fabrication of complex molecular films of organic materials is one of the most important issues in modern nanoscience and nanotechnology. Soft materials with flexible properties have been given much attention and can be obtained through bottom up processing from functional molecules, where self-assembly based on supramolecular chemistry and designed assembly have become crucial processes and technologies. In this work, we report the successful incorporation of cationic laser dye rhodamine 6G abbreviated as R6G into the pre-assembled polyelectrolyte/surfactant complex film onto quartz substrate by electrostatic adsorption technique. Poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) was used as polycation and sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) was used as anionic surfactant. UV-Vis absorption spectroscopic characterization reveals the formation of only H-type aggregates of R6G in their aqueous solution and both H- and J-type aggregates in PAH/SDS/R6G complex layer-by-layber films as well as the adsorption kinetics of R6G onto the complex films. The ratio of the absorbance intensity of two aggregated bands in PAH/SDS/R6G complex films is merely independent of the concentration range of the SDS solution used to fabricate PAH/SDS complex self-assembled films. Atomic force microscopy reveals the formation of R6G aggregates in PAH/SDS/R6G complex films.

  6. 一种由[Ag(CN)2]-和Mn(Ⅱ)建筑块组装的三个三维网穿插的超分子配合物的结构和荧光性质%Three Interpenetrating 3D Related Networks and Luminescence of a Supramolecular Assembly Containing [Ag(CN)2]- and Mn(Ⅱ) Tectons

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    张建华; 董文

    2006-01-01

    Three interpenetrating 3D related networks of a cyano-bridged heterometallic supramolecular complexstate of 1 displays interesting luminescence determined by argentophilicity at room temperature. CCDC: 197205.

  7. Dye Painting!

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    Johnston, Ann

    This resource provides practical instructions for applying color and design directly to fabric. Basic information about the dye painting process is given. The guide addresses the technical aspects of fabric dye and color use and offers suggestions for fabric manipulation and dye application in order to achieve various design effects. This…

  8. Dye Painting!

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    Johnston, Ann

    This resource provides practical instructions for applying color and design directly to fabric. Basic information about the dye painting process is given. The guide addresses the technical aspects of fabric dye and color use and offers suggestions for fabric manipulation and dye application in order to achieve various design effects. This…

  9. Supramolecular chemistry of pyrazolyl complexes

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    The purpose of this review is to describe the progress in the supramolecular chemistry of the pyrazolyl-based metal complexes. The text is written under the structural point of view, emphasizing the role of the covalent and non-covalent interactions in the rational construction of super and supramolecules.

  10. Supramolecular assemblies of tetrafluoroterephthalic acid and N-heterocycles via various strong hydrogen bonds and weak Csbnd H⋯F interactions: Synthons cooperation, robust motifs and structural diversity

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    Hu, Yanjing; Hu, Hanbin; Li, Yingying; Chen, Ruixin; Yang, Yu; Wang, Lei

    2016-10-01

    A series of organic solid states including three salts, two co-crystals, and three hydrates based on tetrafluoroterephthalic acid (H2tfBDC) and N-bearing ligands (2,4-(1H,3H)-pyrimidine dione (PID), 2,4-dihydroxy-6-methyl pyrimidine (DHMPI), 2-amino-4,6-dimethyl pyrimidine (ADMPI), 2-amino-4,6-dimenthoxy pyrimidine (ADMOPI), 5,6-dimenthyl benzimidazole (DMBI), 2-aminobenzimidazole (ABI), 3,5-dimethyl pyrazole (DMP), and 3-cyanopyridine (3-CNpy)), namely, [(PID)2·(H2tfBDC)] (1), [(DHMPI)2·(H2tfBDC)] (2), [(H-ADMPI+)2·(tfBDC2-)·2(H2O)] (3), [(H-ADMOPI+)2·(tfBDC2-)·(H2O)] (4), [(H-DMBI+)2·(tfBDC2-)·2(H2O)] (5), [(H-ABI+)2·(tfBDC2-)] (6), [(H-DMP+)·(HtfBDC-)] (7), and [(H-3-CNpy+)·(HtfBDC-)] (8), were synthesized by solvent evaporation method. Crystal structures analyses show that the F atom of the H2tfBDC participates in multiple Csbnd H⋯F hydrogen bond formations, producing different supramolecular synthons. The weak hydrogen bonding Csbnd H⋯F and Nsbnd H⋯F play an important part in constructing the diversity structures 2-8, except in crystal 1. In complexes 1-3, they present the same synthon R22(8) with different N-heterocyclic compounds, which may show the strategy in constructing the supramolecular. Meanwhile, the complex 3 exhibits a 2D layer, and the independent molecules of water exist in the adjacent layers. In complexes 4 and 5, the water molecules connect the neighboring layers to form 3D network by strong Osbnd H⋯O hydrogen bonding. These crystals 1-8 were fully characterized by single-crystal X-ray crystallography, elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy (IR), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).

  11. Selective Organic and Organometallic Reactions in Water-Soluble Host-Guest Supramolecular Systems

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    Pluth, Michael D.; Raymond, Kenneth N.; Bergman, Robert G.

    2008-02-16

    Inspired by the efficiency and selectivity of enzymes, synthetic chemists have designed and prepared a wide range of host molecules that can bind smaller molecules with their cavities; this area has become known as 'supramolecular' or 'host-guest' chemistry. Pioneered by Lehn, Cram, Pedersen, and Breslow, and followed up by a large number of more recent investigators, it has been found that the chemical environment in each assembly - defined by the size, shape, charge, and functional group availability - greatly influences the guest-binding characteristics of these compounds. In contrast to the large number of binding studies that have been carried out in this area, the exploration of chemistry - especially catalytic chemistry - that can take place inside supramolecular host cavities is still in its infancy. For example, until the work described here was carried out, very few examples of organometallic reactivity inside supramolecular hosts were known, especially in water solution. For that reason, our group and the group directed by Kenneth Raymond decided to take advantage of our complementary expertise and attempt to carry out metal-mediated C-H bond activation reactions in water-soluble supramolecular systems. This article begins by providing background from the Raymond group in supramolecular coordination chemistry and the Bergman group in C-H bond activation. It goes on to report the results of our combined efforts in supramolecular C-H activation reactions, followed by extensions of this work into a wider range of intracavity transformations.

  12. Supramolecular Organic Nanowires as Plasmonic Interconnects.

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    Armao, Joseph J; Domoto, Yuya; Umehara, Teruhiko; Maaloum, Mounir; Contal, Christophe; Fuks, Gad; Moulin, Emilie; Decher, Gero; Javahiraly, Nicolas; Giuseppone, Nicolas

    2016-02-23

    Metallic nanostructures are able to interact with an incident electromagnetic field at subwavelength scales by plasmon resonance which involves the collective oscillation of conduction electrons localized at their surfaces. Among several possible applications of this phenomenon, the theoretical prediction is that optical circuits connecting multiple plasmonic elements will surpass classical electronic circuits at nanoscale because of their much faster light-based information processing. However, the placement and coupling of metallic elements smaller than optical wavelengths currently remain a formidable challenge by top-down manipulations. Here, we show that organic supramolecular triarylamine nanowires of ≈1 nm in diameter are able to act as plasmonic waveguides. Their self-assembly into plasmonic interconnects between arrays of gold nanoparticles leads to the bottom-up construction of basic optical nanocircuits. When the resonance modes of these metallic nanoparticles are coupled through the organic nanowires, the optical conductivity of the plasmonic layer dramatically increases from 259 to 4271 Ω(-1)·cm(-1). We explain this effect by the coupling of a hot electron/hole pair in the nanoparticle antenna with the half-filled polaronic band of the organic nanowire. We also demonstrate that the whole hybrid system can be described by using the abstraction of the lumped circuit theory, with a far field optical response which depends on the number of interconnects. Overall, our supramolecular bottom-up approach opens the possibility to implement processable, soft, and low cost organic plasmonic interconnects into a large number of applications going from sensing to metamaterials and information technologies.

  13. Light Responsive Two-Component Supramolecular Hydrogel: A Sensitive Platform for Humidity Sensors

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    Samai, Suman

    2016-02-15

    The supramolecular assembly of anionic azobenzene dicarboxylate and cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) formed a stimuli responsive hydrogel with a critical gelation concentration (CGC) of 0.33 wt%. This self-sustainable two-component system was able to repair damage upon light irradiation. Moreover, it was successfully employed in the fabrication of highly sensitive humidity sensors for the first time.

  14. A Supramolecular Sensing Platform for Phosphate Anions and an Anthrax Biomarker in a Microfluidic Device

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    Eker, Bilge; Yilmaz, Mahmut Deniz; Schlautmann, Stefan; Gardeniers, Johannes G.E.; Huskens, Jurriaan

    2011-01-01

    A supramolecular platform based on self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) has been implemented in a microfluidic device. The system has been applied for the sensing of two different analyte types: biologically relevant phosphate anions and aromatic carboxylic acids, which are important for anthrax detecti

  15. A Supramolecular Sensing Platform for Phosphate Anions and an Anthrax Biomarker in a Microfluidic Device

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    Eker, B.; Yilmaz, M.D.; Schlautmann, Stefan; Gardeniers, Johannes G.E.; Huskens, Jurriaan

    2011-01-01

    A supramolecular platform based on self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) has been implemented in a microfluidic device. The system has been applied for the sensing of two different analyte types: biologically relevant phosphate anions and aromatic carboxylic acids, which are important for anthrax detecti

  16. Supramolecular gels of poly-α-cyclodextrin and PEO-based copolymers for controlled drug release.

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    Simões, Susana M N; Veiga, Francisco; Ribeiro, Ana C F; Figueiras, Ana R; Taboada, Pablo; Concheiro, Angel; Alvarez-Lorenzo, Carmen

    2014-08-01

    The aim of this work was to prepare syringeable supramolecular gels of α-cyclodextrin-polymer (poly-αCD) with various poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based copolymers, which can be suitable to form depots for controlled drug release. A series of water-soluble poly-αCDs was synthesized from αCD by crosslinking with epichlorohydrin in alkaline medium. The chemical composition of the polymers was characterized by NMR (αCD content>53%) and the molecular weight was evaluated using static light scattering (SLS). Supramolecular assemblies occurred by mixing poly-αCD (20-40% w/v) with a PEO-based polymer (i.e., PEG, Pluronic® F127 or Tetronic® 908) (10-15% w/v). Phase separation was observed and the αCD content in each phase was determined by means of the phenol-sulfuric acid colorimetric method. Formation of poly-αCD/PEO-based polymer 3D-supramolecular complexes was confirmed by diffusion-ordered NMR spectroscopy (DOSY) and X-ray diffractometry. The supramolecular assemblies showed good cytocompatibility against SAOS-2 cells and in the HET-CAM test. The supramolecular gels were able to sustain the release of vancomycin for at least 5 days at 37 °C, more efficiently than dispersions of each polymer component in separate. These results open new possibilities in the design of novel controlled delivery systems for the treatment of bone infections.

  17. Orthogonal Enzymatic Reactions to Control Supramolecular Hydrogelations%Orthogonal Enzymatic Reactions to Control Supramolecular Hydrogelations

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    陈国钦; 任春华; 王玲; 徐兵; 杨志谋

    2012-01-01

    Enzyme-responsive hydrogels have great potential in applications of controlled drug release, tissue engineering, etc. In this study, we reported on a supramolecular hydrogel that showed responses to two enzymes, phosphatase which was used to form the hydrogels and esterase which could trigger gelsol phase transitions. The gelation process and visco-elasticity property of the resulting gel, morphology of the nanostructures in hydrogel, and peptide conformation in the self-assembled nanostructure were characterized by theology, transmission electron microscope (TEM), and circular dichroism (CD), respectively. Potential application of the enzyme-responsive hydrogel in drug release was also demonstrated in this study. Though only one potential application of drug release was proved in this study, the responsive hydrogel system in this study might have potentials for the applications in fields of cell culture, controlled-drug release, etc.

  18. Encoding complexity within supramolecular analogues of frustrated magnets

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    Cairns, Andrew B.; Cliffe, Matthew J.; Paddison, Joseph A. M.; Daisenberger, Dominik; Tucker, Matthew G.; Coudert, François-Xavier; Goodwin, Andrew L.

    2016-05-01

    The solid phases of gold(I) and/or silver(I) cyanides are supramolecular assemblies of inorganic polymer chains in which the key structural degrees of freedom—namely, the relative vertical shifts of neighbouring chains—are mathematically equivalent to the phase angles of rotating planar (‘XY’) spins. Here, we show how the supramolecular interactions between chains can be tuned to mimic different magnetic interactions. In this way, the structures of gold(I) and/or silver(I) cyanides reflect the phase behaviour of triangular XY magnets. Complex magnetic states predicted for this family of magnets—including collective spin-vortices of relevance to data storage applications—are realized in the structural chemistry of these cyanide polymers. Our results demonstrate how chemically simple inorganic materials can behave as structural analogues of otherwise inaccessible ‘toy’ spin models and also how the theoretical understanding of those models allows control over collective (‘emergent’) phenomena in supramolecular systems.

  19. The supramolecular organization of the C. elegans nuclear lamin filament.

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    Ben-Harush, Kfir; Wiesel, Naama; Frenkiel-Krispin, Daphna; Moeller, Dorothee; Soreq, Eyal; Aebi, Ueli; Herrmann, Harald; Gruenbaum, Yosef; Medalia, Ohad

    2009-03-13

    Nuclear lamins are involved in most nuclear activities and are essential for retaining the mechano-elastic properties of the nucleus. They are nuclear intermediate filament (IF) proteins forming a distinct meshwork-like layer adhering to the inner nuclear membrane, called the nuclear lamina. Here, we present for the first time, the three-dimensional supramolecular organization of lamin 10 nm filaments and paracrystalline fibres. We show that Caenorhabditis elegans nuclear lamin forms 10 nm IF-like filaments, which are distinct from their cytoplasmic counterparts. The IF-like lamin filaments are composed of three and four tetrameric protofilaments, each of which contains two partially staggered anti-parallel head-to-tail polymers. The beaded appearance of the lamin filaments stems from paired globular tail domains, which are spaced regularly, alternating between 21 nm and 27 nm. A mutation in an evolutionarily conserved residue that causes Hutchison-Gilford progeria syndrome in humans alters the supramolecular structure of the lamin filaments. On the basis of our structural analysis, we propose an assembly pathway that yields the observed 10 nm IF-like lamin filaments and paracrystalline fibres. These results serve also as a platform for understanding the effect of laminopathic mutations on lamin supramolecular organization.

  20. Supramolecular control over thermoresponsive polymers

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    Victor R. de la Rosa

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermoresponsive polymers facilitate the development of a wide range of applications in multiple areas spanning from construction or water management to lab-on-a-chip technologies and biomedical sciences. The combination of thermoresponsive polymers with supramolecular chemistry, inspired by the molecular mechanisms behind natural systems, is resulting in adaptive and smart materials with unprecedented properties. This work reviews the past advances on the combination of this young field of research with polymer chemistry that is enabling a high level of control on polymer architecture and stimuli-responsiveness in solution. We will discuss how such polymer systems are able to store thermal information, respond to multiple stimuli in a reversible manner, or adapt their morphology on demand, all powered by the synergy between polymer chemistry and supramolecular chemistry.

  1. Supramolecular Complexes Formed by the Self-assembly of Hydrophobic Bis(Zn(2+)-cyclen) Complexes, Copper, and Di- or Triimide Units for the Hydrolysis of Phosphate Mono- and Diesters in Two-Phase Solvent Systems (Cyclen=1,4,7,10-Tetraazacyclododecane).

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    Hisamatsu, Yosuke; Miyazawa, Yuya; Yoneda, Kakeru; Miyauchi, Miki; Zulkefeli, Mohd; Aoki, Shin

    2016-01-01

    We previously reported on supramolecular complexes 4 and 5, formed by the 4 : 4 : 4 or 2 : 2 : 2 assembly of a dimeric zinc(II) complex (Zn2L(1)) having 2,2'-bipyridyl linker, dianion of cyanuric acid (CA) or 5,5-diethylbarbituric acid (Bar), and copper(II) ion (Cu(2+)) in an aqueous solution. The supermolecule 4 possesses Cu2(μ-OH)2 centers and catalyzes hydrolysis of phosphate monoester dianion, mono(4-nitrophenyl)phosphate (MNP), at neutral pH. In this manuscript, we report on design and synthesis of hydrophobic supermolecules 9 and 10 by 4 : 4 : 4 and 2 : 2 : 2 self-assembly of hydrophobic Zn2L(2) and Zn2L(3) containing long alkyl chains, CA or Bar, and Cu(2+) and their phosphatase activity for the hydrolysis of MNP and bis(4-nitrophenyl)phosphate (BNP) in two-phase solvent systems. We assumed that the Cu2(μ-OH)2 active sites of 9 and 10 would be more stable in organic solvent than in aqueous solution and that product inhibition of the supermolecules might be avoided by the release of HPO4(2-) into the aqueous layer. The findings indicate that 9 and 10 exhibit phosphatase activity in the two-phase solvent system, although catalytic turnover was not observed. Furthermore, the hydrolysis of BNP catalyzed by the hydrophobic 2 : 2 : 2 supermolecules in the two-phase solvent system is described.

  2. Fabrication of Supramolecular n/p-Nanowires via Coassembly of Oppositely Charged Peptide-Chromophore Systems in Aqueous Media.

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    Khalily, Mohammad Aref; Bakan, Gokhan; Kucukoz, Betul; Topal, Ahmet Emin; Karatay, Ahmet; Yaglioglu, H Gul; Dana, Aykutlu; Guler, Mustafa O

    2017-07-25

    Fabrication of supramolecular electroactive materials at the nanoscale with well-defined size, shape, composition, and organization in aqueous medium is a current challenge. Herein we report construction of supramolecular charge-transfer complex one-dimensional (1D) nanowires consisting of highly ordered mixed-stack π-electron donor-acceptor (D-A) domains. We synthesized n-type and p-type β-sheet forming short peptide-chromophore conjugates, which assemble separately into well-ordered nanofibers in aqueous media. These complementary p-type and n-type nanofibers coassemble via hydrogen bonding, charge-transfer complex, and electrostatic interactions to generate highly uniform supramolecular n/p-coassembled 1D nanowires. This molecular design ensures highly ordered arrangement of D-A stacks within n/p-coassembled supramolecular nanowires. The supramolecular n/p-coassembled nanowires were found to be formed by A-D-A unit cells having an association constant (KA) of 5.18 × 10(5) M(-1). In addition, electrical measurements revealed that supramolecular n/p-coassembled nanowires are approximately 2400 and 10 times more conductive than individual n-type and p-type nanofibers, respectively. This facile strategy allows fabrication of well-defined supramolecular electroactive nanomaterials in aqueous media, which can find a variety of applications in optoelectronics, photovoltaics, organic chromophore arrays, and bioelectronics.

  3. Guest-directed supramolecular architectures of {W36} polyoxometalate crowns.

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    McGlone, Thomas; Streb, Carsten; Long, De-Liang; Cronin, Leroy

    2009-10-05

    The {W36} isopolyoxotungstate cluster provides a stable inorganic molecular platform for the binding of inorganic and organic guest molecules. This is achieved by a binding pocket formed by six terminal oxo ligands located in the central cavity of the all-inorganic cation binding host. Previously it was shown that the cluster can specifically bind primary amines and importantly, functionalized diamines through a combination of electrostatic and hydrogen bonding interactions. Here we transform this assembly strategy to utilize the binding of long-chain alkyldiammonium guest cations to physically define the supramolecular structure of the clusters with respect to each other and demonstrate the structure direction as a function of alkyl chain length. The systematic variation of the chain length gives access to five supramolecular assemblies which were all fully characterized using single crystal XRD, TGA, 1H NMR, and elemental analysis. In compound 1, diprotonated 1,8-diaminooctane molecules link the {W36} clusters into infinite 1D zigzag chains, whereas compounds 2 and 3 feature trimeric {W36} assemblies directly connected through protonated 1,9-diaminononane (2) or 1,10-diaminodecane (3) linkers. Compound 4 contains dumb-bell shaped dimeric units as a result of direct center-to-center linkages between the {W36} clusters formed by protonated 1,12-diaminododecane. In compound 5, triply protonated bis(hexamethylene)triamine was employed to obtain linear 1D chains of directly connected {W36} cluster units.

  4. Insight into the electronic structure of the supramolecular “rods-in-belt” Au{sup I}-Cu{sup I} and Au{sup I}-Ag{sup I} self-assembled complexes from X-ray photoelectron and absorption spectroscopy

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    Makarova, Anna A. [Department of Physics, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Institut für Festkörperphysik, Technische Universität Dresden, D-01062 Dresden (Germany); Grachova, Elena V.; Krupenya, Dmitry V. [Department of Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Vilkov, Oleg [Department of Physics, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Institut für Festkörperphysik, Technische Universität Dresden, D-01062 Dresden (Germany); Fedorov, Alexander [Department of Physics, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden, Dresden (Germany); Usachov, Dmitry [Department of Physics, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Generalov, Alexander [Department of Physics, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Institut für Festkörperphysik, Technische Universität Dresden, D-01062 Dresden (Germany); Koshevoy, Igor O. [Department of Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Department of Chemistry, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu 80101 (Finland); Tunik, Sergey P. [Department of Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation); Rühl, Eckart [Physikalische Chemie, Institut für Chemie und Biochemie Freie Universität Berlin (Germany); and others

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • Electronic structure of rods-in-belt complexes was described via PES and NEXAFS. • With increasing size the molecule becomes more sensitive to X-ray damage effects. • The HOMO consists of a combination of the d-Cu/Ag and π-C≡C states. • HOMOs are positioned at about 2.2 eV for Au-Cu and 2.5 eV BE for Au-Ag complexes. • LUMOs are located on the C-skeleton including π*-C≡C and π*-C=C{sub aromatic} orbitals. - Abstract: The recently discovered “rods-in-belt” supramolecular complexes with Au-Cu or Au-Ag cluster cores exhibit self-assembly behavior, have a very unusual structural motif, and what is most important, show remarkable light emitting properties. The electronic and photophysical characteristics of these unique objects can be relatively easy tuned by modifying the ligand (alkynyl and phosphine) environment. Because of these properties the “rods-in-belt” supramolecules could serve as building blocks for next generation electronics, and in particular, for light-emitting devices and in bioimaging applications. Herein, we report a comprehensive characterization of the electronic structure of two families of alkynyl-diphosphine supramolecular complexes with the heterometallic Au-Cu and Au-Ag cores. Using X-ray photoemission and absorption spectroscopy we disentangled the structure of their occupied and unoccupied electronic states close to the Fermi level. The results obtained suggest that the major contribution to the highest occupied molecular orbitals is made by the triple bonded carbons hosted in the dialkynyl-gold “rods” and the copper (silver) atoms from the central cluster core of the heterometallic Au-Cu (Au-Ag) molecules. The lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals are located on the carbon skeleton of the complexes and include π*-C≡C and π*-C=C{sub aromatic} orbitals. The onset of the valence band in the Au-Ag systems starts at about 0.3 eV lower than that in the Au-Cu complexes, implying a slightly larger energy

  5. TOPICAL REVIEW: Metallo-supramolecular modules as a paradigm for materials science

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    Dirk G Kurth

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Metal ion coordination in discrete or extended metallo-supramolecular assemblies offers ample opportunity to fabricate and study devices and materials that are equally important for fundamental research and new technologies. Metal ions embedded in a specific ligand field offer diverse thermodynamic, kinetic, chemical, physical and structural properties that make these systems promising candidates for active components in functional materials. A key challenge is to improve and develop methodologies for placing these active modules in suitable device architectures, such as thin films or mesophases. This review highlights recent developments in extended, polymeric metallo-supramolecular systems and discrete polyoxometalates with an emphasis on materials science.

  6. Supramolecular Structures and Nanoassemblies of Oligothiophenes and Tetrathiafulvalenes

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    Iyoda, Masahiko; Nishinaga, Tohru; Takase, Masayoshi

    Supramolecular nanostructures derived from self-assembling oligothiophenes and tetrathiafulvalenes are reviewed. The two representative sulfur-containing π-electron systems have been extensively studied for their application in material sciences and have been shown to exhibit their excellent characteristics in conductive and optical properties. In the last decade, several researchers have developed these versatile π-electron systems as soft materials by means of substituents that cause weak intermolecular interactions. As the result, unique nanostructures such as fibers and particles endowed with characteristic conductive and optical properties have been demonstrated. These techniques may offer a bottom-up approach to construct future organic and molecular electronics.

  7. Construction of tunable supramolecular networks studied by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    2010-01-01

    In this review we describe a family of organic-based host frameworks which can accommodate guest molecules. The aim of the study is to test the adjustability of this class of mimic structures that may lead to new interesting functions. Emphasis of our research is placed upon four aspects: 1) thermal properties, 2) surface photochemistry, 3) fullerene adsorption, and 4) guest inclusion. It is envisioned that such approach of nanoporous molecular networks might be developed into a new family of useful soft frameworks for studies toward shape-selective catalysis, molecular recognition, self-assembly, and host-guest supramolecular chemistry.

  8. Supramolecular-templated synthesis of mesoporous silica-zirconia nanocomposite

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    2006-01-01

    Mesoporous SiO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite was successfully prepared by using supramolecular triblock copolymer as the template through evaporation-induced self-assembly approach. The textural and structural properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption analysis, and transmission electron microscope.Comparison between pure mesoporous silica and mesoporous silica-zirconia nanocomposite was also presented in this work. The surface area, pore size, and pore volume decreased as the Zr doping in the mesoporous silica framework. But the obtained nanocomposite maintained the cubic Im3m-type mesoporous structure.

  9. Solvent Clathrate Driven Dynamic Stereomutation of a Supramolecular Polymer with Molecular Pockets.

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    Kulkarni, Chidambar; Korevaar, Peter A; Bejagam, Karteek K; Palmans, Anja R A; Meijer, E W; George, Subi J

    2017-09-11

    Control over the helical organization of synthetic supramolecular systems is intensively pursued to manifest chirality in a wide range of applications ranging from electron spin filters to artificial enzymes. Typically, switching the helicity of supramolecular assemblies involves external stimuli or kinetic traps. However, efforts to achieve helix reversal under thermodynamic control and understanding the phenomena at a molecular level are scarce. Here we present a unique example of helix reversal (stereomutation) under thermodynamic control in the self-assembly of coronene bisimide (CBI-35CH) which has a 3,5-dialkoxy substitution on imide phenyl groups leading to "molecular pockets" in the assembly. The stere-omutation was observed only if the CBI monomer possesses molecular pockets. Detailed chiroptical studies performed in alkane solvents with different molecular structure reveal that solvent molecules intercalate or form clathrates within the molecular pockets of CBI-35CH at low temperature (263 K), thereby triggering the stereomutation. The interplay be-tween helical assembly, molecular pockets and solvent molecules is further unraveled by explicit solvent molecular dynamics simulations. Our results demonstrate how the molecular design of self-assembly building blocks can orchestrate the organization of surrounding solvent molecules, which in turn dictates the helical organization of the resulting supra-molecular assembly.

  10. Study for increasing the stabilization time of a catalytic dye to facilitate the fabrication of membrane electrode assemblies; Estudio para incrementar el tiempo de estabilizacion de una tinta catalitica para facilitar la fabricacion de ensambles membrana-electrodo

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    Flores Hernandez, J. Roberto [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)] e-mail: jrflores@iie.org.mx; Martinez Vado, F. Isaias [Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Cano Castillo, Ulises, Albarran Sanchez, Lorena [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)

    2009-09-15

    An infrastructure project has been underway for hydrogen technology and fuel cells at the Electrical Research Institute (IIE, Spanish acronym). Part of this project is an activity for the fabrication of membrane electrode assemblies (MEA). Currently, a fabrication process is well-established for the MEA using the spray technique. In addition, a catalytic dye base composition has been developed for use in the fabrication of high-quality MEA with a good degree of reproducibility. Nevertheless, the instability of the dye over time prevents continuous fabrication of MEA. This document presents the results obtained, to-date, of research conducted at the IIE aimed at increasing the stability of the catalytic dye by adding a surfactant with different concentrations and increasing the concentration of the Nafion® solution. It was found that the effect of adding the surfactant to the catalytic dye results in a qualitative decrease in the agglomerate sizes, while also decreasing the porosity of the dye once it has dried. In addition, it was found that increasing the amount of Nafion® in the catalytic die increases the porosity. [Spanish] En el Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) se ha venido trabajando en un proyecto de infraestructura sobre la tecnologia de hidrogeno y celdas de combustible. Dentro de este proyecto se tiene una actividad orientada a la fabricacion de Ensambles Membrana-Electrodo (MEA's). Actualmente se tiene un proceso de fabricacion bien establecido para la elaboracion de MEA's utilizando la tecnica de rociado, asimismo, se tiene una composicion base de tinta catalitica con la cual se fabrican MEA's de buena calidad y con buen grado de reproducibilidad. Sin embargo, la inestabilidad de la tinta con respecto al tiempo impide tener una fabricacion continua de los MEA's. En este documento se presentan los resultados obtenidos hasta ahora de una investigacion que se realiza en el IIE orientada a incrementar la estabilidad de la

  11. Biomimetic growth of gallic acid-ZnO hybrid assemblies and their applications

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    Sarker, Nazmul H.; Barnaby, Stacey N. [Fordham University, Department of Chemistry (United States); Fath, Karl R. [City University of New York and Graduate Center, Department of Biology, Queens College (United States); Frayne, Stephen H.; Nakatsuka, Nako; Banerjee, Ipsita A., E-mail: banerjee@fordham.edu [Fordham University, Department of Chemistry (United States)

    2012-03-15

    In this study, we probed the biomimetic formation of gallic acid (GA)-ZnO nanoparticle hybrids. It was found that the morphologies formed were dependent upon pH values, resulting in GA-ZnO hybrids of varying shapes such as micro or nanoplates or fibers. The formed supramolecular GA-ZnO hybrids were found to be luminescent as indicated by confocal microscopy and were utilized for the photocatalytic degradation of the organic dye methylene blue. We also explored the bactericidal effects of the hybrids on Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) as well as Escherichia Coli (E. Coli). Thus, we have developed a new class of shape-controlled nanohybrid assemblies via mild, green synthetic methods that may be utilized for photocatalytic degradation for environmental remediation as well as for antibacterial applications.

  12. What Triggers Supramolecular Isomerism in Nonmolecular Solids? A case study of Copper Pyridazine Halides

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    JENCY THOMAS; ARUNACHALAM RAMANAN

    2016-11-01

    Molecular recognition and aggregation occurring in solution are critical events towards the nucleation and growth of a crystal. However, controlling aggregation towards a particular supramolecular assembly is difficult due to lack of information on its thermodynamics and kinetics. Hence, the occurrence of supramolecularisomers is hardly recognized. In this paper, therefore, we demonstrate a retrosynthetic analysis to interpret the occurrence of isostructures and supramolecular isomers and predict the possibility of new phases in copperhalide-pyridazine- H₂O system. A significant feature of this paper is the use of crystal engineering tools, namely, synthons and tectons to interpret the phase diagram of a system. The structure-synthesis correlation discussed here provides chemical insight to evolve a synthetic protocol to interpret and predict the possibilityof supramolecular isomers in metal organic solids.

  13. Miniaturization of metal-biomolecule frameworks based on stereoselective self-assembly and potential application in water treatment and as antibacterial agents.

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    Pu, Fang; Liu, Xia; Xu, Bailu; Ren, Jinsong; Qu, Xiaogang

    2012-04-02

    Miniaturization of metal-biomolecule frameworks (MBioFs) to the nanometer scale represents a novel strategy for fabricating materials with tunable physical and chemical properties. Herein, we demonstrate a simple, low-cost, and completely organic solvent-free strategy for constructing a dl-glutamic acid-copper ion-based three-dimensional nanofibrous network structure. The building blocks used are available in large quantities and do not require any laborious synthesis or modification. Importantly, we demonstrate with an intriguing example, that the self-assembly ability of supramolecular nanofibers could be finely tuned with the ligands' chirality. This offers opportunities for obtaining one-dimensional hierarchical nanostructures and expands the investigation scope of stereoselective self-assembly. Furthermore, the material displays good ability in removing anionic dyes from water and inhibits the growth of both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria, possibly through the contact-killing mechanism; this indicates potential applications in environmental issues and antimicrobial nanotherapeutics.

  14. CCAN Assembly Configures Composite Binding Interfaces to Promote Cross-Linking of Ndc80 Complexes at the Kinetochore

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    Pekgöz Altunkaya, Gülsah; Malvezzi, Francesca; Demianova, Zuzana; Zimniak, Tomasz; Litos, Gabriele; Weissmann, Florian; Mechtler, Karl; Herzog, Franz; Westermann, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    .... Kinetochores contain two supramolecular protein assemblies. The ten-protein KMN network harbors key microtubule-binding sites in the Ndc80 complex and mediates assembly of checkpoint complexes via the KNL-1/Spc105 protein [1, 2...

  15. Elastic instability-mediated actuation by a supra-molecular polymer

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    Levin, Aviad; Michaels, Thomas C. T.; Adler-Abramovich, Lihi; Mason, Thomas O.; Müller, Thomas; Zhang, Bohan; Mahadevan, L.; Gazit, Ehud; Knowles, Tuomas P. J.

    2016-10-01

    In nature, fast, high-power-density actuation can be achieved through the release of stored elastic energy by exploiting mechanical instabilities in systems including the closure of the Venus flytrap and the dispersal of plant or fungal spores. Here, we use droplet microfluidics to tailor the geometry of a nanoscale self-assembling supra-molecular polymer to create a mechanical instability. We show that this strategy allows the build-up of elastic energy as a result of peptide self-assembly, and its release within milliseconds when the buckled geometry of the nanotube confined within microdroplets becomes unstable with respect to the straight form. These results overcome the inherent limitations of self-assembly for generating large-scale actuation on the sub-second timescale and illuminate the possibilities and performance limits of irreversible actuation by supra-molecular polymers.

  16. Stabilization of reactive species by supramolecular encapsulation.

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    Galan, Albano; Ballester, Pablo

    2016-03-21

    Molecular containers have attracted the interest of supramolecular chemists since the early beginnings of the field. Cavitands' inner cavities were quickly exploited by Cram and Warmuth to construct covalent containers able to stabilize and assist the characterization of short-lived reactive species such as cyclobutadiene or o-benzyne. Since then, more complex molecular architectures have been prepared able to store and isolate a myriad of fleeting species (i.e. organometallic compounds, cationic species, radical initiators…). In this review we cover selected examples of the stabilization of reactive species by encapsulation in molecular containers from the first reports of covalent containers described by Cram et al. to the most recent examples of containers with self-assembled structure (metal coordination cages and hydrogen bonded capsules). Finally, we briefly review examples reported by Rebek et al. in which elusive reaction intermediates could be detected in the inner cavities of self-folding resorcin[4]arene cavitands by the formation of covalent host-guest complexes. The utilization of encapsulated reactive species in catalysis or synthesis is not covered.

  17. High-affinity DNA base analogs as supramolecular, nanoscale promoters of macroscopic adhesion.

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    Anderson, Cyrus A; Jones, Amanda R; Briggs, Ellen M; Novitsky, Eric J; Kuykendall, Darrell W; Sottos, Nancy R; Zimmerman, Steven C

    2013-05-15

    Adhesion phenomena are essential to many biological processes and to synthetic adhesives and manufactured coatings and composites. Supramolecular interactions are often implicated in various adhesion mechanisms. Recently, supramolecular building blocks, such as synthetic DNA base-pair mimics, have drawn attention in the context of molecular recognition, self-assembly, and supramolecular polymers. These reversible, hydrogen-bonding interactions have been studied extensively for their adhesive capabilities at the nano- and microscale, however, much less is known about their utility for practical adhesion in macroscopic systems. Herein, we report the preparation and evaluation of supramolecular coupling agents based on high-affinity, high-fidelity quadruple hydrogen-bonding units (e.g., DAN·DeUG, Kassoc = 10(8) M(-1) in chloroform). Macroscopic adhesion between polystyrene films and glass surfaces modified with 2,7-diamidonaphthyridine (DAN) and ureido-7-deazaguanine (DeUG) units was evaluated by mechanical testing. Structure-property relationships indicate that the designed supramolecular interaction at the nanoscale plays a key role in the observed macroscopic adhesive response. Experiments probing reversible adhesion or self-healing properties of bulk samples indicate that significant recovery of initial strength can be realized after failure but that the designed noncovalent interaction does not lead to healing during the process of adhesion loss.

  18. [Study on meridian tropism of medicinal property theory for Chines medicines by supramolecular chemistry (I)].

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    He, Fu-yuan; Deng, Kai-wen; Yang, Yan-tao; Zhou, Yi-qun; Shi, Ji-lian; Liu, Wen-long; Tang, Yu

    2015-04-01

    In this paper, based on the special influence of supramolecular chemistry on the basic theory of Chinese medicines ( CM) , the authors further analyzed the history of meridian tropism and natural origins of CM organisms and explained CM ingredients and the universal regularity of the automatic action of the supramolecular "imprinting templates" hole channel structure. After entering human bodies, CMs, as the aggregation of supramolecular "imprinting templates" , automatically seek supramolecular subjects that are matched with their "imprinting templates" in human meridians and organs for the purpose of self-recognition, self-organization, self-assembly and self-replication, so as to generate specific efficacy in meridians and organs, which is reflected as the meridian tropism phenomena at macro level. This regularity can be studied by in vitro and in vivo experimental studies. In vitro methods are mostly supra molecular structure analysis and kinetic and thermodynamic parameter calculation; Whereas in vivo methods are dominated by the analysis on object component distribution, chromatopharmacodynamic parameters and network chromatopharmacodynamic parameters; Particularly, the acupoint-medicine method can simplify to study the supramolecular subject-object relations. Consequently, CM's'meridian tropism reveals the universal regularity for interactions of macromolecular and micromolecular "imprinting templates" of subjects and objects in natural organisms. As the first barrier for the material base of the CM theory and breakthrough in the modernization of the basic CM theory, meridian tropism plays an important role in studies on basic theories of the basic CM theory.

  19. 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.

  20. Taming fluorescence yield of dye insensitive to temperature by non-covalent complex with the host CB[7] for aqueous dye lasers

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    Monika Gupta; Krishna K Jagtap; V Sudarsan; Alok K Ray

    2014-02-01

    Quantum yield of fluorescence (QYF) of widely used Rhodamine (RhB) dye in ethanol and water was observed to decrease rapidly with increase in temperature of the dye solutions, which was correlated to enhanced torsional motion of its flexible diethylamino groups. This is harmful for its use in high-average power dye lasers, pumped by copper vapour laser (CVL) or diodepumped solid-state green laser (DPSSGL), in which bulk temperature of the dye solution was found to increase due to the heat generated by circulation pumps and non-radiative decay processes of excited dye molecules. The QYF of RhB dye in water was found to be not sensitive to temperature in the practical operating region 16–25°C of dye laser by adopting supramolecular route to form an inclusion complex of RhB with the container molecule cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]).

  1. Engineering Functionalization in a Supramolecular Polymer: Hierarchical Self-Organization of Triply Orthogonal Non-covalent Interactions on a Supramolecular Coordination Complex Platform.

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    Zhou, Zhixuan; Yan, Xuzhou; Cook, Timothy R; Saha, Manik Lal; Stang, Peter J

    2016-01-27

    Here we present a method for the construction of functionalizable supramolecular polymers by controlling three orthogonal interactions within a single system: (i) coordination-driven self-assembly; (ii) H-bonding; and (iii) host-guest interactions between crown ether and dialkylammonium substrates. Three unique molecules constitute the supramolecular construct, including a 2-ureido-4-pyrimidinone (UPy)-functionalized rigid dipyridyl donor and a complementary organoplatinum(II) acceptor decorated with a crown ether moiety that provide the basis for self-assembly and polymerization. The final host-guest interaction is demonstrated by using one of two dialkylammonium molecules containing fluorophores that bind to the benzo-21-crown-7 (B21C7) groups of the acceptors, providing a spectroscopic handle to evaluate the functionalization. An initial coordination-driven self-assembly yields hexagonal metallacycles with alternating UPy and B21C7 groups at their vertices. The assembly does not interfere with H-bonding between the UPy groups, which link the discrete metallacycles into a supramolecular network, leaving the B21C7 groups free for functionalization via host-guest chemistry. The resultant network results in a cavity-cored metallogel at high concentrations or upon solvent swelling. The light-emitting properties of the dialkylammonium substrates were transferred to the network upon host-guest binding. This method is compatible with any dialkylammonium substrate that does not disrupt coordination nor H-bonding, and thus, the unification of these three orthogonal interactions represents a simple yet highly efficient strategy to obtain supramolecular polymeric materials with desirable functionality.

  2. Supramolecular Structure and Function 9

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    Pifat-Mrzljak, Greta

    2007-01-01

    The book is based on International Summer Schools on Biophysics held in Croatia which, contrary to other workshops centered mainly on one topic or technique, has very broad scope providing advanced training in areas related to biophysics. This volume is presenting papers in the field of biophysics for studying biological phenomena by using physical methods (NMR, EPR, FTIR, Mass Spectrometry, etc.) and/or concepts (predictions of protein-protein interactions, virtual ligand screening etc.). The interrelationship of supramolecular structures and there functions is enlightened by applications of principals of these physical methods in the biophysical and molecular biology context.

  3. Fluorescence of dyes adsorbed on highly organized nanostructured gold surfaces

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    Levi, Stefano A.; Mourran, Ahmed; Spatz, Joachim P.; Veggel, van Frank C.J.M.; Reinhoudt, David N.; Möller, M.

    2002-01-01

    It is shown that fluorescent dyes can be adsorbed selectively on gold nanoparticles which are immobilized on a glass substrate and that the fluorescence originating from the adsorbed dyes exhibits significantly less quenching when compared to dyes adsorbed on bulk gold. Self-assembled monolayers of

  4. On the characterization of dynamic supramolecular systems: a general mathematical association model for linear supramolecular copolymers and application on a complex two-component hydrogen-bonding system.

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    Odille, Fabrice G J; Jónsson, Stefán; Stjernqvist, Susann; Rydén, Tobias; Wärnmark, Kenneth

    2007-01-01

    A general mathematical model for the characterization of the dynamic (kinetically labile) association of supramolecular assemblies in solution is presented. It is an extension of the equal K (EK) model by the stringent use of linear algebra to allow for the simultaneous presence of an unlimited number of different units in the resulting assemblies. It allows for the analysis of highly complex dynamic equilibrium systems in solution, including both supramolecular homo- and copolymers without the recourse to extensive approximations, in a field in which other analytical methods are difficult. The derived mathematical methodology makes it possible to analyze dynamic systems such as supramolecular copolymers regarding for instance the degree of polymerization, the distribution of a given monomer in different copolymers as well as its position in an aggregate. It is to date the only general means to characterize weak supramolecular systems. The model was fitted to NMR dilution titration data by using the program Matlab, and a detailed algorithm for the optimization of the different parameters has been developed. The methodology is applied to a case study, a hydrogen-bonded supramolecular system, salen 4+porphyrin 5. The system is formally a two-component system but in reality a three-component system. This results in a complex dynamic system in which all monomers are associated to each other by hydrogen bonding with different association constants, resulting in homo- and copolymers 4n5m as well as cyclic structures 6 and 7, in addition to free 4 and 5. The system was analyzed by extensive NMR dilution titrations at variable temperatures. All chemical shifts observed at different temperatures were used in the fitting to obtain the DeltaH degrees and DeltaS degrees values producing the best global fit. From the derived general mathematical expressions, system 4+5 could be characterized with respect to above-mentioned parameters.

  5. Studies on supramolecular gel formation using DOSY NMR.

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    Nonappa; Šaman, David; Kolehmainen, Erkki

    2015-04-01

    Herein, we present the results obtained from our studies on supramolecular self-assembly and molecular mobility of low-molecular-weight gelators (LMWGs) in organic solvents using pulsed field gradient (PFG) diffusion ordered spectroscopy (DOSY) NMR. A series of concentration-dependent DOSY NMR experiments were performed on selected LMWGs to determine the critical gelation concentration (CGC) as well as to understand the behaviour of the gelator molecules in the gel state. In addition, variable-temperature DOSY NMR experiments were performed to determine the gel-to-sol transition. The PFG NMR experiments performed as a function of gradient strength were further analyzed using monoexponential DOSY processing, and the results were compared with the automated Bayesian DOSY transformation to obtain 2D plots. Our results provide useful information on the stepwise self-assembly of small molecules leading to gelation. We believe that the results obtained from these experiments are applicable in determining the CGC and gel melting temperatures of supramolecular gels.

  6. Supramolecular core-shell nanoparticles for photoconductive device applications

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    Cheng, Chih-Chia; Chen, Jem-Kun; Shieh, Yeong-Tarng; Lee, Duu-Jong

    2016-08-01

    We report a breakthrough discovery involving supramolecular-based strategies to construct novel core-shell heterojunction nanoparticles with hydrophilic adenine-functionalized polythiophene (PAT) as the core and hydrophobic phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) as the shell, which enables the conception of new functional supramolecular assemblies for constructing functional nanomaterials for applications in optoelectronic devices. The generated nanoparticles exhibit uniform spherical shape, well-controlled tuning of particle size with narrow size distributions, and excellent electrochemical stability in solution and the solid state owing to highly efficient energy transfer from PAT to PCBM. When the PAT/PCBM nanoparticles were fabricated into a photoconducting layer in an electronic device, the resulting device showed excellent electric conduction characteristics, including an electrically-tunable voltage-controlled switch, and high short-circuit current and open-circuit voltage. These observations demonstrate how the self-assembly of PAT/PCBM into specific nanostructures may help to promote efficient charge generation and transport processes, suggesting potential for a wide variety of applications as a promising candidate material for bulk heterojunction polymer devices.

  7. Supramolecular hybrids of polytungstates and their adsorption properties for methylene blue

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    Liu, Yunping; Zheng, Ran; Han, Zhangang, E-mail: hanzg116@126.com; Gong, Kaining; He, Xueli; Zhai, Xueliang

    2015-11-15

    Two supramolecular hybrids [Ni(mbpy){sub 3}]{sub 2}[V{sub 2}W{sub 4}O{sub 19}]·6H{sub 2}O (1) and [Ni(mbpy){sub 3}]{sub 2}[VW{sub 12}O{sub 40}] (2) (mbpy=4,4′-dimethyl-2,2′-bipyridyl) had been synthesized and characterized. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses revealed that the anionic moieties in two hybrids belong to typical Lindqvist and α-Keggin-type structures, respectively. The counter ion [Ni(mbpy){sub 3}]{sup 2+} units were anchored to the polyanions via non-covalent intermolecular interactions. These supramolecular hybrids exhibit reversible adsorption–desorption performance for organic dye methylene blue (MB). Hybrid 2 shows a fast adsorption behavior towards MB and a relatively high value can be reached within 5 min in dark. Both 1 and 2 are structurally stable and can be easily separated from the reaction system for reuse. - Graphical abstract: Supramolecular hybrids of polytungstates have been synthesized and characterized, which exhibit the reversible adsorption–desorption performance for organic dye methylene blue.

  8. Thioamides: versatile bonds to induce directional and cooperative hydrogen bonding in supramolecular polymers.

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    Mes, Tristan; Cantekin, Seda; Balkenende, Dirk W R; Frissen, Martijn M M; Gillissen, Martijn A J; De Waal, Bas F M; Voets, Ilja K; Meijer, E W; Palmans, Anja R A

    2013-06-24

    The amide bond is a versatile functional group and its directional hydrogen-bonding capabilities are widely applied in, for example, supramolecular chemistry. The potential of the thioamide bond, in contrast, is virtually unexplored as a structuring moiety in hydrogen-bonding-based self-assembling systems. We report herein the synthesis and characterisation of a new self-assembling motif comprising thioamides to induce directional hydrogen bonding. N,N',N''-Trialkylbenzene-1,3,5-tris(carbothioamide)s (thioBTAs) with either achiral or chiral side-chains have been readily obtained by treating their amide-based precursors with P2S5. The thioBTAs showed thermotropic liquid crystalline behaviour and a columnar mesophase was assigned. IR spectroscopy revealed that strong, three-fold, intermolecular hydrogen-bonding interactions stabilise the columnar structures. In apolar alkane solutions, thioBTAs self-assemble into one-dimensional, helical supramolecular polymers stabilised by three-fold hydrogen bonding. Concentration- and temperature-dependent self-assembly studies performed by using a combination of UV and CD spectroscopy demonstrated a cooperative supramolecular polymerisation mechanism and a strong amplification of supramolecular chirality. The high dipole moment of the thioamide bond in combination with the anisotropic shape of the resulting cylindrical aggregate gives rise to sufficiently strong depolarised light scattering to enable depolarised dynamic light scattering (DDLS) experiments in dilute alkane solution. The rotational and translational diffusion coefficients, D(trans) and D(rot), were obtained from the DDLS measurements, and the average length, L, and diameter, d, of the thioBTA aggregates were derived (L = 490 nm and d = 3.6 nm). These measured values are in good agreement with the value L(w) = 755 nm obtained from fitting the temperature-dependent CD data by using a recently developed equilibrium model. This experimental verification

  9. Supramolecular concepts and new techniques in mechanochemistry: cocrystals, cages, rotaxanes, open metal-organic frameworks.

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    Friščić, Tomislav

    2012-05-07

    Mechanochemical reactions effected by milling or grinding are an attractive means to conduct chemical reactions dependent on molecular recognition and to systematically explore different modes of molecular self-assembly. The natural relationship between milling mechanochemistry and supramolecular chemistry arises primarily from the ability to avoid bulk solvent, which simultaneously avoids limitations of solution-based chemistry, such as solubility, solvent complexation, or solvolysis, and makes the resulting process highly environmentally friendly. This tutorial review highlights the use of mechanochemistry for the synthesis of supramolecular targets in the solid state, such as molecular hydrogen- or halogen-bonded complexes, molecular and supramolecular cages, open frameworks and interlocked architectures. It is also demonstrated that the molecular self-assembly phenomena that are well-established in solution chemistry, such as reversible binding through covalent or non-covalent bonds, thermodynamic equilibration and structure templating, are also accessible in milling mechanochemistry through recently developed highly efficient methodologies such as liquid-assisted grinding (LAG) or ion- and liquid-assisted grinding (ILAG). Also highlighted are the new opportunities arising from the marriage of concepts of supramolecular and mechanochemical synthesis, including organocatalysis, deracemisation and discovery of new molecular recognition motifs.

  10. Art, auto-mechanics, and supramolecular chemistry. A merging of hobbies and career.

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    Anslyn, Eric V

    2016-01-01

    While the strict definition of supramolecular chemistry is "chemistry beyond the molecule", meaning having a focus on non-covalent interactions, the field is primarily associated with the creation of synthetic receptors and self-assembly. For synthetic ease, the receptors and assemblies routinely possess a high degree of symmetry, which lends them an aspect of aesthetic beauty. Pictures of electron orbitals similarly can be seen as akin to works of art. This similarity was an early draw for me to the fields of supramolecular chemistry and molecular orbital theory, because I grew up in a household filled with art. In addition to art, my childhood was filled with repairing and constructing mechanical entities, such as internal combustion motors, where many components work together to achieve a function. Analogously, the field of supramolecular chemistry creates systems of high complexity that achieve functions or perform tasks. Therefore, in retrospect a career in supramolecular chemistry appears to be simply an extension of childhood hobbies involving art and auto-mechanics.

  11. Art, auto-mechanics, and supramolecular chemistry. A merging of hobbies and career

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    Eric V. Anslyn

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available While the strict definition of supramolecular chemistry is “chemistry beyond the molecule”, meaning having a focus on non-covalent interactions, the field is primarily associated with the creation of synthetic receptors and self-assembly. For synthetic ease, the receptors and assemblies routinely possess a high degree of symmetry, which lends them an aspect of aesthetic beauty. Pictures of electron orbitals similarly can be seen as akin to works of art. This similarity was an early draw for me to the fields of supramolecular chemistry and molecular orbital theory, because I grew up in a household filled with art. In addition to art, my childhood was filled with repairing and constructing mechanical entities, such as internal combustion motors, where many components work together to achieve a function. Analogously, the field of supramolecular chemistry creates systems of high complexity that achieve functions or perform tasks. Therefore, in retrospect a career in supramolecular chemistry appears to be simply an extension of childhood hobbies involving art and auto-mechanics.

  12. Dynamic diversity of synthetic supramolecular polymers in water as revealed by hydrogen/deuterium exchange

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    Lou, Xianwen; Lafleur, René P. M.; Leenders, Christianus M. A.; Schoenmakers, Sandra M. C.; Matsumoto, Nicholas M.; Baker, Matthew B.; van Dongen, Joost L. J.; Palmans, Anja R. A.; Meijer, E. W.

    2017-05-01

    Numerous self-assembling molecules have been synthesized aiming at mimicking both the structural and dynamic properties found in living systems. Here we show the application of hydrogen/deuterium exchange (HDX) mass spectrometry (MS) to unravel the nanoscale organization and the structural dynamics of synthetic supramolecular polymers in water. We select benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) derivatives that self-assemble in H2O to illustrate the strength of this technique for supramolecular polymers. The BTA structure has six exchangeable hydrogen atoms and we follow their exchange as a function of time after diluting the H2O solution with a 100-fold excess of D2O. The kinetic H/D exchange profiles reveal that these supramolecular polymers in water are dynamically diverse; a notion that has previously not been observed using other techniques. In addition, we report that small changes in the molecular structure can be used to control the dynamics of synthetic supramolecular polymers in water.

  13. Kinetic control over pathway complexity in supramolecular polymerization through modulating the energy landscape by rational molecular design.

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    Ogi, Soichiro; Fukui, Tomoya; Jue, Melinda L; Takeuchi, Masayuki; Sugiyasu, Kazunori

    2014-12-22

    Far-from-equilibrium thermodynamic systems that are established as a consequence of coupled equilibria are the origin of the complex behavior of biological systems. Therefore, research in supramolecular chemistry has recently been shifting emphasis from a thermodynamic standpoint to a kinetic one; however, control over the complex kinetic processes is still in its infancy. Herein, we report our attempt to control the time evolution of supramolecular assembly in a process in which the supramolecular assembly transforms from a J-aggregate to an H-aggregate over time. The transformation proceeds through a delicate interplay of these two aggregation pathways. We have succeeded in modulating the energy landscape of the respective aggregates by a rational molecular design. On the basis of this understanding of the energy landscape, programming of the time evolution was achieved through adjusting the balance between the coupled equilibria. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. The effect of light-scattering layer on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cell assembled using TiO2 double-layered films as photoanodes

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    Zhu, L.; Zhao, Y. L.; Lin, X. P.; Gu, X. Q.; Qiang, Y. H.

    2014-01-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are fabricated based on double-layered films of TiO2 nanospheres and TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs). TiO2 nanospheres, including TiO2 hollow spheres (HSs) and TiO2 solid spheres (SSs), were served as light-scattering layers on TiO2 NRAs as composite photoanodes. The as-prepared TiO2 NRAs, TiO2 HSs and TiO2 SSs have been characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The photoelectric properties of DSSCs were investigated by UV-vis reflectance spectra, current-voltage curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Owing to the synergic effects of the TiO2 HSs (SSs) and NRAs, including large specific surface area of HSs (SSs) as light-scattering layer for effective dye adsorption and harvesting light and rapid electron transport in one dimensional TiO2 NRAs, the optimal energy conversion efficiency of DSSCs with as-prepared double-layered films as nanocomposite photoanode (5.40%) were far higher than the ones using single-layered NRAs films (1.56%).

  15. Self-assembled all-conjugated block copolymer as an effective hole conductor for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Wei-Chih; Lee, Yi-Huan; Chen, Chia-Yuan; Kau, Kuo-Chang; Lin, Lu-Yin; Dai, Chi-An; Wu, Chun-Guey; Ho, Kuo-Chuan; Wang, Juen-Kai; Wang, Leeyih

    2014-02-25

    An all-conjugated diblock copolymer, poly(2,5-dihexyloxy-p-phenylene)-b-poly(3-hexylthiophene) (PPP-b-P3HT), was synthesized and applied as a hole transport material (HTM) for the fabrication of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (ss-DSCs). This copolymer is characterized by an enhanced crystallinity, enabling its P3HT component to self-organize into interpenetrated and long-range-ordered crystalline fibrils upon spin-drying and ultimately endowing itself to have a faster hole mobility than that of the parent P3HT homopolymer. Transient photovoltage measurements indicate that the photovoltaic cell based on PPP-b-P3HT as the HTM has a longer electron lifetime than that of the reference device based on P3HT homopolymer. Moreover, comparing the two ss-DSCs in terms of the electrochemical impedance spectra reveals that the electron density in the TiO2 conduction band is substantially higher in the PPP-b-P3HT device than in the P3HT cell. Above observations suggest that the PPP block facilitates an intimate contact between the copolymer and dye molecules absorbed on the nanoporous TiO2 layer, which significantly enhances the performance of the resulting device. Consequently, the PPP-b-P3HT ss-DSC exhibits a promising power conversion efficiency of 4.65%. This study demonstrates that conjugated block copolymers can function as superior HTMs of highly efficient ss-DSCs.

  16. 3D Supramolecular Network Based on Hydrogen Bonds Between 1D [ Ni(μ2 -C2O4 ) (Him) 2 ] Zigzag Chains

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    ZHANG Jing; HUANG Ru-dan; ZHU Qin-lei; HU Chang-wen

    2007-01-01

    @@ Introduction In recent years, considerable attention has been paid to supramolecular networks based on metal organic building blocks because of their potential applications in diverse fields, such as, catalysis, optics, sensors,magnetism, and molecular recognition[1-3]. On the basis of the principles of crystal engineering and special synthesis strategies, several novel supramolecular frameworks have been assembled from various organic,inorganic and metal-organic moieties, which largely enriches the structure chemistry of solid state materials[4-9].

  17. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Supramolecular Network Compound [Co(IN2)(H2O)4](IN=Isonicotinate)

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    2002-01-01

    A novel supramolecular compound, [Co(IN)2(H2O)4](1), was synthesized by means of the hydrothermal method and its structure was characterized with elemental analysis, FT-IR spectrum, TGA and X-ray diffraction. Though the unit cell structure of the title compound is only monomeric, all these units as building blocks are assembled into a novel three-dimensional supramolecular network via the widely hydrogen-bonding and π-π stacking interactions.

  18. Size Switchable Supramolecular Nanoparticle Based on Azobenzene Derivative within Anionic Pillar[5]arene

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    Zhang, Cai-Cai; Li, Sheng-Hua; Zhang, Cui-Fang; Liu, Yu

    2016-11-01

    A photo/thermal-switchable supramolecular nanoparticles assembly has been constructed based on an inclusion complex between anionic pillar[5]arene 2C-WP5A and azobenzene derivative Azo-py-OMe (G). The novel anionic pillar[5]arene-based host-guest inclusion complexation was investigated by the 1H NMR titration, 2D ROESY and isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC) showing high association constant (Ka) of (2.60 ± 0.06) × 104 M‑1 with 1:1 binding stoichiometry. Furthermore, the supramolecular nanoparticles assembly can be conveniently obtained from G and a small amount of 2C-WP5A in aqueous solution, which was so-called “host induced aggregating (HIA)”. The size and morphology of the supramolecular nanoparticles assembly were characterized by TEM and DLS. As a result of the photo/thermal-isomerization of G included in the cavity of 2C-WP5A, the size of these nanoparticles could reversibly change from ~800 nm to ~250 nm, which could switch the solution of this assembly from turbid to clear.

  19. New class of phosphine oxide donor-based supramolecular coordination complexes from an in situ phosphine oxidation reaction or phosphine oxide ligands.

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    Shankar, Bhaskaran; Elumalai, Palani; Shanmugam, Ramasamy; Singh, Virender; Masram, Dhanraj T; Sathiyendiran, Malaichamy

    2013-09-16

    A one-pot, multicomponent, coordination-driven self-assembly approach was used to synthesize the first examples of neutral bridging phosphine oxide donor-based supramolecular coordination complexes. The complexes were self-assembled from a fac-Re(CO)3 acceptor, an anionic bridging O donor, and a neutral soft phosphine or hard phosphine oxide donor.

  20. Preparation and Photochemical Behavior of a Cationic Azobenzene Dye-Montmorillonite Intercalation Compound

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    2007-01-01

    Montmorillonite/cationic azobenzene dye(p-(δ-triethylammoniobutoxy)-p'-methyl-azobenzene bromide) intercalation compounds were prepared by the conventional ion exchange method. As compared with that of pure cationic azo-dye, the thermal stability of the intercalated dye was greatly enhanced, and the absorption band corresponding to azobenzene group in intercalated dye shifted towards longer wave length by 38 nm. This could be ascribed to the strong conjugation of cationic azo-dye supramolecular order structure(J cluster) confined in a nanoscale space of montmorillonite interlayer gallery. UV/vis spectra data show that the intercalated azo dye in the montmorillonite interlayer space exhibited reversible trans-to-cis photoisomerization and daylight cis-to-trans back reaction. FTIR indicates the successful intercalation of cationic azo-dye into the montmorillonite interlayer.

  1. Supramolecular pyridyl urea gels as soft matter with antibacterial properties against MRSA and/or E. coli.

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    Pandurangan, Komala; Kitchen, Jonathan A; Blasco, Salvador; Paradisi, Francesca; Gunnlaugsson, Thorfinnur

    2014-09-25

    The synthesis and characterisation of novel aryl-pyridyl ureas are described, which form self-assembly structures via extended hydrogen bonding and π-π interactions in the solid state, and in selected cases, form supramolecular gels with antimicrobial properties against Staphylococcus aureus and/or Escherichia coli.

  2. Hydrolytic and oxidative degradation of electrospun supramolecular biomaterials: In vitro degradation pathways.

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    Brugmans, M C P; Sӧntjens, S H M; Cox, M A J; Nandakumar, A; Bosman, A W; Mes, T; Janssen, H M; Bouten, C V C; Baaijens, F P T; Driessen-Mol, A

    2015-11-01

    The emerging field of in situ tissue engineering (TE) of load bearing tissues places high demands on the implanted scaffolds, as these scaffolds should provide mechanical stability immediately upon implantation. The new class of synthetic supramolecular biomaterial polymers, which contain non-covalent interactions between the polymer chains, thereby forming complex 3D structures by self assembly. Here, we have aimed to map the degradation characteristics of promising (supramolecular) materials, by using a combination of in vitro tests. The selected biomaterials were all polycaprolactones (PCLs), either conventional and unmodified PCL, or PCL with supramolecular hydrogen bonding moieties (either 2-ureido-[1H]-pyrimidin-4-one or bis-urea units) incorporated into the backbone. As these materials are elastomeric, they are suitable candidates for cardiovascular TE applications. Electrospun scaffold strips of these materials were incubated with solutions containing enzymes that catalyze hydrolysis, or solutions containing oxidative species. At several time points, chemical, morphological, and mechanical properties were investigated. It was demonstrated that conventional and supramolecular PCL-based polymers respond differently to enzyme-accelerated hydrolytic or oxidative degradation, depending on the morphological and chemical composition of the material. Conventional PCL is more prone to hydrolytic enzymatic degradation as compared to the investigated supramolecular materials, while, in contrast, the latter materials are more susceptible to oxidative degradation. Given the observed degradation pathways of the examined materials, we are able to tailor degradation characteristics by combining selected PCL backbones with additional supramolecular moieties. The presented combination of in vitro test methods can be employed to screen, limit, and select biomaterials for pre-clinical in vivo studies targeted to different clinical applications.

  3. Supramolecular polymers: Molecular machines muscle up

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    Bruns, Carson J.; Stoddart, J. Fraser

    2013-01-01

    A supramolecular polymer made of thousands of bistable [c2]daisy chains amplifies individual nanometric displacements up to the micrometre-length scale, in a concerted process reminiscent of muscular cells.

  4. On some problems of inorganic supramolecular chemistry.

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    Pervov, Vladislav S; Zotova, Anna E

    2013-12-02

    In this study, some features that distinguish inorganic supramolecular host-guest objects from traditional architectures are considered. Crystalline inorganic supramolecular structures are the basis for the development of new functional materials. Here, the possible changes in the mechanism of crystalline inorganic supramolecular structure self-organization at high interaction potentials are discussed. The cases of changes in the host structures and corresponding changes in the charge states under guest intercalation, as well as their impact on phase stability and stoichiometry are considered. It was demonstrated that the deviation from the geometrical and topological complementarity conditions may be due to the additional energy gain from forming inorganic supramolecular structures. It has been assumed that molecular recognition principles can be employed for the development of physicochemical analysis and interpretation of metastable states in inorganic crystalline alloys.

  5. Supramolecular catalysis: Terpenes in tight spaces

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    Roach, Jeremy J.; Shenvi, Ryan A.

    2015-03-01

    The ability of enzymes to direct the synthesis of complex natural products from simple starting materials is epitomized by terpene biosynthesis. Now, a supramolecular catalyst has been shown to mimic some of the reactivity of this process.

  6. A Cobalt Supramolecular Triple-Stranded Helicate-based Discrete Molecular Cage

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    Mai, Hien Duy; Kang, Philjae; Kim, Jin Kyung; Yoo, Hyojong

    2017-01-01

    We report a strategy to achieve a discrete cage molecule featuring a high level of structural hierarchy through a multiple-assembly process. A cobalt (Co) supramolecular triple-stranded helicate (Co-TSH)-based discrete molecular cage (1) is successfully synthesized and fully characterized. The solid-state structure of 1 shows that it is composed of six triple-stranded helicates interconnected by four linking cobalt species. This is an unusual example of a highly symmetric cage architecture resulting from the coordination-driven assembly of metallosupramolecular modules. The molecular cage 1 shows much higher CO2 uptake properties and selectivity compared with the separate supramolecular modules (Co-TSH, complex 2) and other molecular platforms. PMID:28262690

  7. Rapid fabrication of hierarchically structured supramolecular nanocomposite thin films in one minute

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    Xu, Ting; Kao, Joseph

    2016-11-08

    Functional nanocomposites containing nanoparticles of different chemical compositions may exhibit new properties to meet demands for advanced technology. It is imperative to simultaneously achieve hierarchical structural control and to develop rapid, scalable fabrication to minimize degradation of nanoparticle properties and for compatibility with nanomanufacturing. The assembly kinetics of supramolecular nanocomposite in thin films is governed by the energetic cost arising from defects, the chain mobility, and the activation energy for inter-domain diffusion. By optimizing only one parameter, the solvent fraction in the film, the assembly kinetics can be precisely tailored to produce hierarchically structured thin films of supramolecular nanocomposites in approximately one minute. Moreover, the strong wavelength dependent optical anisotropy in the nanocomposite highlights their potential applications for light manipulation and information transmission. The present invention opens a new avenue in designing manufacture-friendly continuous processing for the fabrication of functional nanocomposite thin films.

  8. Rapid fabrication of hierarchically structured supramolecular nanocomposite thin films in one minute

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    Xu, Ting; Kao, Joseph

    2016-11-08

    Functional nanocomposites containing nanoparticles of different chemical compositions may exhibit new properties to meet demands for advanced technology. It is imperative to simultaneously achieve hierarchical structural control and to develop rapid, scalable fabrication to minimize degradation of nanoparticle properties and for compatibility with nanomanufacturing. The assembly kinetics of supramolecular nanocomposite in thin films is governed by the energetic cost arising from defects, the chain mobility, and the activation energy for inter-domain diffusion. By optimizing only one parameter, the solvent fraction in the film, the assembly kinetics can be precisely tailored to produce hierarchically structured thin films of supramolecular nanocomposites in approximately one minute. Moreover, the strong wavelength dependent optical anisotropy in the nanocomposite highlights their potential applications for light manipulation and information transmission. The present invention opens a new avenue in designing manufacture-friendly continuous processing for the fabrication of functional nanocomposite thin films.

  9. A recyclable supramolecular membrane for size-selective separation of nanoparticles

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    Krieg, Elisha; Weissman, Haim; Shirman, Elijah; Shimoni, Eyal; Rybtchinski, Boris

    2011-03-01

    Most practical materials are held together by covalent bonds, which are irreversible. Materials based on noncovalent interactions can undergo reversible self-assembly, which offers advantages in terms of fabrication, processing and recyclability, but the majority of noncovalent systems are too fragile to be competitive with covalent materials for practical applications, despite significant attempts to develop robust noncovalent arrays. Here, we report nanostructured supramolecular membranes prepared from fibrous assemblies in water. The membranes are robust due to strong hydrophobic interactions, allowing their application in the size-selective separation of both metal and semiconductor nanoparticles. A thin (12 µm) membrane is used for filtration (~5 nm cutoff), and a thicker (45 µm) membrane allows for size-selective chromatography in the sub-5 nm domain. Unlike conventional membranes, our supramolecular membranes can be disassembled using organic solvent, cleaned, reassembled and reused multiple times.

  10. Information processing in the CNS: a supramolecular chemistry?

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    Tozzi, Arturo

    2015-10-01

    How does central nervous system process information? Current theories are based on two tenets: (a) information is transmitted by action potentials, the language by which neurons communicate with each other-and (b) homogeneous neuronal assemblies of cortical circuits operate on these neuronal messages where the operations are characterized by the intrinsic connectivity among neuronal populations. In this view, the size and time course of any spike is stereotypic and the information is restricted to the temporal sequence of the spikes; namely, the "neural code". However, an increasing amount of novel data point towards an alternative hypothesis: (a) the role of neural code in information processing is overemphasized. Instead of simply passing messages, action potentials play a role in dynamic coordination at multiple spatial and temporal scales, establishing network interactions across several levels of a hierarchical modular architecture, modulating and regulating the propagation of neuronal messages. (b) Information is processed at all levels of neuronal infrastructure from macromolecules to population dynamics. For example, intra-neuronal (changes in protein conformation, concentration and synthesis) and extra-neuronal factors (extracellular proteolysis, substrate patterning, myelin plasticity, microbes, metabolic status) can have a profound effect on neuronal computations. This means molecular message passing may have cognitive connotations. This essay introduces the concept of "supramolecular chemistry", involving the storage of information at the molecular level and its retrieval, transfer and processing at the supramolecular level, through transitory non-covalent molecular processes that are self-organized, self-assembled and dynamic. Finally, we note that the cortex comprises extremely heterogeneous cells, with distinct regional variations, macromolecular assembly, receptor repertoire and intrinsic microcircuitry. This suggests that every neuron (or group of

  11. Vortex-Induced Alignment of a Water Soluble Supramolecular Nanofiber Composed of an Amphiphilic Dendrimer

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    Akihiko Tsuda

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available We have synthesized a novel amphiphilic naphthalene imide bearing a cationic dendrimer wedge (NID. NID molecules in water self-assemble to form a two-dimensional ribbon, which further coils to give a linear supramolecular nanofiber. The sample solution showed linear dichroism (LD upon stirring of the solution, where NID nanofibers dominantly align at the center of vortex by hydrodynamic interaction with the downward torsional flows.

  12. Vortex-induced alignment of a water soluble supramolecular nanofiber composed of an amphiphilic dendrimer.

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    Yamamoto, Taiki; Tsuda, Akihiko

    2013-06-17

    We have synthesized a novel amphiphilic naphthalene imide bearing a cationic dendrimer wedge (NID). NID molecules in water self-assemble to form a two-dimensional ribbon, which further coils to give a linear supramolecular nanofiber. The sample solution showed linear dichroism (LD) upon stirring of the solution, where NID nanofibers dominantly align at the center of vortex by hydrodynamic interaction with the downward torsional flows.

  13. Supramolecular organic frameworks: engineering periodicity in water through host-guest chemistry.

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    Tian, Jia; Chen, Lan; Zhang, Dan-Wei; Liu, Yi; Li, Zhan-Ting

    2016-05-11

    The development of homogeneous, water-soluble periodic self-assembled structures comprise repeating units that produce porosity in two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) spaces has become a topic of growing interest in the field of supramolecular chemistry. Such novel self-assembled entities, known as supramolecular organic frameworks (SOFs), are the result of programmed host-guest interactions, which allows for the thermodynamically controlled generation of monolayer sheets or a diamondoid architecture with regular internal cavities or pores under mild conditions. This feature article aims at propagating the conceptually novel SOFs as a new entry into conventional supramolecular polymers. In the first section, we will describe the background of porous solid frameworks and supramolecular polymers. We then introduce the self-assembling behaviour of several multitopic flexible molecules, which is closely related to the design of periodic SOFs from rigid multitopic building blocks. This is followed by a brief discussion of cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8])-encapsulation-enhanced aromatic stacking in water. The three-component host-guest pattern based on this stacking motif has been utilized to drive the formation of most of the new SOFs. In the following two sections, we will highlight the main advances in the construction of 2D and 3D SOFs and the related functional aspects. Finally, we will offer our opinions on future directions for both structures and functions. We hope that this article will trigger the interest of researchers in the field of chemistry, physics, biology and materials science, which should help accelerate the applications of this new family of soft self-assembled organic frameworks.

  14. Highly stable supramolecular hydrogels formed from 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid and hydroxyl pyridines

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    Li Ming Tang; Yu Jiang Wang

    2009-01-01

    New supramolecular hydrogels with the maximal sol-gel transition temperature (T_(gel)) of 95 ℃ were obtained by using gelators formed from 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid (BTA) and para-hydroxyl pyridine (PHP) or meta-hydroxyl pyridine (MHP). The single crystal structure of the complex formed from BTA and ortho-hydroxyl pyridine (OHP) indicated that the molecules assembled into superstructure via both hydrogen bonds and π-π stacking interaction.

  15. From Homogeneous to Heterogenized Solar Fuels Assemblies: Observation of Electron Transfer Events in Systems Containing Dye-Sensitized Semiconductors and Molecular Catalysts

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    Kamire, Rebecca Joy

    The conversion of solar energy into chemical energy by simultaneously oxidizing water and reducing protons to hydrogen could provide a much-needed fuel source within a more sustainable energy economy. Dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells (DSPECs) are capable of forming fuels using sunlight if photoexcited chromophores transfer charges to semiconductor electrodes and catalysts, and catalysis occurs, at rates exceeding those of charge recombination. The rational design of efficient DSPECs will require an understanding of the catalytic mechanisms and rate-limiting steps of the oxidative and reductive reactions. Here, we focus on how molecular and electrode design can be used to favor the desired charge transfer events from photoexcited perylene-3,4-dicarboximide (PMI) chromophores into semiconductor films and to molecular catalysts. Previous efforts with related chromophores have focused on charge transfer between dyes and catalysts in homogeneous covalent systems without the presence of a supporting electrode. In this work, femtosecond to millisecond transient absorption spectroscopies are utilized to identify a PMI derivative capable of injecting electrons into nanostructured semiconductor films with favorable rates and yields. The identified derivative is further used to oxidize covalently attached homogeneous water oxidation catalyst (WOC) precursor Cp*Ir III(ppy)Cl, where ppy = 2-phenylpyridine, on TiO2 and then incorporated into several photoelectrodes for photodriven water oxidation and hydrogen production. Atomic layer deposition of Al2O3 following chromophore adsorption is employed to improve the chemical stability of the chromophores and to prevent rapid electron-hole recombination. The TiO2-based photoanodes contain a coadsorbed WOC [(Ir IV(pyalc)(H2O)R)2(micro-O)] +2, where pyalc = 2-(2'pyridyl)-2-propanolate, or its mononuclear precursor functionalized with a siloxane binding group. NiO-based photocathodes include molecular cobaloxime- or [Ni(P2N2) 2

  16. A co-assembled gel of a pyromellitic dianhydride derivative and polyaniline with optoelectronic and photovoltaic properties.

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    Bairi, Partha; Chakraborty, Priyadarshi; Shit, Arnab; Mondal, Sanjoy; Roy, Bappaditya; Nandi, Arun K

    2014-07-01

    5,5'-(1,3,5,7-Tetraoxopyrrolo[3,4-f]isoindole-2,6-diyl)diisophthalic acid (PMDIG) is used to produce a supramolecular hydrogel via acid-base treatment. The field emission scanning electron micrograph and atomic force microscopy micrographs exhibit a fibrillar network structure from intermolecular supramolecular interaction, supported from Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and UV-vis spectra. The fluorescence intensity of the PMDIG gel is 16 times higher than that of the sodium salt of PMDIG with a 42 nm red shift of the emission peak. Upon addition of an anilinium chloride solution to the PMDIG gel, it transforms into the sol, and when a solid ammonium persulfate is spread over it, a stable hydrogel is produced. The co-assembled PMDIG-polyaniline (PANI) gel exhibits a fibrillar network morphology, and the co-assembly is formed by the supramolecular interaction between the polyaniline (donor) and the PMDIG (acceptor) molecules, which is evident from FTIR spectra and wide angle X-ray scattering results. The UV-vis spectrum of the PMDIG-PANI hydrogel exhibits the characteristic peaks of polaron band transitions of the doped PANI. The PMDIG-PANI co-assembled hydrogel has a 51-fold higher storage modulus, a 52-fold higher elasticity, a 1.4-fold increase in stiffness, and a 5-fold increase of fragility compared to the values of the PMDIG hydrogel. The PMDIG-PANI xerogel exhibits a 4 order of magnitude increase in dc conductivity compared to that of PMDIG, and the I-V characteristic curve exhibits a rectification property under white light illumination showing photocurrent rectification, a new phenomenon reported here for the supramolecular gel systems. A dye-sensitized solar cell fabricated with an ITO/PMDIG-PANI/graphite device shows a power conversion efficiency (η) of 0.1%. A discussion of the mechanism of gel formation and the sol state of the PMDIG-aniline system is included considering the contact angle values of the xerogels.

  17. Translational regulation mechanisms of aquaporin-4 supramolecular organization in astrocytes.

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    Pisani, Francesco; Rossi, Andrea; Nicchia, Grazia Paola; Svelto, Maria; Frigeri, Antonio

    2011-12-01

    The two predominant isoforms of Aquaporin-4 (AQP4), AQP4-M23 and AQP4-M1, assemble in the plasma membrane to form supramolecular structures called Orthogonal Array of Particles (OAPs) whose dimension is tightly associated to the M1/M23 ratio. Here, we explore translational regulation contribution to M1/M23 expression in primary cultures of rat astrocytes, and analyze the role of M1 mRNA 5'untranslated region (5'UTR) in this mechanism. Using isoform-specific RNAi we found that in rat astrocytes primary cultures a large proportion of M23 protein derives from M1 mRNA translation. Furthermore, site-specific mutagenesis of the 5'UTR sequence of AQP4-M1 mRNA indicates that a multiple-site leaky scanning mechanism, an out-of-frame upstream ORF (uORF), and a reinitiation mechanism are able to modulate the M1/M23 ratio and consequently, OAPs formation. These mechanisms are likely to be shared by different species, including human, and they can also be assumed to play a role in those pathophysiological situations where the organization of AQP4 in supramolecular structures (OAPs) is involved. Finally, we report that, when transfected in Hela cells, the longer rat AQP4 isoform, called Mz, which is not present in human impairs OAPs formation. Copyright © 2011 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

  18. Engineering orthogonality in supramolecular polymers: from simple scaffolds to complex materials.

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    Elacqua, Elizabeth; Lye, Diane S; Weck, Marcus

    2014-08-19

    Owing to the mastery exhibited by Nature in integrating both covalent and noncovalent interactions in a highly efficient manner, the quest to construct polymeric systems that rival not only the precision and fidelity but also the structure of natural systems has remained a daunting challenge. Supramolecular chemists have long endeavored to control the interplay between covalent and noncovalent bond formation, so as to examine and fully comprehend how function is predicated on self-assembly. The ability to reliably control polymer self-assembly is essential to generate "smart" materials and has the potential to tailor polymer properties (i.e., viscosity, electronic properties) through fine-tuning the noncovalent interactions that comprise the polymer architecture. In this context, supramolecular polymers have a distinct advantage over fully covalent systems in that they are dynamically modular, since noncovalent recognition motifs can be engineered to either impart a desired functionality within the overall architecture or provide a designed bias for the self-assembly process. In this Account, we describe engineering principles being developed and pursued by our group that exploit the orthogonal nature of noncovalent interactions, such as hydrogen bonding, metal coordination, and Coulombic interactions, to direct the self-assembly of functionalized macromolecules, resulting in the formation of supramolecular polymers. To begin, we describe our efforts to fabricate a modular poly(norbornene)-based scaffold via ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP), wherein pendant molecular recognition elements based upon nucleobase-mimicking elements (e.g., thymine, diaminotriazine) or SCS-Pd(II) pincer were integrated within covalent monofunctional or symmetrically functionalized polymers. The simple polymer backbones exhibited reliable self-assembly with complementary polymers or small molecules. Within these systems, we applied successful protecting group strategies and

  19. Chlorophyll J-aggregates: from bioinspired dye stacks to nanotubes, liquid crystals, and biosupramolecular electronics.

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    Sengupta, Sanchita; Würthner, Frank

    2013-11-19

    Among the natural light-harvesting (LH) systems, those of green sulfur and nonsulfur photosynthetic bacteria are exceptional because they lack the support of a protein matrix. Instead, these so-called chlorosomes are based solely on "pigments". These are self-assembled bacteriochlorophyll c, d, and e derivatives, which consist of a chlorophyll skeleton bearing a 3(1)-hydroxy functional group. Chemists consider the latter as an essential structural unit to direct the formation of light-harvesting self-assembled dye aggregates with J-type excitonic coupling. The intriguing properties of chlorosomal J-type aggregates, particularly narrow red-shifted absorption bands, compared with monomers and their ability to delocalize and migrate excitons, have inspired intense research activities toward synthetic analogues in this field. The ultimate goal of this research field is the development of (opto-)electronic devices based on the architectural principle of chlorosomal LH systems. In this regard, the challenge is to develop small, functional building blocks with appropriate substituents that are preprogrammed to self-assemble across different length scales and to emulate functions of natural LH systems or to realize entirely new functions beyond those found in nature. In this Account, we highlight our achievements in the past decade with semisynthetic zinc chlorins (ZnChls) as model compounds of bacteriochlorophylls obtained from the naturally most abundant chlorin precursor: chlorophyll a. To begin, we explore how supramolecular strategies involving π-stacking, hydrogen bonding, and metal-oxygen coordination can be used to design ZnChl-based molecular stack, tube, and liquid crystalline assemblies conducive to charge and energy transport. Our design principle is based on the bioinspired functionalization of the 3(1)-position of ZnChl with a hydroxy or methoxy group; the former gives rise to tubular assemblies, whereas the latter induces stack assemblies. Functionalization

  20. Supramolecular PEGylated Dendritic Systems as pH/Redox Dual-Responsive Theranostic Nanoplatforms for Platinum Drug Delivery and NIR Imaging.

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    Li, Yunkun; Li, Yachao; Zhang, Xiao; Xu, Xianghui; Zhang, Zhijun; Hu, Cheng; He, Yiyan; Gu, Zhongwei

    2016-01-01

    Recently, self-assembling small dendrimers into supramolecular dendritic systems offers an alternative strategy to develop multifunctional nanoplatforms for biomedical applications. We herein report a dual-responsive supramolecular PEGylated dendritic system for efficient platinum-based drug delivery and near-infrared (NIR) tracking. With a refined molecular/supramolecular engineering, supramolecular dendritic systems were stabilized by bioreducible disulfide bonds and endowed with NIR fluorescence probes, and PEGylated platinum derivatives coordinated onto the abundant peripheral groups of supramolecular dendritic templates to generate pH/redox dual-responsive theranostic supramolecular PEGylated dendritic systems (TSPDSs). TSPDSs markedly improved the pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of platinum-based drugs, owing to their stable nanostructures and PEGylated shells during the blood circulation. Tumor intracellular environment (low pH value and high glutathione concentration) could trigger the rapid disintegration of TSPDSs due to acid-labile coordination bonds and redox-cleavable disulfide linkages, and then platinum-based drugs were delivered into the nuclei to exert antitumor activity. In vivo antitumor treatments indicated TSPDSs not only provided high antitumor efficiency which was comparable to clinical cisplatin, but also reduced renal toxicity of platinum-based drugs. Moreover, NIR fluorescence of TSPDSs successfully visualized in vitro and in vivo fate of nanoplatforms and disclosed the intracellular platinum delivery and pharmacokinetics. These results confirm tailor-made supramolecular dendritic system with sophisticated nanostructure and excellent performance is a promising candidate as smart theranostic nanoplatforms.