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Solvophobically-driven 3-D self-assembly of “exploded”-type polyphenylene dendrimers

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The three-dimensional self-assembly of a shape-persistent third-generation polyphenylene dendrimer into an extensively interdigitated hexamer was studied with ultra-high-mass MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and dynamic light scattering. Remarkably, the high-precision assembly occurs in the absence of electrostatic or hydrogen-bonding interactions, and is the product of Lilliputian solvophobic interactions, mediated by the dendrimer arm size and shape. The assembly size can be tuned from monomer to dimer to hexamer simply by varying the solvent composition. Further growth or chain end densification results in fundamentally different aggregation or in disruption of the perfect packaging of the macromolecules. This hexameric structural motif is completely different than what has been previously accessible with conventional self-assembly and marks the beginning of a new direction in 3D nanofabrication.

Graphical abstract: Solvophobically-driven 3-D self-assembly of “exploded”-type polyphenylene dendrimers

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The article was received on 04 Dec 2006, accepted on 07 Mar 2007 and first published on 26 Mar 2007

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B617667B
Citation: New J. Chem., 2007,31, 1300-1306
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    Solvophobically-driven 3-D self-assembly of “exploded”-type polyphenylene dendrimers

    C. G. Clark, Jr., R. J. Wenzel, E. V. Andreitchenko, W. Steffen, R. Zenobi and K. Müllen, New J. Chem., 2007, 31, 1300
    DOI: 10.1039/B617667B

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