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An organogelator design without solubilizing side chains by backbone contortion of a perylene bisimide pigment

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Abstract

Here we report a perylene bisimide (PBI) based gelator molecule that contains neither a long alkyl chain nor any other solubilizing group which are considered to be essential moieties of organogelators. Instead, the solubility of the newly designed PBI gelator 4a is imparted by a contorted aromatic core. Its self-assembly into highly fluorescent one-dimensional nanostructures is directed by H-bonding, affording extremely low critical gelation concentrations (CGCs) below 0.1 wt%.

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The article was received on 05 Dec 2013, accepted on 31 Jan 2014 and first published on 17 Feb 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3MH00159H
Citation: Mater. Horiz., 2014,1, 355-359
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    An organogelator design without solubilizing side chains by backbone contortion of a perylene bisimide pigment

    Z. Xie, V. Stepanenko, B. Fimmel and F. Würthner, Mater. Horiz., 2014, 1, 355
    DOI: 10.1039/C3MH00159H

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