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Issue 48, 2014
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Aqueous self-assembly of chromophore-conjugated amphiphiles

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The self-assembly of π-conjugated building blocks has been a topic of interest in last few years owing to their close relevance to optoelectronic device applications. If such building blocks are made amphiphilic by appropriate derivatization, then the self-assembly can be realized in water by the strong hydrophobic repulsive forces between the polar medium and the rigid π-surface. On the other hand, as π–π interactions are directional, such self-assembly can produce structurally precise nano-structures, compared to classical surfactants. With these objectives, the self-assembly of several amphiphilic π-systems has been studied in the recent past and is described in this article. Examples include electron-deficient, electron-rich and also mixed assemblies of donor and acceptor type chromophores which produce many elegant soft structures such as micelles, vesicle, nanotubes and fibres etc.

Graphical abstract: Aqueous self-assembly of chromophore-conjugated amphiphiles

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23 Aug 2014
20 Oct 2014
First published
28 Oct 2014

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014,16, 26672-26683
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Aqueous self-assembly of chromophore-conjugated amphiphiles

M. R. Molla and S. Ghosh, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 26672
DOI: 10.1039/C4CP03791J

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