Halogen effects on the solid-state packing of phenylalanine derivatives and the resultant gelation properties†
Phenylalanine is an important amino acid both biologically, essential to human health, and industrially, as a building block of artificial sweeteners. Our interest in this particular amino acid and its derivatives lies with its ability to form gels in a number of solvents. We present here the studies of the influence of halogen addition to the aromatic ring on the gelation properties and we analyse the crystal structures of a number of these materials to elucidate the trends in their behaviour based on the halogen addition to the aromatic group and the interactions that result.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Halogen Bonding in Supramolecular and Solid State Chemistry