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Bilayers directly scrolling up to form nanotubes via self-assembly of an achiral small molecule

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Abstract

The self-assembly behavior of a molecule composed of an azobenzene segment, carboxylic-acid group and flexible alkyl chains (denoted by ABA11) was studied as an extension of our proceeding work. We have previously reported that in DMSO solution ABA11 self-assembled into nanotubes starting from nanosheets and experiencing a meta-state of helical ribbons. Herein, we found that changing the solvent can also affect the self-assembly pathway of ABA11 to nanotubes. When DMSO was replaced by ethanol, the nanosheets formed by ABA11 bilayers either directly scrolled up to form nanotubes without a meta-state of helical ribbons at low concentrations, or stacked up to form nanobricks at higher concentrations. In addition, increasing the water content in ethanol can significantly facilitate the formation of the assembled nanostructures.

Graphical abstract: Bilayers directly scrolling up to form nanotubes via self-assembly of an achiral small molecule

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The article was received on 29 Nov 2016, accepted on 21 Dec 2016 and first published on 22 Dec 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6NR09269A
Nanoscale, 2017,9, 1491-1495

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    Bilayers directly scrolling up to form nanotubes via self-assembly of an achiral small molecule

    Y. Zhang, S. Wang, Y. Liu, Y. Jin, Y. Xia and B. Song, Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 1491
    DOI: 10.1039/C6NR09269A

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