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Issue 7, 2011
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Exploiting CH-π interactions in supramolecular hydrogels of aromatic carbohydrate amphiphiles

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Abstract

A novel class of supramolecular hydrogels derived from amino sugars is reported, where the self-assembly of aromatic carbohydrate amphiphiles is driven by CH-π interactions, rather than π–π stacking and H-bonding associated with gelators based on aromatic peptide amphiphiles. Spectroscopic data is provided as evidence for this mode of self-assembly and in silico studies revealed that a combination of CH-π and T-stacking of the fluorenyl groups contribute to the formation of the aggregated structures.

Graphical abstract: Exploiting CH-π interactions in supramolecular hydrogels of aromatic carbohydrate amphiphiles

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The article was received on 11 Dec 2010, accepted on 06 Apr 2011 and first published on 12 May 2011


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0SC00621A
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2011,2, 1349-1355

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    Exploiting CH-π interactions in supramolecular hydrogels of aromatic carbohydrate amphiphiles

    L. S. Birchall, S. Roy, V. Jayawarna, M. Hughes, E. Irvine, G. T. Okorogheye, N. Saudi, E. De Santis, T. Tuttle, A. A. Edwards and Rein. V. Ulijn, Chem. Sci., 2011, 2, 1349
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SC00621A

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