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Issue 42, 2016
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H-bonding directed programmed supramolecular assembly of naphthalene-diimide (NDI) derivatives

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Abstract

In this review we have collated various supramolecular designs, all surrounding H-bonding among well-known functional groups (peptides, nucleic acids, amides, ureas, carboxylic acids, pyridine-hydroxyls, urethanes, imides and others), to dictate self-assembly of naphthalenediimide (NDI) π-systems (both small molecules and polymeric building blocks) that exhibit several exciting features including strong propensity for π–π interactions, π-acidity, excellent n-type semiconductivity, CT-complexation, ion–π interactions, ring-substitution dependent redox properties and photophysical properties. This article reveals that H-bonding can indeed serve as a very powerful and versatile tool to programmed self-assembly of a single or multiple dye system producing a wide range of tailored soft materials, including fibrillar gels, chromonic mesophases, foldamers, nanotubes, vesicles, reverse micelles and polymersomes, both in water and organic medium with distinct photophysical properties, charge transport properties, conductivity properties and functional group displays that are highly relevant in the fields of biology and organic electronics.

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Submitted
05 Mar 2016
Accepted
05 Apr 2016
First published
08 Apr 2016

Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 6860-6872
Article type
Feature Article

H-bonding directed programmed supramolecular assembly of naphthalene-diimide (NDI) derivatives

A. Das and S. Ghosh, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 6860
DOI: 10.1039/C6CC01983H

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