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In situ modification of nanostructure configuration through the manipulation of hydrogen bonded amphiphile self-association

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Herein, we report the synthesis of a novel amphiphilic salt containing a number of hydrogen bond donating (HBD) and accepting (HBA) functionalities. This amphiphile has been shown to self-associate via hydrogen bond formation in a DMSO solution, confirmed through a combination of NMR, UV-Vis and dynamic light scattering and supported by X-ray diffraction studies. The combination of different HBD and HBA functionalities within the amphiphile structure gives rise to a variety of competitive, self-associative hydrogen bonding modes that result in the formation of ‘frustrated’ hydrogen bonded nanostructures. These nanostructures can be altered through the addition of competitive HBD arrays and/or HBA anionic guests. The addition of these competitive species modifies the type of self-associative hydrogen bonding modes present between the amphiphilic molecules, triggering the in situ formation of novel hydrogen bonded nanostructures.

Graphical abstract: In situ modification of nanostructure configuration through the manipulation of hydrogen bonded amphiphile self-association

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The article was received on 29 Feb 2016, accepted on 31 Mar 2016 and first published on 07 Apr 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00529B
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Soft Matter, 2016,12, 4221-4228
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    In situ modification of nanostructure configuration through the manipulation of hydrogen bonded amphiphile self-association

    J. R. Hiscock, G. P. Bustone, B. Wilson, K. E. Belsey and L. R. Blackholly, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 4221
    DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00529B

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