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The pathway and kinetics of hierarchical assembly of ionic oligomers into a lyotropic columnar phase

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Ionic benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) molecules can self-assemble into hollow cylinders which further arrange into columnar phases in water. In situ investigations suggest a multi-step pathway of supramolecular assembly via formation of dispersed molecular aggregates followed by a less ordered intermediate phase before the equilibrium columnar phase is formed. The pathway and kinetics of the formation of lyotropic LC phases through hierarchical supramolecular assembly are similar to non-classical crystallization, in line with an emerging holistic view on crystallization and self-assembly.

Graphical abstract: The pathway and kinetics of hierarchical assembly of ionic oligomers into a lyotropic columnar phase

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Submitted
21 Feb 2019
Accepted
04 Apr 2019
First published
05 Apr 2019

Soft Matter, 2019,15, 4460-4466
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The pathway and kinetics of hierarchical assembly of ionic oligomers into a lyotropic columnar phase

W. Huang, S. Wei, D. Frenkel and N. Huang, Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 4460
DOI: 10.1039/C9SM00383E

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