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Hydrogen-bonding regulated assembly of molecular and macromolecular amphiphiles

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Abstract

Amphiphilic small molecules and polymers produce diverse nanostructures in an aqueous medium. Emerging reports suggest that there is a great opportunity to enrich the structure and function of amphiphilic aggregates by suitable molecular engineering in the building block to enable directional non-covalent interaction based on specific molecular recognition to circumvent the immiscibility driven aggregation governed by the critical packing parameter. This review discusses representative recent examples on self-assembly of small molecule and polymeric amphiphiles by H-bonding interaction in an aqueous medium. The specific impact of H-bonding on regulating morphology, stability, dynamics, thermodynamics, surface functional group display, stimuli-responsiveness and precision of amphiphilic nanostructures has been highlighted and correlated with their potential application as supramolecular biomaterials.

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Submitted
20 Jul 2019
Accepted
20 Sep 2019
First published
20 Sep 2019

Mater. Chem. Front., 2019,3, 2602-2616
Article type
Review Article

Hydrogen-bonding regulated assembly of molecular and macromolecular amphiphiles

A. Sikder and S. Ghosh, Mater. Chem. Front., 2019, 3, 2602
DOI: 10.1039/C9QM00473D

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