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Hydrophobic domain flexibility enables morphology control of amphiphilic systems in aqueous media

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Abstract

Herein, we introduce the concept of hydrophobic domain flexibility to control the morphology of aqueous assemblies. To this end, we examined two amphiphilic 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (BODIPY) dyes that differ in the flexibility of the hydrophobic residue (tetradecyl vs. cholesterol). This minor structural difference significantly affects the self-assembly behaviour (spherical vs. two-dimensional sheets) by overruling the packing parameters.

Graphical abstract: Hydrophobic domain flexibility enables morphology control of amphiphilic systems in aqueous media

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Submitted
12 Sep 2020
Accepted
13 Oct 2020
First published
13 Oct 2020

Chem. Commun., 2020, Advance Article
Article type
Communication

Hydrophobic domain flexibility enables morphology control of amphiphilic systems in aqueous media

I. Helmers, N. Bäumer and G. Fernández, Chem. Commun., 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D0CC06173E

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