Light-controlled self-assembly of a dithienylethene bolaamphiphile in water†
The self-assembly of bolaamphiphiles comprised of a central photochromic dithienylethene (DTE) chromophore was investigated in aqueous media. Irradiation at 254 nm induced a conversion from the open to closed states of the DTE chromophores. Whereas, in water, irradiation produced a photostationary state of 20 : 80 (open/closed), in methanol the ratio improved to 10 : 90 (open/closed). The open → closed transition was accompanied by the formation of 1D nanofibers during incubation in darkness.