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Self-assembly of chiral supra-amphiphiles

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Supra-amphiphiles provide a brand-new powerful strategy for the construction of functional materials and have shown fascinating prospects in a variety of fields. When merged with chirality science, the concept of chiral supra-amphiphiles arises, which is an important subclass of supra-amphiphiles. In this review, we have provided a general introduction to the concept and design principle of chiral supra-amphiphiles as well as their self-assemblies. We have also highlighted some progress of chiral supra-amphiphiles in several application fields, such as chiroptical switches, chiral recognition, chiral catalysis and chiral luminescent soft materials. Although some elegant reviews have comprehensively looked back at the development and achievement of supra-amphiphiles, their research progress in chirality science has not been well summarized. We hope this review will provide useful guidance and understanding of self-assembly of chiral supra-amphiphiles, which we believe will benefit scientists in both colloidal chemistry and chirality science.

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11 Sep 2019
01 Oct 2019
First published
02 Oct 2019

Mater. Chem. Front., 2020,4, 155-167
Article type
Review Article

Self-assembly of chiral supra-amphiphiles

G. Ouyang and M. Liu, Mater. Chem. Front., 2020, 4, 155
DOI: 10.1039/C9QM00571D

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