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Knowledge of the mechanical behavior of collagen molecules is critical for understanding the mechanical properties of collagen fibrils that constitute the main architectural building block of a number of connective tissues. In this study, the elastic properties of four different type I collagen 30-residue long molecular sequences, were studied by performing… (More)
The hydrogen-bonded hexagonal columnar LC (Col(hd)) phases formed by benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) derivatives can be aligned uniformly by an electric field and display switching behavior with a high remnant polarization. The polar switching in three symmetrically substituted BTAs with alkyl chains varying in length between 6 and 18 carbon atoms (C6,… (More)
Ferroelectric switching is demonstrated in a hydrogen bonded columnar liquid crystalline (LC) material. Polar order induced in the LC phase can be frozen by crystallization of the alkyl chains in the periphery of the columns yielding thin films with remnant polarization and an unprecedented high surface potential as shown by scanning Kelvin probe microscopy.
The interplay of two subsequent aggregation processes results in a symmetry-breaking phenomenon in an achiral self-assembling system. Partially fluorinated benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide molecules self-assemble into a racemic mixture of one-dimensional P- and M-helical aggregates, followed by bundling into optically active higher-order aggregates or fibers.
The mechanical properties of single electrospun collagen fibers were investigated using scanning mode bending tests performed with an AFM. Electrospun collagen fibers with diameters ranging from 100 to 600 nm were successfully produced by electrospinning of an 8% w/v solution of acid soluble collagen in 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFP). Circular… (More)
Substitution of hydrogen bond directed supramolecular assemblies with ethylene glycol chains leads to a reduction in the association constant in apolar solvents, where the reduction of the association constant is dependent on the length of the aliphatic spacer connecting the hydrogen bonds and the ethylene glycol chain.
The synthesis and self-assembly properties of a fluorinated C(3)-symmetrical 3,3'-bis(acylamino)-2,2'-bipyridine discotic (1) in the mesophase and in solution are described. First, 3,4,5-tris-(1H,1H,2H,2H,3H,3H-perfluoroundecyl-1-oxy)benzoyl chloride was coupled to mono-t-BOC protected 2,2'-bipyridine-3,3'-diamine to afford after deprotection the… (More)
The thermotropic phase behavior of symmetric cyclohexanetriamides carrying various linear and branched alkyl chains was investigated using calorimetry, microscopy, solid-state NMR, dielectric relaxation spectroscopy, and X-ray scattering techniques. Cyclohexanetriamides carrying C(6) or longer linear alkyl chains formed columnar plastic phases with a… (More)
Micromechanical bending experiments using atomic force microscopy were performed to study the mechanical properties of native and carbodiimide-cross-linked single collagen fibrils. Fibrils obtained from a suspension of insoluble collagen type I isolated from bovine Achilles tendon were deposited on a glass substrate containing microchannels.… (More)