Juan F Miravet

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Insight is provided into the aggregation thermodynamics associated to hydrogel formation by molecular gelators derived from L-valine and L-isoleucine. Solubility data from NMR measurements are used to extract thermodynamic parameters for the aggregation in water. It is concluded that at room temperature and up to 55 °C, these systems form self-assembled(More)
Simple peptidomimetic molecules derived from amino acids were reacted with meta- and para-bis(bromomethyl)benzene in acetonitrile to very efficiently yield macrocyclic structures. The cyclization reaction does not require high dilution techniques and seems to be insensitive to the size of the formed macrocycle. The analysis of data obtained by (1)H NMR,(More)
We examine the self-assembly of a peptide A6H comprising a hexa-alanine sequence A6 with a histidine (H) "head group", which chelates Zn(2+) cations. We study the self-assembly of A6H and binding of Zn(2+) ions in ZnCl2 solutions, under acidic and neutral conditions. A6H self-assembles into nanotapes held together by a β-sheet structure in acidic aqueous(More)
It is likely that nanofabrication will underpin many technologies in the 21st century. Synthetic chemistry is a powerful approach to generate molecular structures that are capable of assembling into functional nanoscale architectures. There has been intense interest in self-assembling low-molecular-weight gelators, which has led to a general understanding(More)
The chiral bicyclic diguanidinium chloride 1 forms gels in aromatic apolar solvents. The gels were characterized at different levels of organization, from the macroscopic to the molecular level by using microscopy, spectroscopy, and powder X-ray diffraction. The dependency on chirality has been highlighted by circular dichroism and electron microscopy.(More)
Molecular gels are formed by the self-assembly of low-molecular weight compounds by weak non-covalent interactions and thus, they may be easily disassembled in response to external stimuli. Chemically sensitive gels can be prepared by introducing in the molecular design functional groups that may interact either by covalent or non-covalent forces with other(More)
The conformation of a model peptide AAKLVFF based on a fragment of the amyloid beta peptide Abeta16-20, KLVFF, is investigated in methanol and water via solution NMR experiments and molecular dynamics computer simulations. In previous work, we have shown that AAKLVFF forms peptide nanotubes in methanol and twisted fibrils in water. Chemical shift(More)
The interaction with Cu2+ and dopamine of three polyazacyclophanes containing pyrazole fragments as spacers is described. Formation of mixed complexes Cu2+-macrocycle-dopamine has been studied by potentiometric methods in aqueous solution. The crystal structures of the complexes [Cu2(L1)(H2O)2](ClO4)4*2H2O (4) (L1 =(More)