Kevin K Diehn

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A series of glucono-appended 1-pyrenesulfonyl derivatives containing α,ω-diaminoalkane spacers (Pn, where n, the number of methylene units separating the amino groups, is 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8) have been prepared. Careful analyses of correlations between the structures of these molecules and their gels have provided important insights into the factors(More)
It is known that lecithin, a zwitterionic phospholipid, self-assembles into spherical reverse micelles in organic solvents. We have explored the effects of adding inorganic salts to lecithin organosols. Salts are insoluble in organic solvents, and hence their effects on reverse self-assembly have rarely been studied. Our studies show, however, that salts(More)
We describe a new class of photorheological (PR) fluids whose rheological properties can be reversibly tuned by light. The fluids were obtained by doping lecithin/sodium deoxycholate (SDC) reverse micelles with a photochromic spiropyran (SP) compound. Initially, the lecithin/SDC/SP mixtures formed highly viscoelastic fluids, reflecting the presence of long,(More)
Many small molecules can self-assemble by non-covalent interactions into fibrous networks and thereby induce gelation of organic liquids. However, no capability currently exists to predict whether a molecule in a given solvent will form a gel, a low-viscosity solution (sol), or an insoluble precipitate. Gelation has been recognized as a phenomenon that(More)
The self-assembly behavior of a series of glucono-appended 1-pyrenesulfonyl derivatives containing α,ω-diaminoalkane spacers (Pn, where n, the number of methylene units separating the amino groups, is 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8) in v:v tetrahydrofuran (THF):water mixtures is examined at room temperature. The Pn at 2 w/v % concentrations do not dissolve in either(More)
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