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Amino-acid functionalized naphthalenediimides self-assemble into hydrogen-bonded supramolecular helical nanotubes via a noncooperative, isodesmic process; the self-assembly of ordered helical systems is usually realized through a cooperative process. This unexpected behavior was rationalized as a manifestation of entropy-enthalpy compensation. Fundamental(More)
Self-assembly provides an attractive route to functional organic materials, with properties and hence performance depending sensitively on the organization of the molecular building blocks. Molecular organization is a direct consequence of the pathways involved in the supramolecular assembly process, which is more amenable to detailed study when using(More)
Surface modification of stainless steel (SS316L) to improve surface properties or durability is an important avenue of research, as SS316L is widely used in industry and science. We studied, therefore, the formation and stability of a series of organic monolayers on SS316L under industrially relevant conditions. These included acidic (pH 3), basic (pH 11),(More)
To study the supramolecular polymerisation mechanisms of a self-assembling system, concentration- and temperature-dependent measurements can both be used to probe the transition from the molecular dissolved state to the aggregated state. In this report, both methods are evaluated to determine their effectiveness in identifying and quantifying the(More)
On the basis of temperature-dependent UV-vis and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy measurements, we observed that C3-symmetrical discotic molecules, chiral (R)-1 and achiral 2, both self-assemble in a highly cooperative fashion. Chiral (R)-1 shows a higher degree of cooperativity, meaning it requires a larger nucleus before elongation sets in, as(More)
N-Centred benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamides (N-BTAs) composed of chiral and achiral alkyl substituents were synthesised and their solid-state behaviour and self-assembly in dilute alkane solutions were investigated. A combination of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarisation optical microscopy (POM) and X-ray diffraction revealed that the chiral(More)
Over the last two decades the field of metallosupramolecular self-assembly has emerged as a promising research area for the development of intricate, three-dimensional structures of increasing complexity and functionality. The advent of this area of research has strongly benefited from design principles that considered the ligand geometry and metal(More)
In CaCO3, biomineralization nucleation and growth of the crystals are related to the presence of carboxylate-rich proteins within a macromolecular matrix, often with organized beta-sheet domains. To understand the interplay between the organic template and the mineral crystal it is important to explicitly address the issue of structural adaptation of the(More)
Molecular organization: Chiral benzene tricarboxamides with methyl substituents at defined positions self-assemble into supramolecular polymers of preferred helicity by three-fold alpha-helical-type hydrogen bonding. The odd-even effect is operative and all derivatives are liquid crystalline showing a Col(ho) phase (see figure).Asymmetric(More)