Shanmugam Thayumanavan

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Nonconjugated dendrimers, which are capable of funneling energy from the periphery to the core followed by a charge-transfer process from the core to the periphery, have been synthesized. The energy and electron donors involve a diarylaminopyrene unit and are incorporated at the periphery of these dendrimers. The energy and electron acceptor is at the core(More)
An amphiphilic nanoassembly was designed to respond to the concurrent presence of a protein and an enzyme. We present herein a system, where in the presence of these two stimuli supramolecular disassembly and molecular release occur. This molecular release arises in the form a fluorescence response that has been shown to be specific. We also show that this(More)
We use monodisperse dendrons that allow control over functional group presentation to investigate the influence of the location of a ligand on protein-induced disassembly and release of encapsulated small molecules. Based on both experiments and molecular dynamics simulations, we demonstrate that ligand location greatly influences release of guest molecules(More)
Tree-like dendrimers with decreasing number of chromophores from periphery to core is an attractive candidate for light-harvesting applications. Numerous dendritic designs with different kinds of light-collecting chromophores at periphery and an energy-sink at the core have been demonstrated with high energy transfer efficiency. These building blocks are(More)
A pair of donor-bridge-acceptor electron-transfer complexes, with a carbazole donor and a naphthalimide acceptor connected by either a para- or meta-conjugated phenylacetylene bridge, are synthesized and studied using time-resolved and steady-state spectroscopy. These experiments show that the charge separation times, which depend on the coupling of the(More)
Stimuli-responsive macromolecular assemblies are of great interest in drug delivery applications, as it holds the promise to keep the drug molecules sequestered under one set of conditions and release them under another. The former set of conditions could represent circulation, while the latter could represent a disease location. Over the past two decades,(More)
We examine the photophysics of a series of molecules consisting of a benzthiadiazole core surrounded by a network of benzyl ether arms terminated by aminopyrene chromophores, which function as both energy and electron donors. Three classes of molecules are studied: dendrimers whose peripheries are fully decorated with aminopyrene donors (F), disubstituted(More)
[reaction: see text] We have designed and synthesized difunctionalized dendrimers containing two donors in the periphery and an acceptor at the core to serve as scaffolds for comparison with linear analogues to investigate the advantage of dendritic scaffolds for energy and charge transfer. Comparison of these dendrimers with the fully decorated dendrimers(More)
We describe a novel activatable probe for fluorine-19 NMR based on self-assembling amphiphilic dendrons. The dendron probe has been designed to be spectroscopically silent due to the formation of large aggregates. Upon exposure to the specific target enzyme, the aggregates disassemble to give rise to a sharp (19)F NMR signal. The probe is capable of(More)
iv In loving memory of my mother, Karen S. Migues. Without the enduring memory of your love, I would not have had the fuel to make the journey. v " Heed these words, You who wish to probe the depths of nature: If you do not find within yourself that which you seek, neither will you find it outside. In you is hidden the treasure of treasures. Know Thyself(More)