YongJu Kim

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Effective stabilization of short peptide chains into a helical structure has been a challenge in the fields of chemistry and biology. Here we report a novel method for α-helix stabilization of short peptides through their confinement in a cyclic architecture. We synthesized block peptides based on a short peptide and a flexible linker as linear precursors.(More)
The construction of supramolecular polymers has been intensively pursued because the nanostructures formed through weak non-covalent interactions can be triggered by external stimuli leading to smart materials and sensors. Self-assemblies of coordination polymers consisting of metal ions and organic ligands in aqueous solution also provide particular(More)
The highlight of self-assembly is the reversibility of various types of noncovalent interactions which leads to construct smart nanostructures with switchable pores. Here, we report the spontaneous formation of inflatable nanofibers through the formation of hollow internal channels triggered by guest encapsulation. The molecules that form this unique(More)
Threefold symmetric rigid-core molecules with an internally grafted poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chain were synthesized, and their self-assembled structures were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry, TEM, and 1D and 2D X-ray scatterings in the solid state. The tripod compounds based on short PEO chains (n=8, 13, 17, 21), self-assemble into 2D(More)
Toroidal nanostructures are symmetrical ring-shaped structures with a central internal pore. Interestingly, in nature, many transmembrane proteins such as β-barrels and α-helical bundles have toroidal shapes. Because of this similarity, toroidal nanostructures can provide a template for the development of transmembrane channels. However, because of the lack(More)
The construction of supramolecular nanoscopic architectures has been intensively pursued because of their unique features for applications in nanoscience and biomimetic chemistry. Molecular self-assemblies of aromatic rod-coil amphiphiles consisting of rigid rod segments and hydrophilic flexible chains in aqueous solution provide a facile avenue into this(More)
Here we report the spontaneous formation of switchable sheets in aqueous solution, which is based on bent-shaped aromatic amphiphiles containing m-pyridine units at the terminals and a hydrophilic dendron at the apex. The aromatic segments self-assemble into flat sheets consisting of a zigzag conformation through π-π stacking interactions. Notably, the(More)