Zhenhui Qi

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Supramolecular polymerization for non-wetting surface coatings is described. The self-assembly of low-molecular-weight gelators (LMWGs) with perfluorinated side chains can be utilized to rapidly construct superhydrophobic, as well as liquid-infused slippery surfaces within minutes. The lubricated slippery surface exhibits impressive repellency to biological(More)
CONSPECTUS: Supramolecular gels are ideal candidates for soft, stimuli-responsive materials, because they combine the elastic behavior of solids with the microviscous properties of fluids. The dynamic networks of fibers in supramolecular gels are reminiscent of the cytoskeleton of a cell and provide scaffolds to implement function. When gels are made(More)
We have developed a new type of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate that consists of per-6-deoxy-(6-thio)-beta-cyclodextrin (CD-SH) modified by silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) for sensing of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a kind of environmental pollutant, with very low affinity to metallic surfaces. The designed system can induce some(More)
Insertion of selenocysteine (Sec) into protein scaffolds provides an opportunity for designing enzymes with improved and unusual catalytic properties. The use of a common thioredoxin fold with a high affinity for glutathione in glutaredoxin (Grx) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) suggests a possibility of engineering Grx into GPx and vice versa. Here, we(More)
Partner preferences in pseudorotaxane formation were exploited to establish an integrative self-sorting system able to discriminate simultaneously at the sequence and stereochemical level (see picture). It was found that calix[6]arenes were threaded selectively with a preferred orientation onto bisammonium axles, even when the structural differences between(More)
Noncovalent dendrimer-dendrimer complexes were successfully ionized by electrospray ionization of partly protonated amino-terminated polypropylene amine (POPAM) and POPAM dendrimers fully functionalized with benzo[21]crown-7 on all branches. Hydrogen/deuterium exchange (HDX) experiments conducted on dendrimer-dendrimer complexes in the high vacuum of a mass(More)
A supramolecular carbohydrate-functionalized two-dimensional (2D) surface was designed and synthesized by decorating thermally reduced graphene sheets with multivalent sugar ligands. The formation of host-guest inclusions on the carbon surface provides a versatile strategy, not only to increase the intrinsic water solubility of graphene-based materials, but(More)
A chiral, crown-ether-functionalized bisurea gelator forms supramolecular gels in ionic liquids. The resulting ionogels show a remarkably high thermal stability with gel-sol transition temperatures (T(gs)) reaching more than 100 °C. The mechanical strength of these ionogels is surprisingly high and even comparable to that of cross-linked protein fibres.(More)
  • Shengyi Dong, Li Wang, +4 authors Changzhu Wu
  • Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and…
  • 2017
For designing water-soluble responsive materials, utilizing crown ethers as main building blocks has been rarely explored in contrast to their linear poly(ethylene glycol) counterparts. In current study, we report the robust thermo-responsive properties of benzo-21-crown-7 (B21C7) family with lower critical solution temperature (LCST) and upper critical(More)
A new and versatile, crown ether appended, chiral supergelator has been designed and synthesized based on the bis-urea motif. The introduction of a stereogenic center improved its gelation ability significantly relative to its achiral analogue. This low-molecular-weight gelator forms supramolecular gels in a variety of organic solvents. It is sensitive to(More)