Consequences of chirality on the dynamics of a water-soluble supramolecular polymer

M.B. Baker, L. Albertazzi, Ilja K. Voets, C.M.A. Leenders, A.R.A. Palmans, G.M. Pavan, E. W. Meijer

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The rational design of supramolecular polymers in water is imperative for their widespread use, but the design principles for these systems are not well understood. Herein, we employ a multi-scale (spatial and temporal) approach to differentiate two analogous water-soluble supramolecular polymers: one with and one without a stereogenic methyl. Initially aiming simply to understand the molecular behaviour of these systems in water, we find that while the fibres may look identical, the introduction of homochirality imparts a higher level of internal order to the supramolecular polymer. Although this increased order does not seem to affect the basic dimensions of the supramolecular fibres, the equilibrium dynamics of the polymers differ by almost an order of magnitude. This report represents the first observation of a structure/property relationship with regard to equilibrium dynamics in water-soluble supramolecular polymers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6234
Pages (from-to)1-12
JournalNature Communications
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2015


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