Chiral Perylene Materials by Ionic Self-Assembly

Geraldine Echue, IW Hamley, Guy Lloyd-Jones, Charl FJ Faul

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Two chiral complexes (1-SDS and 1-SDBS) were prepared via the ionic self-assembly of a chiral perylene diimide tecton with oppositely charged surfactants. The effect of surfactant tail architecture on the self-assembly properties and supramolecular structure was investigated in detail using UV–vis, IR, circular dichroism, light microscopy, X-ray diffraction studies, and electron microscopy. The results obtained revealed the molecular chirality of the parent perylene tecton could be translated into supramolecular helical chirality of the resulting complexes via primary ionic interactions through careful choice of solvent and concentration. Differing solvent-dependent aggregation behavior was observed for these complexes as a result of the different possible noncovalent interactions via the surfactant alkyl tails. The results presented in this study demonstrate that ionic self-assembly (ISA) is a facile strategy for the production of chiral supramolecular materials based on perylene diimides. The structure–function relationship is easily explored here due to the wide selection and easy availability of common surfactants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9023-9032
Number of pages10
Issue number35
Early online date3 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2016


  • Ionic Self-Assembly
  • Surfactants
  • Chiral Perylene Diimide


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