Electroactive Amphiphiles for Addressable Supramolecular Nanostructures

E. J. Townsend, M. Alotaibi, B. M. Mills, K. Watanabe, A. M. Seddon, C. F.J. Faul*

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In this focus review we aim to highlight an exciting class of materials, electroactive amphiphiles (EAAs). This class of functional amphiphilic molecules has been the subject of sporadic investigations over the last few decades, but little attempt has been made to date to gather or organise these investigations into a logical fashion. Here we attempted to gather the most important contributions, provide a framework in which to discuss them, and, more importantly, point towards the areas where we believe these EAAs will contribute to solving wider scientific problems and open new opportunities. Our discussions cover materials based on low molecular weight ferrocenes, viologens and anilines, as well as examples of polymeric and supramolecular EAAs. With the advances of modern analytical techniques and new tools for modelling and understanding optoelectronic properties, we believe that this area of research is ready for further exploration and exploitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-752
Number of pages12
Issue number8
Early online date31 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • amphiphiles
  • functional nanostructures
  • molecular electronics
  • redox active
  • self-assembly


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