Postsynthesis Self- And Coassembly of Enzymatically Produced Fluorinated Cellodextrins and Cellulose Nanocrystals

Rinat Nigmatullin, Peterson de Andrade, Robert Harniman, Robert A. Field, Stephen J. Eichhorn*

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The design of new functional materials and devices substantially relies on self-assembly of hierarchical structures. Formation of 2D platelets is known in the enzymatic synthesis of cellulose-like polymers. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of postsynthesis assembly of novel fluorinated cellodextrins. Highly ordered 2D structures of large lateral dimensions, unattainable in the polymerization process, can be formed because of postsynthesis assembly of the cellodextrins. These cellodextrins were also involved in coassembly with cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) leading to hybrid systems. The hybrid architectures obtained depend on the content of fluorine atoms in the fluorinated cellodextrins. Monofluorinated cellodextrins coassemble with CNCs into a nanoweb, while multifluorinated cellodextrins assemble around the CNCs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9215–9221
Number of pages7
Issue number30
Early online date23 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the GelEnz consortium, which is funded by EPSRC (grant research nos. EP/N03340 X/2 and EP/N033167/2). Work at the John Innes Centre is supported by the UK BBSRC Institute Strategic Program on Molecules from Nature—Products and Pathways [BBS/E/J/000PR9790] and the John Innes Foundation, BBSRC, EPSRC, and Innovate UK: IBCatalyst (grant BB/M02903411). PeakForce AFM was carried out with equipment funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/K035746/1).

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© 2021 American Chemical Society.


  • fluorinated cellodextrin
  • chemoenzymatic synthesis
  • self-assembly
  • cellulose nanocrystals.


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