Self-Assembly of a Tripod Aromatic Rod into Stacked Planar Networks

Ho Joong Kim, Yongju Kim, Sung Cho, Myongsoo Lee

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Threefold symmetric rigid-core molecules with an internally grafted poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chain were synthesized, and their self-assembled structures were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry, TEM, and 1D and 2D X-ray scatterings in the solid state. The tripod compounds based on short PEO chains (n=8, 13, 17, 21), self-assemble into 2D channel-like network structures, whereas the compound with the longest PEO chain (n=34) forms a lamellar liquid crystalline phase. The interiors of the channel structures are filled with flexible PEO chains along the double-walled aromatic circumference. In these channel-like networks, three aromatic rods connected in the meta-position to each other are superimposed in parallel to other adjacent molecules to form the double-walled aromatic frameworks stacked perpendicular to the resulting channels. These are novel examples of supramolecular channel-like structures developed using amphiphilic diblock molecules based on a threefold symmetric rigid scaffold.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11836-11842
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes

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© 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


  • channel nanostructure
  • planar network
  • self-assembly
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • tripod amphiphile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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