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|Title:||Oligo(p-phenylene-ethynylene)-derived super-p-gelators with tunable emission and self-assembled polymorphic structures|
|Citation:||Chemistry-An Asian Journal 7(9):2061-2067;2012|
|Abstract:||Linear pi-conjugated oligomers are known to form organogels through noncovalent interactions.Herein, we report the effect of prepeat units on the gelation and morphological properties of three different oligo(p-phenylene-ethynylene)s:OPE3, OPE5, and OPE7. All of these molecules form fluorescent gels in nonpolar solvents at low critical gel concentrations,thereby resulting in a blue gel for OPE3, a green gel for OPE5,and a greenish yellow gel for OPE7.The molecule–molecule and molecule– substrate interactions in these OPEs are strongly influenced by the conjugation length of the molecules. Silicon wafer suppresses substrate–molecule interactions whereas a mica surface facilitates such interactions. At lower concentrations, OPE3 formed vesicular assemblies and OPE5 gave entangled fibers, whereas OPE7 resulted in spiral assemblies on a mica surface. At higher concentrations, OPE3 and OPE5 resulted in super-bundles of fibers and flowerlike short-fiber agglomerates when different conditions were applied. The number of polymorphic structures increases on increasing the conjugation length, as seen in the case of OPE7 with n=5, which resulted in a variety of exotic structures, the formation of which could be controlled by varying the substrate, concentration, and humidity|
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