Mesophase Transformation in Amphiphilic Hyperbranched Polymers Induced by Transition Metal Ion Complexation. Creating Well-Defined Metallo-Supramolecular Assemblies from "Ill-Defin...

Authors
Picco, Agustin Silvio; Knoll, Wolfgang; Ceolin, Marcelo Raul; Azzaroni, Omar
Publication Year
2015
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
Self-organized metallo-supramolecular heterostructures have potential applications that include molecular electronics, photovoltaics, and magnetic devices, among other examples. The main challenge that scientists typically face when designing advanced supramolecular materials is to achieve structurally defined assemblies by resolving conflicting demands on the topological and/or chemical features of the constituting building blocks. Accordingly, the formation of well-defined metallo-supramolecular arrays using ill-defined, highly polydisperse, self-assemblable starting compounds marks a profound departure from traditional supramolecular paradigms. The present work describes the first observation of spontaneous mesophase transformation of well-defined metallo-supramolecular assemblies in solution as a result of the complexation of transition metal ions into the ionophilic domains of highly branched unimolecular micelles constituted of N-acylated hyperbranched polyethylenimine. Experimental results based on a combination of different synchrotron-based techniques provide unprecedented experimental evidence revealing that ion-induced self-assembly of amphiphilic hyperbranched polymers can be used to achieve highly ordered metallo-supramolecular structures not only in solution but also on solid surfaces. We believe that this emerging conceptual framework can open extremely interesting new synthetic and technological opportunities in the area of self-assembly of well-defined metallo-supramolecular architectures obtained from building blocks with poor structural regularity but easily provided in large quantities by simple and inexpensive preparative chemistries.
Fil: Picco, Agustin Silvio. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico la Plata. Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquímicas Teóricas y Aplicadas; Argentina. Universidad Nacional de La Plata; Argentina
Fil: Knoll, Wolfgang . Austrian Institute of Technology; Austria
Fil: Ceolin, Marcelo Raul. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico la Plata. Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquímicas Teóricas y Aplicadas; Argentina. Universidad Nacional de La Plata; Argentina
Fil: Azzaroni, Omar. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico la Plata. Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquímicas Teóricas y Aplicadas; Argentina. Universidad Nacional de La Plata; Argentina
Subject
SELF-ASSEMBLY
MESOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS
AMPHIPHILIC ASSEMBLY
SYNCHROTRON-BASED TECHNIQUES
Química Coloidal
Ciencias Químicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Físico-Química, Ciencia de los Polímeros, Electroquímica
Ciencias Químicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/5464