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Remarkable Regioisomer Control in the Hydrogel Formation from a Two-Component Mixture of Pyridine-End Oligo(p-phenylenevinylene)s and N-Decanoyl-L-alanine

Bhattacharjee, Subham and Datta, Sougata and Bhattacharya, Santanu (2013) Remarkable Regioisomer Control in the Hydrogel Formation from a Two-Component Mixture of Pyridine-End Oligo(p-phenylenevinylene)s and N-Decanoyl-L-alanine. In: CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 19 (49). pp. 16672-16681.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201302100

Abstract

N-Decanoyl-L-alanine (DA) was mixed with either colorless 4,4-bipyridine (BP) or various derivatives such as chromogenic oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) (OPV) functionalized with isomeric pyridine termini in specific molar ratios. This mixtures form salt-type gels in a water/ethanol (2:1, v/v) mixture. The gelation properties of these two-component mixtures could be modulated by variation of the position of the N atom of the end pyridyl groups in OPVs. The presence of acid-base interactions in the self-assembly of these two-component systems leading to gelation was probed in detail by using stoichiometry-dependent UV/Vis and FTIR spectroscopy. Furthermore, temperature-dependent UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy clearly demonstrated a J-type aggregation mode of these gelator molecules during the sol-to-gel transition process. Morphological features and the arrangement of the molecules in the gels were examined by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. Calculation of the length of each molecular system by energy minimization in its extended conformation and comparison with the XRD patterns revealed that this class of gelator molecules adopts lamellar organizations. Rheological properties of these two-component systems provided clear evidence that the flow behavior could be modulated by varying the acid/amine ratio. Polarized optical microscopy (POM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and XRD results revealed that the solid-phase behavior of such two-component mixtures (acid/base=2:1) varied significantly upon changing the proton-acceptor part from BP to OPV. Interestingly, the XRD pattern of these acid/base mixtures after annealing at their associated isotropic temperature was significantly different from that of their xerogels.

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Keywords: gels; liquid crystals; regioisomer control; self-assembly; X-ray diffraction
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2014 06:48
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2014 06:48
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/48176

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