Surface-aided supramolecular polymerization: A route to controlled nanoscale assemblies

Aryavarta M S Kumar*, Sona Sivakova, Roger E. Marchant, Stuart J. Rowan

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The surface-aided supermolecular polymerization of ditopic monomers at atmospheric pressure from an aqueous environment that results in nanoscale self-assemblies was studies. The observed nanosized banding patterns in these assemblies have widths that could be controlled by simple molecular design. The self-assembly was directed by a combination of nucleobase hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic effects that encompassed both adsorbate-adsorbate surface interactions. Surface-ordering effects can result in the supermolecular polymerization of di-topic weakly binding guanine end-capped monomers with alkyl cores from aqueous solutions. It was observed that the polymeric aggregates result in the formation of stable nanostructures at a length scale of less than 5 nm. It was also observed that the widths of banding patterns can be tailored at the nanometer level by molecular design of the monomer, and the mixing of different-nanosized monomers results in the formation of more complex assemblies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-787
Number of pages5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007 May
Externally publishedYes


  • Hydrogen bonding
  • Molecular modeling
  • Polymerization
  • Self-assembly
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Biotechnology
  • Medicine(all)


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