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Controllable and Diversiform Topological Morphologies of Self-Assembling Supra-Amphiphiles with Aggregation-Induced Emission Characteristics for Mimicking Light-Harvesting Antenna

Fu, S.; Su, X.; Li, M.; Song, S.; Wang, L.; Wang, D.; Tang, B.Z.

Advanced Science 7(20): 2001909

2020


PMID: 33101876
DOI: 10.1002/advs.202001909
Accession: 071509872

Controllable construction of diversiform topological morphologies through supramolecular self-assembly on the basis of single building block is of vital importance, but still remains a big challenge. Herein, a bola-type supra-amphiphile, namely [email protected]β-CD, is rationally designed and successfully prepared by typical host-guest binding β-cyclodextrin units with an aggregation-induced emission (AIE)-active scaffold DAdDMA. Self-assembling investigation reveals that several morphologies of self-assembled [email protected]β-CD including leaf-like lamellar structure, nanoribbons, vesicles, nanofibers, helical nanofibers, and toroids, can be straightforwardly fabricated by simply manipulating the self-assembling solvent proportioning and/or temperature. To the best of knowledge, this presented protocol probably holds the most types of self-assembling morphology alterations using a single entity. Moreover, the developed leaf-like lamellar structure performs well in mimicking the light-harvesting antenna system by incorporating with a Förster resonance energy transfer acceptor, providing up to 94.2% of energy transfer efficiency.

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