Professor Ian Manners' group published in Nature Communications
18 September 2015
Congratulations to Professor Ian Manners and colleagues for their recent paper which has been published in Nature Communications.
Chemical synthesis generally focuses on the formation of molecular and polymeric species with dimensions of less than a few nm. In the paper entitled 'Non-covalent synthesis of supermicelles with complex architectures using spatially confined hydrogen-bonding interactions' Professor Manners and his colleagues report the programmed assembly of monodisperse cylindrical block comicelle building blocks with crystalline cores to create supermicelles using spatially confined hydrogen-bonding interactions.
They have also demonstrated that it is possible to further program the self-assembly of these synthetic building blocks into structures of increased complexity by combining hydrogen-bonding interactions with segment solvophobicity. The overall approach offers an efficient, non-covalent synthesis method for the solution-phase fabrication of a range of complex and potentially functional supermicelle architectures in which the crystallization, hydrogen-bonding and solvophobic interactions are combined in an orthogonal manner.