A novel class of supramolecular hydrogels derived from amino sugars is reported, where the self-assembly of aromatic carbohydrate amphiphiles is driven by CH-π interactions, rather than π–π stacking and H-bonding associated with gelators based on aromatic peptide amphiphiles. Spectroscopic data is provided as evidence for this mode of self-assembly and in silico studies revealed that a combination of CH-π and T-stacking of the fluorenyl groups contribute to the formation of the aggregated structures.
- supramolecular hydrogels
- amino sugars
- aromatic carbohydrate amphiphiles
- CH-π interactions
- TIC - Bionanotechnology
Birchall, L., Roy, S., Jayawarna, V., Hughes, M., Irvine, E. J., Okorogheye, G. T., ... Ulijn, R. V. (2011). Exploiting the CH-π interactions in supramolecular hydrogels of aromatic carbohydrate amphiphiles. Chemical Science, 2(7), 1349-1355. https://doi.org/10.1039/c0sc00621a