Another joint Manners/Faul paper!

Charlie, who was a joint Manners/Faul student (and now in Toronto), just had a full paper accepted in Chemistry European Journal! He had helped from Henry, from the Faul group, Xiaoming, former Manners group postdoc and Rob from the EM unit.

In this paper we show controlled solution self-assembly of an amphiphilic perylene diimide by a seeded-growth mechanism, to form colloidally stable, one-dimensional fibres with controllable lengths and low dispersities under kinetic control. Well done to all involved!

 

 

Invited Focus Review on electroactive amphiphiles accepted!

We just heard that your invited Focus Review for ChemNanoMat (part of a Special Issue on Supramolecular Nanostructures) has been accepted! In this Focus Review, which has already appeared online, we aim to highlight an exciting class of materials, electroactive amphiphiles (EAAs).

Well done to Esther, Maha, Kazu, Ben and close collaborator Annela Seddon (also Esther’s joint PhD supervisor)!  And special thanks to Kazu for the great frontispiece and graphics!

Visiting PKU!

Charl visited the College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering at Peking University in Beijing today. He visited old friends Prof Qi Limin, who also spent time at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Golm, and Prof Yun Yan, who was part of the same ESF scientific network.

After Charl’s talk there were some very interesting discussion with prof Huang Jianbin concerning the FRG’s recent paper in Chemical Science!

Charlie, Liam and others publish in CEJ!

A communication entitle “1D Self‐Assembly and Ice Recrystallization Inhibition Activity of Antifreeze Glycopeptide‐Functionalized Perylene Bisimides” just appeared online at Chemistry – A European Journal, with contributions from Charlie and Liam!

The study, lead by collaborator Brendan Wilkinson (from UNE, Australia), highlights the ice recrystallization inhibition (IRI) activity of 1D self-assembled structures of glycopeptide-functionalized perylene bisimides! Well done to all involved!

Wei’s paper accepted (and already appeared online) by Chemical Science!

A paper by Wei (who visited the Faul Research Group as a CSC visitor for one year), Maha, Alex, Kazu, Ben and other collaborators was just accepted for publication by Chemical Science!

The paper shows, for the first time, the ability to reversibly tune the packing parameter of amphiphiles (the packing parameter is a concept that has been used for many decades to predict the structures amphiphiles will form on self-assembly). We here show that it is possible to tune the tail volume of our electroactive amphiphile through non-covalent interactions (i.e., doping of the tetra(aniline)-containing tail!), providing a route to tune self-assembled structures reversibly between fibers and vesicle-like objects.

As the paper is available freely as an open-access publication, feel free to download and read “An addressable packing parameter approach for reversibly tuning the assembly of oligo(aniline)-based supra-amphiphiles“.  Well done Wei and team!