Reversible shrinkage of self-assembled two-component organogels by lithium salts: Synthesis of gelation property and lithium salt response using bidomain helicene oligomer

Wataru Ichinose, Masamichi Miyagawa, Masahiko Yamaguchi

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Abstract

A bidomain oligomer containing a (P)-amidohelicene tetramer domain and a (P)-ethynylhelicene tetramer domain formed self-assembled organogels in the presence of an (M)-ethynylhelicene pentamer. Strong Cotton effects were observed for gels in pyridine, piperidine, cyclohexanone, and 1,2-dimethoxybenzene (Type A solvents), and weak Cotton effects in anisole, ethyl benzoate, and toluene gels (Type B solvents). The amido domain was in the random-coil state in the gels of the Type A solvents, and in the helix-dimer state in the gels of the type B solvents. The pyridine gels shrank upon the addition of lithium perchlorate to 25% of their original volume, and the volume recovered when the supernatant was removed, the solvent was added, and the mixture was briefly heated and cooled. The shrinkage process could be reproducibly repeated five times. In contrast, the gels of anisole and toluene did not shrink in the presence of lithium perchlorate. The gelation property and lithium salt response were induced using the bidomain oligomer to achieve the reversible shrinkage property of self-assembly organogels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4036-4043
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry of Materials
Volume25
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 22

Keywords

  • gel
  • helilcenes
  • lithium salt
  • reversible shrinkage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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