The formation of organogels and helical nanofibers from simple organic salts

Yuya Yoshii, Norihisa Hoshino, Takashi Takeda, Hiroki Moritomo, Jun Kawamata, Takayoshi Nakamura, Tomoyuki Akutagawa

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Simple organic salts based on aniline-derived cations and D-tartrate anions formed organogels and helical nanofibers. The organic salt (p-fluoroanilinium)(D-tartrate) was found to generate an organogel despite the absence of a hydrophobic alkyl chain, whereas (p-iodoanilinium)(D-tar-trate) formed helical nanofibers in braided ropelike structures through a rolling-up process. The helicity of these nanofibers could be reversed by changing the growth solvent. The driving forces responsible for the formation of the nanofibers were determined to be 1D O-H···O∼ hydrogen-bonding interactions between D-tartrate anions and p stacking of anilinium cations, as well as steric hindrance between the hydrogen-bonded chains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16279-16285
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number49
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 12


  • Gels
  • Helical structures
  • Hydrogen bonds
  • Nanofibers
  • Self assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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