TitleChemical fuel-driven living and transient supramolecular polymerization.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsJain A, Dhiman S, Dhayani A, Vemula PK, George SJ
JournalNat Commun
Date Published2019 01 25

Temporal control over self-assembly process is a desirable trait in the quest towards adaptable and controllable materials. The ability to devise synthetic ways to control the growth, as well as decay of materials has long been a property which only the biological systems could perform seamlessly. A common synthetic strategy which works on the biological principles such as chemical fuel-driven control over temporal self-assembly profile has not been completely realized synthetically. Here we show, we filled this dearth by showing that a chemical fuel driven self-assembling system can not only be grown in a controlled manner, but it can also result in precise control over the assembly and disassembly kinetics. Herein, we elaborate strategies which clearly show that once a chemical fuel driven self-assembly is established it can be made receptive to multiple molecular cues such that the inherent growth and decay characteristics are programmed into the ensemble.

Alternate JournalNat Commun
PubMed ID30683874
PubMed Central IDPMC6347607