605. Structure and Dynamics of Supramolecular Polymers: Wait and See
S. M. C. Schoenmakers, A. J. H. Spiering, S. Herziger, C. Böttcher, R. Haag, A. R. A. Palmans, E. W. Meijer – 2022
The introduction of stereogenic centers in supramolecular building blocks is used to unveil subtle changes in supramolecular structure and dynamics over time. Three stereogenic centers based on deuterium atoms were introduced in the side chains of a benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) resulting in a supramolecular polymer in water that at first glance has a structure and dynamics identical to its achiral counterpart. Using three different techniques, the properties of the double helical polymers are compared after 1 day and 4 weeks. An increase in helical preference is observed over time as well as a decrease in the helical pitch and monomer exchange dynamics. It is proposed that the polymer of the chiral monomer needs time to arrive at its maximal preference in helical bias. These results indicate that the order and tight packing increase over time, while the dynamics of this supramolecular polymer decrease over time, an effect that is typically overlooked but unveiled by the isotopic chirality.