Supramolecular Engineering of Alkylated, Fluorinated, and Mixed Amphiphiles
Rashmi; Hasheminejad, H; Herziger, S; Mirzaalipour, A; Singh,Rashmi, Rashmi Hasheminejad, Hooman Herziger, Svenja Mirzaalipour, Alireza Singh, A K; Netz, R; R. Böttcher, C; Makki, H; Sharma, S K; Haag, R – 2022
Abstract The rational design of perfluorinated amphiphiles to control the supramolecular aggregation in an aqueous medium is still a key challenge for the engineering of supramolecular architectures. Here, the synthesis and physical properties of six novel non-ionic amphiphiles are presented. The effect of mixed alkylated and perfluorinated segments in a single amphiphile is also studied and compared with only alkylated and perfluorinated units. To explore their morphological behavior in an aqueous medium, dynamic light scattering (DLS) and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy/electron microscopy (cryo-TEM/EM) measurements are used. The assembly mechanisms with theoretical investigations are further confirmed, using the Martini model to perform large-scale coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. These novel synthesized amphiphiles offer a greater and more systematic understanding of how perfluorinated systems assemble in an aqueous medium and suggest new directions for rational designing of new amphiphilic systems and interpreting their assembly process.