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Squaramide-based supramolecular polymers

Supramolecular polymers are class of materials that are formed by non-covalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding, π-π interactions, electrostatic interactions and the hydrophobic effect.

Lauria, F.
01 November 2022
Thesis in Leiden Repository

The design and development of supramolecular polymers in aqueous solution gained a particular attention for the wide variety of applications in the biomedical field. In water, the self-assembly of well-defined nanostructures is mainly determined by the combination of hydrophobic effect with hydrogen bonding interactions in the monomer design. When squaramide-based monomer self-assemble, the formation of stable nanostructures in water is determined by the formation of directional hydrogen bonds which are strengthened by the partial aromatic character of the squaramide. In this thesis, the self-assembly properties of a panel of squaramide-based monomers is examined in aqueous solution through modulating the monomer chemical structure, co-assembly and introduction of light responsive chemistries.

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