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Solvent Assisted Tuning of Morphology of a Peptide-Perylenediimide Conjugate: Helical Fibers to Nano-Rings and their Differential Semiconductivity
S. Ahmed, B. Pramanik, K.N.A. Sankar, A. Srivastava, N. Singha, P. Dowari, A. Srivastava, K. Mohanta, , Show More
Published in Nature Publishing Group
PMID: 28842602
Volume: 7
Issue: 1
Understanding the regulatory factors of self-assembly processes is a necessity in order to modulate the nano-structures and their properties. Here, the self-assembly mechanism of a peptide-perylenediimide (P-1) conjugate in mixed solvent systems of THF/water is studied and the semiconducting properties are correlated with the morphology. In THF, right handed helical fibers are formed while in 10% THF-water, the morphology changes to nano-rings along with a switch in the helicity to left-handed orientation. Experimental results combined with DFT calculations reveal the critical role of thermodynamic and kinetic factors to control these differential self-assembly processes. In THF, P-1 forms right handed helical fibers in a kinetically controlled fashion. In case of 10% THF-water, the initial nucleation of the aggregate is controlled kinetically. Due to differential solubility of the molecule in these two solvents, elongation of the nuclei into fibers is restricted after a critical length leading to the formation of nano-rings which is governed by the thermodynamics. The helical fibers show superior semi-conducting property to the nano-rings as confirmed by conducting-AFM and conventional I-V characteristics. © 2017 The Author(s).
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