All Arms and Legs

All Arms and Legs

Author: Angewandte Chemie

Collaborative research between the Universities of Pennsylvania and Sheffield has developed a new strategy for the rational design of libraries of self-assembling dendrons.

Virgil Percec and co-workers have implemented the deconstruction of self-assembling dendrons – where branches are systematically and sequentially removed to access novel dendron primary structures – thereby overcoming the predictability of molecular topologies using the generational approach. Such new supramolecular architectures include triple continuous and bicontinous cubic lattices, hexagonal columnar superlattices, and a novel columnar simple orthorhombic phase (see picture).

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