Formation of Supramolecular Polymers from Porphyrin Tripods

Hosoowi Lee, Dajung Lee, Inhye Kim, Eunji Lee, Woo Dong Jang

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A porphyrin tripod (PZnT) composed of three zinc porphyrin wings connected via triazole bridges was prepared as a monomeric building block for a supramolecular polymer. PZnT formed long fibrous supramolecular polymers with a diameter of 7 nm through the axial coordination of triazole nitrogen atoms to zinc porphyrins. The molecular packing structure of a PZnT-based supramolecular polymer was assigned as a hexagonal columnar phase. PZnT formed a stable 1:1 host-guest complex with 1,3,5-tris(4-pyridyl)benzene (Py3B) through axial coordination of pyridyl groups to zinc porphyrins. The host-guest complex between PZnT and Py3B adopts a cone-shaped geometry. After the addition of Py3B, the host-guest complex exhibited a characteristic X-ray diffraction pattern of rectangular columnar ordering. Furthermore, the formation of supercoiled helical fibrous assemblies was observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8060-8067
Number of pages8
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sep 22

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Mid-Career Researcher Program (2020R1A2C3004520, 2017R1A2A1A17069537, and 2019R1A2B5B01070463) funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea. All of the picosecond time-resolved fluorescence measurements were performed using the Femtosecond Multidimensional Laser Spectroscopic System (FMLS) at the Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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