Self-assembled two-dimensional porous network in aqueous solution based on perylene diimide phenylacetylene oligomer

Haim Weissman, Alona Ustinov, Eyal Shimoni, Sidney R. Cohen, Boris Rybtchinski

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Two-dimensional porous networks self-assembled in solution are rare, while maintaining the solution-phase network structure upon casting on solid supports presents a major challenge. We report on oligoarylacetylene bearing amphiphilic perylene diimide moieties that self-assemble into a two-dimensional porous network in aqueous solution that can be cast on surfaces, while maintaining the porous structure. The networks were characterized by cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-TEM and cryo-SEM), and by atomic force microscopy, revealing formation of thin porous films (4-nm thick). The network can be cast on various solid surfaces, preserving its solution-phase structure. The design motif utilizing an oligoarylacetylene backbone with interacting amphiphilic pendants appears to be of wide utility for formation of novel assembly patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-138
Number of pages6
JournalPolymers for Advanced Technologies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2011



  • Perylene diimides
  • Polyacetylenes
  • Self assembly
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics

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