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Science China Technological Sciences

, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 20-24

Interfacial assembly of a series of Cu(II)-coordinated Schiff bases complexes: orderly nanostructures and supramolecular chirality

  • TiFeng JiaoAffiliated withHebei Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Yanshan UniversityState Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences Email author 
  • , XuHui LiAffiliated withHebei Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Yanshan University
  • , QingRui ZhangAffiliated withHebei Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Yanshan University
  • , QiuRong LiAffiliated withHebei Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Yanshan University
  • , JingXin ZhouAffiliated withHebei Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Yanshan University
  • , FaMing GaoAffiliated withHebei Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Yanshan University

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Abstract

Four achiral Cu(II)-coordinated Schiff bases complexes containing aromatic structures were synthesized and their supramolecular assemblies at the air/water interface were investigated. All the compounds could be spread on water surface although they have no alkyl chains. The Schiff base complex molecules with naphthyl groups tended to form J-aggregate in the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films transferred from water surface. By investigation of atomic force microscopy, a multilayer film or three-dimensional structures were observed. It was interesting to note that the LB films of achiral compound Cu-NA with naphthyl segment and without methyl groups transferred from water surface showed chirality. The supramolecular chirality in the present LB films was suggested to be due to a cooperative stereoregular π-π stacking of the functional groups in a helical sense. This research work provides a helpful clue for regulating the nanostructures and supramolecular chiral assembly in organized films.

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interfacial assembly Langmuir-Blodgett film supramolecular chirality Schiff base