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, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 432–437 | Cite as

Preparation of optical active polydiacetylene through gelating and the control of supramolecular chirality

  • PengFei Duan
  • YuanGang Li
  • MingHua LiuEmail author


Achiral diacetylene 10,12-pentacosadinoic acid (PCDA) and a chiral low-molecular-weight organogelator could form co-gel in organic solvent and it could be polymerized in the presence of Zn(II) ion or in the corresponding xerogel under UV-irradiation. Optically active polydiacetylene (PDA) were subsequently obtained. Supramolecular chirality of PDA could be controlled by the chirality of gelators. Left-handed and right-handed helical fibers were obtained by using L- and D-gelators in xerogels respectively, and CD spectra exhibited mirror-image circular dichroism. The PDA in xerogel exhibited typical blue-to-red transition responsive to the temperature and pH, while the supramolecular chirality of PDA showed a corresponding change.


diacetylene low-molecular-weight organogel induced chirality supramolecular chirality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular ScienceChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.CAS Key Laboratory of Colloid, Interface, and Chemical ThermodynamicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Institute of ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringXi’an University of Science and TechnologyXi’anChina

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