Science China Technological Sciences

, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 20–24 | Cite as

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

  • TiFeng Jiao
  • XuHui Li
  • QingRui Zhang
  • QiuRong Li
  • JingXin Zhou
  • FaMing Gao


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.


interfacial assembly Langmuir-Blodgett film supramolecular chirality Schiff base 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • TiFeng Jiao
    • 1
    • 2
  • XuHui Li
    • 1
  • QingRui Zhang
    • 1
  • QiuRong Li
    • 1
  • JingXin Zhou
    • 1
  • FaMing Gao
    • 1
  1. 1.Hebei Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, School of Environmental and Chemical EngineeringYanshan UniversityQinhuangdaoChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesLanzhouChina

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