Solvent Assisted Tuning of Morphology of a Peptide-Perylenediimide Conjugate: Helical Fibers to Nano-Rings and their Differential Semiconductivity

Sahnawaz Ahmed, Bapan Pramanik, K. N.Amba Sankar, Abhinav Srivastava, Nilotpal Singha, Payel Dowari, Arpita Srivastava, Kallol Mohanta, Ananya Debnath, Debapratim Das

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Abstract

Understanding the regulatory factors of self-assembly processes is a necessity in order to modulate the nano-structures and their properties. Here, the self-assembly mechanism of a peptide-perylenediimide (P-1) conjugate in mixed solvent systems of THF/water is studied and the semiconducting properties are correlated with the morphology. In THF, right handed helical fibers are formed while in 10% THF-water, the morphology changes to nano-rings along with a switch in the helicity to left-handed orientation. Experimental results combined with DFT calculations reveal the critical role of thermodynamic and kinetic factors to control these differential self-assembly processes. In THF, P-1 forms right handed helical fibers in a kinetically controlled fashion. In case of 10% THF-water, the initial nucleation of the aggregate is controlled kinetically. Due to differential solubility of the molecule in these two solvents, elongation of the nuclei into fibers is restricted after a critical length leading to the formation of nano-rings which is governed by the thermodynamics. The helical fibers show superior semi-conducting property to the nano-rings as confirmed by conducting-AFM and conventional I-V characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9485
JournalScientific Reports
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

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