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Azacalixphyrin nanostructures


Azacalixphyrins are used as building blocks to elaborate nanostructures with different shapes depending on the nature of the N-substituents. In this work, the formation of nanoribbons from N-alkyl azacalixphyrin 4, and of nanodonuts from the N-aryl analogue 5, is presented and rationalized by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Indeed, MD revealed different modes of intermolecular interactions (defines as nodes-and-trails and nodes-and-thorns models) according to the nature of the N-substituents. Nanoribbons based on 4 results from the stackings of the azacalixphyrin cores along the vertical direction, generating the nodes, while the van der Waals interactions between the N-C8H17 aliphatic chains generates the trails among the nodes along the ribbon. On the other hand, azacalixphyrin 5 self-assemblies into a nanodonut shape, in which the macrocyclic cores (nodes) stack along the horizontal plane while the 3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl groups (thorns) point along the vertical direction towards the solvent where they establish a network of pi-pi interactions among their aromatic portions and H-bond interactions among the CH3O-groups and the solvent molecules, respectively.
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hal-04046963 , version 1 (27-03-2023)



Daniel Ferry, Sabrina Pricl, Domenico Marson, Zhongrui Chen, Gabriel Canard, et al.. Azacalixphyrin nanostructures. Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, In press, ⟨10.1142/S1088424623500785⟩. ⟨hal-04046963⟩
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