Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.584, 92-102, 2021
Multiple modulations of supramolecular assemblies from a natural triterpenoid-tailored bipyridinium amphiphile
As the applications of supramolecular assemblies are ultimately inscribed in their nanostructures, strategies that can precisely fabricate and regulate supramolecular architectures from small molecules are of great importance. Herein, in this research multiple modulations of supramolecular assembled structures of a natural triterpenoid-tailored bipyridinium amphiphile, 1-[2-(methyl glycyrrhetate)-2-oxoethyl]-[4, 4']bipyridinium bromide (MGBP), have been achieved by adjusting solvents or counterions. Depending on the polarity of solvents, MGBP assembled into nanofibers, helices, pentagon and hexagon microsheets, respectively. Moreover, the nanofibers in methanol/water can transform into ribbons, robust fibers and fiber bundles by addition of counterions with different ionic sizes and valences. This work presents a simple and feasible methodology to modulate assembly structures of a natural triterpenoid-based amphiphile, which may expand the application of natural products in supramolecular materials. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.