Macrocyclic Nanotubes as a Platform for Functional Membranes and Materials Discovery
The objective of this proposal is to explore the dynamics of designed macrocycles that are the first to reversibly assemble into high-aspect-ratio nanotubes. The nanotubes described here exhibit the highest aspect ratios ever reported in a self-assembled system, and their modular construction offers a unique platform for tunable functionality. Proposed work will seek to expand the scope of available macrocyclic building units and to better understand the principles guiding tube formation, elongation, and multi-tube hierarchical assembly, in order to realize application as a new class of precisely tailored functional membranes and as a platform for accessing layered, 2D polymers.
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