Nanofibrous hydrogels self-assembled from naphthalene diimide (NDI)/amino acid conjugates

Ling Huang Hsu, Shu Min Hsu, Fang Yi Wu, Yu Hao Liu, Srinivasa Rao Nelli, Mei Yu Yeh, Hsin-Chieh Lin*

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The combination of a naphthalene diimide (NDI) group and a single amino-acid of serine (Ser) or lysine (Lys) can be used to promote the formation of a supramolecular hydrogel, which indicates the aromatic amino acid is not necessary to be used in the structural design of NDI-capped small molecule hydrogelators. An equimolar ratio of NDI-Ser and NDI-Lys can form a stable hydrogel under neutral conditions and its gel-to-sol transition temperature is higher than 37 °C. This work, as the first example of NDI-containing hydrogelators without aromatic rings in the side chains of amino acids, illustrates a new approach to design NDI-capped supramolecular hydrogels. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20410-20413
Number of pages4
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number26
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


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