Journal article

Self-Assembly of Nano- to Macroscopic Metal–Phenolic Materials

G Yun, Quinn Besford, S Johnston, JJ Richardson, Shuaijun Pan, M Biviano, F Caruso

Chemistry of Materials | American Chemical Society | Published : 2018

Abstract

The self-assembly of molecular building blocks into well-defined macroscopic materials is desirable for developing emergent functional materials. However, the self-assembly of molecules into macroscopic materials remains challenging, in part because of limitations in controlling the growth and robustness of the materials. Herein, we report the molecular self-assembly of nano- to macroscopic free-standing materials through the coordination of metals with natural phenolic molecules. Our method involves a simple and scalable solution-based template dipping process in precomplexed metal–phenolic solutions, enabling the fabrication of free-standing macroscopic materials of customized architecture..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Convergent BioNano Science and Technology


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Principal Research Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

We thank R. R. Dagastine, M. A. Rahim, M. Faria, A. J. Christofferson, Y. Ju, J. Li, and J. Guo for useful discussions. This research was conducted and funded by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Convergent BioNano Science and Technology (project number CE140100036) and by the Australian Research Council through the Discovery Project (DP170103331) scheme. F.C. acknowledges the award of a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Principal Research Fellowship (APP1135806). This work was performed in part at the Materials Characterization and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) at The University of Melbourne and the Victorian Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF).