Self-assembled reversed bilayers directed by pnictogen bonding to form vesicles in solution

Shiva Moaven, Jingze Yu, Maythe Vega, Daniel K. Unruh, Anthony F. Cozzolino

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Artificial vesicles can aid in the study and understanding of biological cell membranes. This study employs pnictogen bonding to actively direct the self-assembly of a true reversed bilayer. Antimony(iii) alkoxide cages that self-assemble through multiple strong Sb...O interactions propagate in two dimensions to form a reverse bilayer structure in the solid state. Long alkyl tails allow these reverse bilayers to be processed into vesicles in solution that are a reverse of biological cell membranes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8849-8852
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number64
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


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