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Review article (peer-reviewed)

Journal CHIMIA International Journal for Chemistry
Volume (Issue) 73(6)
Page(s) 468 - 472
Title of proceedings CHIMIA International Journal for Chemistry
DOI 10.2533/chimia.2019.468

Open Access

Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


Established less than a decade ago, the fascinating field of two-dimensional (2D) soft materials is advancing continuously towards widespread recognition. After demonstrating the feasibility of obtaining nano-thin supramolecular sheets and morphologically related tubular objects, considerable efforts are undertaken to explore the functional potential of soft nanosheets. Self-assembly is a major tool for the controlled formation of nanometer sized 2D objects. In this account, we share our current understanding of the structural requirements to direct the self-assembly of water-soluble, negatively charged oligomers in 2D. The discussion covers some promising areas of utilization such as the reporting of weak mechanical perturbations, the assembly of light-harvesting antennae, the transfer of excitation energy and the polymerization of pre-organized assemblies. The systems presented in this work illustrate the potential of 2D supramolecular materials as complementary systems to their covalent counterparts.