Controlled self-assembly of amphiphiles in ionic liquids and the formation of ionogels by molecular tuning of cohesive energies

Takuya Nakashima, Nobuo Kimizuka

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In this paper, the self-assembling characteristics of a series of L-glutamate-based ammonium amphiphiles are studied in ionic liquids (ILs). These cationic amphiphiles are dispersible in imidazolium ILs with bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)amide (TFSA) anion. Amphiphiles-containing didodecyl ester or short dioctyl amide groups were molecularly dispersed in conventional 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium TFSA, whereas they formed bilayer membranes when they were dispersed in polar, ether linkage-introduced IL. Thus, the modification of ILs exerts a crucial influence on amphiphilic self-assembly. Enhancement of the intermolecular interactions of L-glutamate amphiphiles is achieved by introducing multiple amide bonds and longer alkyl chains, which leads to better self-assembling properties. These amide-enriched amphiphiles form fibrous bilayer assemblies even in conventional ILs with low cohesive energy densities. These observations confirm that the formation of bilayer membranes in ILs is a general phenomenon when the solute molecules have the appropriate ionophilic/ionophobic nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-671
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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