Spontaneous self-assembly of glycolipid bilayer membranes in sugar-philic ionic liquids and formation of ionogels

Nobuo Kimizuka, Takuya Nakashima

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Abstract

Ether-containing ionic liquids are developed, which are capable of dissolving carbohydrates such as β-D-glucose, α-cyclodextrin, amylose, agarose, and a glycosylated protein, glucose oxidase. When glycolipids are dispersed in these sugar-philic ionic liquids, stable bilayer membranes are formed. They display reversible thermal transformation from fibrous assemblies to vesicles. Physical gelation of ionic liquids occurs by dissolving amide-group-enriched glycolipids, providing a first example of self-assembling ionogels. The ability to dissolve carbohydrates in ionic liquids and the formation of bilayer membranes, self-assembling gels will open new dimensions in ionic liquid research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6759-6761
Number of pages3
JournalLangmuir
Volume17
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 30 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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