Glowing Gels: The Exploratory Synthesis of Glutamate-derived Rylene Organogelators
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Perylenediimides and related molecules are well known for their optical properties, which included intense photoluminescence. Low molecular mass organogels offer a unique method for preparing responsive nanoscale materials. In order to combine the interesting and potentially useful properties of these two classes of materials, the synthesis of ryleneimide dyes with glutamate based lipids has been undertaken. Progress toward the synthesis of the first two prototype systems, based on 1,8-naphthalic anhydride and perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride, as well as characterization of the resulting molecules will be presented.