Halogen bonding modulates hydrogel formation from Fmoc amino acids

A. Pizzi, L. Lascialfari, N. Demitri, A. Bertolani, D. Maiolo, E. Carretti, P. Metrangolo*

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The single crystal X-ray structures of a series of p-halogenated Fmoc phenylalanines highlight the role of halogen bonding in their supramolecular organization in the solid state. The amino acids showing the occurrence of halogen bonding resulted in gels with the strongest mechanical properties. All gelation parameters could be ranked according to halogen atom polarizability, i.e., halogen bond strength.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1870-1874
Number of pages5
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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