Dual-Controlled Macroscopic Motions in a Supramolecular Hierarchical Assembly of Motor Amphiphiles

Franco King Chi Leung (Corresponding Author), Takashi Kajitani, Marc C.A. Stuart, Takanori Fukushima, Ben L. Feringa

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Three-dimensional unidirectionally aligned and responsive supramolecular hierarchical assemblies have much potential in adaptive materials for biomedical and soft actuator applications. However, to achieve systematical control of the motion of stimuli-responsive materials by orthogonal external stimuli and to complete a series of complicated tasks remains a grand challenge. Herein, we demonstrate a novel designed hybrid supramolecular assembly of molecular motor amphiphiles that also serves as a template for iron nanoparticles growth, and as a consequence this soft hybrid material is orthogonally controlled by dual light/magnetic stimuli. Macroscopic motor amphiphile strings, decorated with iron nanoparticles, provide fast response photoactuations and magnet induced movements that allows a precisely controlled cargo transport process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10985-10989
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • dual-control
  • macroscopic actuation
  • molecular motor
  • soft materials
  • supramolecular polymer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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