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Supramolecular fibres

Self-sorting shows its true colours

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Self-sorting events in supramolecular assembly lead to complex systems that are attractive for the design of functional materials, but have remained difficult to understand and control. Now, the growth of self-sorted supramolecular nanofibres has been elucidated by direct imaging through real-time in situ confocal microscopy.

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Figure 1: Direct visualization of a self-sorting assembly.

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Draper, E., Adams, D. Self-sorting shows its true colours. Nature Chem 8, 737–738 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.2539

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