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Tuning Sugar-Based Chiral and Flower-Like Microparticles
Yawen Yao, Qiyun Tang, Sabine Rosenfeldt, Marcel Krüsmann, Matthias Karg and Kai Zhang:
Small, 17, 210293 (2021)
doi: 10.1002/smll.202102938





Unique supermolecular structures as chiral and flower-like microparticles and the precise tuning of the morphologies hold immense promise for a variety of applications. Examples of such structures deriving from monosaccharides are still rare, and a general understanding is also lacking. Herein, it is shown that chiral, flower-like, or solid microparticles can be tuned by only using monosaccharide esters without external stimuli. Chiral “left-handed” (counterclockwise) and “right-handed” (clockwise) morphologies can be induced by d- and l-glucose stearoyl esters. In comparison, other monosaccharides, i.e., galactose, mannose, and xylose, cannot formed chiral particles and generated diverse other morphologies of the supermolecular microparticles based on their distinct molecular configurations. Due to the numbers of side chains and the bond orientations, microparticles with solid and porous flower-like morphologies can be obtained. While glucose and xylose esters only lead to solid microparticles, mannose and galactose generate porous flower-like particles. These findings suggest a general method to design and control the superstructures by using monosaccharide backbones with diverse molecular configurations.