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Keywords:

  • dendrons;
  • nanostructures;
  • photochemistry;
  • self-assembly;
  • vesicles
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The missing link: Supramolecular transformation from a vesicle to a fibrous nanostructure has been achieved by photolytic cleavage and supramolecular reorganization of a dendritic building block containing a 2-nitrobenzyl group (see picture). Furthermore, supramolecular aggregates of an amide dendron with a photoisomerizable azobenzene unit exhibit controlled release of encapsulated molecules upon photoirradiation in the aqueous phase.