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Magnetic control over the fractal dimension of supramolecular rod networks

revised on 16.05.2021, 15:21 and posted on 18.05.2021, 08:51 by Vincent Marichez, Akihiro Sato, Peter Dunne, Jorge Leira-Iglesias, Georges Formon, Michaela Schicho, Isja de Feijter, Pascal Hébraud, Matthieu Bailleul, Pol Besenius, M. Venkatesan, J.M.D. Coey, E.W. (Bert) Meijer, Thomas Hermans

Controlling supramolecular polymerization is of fundamental importance to create advanced materials and devices. Here we show that the thermodynamic equilibrium of Gd3+-bearing supramolecular rod networks is shifted reversibly at room temperature in a static magnetic field of up to 2 T. Our approach opens opportunities to control the structure formation of other supramolecular or coordination polymers that contain paramagnetic ions.


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Université de Strasbourg, CNRS, UMR7140, Strasbourg (France)



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rewritten version after taking into account reviewer comments.