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Title: Cucurbit[n]uril-based colloidal self-assembly in hybrid polymeric systems
Author: Wu, Yuchao
ISNI:       0000 0004 7225 371X
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2017
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Supramolecular interactions are of great importance in the fabrication of new functional materials. In particular, colloidal assembly via supramolecular pathway has contributed to numerous innovations in material chemistry, on account of its specific, directional and dynamic non-covalent interactions. By taking advantage of the non-covalent supramolecular interactions, tailored complementary colloidal building blocks which are normally incompatible with each other could be integrated interdependently, forming novel hybrid materials with emerging properties. This thesis mainly focuses on the design, preparation and characterization of novel colloidal assemblies based on cucurbit[n]urils host-guest interactions, including hybrid ‘raspberry-like’ colloids, catalytic polymeric nanocomposites, advanced structured colloids, and supramolecular polymer colloidal hydrogel.
Supervisor: Scherman, Oren Sponsor: EPSRC
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Cucurbit[n]uril-based colloidal self-assembly ; hybrid polymeric systems ; functional materials