Guanine-quadruplex (G-quadruplex) assemblies provide a useful platform for studying the spatial, structural, and photophysical effects of intermolecular interactions. Coupling a single guanine moiety to terrylenediimide (TDI)- A chromophore with a large extended π-surface-produces a structure (GTDI) that assembles in plate-like tetramers, with the potential of undergoing tunable π-stacking. At high concentrations (3 × 10-3 M), GTDI self-assembles into a nearly monodisperse G-quadruplex structure of 16 layers, with strong π-overlap between TDI moieties, observed by small- A nd wide-angle X-ray scattering. Transient absorption spectroscopy reveals that excitation of TDI in the G-quadruplex results in symmetry-breaking charge separation to form ion pairs within the structure, owing to the strong π-overlap enforced by the hydrogen-bonding. These assemblies yield important insights into the interplay of noncovalent interactions in the assembly of ordered chromophoric arrays.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry