New paper accepted in RSC journal CrystEngComm on the development and supramolecular chemistry of benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide (BTA) n-alkyl ester and carboxylic acid derivatives


SEM image of BTA xerogel, with crystal structure, polarised imaging and BTA gel inset left to right.

Well done to Amy and Chris from our research group on their paper “Benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide n-alkyl ester and carboxylic acid derivatives: tuneable structural, morphological and thermal properties” which has been accepted for publication in the RSC journal CrystEngComm. The work correlates crystallography and gelation; a phenomenon not much explored to date for BTA ligands. This work is the outcome of a very fruitful collaboration between several research groups from both TCD (Prof. Wolfgang Schmitt and Kevin Byrne form the School of Chemistry, and Prof. Matthias E. Möbius and Benjamin Haffner from the School of Physics) and Durham University, UK (Dr. Robert Pal and Edward N. Ward), and was generously supported by funding from SFI, the IRC, the Royal Society and the ERC.