Self-assembling naphthalenediimide (NDI)-based helical organic nanotubes display sergeants-and-soldiers behaviour, chiral monomers imposing a supramolecular structure upon achiral monomers. Several achiral NDI monomers were synthesised and their ability to incorporate into supramolecular nanotubes was studied. Nanotubes containing predominantly the most effective soldier, derived from 1-aminocyclopropane-carboxylic acid, are effective hosts for C(60).
Anderson, T. W., Sanders, J. K. M., & Pantos, G. D. (2010). The sergeants-and-soldiers effect: chiral amplification in naphthalenediimide nanotubes. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 8(19), 4274-4280. https://doi.org/10.1039/c0ob00027b