Mechanoresponsive self‐assembled perylene bisimide films

Victoria Adams, Joseph Cameron, Matthew Wallace, Emily R. Draper

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)


In this work, self-assembled amino-acid appended perylene bisimides (PBIs) have been studied that when processed into thin films change their resistivity in response to being bent. The PBIs assemble into structures in water and form thin films upon drying. These normally delicate thin films can be tolerant to bending, depending on the aggregates they form. Furthermore, the films then reversibly change their resistivity in response to this mechanical stimulus. This change is proportional to the degree of bending of the film giving them the potential to be used quantitatively to measure mechanical movement, such as in wearable devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9879-9882
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number44
Early online date2 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2020


  • flexible
  • organic electronics
  • perylene
  • self-assembly
  • smart materials

Cite this