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The effect of self-sorting and co-assembly on the mechanical properties of low molecular weight hydrogels

The effect of self-sorting and co-assembly on the mechanical properties of low molecular weight hydrogels

Colquhoun, Catherine, Draper, Emily R., Eden, Edward G. B., Cattoz, Beatrice N., Morris, Kyle L., Chen, Lin, McDonald, Tom O., Terry, Ann E., Griffiths, Peter C. ORCID: 0000-0002-6686-1271, Serpell, Louise C. and Adams, Dave J. (2014) The effect of self-sorting and co-assembly on the mechanical properties of low molecular weight hydrogels. Nanoscale, 6 (22). pp. 13719-13725. ISSN 2040-3364 (Print), 2040-3372 (Online) (doi:10.1039/C4NR04039B)

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Abstract

Self-sorting in low molecular weight hydrogels can be achieved using a pH triggered approach. We show here that this method can be used to prepare gels with different types of mechanical properties. Cooperative, disruptive or orthogonal assembled systems can be produced. Gels with interesting behaviour can be also prepared, for example self-sorted gels where delayed switch-on of gelation occurs. By careful choice of gelator, co-assembled structures can also be generated, which leads to synergistic strengthening of the mechanical properties.

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Additional Information: [1] Open Access Article. Published on 24 September 2014. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence. [2] Acknowledgements (funding): EPSRC for funding (EP/G012741/1). [3] Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Full experimental and synthetic details for the dipeptides, full experimental descriptions, further NMR, single crystal diffraction data, fXRD data and SANS data. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04039b.
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-sorting, co-assembly, mechanical properties, low molecular weight hydrogels
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences
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Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 09:12
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12230

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