Salt-induced hydrogels from functionalised-dipeptides

Chen, L., McDonald, T. O. and Adams, D. J. (2013) Salt-induced hydrogels from functionalised-dipeptides. RSC Advances, 3(23), pp. 8714-8720. (doi: 10.1039/C3RA40938D)

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A range of functionalised-dipeptides are shown here to form gels on addition of Ca2+ to solutions at high pH. We show that the ability to form gels correlates with the hydrophobicity of the dipeptides, which determines whether worm-like micelles are formed at high pH. The dipeptides can be functionalised with a number of different groups including naphthalene rings as well as alkyl chains. The effect of aging on stock solutions and gels is discussed. We show that gels can also be formed when trivalent or polyvalent salts are added.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Adams, Dave
Authors: Chen, L., McDonald, T. O., and Adams, D. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:RSC Advances
ISSN (Online):2046-2069
Published Online:05 April 2013

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