Nonlinear effects in multicomponent supramolecular hydrogels

Draper, E. R. , Wallace, M., Schweins, R., Poole, R. J. and Adams, D. J. (2017) Nonlinear effects in multicomponent supramolecular hydrogels. Langmuir, 33(9), pp. 2387-2395. (doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00326) (PMID:28191979)

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Multicomponent low molecular weight gels are useful for a range of applications. However, when mixing two components, both of which can independently form a gel, there are many potential scenarios. There is a limited understanding as to how to control and direct the assembly. Here, we focus on a pH-triggered two-component system. At high pH, colloidal structures are formed, and there is a degree of mixing of the two gelators. As the pH is decreased, there is a complex situation, where one gelator directs the assembly in a “sergeants and soldiers” manner. The second gelator is not fully incorporated, and the remainder forms an independent network. The result is that there is a nonlinear dependence on the final mechanical properties of the gels, with the storage or loss modulus being very dependent on the absolute ratio of the two components in the system.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Draper, Emily and Adams, Dave
Authors: Draper, E. R., Wallace, M., Schweins, R., Poole, R. J., and Adams, D. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Langmuir
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN (Online):1520-5827
Published Online:13 February 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 American Chemical Society
First Published:First published in Langmuir 33(9):2387-2395
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
768041Multicomponent Supramolecular HydrogelsDave AdamsEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/L021978/2SCHOOL OF CHEMISTRY