Low-molecular-weight gels: the state of the art

Draper, E. R. and Adams, D. J. (2017) Low-molecular-weight gels: the state of the art. Chem, 3(3), pp. 390-410. (doi: 10.1016/j.chempr.2017.07.012)

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Low-molecular-weight gels are currently a hugely important class of materials that are attracting significant interest. These gels are formed when small molecules self-assemble into one-dimensional structures that entangle and cross-link to form a network that is capable of immobilizing the solvent. Here, we critically discuss the current state of the art and highlight two key areas where we believe there is significant untapped potential. The first is the observation that the properties of the gels are highly process dependent, which means that it is possible to access materials with very different properties from a single gelator. Second, using multiple gelators offers the opportunity to prepare materials with a high degree of information content and with a wider range of properties. We aim to spark thought and discussion on these aspects.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Draper, Emily and Adams, Dave
Authors: Draper, E. R., and Adams, D. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Chem
Publisher:Elsevier (Cell Press)
ISSN (Online):2451-9294
Published Online:14 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Chem 3(3):390-410
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
768041Multicomponent Supramolecular HydrogelsDave AdamsEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/L021978/2SCHOOL OF CHEMISTRY