Using chirality to influence supramolecular gelation

McAulay, K. et al. (2019) Using chirality to influence supramolecular gelation. Chemical Science, 10(33), pp. 7801-7806. (doi: 10.1039/C9SC02239B) (PMID:31588329) (PMCID:PMC6761870)

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Most low molecular weight gelators are chiral, with racemic mixtures often unable to form gels. Here, we show an example where all enantiomers, diastereomers and racemates of a single functionalized dipeptide can form gels. At high pH, different self-assembled aggregates are formed and these directly template the structures formed in the gel. Hence, solutions and gels with different properties can be accessed simply by varying the chirality. This opens up new design rules for the field.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dietrich, Bart and Draper, Emily and McAulay, Dr Kate and Adams, Dave
Authors: McAulay, K., Dietrich, B., Su, H., Scott, M. T., Rogers, S. E., Al-Hilaly, Y. K., Cui, H., Serpell, L., Seddon, A., Draper, E. R., and Adams, D. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Chemical Science
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN (Online):2041-6539
Published Online:03 July 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Royal Society of Chemistry
First Published:First published in Chemical Science 10(33): 7801-7806
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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