Chemically fuelled self-regulating gel-to-gel transition

Panja, S. , Dietrich, B. and Adams, D. J. (2020) Chemically fuelled self-regulating gel-to-gel transition. ChemSystemsChem, 2(1), e1900038. (doi: 10.1002/syst.201900038)

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Artificial self‐regulating materials can be prepared by exploiting fuel‐driven pathways. Dynamic covalent bonds are formed and broken reversibly under mild reaction conditions. Herein, we utilise this concept to programme a system that can undergo a fuel‐driven self‐regulated gel‐to‐gel transition. The reaction between the gelator and the fuel resulted in a change in chemical structure of the gelator that initially causes a transition from a solution to gel state by co‐assembly. With time, the intermediate complex collapses, re‐forming the gelator structure. However, the gel does not collapse. This method allows us to prepare gels with improved mechanical strength. Unlike conventional gel‐to‐gel transitions, exploitation of dynamic covalent chemistry provides an opportunity to access materials that cannot be prepared directly under similar final conditions.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dietrich, Bart and Adams, Dave and Panja, Dr Santanu
Authors: Panja, S., Dietrich, B., and Adams, D. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:ChemSystemsChem
ISSN (Online):2570-4206
Published Online:04 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in ChemSystemsChem 2(1):e1900038
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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