Controlling the formation and alignment of low molecular weight gel ‘noodles’

McDowall, D., Walker, M. , Vassalli, M. , Cantini, M. , Khunti, N., Edwards-Gayle, C. J. C., Cowieson, N. and Adams, D. J. (2021) Controlling the formation and alignment of low molecular weight gel ‘noodles’. Chemical Communications, 57(70), pp. 8782-8785. (doi: 10.1039/D1CC03378F) (PMID:34378594)

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Abstract

We show how to control the formation and alignment of gel ‘noodles’. Nanostructure alignment can be achieved reproducibly by extensional deformation as the filaments form. Using a spinning technique, very long and highly aligned filaments can be made. The Young’s moduli of the gel noodles are similar to that of a bulk gel. By using two syringe pumps in a concentric flow setup, we show that a filament-in-filament morphology can be created.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Adams, Dave and Walker, Dr Matthew and Cantini, Dr Marco and Vassalli, Dr Massimo and McDowall, Mr Daniel
Authors: McDowall, D., Walker, M., Vassalli, M., Cantini, M., Khunti, N., Edwards-Gayle, C. J. C., Cowieson, N., and Adams, D. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:Chemical Communications
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN:1359-7345
ISSN (Online):1364-548X
Published Online:04 August 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Royal Society of Chemistry
First Published:First published in Chemical Communications 57(70): 8782-8785
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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