A new family of urea-based low molecular-weight organogelators for environmental remediation: the influence of structure

Peveler, W. J. et al. (2018) A new family of urea-based low molecular-weight organogelators for environmental remediation: the influence of structure. Soft Matter, 14(43), pp. 8821-8827. (doi: 10.1039/C8SM01682H) (PMID:30346465)

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Gelation processes grant access to a wealth of soft materials with tailorable properties, in applications as diverse as environmental remediation, biomedicene and electronics. Several classes of self-assembling gelators have been studied and employ non-covalent bonds to direct assembly, but recently attention has come to focus on how the overall shape of the gelator molecule impacts its gelation. Here we study a new sub-family of low molecular weight organogelators and explore how steric rearrangement influences their gelation. The gels produced are characterised with X-ray diffraction and Small- Angle neutron scattering (SANS) to probe their ex-situ and in-situ gelation mechanisms. The best examples were then tested for environmental remediation applications, gelling petrol and oils in the presence of water and salts.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:WJP acknowledges a Doctoral Prize Fellowship from the EPSRC (EP/M506448/1) and an LKAS Fellowship from the University of Glasgow. The authors acknowledge the EPSRC for funding UCL’s X-ray diffractometers (EP/K03930X/1). SA acknowledges Welsh Government Sêr Cymru II Welsh Fellowship part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). JCB and TJM acknowledge the Ramsay Trust for fellowships. STFC is acknowledged for allocation of SANS beam time, and travel funding. CJC and LMH acknowledge the BBSRC (BB/L016265/r) and Novartis for funding.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Peveler, Dr William
Authors: Peveler, W. J., Packman, H., Alexander, S., Chauhan, R. R., Hayes, L. M., Macdonald, T. J., Cockcroft, J. K., Rogers, S. E., Aarts, D. G.A.L., Carmalt, C. J., Parkin, I. P., and Bear, J. C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:Soft Matter
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN (Online):1744-6848
Published Online:11 October 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Royal Society of Chemistry
First Published:First published in Soft Matter 14(43): 8821-8827
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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