Construction of supramolecular hydrogels using photo-generated nitric oxide radicals

Matthew Mulvee, Natasa Vasiljevic, Stephen Mann, Avinash J. Patil*

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Photo-generated nitric oxide radicals (NO) derived from sodium nitroprusside dihydrate (SNP) are employed for the construction of supramolecular hydrogels based on an amino acid derivative precursor, N-fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl tyrosine phosphate (FYP), which through dephosphorylation produces the gelator, N-fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl tyrosine (FY). Self-assembly of the amphiphilic gelator yields high-aspect ratio nanofilaments that entangle to form self-supporting, viscoelastic hydrogels. The presence of photolyzed SNP yields periodically twisted nanofilaments with opposite chirality to filaments formed through conventional hydrogelation routes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5950-5954
Number of pages5
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number29
Early online date16 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2018


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