Mixing small molecule gelators is a promising route to prepare useful and exciting materials that cannot be accessed from any of the individual components. Here, we describe pH-triggered hydrogelation by mixing of two non-gelling amphiphiles. The intermolecular interactions among the molecules can be tuned either by controlling the degree of ionization of the components or by a preparative pathway, which enables us to control material properties such as gel strength, gel stiffness, thermal stability, and an unusual shrinking/swelling behaviour.
|Number of pages||7|
|Early online date||22 Jul 2021|
|Publication status||Published - 25 Aug 2021|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
SP thanks the University of Glasgow for funding. This work benetted from the SasView soware, originally developed by the DANSE project under NSF award DMR-0520547. The Ganesha X-ray scattering apparatus was purchased under EPSRC Grant ‘Atoms to Applications’ (EP/K035746/1).
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