Controlling hydrogel properties by tuning non-covalent interactions in a charge complementary multicomponent system

Santanu Panja, Annela Seddon, Dave J. Adams*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review

Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11197-11203
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Science
Volume12
Issue number33
Early online date22 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
SP thanks the University of Glasgow for funding. This work benetted from the SasView soware, 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).

Publisher Copyright:
© The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Controlling hydrogel properties by tuning non-covalent interactions in a charge complementary multicomponent system'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this