Self-sorted Oligophenylvinylene and Perylene Bisimide Hydrogels

Ana M. Castilla, Emily R. Draper, Michael C. Nolan, Christopher Brasnett, Annela Seddon, Laura L E Mears, Nathan Cowieson, Dave J. Adams*

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We describe two component hydrogels with networks composed of self-sorted fibres. The component gelators are based on 1,4-distyrylbenzene (OPV3) and perylene bisimide (PBI) units. Self-sorted gels can be formed by a slow decrease in pH, which leads to sequential assembly. We demonstrate self-sorting by NMR, rheology and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Photoconductive xerogels can be prepared by drying these gels. The wavelength response of the xerogel is different to that of the PBI alone.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8380
Number of pages10
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2017


  • Gels and hydrogels
  • Organic molecules in materials science


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