Spatially resolved multicomponent gels

Draper, Emily R, Eden, Edward GB, McDonald, Thomas ORCID: 0000-0002-9273-9173 and Adams, Dave
(2015) Spatially resolved multicomponent gels. Nature Chemistry, 7 (10). 848 - 852.

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Multi-component supramolecular systems could be used to prepare exciting new functional materials, but it is often challenging to control the assembly across multiple length scales. Here, we report a simple approach to forming patterned, spatially resolved multi-component supramolecular hydrogels. A multi-component gel is first formed from two low-molecular-weight gelators that consists of two types of fibers, each formed by only one gelator. One type of fibres of this 'self-sorted network' is then selectively removed by a light-triggered gel-to-sol transition. We show that the remaining network has the same mechanical properties as it would if it were initially formed alone. The selective irradiation of sections of the gel through a mask leads to the formation of patterned multi-component networks, in which either one or two networks can be present at a particular position, which a high degree of spatial control.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-assembly, Supramolecular polymers
Subjects: ?? QD ??
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2015 07:59
Last Modified: 10 May 2021 19:10
DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2347
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