The effect of self-sorting and co-assembly on the mechanical properties of low molecular weight hydrogels

Colquhoun, Catherine, Draper, Emily R, Eden, Edward G B, Cattoz, Beatrice N, Morris, Kyle, Chen, Lin, McDonald, Tom O, Terry, Ann E, Griffiths, Peter C, Serpell, Louise C and Adams, Dave J (2014) The effect of self-sorting and co-assembly on the mechanical properties of low molecular weight hydrogels. Nanoscale, 22 (6). pp. 13719-13725. ISSN 2040-3364

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Abstract

Self-sorting in low molecular weight hydrogels can be achieved using a pH triggered approach. We show here that this method can be used to prepare gels with different types of mechanical properties. Cooperative, disruptive or orthogonal assembled systems can be produced. Gels with interesting behaviour can be also prepared, for example self-sorted gels where delayed switch-on of gelation occurs. By careful choice of gelator, co-assembled structures can also be generated, which leads to synergistic strengthening of the mechanical properties.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biochemistry
Depositing User: Nikoleta Kiapidou
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 10:49
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 18:05
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55153

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