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Supramolecular nanotube-based fiber mats by self-assembly of a tailored amphiphilic low molecular weight hydrogelator

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Abstract

The amide-group containing amphiphile 4-N-octanoyl-aminobenzoic acid sodium salt is able to thermoreversibly form supramolecular hydrogels in aqueous solutions of alkanine sodium salts. The supramolecular assemblies can be transferred without destruction by a mold-casting/drying process into self-supporting macroscopic supramolecular nanofiber mats. These mats are thermally and mechanically stable, resistant to a large variety of organic solvents and therefore interesting for potential applications such as templating of inorganic materials and filtration. The nanotubular multi-walled morphology of the underlying supramolecular assemblies was revealed using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray scattering (XRD) and Fourier-Transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR).

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular nanotube-based fiber mats by self-assembly of a tailored amphiphilic low molecular weight hydrogelator

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The article was received on 31 May 2010, accepted on 12 Oct 2010 and first published on 30 Nov 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00456A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 1058-1065
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    Supramolecular nanotube-based fiber mats by self-assembly of a tailored amphiphilic low molecular weight hydrogelator

    A. Bernet, M. Behr and H. Schmidt, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 1058
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00456A

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