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Correlations between thixotropic and structural properties of molecular gels with crystalline networks

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Abstract

This review focuses on correlations between the thixotropic and structural properties of molecular gels having crystalline fibrillar networks (SAFINs). Formation of thixotropic molecular gels and their recovery after the application of destructive strain depends on the strength and type of intermolecular interactions in the SAFINs of the gelator molecules. Here, we limit our discussion to gelator molecules with simple structures in order to dissect more easily the important contributors to the thixotropic behaviors. Possible mechanisms to explain the thixotropic phenomena, involving the transformation of the SAFINs into unattached objects, and their reassembly into 3-dimensional networks, are advanced. The data are analyzed to provide insights into the rational design of thixotropic molecular gelators.

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The article was received on 13 Feb 2016, accepted on 18 Mar 2016 and first published on 07 Apr 2016


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00377J
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Citation: Soft Matter, 2016,12, 3665-3676
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    Correlations between thixotropic and structural properties of molecular gels with crystalline networks

    V. Ajay Mallia and R. G. Weiss, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 3665
    DOI: 10.1039/C6SM00377J

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