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Issue 22, 2014
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The effect of self-sorting and co-assembly on the mechanical properties of low molecular weight hydrogels

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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.

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

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The article was received on 17 Jul 2014, accepted on 22 Sep 2014 and first published on 24 Sep 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4NR04039B
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Citation: Nanoscale, 2014,6, 13719-13725
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    The effect of self-sorting and co-assembly on the mechanical properties of low molecular weight hydrogels

    C. Colquhoun, E. R. Draper, E. G. B. Eden, B. N. Cattoz, K. L. Morris, L. Chen, T. O. McDonald, A. E. Terry, P. C. Griffiths, L. C. Serpell and D. J. Adams, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 13719
    DOI: 10.1039/C4NR04039B

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