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Using chirality to influence supramolecular gelation

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Abstract

Most low molecular weight gelators are chiral, with racemic mixtures often unable to form gels. Here, we show an example where all enantiomers, diastereomers and racemates of a single functionalized dipeptide can form gels. At high pH, different self-assembled aggregates are formed and these directly template the structures formed in the gel. Hence, solutions and gels with different properties can be accessed simply by varying the chirality. This opens up new design rules for the field.

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The article was received on 08 May 2019, accepted on 03 Jul 2019 and first published on 03 Jul 2019


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9SC02239B
Chem. Sci., 2019, Advance Article
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    Using chirality to influence supramolecular gelation

    K. McAulay, B. Dietrich, H. Su, M. T. Scott, S. Rogers, Y. K. Al-Hilaly, H. Cui, L. C. Serpell, Annela M. Seddon, E. R. Draper and D. J. Adams, Chem. Sci., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9SC02239B

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