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Exploiting and controlling gel-to-crystal transitions in multicomponent supramolecular gels

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Abstract

Multicomponent supramolecular gels provide opportunities to form materials that are not accessible when using the single components alone. Different scenarios are possible when mixing multiple components, from complete co-assembly (mixing of the components within the self-assembled structures formed) to complete self-sorting such that each structure contains only one of the components. Most examples of multicomponent gels that currently exist form stable gels. Here, we show that this can be used to control the mechanical properties of the gels, but what is probably most exciting is that we show that we can use a magnetic field to control the shape of the crystals. The gelling component aligns in a magnetic field and so results in anisotropic crystals being formed.

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Submitted
27 Apr 2021
Accepted
11 Jun 2021
First published
14 Jun 2021

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2021,12, 9720-9725
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Edge Article

Exploiting and controlling gel-to-crystal transitions in multicomponent supramolecular gels

D. Giuri, L. J. Marshall, B. Dietrich, D. McDowall, L. Thomson, J. Y. Newton, C. Wilson, R. Schweins and D. J. Adams, Chem. Sci., 2021, 12, 9720 DOI: 10.1039/D1SC02347K

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