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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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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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Submitted
17 Jul 2014
Accepted
22 Sep 2014
First published
24 Sep 2014

This article is Open Access

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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