Issue 42, 2016

Aligning self-assembled gelators by drying under shear


We show how drying under shear can be used to prepare aligned fibres and worm-like micelles from low molecular weight gelators. Shearing followed by drying leads to the dealignment before the water can be removed; continuous shear whilst drying is required to maintain the alignment. Combining a slow pH change with continuous shear allows alignment of the gelling fibres, which can then be dried.

Graphical abstract: Aligning self-assembled gelators by drying under shear

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05 Apr 2016
29 Apr 2016
First published
29 Apr 2016
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Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 6934-6937

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Aligning self-assembled gelators by drying under shear

E. R. Draper, O. O. Mykhaylyk and D. J. Adams, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 6934 DOI: 10.1039/C6CC02824A

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