Issue 53, 2016

Photoresponsive gelators


Low molecular weight gels can be responsive to a range of external stimuli. The use of light as an external stimulus to modify gels is of particular interest for a number of reasons. Light is a non-invasive trigger. For example, using light it is possible to spatially target a specific area of the gel leading to patterned gel surfaces. Here, we review the different approaches that have been used to form low molecular weight gels that respond to light.

Graphical abstract: Photoresponsive gelators

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Article type
Feature Article
26 Apr 2016
19 May 2016
First published
19 May 2016
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 8196-8206

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Photoresponsive gelators

E. R. Draper and D. J. Adams, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 8196 DOI: 10.1039/C6CC03485C

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