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Supramolecular Gelaton: Towards the Design of Molecular Gels


The fabrication and application of supramolecular gels have been achieving great progress in the past decades. Although several reviews and books have well summarized the design, properties and their functions of certain supramolecular gels, it still lacks a comprehensive overview to reveal the design strategy of the supramolecular gels. In this review, we propose a concept of supramolecular gelaton, which is a building block or molecule for the design and construction of the supramolecular gels, to show how to design the targeted functional gels. We classify the gelaton into two types. One is covalent gelaton that when it covalently combines with the other functional groups, the resulted molecule can become a gelator. The other is a non-covalent gelaton, which is a gelator molecule that can assist other non-gelling molecules or materials to form gels. We hope the concept of supramolecular gelaton will provide a useful guidance and understanding in the design of gelator molecules and preparation of supramolecular gels.

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The article was received on 25 Jun 2018, accepted on 07 Aug 2018 and first published on 08 Aug 2018

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8QO00620B
Citation: Org. Chem. Front., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Supramolecular Gelaton: Towards the Design of Molecular Gels

    M. Liu, G. Ouyang, D. Niu and Y. Sang, Org. Chem. Front., 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8QO00620B

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