Issue 89, 2020

Photo-dissociation of self-assembled (anthracene-2-carbonyl)amino acid hydrogels


Amino acids modified with an N-terminal anthracene group self-assemble into supramolecular hydrogels upon the addition of a range of salts or cell culture medium. Gel-phase photo-dimerisation of gelators results in hydrogel disassembly and was used to recover cells from 3D culture.

Graphical abstract: Photo-dissociation of self-assembled (anthracene-2-carbonyl)amino acid hydrogels

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03 Aug 2020
09 Oct 2020
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09 Oct 2020
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Chem. Commun., 2020,56, 13792-13795

Photo-dissociation of self-assembled (anthracene-2-carbonyl)amino acid hydrogels

P. R. A. Chivers, R. S. Dookie, J. E. Gough and S. J. Webb, Chem. Commun., 2020, 56, 13792 DOI: 10.1039/D0CC05292B

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