Aqueous interfacial gels assembled from small molecule supramolecular polymers

Groombridge, Alexander S., Palma, Aniello, Parker, Richard M., Abell, Chris, Scherman, Oren A. (2016) Aqueous interfacial gels assembled from small molecule supramolecular polymers. Chemical Science, 8 (2). pp. 1350-1355. ISSN 2041-6520. (doi:10.1039/C6SC04103E)

Abstract

The self-assembly of a stimuli-responsive aqueous supramolecular hyperbranched polymer from small molecules is reported. This system is composed of ditopic and tritopic guest-functionalised molecules that are able to form heteroternary supramolecular complexes with the macrocyclic host cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]). We demonstrate that the supramolecular hyperbranched polymer formed is responsive to both photo- and chemical stimuli, exhibiting reversibility. Furthermore, this system is shown to assemble at liquid–liquid interfaces, which upon gelation, is observable on the micrometre scale. This self-healing supramolecular network can act as a soft matter barrier for aqueous microdroplets, inhibiting their coalescence.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1039/C6SC04103E
Additional information: This manuscript is deposited in the Cambridge repository. AP doe not have access to the AAM.
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry > QD431 Organic Chemistry- Biochemistry- Proteins, peptides, amino acids
Q Science > QD Chemistry > QD473 Physical properties in relation to structure
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences
Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences > Functional Materials Group
Depositing User: Aniello Palma
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 11:18 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:52 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64610 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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