Manipulating three-dimensional gel network entanglement by thin film shearing

Harshita Kumari, Steven Kline, Stuart Kennedy, Christopher Garvey, Colin Raston, Jerry Atwood, Jonathan Steed

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    Vortex fluidic mediated shearing of supramolecular gels in thin films leads to complete disruption of fluorous bis-urea derived gels. Hydrocarbon analogues however, are only partially disrupted, which emphasizes the resistance of non-fluorous bis-urea gelators towards shear. The gel structures have been studied by combining the thin film shearing with small angle neutron scattering. This technique represents a novel approach to study the effects of external stimuli on self-assembled supramolecular gel networks.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4513-4516
    Number of pages4
    JournalChemical Communications
    Issue number24
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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