New Functional Materials Based on Self-Assembling Organogels: From Serendipity towards Design

Authors

  • Jan H. van Esch Dr.,

    1. Laboratory for Organic Chemistry Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen (The Netherlands) Fax: (+31) 50-3634296
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  • Ben L. Feringa Prof. Dr.

    1. Laboratory for Organic Chemistry Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen (The Netherlands) Fax: (+31) 50-3634296
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  • The Royal Netherlands Academy of Science is gratefully acknowledged for a fellowship for J.H.v.E.

Abstract

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Small organic gelling agents very efficiently self-assemble into an entangled network in a wide variety of organic solvents, thereby turning the liquid into a gel. Recent progress in the design of organogelators led to tailor-made gelling agents for supercritical CO2. Furthermore, such agents can be used as templates for the construction of novel materials and as responsive gel systems. The picture shows switchable organogels and indicates schematically how viscoelastic properties can be affected.

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