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Polymerization of an Organogel Formed by a Hetero-bifunctional Gelator in a Monomeric Solvent: Preparation of Nanofibers Embedded in a Polymer Matrix

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  • S. H. Kang,

    1. School of Materials Science and Engineering, and Hyper-Structured Organic Materials Research Center, Seoul National University, San 56-1, Shillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-744 (Korea)
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  • B. M. Jung,

    1. School of Materials Science and Engineering, and Hyper-Structured Organic Materials Research Center, Seoul National University, San 56-1, Shillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-744 (Korea)
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  • J. Y. Chang

    1. School of Materials Science and Engineering, and Hyper-Structured Organic Materials Research Center, Seoul National University, San 56-1, Shillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-744 (Korea)
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  • Financial support from the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (R11-2005-000-10343-0) and the HOMRC is gratefully acknowledged.

Abstract

A hetero-bifunctional gelator composed of two different polymerizable groups, acryl and diacetylene, and used to gelate an acrylic monomer has been prepared. The photopolymerization of the organogel formed in hexyl methacrylate produces a free-standing film, in which fluorescent polydiacetylene nanofibers are embedded in a poly(hexyl methacrylate) matrix (see figure).

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