Dissipative Self-Assembly of a Molecular Gelator by Using a Chemical Fuel


  • We thank Marta E. Dobrowolska for obtaining SEM micrographs. We acknowledge financial support from the Netherlands Organization for Research (NWO).


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Fueling the future: A fibrillar network (red fibers, see figure) is formed from an activated building block (red), which is obtained from a synthetic gelator (blue) in a dissipative self-assembly process that is fueled by an alkylating agent. When the available energy is depleted, the system reverts to its thermodynamic equilibrium, that is, an isotropic solution.