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Debapratim Das, Antara Dasgupta, Sangita Roy, Rajendra Narayan Mitra, Sisir Debnath and Prasanta Kumar Das Water Gelation of an Amino Acid-Based Amphiphile Chemistry - A European Journal 12

Article first published online: 19 APR 2006 | DOI: 10.1002/chem.200501638

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The hydrogelation property of a simple amino acid-based amphiphile (left) was investigated by means of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. Intermolecular hydrogen bonding between amide N[BOND]H and carbonyl oxygen, and π–π stacking between the indole rings, as well as hydrophobic interactions, were found to be responsible for the formation of a hydrogel that shows high supramolecular chirality (right).

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