An "Ingredients" Approach to Functional Self-Synthesizing Materials: A Metal-Ion-Selective, Multi-Responsive, Self-Assembled Hydrogel

Li, J., Cvrtila, I., Colomb-Delsuc, M., Otten, E. & Otto, S., 24-Nov-2014, In : Chemistry. 20, 48, p. 15709-15714 6 p.

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New methodology for making novel materials is highly desirable. Here, an "ingredients" approach to functional self-assembled hydrogels was developed. By designing a building block to contain the right ingredients, a multi-responsive, self-assembled hydrogel was obtained through a process of template-induced self-synthesis in a dynamic combinatorial library. The system can be switched between gel and solution by light, redox reactions, pH, temperature, mechanical energy and sequestration or addition of MgII salt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15709-15714
Number of pages6
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 24-Nov-2014


  • combinatorial chemistry, gels, responsive hydrogels, self-healing hydrogels, self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry, DYNAMIC COMBINATORIAL LIBRARIES, HOST-GUEST INTERACTIONS, SUPRAMOLECULAR GELS, SYNTHETIC RECEPTOR, ADAPTIVE CHEMISTRY, COVALENT CHEMISTRY, PI-STACKING, WATER, AZOBENZENE, LIGHT

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