Manipulating three-dimensional gel network entanglement by thin film shearing
Kline, Steven R
Kennedy, Stuart R
Raston, Colin L
Atwood, Jerry L
Steed, Jonathan W
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Vortex fluidic mediated shearing of supramolecular gels in thin films leads to complete disruption of fluorous bis-urea derived gels. Hydrocarbon analogues however, are only partially disrupted, which emphasizes the resistance of non-fluorous bis-urea gelators towards shear. The gel structures have been studied by combining the thin film shearing with small angle neutron scattering. This technique represents a novel approach to study the effects of external stimuli on self-assembled supramolecular gel networks.
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