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Hybrid Physical Gels from Polymers and Self-Assembled Systems: A Novel Path for Making Functional Materials

Version 1 : Received: 22 March 2018 / Approved: 22 March 2018 / Online: 22 March 2018 (13:01:15 CET)

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Guenet, J.-M. Hybrid Physical Gels from Polymers and Self-Assembled Systems: A Novel Path for Making Functional Materials. Gels 2018, 4, 35. Guenet, J.-M. Hybrid Physical Gels from Polymers and Self-Assembled Systems: A Novel Path for Making Functional Materials. Gels 2018, 4, 35.

Journal reference: Gels 2018, 4, 35
DOI: 10.3390/gels4020035

Abstract

The synthesis these past few years of novel organic molecules that spontaneously self-assemble into a large variety of molecular architecture, particularly generating organogels, has opened up new horizons for preparing functional materials. Here, we present an original preparation path of such materials through the making of hybrid gels of these molecules together with covalent polymers. Three types of systems are described: i) intermingled gels where a polymer gel and an organogel pervade one another; ii) encapsulation of self-assembled filaments in polymer fibrils, which provides a system with unusual magnetic properties; iii) the reverse situation where self-assembled nanotubes sheathe polymer fibrils. Here two covalent polymers are considered: a neutral polymer, namely stereoregular polystyrene (isotactic or syndiotactic), and a semi-conducting polymer, P3BT. In the latter case, semi-conducting nanowires are obtained.

Subject Areas

polymer thermoreversible gels; self-assembled systems; functional materials

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