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J. Funct. Biomater. 2016, 7(3), 25; doi:10.3390/jfb7030025

A Smart pH-Responsive Three Components Luminescent Hydrogel

Key Laboratory of Organo-pharmaceutical Chemistry, Gannan Normal University, Ganzhou 341000, China
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Received: 7 July 2016 / Revised: 24 August 2016 / Accepted: 29 August 2016 / Published: 12 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanomedicine: Biomaterials, Nanoparticles and Beyond)
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Abstract

In this study, we report a novel three-component luminescent hydrogel, which is composed of amino acid derivatives (N,N′-di valine-3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic acid, NVPD), riboflavin (RF), and melamine (MM). The three-component hydrogel is attributed to multiple hydrogen bonds and the strong π-π stacking interaction between these molecules. Based on the strong hydrogen bonding of the gelator, when the reversible process between the gel and the solution take places it changes the pH of the system from 6.1 to 10.6. In addition, green fluorescence could be the emissive of the hydrogel under 498 nm and the conversion process of the aggregation state repeated reversibly by altering the value of ambient pH. This pH-responsive luminescent gel may display potential for use in nano pH sensors. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrogel; pH-response; luminescence hydrogel; pH-response; luminescence
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Li, Y.; Liu, W.; Cheng, L.; Huang, P.; Peng, Y.; Wu, Y.; Li, X.; Li, X.; Fan, X. A Smart pH-Responsive Three Components Luminescent Hydrogel. J. Funct. Biomater. 2016, 7, 25.

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