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

Institut Charles Sadron, CNRS-Université de Strasbourg, 23 rue du Loess, BP 84047, 67034 Strasbourg Cedex2, France
Received: 22 March 2018 / Revised: 11 April 2018 / Accepted: 12 April 2018 / Published: 16 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Challenges for Gel Materials in the 21st Century)
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Abstract

In recent years, the synthesis of novel organic molecules that spontaneously self-assemble into a large variety of molecular architecture, particularly the formation of organogels, has yielded new opportunities in the preparation of functional materials. Here, we present an original preparation path of such materials through the fabrication of hybrid gels of these molecules 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 in which self-assembled nanotubes sheathe polymer fibrils. Two covalent polymers are considered: a neutral polymer, specifically stereoregular polystyrene (isotactic or syndiotactic), and a semi-conducting polymer, P3BT. In the latter case, semi-conducting nanowires are obtained. View Full-Text
Keywords: polymer thermoreversible gels; self-assembled systems; functional materials polymer thermoreversible gels; self-assembled systems; functional materials
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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.

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