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Controlling Variables in Molecular Gel Science: How Can We Improve the State of the Art?

Department of Chemistry and Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057-1227, USA
Received: 14 February 2018 / Revised: 9 March 2018 / Accepted: 14 March 2018 / Published: 22 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Challenges for Gel Materials in the 21st Century)
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By design, no references are included in this article. It is intended to be a series of recommendations in which the focus is on lab practices for investigating substances rather than on the substances being investigated. Thus, it discusses some specific areas of concern identified by the author. Other scientists are encouraged to add to or amend the contents. This article should be read as a “living” document, like a blog in which many gel scientists work, over time, to achieve a consensus about reporting everything from acronyms and definitions to procedures and methods. For those entering the field and seeking compendia on the subject, the author suggests “Googling” the words “molecular gels” or “molecular gels books”. View Full-Text
Keywords: gel formation protocols; component purity; gel history; rheometry; microscopy; diffraction gel formation protocols; component purity; gel history; rheometry; microscopy; diffraction
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