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Carbohydrate Derived Organogelators and the Corresponding Functional Gels Developed in Recent Time

Department of Chemistry, Nabagram Hiralal Paul College, Konnagar, West Bengal 712246, India
Department of Chemistry, Acharya B. N. Seal College, Cooch Behar, West Bengal 736101, India
Department of Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032, India
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Received: 12 April 2018 / Revised: 12 May 2018 / Accepted: 16 May 2018 / Published: 30 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Supramolecular Gels)


Owing to their multifarious applicability, studies of molecular and supramolecular gelators and their corresponding gels have gained momentum, particularly in the last two decades. Hydrophobic–hydrophilic balance, different solvent parameters, gelator–gelator and gelator–solvent interactions, including different noncovalent intermolecular interactive forces like H-bonding, ionic interactions, π–π interactions, van der Waals interactions, etc., cause the supramolecular gel assembly of micro and nano scales with different types of morphologies, depending on the gelator, solvent, and condition of gelation. These gel structures can be utilized for making template inorganic superstructures for potential application in separation, generation of nanocomposite materials, and other applications like self-healing, controlled drug encapsulation, release and delivery, as structuring agents, oil-spill recovery, for preparation of semi-conducting fabrics, and in many other fields. Sugars, being easily available, inexpensive, and nontoxic natural resources with multi functionality and well-defined chirality are attractive starting materials for the preparation of sugar-based gelators. This review will focus on compilation of sugar derived organogelators and the corresponding gels, along with the potential applications that have been developed and published recently between January 2015 and March 2018. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbohydrates; organogelators; gels; sugars carbohydrates; organogelators; gels; sugars

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Basu, N.; Chakraborty, A.; Ghosh, R. Carbohydrate Derived Organogelators and the Corresponding Functional Gels Developed in Recent Time. Gels 2018, 4, 52.

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