Designing Supramolecular Gelators: Challenges, Frustrations, and Hopes
AbstractThis article is a personal account of the author, who serendipitously entered the field of supramolecular gels nearly two decades ago. A supramolecular synthon approach in the context of crystal engineering was utilized to develop a working hypothesis to design supramolecular gelators derived from simple organic salts. The activity not only provided a way to occasionally predict gelation, but also afforded clear understanding of the structural landscape of such supramolecular materials. Without waiting for an ab initio approach for designing a gel, a large number of supramolecular gelators derived from organic salts were designed following the working hypothesis thus developed. Organic salts possess a number of advantages in terms of their ease of synthesis, purification, high yield and stability and, therefore, are suitable for developing materials for various applications. Organic salt-based gel materials for containing oil spills, synthesizing inorganic nanostructures and metal nanoparticles, sensing hazardous gas and dissolved glucose, adsorbing dyes, and facilitating drug delivery in self-delivery fashion have been developed. The journey through the soft world of gelators which was started merely by serendipity turned out to be rewarding, despite the challenges and frustrations in the field. View Full-Text
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Dastidar, Parthasarathi. 2019. "Designing Supramolecular Gelators: Challenges, Frustrations, and Hopes." Gels 5, no. 1: 15.
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