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Title: Microengineering of supramolecular soft materials by design of the crystalline fiber networks
Authors: Li, J.-L. 
Yuan, B. 
Liu, X.-Y. 
Xu, H.-Y.
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2010
Citation: Li, J.-L., Yuan, B., Liu, X.-Y., Xu, H.-Y. (2010-06-02). Microengineering of supramolecular soft materials by design of the crystalline fiber networks. Crystal Growth and Design 10 (6) : 2699-2706. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Crystalline spherulitic fiber networks are commonly observed in polymeric and supramolecular functional materials. The elasticity of materials with this type of network is low if interactions between the individual spherulites are weak (mutually exclusive). Improving the elasticity of these materials is necessary because of their important applications in many fields. In this work, the engineering of the microstructures and rheological properties of this type of material is carried out. A small molecule organogel formed by the gelation of N-lauroyl-l-glutamic acid di-n-butylamide (GP-1) in propylene glycol (PG) is used as an example. The elasticity of this material is improved by controlling the thermodynamic driving force, the supersaturation of the gelator, and by using a selected copolymer additive to manipulate the primary nucleation of GP-1. Because of the weak interactions between the GP-1 spherulites, with the same fiber mass, the elasticity of GP-1/PG gel is less than half of those of the other two gels formed by GP-1 and 2-hydroxystearlic acid in solvent benzyl benzoate (BB), which are supported by interconnecting spherulitic fiber networks. This work develops a robust approach to the engineering of supramolecular functional materials especially those with mutually exclusive spherulite fiber networks. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Crystal Growth and Design
ISSN: 15287483
DOI: 10.1021/cg100188w
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