Huaimin Wang - Controlling peptide-based hydrogelation

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  Wang, H. M., Yang, Z. M., Adams, D. J. 15 500-507-

  Abstract: Hydrogels can be formed by the   self-assembly of certain small molecules. Many of these   hydrogelating molecules assemble under specific conditions into   nanofibers. The entanglement of these fibers leads to the matrix   of the gel. Preparing gels with reproducible properties requires   careful control of the self-assembly. Here, we describe recent   methods for controlling the assembly of a range of   oligopeptide-based gelators, using triggers such as pH, salts,   and in situ reduction. We focus on the different methods   available to trigger gel formation, rather than attempting to   describe all examples of each. The oligopeptide gelators have   applications in areas including cell culturing, controlled   release, catalysis and energy materials.

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