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dc.contributor.authorBarker, Emily
dc.contributor.authorMartin, A.
dc.contributor.authorGarvey, C.
dc.contributor.authorGoh, Ching
dc.contributor.authorJones, Franca
dc.contributor.authorMocerino, Mauro
dc.contributor.authorSkelton, B.
dc.contributor.authorOgden, Mark
dc.contributor.authorBecker, Thomas
dc.identifier.citationBarker, E. and Martin, A. and Garvey, C. and Goh, C. and Jones, F. and Mocerino, M. and Skelton, B. et al. 2017. Thermal annealing behaviour and gel to crystal transition of a low molecular weight hydrogelator. Soft Matter. 13 (5): pp. 1006-1011.

The thermal annealing behaviour of an electrolyte-triggered calixarene hydrogelator is found to depend strongly on the specific metal chloride used. While the lithium chloride gel showed typical gel-sol transitions as a function of temperature, the magnesium chloride gel was found to repeatedly strengthen with heat-cool cycles. Structural investigations using small-angle neutron scattering, and scanning probe microscopy, suggest that the annealing behaviour is associated with a change in morphology of the fibrous structures supporting the gel. On prolonged standing at room temperature, the magnesium chloride gel underwent a gel-crystal transition, with the collapsing gel accompanied by the deposition of crystals of a magnesium complex of the proline-functionalised calix[4]arene gelator.

dc.publisherRSC Publishing
dc.titleThermal annealing behaviour and gel to crystal transition of a low molecular weight hydrogelator
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleSoft Matter
curtin.departmentNanochemistry Research Institute
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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