3 years ago

Surface-assisted self-assembly strategies leading to supramolecular hydrogels

Pierre Schaaf, Fouzia Boulmedais, Cécile Vigier-Carrière, Loïc Jierry
Localized molecular self-assembly processes leading to the growth of nanostructures exclusively from the surface of a material is one of the great challenges in surface chemistry. In the last decade, several works have been reported about the ability of modified or unmodified surfaces to manage the self-assembly of low molecular weight hydrogelators (LMWH) resulting in localized supramolecular hydrogel coatings mainly based on nanofiber architectures. This minireview highlights all strategies that emerged recently to initiate and localize LMWH supramolecular hydrogel formation, their related fundamental issues and applications.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201708629

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