Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2016, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (1): 227-238.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201511181

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supramolecular Gels: Structural Diversity and supramolecular Chirality

Xiu-Feng WANG1,2,Li ZHANG2,Ming-Hua LIU2,*()   

  1. 1 College of Science, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580, Shandong Province, P. R. China
    2 CAS Key Laboratory of Colloid Interface and Chemical Thermodynamics, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, P. R. China
  • Received:2015-10-14 Published:2016-01-13
  • Contact: Ming-Hua LIU
  • Supported by:
    the National Key Basic Research Program (973)(2013CB834504);National Natural Science Foundation of China(21321063, 91427302);Fund of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(XDB12020200);Outstanding Young Scientists Award Fund of ShandongProvince, China(BS2014CL028);Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China(15CX02052A)


supramolecular gels, an important type of soft matter, have showed unique advantages in the construction of functional soft materials, such as multiple stimuli responsive, photoelectrical, and biological compatibility materials. Through supramolecular gelation, diverse, uniform nanostructures can be obtained in a large quantity. On the other hand, most gelators are chiral molecules, so supramolecular gel is a medium to realize the expression of the chirality in supramolecular and nano level, especially to realize effectively chirality transfer, amplification, and asymmetric catalysis, and to fabricate various chiral architectures. In this paper, we describe the structural diversity and chirality in supramolecular gels, and discuss the future prospects for supramolecular gels.

Key words: supramolecular gel, Self-assembly, Nanotube, Helical and twisted ribbons


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