Molecular Gels

Materials with Self-Assembled Fibrillar Networks

  • Richard G. Weiss
  • Pierre Terech

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Materials-Chirality

    1. Richard G. Weiss, Pierre Térech
      Pages 1-13
  3. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Jeroen van Gestel, Paul van der Schoot, M. A. J. Michels
      Pages 79-97
    3. A. Aggeli, N. Boden, L. M. Carrick, T. C. B. Mcleish, I. A. Nyrkova, A. N. Semenov
      Pages 99-130
    4. Jürn W. P. Schmelzer
      Pages 131-160
    5. Peter Sollich
      Pages 161-192
    6. Moumita Das, Ranjini Bandyopadhyay, Buddhapriya Chakrabarti, Sriram Ramaswamy, Chandan Dasgupta, A. K. Sood
      Pages 193-221
    7. Elise Lorenceau, Tim Senden, David Quéré
      Pages 223-237
  4. Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Srinivasa R. Raghavan, Bani H. Cipriano
      Pages 241-252
    3. Pierre Térech
      Pages 275-324
    4. Henri Bouas-Laurent, Jean-Pierre Desvergne
      Pages 363-429
    5. Giovanni Gottarelli, Gian Piero Spada, Ettore Castiglioni
      Pages 431-446
  5. Systems — Organogels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 447-447
    2. Mathew George, Richard G. Weiss
      Pages 449-551
    3. Reiko Oda
      Pages 577-609
  6. Systems — Hydrogels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 611-611
    2. Santanu Bhattacharya, Uday Maitra, Samrat Mukhopadhyay, Aasheesh Srivastava
      Pages 613-647
    3. Jürgen-Hinrich Fuhrhop, Tianyu Wang, Sheshanath Bhosale, Sidhanath Bhosale, Matthias Lauer
      Pages 649-664
  7. Analyses of Specific Systems

  8. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 771-771
    2. Rifat A. M Hikmet
      Pages 773-792
    3. Frédéric Fages
      Pages 793-815
    4. André Del Guerzo, Jean-Luc Pozzo
      Pages 817-855
    5. Arianna Friggeri, Kjeld J. C. van Bommel, Seiji Shinkai
      Pages 857-893
    6. Jaap J. D. de Jong, Ben L. Feringa, Jan van Esch
      Pages 895-927
    7. Emiliano Carretti, Luigi Dei
      Pages 929-938
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 939-978

About this book


Molecular gels and fibrillar networks – a comprehensive guide to experiment and theory

Molecular Gels: Materials with Self-Assembled Fibrillar Networks provides a comprehensive treatise on gelators, especially low molecular-mass gelators (LMOGs), and the properties of their gels. The structures and modes of formation of the self-assembled fibrillar networks (SAFINs) that immobilize the liquid components of the gels are discussed experimentally and theoretically. The spectroscopic, rheological, and structural features of the different classes of LMOGs are also presented. Many examples of the application of the principal analytical techniques for investigation of molecular gels (including SANS, SAXS, WAXS, UV-vis absorption, fluorescence and CD spectroscopies, scanning electron, transmission electron and optical microscopies, and molecular modeling) are presented didactically and in-depth, as are several of the theories of the stages of aggregation of individual LMOG molecules leading to SAFINs. Several actual and potential applications of molecular gels in disparate fields (from silicate replication of nanostructures to art conservation) are described. Special emphasis is placed on perspectives for future developments.

This book is an invaluable resource for researchers and practitioners either already researching self-assembly and soft matter or new to the area. Those who will find the book useful include chemists, engineers, spectroscopists, physicists, biologists, theoreticians, and materials scientists.

Richard G. Weiss is Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA.

Pierre Terech is Research Director, CNRS – Atomic Energy Center – Grenoble University, Grenoble, France.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Richard G. Weiss
    • 1
  • Pierre Terech
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.CNRS-Atomic Energy Center-Grenoble UniversityGrenobleFrance

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