Low-molecular-weight gelators are organic molecules capable of growing from homogeneous solution into fine fibrillar structures within an organic solvent. The resulting three-dimensional network yields a macroscopic gel. This self-assembly process is driven by specific non-covalent intermolecular interactions, and the formed physical gels are therefore thermoreversible. In our group, we are developing new classes of amphiphilic and C3-symmetric low-molecular-weigh gelators for aqueous and/or organic solvents, investigate structure-property-relationships, and optimize the properties of the gelator molecules and the corresponding gels in order to create new functional materials for promising applications like quasi-solid-state electrolytes, nano-templating, and tissue engineering.
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