Hierarchical composite self-sorted supramolecular gel noodles

Libby J. Marshall, Matthew Wallace, Najet Mahmoudi, Giuseppe Ciccone, Claire Wilson, Massimo Vassalli, Dave J. Adams

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Multicomponent supramolecular systems can be used to achieve different properties and new behaviors compared to their corresponding single component systems. Here, a two-component system is used, showing that a non-gelling component modifies the assembly of the gelling component, allowing access to co-assembled structures that cannot be formed from the gelling component alone. The systems are characterized across multiple length scales, from the molecular level by NMR and CD spectroscopy to the microstructure level by SANS and finally to the material level using nanoindentation and rheology. By exploiting the enhanced mechanical properties achieved through addition of the second component, multicomponent noodles are formed with superior mechanical properties to those formed by the single-component system. Furthermore, the non-gelling component can be triggered to crystallize within the multicomponent noodles, allowing the preparation of new types of hierarchical composite noodles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2211277
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number17
Early online date31 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2023


  • hydrogels
  • multicomponent systems
  • self-sorting
  • supramolecular structures

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