Self-Assembling Supramolecular Hybrid Hydrogel Beads

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With the goal of imposing shape and structure on supramolecular gels, we combine a low molecular weight gelator (LMWG) with the polymer gelator (PG) calcium alginate in a hybrid hydrogel. By imposing thermal and temporal control of the orthogonal gelation methods, the system either forms an extended inter-penetrating network or core-shell structured gel beads – a rare example of a supramolecular gel formulated inside discrete gel spheres. The self-assembled LMWG retains its unique properties within the beads, such as remediating Pd(II) and reducing it in situ to yield catalytically-active Pd(0) nanoparticles. A single PdNP-loaded gel bead can catalyse the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction, constituting a simple and easy-to-use reaction dosing form. These unique shaped and structured LMWG-filled gel beads are a versatile platform technology, with great potential in a range of applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-859
Number of pages7
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number2
Early online date27 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020

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