Nonionic surfactant-induced stabilization and tailorability of sugar-amphiphile hydrogels

Lauren E. Buerkle, Ramiro Galleguillos, Stuart J. Rowan*

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N-Octyl-D-gluconamide (C 8-DGlu) is known to form hydrogels; however, as is the case with many low molecular weight gelators, C 8-DGlu crystallizes from the gel state within a few hours. Thus, in order for such gelators to find uses, e.g. as viscosity modifiers, potential methods to increase their lifetime stability by significantly delaying or altogether preventing the onset of the crystallization need to be investigated. We show herein the effect of various nonionic surfactants, primarily those from the Laureth-n series, on the lifetime stability and mechanical properties of C 8-DGlu gels. In contrast to previous literature work using anionic surfactants, the use of nonionic surfactants allows gels to be formed in a much wider composition range of the two components (gelator and surfactant) yielding the ability to systematically tailor the mechanical properties of the gels across several orders of magnitude.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6984-6990
Number of pages7
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 7
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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