Authors: D.A. Makeiff, R. Carlini
Affilation: Xerox Research Center of Canada, Canada
Pages: 648 - 649
Keywords: organic amphiphiles, organogels, self-assembly, hydrogen-bonding, electron microscopy
Organogel networks from low molecular weight components are a fascinating class of functional nanomaterials, with tremendous potential for a wide variety of commercial applications ranging from medicine, electronics, printing, personal care, and environmental remediation . Here, we discuss the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured organogels from two new classes of amphiphilic compounds: (1) alkylated isophthalic acids (ISA) and (2) alkylated benzimidazolones (BZI). Both classes exhibit excellent gelator behavior in a variety of nonpolar solvents due to the formation of robust 3D networks of well-defined nanostructured aggregates stabilized by hydrogen-bonding, pi-stacking, and van der Waals interactions.