Investigating hydrogel formation using in situ variable-temperature scanning probe microscopy

E.C. Barker, C.Y. Goh, F. Jones, M. Mocerino, Brian Skelton, T. Becker, M.I. Ogden

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Abstract

This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry. The assembly and disassembly of supramolecular gel fibres are observed in situ using variable temperature scanning probe microscopy. The results show that fibre formation can be monitored at high resolution at a surface, and the final fibre morphologies are broadly consistent with those found by ex situ analysis of the bulk gel. The impact of a gelation inhibitor upon the fibre morphology is successfully investigated, providing direct evidence for the mechanism of inhibition as a function of additive concentration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6133-6138
JournalChemical Science
Volume6
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Barker, E. C., Goh, C. Y., Jones, F., Mocerino, M., Skelton, B., Becker, T., & Ogden, M. I. (2015). Investigating hydrogel formation using in situ variable-temperature scanning probe microscopy. Chemical Science, 6(11), 6133-6138. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5sc02196k