Architecture of supramolecular soft functional materials: from understanding to micro-/nanoscale engineering

Li, Jing-Liang and Liu, Xiang-Yang 2010, Architecture of supramolecular soft functional materials: from understanding to micro-/nanoscale engineering, Advanced functional materials, vol. 20, no. 19, pp. 3196-3216, doi: 10.1002/adfm.201000744.

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Title Architecture of supramolecular soft functional materials: from understanding to micro-/nanoscale engineering
Author(s) Li, Jing-LiangORCID iD for Li, Jing-Liang
Liu, Xiang-Yang
Journal name Advanced functional materials
Volume number 20
Issue number 19
Start page 3196
End page 3216
Total pages 21
Publisher Wiley-VCH
Place of publication Weinheim, Germany
Publication date 2010-10-08
ISSN 1616-301X
Keyword(s) supramolecular materials
fiber networks
Summary This article gives an overview of the current progress of a class of supramolecular soft materials consisting of fiber networks and the trapped liquid. After discussing the up-to-date knowledge on the types of fiber networks and the correlation to the rheological properties, the gelation mechanism turns out to be one of the key subjects for this review. In this concern, the following two aspects will be focused upon: the single fiber network formation and the multi-domain fiber network formation of this type of material. Concerning the fiber network formation, taking place via nucleation, and the nucleation-mediated growth and branching mechanism, the theoretical basis of crystallographic mismatch nucleation that governs fiber branching and formation of three-dimensional fiber networks is presented. In connection to the multi-domain fiber network formation, which is governed by the primary nucleation and the subsequent formation of single fiber networks from nucleation centers, the control of the primary nucleation rate will be considered. Based on the understanding on the the gelation mechanism, the engineering strategies of soft functional materials of this type will be systematically discussed. These include the control of the nucleation and branching-controlled fiber network formation in terms of tuning the thermodynamic driving force of the gelling system and introducing suitable additives, as well as introducing ultrasound. Finally, a summary and the outlook of future research on the basis of the nucleation-growth-controlled fiber network formation are given.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/adfm.201000744
Field of Research 091205 Functional Materials
030603 Colloid and Surface Chemistry
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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