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Open Access Multi-component, Self-assembled, Functional Soft Materials

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Supramolecular chemistry is an emerging tool for devising materials that can perform specified functions. The self-assembly of facially amphiphilic bile acid molecules has been extensively utilized for the development of functional soft materials. Supramolecular hydrogels derived from the bile acid backbone act as useful templates for the intercalation of multiple components. Based on this, synthesis of gel-nanoparticle hybrid materials, photoluminescent coating materials, development of a new enzyme assay technique, etc. were achieved in the author's laboratory. The present account highlights some of these achievements.
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Keywords: ENZYME ASSAY; FUNCTIONAL SOFT MATERIALS; GEL-NANOPARTICLE HYBRID MATERIALS; LANTHANIDE LUMINESCENCE; SELF-ASSEMBLY; SUPRAMOLECULAR GELS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Organic Chemistry Indian Institute of Science Bangalore 560012, India 2: Department of Organic Chemistry Indian Institute of Science Bangalore 560012, India. [email protected]

Publication date: February 1, 2013

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