It is common to switch between H2O and D2O when examining peptide-based systems, with the assumption being that there are no effects from this change. Here, we describe the effect of changing from H2O to D2O in a number of low-molecular-weight dipeptide-based gels. Gels are formed by decreasing the pH. In most cases, there is little difference in the structures formed at high pH, but this is not universally true. On lowering the pH, the kinetics of gelation are affected and, in some cases, the structures underpinning the gel network are different. Where there are differences in the self-assembled structures, the resulting gel properties are different. We, therefore, show that isotopic control over gel properties is possible.
|Number of pages||6|
|Early online date||2 Jul 2020|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Jul 2020|
- x-ray scattering
- molecular structure
- chemical structure
McAulay, K., Wang, H., Fuentes-Caparrós, A. M., Thomson, L., Khunti, N., Cowieson, N., Cui, H., Seddon, A., & Adams, D. J. (2020). Isotopic control over self-assembly in supramolecular gels. Langmuir, 8626-8631. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.0c01552