Using Rheo-SANS to understand how functionalised dipeptides form gels

Kate McAulay, Lisa Thomson, Lionel Porcar, Ralf Schweins, Najet Mahmoudi, Dave J. Adams*, Emily R. Draper*

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We explore the use of Rheo-SANS as a method to collect structural information from neutron scattering simultaneously with rheology to understand how low molecular weight hydrogels form and behave under shear. We examine three different gelling hydrogel systems to assess what structures are formed and how these influence the rheology. Furthermore, we probe what is happening to the network during syneresis and why the gels do not recover after an applied strain. All this information is vital when considering gels for applications such as 3D-printing and injection.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganic Materials
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 3 Mar 2020



  • rheo-SANS
  • SANS
  • gel
  • dipeptide

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McAulay, K., Thomson, L., Porcar, L., Schweins, R., Mahmoudi, N., Adams, D. J., & Draper, E. R. (Accepted/In press). Using Rheo-SANS to understand how functionalised dipeptides form gels. Organic Materials.