We explore the use of rheo-small-angle neutron scattering 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.
McAulay, K., Thomson, L., Porcar, L., Schweins, R., Mahmoudi, N., Adams, D. J., & Draper, E. R. (2020). Using Rheo-Small-Angle Neutron Scattering to Understand How Functionalised Dipeptides Form Gels. Organic Materials, 02(02), 108-115. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0040-1708832