CHAPTER 3: Molecular Gels Responsive to Physical and Chemical Stimuli
Published:05 Nov 2013
In this chapter, we summarize the recent progresses in the field of stimuli-responsive gels based on low molecular weight gelators (LMWGs). The gel–solution transition can be triggered by physical stimuli (temperature, mechanical forces, ultrasound waves and UV-Vis light) or by chemical stimuli (acid–base reagents, anions and cations, neutral molecules and redox reagents). Furthermore, the potential applications of these stimuli-responsive molecular gels are discussed. In addition, challenging issues and perspectives of such stimuli-responsive gels are discussed.