Gel architectures and their complexity

Walter Richtering, Brian R. Saunders

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    Gels have made the transition from brittle materials with few potential applications to high performance systems with mechanical properties approaching that of rubber. They have a wide variety of structures and provide the opportunity to tailor these structures to achieve well-controlled properties over a range of length scales. In this review we consider and compare the structures and properties of a range of gels that have been studied in recent years. In comparing these gels we highlight the importance of key structural parameters in defining gel mechanical properties. It is hoped that this article will provide authors who discover new gels a resource that will easily enable them to determine the differences of their new gels to existing gels. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3695-3702
    Number of pages7
    JournalSoft Matter
    Issue number21
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2014


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