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Georgia Journal of Science

Article Title

Self-assembly and gelation studies of N-(hydroxyalkyl)octadecanamides based simply structured low molecular mass gelators.

Abstract

Low molecular mass gelators assemble via weak interactions such as H-bonding, van der Waals forces or electrostatic interactions to form 3-dimensional self assembled fibrillar networks. N-(hydroxyalkyl)octadecanamides have been synthesized using stearic acid and N-(hydroxyalkyl)amines. Correlations between the molecular structures of N-(hydroxyalkyl)octadecanamides (alkyl = ethyl, propyl, butyl and pentyl) gelators and the properties of their gels, including critical gelator concentrations and gel melting temperatures will be presented.

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