Design of novel composite materials by functional low molecular-weight organogels

Kazunori Sugiyasu, Norifumi Fujita, Seiji Shinkai

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Recently, low molecular-weight organogel (LMOG) systems have drawn much attention not only as new functional soft-materials but also as well-defined nano-structured assemblies. In this review, molecular design and application of the second generation of LMOG are described. Firstly, stimuli-responsive organogel systems are developed. They change their molecular structure by photo- and redox-stimuli, and subsequently, their aggregation modes are controlled (sol-gel phase transition). Secondly, fluorescent organogel systems are introduced. In the organogel systems where functional dye molecules stack precisely, an unusual electron overlapping mode and an efficient energy transfer system are constructed. Thirdly, well-defined nano-structured assemblies thus designed are applied to composite materials with functional molecules, inorganic substances, and conductive polymers. By the combination of their advantages, new functional composite materials are obtained. These new findings and approaches have led us to new fields of materials chemistry and nano-chemistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-369
Number of pages11
JournalYuki Gosei Kagaku Kyokaishi/Journal of Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry


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