Dissipative self-assembly of a molecular gelator by using a chemical fuel

Job Boekhoven, Aurelie M. Brizard, Krishna N.K. Kowlgi, Ger J.M. Koper, Rienk Eelkema, Jan H. Van Esch

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

339 Scopus citations


(Figure Presented) Fueling the future: A fibrillar network (red fibers, see figure) is formed from an activated building block (red), which is obtained from a synthetic gelator (blue) in a dissipative self-assembly process that is fueled by an alkylating agent. When the available energy is depleted, the system reverts to its thermodynamic equilibrium, that is, an isotropic solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4825-4828
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number28
StatePublished - 28 Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Aggregation
  • Gels
  • Hydrolysis
  • Non-equilibrium processes
  • Self-assembly


Dive into the research topics of 'Dissipative self-assembly of a molecular gelator by using a chemical fuel'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this