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Varsha Bhardwaj and Amar Ballabh
Department of Chemistry, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Part of the book: Advances in Chemistry Research. Volume 76
Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/KTRF2986
In the recent years, advancements in supramolecular chemistry have brought us closer to the designing of low molecular weight gelators with desired properties and advanced applications. In that regard, thiazole-based gelators comprise a unique class as they are extremely versatile in terms of molecular design and offer wide range of applications, like template directed synthesis of desired nano structures, selective sensing of ions, heavy metal gelation, specialized polymerization, and many more. Besides, thiazole-based compounds are well-known for their anti-bacterial, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, which offers an edge in terms of biological applications. The concept of crystal engineering can also be employed to study the interactions and supramolecular assemblies formed by these systems, which can bring us closer to understand the peculiar mechanism of gelation and formation of SAFiNs (self-assembled fibrillar networks). In this chapter, we focus on various supramolecular assemblies formed by simple thiazole derivatives to establish structure-property correlation and their futuristic aspects.
Keywords: low molecular weight-gelators, supramolecular assemblies, crystal engineering, self-assembled fibrillar networks, structure-property correlation
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