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Catalytic Hydrogels with a Prebiotic Nature

Hawkins, Kirsten (2019) Catalytic Hydrogels with a Prebiotic Nature. PhD thesis, University of York.

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Low-molecular-weight-gelators (LMWGs) form a network via non-covalent interactions, these interactions immobilise the surrounding bulk solvent and form a gel. As a result, these gels are highly responsive, dynamic and highly porous solvated materials. It has been suggested that prior to the evolution of the membranes, gels may have provided an appropriate medium for the organisation of simple components, which could constitute early life. The research presented here attempts to develop a protocell by using LMWGs and form hydrogels that are both simplistic in nature and catalytically proficient.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of York > Chemistry (York)
Depositing User: Miss Kirsten Hawkins
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 23:33
Last Modified: 14 May 2020 23:33
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/25962

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