Low Molecular Weight Gelators Based on Functionalized l-Dopa Promote Organogels Formation.


Dipartimento di Chimica "Giacomo Ciamician", Università di Bologna, Via Selmi, 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy. [Email]


We prepared the small pseudopeptide Lau-l-Dopa(OBn)2-d-Oxd-OBn (Lau = lauric acid; l-Dopa = l-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine; d-Oxd = (4R,5S)-4-methyl-5-carboxyl-oxazolidin-2-one; Bn = benzyl) through a number of coupling reactions between lauric acid, protected l-Dopa and d-Oxd with an excellent overall yield. The ability of the product to form supramolecular organogels has been tested with different organic solvents of increasing polarity and compared with the results obtained with the small pseudopeptide Fmoc-l-Dopa(OBn)2-d-Oxd-OBn. The mechanical and rheological properties of the organogels demonstrated solvent-dependent properties, with a storage modulus of 82 kPa for the ethanol organogel. Finally, to have a preliminary test of the organogels' ability to adsorb pollutants, we treated a sample of the ethanol organogel with an aqueous solution of Rhodamine B (RhB) for 24 h. The water solution slowly lost its pink color, which became trapped in the organogel.


l-Dopa,lauric acid,organogel,rheology,

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