Phase-selective low molecular weight organogelators derived from allylated D-mannose

Ida Mattsson, Manu Lahtinen, Ruzal Sitdikov, Bianca Wank, Tiina Saloranta-Simell, Reko Leino*

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In the last decades, synthesis and design of low molecular weight organogelators has gained increasing attention due to their versatile use in, for example, cosmetics, biomedicine and oil spill remediation. In this work, three potential gelators have been prepared from allylated D-mannose. Both the gelators and the corresponding gels formed were thoroughly characterized by crystallography, FTIR spectroscopy, SEM, rheometry and NMR spectroscopy, in solution and in solid state. The results showed that two of the compounds phase-selectively form gels with hydrocarbon solvents. The most promising gelator compound is alkene terminated, with the unsaturated end functionality not critical for gel formation, tentatively providing the possibility for customizing the gelation properties by further chemical modification. Alternatively, the alkene group could possibly be utilized as a linker for future coupling to carrier materials or surfaces to further increase the mechanical strength of the gel.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108596
JournalCarbohydrate Research
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • D-mannose
  • Gels
  • Phase selectivity
  • Solid state NMR spectroscopy


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