There is much recent interest in the field of molecular gels because of their potential use in many different applications, including biomedicine and electronic materials. Functional Molecular Gels details the latest research on molecular gels from the fundamentals of molecular gel formation to their uses in a variety of fields. This book introduces the key concepts of designing molecular gels and their characterisation techniques, followed by chapters discussing different stimuli-responsive systems. Specific chapters are then dedicated to their diverse range of applications, including catalysis, tissue engineering, photonic materials and as templates for nastructured materials. Written by active researchers in the area, this book gives a taste of the possibilities that molecular gels offer for those both new to and already working in the area.
Pall Thordarson (Palli), currently Professor in the School of Chemistry at UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales), was born on a farm in Vopnafjordur in the north-east of Iceland. He obtained his BSc. from the University of Iceland in 1996 and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2001 under the supervision of Maxwell Crossley. Following a Marie Curie Fellowship in the laboratory of Roeland Nolte and Alan Rowan at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, he returned to the University Sydney in 2003 and was then appointed at the School of Chemistry, UNSW in 2007 as a senior lecturer. He was promoted to a position of Full Professor in 2017. Palli has published close to 100 papers (>3700 citations) and received a number of awards for his work including The International JPP/SPP Young Investigator Award in 2010 and the 2012 Le Fevre Memorial Prize from the Australian Academy of Science for outstanding basic research in Chemistry by a Scientist under the age of 40. Palli's main research activities are currently on complexity in chemistry and functional nanomaterials, including light-harvesting dyes, self-assembled materials for nanomedicine, supramolecular equilibria and systems chemistry.