Metastable hydrogels from aromatic dipeptides

M. P. Conte, N. Singh, I. R. Sasselli, B. Escuder, R. V. Ulijn

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We demonstrate that the well-known self-assembling dipeptide diphenylalanine (FF) and its amidated derivative (FF-NH2) can form metastable hydrogels upon sonication of the dipeptide solutions. The hydrogels show instantaneous syneresis upon mechanical contact resulting in rapid expulsion of water and collapse into a semi-solid gel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13889-13892
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number96
Early online date8 Nov 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Nov 2016


  • metastable hydrogels
  • self-assembling dipeptide
  • diphenylalanine


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