Development of Metal-ion Mediated Visible-Light Responsive Metallogels and Supramolecular Host-Guest Hydrogels

Researchers at Hampton University have designed and synthesized arylazopyrazole (AAPs) derived molecular photoswitches. Main results and achievements include: 1. Designed and synthesized visible-light responsive arylazopyrazole-based molecular switches; 2. Fabricated metal-ion triggered visible-light responsive metallogel self-assemblies; 3. Developed visible-light responsive supramolecular hydrogels through host-guest interaction between AAP and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD); 4. Fabricated peptide based photoresponsive metallohydrogels