Caffeine as a gelator

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  • University of Jyväskylä


Caffeine (a stimulant) and ethanol (a depressant) may have opposite effects in our body, but under in vitro conditions they can “gel” together. Caffeine, being one of the widely used stimulants, continued to surprise the scientific community with its unprecedented biological, medicinal and physicochemical properties. Here, we disclose the supramolecular self-assembly of anhydrous caffeine in a series of alcoholic and aromatic solvents, rendering a highly entangled microcrystalline network facilitating the encapsulation of the solvents as illustrated using direct imaging, microscopy analysis and NMR studies.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Gels, Caffeine, Supramolecular

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