Sorbitol-based supramolecular organogelators with effective phase-selective gelation and significant self-healing property

<p>Several effective phase-selective gelators (PSGs) have been developed from a series of cheap and easy-to-make sorbitol-based compounds for the removal of many oils from their biphasic mixtures with water. The dominant factors that drive gelation have been studied using FTIR and temperature-dependent <sup>1</sup>H NMR spectra. Additionally, the case of PSGs exhibit significant self-healing properties that can recover the gelatin block and hence provide a more flexible approach for oil-spill recovery. The highly effective phase-selective performance and self-healing properties of these organogelators indicate the potential and promising applicability in oil-spill recovery.</p>