Gels have a range of interesting properties with mechanical responses similar to some biological, or traditional solid framework structures. We are interested in exerting accurate control over composition, in order to enable precise responses to environmental stimuli. Applications of interest are in e.g. reversible guest uptake, catalysis, sensing and medicine. In addition, gels are also useful for processing purposes, such as the production of thin films or beads. Characterization techniques typically involve electron microscopy, diffuse light scattering and X-ray diffraction.