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A facile method for synthesizing free-shaped and tough double network hydrogels using physically crosslinked poly(vinyl alcohol) as an internal mold

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Abstract

The creation of double network hydrogels (DN gels), which show extremely high mechanical strength, enable hydrogels to be applied both in medical and industrial fields. However, one obstacle for various applications is the lack of formability of DN gels, owing to the brittleness of the first network PAMPS gels. In order to overcome this problem, we synthesized free-shaped DN gels (called PVA-DN gels) by using a physically cross-linked PVA gel as an “internal mold”. PVA-DN gels can form any complex shapes and their mechanical properties were comparable to those of conventional DN gels. This study may expand the application of tough hydrogels.

Graphical abstract: A facile method for synthesizing free-shaped and tough double network hydrogels using physically crosslinked poly(vinyl alcohol) as an internal mold

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The article was received on 27 Jan 2010, accepted on 29 Mar 2010 and first published on 29 Apr 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0PY00031K
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2010,1, 693-697
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    A facile method for synthesizing free-shaped and tough double network hydrogels using physically crosslinked poly(vinyl alcohol) as an internal mold

    T. Nakajima, N. Takedomi, T. Kurokawa, H. Furukawa and J. P. Gong, Polym. Chem., 2010, 1, 693
    DOI: 10.1039/C0PY00031K

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