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(Meth)acrylic stimulus-responsive block copolymer hydrogels

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Abstract

Stimuli-responsive hydrogels are readily prepared using a wide range of (meth)acrylic monomers due to their ease of polymerisation and their widespread commercial availability. This review focuses on stimuli-responsive hydrogels based on diblock and triblock copolymer architectures, where at least one of the blocks comprises a (meth)acrylic monomer (i.e. acrylates, acrylamides, methacrylates and/or methacrylamides). Particular attention is paid to synthetic aspects, aqueous gelation behaviour as a function of external stimuli and potential biomedical applications.

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The article was received on 03 Jun 2011, accepted on 24 Aug 2011 and first published on 21 Oct 2011


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06035J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 592-605
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    (Meth)acrylic stimulus-responsive block copolymer hydrogels

    J. Madsen and S. P. Armes, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 592
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06035J

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