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Stimuli-responsive hydrogels cross-linked by magnetic nanoparticles

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Abstract

Embedding magnetic nanoparticles into soft host media offers the opportunity to externally control material properties via a magnetic field. Choosing a hydrogel as the host medium allows modification of not only the elastic properties, but also the degree of swelling of the gel and the shape changes of the sample. Hydrogels where magnetic nanoparticles serve as the only crosslinking reagent of the network are a promising new class of such stimuli-responsive gels. The well-defined magneto-mechanical coupling present in these materials should allow for a better understanding and optimization of field-induced changes.

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The article was received on 07 Dec 2012, accepted on 30 Jan 2013 and first published on 19 Feb 2013


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C3SM27809C
Citation: Soft Matter, 2013,9, 3465-3468
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    Stimuli-responsive hydrogels cross-linked by magnetic nanoparticles

    P. Ilg, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 3465
    DOI: 10.1039/C3SM27809C

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