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Hybrid, elastomeric hydrogels crosslinked by multifunctional block copolymer micelles

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Abstract

Amphiphilic block copolymers consisting of hydrophilic, poly(acrylic acid) randomly decorated with acrylate groups and hydrophobic, rubbery poly(n-butyl acrylate) self-assembled into well-defined micelles with an average diameter of ∼21 nm. Radical polymerization of acrylamide in the presence of the crosslinkable micelles gave rise to hybrid, elastomeric hydrogels whose mechanical properties can be readily tuned by varying the BCM concentration.

Graphical abstract: Hybrid, elastomeric hydrogels crosslinked by multifunctional block copolymer micelles

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The article was received on 11 Jun 2010, accepted on 14 Aug 2010 and first published on 09 Sep 2010


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00511H
Citation: Soft Matter, 2010,6, 5293-5297
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    Hybrid, elastomeric hydrogels crosslinked by multifunctional block copolymer micelles

    L. Xiao, C. Liu, J. Zhu, D. J. Pochan and X. Jia, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 5293
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00511H

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