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Independent responsive behaviour and communication in hydrogel objects

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In this work, we show the fabrication of soft hydrogel alginate-based objects, namely fibres and beads, that have an individually programmed time delay in their response to a shared environmental stimulus. We utilize the enzyme urease to programme a self-regulated change in pH, which in turn activates the designed response of gel fibre disintegration or a change in gel bead colour. This design allows for independent response behaviour of a collection of bodies in a single closed system, as well as inter-material communication on shorter length scales. The incorporation of responsive time control directly into soft matter objects demonstrates an advance in the field of autonomous materials.

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The article was received on 16 Jan 2017, accepted on 21 Mar 2017 and first published on 21 Mar 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7MH00033B
Citation: Mater. Horiz., 2017,4, 402-407
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    Independent responsive behaviour and communication in hydrogel objects

    R. W. Jaggers and S. A. F. Bon, Mater. Horiz., 2017, 4, 402
    DOI: 10.1039/C7MH00033B

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