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Temporal and spatial programming in soft composite hydrogel objects

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Abstract

Soft composite hydrogel objects formed from the biopolymer sodium alginate, the enzyme urease, and oil droplets are formed by a simple gelation procedure to produce autonomous bodies with both time and spatial programming. These continuous objects of non-uniform dimensional composition selectively respond to an environmental stimulus of urea and change colour or disintegrate at pre-defined locations within the hydrogel structure after pre-set time intervals. The spatial and temporal responses of these hydrogels to an environmental stimulus are valuable tools in areas such as soft robotics.

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The article was received on 27 Jul 2017, accepted on 01 Aug 2017 and first published on 01 Aug 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7TB02011B
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. B, 2017,5, 7491-7495
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    Temporal and spatial programming in soft composite hydrogel objects

    R. W. Jaggers and S. A. F. Bon, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2017, 5, 7491
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TB02011B

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