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A tough, stretchable, and extensively sticky hydrogel driven by milk protein

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Abstract

For hydrogels, toughness and adhesiveness are contradictable. However, the simultaneous requirement for both is very urgent in some practical applications, such as robotic joints, wound dressing, and surgical bandages. Herein, milk casein as a protein model was introduced into polyacrylamide (PAAm) hydrogel, which resulted in adequate adhesiveness and mechanical strength. Surprisingly, casein-PAAm hydrogel could repeatedly adhere to the surface of various solid materials and biological tissues by possible physical interactions. A maximum peeling force of 378 N m−1 for casein-PAAm hydrogel on an aluminum surface was measured. Moreover, casein-PAAm hydrogel exhibited adequate mechanical performance with fracture stress of 180 kPa at fracture strain of 2000%. Therefore, the strategy based on tough and adhesive hydrogels assisted by protein would broaden the direction to fabricate a new generation of soft materials with multiple adhesive properties and tough mechanical properties.

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The article was received on 25 Feb 2018, accepted on 02 Apr 2018 and first published on 04 Apr 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8PY00319J
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2018,9, 2617-2624
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    A tough, stretchable, and extensively sticky hydrogel driven by milk protein

    J. Xu, Z. Fan, L. Duan and G. Gao, Polym. Chem., 2018, 9, 2617
    DOI: 10.1039/C8PY00319J

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