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Stimuli-responsive hydrogel thin films

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Abstract

In this brief review we address a range of interesting applications and prospects of responsive hydrogel thin films for the fabrication of “smart” responsive surfaces, membranes, sensors with various transduction mechanisms, micro/nanoactuators, and capsules. We show that hydrogel thin films compete with grafted polymers and demonstrate strong advantages for the fabrication of robust multifunctional and multiresponsive surfaces. This article reviews recent publications on the synthesis of responsive hydrogel thin films and hybrid films with entrapped nanoparticles and reagents by the chemical crosslinking of reactive polymers, layer-by-layer deposition, and block-copolymer self-assembly, as well as examining those publications to determine a range of applications.

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Submitted
08 Aug 2008
Accepted
15 Oct 2008
First published
17 Nov 2008

Soft Matter, 2009,5, 511-524
Article type
Review Article

Stimuli-responsive hydrogel thin films

I. Tokarev and S. Minko, Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 511
DOI: 10.1039/B813827C

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