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A thermally responsive host–guest conductive hydrogel with self-healing properties

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Abstract

Conductive polymers with stimuli-responsive properties have significant potential for technological applications such as in electrical and biomedical devices, as well as stretchable electronics. In this study, we use the amphiphilic configuration property of α cyclodextrin (αCD) to demonstrate a facile strategy for the preparation of flexible polyaniline (PANI)-containing conductive hydrogel networks based on preorganized αCD-containing N-isopropylacrylamide (αCD-PNIPAM) hydrogels. These materials exhibit high conductivity (0.64 S m−1), excellent thermoresponsive and self-healing properties. The resulting hybrid hydrogels also contain homogeneous, interconnected macropores and exhibit perfect integration between the host phase (αCD-PNIPAM) and the PANI phase, which results in improved mechanical properties and remarkable stability.

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The article was received on 03 Jul 2018, accepted on 13 Aug 2018 and first published on 14 Aug 2018


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8QM00324F
Citation: Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 2212-2219
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    A thermally responsive host–guest conductive hydrogel with self-healing properties

    Y. Zhu, S. Liu, X. Shi, D. Han and F. Liang, Mater. Chem. Front., 2018, 2, 2212
    DOI: 10.1039/C8QM00324F

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