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Hybrid, elastomeric hydrogels crosslinked by multifunctional block copolymer micelles

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Abstract

Amphiphilic block copolymers consisting of hydrophilic, poly(acrylic acid) randomly decorated with acrylate groups and hydrophobic, rubbery poly(n-butyl acrylate) self-assembled into well-defined micelles with an average diameter of ∼21 nm. Radical polymerization of acrylamide in the presence of the crosslinkable micelles gave rise to hybrid, elastomeric hydrogels whose mechanical properties can be readily tuned by varying the BCM concentration.

Graphical abstract: Hybrid, elastomeric hydrogels crosslinked by multifunctional block copolymer micelles

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Submitted
11 Jun 2010
Accepted
14 Aug 2010
First published
09 Sep 2010

Soft Matter, 2010,6, 5293-5297
Article type
Communication

Hybrid, elastomeric hydrogels crosslinked by multifunctional block copolymer micelles

L. Xiao, C. Liu, J. Zhu, D. J. Pochan and X. Jia, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 5293
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00511H

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