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Design of a micellized α-cyclodextrin based supramolecular hydrogel system

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Abstract

In recent years supramolecular structures built from macrocyclic compounds have attracted tremendous interest due to the unique properties derived from dynamic self-assembly. Our study proposes a two-step mechanism to form a supramolecular hydrogel system: (1) the formation of micelles, and (2) micelle association with α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) due to threading of PEGMA in the α-CD cavity, forming inclusion complexes. Using this mechanism, a supramolecular hydrogel made from a tri-component copolymer PLLA/DMAEMA/PEGMA and α-CD was fabricated for the first time and characterized in terms of its structural, morphological, and rheological properties.

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Submitted
21 Mar 2015
Accepted
31 May 2015
First published
01 Jun 2015

Soft Matter, 2015,11, 5425-5434
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Design of a micellized α-cyclodextrin based supramolecular hydrogel system

A. Abdul Karim and X. J. Loh, Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 5425
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM00665A

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