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Electrophoretic adhesion of biodegradable hydrogels through the intermediary of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes

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Abstract

Two biodegradable hydrogels were stitched together through the intermediary of oppositely charged polyelectrolytesviaelectrophoresis. The two gels in contact adhered when an electric field was applied with a cationic gel on the anode and an anionic gel on the cathode. Adhesion of the two gels was not observed when the opposite electric field was applied or with pressure bonding. Adhesion of cationic and anionic hydrogels should exhibit repeatability characteristics. Electrophoretic adhesion of two hydrogels with the same charge was also achieved using an oppositely charged polymer as a binder.

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The article was received on 18 Oct 2011, accepted on 17 Nov 2011 and first published on 22 Dec 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06980B
Soft Matter, 2012,8, 1923-1927

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    Electrophoretic adhesion of biodegradable hydrogels through the intermediary of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes

    T. Asoh, W. Kawai and A. Kikuchi, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 1923
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06980B

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