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CHAPTER 6

Structure and Physical Properties of Amphiphilic Polymer Co-network Hydrogels with Controlled Structures

This chapter deals with the preparation, physical properties and structural characterisation of near-ideal amphiphilic polymer co-networks whose hydrophilic components are four-armed star poly(ethylene glycol)s (tetraPEG stars) and the hydrophobic components are either poly(dimethylsiloxane)s or four-armed star poly(ethyl glycidyl ether)s (tetraPEGE stars) or four-armed star poly[(ethyl glycidyl ether)-co-(methyl glycidyl ether)]s (tetraPEGE-PMGE stars). The aqueous swelling (including swelling and shrinking kinetics) and mechanical properties, as well as the structure of these co-networks, elucidated using small-angle neutron or X-ray scattering, are presented and discussed.

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Print publication date
30 Apr 2020
Copyright year
2020
Print ISBN
978-1-78801-370-3
PDF eISBN
978-1-78801-576-9
ePub eISBN
978-1-83916-134-6
From the book series:
Polymer Chemistry Series