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Amphiphilic Polymer Co-networks: Synthesis, Properties, Modelling and Applications Editor: Costas S Patrickios


About this book

Amphiphilic polymer co-networks (APCNs) are a type of polymeric hydrogel, their hydrophobic polymer segments and hydrophilic components produce less aqueous swelling, giving better mechanical properties than conventional hydrogels. This new class of polymers is attracting increasing attention, resulting in further basic research on the system, as well as new applications.

This book focuses on new developments in the field of APCNs, and is organised in four sections: synthesis, properties, applications and modelling. Co-network architectures included in the book chapters are mainly those deriving from hydrophobic macro-cross-linkers, representing the classical approach; however, more modern designs are also presented. Properties of interest discussed include aqueous swelling, thermophysical and mechanical properties, self-assembly, electrical actuation, and protein adsorption. Applications described in the book chapters include the use of co-networks as soft contact lenses, scaffolds for drug delivery and tissue engineering, matrices for heterogeneous biocatalysis, and membranes of controllable permeability. Finally, an important theory chapter on the modelling of the self-assembly of APCNs is also included.

The book is suitable for graduate students and researchers interested in hydrogels, polymer networks, polymer chemistry, block copolymers, self-assembly and nanomaterials, as well as their applications in contact lenses, drug delivery, tissue engineering, membranes and biocatalysis.

From the book series:
Polymer Chemistry Series

Book content

  • Thirty years of amphiphilic polymer conetworks
  • Poly(N-vinylimidazole)-based amphiphilic polymer conetworks: synthesis and characterization
  • Designing biodegradable/biocompatible amphiphilic polymer conetworks for biomedical applications
  • Amphiphilic polymer conetworks prepared using degradable initiators
  • Block copolymer networks and gels
  • Structure and physical properties of model amphiphilic conetwork hydrogels with tetraPEG stars as their hydrophilic component
  • Thiolene enabled amphiphilic polymer conetworks from telechelic macromonomers are highly resilient and have wide co-continuous compositional windows
  • Bimodal amphiphilic conetworks: interfacial phenomena and applications
  • Ultrastretchable tough hydrogels based on Pluronic F127 macro-cross-linker
  • Double-networks based on amphiphilic polymer first conetworks
  • Theoretical approaches to amphiphilic polymer conetworks
  • Silicone hydrogel soft contact lenses: an industrial application of amphiphilic polymer conetworks
  • Tough, biodegradable amphiphilic polymer conetworks as efficient matrices for anticancer drug delivery 
  • and corneal tissue engineering
  • Biocatalytically active amphiphilic polymer conetworks
  • Functional membranes based on amphiphilic polymer conetworks

The print version of this book is planned for release on 01 May 2020. Information about this book is subject to change without notice.

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This book contains 400 pages.

Publication details

Copyright year
2020
Print ISBN
978-1-78801-370-3
ePub eISBN
978-1-83916-134-6

Author information

Professor Costas S. Patrickios earned his PhD in 1993 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Between 1994 and 1996, Dr. Patrickios served as post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex, and then (1996-1997) as Lecturer at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). He joined the Department of Natural Science (now Department of Chemistry) at the University of Cyprus in 1998. His research has been focused on the preparation and characterization of amphiphilic polymer conetworks based on interconnected amphiphilic block copolymers synthesized using the living / controlled polymerization techniques group transfer polymerization (GTP), atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Polymer Networks Group (PNG), an international organization promoting research on polymer networks and gels.