A strong bio-inspired layered PNIPAM-clay nanocomposite hydrogel

Jianfeng Wang, Ling Lin, Qunfeng Cheng, Lei Jiang

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Abstract

Inspired by nacre, a layered poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-clay nanocomposite hydrogel was successfully fabricated by combination of vacuum-filtration self-assembly and photo-initiated in situ polymerization. This bio-inspired layered nanocomposite hydrogel shows excellent mechanical properties, which can rival some biological soft tissues (see picture).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4676-4680
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume51
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • clays
  • hydrogels
  • nanocomposites
  • polymers
  • self-assembly

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