Hydrophilic/hydrophobic heterogeneity anti-biofouling hydrogels with well-regulated rehydration

Xin Su, Xin Su, Dezhao Hao, Dezhao Hao, Xiuqi Xu, Xinglin Guo, Zhengning Li, Lei Jiang

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Hydrogels, as a representative of soft and biocompatible materials, have been widely used in biosensors, biomedical devices, soft robotics, and the marine industry. However, the ir-recoverability of hydrogels after dehydration, which causes the loss of original mechanical, optical, and wetting properties, has severely restricted their practical applications. At present, this critical challenge of maintaining hydrogels' accurate character has attracted less attention. To address this, here we report a hydrogel based on synergistic effects to achieve both well-regulated rehydration and deswelling properties. The hydrogel after dehydration can quickly restore its original state both on the macro- and microscale. In addition, the hydrogel has excellent mechanical stability after several dehydration-rehydration cycles. All of these properties offer a possibility of water condition endurance and increase the service life. The robust property is attributed to the hydrophilic-hydrophobic and ionic interactions induced by the synergy of hydrophilic/oleophilic heteronetworks. Moreover, zwitterionic segments as hydrophilic network play a vital role in fabricating anti-biofouling hydrogels. The durable and reusable hydrogel may have promising applications for biomedical materials, flexible devices, and the marine industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25316-25323
Number of pages8
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • anti-biofouling
  • deswelling
  • hydrogel
  • hydrophilic
  • hydrophobic
  • rehydration

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