Pros and Cons: Supramolecular or Macromolecular: What Is Best for Functional Hydrogels with Advanced Properties?

Rienk Eelkema*, Andrij Pich*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Hydrogels are fascinating soft materials with unique properties. Many biological systems are based on hydrogel-like structures, underlining their versatility and relevance. The properties of hydrogels strongly depend on the structure of the building blocks they are composed of, as well as the nature of interactions between them in the network structure. Herein, gel networks made by supramolecular interactions are compared to covalent macromolecular networks, drawing conclusions about their performance and application as responsive materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1906012
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume32
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

Keywords

  • hydrogels
  • polymers
  • responsive materials
  • soft materials
  • supramolecular interactions
  • CROSS-LINKING
  • DYNAMIC HYDROGELS
  • CHARGE-TRANSFER
  • SELF
  • MICROGELS
  • RELEASE
  • DESIGN
  • DEGRADATION
  • NETWORKS
  • LIGHT

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