Tailoring architecture of nanothin hydrogels: Effect of layering on pH-triggered swelling

Academic Article


  • We have tailored the internal architecture of ultrathin poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA) hydrogels from well stratified to highly intermixed by controlling the internal structure in layer-by-layer templates used for hydrogel fabrication. We have found pH-triggered swelling properties of these hydrogels to be significantly affected by hydrogel architecture. Well-stratified hydrogels exhibited a dramatic 10-fold increase in thickness when transitioned between pH = 5 and 7.5, unlike the 2-fold swelling observed in less-organized hydrogels. © 2013 American Chemical Society.
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  • ACS Macro Letters  Journal
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    Author List

  • Kozlovskaya V; Zavgorodnya O; Wang Y; Ankner JF; Kharlampieva E
  • Start Page

  • 226
  • End Page

  • 229
  • Volume

  • 2
  • Issue

  • 3