Novel macroscopic self-organization in polymer gels

Journal Article

A different type of self-organization in a hydrogel is described. In this self-organization, a cylindrical piece of gel transforms into a completely hollow spherical or ellipsoidal object in the presence of specific transition metal ions. It is shown that only certain gels, which have a critical balance of hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups in their chemical structure, demonstrate the self-organization from solid cylinder to hollow sphere.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Varghese, S; Lele, AK; Srinivas, D; Sastry, M; Mashelkar, RA

Published Date

  • October 16, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 20

Start / End Page

  • 1544 - 1548

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0935-9648

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/1521-4095(200110)13:20<1544::AID-ADMA1544>3.0.CO;2-F

Citation Source

  • Scopus