Metal-ion-mediated healing of gels


Journal Article

Metal-ion-mediated healing, a healing phenomenon in lightly cross-linked hydrophilic polymer gels, is described. The gels were synthesized from acryloyl derivatives of amino acids, which contain a hydrophobic alkyl chain and a terminal hydrophilic carboxyl group. The gels were healed by the placement of the dried cylindrical pieces of the gels together in a dilute aqueous solution of 0.1 M CuCl 2 at the ambient temperature. It was observed that the metal-binding capacity of the gel, the nature of complexation, and the ability to deform under stress influenced the healing ability of the gel.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Varghese, S; Lele, A; Mashelkar, R

Published Date

  • January 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 44 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 666 - 670

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0887-624X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/pola.21177

Citation Source

  • Scopus