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Keywords:

  • hydrogel;
  • superabsorbent;
  • collagen;
  • swelling behavior;
  • gel content

Abstract

A novel hydrolyzed collagen-based hydrogel has been prepared by grafting the binary mixture of acrylamide and 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid onto the collagen backbone in the presence of a crosslinking agent. Its physicochemical properties in aqueous solution were studied. The effect of reaction variables on both gel content and swelling capacity was investigated to achieve a hydrogel with improved absorbency and gel content. The absorbency under load of optimized hydrogel was also investigated by using an absorbency under load tester at various applied pressures. The swelling ratio in various salt solutions was also determined and additionally, the swelling of hydrogels was measured in solutions with pH ranged 1–13. The synthesized hydrogel exhibited a pH-responsiveness character so that a swelling-collapsing pulsatile behavior was recorded at pH 2 and 8. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 2007