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Keywords:

  • hydrogels;
  • stimuli-sensitive swelling;
  • polymers;
  • porous materials

Abstract

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In this study, the hydrophobic liquid template method was firstly used to prepare temperature sensitive, porous poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) hydrogel. During the radical polymerization, hydrophobic polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) were used as liquid templates and stabilizer, respectively. After removal of the liquid templates, porous PNIPAAm hydrogel was obtained. This gel exhibited superfast shrinking properties when being transferred from below to above the lower critical solution temperature (LCST), which was ascribed to the interconnected porous structures.