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Tasuku Nakajima, Hitomi Sato, Yu Zhao, Shinya Kawahara, Takayuki Kurokawa, Kazuyuki Sugahara and Jian Ping Gong A Universal Molecular Stent Method to Toughen any Hydrogels Based on Double Network Concept Advanced Functional Materials 22

Version of Record online: 20 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201200809

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Tough hydrogels can be synthesized from any hydrophilic polymer by the double-network (DN) concept using a molecular stent. The synthesized St-DN gels have excellent strength and toughness comparable to those of conventional tough DN gels and industrial rubbers. This is a promising method for strengthening various functional hydrogels and increasing the scope of their application in various fields.

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