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Matthew J. Glassman, Jacqueline Chan and Bradley D. Olsen Reinforcement of Shear Thinning Protein Hydrogels by Responsive Block Copolymer Self-Assembly Advanced Functional Materials 23

Version of Record online: 11 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201202034

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Hybrid triblock copolymers prepared from associative proteins and thermoresponsive polymers form shear thinning gels with a low yield stress at low temperatures. Upon increasing temperature, an orthogonal network of reinforcing nanostructures is formed that results in gels with significantly higher stiffness, resistance to shear thinning, higher toughness, reduced erosion rates, and lower creep compliance at physiological temperatures.

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