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Matthew J. Glassman, Jacqueline Chan and Bradley D. Olsen Self-Assembly: Reinforcement of Shear Thinning Protein Hydrogels by Responsive Block Copolymer Self-Assembly (Adv. Funct. Mater. 9/2013) Advanced Functional Materials 23

Version of Record online: 4 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201370045

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Triblock copoylmers with associative protein midblocks and thermoresponsive endblocks form shear thinning hydrogels that can be injected at low temperature. On page 1182, Bradley D. Olsen and co-workers report that when warmed to body temperature, the gel is responsively reinforced as the endblocks self-assemble into a secondary block copolymer network, leading to large increases in modulus and yield stress, and decreased erosion and creep compliance.

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