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Paul Calvert Hydrogels for Soft Machines Advanced Materials 21

Article first published online: 4 DEC 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.200800534

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Until recently, synthetic gels have been too weak for any engineering use. Strong double-network gels and other reinforced gels open the possibility of new biomedical devices, and may replace rubber in some applications. Immediate needs include a better understanding of the relationship between mechanical properties and structure in gels, and convenient methods for processing gels.

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