Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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Inside Cover: A Strong Bio-Inspired Layered PNIPAM–Clay Nanocomposite Hydrogel (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 19/2012)
Inspired from natural nacre a transparent, layered nanocomposite hydrogel was fabricated from poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) and clay. This hydrogel shows excellent mechanical properties and a hierarchical microstructure. In their Communication on page 4676 ff., Q. Cheng et al. introduce a concept for the preparation of wet-chemical high-performance materials that can be used for applications, such as tissue-engineering, sensors, artificial muscles, and underwater antifouling materials.