Advanced Functional Materials
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Online ISSN: 1616-3028
Associated Title(s): Advanced Electronic Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Engineering Materials, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Materials Interfaces, Advanced Materials Technologies, Advanced Optical Materials, Advanced Science, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, Small
Self-Assembly: Reinforcement of Shear Thinning Protein Hydrogels by Responsive Block Copolymer Self-Assembly (Adv. Funct. Mater. 9/2013)
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.