Improving the mechanical properties of polymer gels through molecular design

Published: 1/12/2016
Improving the mechanical properties of polymer gels through molecular design
Source: PHYS.ORG

A polymer gel consists of a three-dimensional cross-linked polymer network swollen with liquid molecules. However, most conventional polymer gels are brittle because stress concentration readily occurs in their cross-linked polymer network structure. The mechanical properties of polymer gels need to be improved to facilitate their application as, for example, molecular sieves and superabsorbent ma

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