High-strength hydrogels: Microstructure design, characterization and applications

Jiachuan Hua, Pui Fai Ng, Bin Fei

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Hydrogels are a class of polymeric network materials embedded in a water-rich environment. They are widely applied in drug delivery, actuator, and sensor. However, conventional hydrogels encountered limits from their poor mechanical property. Recent researches on hydrogels has been focusing on mechanical enhancement, ranging from design of microstructures to adjustment of compositions in hydrogels. Here, the design and fabrication strategies of high-strength hydrogels, as well as major progress in their typical strength-support applications are systemically reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1325-1335
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • fabrication
  • hydrogel
  • mechanical property
  • microstructure
  • tension test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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