Shape memory fibers responsive to moisture

X. Lu, C.Y. Chan, K.I. Lee, P.F. Ng, Bin Fei

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Abstract

Using a flexible "double network" concept, we manufactured highly stretchable hydrogels from physically cross-linked polysaccharides and covalently cross-linked polyacrylates by easy solution polymerization. Their high stretchability enables further processing the hydrogel strands into absorbent fibers with high tenacity. Resultant dry fibers still preserve their shape memory and recover upon wetting or even in moisture.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Hydrogel fiber
  • Moisture
  • Shape memory function
  • Toughness

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