Synthesis of deformable hydrogel composites based on Janus bilayer multi-walled carbon nanotubes/host-guest complex structure

Yun Fei Zhang, Fei Peng Du, Ling Chen, Wing Cheung Law, Chak Yin Tang

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Stimuli-responsive hydrogel actuators, which can swell and shrink reversibly, have attracted great attention. In this paper, a bilayer hydrogel actuator based on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)/host-guest polymer composites was prepared. The surface compatibility of MWCNTs was improved by the oxidization process and vinyl functionalization. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman analysis revealed that the modifications conferred the hydrophilic groups and disorder structures to MWCNTs, which can enhance the hydrophilicity of poly(acrylamide) matrix. The host and guest hydrogels bilayer structured actuator shows a bending movement in water, providing a new route to design and fabricate high performance hydrogel based actuators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-128
Number of pages8
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


  • Assembly
  • Polymer-matrix composites
  • Thermal properties
  • Wettability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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