Phototunable block copolymer hydrogels
Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) hydrogel networks, based on swelling of nanostructured blends of amphiphilic, sphere-forming AB diblock and ABA triblock copolymers, provide direct access to thermally processable plastics that exhibit exceptional elastic recovery and fatigue resistance even after hydration. In such two-component systems, the ratio of ABA to AB block copolymer (BCP) is used to control the resultant swelling ratio, system modulus, and overall mechanical response. This dissertation focuses on developing material strategies through which adjustment of such AB/ABA ratios, and thus the ...
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