Self-Oscillating Structural Polymer Gels

  • Pullela S
  • Wang Q
  • Cheng Z
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Abstract

Self-oscillating polymer gel has become a distinguished class of smart soft materials. Here we fabricated and demon-strated a self-oscillating structural gel network with the incorporation of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction. The structural polymer gel oscillates at a macroscopic level with remarkably faster kinetics compared to a normal gel of similar chemical compositions. The structural polymer gel also displays larger oscillating amplitude compared to the normal gel because of the increased diffusion of fluids surrounding the gel particles. This type of structural polymer gels can be harnessed to provide novel and feasible applications in a wide variety of fields, such as drug delivery, nanopatterning, chemical and biosensing, and photonic crystals.

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Pullela, S. R., Wang, Q., & Cheng, Z. (2013). Self-Oscillating Structural Polymer Gels. Advances in Nanoparticles, 02(02), 94–98. https://doi.org/10.4236/anp.2013.22016

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