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A one-pot strategy for preparation of high-strength carboxymethyl xylan-g-poly(acrylic acid) hydrogels with shape memory property

Liu, Xinxin, Chang, Minmin, He, Bei, Meng, Ling, Wang, Xiaohui, Sun, Runcang, Ren, Junli, Kong, Fangong
Journal of colloid and interface science 2019 v.538 pp. 507-518
Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, carbon nanotubes, compression strength, electronic equipment, hydrogels, mechanical properties, scanning electron microscopy, tissue engineering, toys
High strength hydrogels open new possibilities in the fields of bioengineering and biomedical. In this paper, a highly efficient one-pot strategy was developed to prepare carboxymethyl xylan-g-poly (acrylic acid) (CMX-g-PAA) hydrogels with high compression strength, high elongation and high elasticity by using the metal coordination and the reinforcement of hydroxylate multi-walled carbon nanotubes (HCNTs). Prepared hydrogels were characterized by means of FTIR, XRD, SEM, rheological measurements as well as their swelling and mechanical properties. Results showed that the Fe3+-carboxyl coordination and HCNTs imparted hydrogels with high strength and good rapid recovery properties, in which the maximum high compressive strength and elongation at break were achieved to 10.4 MPa and 1032%, and the shape of hydrogels almost returned to the original shape after the external force was removed after 30 cycles of compression. These hydrogels also exhibited Fe3+-triggered shape memory properties. Therefore, as-prepared hydrogels possessing high strength, rapid recovery and shape memory properties, could broaden access for application in intelligent toys, electronic skin, biosensing, and tissue engineering.