Cooperative dynamics of heuristic swelling and inhibitive micellization in double-network hydrogels by ionic dissociation of polyelectrolyte

Xing, Ziyu, Lu, Haibao, Hossain, Mokarram, Fu, Richard, Leng, Jinsong and Du, Shanyi (2019) Cooperative dynamics of heuristic swelling and inhibitive micellization in double-network hydrogels by ionic dissociation of polyelectrolyte. Polymer. ISSN 0032-3861 (In Press)

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Abstract

In this study, a cooperative model has been proposed for the double network (DN) hydrogel, which synchronously undergoes heuristic swelling and inhibitive micellization by the ionic dissociation of polyelectrolyte. Flory-Huggins solution theory is initially employed to identify the working mechanism of dielectric constants on swelling behavior of the DN hydrogel. Then a free-energy function is introduced to formulate the constitutive relationship of the DN hydrogels, in which the first hydrotropic network undergoes a heuristic swelling and the second hydrophobic network undergoes an inhibitive micellization. Finally, the proposed model has been verified using the experimental results reported in the literature. A good agreement between the theoretical results and experimental ones has been achieved. This study provides a fundamental approach to formulate the constitutive relationship and to understand the cooperative dynamics of two types of networks in DN hydrogels induced by the polyelectrolyte.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Double network (DN) hydrogels, ionic dissociation, free energy function
Subjects: H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Andrew Grogan
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2019 15:00
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2020 15:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41645

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