Supramolecular assembly of self-healing nanocomposite hydrogels

M. Gerth, M.A. Bohdan, R.G. Fokkink, I.K. Voets, J. van der Gucht, J.H.B. Sprakel

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Hierarchical self-assembly of transient composite hydrogels is demonstrated through a two-step, orthogonal strategy using nanoparticle tectons interconnected through metal–ligand coordination complexes. The resulting materials are highly tunable with moduli and viscosities spanning many orders of magnitude, and show promising self-healing properties, while maintaining complete optical transparency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2065-2070
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • poly(ethylene glycol)
  • aqueous-solution
  • gel transition
  • terpyridine
  • coordination
  • chemistry
  • gelation
  • driven
  • light

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