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Synthesis and Characterization of Comb-Type Grafted Polymer Hydrogels with Low Temperature Sensitivity
Synthesis and Characterization of Comb-Type Grafted Polymer Hydrogels with Low Temperature Sensitivity
Journal of the Korean Chemical Society. 2003. Feb, 47(1): 59-66
  • Published : February 20, 2003
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Jung, Taek Kyu
Kim, Sung Soo
Shin, Byung Cheol

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The comb-type grafted polymer hydrogels, which composed of N-isopropylacrylamide monomer and oligo(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-tert-butylacrylamide) [oligo(NIPAAm-co-t-BAM)], were synthesized by redox polymerization in 5~10% methanol aqueous solution using ammonium peroxodisulfate (APS) at 4 oC for 24h. The lower critical solution temperatures (LCSTs) of the comb-type grafted hydrogels were decreased with increase of t-BAM content in the grafted copolymer. We observed the effect of crosslinker and concentration of oligo(NIPAAm-co-t-BAM) on the shrinking/swelling ratio of hydrogels. Changes of shrinking/swelling ratio were decreased with increase of concentration of crosslinker. The increase of grafted oligo(NIPAAm-co-t-BAM) in the hydrogel shows an fast changes of shrinking/ swelling rate. The comb-type grafted hydrogels are expected to be valuable for the sensing materials of time-temperature labels(TTLs).
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