Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, Vol.55, No.18, 3105-3109, 2017
Toward a Versatile Toolbox for Cucurbit[n]uril-Based Supramolecular Hydrogel Networks through In Situ Polymerization
The success of exploiting cucurbit[n] uril (CB[n])based molecular recognition in self-assembled systems has sparked a tremendous interest in polymer and materials chemistry. In this study, polymerization in the presence of hostguest complexes is applied as a modular synthetic approach toward a diverse set of CB-based supramolecular hydrogels with desirable properties, such as mechanical strength, toughness, energy dissipation, self-healing, and shear-thinning. A range of vinyl monomers, including acrylamide-, acrylate-, and imidazolium-based hydrophilic monomers, could be easily incorporated as the polymer backbones, leading to a library of CB hydrogel networks. This versatile strategy explores new horizons for the construction of supramolecular hydrogel networks and materials with emergent properties in wearable and self-healable electronic devices, sensors, and structural biomaterials. (C) 2017 The Authors. Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.