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Renormalized Flory‐Huggins lattice model of physicochemical kinetics and dynamic complexity in self‐healing double‐network hydrogel

Ziyu Xing, Haibao Lu, Mokarram Hossain Orcid Logo

Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Volume: 138, Issue: 17, Start page: 50304

Swansea University Author: Mokarram Hossain Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.1002/app.50304

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Self‐healing capability offers great designability on mechanical properties of double‐network (DN) hydrogel. However, the thermodynamics understanding behind such physicochemical transitions and self‐healing behaviors are yet to be explored properly. This study describes a renormalized Flory‐Huggins...

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Published in: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
ISSN: 0021-8995 1097-4628
Published: Wiley 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa55753
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Abstract: Self‐healing capability offers great designability on mechanical properties of double‐network (DN) hydrogel. However, the thermodynamics understanding behind such physicochemical transitions and self‐healing behaviors are yet to be explored properly. This study describes a renormalized Flory‐Huggins lattice model for DN hydrogels, of which the physicochemical kinetics and dynamic complexity are resulted from stress‐induced bond scission and macromolecule rearrangement. Based on the Flory‐Huggins lattice model and Gaussian distribution theory, an extended free‐energy model was formulated by the steric repulsive free‐energy function. Afterwards, the function was used to identify the working mechanisms and thermodynamics in self‐healing DN hydrogels with ultra‐high mechanical strength. Finally, the effectiveness of model was demonstrated by applying it to predict the mechanical behaviors of DN hydrogels, where the analytical results showed good agreements with experiment data.
Keywords: kinetics; stimuli‐sensitive polymers; theory and modeling
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 17
Start Page: 50304