Jellyfish gel and its hybrid hydrogels with high mechanical strength†
Xuezhen Wang a, Huiliang Wang *a and Hugh R. Brown b
aCollege of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 100875, P.R.
China. E-mail: email@example.com; Fax: +86 10 58802075; Tel: +86 10 58808081 bARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Engineering Faculty, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Received 6th July 2010 , Accepted 23rd August 2010
We fabricate a new type of hybrid hydrogel by introducing a synthetic
hydrogel into a biological hydrogel which is directly obtained from an
animal body. The biological hydrogel has a well-developed structure
and relatively high mechanical strength, the synthetic hydrogel formed
in the biological hydrogel might have a microstructure different to normal hydrogels. We anticipate that the combination of the two may offer a substantial increase in mechanical strength of the hybrid hydrogel.
In this work, we studied the microstructure and the mechanical properties
of a biological gel—the mesogloea of an edible jellyfish Rhopilema e
sculenta Kishinouye (hereafter referred to as JF gel)—and fabricated the hybrid hydrogels of the JF gel and synthetic gel using a radiation-induced polymerization and crosslinking method.
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