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Multiple network organohydrogels with high strength and anti-swelling properties in different solvents
Giant  (IF),  Pub Date : 2021-04-16, DOI: 10.1016/j.giant.2021.100058
Qingshan Wu, Shuanhu Qi, Tianyi Zhao, Hao Yan, Mingjie Liu

Compared to traditional hydrogel materials, organohydrogels have wider applications due to their special properties such as abilities of self-adaptive, freeze-tolerant and mechanically stable over a wide range temperature. In this paper, we prepared Poly (vinyl alcohol)/Poly (butyl methacrylate)-co-Poly (lauryl methacrylate) multiple network organohydrogels (MN-OHGs) by multiple swelling polymerization method. By tuning the components of heterogeneous networks, the swelling behaviors and the surface wettability in different solvents of MN-OHGs could be controlled. When the ratio of oleophilic polymer network (OPN) content to hydrophilic polymer network (HPN) content was 1:1.4, the MN-OHGs showed the highest mechanical properties (the elastic modulus could reach 8 MPa, and the toughness could reach 12 MJ/m3). Moreover, when the OPN/HPN ratio was 2/1, the MN-OHGs could maintain a stable volume in artificial seawater with mechanical properties enhanced by 47.3%. These characteristics demonstrated that the MN-OHGs were ideal candidates for functional materials which could be applied in complex environments.