AKIYAMA Yoshikatsu
   Department   Research Institutes and Facilities, Research Institutes and Facilities
   Position   Assistant Professor
Article types Original article
Language English
Peer review Peer reviewed
Title Mechanical properties of poly(N-acryloyl-glycinamide) hydrogels dependent on initiation number of the polymerization reaction
Journal Formal name:ChemistrySelect
ISSN code:23656549
Domestic / ForeginForegin
Publisher Willey
Volume, Issue, Page 9(6),pp.e202400244
Total page number 8
Author and coauthor OSAWA Shigehito†*, AKIYAMA Yoshikatsu*
Authorship Last author,Corresponding author
Publication date 2024/02/12
Summary Hydrogels with polymer networks formed through physical interactions have received attention because of their post-moldability and self-healing properties upon physicochemical stimulation. Although hydrogels become fragile without covalent crosslinking, poly(N-acryloyl-glycinamide) (PNAGA) hydrogels, which are formed through hydrogen bonding among PNAGA molecules, have recently demonstrated exceptional strain. In this study, we prepared a series of PNAGA hydrogels with different molecular weights and constant weight concentrations of PNAGA. Stress–strain tests demonstrated that higher molecular weights of PNAGA promote extensibility. The swelling ability of the hydrogel also increased with higher molecular weights of PNAGA, suggesting that high molecular weights of
PNAGA significantly increase the tolerability of hydrogels to shape change, which opens up new possibilities for developing robust hydrogels without the requirement for cross-linking. Although different behaviors were not observed with changes in the molecular weight, we achieved hydrogel re-construction using the PNAGA powder obtained from hydrogels, which demonstrates an advantage of such polymer networks based on hydrogen bonding. Regarding the healing ability of the cut surfaces, hydrogels with a lower molecular weight exhibited higher recoveries, probably owing to the high PNAGA mobility in the hydrogels. Finally, this study elucidates the importance of controlling the molecular weight when developing functional hydrogels.
DOI 10.1002/slct.202400244