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Multilayer-derived, ultrathin, stimuli-responsive hydrogels

2009-01-01
Kozlovskaya, Veronika
Kharlampieva, Eugenia
Erel Göktepe, İrem
Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.
In addition to a well-known capacity of the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique to create multilayers with strongly bound polymer chains, the technique also provides a unique opportunity to fabricate highly swollen, hydrogel-like films and capsules. Layered, ultrathin hydrogel-like membranes can be fabricated using electrostatically assembled or hydrogen-bonded multilayers as template matrices, or using a click chemistry approach. This review describes recent progress in the area, comparing various approaches used for the fabrication of these surface-mediated, LbL-templated structures, and discusses future applications of ultrathin hydrogel materials.