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Strong tough gels for 3D tissue constructs

  • Paul Calvert (a1), Marc in het Panhuis (a2), Geoffrey Spinks (a2), Robert Gorkin (a2), Leo Stevens (a2), Shannon E. Bakarich (a2), Paul Balding (a2) and Damian M. Kirchmajer (a2)...

Abstract

The mechanical characteristics of ionic-covalent entanglement hydrogels consisting of combinations of the biopolymers gellan gum and kappa-carrageenan, and the synthetic polymers polyacrylamide and an epoxy amine were investigated. Compression testing showed that these gels exhibited “double network” behavior, i.e. strong tough gels.

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