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Double-layer hydrogel with photoresponsive shape memory features for controllable catalysis

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 April 2019

Jinghang Leng
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, People’s Republic of China
Shujing Li*
Key Laboratory of Cosmetic, China National Light Industry, Beijing Technology and Business University, Beijing 100048, People’s Republic of China
Mingxin Yang
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, People’s Republic of China
Jie Hu*
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, People’s Republic of China
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A photoresponsive double-layer hydrogel has been developed, in which light-sensitive cinnamic moieties are grafted onto a polyacrylamide network to produce a photoresponsive layer and pure polyacrylamide formed the supporting layer. Ag nanoparticles were dispersed using in situ reduction on the photoresponsive layer to act as the catalyst. The as-fabricated hydrogel exhibits a shape memory effect and controllable catalytic behavior under an external light stimulus. When exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light at λ > 260 nm, the resulting cycloaddition of cinnamic moieties not only fix the hydrogel’s temporary shape, but also greatly slow down the catalytic reaction rate. After irradiated with UV light at λ < 260 nm, however, the newly formed crosslinking points are reversibly cleaved. This results in the shape recovery of the hydrogel to its permanent shape. At the same time, the catalytic reaction was greatly accelerated because of the facile diffusion of the reactants into the hydrogel.

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