Author(s): Lin DC, Yurke B, Langrana NA
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Abstract Mechanical properties of a polyacrylamide gel with reversible DNA crosslinks are presented. In this system, three DNA strands replace traditional chemical crosslinkers. In contrast to thermoset chemically crosslinked polyacrylamide, the new hydrogel is thermoreversible; crosslink dissociation without the addition of heat is also feasible by introducing a specific removal DNA strand. This hydrogel is characterized by a critical crosslink concentration at which gelation occurs. Below the critical point, a characteristic temperature exists at which a transition in viscosity is observed. Both temperature-dependent viscosity and elastic modulus of the material are functions of crosslink density.
This article was published in J Biomech Eng
and referenced in Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology