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Structural Processes in Adaptive Hydrogel Determined for First Time

Jülich/Aachen, 11 April 2018 – Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University have been able to determine the structural processes in an adaptive hydrogel for the first time. With the aid of X-ray scattering experiments and computer simulations, they were able to show the changes in size and structure of the hydrogel in reaction to external stimuli. The results could lead to new applications in technology and medicine.

Original Publication:

"Time-resolved structural evolution during the collapse of responsive hydrogels: The microgel-to-particle transition"
Rico Keidel, Ali Ghavami, Dersy M. Lugo, Gudrun Lotze, Otto Virtanen, Peter Beumers, Jan Skov Pedersen, Andre Bardow, Roland G. Winkler, Walter Richtering
Science Advances, 06 Apr 2018, Vol. 4, no. 4, eaao7086, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao7086


Prof. Roland G. Winkler
Institute of Complex Systems / Institute for Advanced Simulation
Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics (ICS-2 / IAS-2)
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