Polymer Bulletin

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 109–114

Equilibrium swelling and mechanical properties of hydrogels of acrylamide and itaconic acid or its esters

  • E. Vallés
  • D. Durando
  • I. Katime
  • E. Mendizábal
  • J. E. Puig

DOI: 10.1007/s002890050580

Cite this article as:
Vallés, E., Durando, D., Katime, I. et al. Polymer Bulletin (2000) 44: 109. doi:10.1007/s002890050580

Summary

The equilibrium swelling and the plateau elastic modulus of a family of hydrogels made by the polymerization of acrylamide with itaconic acid or some of its esters were investigated as a function of composition and crosslinking degree to find materials with satisfactory swelling and elastic properties. We show that an appropriate selection of the comonomers and the concentration of the crosslinking agent is very important to produce hydrogels with large swelling capacity and good mechanical attributes. Tailoring of mechanical properties and swelling can also be achieved by this method.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Vallés
    • 1
  • D. Durando
    • 1
  • I. Katime
    • 2
  • E. Mendizábal
    • 3
  • J. E. Puig
    • 3
  1. 1.Planta Piloto en Ingeniería Química, Bahía Blanca 8000, ArgentinaAR
  2. 2.Grupo de Nuevos Materiales, Departamento de Química Física, Universidad del País Vasco - Campus Leioa, 48080 Bilbao, EspañaES
  3. 3.Departamentos de Química y de Ingeniería Química, Universidad de Guadalajara, Boul. M. García Barragán # 1455, Guadalajara, Jal. 44430, MexicoMX

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