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Article Dans Une Revue Biomacromolecules Année : 2024

Dual Cross-Linked Stimuli-Responsive Alginate-Based Hydrogels


Sodium alginate with different molecular weights (55, 170, and 320 kg mol–1) were chemically modified by grafting methacrylic moieties onto the hydroxyl groups of the alginate backbone. The methacrylation was optimized to obtain different degrees of modification. Chemically cross-linked hydrogels were obtained following UV-light irradiation in the presence of a photoinitiator. The swelling behavior and the mechanical properties were observed to depend on both the degree of methacrylation and the alginate molecular weight. Due to the chain entanglement present in high-viscosity sodium alginate, lower degrees of modification were required to tune the hydrogel properties. Moreover, in the presence of Ca2+, secondary cross-linking was introduced by the coordination of the alginate guluronate moieties with the Ca2+ ions. The addition of this secondary cross-linking caused fast volume shrinkage and a reinforcement of the mechanical properties. The secondary cross-linking was reversible, and the hydrogels regained their original shape for at least three cycles. Additionally, the dual cross-linked network can be used to induce adhesion between hydrogels and serve as a building block for self-folding actuators.
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hal-04533584 , version 1 (05-04-2024)



Michel Habib, Steve Berthalon, Laurent Leclercq, Audrey Tourrette, Tahmer Sharkawi, et al.. Dual Cross-Linked Stimuli-Responsive Alginate-Based Hydrogels. Biomacromolecules, 2024, 25 (3), pp.1660-1670. ⟨10.1021/acs.biomac.3c01201⟩. ⟨hal-04533584⟩
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