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Reorganization of hydrogen bond network makes strong polyelectrolyte brushes pH-responsive

WU, Bo; Wang, Xiaowen; Yang, Jun; Hua, Zan; Tian, Kangzhen; Kou, Ran; Zhang, Jian; Ye, Shuji; Luo, Yi; Craig, Vincent; Zhang, Guangzhao; Liu, Guangming


Weak polyelectrolytes have found extensive practical applications owing to their rich pH-responsive properties. In contrast, strong polyelectrolytes have long been regarded as pH-insensitive based on the well-established fact that the average degree of charging of strong polyelectrolyte chains is independent of pH. The possible applications of strong polyelectrolytes in smart materials have, thus, been severely limited. However, we demonstrate that almost all important properties of strong...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Science Advances
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600579
Access Rights: Open Access


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