Hydrogels have recently been increasingly studied due to their similarity to natural soft tissues. However, the stable mechanical properties and elasticity required for hydrogels used in sensing and wearable devices remain challenging. Herein, a novel 3D microporous structure hydrogel with favorable stable mechanical properties and elasticity has been developed via a simple and economical method. The good resilience (94.5%) and less residual strain (11.5%) are realized based on the results after 20 successive cycles at a strain of 300%. The elasticity of the hydrogel is achieved by varying the effective network chain density. The prepared hydrogels have stable mechanical properties and high elasticity, resulting in remarkable performance when used in sensors. The hydrogel-based sensors can accurately and consistently record human activities when used as wearable sensors. This work provides a new way to simply and effectively prepare hydrogels, which has great potential to be widely applicated in sensing and flexible devices such as health-recording sensors, wearable devices, and artiﬁcial intelligence.
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A novel 3D microporous structure hydrogel with stable mechanical properties and high elasticity and its application in sensing
Published: 20 October 2021 by MDPI in The 2nd International Online Conference on Polymer Science—Polymers and Nanotechnology for Industry 4.0 session Nanotechnologies in Polymer Science
Keywords: 3D microporous structure; hydrogel; sensor; stable mechanical properties; elasticity