Inhomogeneities in poly(acryrlamide) gels: position-dependent elastic modulus measurements

DURMAZ S., Okay O.

POLYMER BULLETIN, vol.46, no.5, pp.409-418, 2001 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s002890170050
  • Title of Journal : POLYMER BULLETIN
  • Page Numbers: pp.409-418


The inhomogeneities in poly(acrylamide) (PAAm) gels and the formation mechanism of inhomogeneities were investigated using the results obtained by the mechanical measurements. The gels in the form of rods of 5.6 mm in diameter were prepared at various crosslinker (N,N'-methylene(bis)acrylamide) content. The initial monomer concentration was set to 5.1 w/v %. The results show that the elastic modulus of PAAm gels varies depending on the location, at which the mechanical measurements are carried out. The modulus increases with increasing distance from the bottom of the gel rod. The extent of modulus variation along the gel increases with increasing crosslinker content from 2.6 to 9 % BAAm.