Self-Oscillating pH-Responsive Cryogels as Possible Candidates of Soft Materials for Generating Mechanical Energy


BILICI C., KARAYEL S., DEMIR T. T. , Okay O.

JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE, cilt.118, ss.2981-2988, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 118 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1002/app.32693
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.2981-2988

Özet

This research highlights the use of poly(acrylic acid) (PAAc) cryogels as a pH oscillator in oscillatory bromate-sulfite-ferrocyanide reactions. The cryogels were prepared from frozen aqueous solutions of acrylic acid monomer and N,N'-methylenebis(acrylamide) crosslinker at -18 degrees C. Fast responsive macroporous PAAc cryogels were obtained at or below 4 w/v % initial monomer concentration. SEM images of PAAc cryogel networks exhibited a heterogeneous morphology consisting of pores of sizes 101 pm, typical for macroporous networks formed by the cryogelation technique. PAAc cryogels coupled with the bromate oscillator oscillate between swollen and collapsed states, during which a cyclic three-fold change in the gel volume was observed. The results show that, due to the fast response rate of cryogels, macroscopic gel samples can be used as a pH oscillator which would provide generation of significant amount of mechanical energy. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 118: 2981-2988, 2010