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Hydrogel is a form of materials generally constructed by hydrophilic multiphase polymer mixture that may exhibit both solid-like and liquid-like properties. Its structural framework is formed from three-dimensional networks of randomly crosslinked polymeric chains that embody three different phases, namely solid polymer network matrix, interstitial water or biological fluid and ion species.

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Lower Critical Solution Temperature Volume Transition Volume Phase Transition Copolymeric Hydrogel Elastic Free Energy 
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  • Hua Li
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  1. 1.College of Engineering School of Mechanical & Aerospace EngineeringNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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