Self-growing materials that strengthen in response to force -- K Trade Fair

Self-growing materials that strengthen in response to force

A double-network hydrogel (i). After stretching (ii), brittle sections break, allowing a generation of mechanoradicals, indicated by color change (iii). Image: Gong J. P. et al., Mechanoresponsive self-growing hydrogels inspired by muscle training, Science, February 1, 2019

This image depicts the process in which double-network hydrogels were stretched, leading to the strengthening of the material. Image: Gong J. P. et al., Mechanoresponsive self-growing hydrogels inspired by muscle training, Science, February 1, 2019

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