Reflexive Polymers and Hydrogels: Understanding and Designing Fast Responsive Polymeric Systems, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Reflexive Polymers and Hydrogels

Understanding and Designing Fast Responsive Polymeric Systems, 1st Edition

Edited by Nobuhiko Yui, Randall J. Mrsny, Kinam Park

CRC Press

472 pages | 214 B/W Illus.

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. Despite their capacity to carry out functions that previously were unobtainable, smart polymers and hydrogels tend to have painfully slow response times. On the other hand biological systems go through phase changes at an extremely fast rate. Reflexive Polymers and Hydrogels examines the natural systems that respond almost instantaneously to environmental stimuli, and thus gives the reader an understanding of the mechanisms that govern these responses. The book includes chapters on approaches and procedures for designing a synthetic …flash… system based on naturally occurring systems. It also deals with some of the promising potential applications of flash systems in industry.

Table of Contents

Examining several natural systems that respond rapidly to environmental stimuli, this book provides an understanding of the mechanisms that govern these responses. It considers limitations of reflexive systems, by investigating model systems where selected interactions of specific components are evaluated to determine theoretical limits of response rates and cycle time. The text characterizes the status of artificially prepared materials that could have both thermodynamic and kinetic response events and explores potential future applications of such systems. It includes chapters on how to design synthetic reflexive systems and discusses potential applications in biomedical and pharmaceutical areas.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED008000
MEDICAL / Biochemistry
MED009000
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
MED071000
MEDICAL / Pharmacology
TEC021000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Material Science