New 'tougher-than-metal' fiber-reinforced hydrogels -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

New 'tougher-than-metal' fiber-reinforced hydrogels


Image: Hand is holding a square piece of fabric; Copyright: Hokkaido University

The newly developed fiber-reinforced hydrogel consists of polyampholyte (PA) gels and glass fiber fabric. The team theorizes that toughness is increased by dynamic ionic bonds between the fiber and hydrogels, and within the hydrogels; ©Hokkaido University