Preparation of pH Sensitive Polyacrylic Acid(PAAc) Macroporous Hydrogels in Aqueous NaCl Solutions and their Characterization
In this study, macroporous, pH sensitive polyacrylic acid hydrogels were prepared by using different concentration of aqueous NaCl solutions as the polymerization medium. The optical photos showed that the pore morphologies of the hydrogels were dependent on the concentration of NaCl. Swelling studies showed an increase in equilibrium swelling ratio as the NaCl concentration in the polymerization medium increased from 0 to 0.7mol/L. The hydrogels exhibited stronger sensitivity to pH changes, and showed much faster reswelling and deswelling response rates with the NaCl concentration increasing in the polymerization medium.
Yansheng Yin and Xin Wang
Y. H. Xue et al., "Preparation of pH Sensitive Polyacrylic Acid(PAAc) Macroporous Hydrogels in Aqueous NaCl Solutions and their Characterization ", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 79-82, pp. 1999-2002, 2009