Liquid crystalline inorganic nanosheets for facile synthesis of polymer hydrogels with anisotropies in structure, optical property, swelling/deswelling, and ion transport/fixation

Chem Commun (Camb). 2013 Feb 4;49(11):1082-4. doi: 10.1039/c2cc36654a.


Macroscopically anisotropic hydrogels were synthesized by hybridization of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) with liquid crystalline inorganic nanosheets; their anisotropies in the structure and properties are demonstrated.