Self-strengthen luminescent hydrogel

Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc. 2023 Jun 5;294:122569. doi: 10.1016/j.saa.2023.122569. Epub 2023 Mar 2.


For typical synthetic materials, continue mechanical loading usually cause damage and even failure, because they are closed systems, without substance exchange with surroundings and structural reconstruction after damage. Double-network (DN) hydrogels have recently been demonstrated to generate radicals under mechanical loading. In this work, DN hydrogel provided with sustained monomer and lanthanide complex supply undergo self-growth, and thus simultaneous self-strengthen in both mechanical performance and luminescence intensity are realized through bond rupture-initiated mechanoradical polymerization. This strategy proves the feasibility of imparting desired functions to the DN hydrogel by mechanical stamping, and provides a new strategy for the design of luminescent soft materials with high fatigue resistance.

Keywords: Double-network; Hydrogel; Lanthanide; Luminescence; Self-strengthen.