Gamma‐Cyclodextrin‐Recognition‐Responsive Characteristics of Poly(N‐isopropylacrylamide)‐Based Hydrogels with Benzo‐12‐crown‐4 Units as Signal Receptors Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim Molecular-recognition-responsive characteristics of a novel poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-benzo-12-crown-4-acrylamide) (PNB12C4) hydrogel have been investigated. In the prepared PNB12C4 hydrogel, benzo-12-crown-4 (B12C4) groups act as guest molecules and γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD)-receptors, and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) networks act as phase-transition actuators. The formation of stable γ-CD/B12C4 complexes enhances the hydrophilicity of the PNB12C4 hydrogel networks, and induces positive shift of the volume phase transition temperature (VPTT) of PNB12C4 hydrogel. Moreover, the PNB12C4 hydrogel also shows thermoresponsive adsorption property selectively towards γ-CD. The γ-CD-recognition sensitivity of PNB12C4 hydrogel can be dramatically improved by increasing γ-CD concentration in solution or B12C4 content in PNB12C4 copolymer networks. The results in this study provide valuable information for developing crown ether-based smart materials in various applications. (Figure presented.).

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  • 7

author list (cited authors)

  • Wei, Y., Liu, Z., Ju, X., Shi, K., Xie, R., Wang, W., Cheng, Z., & Chu, L.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • October 2016