Multilayer-derived, ultrathin, stimuli-responsive hydrogels

Kozlovskaya V., Kharlampieva E., Erel I. , Sukhishvili S. A.

SOFT MATTER, vol.5, no.21, pp.4077-4087, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 21
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1039/b912168d
  • Title of Journal : SOFT MATTER
  • Page Numbers: pp.4077-4087


In addition to a well-known capacity of the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique to create multilayers with strongly bound polymer chains, the technique also provides a unique opportunity to fabricate highly swollen, hydrogel-like films and capsules. Layered, ultrathin hydrogel-like membranes can be fabricated using electrostatically assembled or hydrogen-bonded multilayers as template matrices, or using a click chemistry approach. This review describes recent progress in the area, comparing various approaches used for the fabrication of these surface-mediated, LbL-templated structures, and discusses future applications of ultrathin hydrogel materials.