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    • Fiber-reinforced tough hydrogels 

      Illeperuma, Widusha Ruwangi Kaushalya; Sun, Jeong-Yun; Suo, Zhigang; Vlassak, Joost J. (Elsevier BV, 2014)
      Using strong fibers to reinforce a hydrogel is highly desirable but difficult. Such a composite would combine the attributes of a solid that provides strength and a liquid that transports matter. Most hydrogels, however, ...
    • Force and stroke of a hydrogel actuator 

      Illeperuma, Widusha Ruwangi Kaushalya; Sun, Jeong-Yun; Suo, Zhigang; Vlassak, Joost J. (Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), 2013)
      Hydrogels that undergo a volume phase transition in response to an external stimulus are of great interest because of their possible use as actuator materials. The performance of an actuator material is normally characterized ...
    • Hybrid Hydrogels with Extremely High Stiffness and Toughness 

      Li, Jianyu; Illeperuma, Widusha Ruwangi Kaushalya; Suo, Zhigang; Vlassak, Joost J. (American Chemical Society (ACS), 2014)
      The development of hydrogels for cartilage replacement and soft robotics has highlighted a challenge: load-bearing hydrogels need to be both stiff and tough. Several approaches have been reported to improve the toughness ...
    • Mechanical Behavior of Tough Hydrogels for Structural Applications 

      Illeperuma, Widusha Ruwangi Kaushalya (2015-05-17)
      Hydrogels are widely used in many commercial products including Jell-O, contact lenses, and superabsorbent diapers. In recent decades, hydrogels have been under intense development for biomedical applications, such as ...