Researchers have developed a fiber-reinforced hydrogel that could have applications ranging from fashion to medicine.
Developed by a team from Hokkaido University, the hydrogel composites, called “fiber-reinforced soft composites,” are made from a combination of polyampholyte gels and a glass fiber fabric. The result was a strong, flexible hydrogel five times as strong as carbon steel.
According to the team, the new hydrogel could have applications in fashion and manufacturing, as well as in the production of artificial ligaments and tendons.
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