Gel formation mechanisms of thermo-sensitive polyrotaxane solutions

Toshiyuki Kataoka, Masatoshi Kidowaki, Takao Nakajima, Yohei Nagao, Zhao Changming, Kohzo Ito

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Thermoreversible hydrogels of the aqueous solutions of polyrotaxanes composed of polyethylene glycol and methylated α-CDs were investigated by DSC, X-ray diffraction, and rheological measurements. With increasing temperature, these aqueous solutions show sol to gel transition since hydrophobic interaction among α-CDs leads to aggregation of freely movable α-CDs on a PEG chain. These solutions have several kinds of gel formation mechanisms which strongly depend on the substitution ratio of methyl groups.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event54th SPSJ Annual Meeting 2005 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 2005 May 252005 May 27


Conference54th SPSJ Annual Meeting 2005


  • Cyclodextrins
  • Differential scanning calorimetry
  • Polyrotaxanes
  • Rheology
  • Slide-ring gels
  • Thermoreversible gels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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