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IONOGELS

Toughness and elasticity from phase separation

A simple one-step method that enables the random copolymerization of two monomers with different solubility in ionic liquids creates phase-separated elastic and stiff domains that result in ultra-tough and stretchable ionogels.

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Fig. 1: Transparent ionogels with excellent mechanical properties.

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Cha, G.D., Kim, DH. Toughness and elasticity from phase separation. Nat. Mater. 21, 266–268 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-022-01214-4

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