Stimuli-responsive Polymer Systems: A Review of Thermo-associative Thickening

October 2, 2006 | By: Robert Y. Lochhead, The University of Southern Mississippi
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Title: Stimuli-responsive Polymer Systems: A Review of Thermo-associative Thickening
stimuli-responsivex thermal gellingx thermo-thickeningx lower critical solution temperaturex hydrophobically modified hydrophilic polymersx
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Water-soluble polymers and thickeners continue to grow in market volume and diversity. Today there is a noticeable trend toward cosmetic applications that depend upon stimuli-responsive behavior that results in thermo-associative thickening at desired temperatures. This article reviews recent trends in thermally initiated stimuli-responsive materials and provides some insight into the physicochemical mechanisms that underpin this fascinating behavior.