Graphene Oxide-Poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate Nanocomposite Hydrogels

Joey Dacula Mangadlao, Rongzhi Huang, Edward Lee Foster, Katrina D. Pangilinan, Chaitanya Danda, Abigail Advincula, João M. Maia, Rigoberto C. Advincula*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)


In this paper, covalently linked graphene oxide-poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate-reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (GO-PEGMEMA-RAFT) and physically mixed GO-PEGMEMA hydrogel nanocomposites are synthesized. Spectroscopic and imaging techniques such as UV-vis, Fourier transform infrared, Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy show that the PEGMEMA is successfully grafted on GO sheets. The rheology of the nanocomposites is studied by small angle oscillatory shear, which shows a competition between reinforcement and lubrication behavior of GO. In the case where lubrication effect dominates reinforcement, the covalently linked GO-PEGMEMA-RAFT has higher G′ compared to the physically mixed GO-PEGMEMA. Hence, in the covalently linked system, the grafted polymer chains appear to minimize the lubrication effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-107
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • graphene oxide
  • hydrogel
  • pegmema
  • polymer network
  • rheology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics


Dive into the research topics of 'Graphene Oxide-Poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate Nanocomposite Hydrogels'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this