Some initial work in our group, and from other groups suggests that polymer-grafted nanoparticles can for networks and equilibrium gels under the right conditions. This is remarkable, since while gels are useful most gels represent non-equilibrium states that age, and disintegrate with time. The idea of forming equilibrium gels which are non-perishable, is therefore attractive. In this study we determine the conditions for the formation of equilibrium gels by grafted nanoparticles.
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