Ulrich Noechel

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Exploiting the tremendous potential of the recently discovered reversible bidirectional shape-memory effect (rbSME) for biomedical applications requires switching temperatures in the physiological range. The recent strategy is based on the reduction of the melting temperature range (ΔT m ) of the actuating oligo(ε-caprolactone) (OCL) domains in copolymer(More)
Reading out the temperature-memory of polymers, which is their ability to remember the temperature where they were deformed recently, is thus far unavoidably linked to erasing this memory effect. Here temperature-memory polymer actuators (TMPAs) based on cross-linked copolymer networks exhibiting a broad melting temperature range (ΔT(m)) are presented,(More)
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Shape-memory hydrogels enable directed movements of a specimen in response to temperature, whereby crystallizable switching segments incorporated as side chains resulted in constant degrees of swelling during the shape-memory cycle. Here we report about hydrogels exhibiting a thermally induced triple-shape effect that allows complex movements of soft(More)
UNLABELLED The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a nano-structured, highly complex hydrogel, in which the macromolecules are organized primarily by non-covalent interactions. Here, in a biomimetic approach, the decorin-derived collagen-binding peptide LSELRLHNN was grafted to hyaluronic acid (HA) in order to enable the formation of a supramolecular hydrogel(More)
Reversible movements of current polymeric actuators stem from the continuous response to signals from a controlling unit, and subsequently cannot be interrupted without stopping or eliminating the input trigger. Here, we present actuators based on cross-linked blends of two crystallizable polymers capable of pausing their movements in a defined manner upon(More)
The process of re-crystallization in poly(ethylene terephthalate) is studied by means of X-ray diffraction (SAXS and WAXS) and dynamical mechanical thermal analysis. Samples cold-crystallized for 9h at the temperatures T(c) = 100°C and T (c) = 160°C, i.e. in the middle of the alpha relaxation region and close to its upper bound, respectively, are analyzed.(More)
The single and triple helical organization of protein chains strongly influences the mechanical properties of gelatin-based materials. A chemical method for obtaining different degrees of helical organization in gelatin is covalent functionalization, while a physical method for achieving the same goal is the variation of the drying conditions of gelatin(More)
Hydrogels are soft materials that have found multiple applications in biomedicine and represent a good platform for the introduction of molecular switches and synthetic machines into macromolecular networks. Tuning their mechanical properties reversibly with light is appealing for a variety of advanced applications and has been demonstrated in the past;(More)