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polyelectrolyte network

Polymer network containing ionic or ionizable groups in a substantial fraction of its constitutional units.
  1. A polyelectrolytenetwork is sometimes called a crosslinked polyelectrolyte. Use of the latter term is not recommended unless the polyelectrolytenetwork is formed by the crosslinking of existing polyelectrolyte macromolecules rather than by non-linear polymerisation
  2. In contrast to a polyelectrolyte, a polyelectrolytenetwork is always insoluble, although swelling or contraction can occur when it is immersed in a solvent.
  3. A polyelectrolytenetwork in contact with a solution of a salt is able to exchange counter-ions (cations or anions) with ionic species in the solution and act as an ion exchanger. Therefore, a polyelectrolytenetwork is frequently described as an ion-exchange polymer.
PAC, 2006, 78, 2067 (Terminology of polymers containing ionizable or ionic groups and of polymers containing ions (IUPAC Recommendations 2006)) on page 2073
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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