Recent developments in the theory of polymer gels

Yitzhak Rabin, Sergei Panyukov

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We review the results of a recently developed theory of randomly cross-linked polymer gels. The theory is based on the exact statistical mechanical solution of the Edwards model which takes into account both the frozen disorder of network structure and excluded-volume effects. Predictions are made for the behavior of individual network chains, the density correlation functions which are directly measured by neutron and light-scattering experiments and for the thermodynamics of gels. We now have a complete statistical description of polymer gels in good solvents, ranging from monomer length scales to the continuum limit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-288
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Computer-Aided Materials Design
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 1996


  • Polymer gels
  • Static inhomogeneities
  • Thermal fluctuations


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