Reversible Decrease of Gel-Solvent Friction

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Science  06 Sep 1991:
Vol. 253, Issue 5024, pp. 1121-1123
DOI: 10.1126/science.253.5024.1121


The friction between water and the polymer network of a gel is found to decrease reversibly by three orders of magnitude and appears to diminish as the gel approaches a certain temperature at constant volume and network structure.