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Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)

average Mv 300,000, crystalline

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Poly(2-HEMA), Poly-HEMA
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mol wt

average Mv 300,000


1.15 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)

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1.073 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)

mol wt

average Mv 300,000

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average Mv 1,000,000

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General description

Solid Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (pHEMA) is brittle, while pHEMA hydrogel is a soft material. Glass transition temperature for pHEMA hydrogels is reduced by increasing a content of water in the matrix. Macromolecular properties in pHEMA are characterized by non-covalent interactions of hydrogen-bonds among the polymer chains as well as the hydrated water molecules. The presence of polar groups of hydroxyl and carboxyl on each repeat unit makes this polymer compatible with water. The hydrophobic a-methyl groups of the backbone convey hydrolytic stability to the polymer and enhance mechanical strength of the polymer matrix.


pHEMA scaffolds are used in tissue engineering. It can be used in hydrogels for biomedical applications, as sorbents for metal ions.pHEMA has been used in applications such as soft contact lenses, in drug delivery systems, and in kidney dialysis membranes.Nanoparticles of pHEMA may be employed as a carrier for controlled delivery of anticancer and antitumor drugs.

Physical form

Water-swellable polymer. Hydrogel.

Storage Class Code

11 - Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

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Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

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The freezing and melting behavior of water in poly hydroxy ethyl methacrylate (pHEMA) hydrogels of different cross-linker and water contents was investigated in relation to the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the gels. After prolonged cooling at -15 degrees C
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The behavior of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) polymer monolayer spread on water was studied under various experimental conditions. The influence of subphase pH and temperature, compression speed, elapsed time from the deposit of the monolayer and the recording of the surface
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