The sol-gel transition (also known as gelation) is simply a change from a liquid state to a gel state. In the liquid state, components dispersed in the liquid are relatively free to move about. In the gel state, these sub-units bond together to form a network extending throughout the whole substance (see figure 1). The network gives the material an elasticity: a solid-like property [1, p. 95].
The composition of the sub-units and the bonds between them strongly affect properties of the gel [1, p. 95].
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