How do diapers absorb liquid?

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Ok parents. It's time to explore the chemistry of something we rely on every hour of every day: diapers. What the heck is going on inside there? How do they absorb SO much? Is it magic? Well, settle in and get ready to soak up some chemistry, let's get to the bottom of this mystery. Let's hope it doesn't get messy.
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References from this episode
  1. https://beta-static.fishersci.com/content/dam/fishersci/en_US/documents/programs/education/regulatory-documents/sds/chemicals/chemicals-s/S25565.pdf
  2. https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/outreach/kidschemistry/polymers-teachers-guide-jiggle-gels.pdf
  3. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/adventures-in-chemistry/experiments/diapers.html
  4. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acsbiomaterials.9b01373
  5. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/diapers-what-keeps-babies-and-astronauts-from-springing-a-leak/
  6. https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/4/e1011

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