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Swelling of grafted poly(ethylene glycol)-containing hydrogels: a neutron re°ectivity study
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Sensor Science and Molecular Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1639-5735
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Sensor Science and Molecular Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
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Hydrogels are used to enhance biocompatibility and reduce inflammation in biomedical applications, and as area-enlarging matrices in bioanalytical devices. For either of these applications, the structure of the hydrogel is important for the function, and thus structural understanding of hydrogels in their wet state is highly relevant for the use and development of these materials. Also, processing of these materials is frequently made in ambient air, and it is of interest to relate the properties of dry, or humid air-swollen hydrogels, to their wet properties.

We use neutron reflectometry to follow the swelling of hydrogels in air of controlled humidity. Comparing hydrogels prepared on silica and gold substrates { both of relevance to bioanalytical applications { we observe that the swelling is different, reflecting a structural difference between these polymers, but that the water content of the polymer films near saturation is near 33% in both cases. Upon immersion in water, the swelling is estimated to approximately 2 x the dry thickness of the polymer, though a consistent quantitative determination of the polymer profile could not be made. Finally, we observe that the hydrogels are unaffected by either positively and negatively charged proteins.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54302OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-54302DiVA: diva2:302618
Available from: 2010-03-08 Created: 2010-03-08 Last updated: 2017-01-11
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1. Hydrogel coatings for biomedical and biofouling applications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hydrogel coatings for biomedical and biofouling applications
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Many applications share a substantial and yet unmet need for prediction and control of interactions between surfaces and proteins or living cells. Examples are blood-contacting biomaterials, biosensors, and non-toxic anti-biofouling coatings for ship hulls. The main focus of this thesis work has been the synthesis, characterization and properties of a group of coatings, designed for such applications. Many types of substrates, particularly plastics, were coated directly with ultrathin, hydrophilic polymer coatings, using a newly developed polymerization method initiated by short-wavelength ultraviolet light.

The thesis contains eight papers and an introduction aimed to provide a context for the research work. The common theme, discussed and analyzed throughout the work, has been the minimization of non-specific binding of proteins to surfaces, thereby limiting the risk of uncontrolled attachment of cells and higher organisms. This has mainly been accomplished through the incorporation of monomer units bearing poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) side chains in the coatings. Such PEG-containing “protein resistant” coatings have been used in this work as matrices for biosensor applications, as blood-contacting inert surfaces and as antibiofouling coatings for marine applications, with excellent results. The properties of the coatings, and their interactions with proteins and cells, have been thoroughly characterized using an array of techniques such as infrared spectroscopy, ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy, surface plasmon resonance and neutron reflectometry. In addition, other routes to fabricate coatings with high protein resistance have also been utilized. For instance, the versatility of the fabrication method has enabled the design of gradients with varying electrostatic charge, affecting the protein adsorption and leading to protein resistance in areas where the charges are balanced.

This thesis also describes a novel application of imaging surface plasmon resonance for the investigation of the surface exploration behavior of marine biofouling organisms, in particular barnacle larvae. This technique allows for real-time assessment of the rate of surface exploration and the deposition of protein-based adhesives onto surfaces, a process which was previously very difficult to investigate experimentally. In this thesis, the method was applied to several model surface chemistries, including the hydrogels described above. The new method promises to provide insights into the interactions between biofouling organisms and a surface during the critical stages prior to permanent settlement, hopefully facilitating the development of antibiofouling coatings for marine applications.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2010. 74 p.
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Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1302
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Natural Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54304 (URN)978-91-7393-435-0 (ISBN)
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2010-03-19, Planck, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 00:00 (English)
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