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  1. Inactivation of pulmonary surfactant due to serum-inhibited adsorption and reversal by hydrophilic polymers: experimental.

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    Taeusch, H William; Bernardino de la Serna, Jorge; Perez-Gil, Jesus; Alonso, Coralie; Zasadzinski, Joseph A

    2005-09-01

    The rate of change of surface pressure, pi, in a Langmuir trough following the deposition of surfactant suspensions on subphases containing serum, with or without polymers, is used to model a likely cause of surfactant inactivation in vivo: inhibition of surfactant adsorption due to competitive adsorption of surface active serum proteins. Aqueous suspensions of native porcine surfactant, organic extracts of native surfactant, and the clinical surfactants Curosurf, Infasurf, and Survanta spread on buffered subphases increase the surface pressure, pi, to approximately 40 mN/m within 2 min. The variation with concentration, temperature, and mode of spreading confirmed Brewster angle microscopy observations that subphase to surface adsorption of surfactant is the dominant form of surfactant transport to the interface. However (with the exception of native porcine surfactant), similar rapid increases in pi did not occur when surfactants were applied to subphases containing serum. Components of serum are surface active and adsorb reversibly to the interface increasing pi up to a concentration-dependent saturation value, pi(max). When surfactants were applied to subphases containing serum, the increase in pi was significantly slowed or eliminated. Therefore, serum at the interface presents a barrier to surfactant adsorption. Addition of either hyaluronan (normally found in alveolar fluid) or polyethylene glycol to subphases containing serum reversed inhibition by restoring the rate of surfactant adsorption to that of the clean interface, thereby allowing surfactant to overcome the serum-induced barrier to adsorption.

  2. Tunable hydrophilicity on a hydrophobic fluorocarbon polymer coating on silicon

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    Kolari, K.; Hokkanen, A.

    2006-07-15

    An efficient, economic, reliable, and repeatable patterning procedure of hydrophobic surfaces was developed. A fluorocarbon polymer derived from the C{sub 4}F{sub 8} gas in an inductively coupled plasma etcher was used as the hydrophobic coating. For a subsequent patterning of hydrophilic apertures on the polymer, a short O{sub 2} plasma exposure through a silicon shadow mask was utilized. The overall hydrophilicity of the patterned surface can be tuned by the duration of the O{sub 2} plasma exposure, and also by the density and the size of the hydrophilic apertures. The laborious photolithography and tricky lift-off procedures are avoided. Optimization of the whole patterning process is explained thoroughly and supported with experimental data. The hydrophilic adhesion of the patterned polymer was evaluated with aqueous droplets, which were studied on matrices of the hydrophilic apertures of different sizes. The deposition parameters of the fluorocarbon polymer, the size of the droplet required to enable rolling on the patterned surface, and the duration of the O{sub 2} plasma exposure were considered as the main parameters. To determine the achievable resolution of the patterning procedure, the subsurface etching beneath the shadow mask was evaluated. The results show that a resolution of less than 10 {mu}m can be achieved. The simple hydrophilic patterning procedure described here can be used for the production of on-plane microfluidics, where a controlled adhesion or decohesion of 8-50 {mu}l droplets on the surface with a variable hydrophilicity from one location to another can be achieved.

  3. Temperature Dependence of the Surface and Volume Hydrophilicity of Hydrophilic Polymer Brushes.

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    Zhuang, Pengyu; Dirani, Ali; Glinel, Karine; Jonas, Alain M

    2016-04-12

    The temperature-dependence of the volume and surface hydrophilicity of a series of water-swollen dense polymer brushes is measured by contact angle measurements in the captive bubble configuration, by ellipsometry, and by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D). Thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) and poly(di(methoxyethoxy)ethyl methacrylate) (PMEO2MA), strongly hydrophilic poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (PDMA) and poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (POEGMA), and weakly hydrophilic poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) brushes were synthesized by surface-initiated atom-transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP). Conditions leading to reproducible measurements of the contact angle are first provided, giving access to the surface hydrophilicity. Volume hydrophilicity is quantified by measuring the swelling of the brushes, either by QCM-D or by ellipsometry. A model-free methodology is proposed to analyze the QCM-D data. Comparison between the acoustic and optical swelling coefficients shows that QCM-D is sensitive to the maximal thickness of swollen brushes, while ellipsometry provides an integral thickness. Diagrams of surface versus volume hydrophilicity of the brushes finally lead to identify two types of behavior: strongly water-swollen brushes exhibit a progressive decrease of volume hydrophilicity with temperature, while surface hydrophilicity changes moderately; weakly water-swollen brushes have a close-to-constant volume hydrophilicity, while surface hydrophilicity decreases with temperature. Thermoresponsive brushes abruptly switch from one behavior to the other, and do not exhibit an abrupt change of surface hydrophilicity across their collapse transition contrarily to a common erroneous belief. In general, there is no direct correlation between surface and volume hydrophilicity, because surface properties are dependent on the details of conformation and composition at the surface, whereas volume properties

  4. Materials comprising polydienes and hydrophilic polymers and related methods

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    Mays, Jimmy W.; Deng, Suxiang; Mauritz, Kenneth A.; Hassan, Mohammad K.; Gido, Samuel P.

    2011-11-22

    Materials prepared from polydienes, such as poly(cyclohexadiene), and hydrophilic polymers, such as poly(alkylene oxide), are described. Methods of making the materials and their use in fuel cell membranes, batteries, breathable chemical-biological protective materials, and templates for sol-gel polymerization are also provided. The materials can be crosslinked and sulfonated, and can include copolymers and polymer blends.

  5. Hydrophilization and hydrophobic recovery in polymers obtained by casting of polymer solutions on water surface.

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    Bormashenko, Edward; Chaniel, Gilad; Gendelman, Oleg

    2014-12-01

    We demonstrate the possibility of hydrophilization of polymer films in situ under the process of their preparation. The polymer surface is hydrophilized when the polymer solution is spread on the water surface and the solvent is evaporated. Essential hydrophilization of the polymer surface is achieved under this process. We relate the observed hydrophilization of polymer films to the dipole-dipole interaction of the polar moieties of polymer chains with highly polar water molecules. The dipole-dipole interaction between water molecules and polar groups of polymer chains, orienting the polar groups of a polymer, may prevail over the London dispersion forces. The process, reported in the paper, allows to manufacture the films in which the hydrophilic moieties of the polymer molecule are oriented toward the polymer/air interface. It is demonstrated that even such traditionally extremely hydrophobic polymers as polydimethylsiloxane can be markedly hydrophilized. This hydrophilization, however, does not persist forever. After removal from the water surface, hydrophobic recovery was observed, i.e. polymer films restored their hydrophobicity with time. The characteristic time of the hydrophobic recovery is on the order of magnitude of hours.

  6. Study of Hydrophobic and Ionizable Hydrophilic Copolymers at Polymer/Solid and Polymer/Liquid Interfaces

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    Perahia, Dvora

    2011-11-01

    Joint experimental-computational efforts were set to characterize the interfacial effects on the structure and dynamics of polymers consisting of highly rigid hydrophilic-ionizable and hydrophobic sub-units within one polymeric chain casted into thin films of several molecular dimensions. Focusing on the ultra thin film region we separate out the interfacial effects from bulk characteristics. Specifically, the study sought to: identify the parameters that control the formation of a stable polymer-solid interface. The study consists of two components, experimental investigations and computational efforts. The experimental component was designed to derive empirical trends that can be used to correlate the set of coupled polymer molecular parameters with the interfacial characteristics of these polymers, and their response to presence of solvents. The computational study was designed to provide molecular insight into the ensemble averages provided by the experimental efforts on multiple length scales from molecular dimensions, to the nanometer lengths to a macroscopic understanding of solvent interactions with structured polymers. With the ultimate goal of correlating molecular parameters to structure, dynamics and properties of ionic polymers, the first stage of the research began with the study of two systems, one which allowed tailoring the flexibility of the backbone without the presence of ionic groups, but with a potential to sulfonate groups at a later stage, and a polymer whose backbone is rigid and the density of the ionic group can be varied. The combined experimental and computational studies significantly extended the understanding of polymers at interfaces from model systems to polydispersed copolymers with blocks of varying nature and complexity. This new insight directly affects the design of polymers for sustainable energy applications from batteries and fuel cells to solar energy.

  7. Surprising high hydrophobicity of polymer networks from hydrophilic components.

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    Attanasio, Agnese; Bayer, Ilker S; Ruffilli, Roberta; Ayadi, Farouk; Athanassiou, Athanassia

    2013-06-26

    We report a simple and inexpensive method of fabricating highly hydrophobic novel materials based on interpenetrating networks of polyamide and poly(ethyl cyanoacrylate) hydrophilic components. The process is a single-step solution casting from a common solvent, formic acid, of polyamide and ethyl cyanoacrylate monomers. After casting and subsequent solvent evaporation, the in situ polymerization of ethyl cyanoacrylate monomer forms polyamide-poly(ethyl cyanoacrylate) interpenetrating network films. The interpenetrating networks demonstrate remarkable waterproof properties allowing wettability control by modulating the concentration of the components. In contrast, pure polyamide and poly(ethyl cyanoacrylate) films obtained from formic acid solutions are highly hygroscopic and hydrophilic, respectively. The polymerization of ethyl cyanoacrylate in the presence of polyamide promotes molecular interactions between the components, which reduce the available hydrophilic moieties and render the final material hydrophobic. The wettability, morphology, and thermo-physical properties of the polymeric coatings were characterized. The materials developed in this work take advantage of the properties of both polymers in a single blend and above all, due to their hydrophobic nature and minimal water uptake, can extend the application range of the individual polymers where water repellency is required. PMID:23713478

  8. Long hydrophilic-and-cationic polymers: a different pathway toward preferential activity against bacterial over mammalian membranes.

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    Yang, Xin; Hu, Kan; Hu, Guantai; Shi, Danyao; Jiang, Yunjiang; Hui, Liwei; Zhu, Rui; Xie, Yuntao; Yang, Lihua

    2014-09-01

    We show that simply converting the hydrophobic moiety of an antimicrobial peptide (AMP) or synthetic mimic of AMPs (SMAMP) into a hydrophilic one could be a different pathway toward membrane-active antimicrobials preferentially acting against bacteria over host cells. Our biostatistical analysis on natural AMPs indicated that shorter AMPs tend to be more hydrophobic, and the hydrophilic-and-cationic mutants of a long AMP experimentally demonstrated certain membrane activity against bacteria. To isolate the effects of antimicrobials' hydrophobicity and systematically examine whether hydrophilic-and-cationic mutants could inherit the membrane activity of their parent AMPs/SMAMPs, we constructed a minimal prototypical system based on methacrylate-based polymer SMAMPs and compared the antibacterial membrane activity and hemolytic toxicity of analogues with and without the hydrophobic moiety. Antibacterial assays showed that the hydrophobic moiety of polymer SMAMPs consistently promoted the antibacterial activity but diminished in effectiveness for long polymers, and the resultant long hydrophilic-and-cationic polymers were also membrane active against bacteria. What distinguished these long mutants from their parent SMAMPs were their drastically reduced hemolytic toxicities and, as a result, strikingly enhanced selectivity. Similar toxicity reduction was observed with the hydrophilic-and-cationic mutants of long AMPs. Taken together, our results suggest that long hydrophilic-and-cationic polymers could offer preferential membrane activity against bacteria over host cells, which may have implications in future antimicrobial development.

  9. Hydrophilic polymer composites synthesized by electrospinning under dense carbon dioxide

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    Wahyudiono, Okamoto, Koichi; Machmudah, Siti; Kanda, Hideki; Goto, Motonobu

    2015-12-01

    Electrospinning technique is feasible in some applications, it has attracted more attention in recent years. Various polymers have been successfully electrospun into ultrafine fibers in solvent solution and some in melt form. In this work, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as a hydrophilic polymer would be synthesized by electrospinning under dense carbon dioxide (CO2). The experiments were performed at 40 °C and ˜ 5 MPa. During the electrospinning process, the applied voltage was 10-17 kV and the distance of nozzle and collector was 8 cm. The concentration of PVP solution as a major component was 4 wt%. The results showed that the fibers surface morphology from PVP which blended with poly L-lactide acid (PLLA) were smooth with hollow core fibers at 5 MPa. At the same conditions, PVP-carbon nanotube was also successfully generated into electrospun fiber products with diameter ˜ 2 μm.

  10. Universal hydrophilic coating of thermoplastic polymers currently used in microfluidics.

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    Zilio, Caterina; Sola, Laura; Damin, Francesco; Faggioni, Lucia; Chiari, Marcella

    2014-02-01

    A number of materials used to fabricate disposable microfluidic devices are hydrophobic in nature with water contact angles on their surface ranging from 80° to over 100°. This characteristic makes them unsuitable for a number of microfluidic applications. Both the wettability and analyte adsorption parameters are highly dependent on the surface hydrophobicity. In this article, we propose a general method to coat the surface of five materials: polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polycarbonate (PC), and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). This fast and robust process, which is easily implementable in any laboratory including microfabrication clean room facilities, was devised by combining gas-phase and wet chemical modification processes. Two different coatings that improve the surface hydrophilicity were prepared via the "dip and rinse" approach by immersing the plasma oxidized materials into an aqueous solution of two different poly(dimethylacrylamide) copolymers incorporating a silane moiety and functionalized with either N-acryloyloxysuccinimide (NAS) (poly(DMA-NAS-MAPS) or glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) (poly(DMA-GMA-MAPS). The coating formation was confirmed by contact angle (CA) analysis comparing the variation of CAs of uncoated and coated surfaces subjected to different aging treatments. The antifouling character of the polymer was demonstrated by fluorescence and interferometric detection of proteins adsorbed on the surafce. This method is of great interest in microfluidics due to its broad applicability to a number of materials with varying chemical compositions. PMID:24037663

  11. Universal hydrophilic coating of thermoplastic polymers currently used in microfluidics.

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    Zilio, Caterina; Sola, Laura; Damin, Francesco; Faggioni, Lucia; Chiari, Marcella

    2014-02-01

    A number of materials used to fabricate disposable microfluidic devices are hydrophobic in nature with water contact angles on their surface ranging from 80° to over 100°. This characteristic makes them unsuitable for a number of microfluidic applications. Both the wettability and analyte adsorption parameters are highly dependent on the surface hydrophobicity. In this article, we propose a general method to coat the surface of five materials: polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polycarbonate (PC), and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). This fast and robust process, which is easily implementable in any laboratory including microfabrication clean room facilities, was devised by combining gas-phase and wet chemical modification processes. Two different coatings that improve the surface hydrophilicity were prepared via the "dip and rinse" approach by immersing the plasma oxidized materials into an aqueous solution of two different poly(dimethylacrylamide) copolymers incorporating a silane moiety and functionalized with either N-acryloyloxysuccinimide (NAS) (poly(DMA-NAS-MAPS) or glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) (poly(DMA-GMA-MAPS). The coating formation was confirmed by contact angle (CA) analysis comparing the variation of CAs of uncoated and coated surfaces subjected to different aging treatments. The antifouling character of the polymer was demonstrated by fluorescence and interferometric detection of proteins adsorbed on the surafce. This method is of great interest in microfluidics due to its broad applicability to a number of materials with varying chemical compositions.

  12. A NOVEL HYDROPHILIC POLYMER MEMBRANE FOR THE DEHYDRATION OF ORGANIC SOLVENTS

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    Novel hydrophilic polymer membranes based on polyallylamine ydrochloride- polyvinylalcohol are developed. The high selectivity and flux characteristics of these membranes for the dehydration of organic solvents are evaluated using pervaporation technology and are found to be ver...

  13. Experimental Study of Water Transport through Hydrophilic Nanochannels

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    Alibakhshi, Mohammad Amin; Xie, Quan; Li, Yinxiao; Duan, Chuanhua

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we investigate one of the fundamental aspects of Nanofluidics, which is the experimental study of water transport through nanoscale hydrophilic conduits. A new method based on spontaneous filling and a novel hybrid nanochannel design is developed to measure the pure mass flow resistance of single nanofluidic channels/tubes. This method does not require any pressure and flow sensors and also does not rely on any theoretical estimations, holding the potential to be standards for nanofluidic flow characterization. We have used this method to measure the pure mass flow resistance of single 2-D hydrophilic silica nanochannels with heights down to 7 nm. Our experimental results quantify the increased mass flow resistance as a function of nanochannel height, showing a 45% increase for a 7nm channel compared with classical hydrodynamics, and suggest that the increased resistance is possibly due to formation of a 7-angstrom-thick stagnant hydration layer on the hydrophilic surfaces. It has been further shown that this method can reliably measure a wide range of pure mass flow resistances of nanoscale conduits, and thus is promising for advancing studies of liquid transport in hydrophobic graphene nanochannels, CNTs, as well as nanoporous media. The work is supported by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF # 54118-DNI7) and the Faculty Startup Fund (Boston University, USA).

  14. Long-Term Sustained Ciprofloxacin Release from PMMA and Hydrophilic Polymer Blended Nanofibers.

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    Zupančič, Špela; Sinha-Ray, Sumit; Sinha-Ray, Suman; Kristl, Julijana; Yarin, Alexander L

    2016-01-01

    Nanofibers represent an attractive novel drug delivery system for prolonged and controlled release. However, sustained release of hydrophilic drugs, like ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (CIP), from polymeric nanofibers is not an easy task. The present study investigates the effect of different hydrophobic polymers (PCL and PMMA) alone in monolithic nanofibers or with hydrophilic polymers (PVA, PEO, and chitosan) in blended nanofibers aiming to achieve sustained CIP release. CIP release from PCL nanofibers was 46% and from PMMA just 1.5% over 40 day period. Thus, PMMA holds great promise for modification of CIP release from blended nanofibers. PMMA blends with 10% PEO, PVA, or chitosan were used to electrospin nanofibers from solution in the mixture of acetic and formic acid. These nanofibers exhibited different drug-release profiles: PEO containing nanofiber mats demonstrated high burst effect, chitosan containing mats revealed very slow gradual release, and PVA containing mats yielded smaller burst effect with favorable sustained release. We have also shown that gradual sustain release of antibiotic like CIP can be additionally tuned over 18 days with various blend ratios of PMMA with PVA or chitosan reaching almost 100%. A mathematical model in agreement with the experimental observation revealed that the sustained CIP release from the blended nanofibers corresponded to the two-stage desorption process.

  15. Long-Term Sustained Ciprofloxacin Release from PMMA and Hydrophilic Polymer Blended Nanofibers.

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    Zupančič, Špela; Sinha-Ray, Sumit; Sinha-Ray, Suman; Kristl, Julijana; Yarin, Alexander L

    2016-01-01

    Nanofibers represent an attractive novel drug delivery system for prolonged and controlled release. However, sustained release of hydrophilic drugs, like ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (CIP), from polymeric nanofibers is not an easy task. The present study investigates the effect of different hydrophobic polymers (PCL and PMMA) alone in monolithic nanofibers or with hydrophilic polymers (PVA, PEO, and chitosan) in blended nanofibers aiming to achieve sustained CIP release. CIP release from PCL nanofibers was 46% and from PMMA just 1.5% over 40 day period. Thus, PMMA holds great promise for modification of CIP release from blended nanofibers. PMMA blends with 10% PEO, PVA, or chitosan were used to electrospin nanofibers from solution in the mixture of acetic and formic acid. These nanofibers exhibited different drug-release profiles: PEO containing nanofiber mats demonstrated high burst effect, chitosan containing mats revealed very slow gradual release, and PVA containing mats yielded smaller burst effect with favorable sustained release. We have also shown that gradual sustain release of antibiotic like CIP can be additionally tuned over 18 days with various blend ratios of PMMA with PVA or chitosan reaching almost 100%. A mathematical model in agreement with the experimental observation revealed that the sustained CIP release from the blended nanofibers corresponded to the two-stage desorption process. PMID:26635214

  16. Thermoswitchable Janus Gold Nanoparticles with Stimuli-Responsive Hydrophilic Polymer Brushes.

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    Niu, Xiaoqin; Ran, Fen; Chen, Limei; Lu, Gabriella Jia-En; Hu, Peiguang; Deming, Christopher P; Peng, Yi; Rojas-Andrade, Mauricio D; Chen, Shaowei

    2016-05-01

    Well-defined thermoswitchable Janus gold nanoparticles with stimuli-responsive hydrophilic polymer brushes were fabricated by combining ligand exchange reactions and the Langmuir technique. Stimuli-responsive polydi(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate was prepared by addition-fragmentation chain-transfer polymerization. The polymer brushes were then anchored onto the nanoparticle surface by interfacial ligand exchange reactions with hexanethiolate-protected gold nanoparticles, leading to the formation of a hydrophilic (polymer) hemisphere and a hydrophobic (hexanethiolate) one. The resulting Janus nanoparticles showed temperature-switchable wettability, hydrophobicity at high temperatures, and hydrophilicity at low temperatures, due to thermally induced conformational transition of the polymer ligands. The results further highlight the importance of interfacial engineering in the deliberate functionalization of nanoparticle materials. PMID:27064754

  17. Fabricating Nanometer-Thick Simultaneously Oleophobic/Hydrophilic Polymer Coatings via a Photochemical Approach.

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    Wang, Yongjin; Dugan, Michael; Urbaniak, Brian; Li, Lei

    2016-07-01

    The simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic coatings are highly desirable in antifogging, oil-water separation, and detergent-free cleaning. However, such coatings require special chemical structure, i.e., perfluorinated backbone and polar end-groups, and are too expensive for real-life application. Here, we have developed an UV-based photochemical approach to make nanometer-thick perfluoropolyethers without polar end-groups, which are not intrinsically simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic but cost-effective, become simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic. The contact angle, ellipsometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results indicated that the UV irradiation results in the covalent bonding between the polymer and the substrate, which renders more ordered packing of polymer chains and thus the appropriately small interchain distance. As a result, the small water molecules penetrate the polymer network while large oil molecules do not. As a result, the oil contact angle is larger than the water contact angle and the coating shows the simultaneous oleophobicity/hydrophilicity. Moreover, we also demonstrated that this nanometer-thick simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic coating has improved long-term antifogging performance and detergent-free cleaning capability and is mechanically robust. The photochemical approach established here potentially can be applied on many other polymers and greatly accelerate the development and application of simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic coatings. PMID:27249169

  18. Fabricating Nanometer-Thick Simultaneously Oleophobic/Hydrophilic Polymer Coatings via a Photochemical Approach.

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    Wang, Yongjin; Dugan, Michael; Urbaniak, Brian; Li, Lei

    2016-07-01

    The simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic coatings are highly desirable in antifogging, oil-water separation, and detergent-free cleaning. However, such coatings require special chemical structure, i.e., perfluorinated backbone and polar end-groups, and are too expensive for real-life application. Here, we have developed an UV-based photochemical approach to make nanometer-thick perfluoropolyethers without polar end-groups, which are not intrinsically simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic but cost-effective, become simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic. The contact angle, ellipsometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results indicated that the UV irradiation results in the covalent bonding between the polymer and the substrate, which renders more ordered packing of polymer chains and thus the appropriately small interchain distance. As a result, the small water molecules penetrate the polymer network while large oil molecules do not. As a result, the oil contact angle is larger than the water contact angle and the coating shows the simultaneous oleophobicity/hydrophilicity. Moreover, we also demonstrated that this nanometer-thick simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic coating has improved long-term antifogging performance and detergent-free cleaning capability and is mechanically robust. The photochemical approach established here potentially can be applied on many other polymers and greatly accelerate the development and application of simultaneously oleophobic/hydrophilic coatings.

  19. Properties of mixed monolayers of clinical lung surfactant, serum albumin and hydrophilic polymers.

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    Minkov, I; Mircheva, K; Grozev, N; Tz, Ivanova; Panaiotov, I

    2013-01-01

    It is now established that the surface activity of the clinically used lung surfactant is reduced by serum proteins and can be restored by adding the hydrophilic polymers. The mechanisms of lung surfactant inactivation by serum proteins and restoring effect by the hydrophilic polymers remain not completely understood. In this paper the state and rheological dilatational properties of surface films formed from clinical lung surfactant Exosurf, Survanta, Curosurf and Alveofact in the presence of serum albumin (BSA) and hydrophilic polymers polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), polyethylene glycol (PEG) and Dextran were studied. The obtained results suggest that the lung surfactant and BSA mixtures spread at air-water interface form a DPPC/BSA mixed monolayers with lower content of DPPC. The presence of hydrophilic polymers PVP, PEG and Dextran restore the DPPC content in the surface film. The effectiveness of the DPPC spreading and formation of better compacted film increases in order Exosurf, Survanta, Curosurf, Alveofact. The obtained results are in accordance with the generally admitted ideas about the mechanisms of serum protein inactivation and restoring effect of hydrophilic polymers based on the previously studies of the lung surfactant adsorption rate.

  20. Inhibition of pulmonary surfactant adsorption by serum and the mechanisms of reversal by hydrophilic polymers: theory.

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    Zasadzinski, Joseph A; Alig, T F; Alonso, Coralie; Bernardino de la Serna, Jorge; Perez-Gil, Jesus; Taeusch, H William

    2005-09-01

    A theory based on the Smolukowski analysis of colloid stability shows that the presence of charged, surface-active serum proteins at the alveolar air-liquid interface can severely reduce or eliminate the adsorption of lung surfactant from the subphase to the interface, consistent with the observations reported in the companion article (pages 1769-1779). Adding nonadsorbing, hydrophilic polymers to the subphase provides a depletion attraction between the surfactant aggregates and the interface, which can overcome the steric and electrostatic resistance to adsorption induced by serum. The depletion force increases with polymer concentration as well as with polymer molecular weight. Increasing the surfactant concentration has a much smaller effect than adding polymer, as is observed. Natural hydrophilic polymers, like the SP-A present in native surfactant, or hyaluronan, normally present in the alveolar fluids, can enhance adsorption in the presence of serum to eliminate inactivation.

  1. Inhibition of Pulmonary Surfactant Adsorption by Serum and the Mechanisms of Reversal by Hydrophilic Polymers: Theory

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    Zasadzinski, Joseph A.; Alig, T. F.; Alonso, Coralie; de la Serna, Jorge Bernardino; Perez-Gil, Jesus; Taeusch, H. William

    2005-01-01

    A theory based on the Smolukowski analysis of colloid stability shows that the presence of charged, surface-active serum proteins at the alveolar air-liquid interface can severely reduce or eliminate the adsorption of lung surfactant from the subphase to the interface, consistent with the observations reported in the companion article (pages 1769–1779). Adding nonadsorbing, hydrophilic polymers to the subphase provides a depletion attraction between the surfactant aggregates and the interface, which can overcome the steric and electrostatic resistance to adsorption induced by serum. The depletion force increases with polymer concentration as well as with polymer molecular weight. Increasing the surfactant concentration has a much smaller effect than adding polymer, as is observed. Natural hydrophilic polymers, like the SP-A present in native surfactant, or hyaluronan, normally present in the alveolar fluids, can enhance adsorption in the presence of serum to eliminate inactivation. PMID:16006630

  2. Force interactions of nonagglomerating polylactide particles obtained through covalent surface grafting with hydrophilic polymers.

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    Nugroho, Robertus Wahyu N; Pettersson, Torbjörn; Odelius, Karin; Höglund, Anders; Albertsson, Ann-Christine

    2013-07-16

    Nonagglomerating polylactide (PLA) particles with various interaction forces were designed by covalent photografting. PLA particles were surface grafted with hydrophilic poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) or poly(acrylamide) (PAAm), and force interactions were determined using colloidal probe atomic force microscopy. Long-range repulsive interactions were detected in the hydrophilic/hydrophilic systems and in the hydrophobic/hydrophilic PLA/PLA-g-PAAm system. In contrast, attractive interactions were observed in the hydrophobic PLA/PLA and in the hydrophobic/hydrophilic PLA/PLA-g-PAA systems. AFM was also used in the tapping mode to determine the surface roughness of both neat and surface-grafted PLA film substrates. The imaging was performed in the dry state as well as in salt solutions of different concentrations. Differences in surface roughness were identified as conformational changes induced by the altered Debye screening length. To understand the origin of the repulsive force, the AFM force profiles were compared to the Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek (DLVO) theory and the Alexander de Gennes (AdG) model. The steric repulsion provided by the different grafted hydrophilic polymers is a useful tool to inhibit agglomeration of polymeric particles. This is a key aspect in many applications of polymer particles, for example in drug delivery.

  3. Polymer hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity induced by femtosecond laser direct irradiation

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    Wang, Z. K.; Zheng, H. Y.; Lim, C. P.; Lam, Y. C.

    2009-09-01

    Controlled modification of surface wettability of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) was achieved by irradiation of PMMA surface with femtosecond laser pulses at various laser fluences and focus distances. Fluences from 0.40 to 2.1 J/cm2 produced a hydrophobic surface and 2.1 to 52.7 J/cm2 (maximum investigated) produced a hydrophilic surface. Fluences less than 0.31 J/cm2 had no effect on the wettability of the raw PMMA. This change in wettability was caused dominantly by laser induced chemical structure modification and not by a change in surface roughness.

  4. Mixed Polymer-Coated Magnetic Nanoparticles as Forward Osmosis Draw Agents of Tuned Hydrophilicity.

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    Dey, Priyanka; Izake, Emad L

    2016-08-01

    We recently reported a polymer-coated magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) draw agent for the forward osmosis (FO) water desalination process. The water flux was found to increase when the polymer poly(sodium acrylate) (PSA) was anchored to the MNP surface as compared to the polymer (or polyelectrolyte solution) alone, due to the polymer chains being stretched out and most of the hydrophilic groups on the polymer contributing to water flux. We herein report the use of a secondary polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) PNIPAM to manipulate the PSA polymer conformation and influence inter- and intrachain interactions to enhance the efficiency of the FO draw agent. These PSA-PNIPAM-coated MNPs generated a much higher water flux of ∼11.66 LMH when compared to the 100 % PSA-coated MNPs featuring a value of ∼5.32 LMH under identical FO conditions. The osmotic pressure and water flux driven by the mixed polymer-coated MNPs were found to be a strong function of the net polymer coverage on MNPs, that is, net available hydrophilic groups. Our new draw agent demonstrates potential for use in the water industry due to its improved efficiency and cost effectiveness as it uses only ∼0.062 % (w/v) of the draw agent solution.

  5. Mixed Polymer-Coated Magnetic Nanoparticles as Forward Osmosis Draw Agents of Tuned Hydrophilicity.

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    Dey, Priyanka; Izake, Emad L

    2016-08-01

    We recently reported a polymer-coated magnetic nanoparticle (MNP) draw agent for the forward osmosis (FO) water desalination process. The water flux was found to increase when the polymer poly(sodium acrylate) (PSA) was anchored to the MNP surface as compared to the polymer (or polyelectrolyte solution) alone, due to the polymer chains being stretched out and most of the hydrophilic groups on the polymer contributing to water flux. We herein report the use of a secondary polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) PNIPAM to manipulate the PSA polymer conformation and influence inter- and intrachain interactions to enhance the efficiency of the FO draw agent. These PSA-PNIPAM-coated MNPs generated a much higher water flux of ∼11.66 LMH when compared to the 100 % PSA-coated MNPs featuring a value of ∼5.32 LMH under identical FO conditions. The osmotic pressure and water flux driven by the mixed polymer-coated MNPs were found to be a strong function of the net polymer coverage on MNPs, that is, net available hydrophilic groups. Our new draw agent demonstrates potential for use in the water industry due to its improved efficiency and cost effectiveness as it uses only ∼0.062 % (w/v) of the draw agent solution. PMID:27376360

  6. Influence of hydrophilic polymers on functional properties and wound healing efficacy of hydrocolloid based wound dressings.

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    Jin, Sung Giu; Yousaf, Abid Mehmood; Kim, Kyeong Soo; Kim, Dong Wuk; Kim, Dong Shik; Kim, Jin Ki; Yong, Chul Soon; Youn, Yu Seok; Kim, Jong Oh; Choi, Han-Gon

    2016-03-30

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of different hydrophilic polymers on the swelling, bioadhesion and mechanical strength of hydrocolloid wound dressings (HCDs) in order to provide an appropriate composition for a hydrocolloid wound dressing system. In this study, the HCDs were prepared with styrene-isoprene-styrene copolymer (SIS) and polyisobutylene (PIB) as the base using a hot melting method. Additionally, numerous SIS/PIB-based HCDs were prepared with six hydrophilic polymers, and their wound dressing properties were assessed. Finally, the wound healing efficacy of the selected formulations was compared to a commercial wound dressing. The swelling ratio, bioadhesive force and mechanical strengths of HCDs were increased in the order of sodium alginate>sodium CMC=poloxamer=HPMC>PVA=PVP, sodium alginate>sodium CMC=poloxamer>PVA>HPMC=PVP and sodium alginate≥PVA>PVP=HPMC=sodium CMC>poloxamer, respectively. Among the hydrophilic polymers tested, sodium alginate most enhanced the swelling capacity, bioadhesive force and mechanical strengths. Thus, the hydrophilic polymers played great role in the swelling, bioadhesion and mechanical strength of SIS/PIB-based HCDs. The HCD formulation composed of PIB, SIS, liquid paraffin and sodium alginate at the weight ratio of 20/25/12/43 gave better wound dressing properties and more excellent wound healing efficacy than the commercial wound dressing. Therefore, the novel HCD formulation could be a promising hydrocolloid system for wound dressings. PMID:26851354

  7. One-step dip coating of zwitterionic sulfobetaine polymers on hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces.

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    Sundaram, Harihara S; Han, Xia; Nowinski, Ann K; Ella-Menye, Jean-Rene; Wimbish, Collin; Marek, Patrick; Senecal, Kris; Jiang, Shaoyi

    2014-05-14

    Zwitterionic sulfobetaine polymers with a catechol chain end (DOPA-PSB) were applied to a variety of hydrophobic polymer sheets and fibers. In addition, a silica surface was tested as a representative hydrophilic substrate. The polymer-coated surfaces showed significantly lower fouling levels than uncoated controls. Because of the anti-polyelectrolyte nature of sulfobetaine zwitterionic polymers, the effect of salt concentration on the coating solutions and the quality of the polymer coating against fouling are studied. The coating method involves only water-based solutions, which is compatible with most surfaces and is environmentally friendly. To demonstrate the versatility of the reported method, we evaluated the fouling levels of the polymer coating on commonly used polymeric surfaces such as polypropylene (PP), polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), polystyrene (PS), nylon, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). PMID:24730392

  8. Radical graft polymerization of an allyl monomer onto hydrophilic polymers and their antibacterial nanofibrous membranes.

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    Wang, Dong; Xu, Weilin; Sun, Gang; Chiou, Bor-Sen

    2011-08-01

    Hydrophilic poly (vinyl alcohol-co-ethylene) (PVA-co-PE) copolymers with 27 mol %, 32 mol % and 44 mol % ethylene were functionalized by melt radical graft copolymerization with 2,4-diamino-6-diallylamino-1,3,5-triazine (NDAM) using reactive extrusion. This functionalization imparts antibacterial properties. The covalent attachments of the NDAM as side chains onto the PVA-co-PE polymer backbones were confirmed. The effects of initiator concentrations and ethylene contents in PVA-co-PE polymers on grafting of NDAM were studied. The chain scissions of PVA-co-PE polymers during reactive extrusion were investigated by monitoring changes in the melt torque and FTIR spectra. The NDAM grafted PVA-co-PE polymers were successfully fabricated into hydrophilic nanofibers and nanofibrous membranes with sufficient surface exposure of the grafted NDAM. The hydrophilicity of the PVA-co-PE polymers and the large specific surface area offered by the nanofiber membranes significantly facilitated the chlorine activation process, enhanced the active chlorine contents of the grafted PVA-co-PE nanofiber membranes, and therefore led to their superior antibacterial properties. PMID:21749066

  9. Enhanced oil recovery process using a hydrophobic associative composition containing a hydrophilic/hydrophobic polymer

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    Evani, S.

    1989-03-21

    An enhanced oil recovery process is described, which comprises forcing an aqueous flooding medium from an injection well through a subterranean formation toward a producing well wherein the flooding medium contains a mobility control agent which is soluble in an aqueous flooding medium. The agent consists of a hydrophilic/hydrophobic polymer having hydrophobic moieties and a water-dispersible, nonionic surfactant having hydrophobic groups that are capable of associating with the hydrophobic moieties of the polymer wherein the proportion of the polymer and the surfactant is such that, at ambient conditions, water containing 0.5 weight percent of the agent has a viscosity at least twice the viscosity of water. The agent is prepared by carrying out the polymerization to form the polymer in the presence of the nonionic surfactant, the ratio of the surfactant to the polymer in the agent being sufficient to provide a viscosity at least twice that of an aqueous solution containing only the polymer, the hydrophobic polymer being a copolymer of a hydrophilic/water-soluble monomer and a water-insoluble monomer selected from the group consisting of higher alkyl ester of ..cap alpha..,..beta..-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acids wherein alkyl has from 8 to 20 carbons, alkylaryl esters of ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acids, N-alkylethylenically unsaturated amides wherein alkyl has from 8 to 20 carbon atoms; vinyl alkylates wherein alkyl has at least 8 carbons and ar-alkyl styrenes wherein alkyl has at least 4 carbons.

  10. Micellar interactions in water-AOT based droplet microemulsions containing hydrophilic and amphiphilic polymers

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    Appel, Markus; Spehr, Tinka Luise; Wipf, Robert; Moers, Christian; Frey, Holger; Stühn, Bernd

    2013-11-01

    We investigate the influence of addition of hydrophilic and amphiphilic polymer on percolation behavior and micellar interactions in AOT-based water-in-oil droplet microemulsions. We focus on two series of samples having constant molar water to surfactant ratio W = 20 and constant droplet volume fraction Φ = 30%, respectively. From dielectric spectroscopy experiments, we extract the bending rigidity of the surfactant shell by percolation temperature measurements. Depending on droplet size, we find stabilization and destabilization of the surfactant shell upon addition of hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) (Mn = 3100 g mol-1) and amphiphilic poly(styrene)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) copolymer with comparable length of the hydrophilic block. Complementary small angle X-ray scattering experiments corroborate the finding of stabilization for smaller droplets and destabilization of larger droplets. Subsequent analysis of dielectric spectra enables us to extract detailed information about micellar interactions and clustering by evaluating the dielectric high frequency shell relaxation. We interpret the observed results as a possible modification of the inter-droplet charge transfer efficiency by addition of PEG polymer, while the amphiphilic polymer shows a comparable, but dampened effect.

  11. Fast formation of hydrophilic and reactive polymer micropatterns by photocatalytic lithography method

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    Chang, Chi-Jung; Wang, Chih-Feng; Chen, Jem-Kun; Hsieh, Chih-Chiao; Chen, Po-An

    2013-12-01

    An approach is developed for the fast formation of a hydrophilic pattern on superhydrophobic substrates with good contrast due to the large wettability contrast between superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic areas. It can be used for forming a polymer pattern with reactive functional groups. TiO2 nanoparticles were grafted with long alkyl chains and then coated on substrates to produce superhydrophobic films. Photocatalytic degradation of the grafted alkyl chains was effected with UV light irradiation and resulted in transition from superhydrophobicity to superhydrophilicity. After UV light irradiation through a mask for 30 s, dyes or polymers were adsorbed on the photoinduced superhydrophilic areas to make micropatterns. The photoinduced superhydrophilic switching properties can be tuned by changing the alkyl chain length. The ninhydrin assay was adapted to identify free amino groups of polymers on the patterned area. Polymer patterns with free amino groups can be achieved.

  12. Recent advances in amphiphilic polymers for simultaneous delivery of hydrophobic and hydrophilic drugs.

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    Martin, Chloe; Aibani, Noorjahan; Callan, John F; Callan, Bridgeen

    2016-01-01

    Nanomedicine has evolved with the use of biological compounds such as proteins, peptides and DNA. These hydrophilic and often highly charged compounds require a delivery system to allow effective transport and release at the site of action. These new biological therapeutics have not replaced the more traditional smaller molecule, but instead are working synergistically to the benefit of the end user. To that end, drug delivery systems are now required to encapsulate both larger hydrophilic compounds as well as the smaller and generally more hydrophobic compound. This review highlights the emerging role in drug delivery of amphiphilic polymers that by their very nature can associate with compounds of differing physicochemical properties, in particular the role of micelles, polymersomes and nanocapsules.

  13. Integrated reactive ion etching to pattern cross-linked hydrophilic polymer structures for protein immobilization

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    Bhatnagar, Parijat; Strickland, Aaron D.; Kim, Il; Malliaras, George G.; Batt, Carl A.

    2007-04-01

    Patterning of cross-linked hydrophilic polymer features using reactive ion etching (RIE) capable of covalently immobilizing proteins has been achieved. Projection photolithography was used to pattern photoresist to create micromolds. Vapor phase molecular self-assembly of polymerizable monolayer in molds allowed covalent binding of hydrogel on surface during free-radical polymerization. Excess hydrogel blanket film was consumed with oxygen RIE resulting into hydrogel pattern of 1μm size aligned to prefabricated silicon oxide structures. Proteins were finally coupled through their primary amine groups selectively to acid functionalized hydrogel features through stable amide linkages using 1-ethyl-3-[3-dimethylaminopropyl]carbodiimide hydrochloride and N-hydroxysulfosuccinimide.

  14. Multicomponent systems with cyclodextrins and hydrophilic polymers for the delivery of Efavirenz.

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    Vieira, Alexandre Couto Carneiro; Ferreira Fontes, Danilo Augusto; Chaves, Luise Lopes; Alves, Lariza Darlene Santos; de Freitas Neto, José Lourenço; de La Roca Soares, Monica Felts; Soares-Sobrinho, Jose L; Rolim, Larissa Araújo; Rolim-Neto, Pedro José

    2015-10-01

    Efavirenz (EFZ) is one of the most used drugs in the treatment of AIDS and is the first antiretroviral choice. However, since it has low solubility, it does not exhibit suitable bioavailability, which interferes with its therapeutic action and is classified as a class II drug according Biopharmaceutical Classification System (low solubility and high permeability). Among several drug delivery systems, the multicomponent systems with cyclodextrins and hydrophilic polymers are a promising alternative for increasing the aqueous solubility of the drug. The present study aimed to develop and characterize in a ternary system of EFZ, MβCD and PVP K30. The results showed that the solid ternary system provided a large increase in the dissolution rate which was greater than 80% and was characterized by DSC, TG, XRD, FT-IR and SEM. The use of the ternary system (EFZ, MβCD and PVP K30 1%) proved to be a viable, effective and safe delivery of the drug. The addition of the hydrophilic polymer appeared to be suitable for the development of a solid oral pharmaceutical product, with possible industrial scale-up and with low concentration of CDs (cyclodextrins).

  15. Multicomponent systems with cyclodextrins and hydrophilic polymers for the delivery of Efavirenz.

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    Vieira, Alexandre Couto Carneiro; Ferreira Fontes, Danilo Augusto; Chaves, Luise Lopes; Alves, Lariza Darlene Santos; de Freitas Neto, José Lourenço; de La Roca Soares, Monica Felts; Soares-Sobrinho, Jose L; Rolim, Larissa Araújo; Rolim-Neto, Pedro José

    2015-10-01

    Efavirenz (EFZ) is one of the most used drugs in the treatment of AIDS and is the first antiretroviral choice. However, since it has low solubility, it does not exhibit suitable bioavailability, which interferes with its therapeutic action and is classified as a class II drug according Biopharmaceutical Classification System (low solubility and high permeability). Among several drug delivery systems, the multicomponent systems with cyclodextrins and hydrophilic polymers are a promising alternative for increasing the aqueous solubility of the drug. The present study aimed to develop and characterize in a ternary system of EFZ, MβCD and PVP K30. The results showed that the solid ternary system provided a large increase in the dissolution rate which was greater than 80% and was characterized by DSC, TG, XRD, FT-IR and SEM. The use of the ternary system (EFZ, MβCD and PVP K30 1%) proved to be a viable, effective and safe delivery of the drug. The addition of the hydrophilic polymer appeared to be suitable for the development of a solid oral pharmaceutical product, with possible industrial scale-up and with low concentration of CDs (cyclodextrins). PMID:26076609

  16. Novel lubricated surface of titanium alloy based on porous structure and hydrophilic polymer brushes

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    Wang, Kun; Xiong, Dangsheng; Niu, Yuxiang

    2014-10-01

    On the purpose of improving the tribological properties of titanium alloy through mimicking natural articular cartilage, porous structure was prepared on the surface of Ti6Al4V alloy by anodic oxidation method, and then hydrophilic polymer brushes were grafted onto its surface. Surface morphology of porous oxidized film was investigated by metalloscope and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The composition and structure of modified surface were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy with attenuated total reflection (FTIR/ATR), and the wettability was also evaluated. Friction and wear properties of modified alloys sliding against ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) were tested by a pin-on-disc tribometer in physiological saline. The results showed that, the optimum porous structure treated by anodic oxidation formed when the voltage reached as high as 100 V. Hydrophilic monomers [Acrylic acid (AA) and 3-dimethyl-(3-(N-methacrylamido) propyl) ammonium propane sulfonate (DMMPPS)] were successfully grafted onto porous Ti6Al4V surface to form polymer brushes by UV radiation. The change of contact angle showed that wettability of modified Ti6Al4V was improved significantly. The friction coefficient of modified Ti6Al4V was much lower and more stable than untreated ones. The lowest friction coefficient was obtained when the sample was anodized at 100 V and grafted with DMMPPS, and the value was 0.132. The wear of modified samples was also obviously improved.

  17. Grafting of silica with a hydrophilic triol acrylamide polymer via surface-initiated "grafting from" method for hydrophilic-interaction chromatography.

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    Peng, Xi-Tian; Yuan, Bi-Feng; Feng, Yu-Qi

    2011-11-01

    A novel hydrophilic polymer-coated silica sorbent has been prepared using the radical "grafting from" polymerization method through surface-bound azo initiators for hydrophilic-interaction chromatography (HILIC). The azo groups were introduced to the surface of silica gel through the reaction with amino groups on the surface of silica gel with 4,4'-azobis(4-cyanopentanoic acid chloride) (ACVC). The resultant azo-immobilized silica gel served as surface initiator to polymerize hydrophilic triol acrylamide monomer N-acryloyltris(hydroxymethyl) aminomethane (NA) in methanol to get hydrophilic polymer-coated silica sorbent. The obtained poly(NA)-coated silica (pNA-sil) was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), elemental analysis (EA), and nitrogen sorption porosimetry (NSP). Then the pNA-sil was packed into the stainless-steel column and evaluated in high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Good chromatographic performance for the separation of peptides and nucleosides was obtained under HILIC mode. The results indicated that the pNA-sil stationary phase behaved as mixed-mode retention mechanisms of hydrophilic and ionic interactions. Furthermore, the pNA-sil phase was used to separate tryptic digest of β-casein and our results showed that more than 12 peptides peaks were resolved and well distributed within the elution window. Finally, the pNA-sil stationary phase was demonstrated to possess remarkable reproducibility and stability. Taken together, the pNA-sil stationary phase prepared in the current study offers a potential application in proteomics study. PMID:21998034

  18. Diffusion-Induced Hydrophilic Conversion of Polydimethylsiloxane/Block-Type Phospholipid Polymer Hybrid Substrate for Temporal Cell-Adhesive Surface.

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    Seo, Ji-Hun; Ishihara, Kazuhiko

    2016-08-24

    In this study, diffusion-induced hydrophobic-hydrophilic conversion of the surface of the cross-linked polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate was realized by employing a simple swelling-deswelling process of PDMS substrate in a block-type polymer solution with the aim of development of a temporal cell-adhesive substrate. The ABA block-type polymer composed of poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) (PMPC) segment and PDMS segment with over 70% of dimethylsiloxane unit composition could be successfully incorporated in the PDMS substrate during the swelling-deswelling process to prepare the PDMS/phospholipid block copolymer hybrid substrates. During the aging process of the PDMS substrate for 4 days in aqueous medium, its surface property changed gradually from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy data provided strong evidence that the time-dependent hydrophilic conversion of the PDMS/block-type phospholipid polymer hybrid substrate was induced by the diffusion of the hydrophilic PMPC segment in the block-type polymer to be tethered on the substrate. During the hydrophilic conversion process, surface-adsorbed fibronectin was gradually desorbed from the substrate surface, and this resulted in successful detachment of two-dimensional connected cell crowds. PMID:27488537

  19. Physical Identification of Binary System of Gliclazide-Hydrophilic Polymers Using X-Ray Diffraction

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    Rachmawati, H.; Yatinasari, Faizatun, Syarie, S. A.

    2008-03-01

    The formation of binary system in pharmaceutical solid state is aimed to improve the physicochemical characteristics of active compound, such as its solubility. To identify the physical change of the binary system including crystallinity or particle morphology, there are many methods can be applied. In present report, we study the physical interaction of the binary system of gliclazide and hydrophilic polymers. In this binary system, gliclazide was either dispersed or mixed with polyvinyl pirrolidone (PVP K30) or polyethylene glycol (PEG 6000). The dispersion system of gliclazide in the polymeric carriers was prepared by solvation-evaporation method, using dichloromethane/methylene chloride as an organic solvent. The physical characterization of both dispersed and mixed of gliclazide was studied using X-ray diffraction at interval 6-50 °/2θ. As a comparison, the same procedure was performed for pure gliclazide. To confirm the diffractogram of this binary system, Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy was carried out as well. Both diffarctogram and FT-IR spectra revealed that there was no new compound formed in the solid dispersion system of gliclazide:PEG 6000 and gliclazide:PVP K30. In contrast, the solubility as well as the dissolution rate of gliclazide in the presence of both hydrophilic polymers was increased as compared to pure gliclazide. We conclude therefore that solvatation followed by evaporation of gliclazide in the presence of either PEG 6000 or PVP K30 did not alter its crystalline characteristic. The improved of gliclazide solubility in the binary system might due to other mechanism such as increased in the wettability and the hydrophylicity effect of the polymers.

  20. Hydrophilic surface modification of polymer vascular prostheses and metal endoluminal stents

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    Amery, Drew Powell

    1997-12-01

    Large diameter vascular replacements of GORE-TEXsp°ler or Dacronsp°ler are frequently used to replace damaged arteries. Poor long term patency of small diameter grafts, 6 millimeters or less, is attributed to platelet adhesion and the inability to regenerate a blood contacting surface of vascular endothelium. Metal endoluminal stents are vascular prostheses used to keep arterial lumens open following angioplasty. Complications for these implants include short term thrombogenicity and long term restenosis. This study was directed to the synthesis and characterization of more biocompatible surfaces for these devices. Gamma radiation induced-graft polymerization and radio frequency plasma activation was investigated to surface modify polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE), and 316 stainless steel. To mimic natural biocompatible tissue surfacesl a series of hydrophilic polymers were grafted onto PMMA, PET, and ePTFE. Hydrophilic graft polymers were derived from N-vinyl pyrrolidone (NVP), potassium sulfopropylacrylate (KSPA), and dimethylacrylamide, and were grafted copolymerized with several bioactive compounds in a two step modification process. Complex graft surfaces containing fibronectin (Fn), laminin (Lm), type IV collagen (IV), heparin sulfate (Hp), albumin (Alb), and a synthetic fibronectin like protein polymer (RGD) were prepared. For surface modification of endoluminal stents of 316 stainless and tantalum, a combination of RF plasma activation combined with gamma radiation induced grafting was studied. Plasma deposition of hydrophobic poly(hexane) primer layers with water plasma oxidation were examined for initial metal surface activation. Surfaces were characterized by gravimetric analysis, contact angle goniometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger depth proGling, optical microscopy (OM), and low voltage scanning electron

  1. Nontoxic, Hydrophilic Cationic Polymers-Identified as Class of Antimicrobial Polymers.

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    Strassburg, Arne; Kracke, Frauke; Wenners, Julia; Jemeljanova, Anna; Kuepper, Jannis; Petersen, Hanne; Tiller, Joerg C

    2015-12-01

    Amphiphilic polycations are an alternative to biocides but also toxic to mammalian cells. Antimicrobially active hydrophilic polycations based on 1,4-dibromo-2-butene and tetramethyl-1,3-propanediamine named PBI are not hemotoxic for porcine red blood cells with a hemocytotoxicity (HC50) of more than 40,000 μg · mL(-1). They are quickly killing bacterial cells at their MIC (minimal inhibitory concentration). The highest found selectivity HC50 /MIC is more than 20,000 for S. epidermidis. Investigations on sequentially prepared PBIs with defined molecular weight Mn and tailored end groups revealed that there is a dependence of antimicrobial activity and selectivity on Mn and nature of the end groups.

  2. Nontoxic, Hydrophilic Cationic Polymers-Identified as Class of Antimicrobial Polymers.

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    Strassburg, Arne; Kracke, Frauke; Wenners, Julia; Jemeljanova, Anna; Kuepper, Jannis; Petersen, Hanne; Tiller, Joerg C

    2015-12-01

    Amphiphilic polycations are an alternative to biocides but also toxic to mammalian cells. Antimicrobially active hydrophilic polycations based on 1,4-dibromo-2-butene and tetramethyl-1,3-propanediamine named PBI are not hemotoxic for porcine red blood cells with a hemocytotoxicity (HC50) of more than 40,000 μg · mL(-1). They are quickly killing bacterial cells at their MIC (minimal inhibitory concentration). The highest found selectivity HC50 /MIC is more than 20,000 for S. epidermidis. Investigations on sequentially prepared PBIs with defined molecular weight Mn and tailored end groups revealed that there is a dependence of antimicrobial activity and selectivity on Mn and nature of the end groups. PMID:26240988

  3. Magnetic hydrophilic methacrylate-based polymer microspheres designed for polymerase chain reactions applications.

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    Spanová, Alena; Horák, Daniel; Soudková, Eva; Rittich, Bohuslav

    2004-02-01

    Magnetic hydrophilic non-porous P(HEMA-co-EDMA), P(HEMA-co-GMA) and PGMA microspheres were prepared by dispersion (co)polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and ethylene dimethacrylate (EDMA) or glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) in the presence of several kinds of magnetite. It was found that some components used in the preparation of magnetic carriers interfered with polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Influence of non-magnetic and magnetic microspheres, including magnetite nanoparticles and various components used in their synthesis, on the PCR course was thus investigated. DNA isolated from bacterial cells of Bifidobacterium longum was used in PCR evaluation of non-interfering magnetic microspheres. The method enabled verification of the incorporation of magnetite nanoparticles in the particular methacrylate-based polymer microspheres and evaluation of suitability of their application in PCR. Preferably, electrostatically stabilized colloidal magnetite (ferrofluid) should be used in the design of new magnetic methacrylate-based microspheres by dispersion polymerization. PMID:14698232

  4. Drug release from hydrophilic matrices. 1. New scaling laws for predicting polymer and drug release based on the polymer disentanglement concentration and the diffusion layer.

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    Ju, R T; Nixon, P R; Patel, M V

    1995-12-01

    Two scaling laws for predicting polymer and drug release profiles from hydrophilic matrices were developed. They were developed on the basis of the diffusion layer and the polymer disentanglement concentration, rho p,dis, the critical polymer concentration below which polymer chains detach off a gelled matrix that is undergoing simultaneous swelling and dissolution. The relation between rho p,dis and molecular weight, M1 for (hydroxypropyl)methylcellulose (HPMC) in water was established as rho p,dis (g/mL) varies M-0.8. This power-law relationship for rho p,dis, along with the diffusion layer adjacent to the gelled matrix, leads to the scaling law of mp(t)/mp(infinity) varies Meq-1.15, where mp(t)/mp(infinity) is the fractional HPMC release. The scaling law explains the observation that polymer and drug release rates decreased sharply with M at low M and approach limiting values at high M. Experimentally, mp(t)/mp(infinity) was found to scale with Meq as mp(t)/mp(infinity) varies Meq-0.93, where Meq is the equivalent matrix molecular weight. Moreover, fractional drug release, md(t)/md(infinity), followed Meq as md(t)/md(infinity) varies Meq-0.48. These two scaling laws imply that, if the release profiles are known for one composition, release profiles for other compositions can be predicted. The above two power laws lead to two master curves for mp(t)/mp(infinity) and md(t)/md(infinity), suggesting that the release mechanism for soluble drugs from HPMC matrices is independent of matrix compositions, presumably via a diffusion-controlled process. Limitations of the power laws are discussed. PMID:8748329

  5. The effect of polymer surface modification on polymer-protein interaction via interfacial polymerization and hydrophilic polymer grafting

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    Protein membrane separation is prone to fouling on the membrane surface resulting from protein adsorption onto the surface. Surface modification of synthetic membranes is one way to reduce fouling. We investigated surface modification of polyethersulfone (PES) as a way of improving hydrophilicity ...

  6. Superoleophobic polymers with metal ion affinity toward materials with both oleophobic and hydrophilic properties.

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    Darmanin, Thierry; Guittard, Frédéric

    2013-10-15

    Bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide salts are used as electrolyte for the elaboration of superoleophobic properties by electrodeposition using a monomer containing a short perfluorobutyl (C4F9), separated from the polymer backbone by a long alkyl spacer, to reduce the mobility of these chains, and an amido connector to form complexes with ions. The electrodeposition in some of these electrolytes induces the formation of microstructures composed of nanosheets able to reach superoleophobic properties. When complexant ions (Na(+), Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Ba(2+)) are used as cation of the electrolyte, these ions are incorporated in the polymer leading to a material with higher oleophobicity than hydrophobicity. Indeed, when a water droplet is deposited on the surface, the migration of the ions induces a decrease in the surface hydrophobicity, while the deposition of an oil droplet (diiodomethane or hexadecane) does not induce this migration. If the incorporation of these ions is not sufficiently stable for applications in oil/water separation, this work opens new strategies in the elaboration of both superoleophobic/oleophobic and superhydrophilic/hydrophilic materials. Such materials can also be used for the ion capture and release. PMID:23932086

  7. Determination of gelation doses of gamma-irradiated hydrophilic polymers by different methods

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    Yiǧit, Fatma; Tekin, Niket; Erkan, Sevin; Güven, Olgun

    1994-04-01

    Poly(acrylic acid) and poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) are hydrophilic polymers. Poly(acrylic acid) is a polyelectrolyte which ionizes in water to produce an electrically conducting medium. Therefore, the gelation dose of poly(acrylic acid) can be determined by conductometric titration, simple titration and the measurement of pH. The conventional techniques of determining gelation dose are very time and material consuming especially for poly(acrylic acid) and subject to serious errors due to its electrolytic behavior. In this study, it has been shown that the gelation dose of poly(acrylic acid) can be determined by conductimetric and titrimetric methods with NaOH and measuring pH of aqueous solution of γ-irradiated polymer. In order to develop new, simpler and rapid methods for the determination of gelation dose of PVP, its complexation with gallic acid in dilute aqueous solution has been used. The complex formation between gallic acid and irradiated PVP in aqueous solutions is followed by UV-vis spectroscopy. The reliability of the dose value found, 120 kGy for poly(acrylic acid) and 140 kGy for poly(vinyl pyrrolidone), are also verified by viscometric and solubility measurements.

  8. Superoleophobic polymers with metal ion affinity toward materials with both oleophobic and hydrophilic properties.

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    Darmanin, Thierry; Guittard, Frédéric

    2013-10-15

    Bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide salts are used as electrolyte for the elaboration of superoleophobic properties by electrodeposition using a monomer containing a short perfluorobutyl (C4F9), separated from the polymer backbone by a long alkyl spacer, to reduce the mobility of these chains, and an amido connector to form complexes with ions. The electrodeposition in some of these electrolytes induces the formation of microstructures composed of nanosheets able to reach superoleophobic properties. When complexant ions (Na(+), Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Ba(2+)) are used as cation of the electrolyte, these ions are incorporated in the polymer leading to a material with higher oleophobicity than hydrophobicity. Indeed, when a water droplet is deposited on the surface, the migration of the ions induces a decrease in the surface hydrophobicity, while the deposition of an oil droplet (diiodomethane or hexadecane) does not induce this migration. If the incorporation of these ions is not sufficiently stable for applications in oil/water separation, this work opens new strategies in the elaboration of both superoleophobic/oleophobic and superhydrophilic/hydrophilic materials. Such materials can also be used for the ion capture and release.

  9. Aptamer functionalized hydrophilic polymer monolith with gold nanoparticles modification for the sensitive detection of human α-thrombin.

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    Chen, Yuanbo; Deng, Nan; Wu, Ci; Liang, Yu; Jiang, Bo; Yang, Kaiguang; Liang, Zhen; Zhang, Lihua; Zhang, Yukui

    2016-07-01

    Low abundant proteins of body fluids participate nearly all physiological processes and indicate various kinds of diseases. The development of specific enrichment techniques is the key to identify and quantify the low abundant proteins. Herein, a novel kind of aptamer functionalized hydrophilic polymer monolith was developed for the specific enrichment and detection of human α-thrombin from the human plasma. Human α-thrombin aptamer, with thiol group modified at the 5' terminal, was immobilized on the gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) modified poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate) monolithic column, with the binding capacity of 277.1μmol/L. Due to the hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate) as the cross-linking monomer, the detection recovery of the aptamer-functionalized hydrophilic polymer monolithic column could reach to 92.6±5.2% (n=3) and the dynamic range could reach 0.5-300ng/μL (S/N>10) with on-line UV detection. Meanwhile, the column could run over 100 times, because the poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate) stability structure and the AuNPs improved the stability of the matrix material. Furthermore, this column could even capture the target α-thrombin, which was spiked in 1000 folds of original human plasma. All these results demonstrated the great potential of the prepared aptamer functionalized hydrophilic polymer monolith for the recognition of the trace proteins in the biological samples. PMID:27154714

  10. Aptamer functionalized hydrophilic polymer monolith with gold nanoparticles modification for the sensitive detection of human α-thrombin.

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    Chen, Yuanbo; Deng, Nan; Wu, Ci; Liang, Yu; Jiang, Bo; Yang, Kaiguang; Liang, Zhen; Zhang, Lihua; Zhang, Yukui

    2016-07-01

    Low abundant proteins of body fluids participate nearly all physiological processes and indicate various kinds of diseases. The development of specific enrichment techniques is the key to identify and quantify the low abundant proteins. Herein, a novel kind of aptamer functionalized hydrophilic polymer monolith was developed for the specific enrichment and detection of human α-thrombin from the human plasma. Human α-thrombin aptamer, with thiol group modified at the 5' terminal, was immobilized on the gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) modified poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate) monolithic column, with the binding capacity of 277.1μmol/L. Due to the hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate) as the cross-linking monomer, the detection recovery of the aptamer-functionalized hydrophilic polymer monolithic column could reach to 92.6±5.2% (n=3) and the dynamic range could reach 0.5-300ng/μL (S/N>10) with on-line UV detection. Meanwhile, the column could run over 100 times, because the poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate) stability structure and the AuNPs improved the stability of the matrix material. Furthermore, this column could even capture the target α-thrombin, which was spiked in 1000 folds of original human plasma. All these results demonstrated the great potential of the prepared aptamer functionalized hydrophilic polymer monolith for the recognition of the trace proteins in the biological samples.

  11. Hydrophilic Conjugated Polymers with Large Bandgaps and Deep-Lying HOMO Levels as an Efficient Cathode Interlayer in Inverted Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Kan, Yuanyuan; Zhu, Yongxiang; Liu, Zhulin; Zhang, Lianjie; Chen, Junwu; Cao, Yong

    2015-08-01

    Two hydrophilic conjugated polymers, PmP-NOH and PmP36F-NOH, with polar diethanol-amine on the side chains and main chain structures of poly(meta-phenylene) and poly(meta-phenylene-alt-3,6-fluorene), respectively, are successfully synthesized. The films of PmP-NOH and PmP36F-NOH show absorption edges at 340 and 343 nm, respectively. The calculated optical bandgaps of the two polymers are 3.65 and 3.62 eV, respectively, the largest ones so far reported for hydrophilic conjugated polymers. PmP-NOH and PmP36F-NOH also possess deep-lying highest occupied molecular orbital levels of -6.19 and -6.15 eV, respectively. Inserting PmP-NOH and PmP36F-NOH as a cathode interlayer in inverted polymer solar cells with a PTB7/PC71 BM blend as the active layer, high power conversion efficiencies of 8.58% and 8.33%, respectively, are achieved, demonstrating that the two hydrophilic polymers are excellent interlayers for efficient inverted polymer solar cells.

  12. Schwann cell interactions with polymer films are affected by groove geometry and film hydrophilicity.

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    Mobasseri, S A; Terenghi, G; Downes, S

    2014-10-01

    We have developed a biodegradable polymer scaffold made of a polycaprolactone/polylactic acid (PCL/PLA) film. Surface properties such as topography and chemistry have a vital influence on cell-material interactions. Surface modifications of PCL/PLA films were performed using topographical cues and UV-ozone treatment to improve Schwann cell organisation and behaviour. Schwann cell attachment, alignment and proliferation were evaluated on the grooved UV-ozone treated and non-treated films. Solvent casting of the polymer solution on patterned silicon substrates resulted in films with different groove shapes: V (V), sloped (SL) and square (SQ) shapes. Pitted films, with no grooves, were prepared as a negative control. The UV-ozone treatment was performed to increase hydrophilicity. The process specifications for UV-ozone treatment were evaluated and 5 min radiation time and 6 cm distance to the UV source were suggested as the optimal practise. When cultured on grooved films, Schwann cells elongated on the V and SL shape grooves without crossing over, and grew in the direction of the grooves. However, there was less elongation with more crossing over on the SQ shape grooves. The maximum cell length (511 μm) was observed on the treated V-grooved films. The cells cultured on pitted UV-ozone treated surfaces showed random arrangements with no increase in length. We have demonstrated that the synergic effects of physical cues combined with UV-ozone treatment have the potential to enhance Schwann cell morphology and alignment. PMID:25167538

  13. Surface morphological modification of crosslinked hydrophilic co-polymers by nanosecond pulsed laser irradiation

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    Primo, Gastón A.; Alvarez Igarzabal, Cecilia I.; Pino, Gustavo A.; Ferrero, Juan C.; Rossa, Maximiliano

    2016-04-01

    This work reports an investigation of the surface modifications induced by irradiation with nanosecond laser pulses of ultraviolet and visible wavelengths on crosslinked hydrophilic co-polymeric materials, which have been functionalized with 1-vinylimidazole as a co-monomer. A comparison is made between hydrogels differing in the base co-monomer (N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate and N-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl] methacrylamide) and in hydration state (both swollen and dried states). Formation of craters is the dominant morphological change observed by ablation in the visible at 532 nm, whereas additional, less aggressive surface modifications, chiefly microfoams and roughness, are developed in the ultraviolet at 266 nm. At both irradiation wavelengths, threshold values of the incident laser fluence for the observation of the various surface modifications are determined under single-pulse laser irradiation conditions. It is shown that multiple-pulse irradiation at 266 nm with a limited number of laser shots can be used alternatively for generating a regular microfoam layer at the surface of dried hydrogels based on N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate. The observations are rationalized on the basis of currently accepted mechanisms for laser-induced polymer surface modification, with a significant contribution of the laser foaming mechanism. Prospective applications of the laser-foamed hydrogel matrices in biomolecule immobilization are suggested.

  14. Ionic liquid-based zwitterionic organic polymer monolithic column for capillary hydrophilic interaction chromatography.

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    Wang, Tingting; Chen, Yihui; Ma, Junfeng; Zhang, Xiaodan; Zhang, Lihua; Zhang, Yukui

    2015-08-21

    In the current study, a novel ionic liquid-based zwitterionic organic polymer monolithic column was developed by copolymerizing 1-vinyl-3-(butyl-4-sulfonate) imidazolium, acrylamide and N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide in a quaternary porogenic solvent consisting of formamide, dimethyl sulphoxide, polyethylene glycol 8000 and polyethylene glycol 10,000 for capillary hydrophilic interaction chromatography. The monolithic stationary phase was optimized by adjusting the amount of monomer in the polymerization solution along with the composition of porogenic solvent. The optimized monolith exhibited excellent selectivity and favorable retention for nucleosides and benzoic acid derivatives. The primary factors affecting the separation efficiency of the monolithic column (including acetonitrile content, pH, and buffer salt concentration in the mobile phase) have been thoroughly evaluated. Excellent reproducibility of the retention times for five nucleosides was achieved, with relative standard deviations of run-to-run (n = 3), column-to-column (n = 3) and batch-to-batch (n = 3) in the range of 0.18-0.48%, 2.33-4.20% and 3.07-6.50%, respectively.

  15. Collaboration between HPMC and NaCMC in order to Reach the Polymer Critical Point in Theophylline Hydrophilic Matrices

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    Contreras, L.; Melgoza, L. M.; Aguilar-de-Leyva, A.; Caraballo, I.

    2012-01-01

    Percolation theory has been applied in order to study the existence of critical points as well as the possibility to find a “combined percolation threshold” for ternary hydrophilic matrices prepared with HPMC, NaCMC, and theophylline. For this purpose, different batches of ternary as well as binary hydrophilic matrices have been prepared. Critical points have been found for binary hydrophilic matrices between 21.5 and 31.3% (v/v) of HPMC and between 39 and 54% (v/v) of NaCMC, respectively. In a previous work carried out with the same polymers but a much more soluble drug (KCl), it was demonstrated the existence of a partial collaboration between the polymers in order to establish the gel layer. In this work, it has been observed for the first time the need of a minimum concentration of one of the matrix-forming polymer (between 10 and 20% v/v, approximately) for establishing an effective collaboration. PMID:22919292

  16. Surface modification of medical implant materials with hydrophilic polymers for enhanced biocompatibility and delivery of therapeutic agents

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    Urbaniak, Daniel J.

    2004-11-01

    In the research reported here, the surface modification of medical grade poly(dimethyl siloxane), polyetherurethane, and stainless steel through gamma-radiation grafting of hydrophilic polymers was investigated. Emphasis was placed on developing improved and simplified surface modification methods that produce more stable and more bioacceptible hydrophilic graft surfaces. As a result of this research, new surface modification techniques were developed that yield significantly improved surface stability unachievable using previous surface modification techniques. The surface modification of poly(dimethyl siloxane) with hydrophilic polymers was carried out using gamma radiation initiated graft polymerization. The addition of alkali metal hydroxides afforded a unique way to enhance the grafting of N-vinyl-2 pyrrolidone, dimethylacryamide, 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphoryl choline, N,N-dimethyl-N-(methacryloyloxyethyl)-N-(3-sulfopropyl)-ammonium-betaine, N,N-dimethyl-N-(methacrylamidopropyl)-N-(3-sulfopropyl)-ammonium-betaine, and copolymers thereof to silicones. Ethanolamine was found to further enhance the grafting of some hydrophilic polymers to silicone. The resulting hydrophilic surface grafts were resistant to hydrophobic surface rearrangement. This process overcomes previous problems inherent in silicone surface modification. The technique was also found to moderately enhance the grafting of hydrophilic monomers to polyetherurethane and to 316-L stainless steel. The surface modification of 316-L stainless steel was further enhanced by treating the substrates with a chromium III methacrylate bonding agent prior to irradiation. The coatings were evaluated for their potential use as depots for delivering therapeutic agents. The release of ofloxacin from surface-modified poly(dimethyl siloxane) and dexamethasone from surface-modified 316-L stainless steel was evaluated by in-vitro experiments. Therapeutic levels of drugs were released from surface-modified specimens

  17. Use of hydrophilic polymers from diapers to aid the establishment of Spergularia purpurea in a mine soil.

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    Qu, G; de Varennes, A

    2010-06-15

    We used hydrophilic polymers from diapers to aid the establishment of an indigenous plant (Spergularia purpurea (Persoon) G. Don fil.) in a soil from a pyrite mine. Lysimeters were filled with the mine soil with no amendment (control), with a polyacrylate polymer, with a polymer removed from diapers, and with shredded diapers. The establishment of a plant cover was faster in soil amended with polymer from diapers, and 85 days after sowing the soil was completely covered in all treatments except control. The concentrations of trace elements in plant shoots decreased in amended soil. The activities of soil acid phosphatase, beta-glucosidase, protease and cellulase were greatest in soil amended with the polyacrylate polymer or with polymer removed from diapers, while the application of shredded diapers leads to values that were in general intermediate between these treatments and unamended control. Basal- and substrate-induced respirations, and dehydrogenase were greatest in soil amended with polymers, but the presence of a plastic film and fibrous materials from shredded diapers prevented any improvement in these parameters compared with unamended soil. In the second experiment, we evaluated the risk of downward movement of polymers in columns of a sandy soil. Polymer from diapers, with or without Cu, was placed at a 10 cm-depth. Five leaching cycles with artificial rain took place and leachates were analyzed for organic matter and Cu. At the end of the experiment, the soil columns were sliced and each layer was analyzed separately. Some repacking of soil and polymer particles took place, but there was no indication that polymers moved to any great depth in soil columns.

  18. Use of hydrophilic polymers from diapers to aid the establishment of Spergularia purpurea in a mine soil.

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    Qu, G; de Varennes, A

    2010-06-15

    We used hydrophilic polymers from diapers to aid the establishment of an indigenous plant (Spergularia purpurea (Persoon) G. Don fil.) in a soil from a pyrite mine. Lysimeters were filled with the mine soil with no amendment (control), with a polyacrylate polymer, with a polymer removed from diapers, and with shredded diapers. The establishment of a plant cover was faster in soil amended with polymer from diapers, and 85 days after sowing the soil was completely covered in all treatments except control. The concentrations of trace elements in plant shoots decreased in amended soil. The activities of soil acid phosphatase, beta-glucosidase, protease and cellulase were greatest in soil amended with the polyacrylate polymer or with polymer removed from diapers, while the application of shredded diapers leads to values that were in general intermediate between these treatments and unamended control. Basal- and substrate-induced respirations, and dehydrogenase were greatest in soil amended with polymers, but the presence of a plastic film and fibrous materials from shredded diapers prevented any improvement in these parameters compared with unamended soil. In the second experiment, we evaluated the risk of downward movement of polymers in columns of a sandy soil. Polymer from diapers, with or without Cu, was placed at a 10 cm-depth. Five leaching cycles with artificial rain took place and leachates were analyzed for organic matter and Cu. At the end of the experiment, the soil columns were sliced and each layer was analyzed separately. Some repacking of soil and polymer particles took place, but there was no indication that polymers moved to any great depth in soil columns. PMID:20207477

  19. Facile transition from hydrophilicity to superhydrophilicity and superhydrophobicity on aluminum alloy surface by simple acid etching and polymer coating

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    Liu, Wenyong; Sun, Linyu; Luo, Yuting; Wu, Ruomei; Jiang, Haiyun; Chen, Yi; Zeng, Guangsheng; Liu, Yuejun

    2013-09-01

    The transition from the hydrophilic surface to the superhydrophilic and superhydrophobic surface on aluminum alloy via hydrochloric acid etching and polymer coating was investigated by contact angle (CA) measurements and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The effects of etching and polymer coating on the surface were discussed. The results showed that a superhydrophilic surface was facilely obtained after acid etching for 20 min and a superhydrophobic surface was readily fabricated by polypropylene (PP) coating after acid etching. When the etching time was 30 min, the CA was up to 157̊. By contrast, two other polymers of polystyrene (PS) and polypropylene grafting maleic anhydride (PP-g-MAH) were used to coat the aluminum alloy surface after acid etching. The results showed that the CA was up to 159̊ by coating PP-g-MAH, while the CA was only 141̊ by coating PS. By modifying the surface with the silane coupling agent before PP coating, the durability and solvent resistance performance of the superhydrophobic surface was further improved. The micro-nano concave-convex structures of the superhydrophilic surface and the superhydrophobic surface were further confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Combined with the natural hydrophilicity of aluminum alloy, the rough micro-nano structures of the surface led to the superhydrophilicity of the aluminum alloy surface, while the rough surface structures led to the superhydrophobicity of the aluminum alloy surface by combination with the material of PP with the low surface free energy.

  20. Transdentinal cytotoxicity of experimental adhesive systems of different hydrophilicity applied to ethanol-saturated dentin

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    Bianchi, Luciana; Ribeiro, Ana Paula Dias; de Oliveira Carrilho, Marcela Rocha; Pashley, David H.; de Souza Costa, Carlos Alberto; Hebling, Josimeri

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the transdentinal cytotoxicity of experimental adhesive systems (EASs) with different hydrophilicity and dentin saturation solutions (ethanol and water) on odontoblast-like cells. One hundred 0.4-mm-thick dentin discs were mounted in in vitro pulp chambers and assigned to 10 groups. Odontoblast-like cells MDPC-23 were seeded onto the pulpal side of the discs, incubated for 48h. The EASs with increasing hydrophilicity (R2, R3, R4 and R5) were applied to the occlusal side of the discs after acid etching and saturation of demineralized dentin with water or ethanol. R0 (water and ethanol- no adhesive) served as controls. After 24h, cell metabolism was evaluated by SDH enzyme production (MTT assay; n=8 discs) and cell morphology was examined by SEM (n=2 discs). The type of cell death was identified by flow cytometry and the degree of monomer conversion (%DC) was determined by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) after two photoactivation times (10 s or 20 s). Data were analyzed statistically by the Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney tests (α=0.05). Dentin saturation with ethanol resulted in higher necrotic cell death ratios for R3, R4 and R5 compared with water saturation, although R3 and R4 induced higher SDH production. Photoactivation for 20 s significantly improved the %DC of all EASs compared with 10 s. A significant positive correlation was observed between the degree of hydrophilicity and %DC, for both photoactivation times. In conclusion, except for R2, dentin saturation with ethanol increased the cytotoxicity of EASs, as expressed by the induction of necrotic cell death. PMID:23906501

  1. Tuning of Polymeric Nanoparticles by Coassembly of Thermoresponsive Polymers and a Double Hydrophilic Thermoresponsive Block Copolymer.

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    Zhang, Qilu; Voorhaar, Lenny; Filippov, Sergey K; Yeşil, Berin Fatma; Hoogenboom, Richard

    2016-05-26

    The coassembly behavior of thermoresponsive statistical copolymers and a double hydrophilic block copolymer having a permanently hydrophilic block and a thermoresponsive block is investigated. By adjusting the hydrophilicity of the thermoresponsive statistical copolymers, hybrid nanoparticles are obtained with various ratios of the two species. Importantly, the size of these nanoparticles can be controlled in between 40 and 250 nm dependent on the TCP and the amount of statistical copolymers in the solution. Simultaneous analysis of static and dynamic light scattering data indicates that the possible structure of nanoparticles varies from hard sphere to less compact architecture and most probably depends on a difference between cloud point temperatures of individual components. This developed coassembly method provides a simple platform for the preparation of defined polymeric nanoparticles. PMID:27144970

  2. Surface modification of imprinted polymer microspheres with ultrathin hydrophilic shells to improve selective recognition of glutathione in aqueous media.

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    Song, Renyuan; Hu, Xiaoling; Guan, Ping; Li, Ji; Du, Chunbao; Qian, Liwei; Wang, Chaoli

    2016-03-01

    A universal, effective approach addressing the classical limitations of hydrophobic molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) microspheres was described. Two water-compatible MIP microspheres with ultrathin hydrophilic shells were synthesized by controllable surface-graft polymerization using a charged monomer (methacrylic acid) and uncharged monomer (N-isopropylacrylamide) as the hydrophilic functional monomers for the recognition of glutathione in the aqueous medium. The morphological and chemical characteristics of the as-prepared water-compatible MIP microspheres were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. Their selective recognition properties were investigated by static binding tests and compared with those of the ungrafted MIP microspheres. The results of this study showed that the both as-prepared water-compatible MIP microspheres effectively decreased non-specific binding and enhanced the imprinting factor significantly, and the water-compatible MIP microspheres prepared using N-isopropylacrylamide as monomer exhibited a more remarkable recognition property. In addition, the thickness of surface-grafted hydrophilic layer was well controlled by adjusting the irradiation time to obtain the excellent recognition property. Finally, the applicability of the as-prepared water-compatible MIP microspheres as solid-phase extraction materials was investigated by competitive binding tests using a mixture of glutathione and its analogs.

  3. Improved reactivation of immobilized-stabilized lipase from Thermomyces lanuginosus by its coating with highly hydrophilic polymers.

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    Rodrigues, Rafael C; Bolivar, Juan M; Volpato, Giandra; Filice, Marco; Godoy, Cesar; Fernandez-Lafuente, Roberto; Guisan, Jose M

    2009-10-26

    Immobilized-stabilized aminated lipase from Thermomyces lanuginosus (TLL-A) is not easily reactivated after inactivation by incubation in the presence of organic solvents or chaotropic reagents. To improve the recovered activity of this biocatalyst, immobilized TLL-A has been submitted to different modifications. The best results were obtained when the enzyme was coated with a very hydrophilic and inert polymer: dextran modified with glycine (Dx-Gly). This modification did not reduce enzymatic activity while it increased the stability of this already very stable preparation, in thermal and organic solvent induced inactivation (by a 4-fold factor). Simple incubation in aqueous medium at pH 7 and 25 degrees C permitted to fully recover the activity of the immobilized and modified TLL-A enzyme inactivated by incubation in organic solvents or saturated guanidine during 3 cycles, while the non-modified enzyme only recover some activity. When the inactivation was caused by exposition at high temperatures, the reactivation was higher using the modified biocatalyst, but was far for complete (40% after 3 inactivation-reactivation cycles). The determination of the TLL-A activity in the presence of detergents (that helps the opening of active site of the lipase) allowed, in this case, to significantly improve the results, now near to 90% of the initial activity was recovered (using the non-modified enzyme the recovered activity was around 60%). This very hydrophilic and inert polymer, coating the enzyme surface, seems to help the correct positioning of the hydrophilic and hydrophobic groups of the enzyme, and that way improve both the stability and possibility of reactivation of the enzyme.

  4. Radical graft polymerization of an Allyl Monomer onto Hydrophilic Polymers and their antibacterial nanofibrous membranes

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    Hydrophilic poly (vinyl alcohol-co-ethylene) (PVA-co-PE) copolymers with 27 mol %, 32 mol % and 44 mol % ethylene were functionalized by melt radical graft copolymerization with 2,4-diamino-6-diallylamino-1,3,5-triazine (NDAM) using reactive extrusion. This functionalization imparts antibacterial pr...

  5. Enhanced surface hydrophilicity of thin-film composite membranes for nanofiltration: an experimental and DFT study.

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    Lv, Zhiwei; Hu, Jiahui; Zhang, Xuan; Wang, Lianjun

    2015-10-01

    In the current study, thin-film composite (TFC) nanofiltration membranes desirable for water softening were successfully developed through interfacial polymerization using N-(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine (HEDA) as the amine monomer in the aqueous phase. The hydrophilicity of the membrane surface was greatly enhanced with the introduction of the residual hydroxyl groups during the fabrication process. The TFC membranes possessed a permeate flux of 15.8 L m(-2) h(-1) under 0.6 MPa, with a rejection of 85.9%, 73.8%, and 99.8% for Na2SO4, MgSO4 and Congo red, respectively. The interplays of the solvent, solute and polymer matrix on the separation performance were investigated by means of the solubility parameter study. Moreover, density functional theory was employed to calculate the Fukui function by the Hirshfeld charge, which gave the global and local softness values to predict the reactivity of the atomic sites in the HEDA molecule. The findings of this study support the possible forming mechanism of the barrier layer for the first time. The TFC membrane was found to be stable and displayed good separation ability over a week-long filtration process. The combined results of this work suggest that these HEDA/TMC TFC nanofiltration membranes are promising candidates for various applications, such as desalination and dye removal from wastewater.

  6. Loss of amino acids into dialysate during hemodialysis using hydrophilic and nonhydrophilic polyester-polymer alloy and polyacrylonitrile membrane dialyzers.

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    Yokomatsu, Atsuko; Fujikawa, Tetsuya; Toya, Yoshiyuki; Shino-Kakimoto, Midori; Itoh, Yoko; Mitsuhashi, Hiroshi; Tamura, Kouichi; Hirawa, Nobuhito; Yasuda, Gen; Umemura, Satoshi

    2014-08-01

    During hemodialysis, amino acid loss through the dialysate remained a significant problem and was not clear in some dialyzers; therefore, we investigated amino acid loss with hydrophilic and nonhydrophilic polyester-polymer alloy membranes and polyacrylonitrile membranes. Nine maintenance hemodialysis patients were studied to assess amino acid loss during hemodialysis with the three membranes. Total amino acid losses were 85.7 ± 27.2 mg/L, 83.3 ± 16.1 mg/L, and 72.1 ± 22.5 mg/L with the hydrophilic, nonhydrophilic polyester-polymer alloy, and polyacrylonitrile membranes, respectively. Amino acid losses were greater with the hydrophilic membrane compared with the polyacrylonitrile membrane for ornithine (2.0 ± 0.6 vs. 1.4 ± 0.4 mg/L, P = 0.025), phenylalanine (2.4 ± 0.9 vs. 1.8 ± 0.8 mg/L, P = 0.012), and tryptophan (0.6 ± 0.2 vs. 0.4 ± 0.2 mg/L, P = 0.023). Amino acid losses were greater with the nonhydrophilic membrane than with the polyacrylonitrile membrane for ornithine (2.0 ± 0.4 vs. 1.4 ± 0.4 mg/L, P = 0.017), phenylalanine (2.3 ± 0.5 vs. 1.8 ± 0.8 mg/L, P = 0.018), tryptophan (0.7 ± 0.2 vs. 0.4 ± 0.2 mg/L, P = 0.003), and cystine (3.2 ± 0.7 vs. 2.0 ± 0.7 mg/L, P = 0.005). In conclusion, greater losses of ornithine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, and cystine were observed with polyester-polymer alloy than with polyacrylonitrile membranes during hemodialysis. Constant attention should be paid to the amino acid loss profile to improve nutritional control in hemodialysis patients. PMID:24206420

  7. Restricted access molecularly imprinted polymers obtained by bovine serum albumin and/or hydrophilic monomers' external layers: a comparison related to physical and chemical properties.

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    Santos, Mariane Gonçalves; Moraes, Gabriel de Oliveira Isac; Nakamura, Maurício Gustavo; dos Santos-Neto, Álvaro José; Figueiredo, Eduardo Costa

    2015-11-21

    Molecularly imprinting polymers (MIPs) can be modified with external layers in order to obtain restricted access molecularly imprinted polymers (RAMIPs) able to exclude macromolecules and retain low weight compounds. These modifications have been frequently achieved using hydrophilic monomers, chemically bound on the MIP surface. Recently, our group proposed a new biocompatible RAMIP based on the formation of a bovine serum albumin coating on the surface of MIP particles. This material has been used to extract drugs directly from untreated human plasma samples, but its physicochemical evaluation has not been carried out yet, mainly in comparison with RAMIPs obtained by hydrophilic monomers. Thus, we proposed in this paper a comparative study involving the surface composition, microscopic aspect, selectivity, binding kinetics, adsorption and macromolecule elimination ability of these different materials. We concluded that the synthesis procedure influences the size and shape of particles and that hydrophilic co-monomer addition as well as coating with BSA do not alter the chemical recognition ability of the material. The difference between imprinted and non-imprinted polymers' adsorption was evident (suggesting that imprinted polymers have a better capacity to bind the template than the non-imprinted ones). The Langmuir model presents the best fit to describe the materials' adsorption profile. The polymer covered with hydrophilic monomers presented the best adsorption for the template in an aqueous medium, probably due to a hydrophilic layer on its surface. We also concluded that an association of the hydrophilic monomers with the bovine serum albumin coating is important to obtain materials with higher capacity of macromolecule exclusion.

  8. Restricted access molecularly imprinted polymers obtained by bovine serum albumin and/or hydrophilic monomers' external layers: a comparison related to physical and chemical properties.

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    Santos, Mariane Gonçalves; Moraes, Gabriel de Oliveira Isac; Nakamura, Maurício Gustavo; dos Santos-Neto, Álvaro José; Figueiredo, Eduardo Costa

    2015-11-21

    Molecularly imprinting polymers (MIPs) can be modified with external layers in order to obtain restricted access molecularly imprinted polymers (RAMIPs) able to exclude macromolecules and retain low weight compounds. These modifications have been frequently achieved using hydrophilic monomers, chemically bound on the MIP surface. Recently, our group proposed a new biocompatible RAMIP based on the formation of a bovine serum albumin coating on the surface of MIP particles. This material has been used to extract drugs directly from untreated human plasma samples, but its physicochemical evaluation has not been carried out yet, mainly in comparison with RAMIPs obtained by hydrophilic monomers. Thus, we proposed in this paper a comparative study involving the surface composition, microscopic aspect, selectivity, binding kinetics, adsorption and macromolecule elimination ability of these different materials. We concluded that the synthesis procedure influences the size and shape of particles and that hydrophilic co-monomer addition as well as coating with BSA do not alter the chemical recognition ability of the material. The difference between imprinted and non-imprinted polymers' adsorption was evident (suggesting that imprinted polymers have a better capacity to bind the template than the non-imprinted ones). The Langmuir model presents the best fit to describe the materials' adsorption profile. The polymer covered with hydrophilic monomers presented the best adsorption for the template in an aqueous medium, probably due to a hydrophilic layer on its surface. We also concluded that an association of the hydrophilic monomers with the bovine serum albumin coating is important to obtain materials with higher capacity of macromolecule exclusion. PMID:26460233

  9. Top-down mass spectrometry of hybrid materials with hydrophobic peptide and hydrophilic or hydrophobic polymer blocks.

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    Alalwiat, Ahlam; Grieshaber, Sarah E; Paik, Bradford A; Kiick, Kristi L; Jia, Xinqiao; Wesdemiotis, Chrys

    2015-11-21

    A multidimensional mass spectrometry (MS) methodology is introduced for the molecular level characterization of polymer-peptide (or polymer-protein) copolymers that cannot be crystallized or chromatographically purified. It encompasses electrospray ionization (ESI) or matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) coupled with mass analysis, tandem mass spectrometry (MS(2)) and gas-phase separation by ion mobility mass spectrometry (IM-MS). The entire analysis is performed in the mass spectrometer ("top-down" approach) within milliseconds and with high sensitivity, as demonstrated for hybrid materials composed of hydrophobic poly(tert-butyl acrylate) (PtBA) or hydrophilic poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) blocks tethered to the hydrophobic decapeptide VPGVGVPGVG (VG2) via triazole linkages. The composition of the major products can be rapidly surveyed by MALDI-MS and MS(2). For a more comprehensive characterization, the ESI-IM-MS (and MS(2)) combination is more suitable, as it separates the hybrid materials based on their unique charges and shapes from unconjugated polymer and partially hydrolyzed products. Such separation is essential for reducing spectral congestion, deconvoluting overlapping compositions and enabling straightforward structural assignments, both for the hybrid copolymers as well as the polymer and peptide reactants. The IM dimension also permits the measurement of collision cross-sections (CCSs), which reveal molecular architecture. The MS and MS(2) spectra of the mobility separated ions conclusively showed that [PtBA-VG2]m and [PAA-VG2]m chains with the expected compositions and sequences were formed. Single and double copolymer blocks (m = 1-2) could be detected. Further, the CCSs of the hybrids, which were prepared via azide/alkyne cycloadditions, confirmed the formation of macrocyclic structures. The top-down methodology described would be particularly useful for the detection and identification of peptide/protein-polymer conjugates which are

  10. Top-down mass spectrometry of hybrid materials with hydrophobic peptide and hydrophilic or hydrophobic polymer blocks.

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    Alalwiat, Ahlam; Grieshaber, Sarah E; Paik, Bradford A; Kiick, Kristi L; Jia, Xinqiao; Wesdemiotis, Chrys

    2015-11-21

    A multidimensional mass spectrometry (MS) methodology is introduced for the molecular level characterization of polymer-peptide (or polymer-protein) copolymers that cannot be crystallized or chromatographically purified. It encompasses electrospray ionization (ESI) or matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) coupled with mass analysis, tandem mass spectrometry (MS(2)) and gas-phase separation by ion mobility mass spectrometry (IM-MS). The entire analysis is performed in the mass spectrometer ("top-down" approach) within milliseconds and with high sensitivity, as demonstrated for hybrid materials composed of hydrophobic poly(tert-butyl acrylate) (PtBA) or hydrophilic poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) blocks tethered to the hydrophobic decapeptide VPGVGVPGVG (VG2) via triazole linkages. The composition of the major products can be rapidly surveyed by MALDI-MS and MS(2). For a more comprehensive characterization, the ESI-IM-MS (and MS(2)) combination is more suitable, as it separates the hybrid materials based on their unique charges and shapes from unconjugated polymer and partially hydrolyzed products. Such separation is essential for reducing spectral congestion, deconvoluting overlapping compositions and enabling straightforward structural assignments, both for the hybrid copolymers as well as the polymer and peptide reactants. The IM dimension also permits the measurement of collision cross-sections (CCSs), which reveal molecular architecture. The MS and MS(2) spectra of the mobility separated ions conclusively showed that [PtBA-VG2]m and [PAA-VG2]m chains with the expected compositions and sequences were formed. Single and double copolymer blocks (m = 1-2) could be detected. Further, the CCSs of the hybrids, which were prepared via azide/alkyne cycloadditions, confirmed the formation of macrocyclic structures. The top-down methodology described would be particularly useful for the detection and identification of peptide/protein-polymer conjugates which are

  11. Effect of hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin and coadjuvants on the sorption capacity of hydrophilic polymer films for monoterpene alcohols.

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    Higueras, Laura; López-Carballo, Gracia; Gavara, Rafael; Hernández-Muñoz, Pilar

    2016-10-20

    Chitosan films filled with hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin at a 1:1 weight ratio and plasticized with 35 or 50% glycerol or 35% propylene glycol were prepared by casting and conditioned at different relative humidities to achieve a similar water content. Sorption properties of the films for various monoterpene compounds with phenolic, or with linear or cyclohexyl alcohol structures were studied after their immersion in the volatile liquids. In general, the films presented a considerable capacity to retain monophenolic compounds, with sorption values ranging from 455% for meta-cumenol to 193% for guaiacol, for chitosan films with the same formulation. These values were two orders of magnitude higher than those of compounds without the phenol group. The affinity for monophenolic compounds decreased in films plasticized with hydrophilic propylene glycol, whereas no changes were observed in the retention of non-phenolic monoterpenes. Replacement of chitosan with polyvinyl alcohol polymer considerably decreased the retention of monophenolic compounds, with the exception of isoeugenol. Finally, the antimicrobial activity of monoterpenes and films loaded with them was evaluated in vitro by the microatmosphere test against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The present study shows that hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin and the plasticization level achieved by hydrophilic films can be used to regulate loading capacity and sorption selectivity of naturally occurring antimicrobial compounds. PMID:27474670

  12. Hydrophilic gallic acid-imprinted polymers over magnetic mesoporous silica microspheres with excellent molecular recognition ability in aqueous fruit juices.

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    Hu, Xin; Xie, Lianwu; Guo, Junfang; Li, Hui; Jiang, Xinyu; Zhang, Yuping; Shi, Shuyun

    2015-07-15

    Hydrophilic molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for gallic acid (GA) were prepared with excellent recognition ability in an aqueous solution. The proposed MIPs were designed by self-polymerization of dopamine (DA) on magnetic mesoporous silica (Fe3O4@SiO2@mSiO2, MMS) using GA as template. Resulting Fe3O4@SiO2@mSiO2@MIPs (MMS-MIPs) were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and evaluated by adsorption isotherms/kinetics and competitive adsorption. The adsorption behavior between GA and MMS-MIPs followed Langmuir and Sips adsorption isotherms with a maximum adsorption capacity at 88.7 mg/g and pseudo-second-order reaction kinetics with fast binding (equilibrium time at 100 min). In addition, MMS-MIPs showed rapid magnetic separation (10 s) and stability (retained 95.2% after six cycles). Subsequently, MMS-MIPs were applied for the selective extraction and determination of GA from grape, apple, peach and orange juices (4.02, 3.91, 5.97, and 0.67 μg/g, respectively). Generally, the described method may pave the way towards rationally designing more advanced hydrophilic MIPs.

  13. A fast low-temperature micromolding process for hydrophilic microfluidic devices using UV-curable acrylated hyperbranched polymers

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    Jin, Young-Hyun; Cho, Young-Ho; Schmidt, Lars E.; Leterrier, Yves; Månson, Jan-Anders E.

    2007-06-01

    A novel UV-curable low-stress hyperbranched polymer (HBP) micromolding process is presented for the fast and low-temperature fabrication of hydrophilic microfluidic devices. Process, material and surface properties of the acrylated polyether HBP are also characterized and compared to those of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and cyclic olefin copolymers (COC). The HBP dispensed on a PDMS master was cured at room temperature using a 3 min UV exposure at the intensity of 22.2 mW cm-2. Thermal, mechanical and surface properties of the micromolded HBP structures have been characterized and resulted in a glass transition temperature of 55 °C, Young's modulus of 770 MPa and hydrophilic surface having a water contact angle of 54°. Micromolding of 33 µm thick HBP microstructures has been demonstrated. We achieved 14.5 µm wide vertical walls, 14.7 µm wide fluidic channels, 24.1 µm wide square pillars and 53.4 µm wide square holes. A microfluidic network device, composed of microfluidic channels and reservoirs, was fabricated and its microfluidic performance has been verified by a fluidic test.

  14. Immobilization of lipase using hydrophilic polymers in the form of hydrogel beads.

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    Betigeri, Seema S; Neau, Steven H

    2002-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to immobilize lipase (triacylglycerol ester hydrolase, E.C. 3.1.1.3) from Candida rugosa using various polymers in the form of beads, to evaluate enzyme loading, leaching, and activity; and to characterize the beads. Agarose, alginate, and chitosan were the polymers selected to immobilize lipase by entrapment. Agarose beads exhibited undesirable swelling in the leaching and activity medium and the polymer was not used further. Alginate or chitosan beads were prepared by ionic gelation using calcium chloride or sodium tripolyphosphate, respectively, as the cross-linking agent in the gelling solution. Some hatches of beads of each polymer were freeze dried. The results show that alginate beads leached substantially more enzyme than did chitosan beads. Entrapment efficiency, however, was the same for different chitosan levels as well as different alginate levels (43-50%). Activity in alginate was low at 240 +/- 33 and 220 +/- 26, compared to 1,110 +/- 51 and 1,150 +/- 11 units/ml in chitosan, for fresh and freeze-dried beads, respectively. The higher lipase activity in chitosan beads compared to that in alginate beads could be attributed to an alginate-enzyme interaction. It can be concluded that chitosan is a polymer worthy of pursuit to immobilize lipase.

  15. Asymmetric electrostatic and hydrophobic-hydrophilic interaction forces between mica surfaces and silicone polymer thin films.

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    Donaldson, Stephen H; Das, Saurabh; Gebbie, Matthew A; Rapp, Michael; Jones, Louis C; Roiter, Yuri; Koenig, Peter H; Gizaw, Yonas; Israelachvili, Jacob N

    2013-11-26

    We have synthesized model hydrophobic silicone thin films on gold surfaces by a two-step covalent grafting procedure. An amino-functionalized gold surface reacts with monoepoxy-terminated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) via a click reaction, resulting in a covalently attached nanoscale thin film of PDMS, and the click chemistry synthesis route provides great selectivity, reproducibility, and stability in the resulting model hydrophobic silicone thin films. The asymmetric interaction forces between the PDMS thin films and mica surfaces were measured with the surface forces apparatus in aqueous sodium chloride solutions. At an acidic pH of 3, attractive interactions are measured, resulting in instabilities during both approach (jump-in) and separation (jump-out from adhesive contact). Quantitative analysis of the results indicates that the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory alone, i.e., the combination of electrostatic repulsion and van der Waals attraction, cannot fully describe the measured forces and that the additional measured adhesion is likely due to hydrophobic interactions. The surface interactions are highly pH-dependent, and a basic pH of 10 results in fully repulsive interactions at all distances, due to repulsive electrostatic and steric-hydration interactions, indicating that the PDMS is negatively charged at high pH. We describe an interaction potential with a parameter, known as the Hydra parameter, that can account for the extra attraction (low pH) due to hydrophobicity as well as the extra repulsion (high pH) due to hydrophilic (steric-hydration) interactions. The interaction potential is general and provides a quantitative measure of interfacial hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity for any set of interacting surfaces in aqueous solution.

  16. Tailor-made surface properties of particles with a hydrophilic or hydrophobic polymer shell mediated by supercritical CO2.

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    Marre, Samuel; Cansell, François; Aymonier, Cyril

    2008-01-01

    Controlling the surface characteristics of inorganic materials with an organic shell is of great interest for control of the properties of the final material. A challenge is thus to be able to deposit a polymer shell with different solvation properties onto the surface of inorganic particles and to have a good control of the thickness of the organic layer without a prefunctionalization of surfaces. We demonstrate, in this paper, a method for coating silica particles (170-550 nm), used as model substrates, with either a hydrophilic (polyethylene glycol) or a hydrophobic polymer (polybutadiene hydroxy terminated) using a supercritical antisolvent process (precipitation from a compressed antisolvent). Several operating parameters were studied to control precisely the thickness of the deposited layer (from 2 to 30 nm), which was characterized using TEM, FESEM, XPS, and UV-visible techniques. This work demonstrates that supercritical antisolvent processes are powerful methods and good alternatives to conventional coating techniques toward the development of hybrid and/or core-shell nanomaterials. PMID:18047379

  17. iBodies: Modular Synthetic Antibody Mimetics Based on Hydrophilic Polymers Decorated with Functional Moieties.

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    Šácha, Pavel; Knedlík, Tomáš; Schimer, Jiří; Tykvart, Jan; Parolek, Jan; Navrátil, Václav; Dvořáková, Petra; Sedlák, František; Ulbrich, Karel; Strohalm, Jiří; Majer, Pavel; Šubr, Vladimír; Konvalinka, Jan

    2016-02-12

    Antibodies are indispensable tools for biomedicine and anticancer therapy. Nevertheless, their use is compromised by high production costs, limited stability, and difficulty of chemical modification. The design and preparation of synthetic polymer conjugates capable of replacing antibodies in biomedical applications such as ELISA, flow cytometry, immunocytochemistry, and immunoprecipitation is reported. The conjugates, named "iBodies", consist of an HPMA copolymer decorated with low-molecular-weight compounds that function as targeting ligands, affinity anchors, and imaging probes. We prepared specific conjugates targeting several proteins with known ligands and used these iBodies for enzyme inhibition, protein isolation, immobilization, quantification, and live-cell imaging. Our data indicate that this highly modular and versatile polymer system can be used to produce inexpensive and stable antibody substitutes directed toward virtually any protein of interest with a known ligand. PMID:26749427

  18. iBodies: Modular Synthetic Antibody Mimetics Based on Hydrophilic Polymers Decorated with Functional Moieties

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    Šácha, Pavel; Knedlík, Tomáš; Schimer, Jiří; Tykvart, Jan; Parolek, Jan; Navrátil, Václav; Dvořáková, Petra; Sedlák, František; Ulbrich, Karel; Strohalm, Jiří; Majer, Pavel

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Antibodies are indispensable tools for biomedicine and anticancer therapy. Nevertheless, their use is compromised by high production costs, limited stability, and difficulty of chemical modification. The design and preparation of synthetic polymer conjugates capable of replacing antibodies in biomedical applications such as ELISA, flow cytometry, immunocytochemistry, and immunoprecipitation is reported. The conjugates, named “iBodies”, consist of an HPMA copolymer decorated with low‐molecular‐weight compounds that function as targeting ligands, affinity anchors, and imaging probes. We prepared specific conjugates targeting several proteins with known ligands and used these iBodies for enzyme inhibition, protein isolation, immobilization, quantification, and live‐cell imaging. Our data indicate that this highly modular and versatile polymer system can be used to produce inexpensive and stable antibody substitutes directed toward virtually any protein of interest with a known ligand. PMID:26749427

  19. Fluorescent graphene oxide via polymer grafting: an efficient nanocarrier for both hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs.

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    Kundu, Aniruddha; Nandi, Sudipta; Das, Pradip; Nandi, Arun K

    2015-02-18

    Functionalized graphene-based drug delivery vehicles have conquered a significant position because functionalization improves its biocompatibility and stability in cell medium, leaving sufficient graphitic basal plane for drug loading through π-π stacking. In this study, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) is covalently grafted from the surface of graphene oxide (GO) via a facile, eco-friendly and an easy procedure of free radical polymerization (FRP) using ammonium persulfate initiator. Various spectroscopic and microscopic studies confirm the successful grafting of PNIPAM from GO surface. PNIPAM-grafted GO (GPNM) exhibits enhanced thermal stability, improved dispersibility both in aqueous and cell medium, and better biocompatibility and cell viability compared to GO. Interestingly, GPNM displays an exciting fluorescence property in aqueous medium, which is a hike of intensity at 36 °C due to the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PNIPAM chains (32 °C). Moreover both hydrophilic (doxorubicin (DOX)) and hydrophobic (indomethacin (IMC)) drugs loaded on the surface of GPNM hybrid exhibits its efficacy as an efficient carrier for both types of drugs. Cellular uptakes of free DOX and DOX-loaded GPNM (GPNM-DOX) are evidenced both from optical and fluorescence imaging of live cells, and the efficiency of drug is significantly improved in the loaded system. The release of DOX from GPNM-DOX was achieved at pH 4, relevant to the environment of cancer cells. The pH-triggered release of hydrophobic drug was also studied using UV-vis spectroscopy via alginate encapsulation, showing a great enhancement at pH = 7.4. The IMC is also found to be released by human serum albumin using dialysis technique. The GPNM nanomaterial shows the property of simultaneous loading of DOX and IMC as well as pH-triggered simultaneous release of both of the drugs.

  20. Fluorescent graphene oxide via polymer grafting: an efficient nanocarrier for both hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs.

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    Kundu, Aniruddha; Nandi, Sudipta; Das, Pradip; Nandi, Arun K

    2015-02-18

    Functionalized graphene-based drug delivery vehicles have conquered a significant position because functionalization improves its biocompatibility and stability in cell medium, leaving sufficient graphitic basal plane for drug loading through π-π stacking. In this study, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) is covalently grafted from the surface of graphene oxide (GO) via a facile, eco-friendly and an easy procedure of free radical polymerization (FRP) using ammonium persulfate initiator. Various spectroscopic and microscopic studies confirm the successful grafting of PNIPAM from GO surface. PNIPAM-grafted GO (GPNM) exhibits enhanced thermal stability, improved dispersibility both in aqueous and cell medium, and better biocompatibility and cell viability compared to GO. Interestingly, GPNM displays an exciting fluorescence property in aqueous medium, which is a hike of intensity at 36 °C due to the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PNIPAM chains (32 °C). Moreover both hydrophilic (doxorubicin (DOX)) and hydrophobic (indomethacin (IMC)) drugs loaded on the surface of GPNM hybrid exhibits its efficacy as an efficient carrier for both types of drugs. Cellular uptakes of free DOX and DOX-loaded GPNM (GPNM-DOX) are evidenced both from optical and fluorescence imaging of live cells, and the efficiency of drug is significantly improved in the loaded system. The release of DOX from GPNM-DOX was achieved at pH 4, relevant to the environment of cancer cells. The pH-triggered release of hydrophobic drug was also studied using UV-vis spectroscopy via alginate encapsulation, showing a great enhancement at pH = 7.4. The IMC is also found to be released by human serum albumin using dialysis technique. The GPNM nanomaterial shows the property of simultaneous loading of DOX and IMC as well as pH-triggered simultaneous release of both of the drugs. PMID:25612470

  1. Charged hydrophilic polymer brushes and their relevance for understanding marine biofouling.

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    Yandi, Wetra; Mieszkin, Sophie; di Fino, Alessio; Martin-Tanchereau, Pierre; Callow, Maureen E; Callow, James A; Tyson, Lyndsey; Clare, Anthony S; Ederth, Thomas

    2016-07-01

    The resistance of charged polymers to biofouling was investigated by subjecting cationic (PDMAEMA), anionic (PSPMA), neutral (PHEMA-co-PEG10MA), and zwitterionic (PSBMA) brushes to assays testing protein adsorption; attachment of the marine bacterium Cobetia marina; settlement and adhesion strength of zoospores of the green alga Ulva linza; settlement of barnacle (Balanus amphitrite and B. improvisus) cypris larvae; and field immersion tests. Several results go beyond the expected dependence on direct electrostatic attraction; PSPMA showed good resistance towards attachment of C. marina, low settlement and adhesion of U. linza zoospores, and significantly lower biofouling than on PHEMA-co-PEG10MA or PSBMA after a field test for one week. PDMAEMA showed potential as a contact-active anti-algal coating due to its capacity to damage attached spores. However, after field testing for eight weeks, there were no significant differences in biofouling coverage among the surfaces. While charged polymers are unsuitable as antifouling coatings in the natural environment, they provide valuable insights into fouling processes, and are relevant for studies due to charging of nominally neutral surfaces.

  2. Incorporation of carbon nanotubes into a lyotropic liquid crystal by phase separation in the presence of a hydrophilic polymer.

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    Xin, Xia; Li, Hongguang; Wieczorek, Stefan A; Szymborski, Tomasz; Kalwarczyk, Ewelina; Ziebacz, Natalia; Gorecka, Ewa; Pociecha, Damian; Hołyst, Robert

    2010-03-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were incorporated into a lyotropic liquid crystal (LLC) matrix formed by n-dodecyl octaoxyethene monoether (C(12)E(6)) at room temperature through spontaneous phase separation induced by nonionic hydrophilic polymer poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG). The quality of SWNTs/LLC composite was evaluated by polarized microscopy observations and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements. The results obtained clearly indicated that SWNTs have been successfully incorporated into the LLC matrix up to a considerable high content without destroying the LLC matrix, although interesting changes of the LLC matrix were also induced by SWNTs incorporation. By varying the ratio of PEG to C(12)E(6), the type of LLC matrix can be controlled from hexagonal phase to lamellar phase. Temperature was found to have a significant influence on the quality of SWNTs/LLC composite, and tube aggregation can be induced at higher temperature. When SWNTs were changed to multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), they became difficult to be incorporated into LLC matrix because of an increase in the average tube diameter.

  3. Formulation and Evaluation of a Sustained-Release Tablets of Metformin Hydrochloride Using Hydrophilic Synthetic and Hydrophobic Natural Polymers

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    Wadher, K. J.; Kakde, R. B.; Umekar, M. J.

    2011-01-01

    Metformin hydrochloride has relatively short plasma half-life, low absolute bioavailability. The need for the administration two to three times a day when larger doses are required can decrease patient compliance. Sustained release formulation that would maintain plasma level for 8-12 h might be sufficient for daily dosing of metformin. Sustained release products are needed for metformin to prolong its duration of action and to improve patient compliances. The overall objective of this study was to develop an oral sustained release metformin hydrochloride tablet by using hydrophilic Eudragit RSPO alone or its combination with hydrophobic natural polymers Gum copal and gum damar as rate controlling factor. The tablets were prepared by wet granulation method. The in vitro dissolution study was carried out using USP 22 apparatus I, paddle method and the data was analysed using zero order, first order, Higuchi, Korsmeyer and Hixson-Crowell equations. The drug release study revealed that Eudragit RSPO alone was unable to sustain the drug release. Combining Eudragit with gum Copal and gum Damar sustained the drug release for more than 12 h. Kinetic modeling of in vitro dissolution profiles revealed the drug release mechanism ranges from diffusion controlled or Fickian transport to anomalous type or non-Fickian transport. Fitting the in vitro drug release data to Korsmeyer equation indicated that diffusion along with erosion could be the mechanism of drug release. PMID:22303065

  4. Formulation and evaluation of a sustained-release tablets of metformin hydrochloride using hydrophilic synthetic and hydrophobic natural polymers.

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    Wadher, K J; Kakde, R B; Umekar, M J

    2011-03-01

    Metformin hydrochloride has relatively short plasma half-life, low absolute bioavailability. The need for the administration two to three times a day when larger doses are required can decrease patient compliance. Sustained release formulation that would maintain plasma level for 8-12 h might be sufficient for daily dosing of metformin. Sustained release products are needed for metformin to prolong its duration of action and to improve patient compliances. The overall objective of this study was to develop an oral sustained release metformin hydrochloride tablet by using hydrophilic Eudragit RSPO alone or its combination with hydrophobic natural polymers Gum copal and gum damar as rate controlling factor. The tablets were prepared by wet granulation method. The in vitro dissolution study was carried out using USP 22 apparatus I, paddle method and the data was analysed using zero order, first order, Higuchi, Korsmeyer and Hixson-Crowell equations. The drug release study revealed that Eudragit RSPO alone was unable to sustain the drug release. Combining Eudragit with gum Copal and gum Damar sustained the drug release for more than 12 h. Kinetic modeling of in vitro dissolution profiles revealed the drug release mechanism ranges from diffusion controlled or Fickian transport to anomalous type or non-Fickian transport. Fitting the in vitro drug release data to Korsmeyer equation indicated that diffusion along with erosion could be the mechanism of drug release. PMID:22303065

  5. Effects of laxative and nonlaxative hydrophilic polymers on canine small intestinal motor activity.

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    Russell, J; Bass, P

    1986-03-01

    Bulk-forming laxatives increase fecal volume and elicit aborally directed colonic motility patterns. Recently, it was demonstrated that test meals of the bulk-laxative fibers (cellulose and bran) elicited organized jejunal motor activity while nonlaxative fiber meals (guar) elicited unorganized jejunal motor activity. However, whether bulk-forming laxatives, as a class of compounds, differentially affect small intestinal motility has not been studied. Therefore, a study was made of the effects of the bulk laxatives psyllium and polycarbophil and the nonlaxative pectin on canine jejunal motor activity. Psyllium and pectin are examples of dietary fiber, while polycarbophil is a synthetic polymer. Pectin and psyllium test meals presented as viscous gels. In contrast, polycarbophil meals presented as a combination of discrete particles plus meal water. After each meal, measurements were made of the jejunal motility index, the time of reappearance of interdigestive burst activity, and overall motility patterns. Pectin and psyllium meals increased in viscosity as meal fiber content increased. As meal content and hence viscosity increased, both the laxative (psyllium) and nonlaxative (pectin) fiber meals elicited increasing jejunal motor activity and delays in the reappearance of the burst interval. For both fiber types, motor activity presented as randomly appearing contractions. In contrast, meals of the laxative polycarbophil elicited no more motor activity than the saline control meal. However, this control-level amount of activity presented as propagated clusters of contractions, ie, the "laxative-induced pattern." Polycarbophil did not delay the reappearance of burst activity.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  6. Hydrophilic polymer coated monodispersed Fe3O4 nanostructures and their cytotoxicity

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    Kumar, S. Rajesh; Marianna, Lucafò; Gianni, Sava; Nathanael, A. Joseph; Hong, S. I.; Oh, Tae Hwan; Mangalaraj, D.; Viswanathan, C.; Ponpandian, N.

    2014-03-01

    Surface functionalized monodispersed Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles were synthesized by the polyol method. Surfactants were used to control size, shape and agglomeration of the magnetic nanoparticles during the preparation. The size of these nanoparticles was in the range of 10-30 nm as observed in transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The formation of monodispersed shapes was controlled by varying the surfactants without changing the reaction conditions. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern validates the phase purity and cubic structure even after the addition of surfactants. The functional groups were observed from Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy analysis, confirming the surface modification with polymer molecules in the polyol medium. The saturation magnetization value decreases from 89 to 59 emu g-1 for the surfactant coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles and it also shows superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature. Cell viability rate and percentage of dead cells were accurately identified in human breast carcinoma cell lines using in vitro cell viability experiments, which confirms that pristine and surfactant coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles are non-toxic and can be used for biomedical applications.

  7. Comparative analysis of zaleplon complexation with cyclodextrins and hydrophilic polymers in solution and in solid state.

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    Jablan, Jasna; Szalontai, Gábor; Jug, Mario

    2012-12-01

    The aim of this work was to investigate the potential synergistic effect of water-soluble polymers (hypromellose, HPMC and polyvinylpyrrolidone, PVP) on zaleplon (ZAL) complexation with parent β-cyclodextrin (βCD) and its randomly methylated derivative (RAMEB) in solution and in solid state. The addition of HPMC to the complexation medium improved ZAL complexation and solubilization with RAMEB (K(ZAL/RAMEB)=156±5M(-1) and K(ZAL/RAMEB/HPMC)=189±8M(-1); p<0.01), while such effect was not observed for βCD (K(ZAL/βCD)=112±2M(-1) and K(ZAL/βCD/HPMC)=119±8M(-1); p>0.05). Although PVP increased the ZAL aqueous solubility from 0.22 to 0.27mg/mL, it did not show any synergistic effects on ZAL solubilization with the cyclodextrins tested. Binary and ternary systems of ZAL with βCD, RAMEB and HPMC were prepared by spray-drying. Differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy demonstrated a partial ZAL amorphization in spray-dried binary and ternary systems with βCD, while the drug was completely amorphous in all samples with RAMEB. Furthermore, inclusion complex formation in all systems prepared was confirmed by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. The in vitro dissolution rate followed the rank order ZAL/RAMEB/HPMC>ZAL/RAMEB=ZAL/βCD/HPMC>ZAL/βCD≫ZAL, clearly demonstrating the superior performance of RAMEB on ZAL complexation in the solid state and its synergistic effect with HPMC on drug solubility. Surprisingly, when loaded into tablets made with insoluble microcrystalline cellulose, RAMEB complexes had no positive effect on drug dissolution, because HPMC and RAMEB acted as a binders inside the tablets, prolonging their disintegration. Oppositely, the formulation with mannitol, a soluble excipient, containing a ternary RAMEB system, released the complete drug-dose in only 5min, clearly demonstrating its suitability for the development of immediate-release oral formulation of ZAL.

  8. New reversed-phase/anion-exchange/hydrophilic interaction mixed-mode stationary phase based on dendritic polymer-modified porous silica.

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    Li, Yun; Yang, Jiajia; Jin, Jing; Sun, Xiaoli; Wang, Longxing; Chen, Jiping

    2014-04-11

    A novel dendritic polymer-modified silica (DPS) stationary phase was prepared by a divergent synthesis scheme starting from propylamine on silica by consecutive amine-epoxy reactions with 1,4-butanedioldiglycidyl ether and aniline. Both elemental analysis and infrared spectra data shows the successful growth of dendritic polymer on silica particles. The carbon and nitrogen contents increased with an increasing number of reaction cycles and achieved 25.2% and 2.1% (w/w) after 11 reaction cycles. The combination of a phenyl ring with a quaternary ammonium, or a tertiary amine at the branch point along with embedded polar functionalities (including ether and hydroxyl groups) in the branch, generated hydrophobic, electrostatic, as well as hydrophilic interactive domains. Depending on solute structure and mobile phase composition, the DPS stationary phase provided multiple retention mechanisms, including reversed phase (RP), anion-exchange (AEX), and hydrophilic interactions. The RP capability achieved separation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Basic, neutral and acidic molecules were well separated under RP/AEX mixed mode. Effective separation of small polar compounds (such as nucleobases and nucleosides) was also obtained under hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) mode. PMID:24630062

  9. One-pot synthesis of quantum dot-labeled hydrophilic molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles for direct optosensing of folic acid in real, undiluted biological samples.

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    Yang, Yaqiong; Wang, Zhengzheng; Niu, Hui; Zhang, Huiqi

    2016-12-15

    A facile and efficient one-pot approach for the synthesis of quantum dot (QD)-labeled hydrophilic molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) nanoparticles for direct optosensing of folic acid (FA) in the undiluted bovine and porcine serums is described. Hydrophilic macromolecular chain transfer agent-mediated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) precipitation polymerization was used to implement the molecular imprinting of FA in the presence of CdTe quantum dots (QDs). The resulting FA-imprinted polymer nanoparticles with surface-grafted hydrophilic poly(glyceryl monomethacrylate) brushes and QDs labeling not only showed outstanding specific molecular recognition toward FA in biological samples, but also exhibited good photostability, rapid binding kinetics, and obvious template binding-induced fluorescence quenching. These characteristics make them a useful fluorescent chemosensor for directly and selectively optosensing FA in the undiluted bovine and porcine serums, with its limit of detection being 0.025μM and average recoveries ranging from 98% to 102%, even in the presence of several interfering compounds. This advanced fluorescent MIP chemosensor is highly promising for rapid quantification of FA in such applications as clinical diagnostics and food analysis. PMID:27453986

  10. Dry powders based on PLGA nanoparticles for pulmonary delivery of antibiotics: modulation of encapsulation efficiency, release rate and lung deposition pattern by hydrophilic polymers.

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    Ungaro, Francesca; d'Angelo, Ivana; Coletta, Ciro; d'Emmanuele di Villa Bianca, Roberta; Sorrentino, Raffaella; Perfetto, Brunella; Tufano, Maria Antonietta; Miro, Agnese; La Rotonda, Maria Immacolata; Quaglia, Fabiana

    2012-01-10

    Although few experimental studies have been handled so far to exploit the potential of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) in the production of dry powders for antibiotic inhalation, there has been no comprehensive study on the role played by NP composition. In this work, we try to shed light on this aspect by designing and developing a pulmonary delivery system for antibiotics, such as tobramycin (Tb), based on PLGA NPs embedded in an inert microcarrier made of lactose, referred to as nano-embedded micro-particles (NEM). At nanosize level, helper hydrophilic polymers were used to impart the desired surface, bulk and release properties to PLGA NPs prepared by a modified emulsion-solvent diffusion technique. Results showed that poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and chitosan (CS) are essential to optimise the size and modulate the surface properties of Tb-loaded PLGA NPs, whereas the use of alginate (Alg) allows efficient Tb entrapment within NPs and its release up to one month. Optimized formulations display good in vitro antimicrobial activity against P. aeruginosa planktonic cells. Furthermore, spray-drying of the NPs with lactose yielded NEM with peculiar but promising flow and aerosolization properties, while preserving the peculiar NP features. Nonetheless, in vivo biodistribution studies showed that PVA-modified Alg/PLGA NPs reached the deep lung, while CS-modified NPs were found in great amounts in the upper airways, lining lung epithelial surfaces. In conclusion, PLGA NP composition appears to play a crucial role in determining not only the technological features of NPs but, once processed in the form of NEM, also their in vitro/in vivo deposition pattern.

  11. Spatially defined hydrophobic coating of a microwell-patterned hydrophilic polymer substrate for targeted adhesion with high-resolution soft lithography.

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    Lee, Nae Yoon

    2013-11-01

    In this study, a simple and facile scheme for selectively hydrophobizing microwell-patterned hydrophilic polymer substrate is demonstrated, and applied for a targeted adhesion. Microwell-patterned polymer substrate was replicated from a silicon mold using a photocurable prepolymer under ultraviolet (UV) light for 30min. While the surface of the replica was partially cured, it was contact printed with a flat, hydrophobic poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) elastomer, and the assembly was further cured under UV light for approximately 3h and detached. In this manner, the PDMS molecules were transferred selectively onto the protruding regions of the partially cured microwell-patterned substrate, while the inner walls of the microwells remained hydrophilic. The surface hydrophobization was characterized by contact angle measurement and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In addition, time-dependent contact angle variations were investigated to verify the robustness and durability of the coating of the PDMS functional group. As a proof-of-concept experiment, functionalized polymer beads were targeted and successfully guided selectively into arrays of microwells without being adsorbed onto the protruding regions of the microwell-patterned substrate, which could further be applied for the targeted immobilization of biomolecules with high selectivity in a relatively simple and facile manner. PMID:23838198

  12. Simulated space environmental effects on some experimental high performance polymers

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    Connell, John W.

    1993-01-01

    High performance polymers for potential space applications were evaluated under simulated space environmental conditions. Experimental resins from blends of acetylene terminated materials, poly(arylene ether)s and low color polyimides were exposed to high energy electron and ultraviolet radiation in an attempt to simulate space environmental effects. Thin films, neat resin moldings, and carbon fiber reinforced composites were exposed, and the effect on certain polymer properties were determined. Recent research involving the effects of various radiation exposures on the physical, optical, and mechanical properties of several experimental polymer systems is reviewed.

  13. A novel hydrophilic polymer-brush pattern for site-specific capture of blood cells from whole blood.

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    Hou, Jianwen; Shi, Qiang; Ye, Wei; Fan, Qunfu; Shi, Hengchong; Wong, Shing-Chung; Xu, Xiaodong; Yin, Jinghua

    2015-03-11

    A novel hydrophilic PAMPS-PAAm brush pattern is fabricated to selectively capture blood cells from whole blood. PAMPS brushes provide antifouling surfaces to resist protein and cell adhesion while PAAm brushes effectively entrap targeted proteins for site-specific and cell-type dependent capture of blood cells. PMID:25469596

  14. Experimental investigation of the streaming potential hypothesis for ionic polymer transducers in sensing

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    Kocer, Bilge; Mauck Weiland, Lisa

    2013-03-01

    Ionic polymer transducers (IPTs) are ionomers that are plated with conductive media such as metals, leading to capacitive behavior. IPTs exhibit bending deformation when a voltage difference is applied across the surfaces of the transducer, thus displaying actuation. A current is generated when they are deformed, thus exhibiting sensing. However, the mechanisms responsible for actuation and sensing differ; research to date has focused predominantly on actuation, while identification of the dominant mechanism responsible for IPT sensing remains an open topic. The goal of this work is to initiate experimental investigations of the streaming potential hypothesis for IPT sensing. This hypothesis argues that the presence of unbound counter-ions within the hydrophilic phase of an ionic polymer behaves as an electrolyte in the presence of the electrode. Thus, as per classic streaming potential analyses, relative motion of the electrolyte with respect to the electrode will result in the evolution of a streaming potential. According to this hypothesis, the extent of communication between the electrode and electrolyte becomes important in the evolution of an electrical signal. This study experimentally explores the effect of electrode architecture on the sensing response where the IPTs are prepared via the direct assembly process (DAP). The DAP is selected because it enables control over the fabrication of the electrode structure. In this study, cantilevered IPT samples having different electrode composition are tested under several step input tip displacements. The experimental outcomes are consistent with predicted trends via streaming potential theory.

  15. Use of the Dynamic Gastric Model as a tool for investigating fed and fasted sensitivities of low polymer content hydrophilic matrix formulations.

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    Mason, Laura M; Chessa, Simona; Huatan, Hiep; Storey, David E; Gupta, Pranav; Burley, Jonathan; Melia, Colin D

    2016-08-20

    The Dynamic Gastric Model (DGM) is an in-vitro system which aims to closely replicate the complex mixing, dynamic biochemical release and emptying patterns of the human stomach. In this study, the DGM was used to understand how the polymer content of hydrophilic matrices influences drug release in fasted and fed dissolution environments. Matrices containing a soluble model drug (caffeine) and between 10 and 30% HPMC 2208 (METHOCEL(®) K4M CR) were studied in the DGM under simulated fasted and fed conditions. The results were compared with compendial USP I and USP II dissolution tests. The USP I and II tests clearly discriminated between formulations containing different polymer levels, whereas the fasted DGM test bracketed drug release profiles into three groups and was not able to distinguish between some different formulations. DGM tests in the fed state showed that drug release was substantially influenced by the presence of a high fat meal. Under these conditions, there was a delay before initial drug release, and differences between matrices with different polymer contents were no longer clear. Matrices containing the typical amount of HPMC polymer (30% w/w) exhibited similar release rates under fed and fasted DGM conditions, but matrices with lower polymer contents exhibited more rapid drug release in the fasted state. In both the fasted and fed states erosion mechanisms appeared to dominate drug release in the DGM: most likely a consequence of the changing, cylindrical forces exerted during simulated antral cycling. This is in contrast to the USP tests in which diffusion played a significant role in the drug release process. This study is one of the first publications where a series of extended release (ER) formulations have been studied in the DGM. The technique appears to offer a useful tool to explore the potential sensitivity of ER formulations with respect to the gastric environment, especially the presence of food.

  16. Use of the Dynamic Gastric Model as a tool for investigating fed and fasted sensitivities of low polymer content hydrophilic matrix formulations.

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    Mason, Laura M; Chessa, Simona; Huatan, Hiep; Storey, David E; Gupta, Pranav; Burley, Jonathan; Melia, Colin D

    2016-08-20

    The Dynamic Gastric Model (DGM) is an in-vitro system which aims to closely replicate the complex mixing, dynamic biochemical release and emptying patterns of the human stomach. In this study, the DGM was used to understand how the polymer content of hydrophilic matrices influences drug release in fasted and fed dissolution environments. Matrices containing a soluble model drug (caffeine) and between 10 and 30% HPMC 2208 (METHOCEL(®) K4M CR) were studied in the DGM under simulated fasted and fed conditions. The results were compared with compendial USP I and USP II dissolution tests. The USP I and II tests clearly discriminated between formulations containing different polymer levels, whereas the fasted DGM test bracketed drug release profiles into three groups and was not able to distinguish between some different formulations. DGM tests in the fed state showed that drug release was substantially influenced by the presence of a high fat meal. Under these conditions, there was a delay before initial drug release, and differences between matrices with different polymer contents were no longer clear. Matrices containing the typical amount of HPMC polymer (30% w/w) exhibited similar release rates under fed and fasted DGM conditions, but matrices with lower polymer contents exhibited more rapid drug release in the fasted state. In both the fasted and fed states erosion mechanisms appeared to dominate drug release in the DGM: most likely a consequence of the changing, cylindrical forces exerted during simulated antral cycling. This is in contrast to the USP tests in which diffusion played a significant role in the drug release process. This study is one of the first publications where a series of extended release (ER) formulations have been studied in the DGM. The technique appears to offer a useful tool to explore the potential sensitivity of ER formulations with respect to the gastric environment, especially the presence of food. PMID:27311354

  17. Size exclusion chromatography of synthetic polymers and biopolymers on common reversed phase and hydrophilic interaction chromatography columns.

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    Caltabiano, Anna M; Foley, Joe P; Barth, Howard G

    2016-03-11

    This work describes the applicability of common reversed phase and HILIC columns for size exclusion chromatography of synthetic and natural polymers. Depending on the nature of the solute and column stationary phase, a "non-retention" condition must be created with the aid of the mobile phase to achieve a unique size-based separation in isocratic mode. The various bonded phases show remarkable differences in size separations that are controlled by mobile phase conditions. Polymer-mobile phase and column-mobile phase solvation interactions determine polymer hydrodynamic volume (or solute bulkiness) and polymer-column steric interaction. Solvation interactions in turn depend on polymer, mobile phase and stationary phase polarities. Column-mobile phase solvation interactions determine the structural order of the bonded ligands that can vary from ordered (extended, aligned away from the silica substrate) to disordered (folded, pointing toward the silica substrate). Chain order increases with increased solvent penetration into the bonded phase. Increased chain order reduces pore volume, and therefore decreases the size-separation efficiency of a column. Conversely, decreased chain order increases pore volume and therefore increases the size-separation efficiency. The thermodynamic quality of the mobile phase also plays a significant role in the separation of polymers. "Poor" solvents can significantly reduce the hydrodynamic diameter of a solute and thus change their retention behavior. Medium polarity stationary phases, such as fluoro-phenyl and cyano, exhibit a unique retention behavior. With an appropriate polarity mobile phase, polar and non-polar synthetic polymers of the same molecular masses can be eluted at the same retention volumes.

  18. Association behaviors of dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide with double hydrophilic block co-polymer poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(glutamate sodium).

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    Han, Yuchun; Xia, Lin; Zhu, Linyi; Zhang, Shusheng; Li, Zhibo; Wang, Yilin

    2012-10-30

    The association behaviors of single-chain surfactant dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) with double hydrophilic block co-polymers poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(sodium glutamate) (PEG(113)-PGlu(50) or PEG(113)-PGlu(100)) were investigated using isothermal titration microcalorimetry, cryogenic transmission electron microscopy, circular dichroism, ζ potential, and particle size measurements. The electrostatic interaction between DTAB and the oppositely charged carboxylate groups of PEG-PGlu induces the formation of super-amphiphiles, which further self-assemble into ordered aggregates. Dependent upon the charge ratios between DTAB and the glutamic acid residue of the co-polymer, the mixture solutions can change from transparent to opalescent without precipitation. Dependent upon the chain length of the PGlu block, the mixture of DTAB and PEG-PGlu diblocks can form two different aggregates at their corresponding electroneutral point. Spherical and rod-like aggregates are formed in the PEG(113)-PGlu(50)/DTAB mixture, while the vesicular aggregates are observed in the PEG(113)-PGlu(100)/DTAB mixture solution. Because the PEG(113)-PGlu(100)/DTAB super-amphiphile has more hydrophobic components than that of the PEG(113)-PGlu(50)/DTAB super-amphiphile, the former prefers forming the ordered aggregates with higher curvature, such as spherical and rod aggregates, but the latter prefers forming vesicular aggregates with lower curvature.

  19. Enhancing water retention and low-humidity proton conductivity of sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) composite membrane enabled by the polymer-microcapsules with controllable hydrophilicity-hydrophobicity

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    He, Guangwei; Li, Yifan; Li, Zongyu; Nie, Lingli; Wu, Hong; Yang, Xinlin; Zhao, Yuning; Jiang, Zhongyi

    2014-02-01

    Four kinds of polymer microcapsules (PMCs) with different hydrophilicity-hydrophobicity are synthesized via distillation-precipitation polymerization (polymer microcapsules form by self-crosslinking of monomers/crosslinkers in this process) and incorporated into sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (SPEEK) matrix to prepare composite membranes. To improve the water retention of the PMCs, the hydrophilicity-hydrophobicity of the PMCs is manipulated by regulating the proportion of hydrophilic ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) and hydrophobic divinylbenzene (DVB) crosslinkers in the synthesis formula. The hydrophilicity of the PMCs decreases with increasing the content of polyDVB in the PMCs. The four kinds of PMCs exhibit different water retention properties. The PMCs with appropriate hydrophilic/hydrophobic balance (EGDMA: DVB = 1:1) possess the best water retention properties. Incorporation of PMCs into SPEEK matrix enhances the water-retention properties, and consequently increases proton conductivity to 0.0132 S cm-1 under 20% relative humidity, about thirteen times higher than that of the SPEEK control membrane. Moreover, the incorporation of PMCs reduces the activation energy for proton conduction and the methanol permeability of the membranes. This study may be helpful to rational design of excellent water-retention materials.

  20. Simulated space environmental effects on some experimental high performance polymers

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    Connell, John W.

    1991-01-01

    Organic polymeric materials are currently being considered for long term use (more than 10 years) in structural (adhesives and composite matrices) and functional (films and coatings) applications on spacecraft. Although organic polymers have been utilized successfully in short term missions, the long term durability of these materials in space is of concern. As part of a NASA effort on high performance polymers for potential space applications, various experimental polymeric materials recently synthesized at NASA Langley Research Center were evaluated under simulated space environmental conditions. Experimental resins from blends of acetylene terminated materials, poly(arylene ether)s and low color polyimides were exposed to high energy electron and ultraviolet radiation in an attempt to simulate space environmental effects. Thin films, neat resin moldings and carbon fiber reinforced composites were exposed and the effect on certain polymer properties were determined. This paper reviews recent research involving the effects of various radiation exposures on the physical, optical and mechanical properties of several experimental polymer systems.

  1. Host-guest interactions mediated nano-assemblies using cyclodextrin-containing hydrophilic polymers and their biomedical applications

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    Zhang, Jianxiang; Ma, Peter X

    2010-01-01

    Summary Supramolecular nanostructures assembled by polymeric amphiphiles have been intensively studied during the last two decades. Such nanocarriers may be engineered to possess on-demand bio-responsitivity for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases. The successful development of several nanoassembly-based polymer therapeutics further encouraged scientists to develop nano-vehicles to achieve controlled release, enhanced efficacy, improved specificity and reduced toxicity. Different from the abundant existing literatures on the hydrophobically or electrostatically driven self-assemblies and their therapeutic applications, this article reviews host-guest interaction mediated nanoassemblies, especially those constructed using cyclodextrins as the host entities. The excellent biocompatibility, complexation capacity, and chemical-sensitivity of cyclodextrin make cyclodextrin-containing polymers attractive to construct host-guest nanoassemblies. Such nanocarriers may be advantageous also because of the broad availability of cyclodextrins, their flexibility for structure/property modulation and their chemical-responsive characteristics. PMID:20725642

  2. Parmacokinetic evaluation of ibuprofen controlled release matrix tablets using hydrophilic Eudragit® polymer and co-excipients.

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    Bakhsh, Sattar; Khan, Gul Majid; Menaa, Farid; Khan, Barkat Ali

    2015-09-01

    The present study was conducted to formulate controlled release dosage forms containing Ibuprofen with Eudragit® S 100 polymer. The tablets were formulated at three different ratios with the polymer to investigate the effect of different concentrations of polymer on in vitro drug release patterns/kinetics and in vivo absorption/pharmacokinetics. Pre-formulation studies were conducted including bulk density, tapped density, compressibility index, Hausner ratio and angle of repose. In vitro studies were conducted using phosphate buffer (pH 7.4) as dissolution medium. In vivo performance was evaluated using albino rabbits. Physico-chemical characteristics (i.e. dimensional tests, weight variation, hardness, friability and drug content determination) fell in the USP acceptable limits. The compressibility index was found to range between 12.02 ± 0.01% and 18.66 ± 0.03%, the Hausner ratio varied between 1.02 ± 0.01 and 1.19 ± 0.10 and the angle of repose ranged from 15.19 ± 0.01 to 24.52 ± 0.10, all indicating better flow properties than the bulk-reference standard. Both bulk and tapped densities also fell in the USP acceptable range. Ibuprofen market tablets showed Tmax of 2.1 ± 0.4h, which was significantly (P-value <0.05) lower compared to that of the reference standard (i.e. 4.09 ± 1.3h). Ibuprofen test formulation has a half-life (t1/2) of 16.9 ± 2.5h, which was significantly (P-value<0.001) higher compared to that of the reference standard (i.e. 9.23 ± 2.9h). Eudragit® S 100 polymers can be used efficiently to develop directly compressed prolonged release tablets.

  3. In vitro Evaluation of the Effect of Combination of Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Polymers on Controlled Release Zidovudine Matrix Tablets.

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    Ganesh, S; Radhakrishnan, M; Ravi, M; Prasannakumar, B; Kalyani, J

    2008-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to prepare and characterize controlled-release matrix tablets of zidovudine using hydrophilic HPMC K4 M or Carbopol 934 alone or in combination with hydrophobic ethyl cellulose. Release kinetics was evaluated by using USP XXIV dissolution apparatus No.2 (paddle) type. Scanning electron microscopy was used to visualize the effect of dissolution medium on matrix tablet surface. The in vitro results of controlled - release zidovudine tablets were compared with conventional marketed tablet Zidovir. The in vitro drug release study revealed that HPMC K4 M or Carbopol 934 preparation was able to sustain the drug release near to 6 hours. Combining HPMC K4 M or Carbopol 934 with ethyl cellulose sustained the drug release for nearly 12 h. The in vitro evaluation showed that the drug release may be by diffusion along with erosion. Results suggest that the developed controlled-release tablets of zidovudine could perform therapeutically better than marketed dosage forms, leading to improve efficacy, controlling the release and better patient compliance. PMID:20046771

  4. From the Solution Processing of Hydrophilic Molecules to Polymer-Phthalocyanine Hybrid Materials for Ammonia Sensing in High Humidity Atmospheres

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    Gaudillat, Pierre; Jurin, Florian; Lakard, Boris; Buron, Cédric; Suisse, Jean-Moïse; Bouvet, Marcel

    2014-01-01

    We have prepared different hybrid polymer-phthalocyanine materials by solution processing, starting from two sulfonated phthalocyanines, s-CoPc and CuTsPc, and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), polyethylene glycol (PEG), poly(acrylic acid-co-acrylamide) (PAA-AM), poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and polyaniline (PANI) as polymers. We also studied the response to ammonia (NH3) of resistors prepared from these sensing materials. The solvent casted films, prepared from s-CoPc and PVP, PEG and PAA-AM, were highly insulating and very sensitive to the relative humidity (RH) variation. The incorporation of s-CoPc in PDDA by means of layer-by-layer (LBL) technique allowed to stabilize the film, but was too insulating to be interesting. We also prepared PANI-CuTsPc hybrid films by LBL technique. It allowed a regular deposition as evidenced by the linear increase of the absorbance at 688 nm as a function of the number of bilayers. The sensitivity to ammonia (NH3) of PANi-CuTsPc resistors was very high compared to that of individual materials, giving up to 80% of current decrease when exposed to 30 ppm NH3. Contrarily to what happens with neutral polymers, in PANI, CuTsPc was stabilized by strong electrostatic interactions, leading to a stable response to NH3, whatever the relative humidity in the range 10%–70%. Thus, the synergy of PANI with ionic macrocycles used as counteranions combined with their simple aqueous solution processing opens the way to the development of new gas sensors capable of operating in real world conditions. PMID:25061841

  5. Gas diffusion layers coated with a microporous layer containing hydrophilic carbon nanotubes for performance enhancement of polymer electrolyte fuel cells under both low and high humidity conditions

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    Kitahara, Tatsumi; Nakajima, Hironori; Okamura, Kosuke

    2015-06-01

    Gas diffusion layers (GDLs) coated with a hydrophobic microporous layer (MPL) composed of carbon black and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) have been commonly used to improve the water management characteristics of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs). However, the hydrophobic MPL coated GDL designed to prevent dehydration of the membrane under low humidity conditions is generally inferior at reducing flooding under high humidity conditions. It is therefore important to develop a robust MPL coated GDL that can enhance the PEFC performance regardless of the humidity conditions. In the present study, a GDL coated with an MPL containing hydrophilic carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was developed. The less hydrophobic pores incorporating CNTs are effective at conserving the membrane humidity under low humidity conditions. The MPL with CNTs is also effective at expelling excess water from the catalyst layer while maintaining oxygen flow pathways from the GDL substrate, allowing the mean flow pore diameter to be decreased to 2 μm without reducing the ability of the MPL to prevent flooding under high humidity conditions. An MPL coated GDL with a CNT content of 4 mass% exhibits significantly higher performance under both low and high humidity conditions than a hydrophobic MPL coated GDL.

  6. Multi-scale effects on deformation mechanisms of polymer nanocomposites: Experimental characterisation and numerical study

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    Dong, Yu

    In order to make much stiffer, light weight and high performance material products, polymer nanocomposites play an emerging role in the material innovation. Unlike other thermoplastics, polymer nanocomposites are fabricated by introducing a small amount of solid nano-scale fillers (normally less than 5 wt%) such as nanoclay, carbon nanotubes or nanofibres into a plastic resin to dramatically enhance its stiffness, strength and thermal properties. The difference between nanocomposites and conventional fibre composites is that the added fillers are extremely small, only one-millionth of a millimetre thick, and provide a much larger interface area per unit volume for greatly improving the interfacial bonding effect between nanofillers and the polymer matrix. More importantly, polypropylene (PP)/clay nanocomposites have quite a high potential to form such innovative materials and replace the conventional plastics in many automotive and packaging applications. Nevertheless, the growth of PP/clay nanocomposites faces an obstacle of hydrophobic polymer's low interactions with hydrophilic clay. Maleic anhydride (MA) grafted PP (MAPP), commonly used as a compatibiliser, has been proven to facilitate a good clay dispersion within the PP matrix through its functionalised MA groups. But despite the great attention from the manufacturers and researchers in recent years, commercial PP/clay nanocomposites with reliable material properties are still limited in availability. The major problem stems from the complex influences of the material selection and processing methods. The present work developed a comprehensive approach from the material formulation and processing, experimental characterisation to the numerical modelling of PP/clay nanocomposites based on the finite element analysis (FEA) of micro/nanostructures. Initially, effects of the material selection including the clay type and content, MAPP content and PP matrix viscosity were investigated for the mechanical property

  7. A study of the polymer-cnt interactions in polymer/cnt composites using experimental and computational methods

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    Meng, Jiangsha

    This dissertation work focuses on research related to understanding and controlling the polymer-carbon nanotube (CNT) interactions during composite fiber processing using both experimental and computational means, in order to achieve consistent formation of the interphase regions for various polymers in the vicinity of CNT. The development of the polymer crystalline interphase is important, since it has been shown to have a significant and positive impact on the mechanical performance of polymer/CNT composites. This is achieved by the improvement of stress transfer mechanisms between the polymer matrix and CNT. The preliminary results (i.e., both experimental and computational) provide insight toward understanding the fundamental mechanisms of polymer-CNT interactions under various processing conditions, as well as the resultant polymer or CNT behaviors and composite fibers performance governed by them. In this thesis work, the initialization and the development of the interphase region in fibers throughout all processing steps are investigated using full-atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) approach as well as experimental means. SWNT dispersion quality with and without polymers present during sonication process is also investigated experimentally, where the polymer-SWNT interactions are impacted by SWNT dispersion qualities. The resultant morphologies and composite fibers properties are also analyzed. The effect of laminar-flow rates (used during spinning) on the polymer/SWNT composite fiber properties as well as on the fundamental polymer-SWNT interactions and the resultant chain morphologies near the SWNT surface are studied in detail. Full-atomistic MD simulations are conducted to study the influence of various laminar-flow rates on the chain morphologies in the vicinity of SWNT. By combining results from both experimentation and computation, a better understanding of the spinning parameters on the microscopic fiber properties as well as on the microscopic

  8. A comparative study on the effects of amphiphilic and hydrophilic polymers on the release profiles of a poorly water-soluble drug.

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    Irwan, Anastasia W; Berania, Jacqueline E; Liu, Xueming

    2016-03-01

    This paper reports the use of two crystalline polymers, an amphiphilic Pluronic® F-127 (PF-127) and a hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG6000) as drug delivery carriers for improving the drug release of a poorly water-soluble drug, fenofibrate (FEN), via micelle formation and formation of a solid dispersion (SD). In 10% PF-127 (aq.), FEN showed an equilibrium solubility of ca. 0.6 mg/mL, due to micelle formation. In contrast, in 10% PEG6000 (aq.), FEN only exhibited an equilibrium solubility of 0.0037 mg/mL. FEN-loaded micelles in PF-127 were prepared by direct dissolution and membrane dialysis. Both methods only yielded a highest drug loading (DL) of 0.5%. SDs of FEN in PF-127 and PEG6000, at DLs of 5-80%, were prepared by solvent evaporation. In-vitro dissolution testing showed that both micelles and SDs significantly improved FEN's release rate. The SDs of FEN in PF-127 showed significantly faster release than crystalline FEN, when the DL was as high as 50%, whereas SDs of PEG6000 showed similar enhancement in the release rate when the DL was not more than 20%. The DSC thermograms of SDs of PF-127 exhibited a single phase transition peak at ca. 55-57 °C when the DL was not more than 50%, whereas those in PEG6000 exhibited a similar peak at ca. 61-63 °C when the DL was not more than 35%. When the DL exceeded 50% for SDs of PF-127 and 35% for SDs of PEG6000, DSC thermograms showed two melting peaks for the carrier polymer and FEN, respectively. FT-IR studies revealed that PF-127 has a stronger hydrophobic-hydrophobic interaction with FEN than PEG6000. It is likely that both dispersion and micelle formation contributed to the stronger effect of PF-127 on enhancing the release rate of FEN in its SDs.

  9. Poly[[[aqua(2,2'-bipyridine-kappa2N,N')manganese(II)]-mu-croconato-kappa4O,O':O'',O'''] monohydrate]: a one-dimensional coordination polymer connected by hydrophilic-hydrophilic and lipophilic-lipophilic interactions at 135 K.

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    Chen, Hong-Feng; Fang, Qi; Chen, Hong-Yu; Yu, Wen-Tao; Weng, Lin-Hong

    2010-04-01

    In the title one-dimensional coordination polymer, {[Mn(C(5)O(5))(C(10)H(8)N(2))(H(2)O)].H(2)O}(n), each Mn(II) ion is seven-coordinated by four O atoms from two croconate ligands, two N atoms from a 2,2'-bipyridine (2,2'-bipy) ligand and one O atom from an aqua ligand. The croconate ligand bridges the Mn(II) ions in a bis-bidentate chelation mode, forming an extended [Mn(C(5)O(5))](n) chain running parallel to the [001] direction, with the lipophilic 2,2'-bipy ligands lying along one side and the hydrophilic water molecules along the opposite side. Coordinated water and solvent water molecules are arranged in the hydrophilic layer, which is characterized by O-H...O hydrogen bonds between croconate ligands. Meanwhile, 2,2'-bipy ligands from adjacent chains partially overlap and exhibit pi-pi interactions to form a lipophilic layer. The hydrophilic and lipophilic layers are arranged alternately to build a layer structure. PMID:20354296

  10. Exploring the effect of hydrophilic and hydrophobic structure of grafted polymeric micelles on drug loading.

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    Shi, Chenjun; Sun, Yujiao; Wu, Haiyang; Zhu, Chengyun; Wei, Guoguang; Li, Jinfeng; Chan, Tenglan; Ouyang, Defang; Mao, Shirui

    2016-10-15

    The objective of this paper is to explore the effect of hydrophilic and hydrophobic structure of grafted polymeric micelles on drug loading, and elucidate whether drug-polymer compatibility, as predicted by Hansen solubility parameters (HSPs), can be used as a tool for drug-polymer pairs screening and guide the design of grafted polymeric micelles. HSPs of 27 drugs and three grafted copolymers were calculated according to group contribution method. The drug-polymer compatibilities were evaluated using the approaches of Flory-Huggins interaction parameters (χFH) and polarity difference (△Xp). Two models, model A and B, were put forward for drug-polymer compatibility prediction. In model A, hydrophilic/hydrophobic part as a whole was regarded as one segment. And, in model B, hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments were evaluated individually. First of all, using chitosan (CS)-grafted-glyceryl monooeate (GMO) based micelle as an example, the suitability of model A and model B for predicating drug-polymer compatibility was evaluated theoretically. Thereafter, corresponding experiments were carried out to check the validity of the theoretical prediction. It was demonstrated that Model B, which evaluates drug compatibility with both hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments of the copolymer, is more reliable for drug-polymer compatibility prediction. Moreover, the approach of model B allows for the selection of a defined grafted polymer with for a specific drug and vice versa. Thus, drug compatibility evaluation via HSPs with both hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments is a suitable tool for the rational design of grafted polymeric micelles. The molecular dynamics (MD) simulation study provided further support to the established model and experimental results. PMID:27576669

  11. Exploring the effect of hydrophilic and hydrophobic structure of grafted polymeric micelles on drug loading.

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    Shi, Chenjun; Sun, Yujiao; Wu, Haiyang; Zhu, Chengyun; Wei, Guoguang; Li, Jinfeng; Chan, Tenglan; Ouyang, Defang; Mao, Shirui

    2016-10-15

    The objective of this paper is to explore the effect of hydrophilic and hydrophobic structure of grafted polymeric micelles on drug loading, and elucidate whether drug-polymer compatibility, as predicted by Hansen solubility parameters (HSPs), can be used as a tool for drug-polymer pairs screening and guide the design of grafted polymeric micelles. HSPs of 27 drugs and three grafted copolymers were calculated according to group contribution method. The drug-polymer compatibilities were evaluated using the approaches of Flory-Huggins interaction parameters (χFH) and polarity difference (△Xp). Two models, model A and B, were put forward for drug-polymer compatibility prediction. In model A, hydrophilic/hydrophobic part as a whole was regarded as one segment. And, in model B, hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments were evaluated individually. First of all, using chitosan (CS)-grafted-glyceryl monooeate (GMO) based micelle as an example, the suitability of model A and model B for predicating drug-polymer compatibility was evaluated theoretically. Thereafter, corresponding experiments were carried out to check the validity of the theoretical prediction. It was demonstrated that Model B, which evaluates drug compatibility with both hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments of the copolymer, is more reliable for drug-polymer compatibility prediction. Moreover, the approach of model B allows for the selection of a defined grafted polymer with for a specific drug and vice versa. Thus, drug compatibility evaluation via HSPs with both hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments is a suitable tool for the rational design of grafted polymeric micelles. The molecular dynamics (MD) simulation study provided further support to the established model and experimental results.

  12. Attraction between hydrated hydrophilic surfaces

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    Kanduč, Matej; Schneck, Emanuel; Netz, Roland R.

    2014-08-01

    According to common knowledge, hydrophilic surfaces repel via hydration forces while hydrophobic surfaces attract, but mounting experimental evidence suggests that also hydrophilic surfaces can attract. Using all-atom molecular dynamics simulations at prescribed water chemical potential we study the crossover from hydration repulsion to hydrophobic attraction for planar polar surfaces of varying stiffness and hydrogen-bonding capability. Rescaling the partial charges of the polar surface groups, we cover the complete spectrum from very hydrophobic surfaces (characterized by contact angles θ ≃ 135°) to hydrophilic surfaces exhibiting complete wetting (θ = 0°). Indeed, for a finite range θadh < θ < 90°, we find a regime where hydrophilic surfaces attract at sub-nanometer separation and stably adhere without intervening water. The adhesive contact angle θadh depends on surface type and lies in the range 65° < θadh < 80°, in good agreement with experiments. Analysis of the total number of hydrogen bonds (HBs) formed by water and surface groups rationalizes this crossover between hydration repulsion and hydrophilic attraction in terms of a subtle balance: Highly polar surfaces repel because of strongly bound hydration water, less polar hydrophilic surfaces attract because water-water HBs are preferred over surface-water HBs. Such solvent reorganization forces presumably underlie also other important phenomena, such as selective ion adsorption to interfaces as well as ion pair formation.

  13. Molecular and mesoscopic properties of hydrophilic polymer-grafted phospholipids mixed with phosphatidylcholine in aqueous dispersion: interaction of dipalmitoyl N-poly(ethylene glycol)phosphatidylethanolamine with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine studied by spectrophotometry and spin-label electron spin resonance.

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    Belsito, S; Bartucci, R; Montesano, G; Marsh, D; Sportelli, L

    2000-01-01

    Spin-label electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy, together with optical density measurements, has been used to investigate, at both the molecular and supramolecular levels, the interactions of N-poly(ethylene glycol)-phosphatidylethanolamines (PEG-PE) with phosphatidylcholine (PC) in aqueous dispersions. PEG-PEs are micelle-forming hydrophilic polymer-grafted lipids that are used extensively for steric stabilization of PC liposomes to increase their lifetimes in the blood circulation. All lipids had dipalmitoyl (C16:0) chains, and the polymer polar group of the PEG-PE lipids had a mean molecular mass of either 350 or 2000 Da. PC/PEG-PE mixtures were investigated over the entire range of relative compositions. Spin-label ESR was used quantitatively to investigate bilayer-micelle conversion with increasing PEG-PE content by measurements at temperatures for which the bilayer membrane component of the mixture was in the gel phase. Both saturation transfer ESR and optical density measurements were used to obtain information on the dependence of lipid aggregate size on PEG-PE content. It is found that the stable state of lipid aggregation is strongly dependent not only on PEG-PE content but also on the size of the hydrophilic polar group. These biophysical properties may be used for optimized design of sterically stabilized liposomes. PMID:10692327

  14. Poly(ethylene glycol)-grafted cyclic acetals based polymer networks with non-water-swellable, biodegradable and surface hydrophilic properties.

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    Yin, Ruixue; Zhang, Nan; Wu, Wentao; Wang, Kemin

    2016-05-01

    Cyclic acetals based biomaterial without acidic products during hydrolytic degradation is a promising candidate for tissue engineering applications; however, low hydrophilicity is still one limitation for its biomedical application. In this work, we aim to achieve non-water-swellable cyclic acetal networks with improved hydrophilicity and surface wettability by copolymerization of cyclic acetal units based monomer, 5-ethyl-5-(hydroxymethyl)-β,β-dimethyl-1, 3-dioxane-2-ethanol diacrylate (EHD) and methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) monoacrylate (mPEGA) under UV irradiation, to avoid swelling of conventional hydrogels which could limit their applicability in particular of the mechanical properties and geometry integrity. Various EHD/mPEGA networks were fabricated with different concentrations of mPEGA from 0 to 30%, and the results showed photopolymerization behavior, mechanical property and thermal stability could not be significantly affected by addition of mPEGA, while the surface hydrophilicity was dramatically improved with the increase of mPEGA and could achieve a water contact angle of 37° with 30% mPEGA concentration. The obtained EHD/mPEGA network had comparative degradation rate to the PECA hydrogels reported previously, and MTT assay indicated it was biocompatible to L929 cells. PMID:26952407

  15. Photothermally actuated interfacial hydration for fast friction switch on hydrophilic polymer brush modified PDMS sheet incorporated with Fe3O4 nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Guoqiang; Cai, Meirong; Feng, Yange; Wang, Xiaolong; Zhou, Feng; Liu, Weimin

    2016-03-01

    A near-infrared light triggered fast interfacial friction switch was achieved with polyelectrolyte brush grafted PDMS embedded with Fe3O4 nanoparticles, where the in situ heating up of the photothermal Fe3O4 nanoparticles in the polymer matrix changes the interface humidity and thereafter alters the hydration level of the interfacial polymer brushes.

  16. A hydrophilic immobilized trypsin reactor with N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone modified polymer microparticles as matrix for highly efficient protein digestion with low peptide residue.

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    Jiang, Hao; Yuan, Huiming; Liang, Yu; Xia, Simin; Zhao, Qun; Wu, Qi; Zhang, Lihua; Liang, Zhen; Zhang, Yukui

    2012-07-13

    In this work, a novel kind of N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NVP) modified poly acrylic ester microspheres was prepared, followed by trypsin immobilization to prepare a hydrophilic immobilized enzyme reactor (IMER), to achieve highly efficient protein digestion with low peptide residue. The nonspecific adsorption of peptides on such an IMER was evaluated by the in sequence digestion of bovine serum albumin (BSA) and myoglobin. Without NVP modification, both proteins could be identified after digestion by a 5 cm-length IMER, but 18 peptides of BSA were found in the digests of myoglobin caused by the nonspecific adsorption of the matrix. With NVP modification, the hydrophilicity of IMER was greatly improved, resulting in not only the sequence coverage of myoglobin increased from 63% to 73%, but also no residual peptides from BSA observed in myoglobin digests. Although the sequence coverages of proteins obtained by the IMER were comparable to those obtained by in-solution digestion, the digestion time was shortened from 24h to 1 min. By such an IMER, a protein mixture, containing BSA, myoglobin, and cytochrome c (100, 1 and 0.01 μg/mL, respectively), was digested, and all proteins were unambiguously identified with improved sequence coverages than that achieved by in-solution digestion. Furthermore, the hydrophilic IMER was also off-line coupled to nano-RPLC-ESI-MS/MS for the analysis of proteins extracted from yeast. After 1.5 min digestion, 271 protein groups with at least 2 distinct peptides were identified, much more than those obtained by 24h in-solution digestion (192 protein groups), indicating the great potential of such an IMER for proteome analysis.

  17. Preparation of polymer-modified electrodes: A literature and experimental study

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    Jayanta, P.S.; Ishida, Takanobu.

    1991-05-01

    A literature review is presented on the field of polymer modified electrodes which can be electrochemically generated. It is suggested that a possible application of these polymer modified electrodes is as a regeneratable catalysis packing material for use in couter-current exchange columns. Secondly, there is a presentation of experimental results dealing with possible electrode modification using difluoro- and dimethyl- phenols and fluorinated derivatives of styrene, benzoquinone and hydroquinone. It appears that dimethylphenol shows the most potential of the monomers experimentally tested in providing a stable polymer modified electrode surface. 170 refs., 31 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Experimental Cosserat elasticity in open-cell polymer foam

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    Rueger, Zach; Lakes, Roderic S.

    2016-01-01

    Reticulated open-cell polymer foams exhibit substantial size effects in torsion and bending: slender specimens are more rigid than anticipated via classical elasticity. Such size effects are predicted by Cosserat (micropolar) elasticity, which allows points to rotate as well as translate and incorporates distributed moments (couple stresses). The Cosserat characteristic length is larger than the cell size. The Cosserat coupling coefficient is larger than in dense closed-cell foams and approaches 1 for foam with 0.4 mm cells.

  19. How ABA block polymers activate cytochrome c in toluene: molecular dynamics simulation and experimental observation.

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    Chen, Gong; Kong, Xian; Zhu, Jingying; Lu, Diannan; Liu, Zheng

    2015-04-28

    While the conjugation of enzymes with ABA copolymers has resulted in increased enzymatic activities in organic solvents, by several orders of magnitude, the underpinning mechanism has not been fully uncovered, particularly at the molecular level. In the present work, a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation of cytochrome c (Cyt c) conjugated with a PEO-PPO-PEO block copolymer (ABA) in toluene was simulated with Cyt c as a control. It is shown that the hydrophilic segments (PEO) of the conjugated block copolymer molecules tend to entangle around the hydrophilic patch of Cyt c, while the hydrophobic segments (PPO) extend into the toluene. At a lower temperature, the PEO tails tend to form a hairpin structure outside the conjugated protein, whereas the Cyt c-ABA conjugates tend to form larger aggregates. At a higher temperature, however, the PEO tails tend to adsorb onto the hydrophilic protein surface, thus improving the suspension of the Cyt c-ABA conjugates and, consequently, the contact with the substrate. Moreover, the temperature increase drives the conformational transition of the active site of Cyt c-ABA from an "inactive state" to an "activated state" and thus results in an enhanced activity. To validate the above simulations, Cyt c was conjugated to F127, an extensively used ABA copolymer. By elevating the temperature, a decrease in the average size of the Cyt c-F127 conjugates along with a great increase in the apparent activity in toluene was observed, as can be predicted from the molecular dynamics simulation. The above mentioned molecular simulations offer a molecular insight into the temperature-responsive behaviour of protein-ABA copolymers, which is helpful for the design and application of enzyme-polymer conjugates for industrial biocatalysis.

  20. Boronate affinity monolith with a gold nanoparticle-modified hydrophilic polymer as a matrix for the highly specific capture of glycoproteins.

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    Wu, Ci; Liang, Yu; Zhao, Qun; Qu, Yanyan; Zhang, Shen; Wu, Qi; Liang, Zhen; Zhang, Lihua; Zhang, Yukui

    2014-07-01

    As low abundance is the great obstacle for glycoprotein analysis, the development of materials with high efficiency and selectivity for glycoprotein enrichment is a prerequisite in glycoproteome research. Herein, we report a new kind of hydrophilic boronate affinity monolith by attaching 4-mercaptophenylboronic acid (MPBA) with 2-mercaptoethylamine (MPA) on the gold nanoparticle-modified poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate)) monolith for glycoprotein enrichment. With poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate as the cross-linker and the further modification of gold nanoparticles, the matrix has advantages of good hydrophilicity and enhanced surface area, which are beneficial to improve the enrichment selectivity and efficiency for glycoproteins. The attachment of MPBA and MPA provide intramolecular BN coordination, which could further enhance the specificity of glycoprotein capture. Such a boronate affinity monolith was applied to enrich horseradish peroxidase (HRP) from the mixture of HRP and bovine serum albumin (BSA), and high selectivity was obtained even at a mass ratio of 1:1000. In addition, the binding capacity of ovalbumin on such monolith reached 390 μg g(-1) . Furthermore, the average recovery of HRP on the prepared affinity monoliths was (84.8±1.9) %, obtained in three times enrichment with the same column. Finally, the boronate affinity monolith was successfully applied for the human-plasma glycoproteome analysis. As a result, 160 glycoproteins were credibly identified from 9 μg of human plasma, demonstrating the great potential of such a monolith for large-scale glycoproteome research.

  1. Influence of Polymer Molecular Weight on Drug-Polymer Solubility: A Comparison between Experimentally Determined Solubility in PVP and Prediction Derived from Solubility in Monomer.

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    Knopp, Matthias Manne; Olesen, Niels Erik; Holm, Per; Langguth, Peter; Holm, René; Rades, Thomas

    2015-09-01

    In this study, the influence of polymer molecular weight on drug-polymer solubility was investigated using binary systems containing indomethacin (IMC) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) of different molecular weights. The experimental solubility in PVP, measured using a differential scanning calorimetry annealing method, was compared with the solubility calculated from the solubility of the drug in the liquid analogue N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP). The experimental solubility of IMC in the low-molecular-weight PVP K12 was not significantly different from that in the higher molecular weight PVPs (K25, K30, and K90). The calculated solubilities derived from the solubility in NVP (0.31-0.32 g/g) were found to be lower than those experimentally determined in PVP (0.38-0.40 g/g). Nevertheless, the similarity between the values indicates that the analogue solubility can provide valuable indications on the solubility in the polymer. Hence, if a drug is soluble in an analogue of the polymer, it is most likely also soluble in the polymer. In conclusion, the solubility of a given drug-polymer system is determined by the strength of the drug-polymer interactions rather than the molecular weight of the polymer. Therefore, during the first screenings for drug solubility in polymers, only one representative molecular weight per polymer is needed.

  2. Ion transport in polycarbonate based solid polymer electrolytes: experimental and computational investigations.

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    Sun, Bing; Mindemark, Jonas; Morozov, Evgeny V; Costa, Luciano T; Bergman, Martin; Johansson, Patrik; Fang, Yuan; Furó, István; Brandell, Daniel

    2016-04-14

    Among the alternative host materials for solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs), polycarbonates have recently shown promising functionality in all-solid-state lithium batteries from ambient to elevated temperatures. While the computational and experimental investigations of ion conduction in conventional polyethers have been extensive, the ion transport in polycarbonates has been much less studied. The present work investigates the ionic transport behavior in SPEs based on poly(trimethylene carbonate) (PTMC) and its co-polymer with ε-caprolactone (CL) via both experimental and computational approaches. FTIR spectra indicated a preferential local coordination between Li(+) and ester carbonyl oxygen atoms in the P(TMC20CL80) co-polymer SPE. Diffusion NMR revealed that the co-polymer SPE also displays higher ion mobilities than PTMC. For both systems, locally oriented polymer domains, a few hundred nanometers in size and with limited connections between them, were inferred from the NMR spin relaxation and diffusion data. Potentiostatic polarization experiments revealed notably higher cationic transference numbers in the polycarbonate based SPEs as compared to conventional polyether based SPEs. In addition, MD simulations provided atomic-scale insight into the structure-dynamics properties, including confirmation of a preferential Li(+)-carbonyl oxygen atom coordination, with a preference in coordination to the ester based monomers. A coupling of the Li-ion dynamics to the polymer chain dynamics was indicated by both simulations and experiments.

  3. Experimental evidence that GNA and TNA were not sequential polymers in the prebiotic evolution of RNA.

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    Yang, Ying-Wei; Zhang, Su; McCullum, Elizabeth O; Chaput, John C

    2007-09-01

    Systematic investigation into the chemical etiology of ribose has led to the discovery of glycerol nucleic acid (GNA) and threose nucleic acid (TNA) as possible progenitor candidates of RNA in the origins of life. Coupled with their chemical simplicity, polymers for both systems are capable of forming stable Watson-Crick antiparallel duplex structures with themselves and RNA, thereby providing a mechanism for the transfer of genetic information between successive genetic systems. Investigation into whether both polymers arose independently or descended from a common evolutionary pathway would provide additional constraints on models that describe the emergence of a hypothetical RNA world. Here we show by thermal denaturation that complementary GNA and TNA mixed sequence polymers are unable, even after prolonged incubation times, to adopt stable helical structures by intersystem cross-pairing. This experimental observation suggests that GNA and TNA, whose structures derive from one another, were not consecutive polymers in the same evolutionary pathway to RNA. PMID:17828568

  4. Preparation, optimization and characterization of bovine lactoferrin-loaded liposomes and solid lipid particles modified by hydrophilic polymers using factorial design.

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    Yao, Xudong; Bunt, Craig; Cornish, Jillian; Quek, Siew-Young; Wen, Jingyuan

    2014-05-01

    Bioadhesive liposomes and solid lipid particles (SLPs) modified by pectin and chitosan for oral administration of bovine lactoferrin (bLf) were prepared using a 2(4) full-factorial design to identify the key formulation variables influencing particle size and drug entrapment efficiency (EE). Netlike structures of the polymer-particle mixture consisting of a polymeric network in which multiple particles were imbedded were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Chemical stability of bLf after encapsulation into pectin- and chitosan-modified liposomes and SLPs was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR). Bovine lactoferrin was located within phospholipid bilayer, whereas in SLPs bLf was within the matrix. The crystalline nature of bLf after encapsulation was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) of drug-loaded particles, indicating amorphous dispersion of bLf in the polymer-lipid matrix of pectin- and chitosan-modified liposomes and SLPs. In vivo pharmacokinetic investigation of bLf in pectin- and chitosan-modified liposomes and SLPs showed prolonged mean residence time (MRT) of bLf in rat blood and increased the relative bioavailability (Fbio %) by 1.95- to 2.69-fold compared with free bLf. The developed carrier systems are considered to be promising vehicles for oral delivery. PMID:24325576

  5. Synthesis of lab-in-a-pipette-tip extraction using hydrophilic nano-sized dummy molecularly imprinted polymer for purification and analysis of prednisolone.

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    Arabi, Maryam; Ghaedi, Mehrorang; Ostovan, Abbas; Wang, Shaobin

    2016-10-15

    A novel pipette-tip based on nano-sized dummy molecularly imprinted polymer (PT-DMIP) assisted by ultrasonication for the effective enrichment and analysis of prednisolone from urine samples was developed. The PT-DMIP cartridge was prepared by packing the dummy molecularly imprinted polymer at the tip of the micropipette. The polymerization used betamethasone (BM) as the dummy template, 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS) as the functionalized monomer, tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) as the cross-linker and aluminum ion (Al(3+)) as a dopant to produce Lewis acid sites in the silica matrix for metal coordinative interactions with the analyte. Compared to conventional solid phase extraction (SPE), the PT-DMIP is cost-effective, fast, and easy to handle, while the system is very approachable and reduces the consumption of toxic organic solvent. HPLC-UV analysis revealed successful applicability of the sorbent for highly efficient extraction of perdnisolone from urine matrices. The extraction recovery was investigated and optimum conditions were obtained using central composite design. Good linearity for prednisolone in the range of 0.22-220μgL(-1) with regression coefficients of 0.99 reveals high applicability of the method for trace analysis. Under the optimized conditions, the recoveries are 89.0-96.1 with relative standard deviations (RSD) of less than 9.0%. PMID:27442150

  6. Double emulsions for the compatibilization of hydrophilic nanocellulose with non-polar polymers and validation in the synthesis of composite fibers.

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    Carrillo, Carlos A; Nypelö, Tiina; Rojas, Orlando J

    2016-03-14

    A route for the compatibilization of aqueous dispersions of cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) with a non-polar polymer matrix is proposed to overcome a major challenge in CNF-based material synthesis. Non-ionic surfactants were used in CNF aqueous dispersions equilibrated with an organic phase (for demonstration, a polystyrene solution, PS, was used). Stable water-in-oil-in-water (W/O/W) double emulsions were produced as a result of the compromise between composition and formulation variables. Most remarkably, the proposed route for CNF integration with hydrophobic polymers removed the need for drying or solvent-exchange of the CNF aqueous dispersion prior to processing. The rheological behavior of the double emulsions showed strong shear thinning behavior and facilitated CNF-PS co-mixing in solid nanofibers upon electrospinning. The morphology and thermal properties of the resultant nanofibers revealed that CNFs were efficiently integrated in the hydrophobic matrix which was consistent with the high interfacial area of the precursor double emulsion. In addition, the morphology and quality of the composite nanofibers can be controlled by the conductivity (ionic strength) of the CNF dispersion. Overall, double emulsion systems are proposed as a novel, efficient and scalable platform for CNF co-processing with non-polar systems and they open up the possibility for the redispersion of CNFs after removal of the organic phase. PMID:26876673

  7. Hydrophilic properties of aromatics.

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    Bonadeo, I; Lodi, V; Ghidini, D

    1980-10-01

    Synopsis The study of the behaviour of perfume ingredients in emulsions involves several technological problems. Recently, the scientific and practical validity of the parameter known as 'hydrophilic value' K(d) (according to Bonadeo) was recognised; it relates to the behaviour of fatty materials in emulsions. The purpose of this research was to verify the reliability of the above parameter as applied to perfume ingredients. From the experimental results it is possible to establish a mathematical relationship between K(d) and the 'required emulsification value' (HLB(r)) of the aromatics used in perfuming cosmetics and toiletries. From the K(d) value it is possible to calculate the critical limit of the water phase (CLWP) concerning the single ingredients of a perfume compound. These parameters are particularly important in predicting the optimal behaviour of perfumes in the chemical-physical balance of emulsions, with which are connected the principal parameters of the chemical and olfactive stability. Thus, in practice, it has been demonstrated that the perfumed substances behave as, and can be considered as, other fatty bodies forming the fatty phase of emulsions.

  8. Mesoscopic simulations of hydrophilic cross-linked polycarbonate polyurethane networks: structure and morphology.

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    Iype, E; Esteves, A C C; de With, G

    2016-06-14

    Polyurethane (PU) cross-linked networks are frequently used in biomedical and marine applications, e.g., as hydrophilic polymer coatings with antifouling or low-friction properties and have been reported to exhibit characteristic phase separation between soft and hard segments. Understanding this phase-separation behavior is critical to design novel hydrophilic polymer coatings. However, most of the studies on the structure and morphology of cross-linked coatings are experimental, which only assess the phase separation via indirect methods. Herein we present a mesoscopic simulation study of the network characteristics of model hydrophilic polymer networks, consisting of PU with and without methyl-polyethylene glycol (mPEG) dangling chains. The systems are analyzed using a number of tools, such as the radial distribution function, the cross-link point density distribution and the Voronoi volume distribution (of the cross-linking points). The combined results show that the cross-linked networks without dangling chains are rather homogeneous but contain a small amount of clustering of cross-linker molecules. A clear phase separation is observed when introducing the dangling chains. In spite of that, the amount of cross-linker molecules connected to dangling chains only, i.e., not connected to the main network, is relatively small, leading to about 3 wt% extractables. Thus, these cross-linked polymers consist of a phase-separated, yet highly connected network. This study provides valuable guidelines towards new self-healing hydrophilic coatings based on the molecular design of cross-linked networks in direct contact with water or aqueous fluids, e.g., as anti-fouling self-repairing coatings for marine applications. PMID:27174657

  9. Mesoscopic simulations of hydrophilic cross-linked polycarbonate polyurethane networks: structure and morphology.

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    Iype, E; Esteves, A C C; de With, G

    2016-06-14

    Polyurethane (PU) cross-linked networks are frequently used in biomedical and marine applications, e.g., as hydrophilic polymer coatings with antifouling or low-friction properties and have been reported to exhibit characteristic phase separation between soft and hard segments. Understanding this phase-separation behavior is critical to design novel hydrophilic polymer coatings. However, most of the studies on the structure and morphology of cross-linked coatings are experimental, which only assess the phase separation via indirect methods. Herein we present a mesoscopic simulation study of the network characteristics of model hydrophilic polymer networks, consisting of PU with and without methyl-polyethylene glycol (mPEG) dangling chains. The systems are analyzed using a number of tools, such as the radial distribution function, the cross-link point density distribution and the Voronoi volume distribution (of the cross-linking points). The combined results show that the cross-linked networks without dangling chains are rather homogeneous but contain a small amount of clustering of cross-linker molecules. A clear phase separation is observed when introducing the dangling chains. In spite of that, the amount of cross-linker molecules connected to dangling chains only, i.e., not connected to the main network, is relatively small, leading to about 3 wt% extractables. Thus, these cross-linked polymers consist of a phase-separated, yet highly connected network. This study provides valuable guidelines towards new self-healing hydrophilic coatings based on the molecular design of cross-linked networks in direct contact with water or aqueous fluids, e.g., as anti-fouling self-repairing coatings for marine applications.

  10. A theoretical and experimental investigation of light extraction from polymer light-emitting diodes

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    Ziebarth, Jonathan M.

    Low operating voltages, a wide range of emission wavelengths, and solution processing make polymer light-emitting diodes attractive for high-growth markets including flexible displays, large-area displays, and solid-state lighting. However, the external efficiencies of these devices must be improved in order to compete with existing technologies. Currently, the majority of the light generated inside polymer LEDs remains trapped within the device by total internal reflection. Extracting this trapped light can significantly increase the external efficiency. In this thesis, I use both theoretical tools and experimental results to study light extraction from polymer LEDs. First, I examine the optical properties of the light-emitting polymer. The properties of this layer have important implications for light extraction and need to be measured carefully. I have developed a method to accurately measure the optical properties of a light-emitting polymer by using grating outcoupling. The results show that the polymer layers are anisotropic and dispersive. Using numerical modeling techniques, I predict the emission into air, substrate, polymer/indium tin oxide (ITO) and surface plasmon modes of a polymer light-emitting diode. The results give good insight into the possible efficiency increases that can be expected for various light extraction techniques. In addition, the effects of various optical properties and layer thicknesses on the optical performance of the device are reported. I show how modification of the substrate can be used to focus light into mode types that can be easily extracted. I then report my experimental results for two very different light extraction techniques. First, I demonstrate how Bragg gratings can be used to extract light from waveguide modes in the polymer/indium tin oxide (ITO) layers. With an optimized Bragg grating, I have increased the external power efficiency by 25% at high brightness levels. In addition, I have used substrate

  11. Improving drug loading of mucosal solvent cast films using a combination of hydrophilic polymers with amoxicillin and paracetamol as model drugs.

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    Boateng, Joshua; Mani, Justine; Kianfar, Farnoosh

    2013-01-01

    Solvent cast mucosal films with improved drug loading have been developed by combining carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), sodium alginate (SA), and carrageenan (CAR) using paracetamol and amoxicillin as model drugs and glycerol (GLY) as plasticizer. Films were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), folding resilience, swelling capacity, mucoadhesivity, and drug dissolution studies. SA, CMC, and GLY (5 : 3 : 6) films showed maximum amoxicillin loading of 26.3% whilst CAR, CMC, and GLY (1 : 2 : 3) films had a maximum paracetamol loading of 40%. XRPD analysis showed different physical forms of the drugs depending on the amount loaded. Films containing 29.4% paracetamol and 26.3% amoxicillin showed molecular dispersion of the drugs while excess paracetamol was observed on the film surface when the maximum 40% was loaded. Work of adhesion was similar for blank films with slightly higher cohesiveness for CAR and CMC based films, but the differences were significant between paracetamol and amoxicillin containing films. The stickiness and cohesiveness for drug loaded films were generally similar with no significant differences. The maximum percentage cumulative drug release was 84.65% and 70.59% for paracetamol and amoxicillin, respectively, with anomalous case two transport mechanism involving both drug diffusion and polymer erosion.

  12. Systematic computational and experimental investigation of lithium-ion transport mechanisms in polyester-based polymer electrolytes

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    Webb, Michael A.; Jung, Yukyung; Pesko, Danielle M.; Savoie, Brett M.; Yamamoto, Umi; Coates, Geoffrey W.; Balsara, Nitash P.; Wang, Zhen -Gang; Miller, III, Thomas F.

    2015-07-10

    Understanding the mechanisms of lithium-ion transport in polymers is crucial for the design of polymer electrolytes. We combine modular synthesis, electrochemical characterization, and molecular simulation to investigate lithium-ion transport in a new family of polyester-based polymers and in poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). Theoretical predictions of glass-transition temperatures and ionic conductivities in the polymers agree well with experimental measurements. Interestingly, both the experiments and simulations indicate that the ionic conductivity of PEO, relative to the polyesters, is far higher than would be expected from its relative glass-transition temperature. The simulations reveal that diffusion of the lithium cations in the polyesters proceeds via a different mechanism than in PEO, and analysis of the distribution of available cation solvation sites in the various polymers provides a novel and intuitive way to explain the experimentally observed ionic conductivities. This work provides a platform for the evaluation and prediction of ionic conductivities in polymer electrolyte materials.

  13. Experimental and modelling studies of the shape memory properties of amorphous polymer network composites

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    Arrieta, J. S.; Diani, J.; Gilormini, P.

    2014-09-01

    Shape memory polymer composites (SMPCs) have become an important way to leverage improvements in the development of applications featuring shape memory polymers (SMPs). In this study, an amorphous SMP matrix has been filled with different types of reinforcements. An experimental set of results is presented and then compared to three-dimensional (3D) finite-element simulations. Thermomechanical shape memory cycles were performed in uniaxial tension. The fillers effect was studied in stress-free and constrained-strain recoveries. Experimental observations indicate complete shape recovery and put in evidence the increased sensitivity of constrained length stress recoveries to the heating ramp on the tested composites. The simulations reproduced a simplified periodic reinforced composite and used a model for the matrix material that has been previously tested on regular SMPs. The latter combines viscoelasticity at finite strain and time-temperature superposition. The simulations easily allow representation of the recovery properties of a reinforced SMP.

  14. Modelling multi-scale deformation of amorphous glassy polymers with experimentally motivated evolution of the microstructure

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    Engqvist, Jonas; Wallin, Mathias; Ristinmaa, Matti; Hall, Stephen A.; Plivelic, Tomás S.

    2016-11-01

    Novel experimental data, obtained recently using advanced multi-scale experiments, have been used to develop a micro-mechanically motivated constitutive model for amorphous glassy polymers. Taking advantage of the experiments, the model makes use of a microstructural deformation gradient to incorporate the experimentally obtained deformation of the microstructure, as well as its evolving orientation. By comparing results from the model to experimental data, it is shown that the proposed approach is able to accurately predict glassy polymer deformation over a wide range of length-scales, from the macroscopic response (mm range) down to the deformation of the microstructure (nm range). The proposed model is evaluated by comparing the numerical response to experimental results on multiple scales from an inhomogeneous cold drawing experiment of glassy polycarbonate. Besides the macroscopic force-displacement response, a qualitative comparison of the deformation field at the surface of the specimen is performed. Furthermore, the predicted evolution of the fabric orientation is compared to experimental results obtained from X-ray scattering experiments. The model shows very good agreement with the experimental data over a wide range of length scales.

  15. Polymers.

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    Tucker, David C.

    1986-01-01

    Presents an open-ended experiment which has students exploring polymer chemistry and reverse osmosis. This activity involves construction of a polymer membrane, use of it in a simple osmosis experiment, and application of its principles in solving a science-technology-society problem. (ML)

  16. Experimental and numerical investigations on the use of polymer Hopkinson pressure bars.

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    Harrigan, John J; Ahonsi, Bright; Palamidi, Elisavet; Reid, Steve R

    2014-08-28

    Split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) testing has traditionally been carried out using metal bars. For testing low stiffness materials such as rubbers or low strength materials such as low density cellular solids considered primarily herein, there are many advantages to replacing the metal bars with polymer bars. An investigation of a number of aspects associated with the accuracy of SHPB testing of these materials is reported. Test data are used to provide qualitative comparisons of accuracy using different bar materials and wave-separation techniques. Sample results from SHPB tests are provided for balsa, Rohacell foam and hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene. The techniques used are verified by finite-element (FE) analysis. Experimentally, the material properties of the bars are determined from impact tests in the form of a complex elastic modulus without curve fitting to a rheological model. For the simulations, a rheological model is used to define the bar properties by curve fitting to the experimentally derived properties. Wave propagation in a polymer bar owing to axial impact of a steel bearing ball is simulated. The results indicate that the strain histories can be used to determine accurately the viscoelastic properties of polymer bars. An FE model of the full viscoelastic SHPB set-up is then used to simulate tests on hyperelastic materials.

  17. Experimental and numerical investigations on the use of polymer Hopkinson pressure bars.

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    Harrigan, John J; Ahonsi, Bright; Palamidi, Elisavet; Reid, Steve R

    2014-08-28

    Split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) testing has traditionally been carried out using metal bars. For testing low stiffness materials such as rubbers or low strength materials such as low density cellular solids considered primarily herein, there are many advantages to replacing the metal bars with polymer bars. An investigation of a number of aspects associated with the accuracy of SHPB testing of these materials is reported. Test data are used to provide qualitative comparisons of accuracy using different bar materials and wave-separation techniques. Sample results from SHPB tests are provided for balsa, Rohacell foam and hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene. The techniques used are verified by finite-element (FE) analysis. Experimentally, the material properties of the bars are determined from impact tests in the form of a complex elastic modulus without curve fitting to a rheological model. For the simulations, a rheological model is used to define the bar properties by curve fitting to the experimentally derived properties. Wave propagation in a polymer bar owing to axial impact of a steel bearing ball is simulated. The results indicate that the strain histories can be used to determine accurately the viscoelastic properties of polymer bars. An FE model of the full viscoelastic SHPB set-up is then used to simulate tests on hyperelastic materials. PMID:25071237

  18. Nanotube dispersion and polymer conformational confinement in a nanocomposite fiber: a joint computational experimental study.

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    Meng, Jiangsha; Zhang, Yiying; Cranford, Steven W; Minus, Marilyn L

    2014-08-01

    A combination of computational and experimental methods was implemented to understand and confirm that conformational changes of a polymer [specifically polyacrylonitrile (PAN)] vary with the dispersion quality and confinement between single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) in the composite fibers. A shear-flow gel-spinning approach was utilized to produce PAN-based composite fibers with high concentration (i.e., loading of 10 wt %) of SWNT. Dispersion qualities of SWNT ranging from low to high were identified in the fibers, and their effects on the structural morphologies and mechanical properties of the composites were examined. These results show that, as the SWNT dispersion quality in terms of distribution in the fiber and exfoliation increases, PAN conformations were confined to the extended-chain form. Full atomistic computational results show that the surface interaction energy between isolated PAN and SWNT was not preferred, leading to the self-agglomeration of PAN. However, confinement of the polymer chains between SWNT bundles or individual tubes (i.e., molecular crowding) resulted in large increases in the PAN-SWNT interaction energy. In other words, the crowding of polymer chains by the SWNT at high concentrations can promote extended-chain conformational development during fiber spinning. This was also evidenced experimentally by the observance of significantly improved PAN orientation and crystallization in the composite. Ultimately this work provides fundamental insight toward the specific structural changes capable at the polymer/nanotube interface which are important toward improvement of the effective contribution of the SWNT to the mechanical performance of the composite. PMID:25011016

  19. Synthesis, Experimental Characterization and Parametric Identification of Ionic-Polymer Metal Composite Bending Actuators

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    Zhu, Zicai; Li, Huibiao; Chen, Hualing; Zhou, Jinxiong

    2012-03-01

    Ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) actuator is a sandwiched structure with a thin polyelectrolyte strip or membrane plated with metal electrodes on both sides. Under a low applied voltage the IPMC strip bends toward either electrode depending on its polarity, forming a soft actuator for potential diverse applications. We report in details our methodologies for synthesizing IPMC with high quality electrode morphologies. We describe our experimental setup for measuring the physical and mechanical properties of IPMC. In conjunction with the experimental characterization, we finally present a parameter identification scheme to identify two key parameters for establishing relationship between unbalanced charge density and the associated electrostatic eigenstress, a constitutive law widely used in IPMC literature. The experimental and simulation procedures presented herein pave the avenue for fabrication, characterization and development of novel IPMC-based sensors and actuators.

  20. An experimental study on infrared drying kinetics of an aqueous adhesive supported by polymer composite

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    Allanic, Nadine; Le Bideau, Pascal; Glouannec, Patrick; Deterre, Rémi

    2016-04-01

    The infrared drying of an aqueous polymer emulsion spread on a thin composite flat film is experimentally studied. The composite film is composed of polyamide fibers supported by a poly(vinyl fluoride) film. The aqueous polymer is an Ethylene Vinyl Acetate emulsion playing the role of adhesive. It is spread over the film with a low thickness, about one hundred micrometers. The aim of this work is to understand the effects of the presence of fibers on the drying of this thin-layer product. With this in mind, a specific laboratory set up composed of a near infrared heater is used in order to get the drying kinetics. First, incident heat fluxes received at the product surface and transmittances of materials (semi-transparent medium) are measured with an ad-hoc heat flux sensor. Then, many experiments are performed with and without fibers. For linking the final moisture content to the fibers thermal and hydric behavior, a microscopic analysis of the dried samples is investigated. This analysis is performed for two thicknesses of polymer corresponding to two covering rates of fibers.

  1. Polymer-phyllosilicate nanocomposites and their preparation

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    Chaiko, David J.

    2007-01-09

    Polymer-phyllosilicate nanocomposites that exhibit superior properties compared to the polymer alone, and methods-for producing these polymer-phyllosilicate nanocomposites, are provided. Polymeric surfactant compatabilizers are adsorbed onto the surface of hydrophilic or natural phyllosilicates to facilitate the dispersal and exfoliation of the phyllosilicate in a polymer matrix. Utilizing polymeric glycol based surfactants, polymeric dicarboxylic acids, polymeric diammonium surfactants, and polymeric diamine surfactants as compatabilizers facilitates natural phyllosilicate and hydrophilic organoclay dispersal in a polymer matrix to produce nanocomposites.

  2. Hydrophilicity of unset and set elastomeric impression materials.

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    Rupp, Frank; Geis-Gerstorfer, Jurgen

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the initial hydrophilicity of unset and set elastomeric impression materials. Initial water contact angles were studied on thin unset and set films of one polyether and six polyvinyl siloxane (PVS) impression materials using high-resolution drop shape analysis at drop ages of 1 and 3 seconds. All unset PVS materials were very hydrophobic initially but showed different kinetics of hydrophilization. In contrast, the unset polyether was more hydrophilic initially but lacked distinct hydrophilization. All impression materials showed statistically significant contact angle differences between unset and set surfaces (P < .05). Dependent on the drop age, two PVS materials reached or exceeded the hydrophilicity of the polyether (P < .05). It can be concluded that studies on the wetting behavior of elastomeric impression materials should consider both the experimental drop age and set and unset material surfaces.

  3. Hydrophilicity of unset and set elastomeric impression materials.

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    Rupp, Frank; Geis-Gerstorfer, Jurgen

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the initial hydrophilicity of unset and set elastomeric impression materials. Initial water contact angles were studied on thin unset and set films of one polyether and six polyvinyl siloxane (PVS) impression materials using high-resolution drop shape analysis at drop ages of 1 and 3 seconds. All unset PVS materials were very hydrophobic initially but showed different kinetics of hydrophilization. In contrast, the unset polyether was more hydrophilic initially but lacked distinct hydrophilization. All impression materials showed statistically significant contact angle differences between unset and set surfaces (P < .05). Dependent on the drop age, two PVS materials reached or exceeded the hydrophilicity of the polyether (P < .05). It can be concluded that studies on the wetting behavior of elastomeric impression materials should consider both the experimental drop age and set and unset material surfaces. PMID:21209992

  4. Latex elastomer with a permanently hydrophilic surface

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    Noda, Isao

    1991-03-01

    WATER wettability is important in many applications of polymeric materials, including fabrics, printing and biomedical uses1,2. Various surface-modification techniques are available to convert the intrinsically hydrophobic surfaces of plastic to water-wettable ones, by incorporating chemically polar functional groups at the surface4-7. Although such chemically induced surface hydrophilicity can be relatively long-lived while the substrates remain rigid, increases in the mobility of surface molecules, for example, due to increasing temperature, can cause rapid loss of hydrophilicity, driven by the tendency of surfaces to minimize their free energy2-5. As the polar groups are not often bound to the polymer matrix (usually being instead free surfactant molecules), they may also be flushed from the surface by repeated exposure to water. Here I report the preparation of permanently water-wettable elastomeric films from a latex synthesized by polymerization of monomers in the presence of an amphiphilic block copolymer. By migration of the hydrophilic segments to the surface during film formation, the film is rendered essentially completely wettable by water. Applications may include flexible coatings that can introduce spatially selective wettability to solid surfaces, for example one-side wettable perforated films used for bandages and disposable diapers8.

  5. Experimental and theoretical characterization of implantable neural microelectrodes modified with conducting polymer nanotubes

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    Abidian, Mohammad Reza; Martin, David C.

    2009-01-01

    Neural prostheses transduce bioelectric signals to electronic signals at the interface between neural tissue and neural microelectrodes. A low impedance electrode-tissue interface is important for the quality of signal during recording as well as quantity of applied charge density during stimulation. However, neural microelectrode sites exhibit high impedance because of their small geometric surface area. Here we analyze nanostructured-conducting polymers that can be used to significantly decrease the impedance of microelectrode typically by about two orders of magnitude and increase the charge transfer capacity of microelectrodes by three orders of magnitude. In this study poly(pyrrole) (PPy) and poly(3, 4- ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) nanotubes were electrochemically polymerized on the surface of neural microelectrode sites (1250 μm2). An equivalent circuit model comprising a coating capacitance in parallel with a pore resistance and interface impedance in series was developed and fitted to experimental results to characterize the physical and electrical properties of the interface. To confirm that the fitting parameters correlate with physical quantities of interface, theoretical equations were used to calculate the parameter values thereby validating the proposed model. Finally, an apparent diffusion coefficient was calculated for PPy film (29.2 ± 1.1 cm2/s), PPy nanotubes (72.4 ± 3.3 cm2/s), PEDOT film (7.4 ± 2.1 cm2/s), and PEDOT nanotubes (13.0 ± 1.8 cm2/s). The apparent diffusion coefficient of conducting polymer nanotubes was larger than the corresponding conducting polymer films. PMID:18093644

  6. Photocatalytic, highly hydrophilic porcelain stoneware slabs

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    Raimondo, M.; Guarini, G.; Zanelli, C.; Marani, F.; Fossa, L.; Dondi, M.

    2011-10-01

    Photocatalytic, highly hydrophilic industrial porcelain stoneware large slabs were realized by deposition of nanostructured TiO2 coatings. Different surface finishing and experimental conditions were considered in order to assess the industrial feasibility. Photocatalytic and wetting behaviour of functionalized slabs mainly depends on surface phase composition in terms of anatase/rutile ratio, this involving - as a key issue - the deposition of TiO2 on industrially sintered products with an additional annealing step to strengthen coatings' performances and durability.

  7. Thermo-responsive behavior of borinic acid polymers: experimental and molecular dynamics studies.

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    Wan, Wen-Ming; Zhou, Peng; Cheng, Fei; Sun, Xiao-Li; Lv, Xin-Hu; Li, Kang-Kang; Xu, Hai; Sun, Miao; Jäkle, Frieder

    2015-09-28

    The thermo-responsive properties of borinic acid polymers were investigated by experimental and molecular dynamics simulation studies. The homopolymer poly(styrylphenyl(tri-iso-propylphenyl)borinic acid) (PBA) exhibits an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) in polar organic solvents that is tunable over a wide temperature range by addition of small amounts of H2O. The UCST of a 1 mg mL(-1) PBA solution in DMSO can be adjusted from 20 to 100 °C by varying the H2O content from ∼0-2.5%, in DMF from 0 to 100 °C (∼3-17% H2O content), and in THF from 0 to 60 °C (∼4-19% H2O). The UCST increases almost linearly from the freezing point of the solvent with higher freezing point to the boiling point of the solvent with the lower boiling point. The mechanistic aspects of this process were investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. The latter indicate rapid and strong hydrogen-bond formation between BOH moieties and H2O molecules, which serve as crosslinkers to form an insoluble network. Our results suggest that borinic acid-containing polymers are promising as new "smart" materials, which display thermo-responsive properties that are tunable over a wide temperature range.

  8. Thermo-responsive behavior of borinic acid polymers: experimental and molecular dynamics studies.

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    Wan, Wen-Ming; Zhou, Peng; Cheng, Fei; Sun, Xiao-Li; Lv, Xin-Hu; Li, Kang-Kang; Xu, Hai; Sun, Miao; Jäkle, Frieder

    2015-09-28

    The thermo-responsive properties of borinic acid polymers were investigated by experimental and molecular dynamics simulation studies. The homopolymer poly(styrylphenyl(tri-iso-propylphenyl)borinic acid) (PBA) exhibits an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) in polar organic solvents that is tunable over a wide temperature range by addition of small amounts of H2O. The UCST of a 1 mg mL(-1) PBA solution in DMSO can be adjusted from 20 to 100 °C by varying the H2O content from ∼0-2.5%, in DMF from 0 to 100 °C (∼3-17% H2O content), and in THF from 0 to 60 °C (∼4-19% H2O). The UCST increases almost linearly from the freezing point of the solvent with higher freezing point to the boiling point of the solvent with the lower boiling point. The mechanistic aspects of this process were investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. The latter indicate rapid and strong hydrogen-bond formation between BOH moieties and H2O molecules, which serve as crosslinkers to form an insoluble network. Our results suggest that borinic acid-containing polymers are promising as new "smart" materials, which display thermo-responsive properties that are tunable over a wide temperature range. PMID:26256052

  9. Experimental and theoretical characterization of non-bending ionic polymer transducer sensing

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    Kocer, Bilge; Zangrilli, Ursula T.; Weiland, Lisa M.

    2012-04-01

    Ionic Polymer Transducers (IPTs) have both actuation and sensing capabilities. However, the electromechanical response of an IPT as a sensor is quite different from the response as an actuator. IPT sensors are not limited to bending, i.e., they also produce current for compressive, extensional, and shear deformations. A robust physical model must be able to predict the existence of a sensing signal in all modes of deformation. Such a model could subsequently be adapted to form a roadmap toward enhancing sensitivity. In this study, the objective is to experimentally define IPT sensing characteristics in shear deformation (non-bending) and compare the empirical results with predictions derived from a model based on the streaming potential hypothesis. An in-house displacement control rig is employed to establish empirical results in shear sensing. A finite element approach is employed in the companion model development. The IPTs considered employ Nafion as the ionic polymer layer, while the electrode includes high surface area ruthenium oxide, RuO2, metallic powder and deposited per the Direct Assembly Process.

  10. Systematic computational and experimental investigation of lithium-ion transport mechanisms in polyester-based polymer electrolytes

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    Webb, Michael A.; Jung, Yukyung; Pesko, Danielle M.; Savoie, Brett M.; Yamamoto, Umi; Coates, Geoffrey W.; Balsara, Nitash P.; Wang, Zhen -Gang; Miller, III, Thomas F.

    2015-07-10

    Understanding the mechanisms of lithium-ion transport in polymers is crucial for the design of polymer electrolytes. We combine modular synthesis, electrochemical characterization, and molecular simulation to investigate lithium-ion transport in a new family of polyester-based polymers and in poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). Theoretical predictions of glass-transition temperatures and ionic conductivities in the polymers agree well with experimental measurements. Interestingly, both the experiments and simulations indicate that the ionic conductivity of PEO, relative to the polyesters, is far higher than would be expected from its relative glass-transition temperature. The simulations reveal that diffusion of the lithium cations in the polyesters proceeds viamore » a different mechanism than in PEO, and analysis of the distribution of available cation solvation sites in the various polymers provides a novel and intuitive way to explain the experimentally observed ionic conductivities. This work provides a platform for the evaluation and prediction of ionic conductivities in polymer electrolyte materials.« less

  11. Systematic Computational and Experimental Investigation of Lithium-Ion Transport Mechanisms in Polyester-Based Polymer Electrolytes

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    2015-01-01

    Understanding the mechanisms of lithium-ion transport in polymers is crucial for the design of polymer electrolytes. We combine modular synthesis, electrochemical characterization, and molecular simulation to investigate lithium-ion transport in a new family of polyester-based polymers and in poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). Theoretical predictions of glass-transition temperatures and ionic conductivities in the polymers agree well with experimental measurements. Interestingly, both the experiments and simulations indicate that the ionic conductivity of PEO, relative to the polyesters, is far higher than would be expected from its relative glass-transition temperature. The simulations reveal that diffusion of the lithium cations in the polyesters proceeds via a different mechanism than in PEO, and analysis of the distribution of available cation solvation sites in the various polymers provides a novel and intuitive way to explain the experimentally observed ionic conductivities. This work provides a platform for the evaluation and prediction of ionic conductivities in polymer electrolyte materials. PMID:27162971

  12. Design and Fabrication of a Hybrid Superhydrophobic-Hydrophilic Surface That Exhibits Stable Dropwise Condensation.

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    Mondal, Bikash; Mac Giolla Eain, Marc; Xu, QianFeng; Egan, Vanessa M; Punch, Jeff; Lyons, Alan M

    2015-10-28

    Condensation of water vapor is an essential process in power generation, water collection, and thermal management. Dropwise condensation, where condensed droplets are removed from the surface before coalescing into a film, has been shown to increase the heat transfer efficiency and water collection ability of many surfaces. Numerous efforts have been made to create surfaces which can promote dropwise condensation, including superhydrophobic surfaces on which water droplets are highly mobile. However, the challenge with using such surfaces in condensing environments is that hydrophobic coatings can degrade and/or water droplets on superhydrophobic surfaces transition from the mobile Cassie to the wetted Wenzel state over time and condensation shifts to a less-effective filmwise mechanism. To meet the need for a heat-transfer surface that can maintain stable dropwise condensation, we designed and fabricated a hybrid superhydrophobic-hydrophilic surface. An array of hydrophilic needles, thermally connected to a heat sink, was forced through a robust superhydrophobic polymer film. Condensation occurs preferentially on the needle surface due to differences in wettability and temperature. As the droplet grows, the liquid drop on the needle remains in the Cassie state and does not wet the underlying superhydrophobic surface. The water collection rate on this surface was studied using different surface tilt angles, needle array pitch values, and needle heights. Water condensation rates on the hybrid surface were shown to be 4 times greater than for a planar copper surface and twice as large for silanized silicon or superhydrophobic surfaces without hydrophilic features. A convection-conduction heat transfer model was developed; predicted water condensation rates were in good agreement with experimental observations. This type of hybrid superhydrophobic-hydrophilic surface with a larger array of needles is low-cost, robust, and scalable and so could be used for heat

  13. The effect of Low Earth Orbit exposure on some experimental fluorine and silicon-containing polymers

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    Connell, John W.; Young, Philip R.; Kalil, Carol G.; Chang, Alice C.; Siochi, Emilie J.

    1994-01-01

    Several experimental fluorine and silicon-containing polymers in film form were exposed to low Earth orbit (LEO) on a Space Shuttle flight experiment (STS-46, Evaluation of Oxygen Interaction with Materials, EOIM-3). The environmental parameters of primary concern were atomic oxygen (AO) and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The materials were exposed to 2.3 plus or minus 0.1 x 10(exp 20) oxygen atoms/sq cm and 30.6 UV sun hours during the flight. In some cases, the samples were exposed at ambient, 120 C and 200 C. The effects of exposure on these materials were assessed utilizing a variety of characterization techniques including optical, scanning electron (SEM) and scanning tunneling (STM) microscopy, UV-visible (UV-VIS) transmission, diffuse reflectance infrared (DR-FTIR), x-ray photoelectron (XPS) spectroscopy, and in a few cases, gel permeation chromatography (GPC). In addition, weight losses of the films, presumably due to AO erosion, were measured. The fluorine-containing polymers exhibited significant AO erosion and exposed films were diffuse or 'frosted' in appearance and consequently displayed dramatic reductions in optical transmission. The silicon-containing films exhibited minimum AO erosion and the optical transmission of exposed films was essentially unchanged. The silicon near the exposed surface in the films was converted to silicate/silicon oxide upon AO exposure which subsequently provided protection for the underlying material. The silicon-containing epoxies are potentially useful as AO resistant coatings and matrix resins as they are readily processed into carbon fiber reinforced composites and cured via electron radiation.

  14. Experimental Study of The Degradation of Polymers. Application To The Origin of Extended Sources In Cometary Atmospheres.

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    Fray, N.; Cottin, H.; Gazeau, M. C.; Minard, R. D.; Raulin, F.; Benilan, Y.

    Some molecules or radicals observed in cometary atmospheres present so-called Sex- & cedil;tended sourcesT. It means that their distribution in comae cannot be explained by a direct sublimation from the nucleus, but rather by a production in the coma. The origin of those extended sources is still an unsolved question. Some large organic molecules, like HCN polymers or polyoxymethylene [formaldehyde polymers: (-CH2-O-)n], are sometime evoked as possible parents for the extended sources of CN and H2CO re- spectively. These polymers in solid state on cometary grains could release volatiles through thermal and photolytic degradation. We have developed an experimental pro- gram in order to study the chemical reactions of degradration of solid polymers by UV irradiation and heating. The production of resulting small gaseous molecules is studied through MS, GC and IR analyses and provide identification of the degradation products and the determination of the photodegradation quantum yields or the ther- modegradation kinetics. Those fundamental data are then included into a model of the outer coma in order to interpret observations. We will present our latest results on the degradation of HCN polymers and polyoxymethylene. They show that the degradation of organic polymers is a possible source of molecules and radicals which present an extended source.

  15. Experimental and theoretical studies on inhibition of mild steel corrosion by some synthesized polyurethane tri-block co-polymers

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    Kumar, Sudershan; Vashisht, Hemlata; Olasunkanmi, Lukman O.; Bahadur, Indra; Verma, Hemant; Singh, Gurmeet; Obot, Ime B.; Ebenso, Eno E.

    2016-08-01

    Polyurethane based tri-block copolymers namely poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)-b-polyurethane-b-poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PNVP-PU) and poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate)-b-polyurethane-b-poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate) (PDMAEMA-PU) were synthesized through atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) mechanism. The synthesized polymers were characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) methods. The corrosion inhibition performances of the compounds were investigated on mild steel (MS) in 0.5 M H2SO4 medium using electrochemical measurements, surface analysis, quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamic simulations (MDS). Potentiodynamic polarization (PDP) measurements revealed that the polymers are mixed-type corrosion inhibitors. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements showed that the polymers inhibit MS corrosion by adsorbing on MS surface to form pseudo-capacitive interface. The inhibitive effects of the polymers increase with increasing concentration and decrease with increasing temperature. The adsorption of both the polymers on MS surface obey the Langmuir adsorption isotherm and involves both physisorption and chemisorption mechanisms. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses showed that the polymers formed protective film on MS surface and shield it from direct acid attack. Quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamic simulations studies corroborate experimental results.

  16. Experimental and theoretical studies on inhibition of mild steel corrosion by some synthesized polyurethane tri-block co-polymers

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    Kumar, Sudershan; Vashisht, Hemlata; Olasunkanmi, Lukman O.; Bahadur, Indra; Verma, Hemant; Singh, Gurmeet; Obot, Ime B.; Ebenso, Eno E.

    2016-01-01

    Polyurethane based tri-block copolymers namely poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)-b-polyurethane-b-poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PNVP-PU) and poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate)-b-polyurethane-b-poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate) (PDMAEMA-PU) were synthesized through atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) mechanism. The synthesized polymers were characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) methods. The corrosion inhibition performances of the compounds were investigated on mild steel (MS) in 0.5 M H2SO4 medium using electrochemical measurements, surface analysis, quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamic simulations (MDS). Potentiodynamic polarization (PDP) measurements revealed that the polymers are mixed-type corrosion inhibitors. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements showed that the polymers inhibit MS corrosion by adsorbing on MS surface to form pseudo-capacitive interface. The inhibitive effects of the polymers increase with increasing concentration and decrease with increasing temperature. The adsorption of both the polymers on MS surface obey the Langmuir adsorption isotherm and involves both physisorption and chemisorption mechanisms. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses showed that the polymers formed protective film on MS surface and shield it from direct acid attack. Quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamic simulations studies corroborate experimental results. PMID:27515383

  17. Experimental and theoretical studies on inhibition of mild steel corrosion by some synthesized polyurethane tri-block co-polymers.

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    Kumar, Sudershan; Vashisht, Hemlata; Olasunkanmi, Lukman O; Bahadur, Indra; Verma, Hemant; Singh, Gurmeet; Obot, Ime B; Ebenso, Eno E

    2016-01-01

    Polyurethane based tri-block copolymers namely poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)-b-polyurethane-b-poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PNVP-PU) and poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate)-b-polyurethane-b-poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate) (PDMAEMA-PU) were synthesized through atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) mechanism. The synthesized polymers were characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) methods. The corrosion inhibition performances of the compounds were investigated on mild steel (MS) in 0.5 M H2SO4 medium using electrochemical measurements, surface analysis, quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamic simulations (MDS). Potentiodynamic polarization (PDP) measurements revealed that the polymers are mixed-type corrosion inhibitors. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements showed that the polymers inhibit MS corrosion by adsorbing on MS surface to form pseudo-capacitive interface. The inhibitive effects of the polymers increase with increasing concentration and decrease with increasing temperature. The adsorption of both the polymers on MS surface obey the Langmuir adsorption isotherm and involves both physisorption and chemisorption mechanisms. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses showed that the polymers formed protective film on MS surface and shield it from direct acid attack. Quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamic simulations studies corroborate experimental results. PMID:27515383

  18. Experimental and theoretical studies on inhibition of mild steel corrosion by some synthesized polyurethane tri-block co-polymers.

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    Kumar, Sudershan; Vashisht, Hemlata; Olasunkanmi, Lukman O; Bahadur, Indra; Verma, Hemant; Singh, Gurmeet; Obot, Ime B; Ebenso, Eno E

    2016-08-12

    Polyurethane based tri-block copolymers namely poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)-b-polyurethane-b-poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PNVP-PU) and poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate)-b-polyurethane-b-poly(dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate) (PDMAEMA-PU) were synthesized through atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) mechanism. The synthesized polymers were characterized using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) methods. The corrosion inhibition performances of the compounds were investigated on mild steel (MS) in 0.5 M H2SO4 medium using electrochemical measurements, surface analysis, quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamic simulations (MDS). Potentiodynamic polarization (PDP) measurements revealed that the polymers are mixed-type corrosion inhibitors. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements showed that the polymers inhibit MS corrosion by adsorbing on MS surface to form pseudo-capacitive interface. The inhibitive effects of the polymers increase with increasing concentration and decrease with increasing temperature. The adsorption of both the polymers on MS surface obey the Langmuir adsorption isotherm and involves both physisorption and chemisorption mechanisms. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses showed that the polymers formed protective film on MS surface and shield it from direct acid attack. Quantum chemical calculations and molecular dynamic simulations studies corroborate experimental results.

  19. Theoretical and experimental research on the self-assembled system of molecularly imprinted polymers formed by salbutamol and methacrylic acid.

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    Jun-Bo, Liu; Yang, Shi; Shan-Shan, Tang; Rui-Fa, Jin

    2015-03-01

    The quantum chemical method was applied for screening functional monomers in the rational design of salbutamol-imprinted polymers. Salbutamol was the template molecule, and methacrylic acid was the single functional monomer. The LC-WPBE/6-31G(d,p) method was used to investigate the geometry optimization, active sites, natural bond orbital charges, binding energies of the imprinted molecule, and solvation energy. The mechanism of action between salbutamol and methacrylic acid was also discussed. The theoretical results show that salbutamol interacts with functional monomers by hydrogen bonds, and the salbutamol-imprinted polymers with a ratio of 1:4 (salbutamol/methacrylic acid) in acetonitrile had the highest stability. The salbutamol-imprinted polymers were prepared by precipitation polymerization. The experimental results indicated that the maximum adsorption capacity for salbutamol toward molecularly imprinted polymers was 7.33 mg/g, and the molecularly imprinted polymers had a higher selectivity for salbutamol than for norepinephrine and terbutaline sulfate. Herein, the studies can provide theoretical and experimental references for the salbutamol molecular imprinted system.

  20. Enchanced methods of hydrophilized CdSe quantum dots synthesis

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    Potapkin, D. V.; Zharkova, I. S.; Goryacheva, I. Y.

    2015-03-01

    Quantum dots are bright and stable fluorescence signal sources, but for most of applications they need an additional hydrophilization step. Unfortunately, most of existing approaches lead to QD's fluorescence quenching, so there is a need for additional enhancing of hydrophilized QD's brightness like UV irradiation, which can be used both on water insoluble QD's with oleic acid ligands (in toluene) and on hydrophilized QD's covered with UV-stable polymer (in aqueous solution). For synthesis of bright water-soluble fluorescent labels CdSe/CdS/ZnS colloidal quantum dots were covered with PAMAM dendrimer and irradiated with UV lamp in quartz cuvettes for 3 hours at the room temperature and then compared with control sample.

  1. Adhesive Measurements of Polymer Bonded Explosive Constituents using the JKR Experimental Technique and Finite Element Modelling of Viscoelastic Adhesive Contact

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    Hamilton, Neil; Williamson, David; Lewis, Daniel; Glauser, Annette; Jardine, Andrew

    2015-06-01

    It has been shown experimentally that under many circumstances the strength limiting factor of Polymer Bonded Explosives (PBXs) is the adhesion which exists between the filler crystals and the polymer matrix. Experimental measurements of the Work of Adhesion between different binders and glass have been conducted using the JKR experimental technique; a reversible axisymmetric fracture experiment in which the area of contact and the applied force are both measured during loading and unloading of the interface. The data taken with this technique show a rate dependence not described by the analytical JKR theory, which considers only elastic bodies, that arises from the viscoelastic properties of the bulk polymer. To understand and describe the effects of viscosity on the adhesive measurements a finite element model (ABAQUS) of the idealized geometry used in the JKR experiment has been constructed. It is intended to bridge the gap between the purely elastic analytical JKR theory and the viscoelastic experimental results. Together, the experimental data and the computational model are intended to inform the development, and validate the predictions of, microstructural models of PBX deformation and failure.

  2. Functional data analysis of experimental parameters obtained in PVA doped CdCl2 polymer composites

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    Prakash, M. B. Nanda; Urs, Gopal Krishne; Somashekar, R.

    2016-05-01

    Using solution casting method, PVA based polymer composites films with various concentrations of CdCl2 were prepared. Prepared polymer composites films were investigated using XRD. Crystallite size for different concentrations of CdCl2 are computed here using Williamson and Hall plot (WH plot), an in-house program developed by us. To correlate between two independent physical parameters size and conductivity, we have chosen functional data analysis to estimate the maxima and minima in these polymer composites systems.

  3. Non-immunogenic, hydrophilic/cationic block copolymers and uses thereof

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    Scales, Charles W.; Huang, Faqing; McCormick, Charles L.

    2010-05-18

    The present invention provides novel non-immunogenic, hydrophilic/cationic block copolymers comprising a neutral-hydrophilic polymer and a cationic polymer, wherein both polymers have well-defined chain-end functionality. A representative example of such a block copolymer comprises poly(N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide) (PHPMA) and poly(N-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]methacrylamide) (PDMAPMA). Also provided is a synthesis method thereof in aqueous media via reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Further provided are uses of these block copolymers as drug delivery vehicles and protection agents.

  4. The anisotropic mechanical behaviour of electro-spun biodegradable polymer scaffolds: Experimental characterisation and constitutive formulation.

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    Limbert, Georges; Omar, Rodaina; Krynauw, Hugo; Bezuidenhout, Deon; Franz, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    Electro-spun biodegradable polymer fibrous structures exhibit anisotropic mechanical properties dependent on the degree of fibre alignment. Degradation and mechanical anisotropy need to be captured in a constitutive formulation when computational modelling is used in the development and design optimisation of such scaffolds. Biodegradable polyester-urethane scaffolds were electro-spun and underwent uniaxial tensile testing in and transverse to the direction of predominant fibre alignment before and after in vitro degradation of up to 28 days. A microstructurally-based transversely isotropic hyperelastic continuum constitutive formulation was developed and its parameters were identified from the experimental stress-strain data of the scaffolds at various stages of degradation. During scaffold degradation, maximum stress and strain in circumferential direction decreased from 1.02 ± 0.23 MPa to 0.38 ± 0.004 MPa and from 46 ± 11 % to 12 ± 2 %, respectively. In longitudinal direction, maximum stress and strain decreased from 0.071 ± 0.016 MPa to 0.010 ± 0.007 MPa and from 69 ± 24 % to 8 ± 2 %, respectively. The constitutive parameters were identified for both directions of the non-degraded and degraded scaffold for strain range varying between 0% and 16% with coefficients of determination r(2)>0.871. The six-parameter constitutive formulation proved versatile enough to capture the varying non-linear transversely isotropic behaviour of the fibrous scaffold throughout various stages of degradation.

  5. Interleukin 10 suppresses experimental chronic, granulomatous inflammation induced by bacterial cell wall polymers.

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    Herfarth, H H; Mohanty, S P; Rath, H C; Tonkonogy, S; Sartor, R B

    1996-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Interleukin 10 (IL10) inhibits monocyte/macrophage and T lymphocyte effector functions. This study examined the effect of systemically administered IL10 on acute and chronic granulomatous enterocolitis, hepatitis, and arthritis in a rat model. METHODS: Lewis rats were injected intramurally with streptococcal peptidoglycan-polysaccharide (PG-APS) polymers. Beginning 12 hours before PG-APS injection, rats were treated daily with subcutaneous murine recombinant IL10 or vehicle for three or 17 days. RESULTS: IL10 attenuated acute enterocolitis in a dose dependent fashion (p < 0.01). Protective effects were more profound in the chronic granulomatous phase with decreased enterocolitis and markedly inhibited leucocytosis, hepatic granulomas, and chronic erosive arthritis (p < 0.001). IL10 downregulated tissue IL1, IL6, tumour necrosis factor alpha, and interferon gamma gene expression, consistent with the in vitro effects of IL10 on PG-APS-stimulated splenocytes. Caecal IL1 protein concentrations and IL2 and interferon gamma secretion by in vitro stimulated mesenteric lymph nodes were downregulated in IL10 treated animals. CONCLUSIONS: These results indicate that exogenous IL10 can inhibit experimental granulomatous inflammatory responses and suggest that IL10 treatment could be an effective new therapeutic approach in human disorders such as Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and sarcoidosis. Images Figure 1 Figure 3 Figure 5 Figure 6 PMID:9038666

  6. Fast fluorescence switching within hydrophilic supramolecular assemblies.

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    Cusido, Janet; Battal, Mutlu; Deniz, Erhan; Yildiz, Ibrahim; Sortino, Salvatore; Raymo, Françisco M

    2012-08-13

    We designed a supramolecular strategy to modulate fluorescence in water under optical control. It is based on the entrapment of fluorophore-photochrome dyads within the hydrophobic interior of an amphiphilic polymer. The polymeric envelope around the dyads protects them from the aqueous environment, while imposing hydrophilic character on the overall supramolecular construct. In the resulting assemblies, the photochromic component can be operated reversibly on a microsecond timescale under the influence of ultraviolet stimulations. In turn, the reversible transformations control the emission intensity of the adjacent fluorophore. As a result, the fluorescence of such nanostructured constructs can be photomodulated for hundreds of cycles in water with microsecond switching speeds. Thus, our protocol for fast fluorescence switching in aqueous solutions can eventually lead to the realization of functional probes for the investigation of biological samples. PMID:22644948

  7. Simple Strategies to Manipulate Hydrophilic Domains in Silicones

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    Thompson, David B.; Fawcett, Amanda S.; Brook, Michael A.

    Hydrophilic silicone polymers offer advantageous properties in a variety of applications. However, it is not always straightforward to control the placement of hydrophilic domains in a hydrophobic silicone elastomer. A facile method for the preparation of poly(ethylene oxide)(PEO)-modified PDMS elastomers is described. Hydrosilane rich elastomers are fabricated by adding poly(hydromethylsiloxane) to a standard addition cure elastomer formula. After curing the elastomer, the silicones can be modified using hydrosilylation with mono- and di-allyl pol(ethylene oxide) of varying molecular weights to give PEO-rich silicone surfaces. The efficiency of the grafting process, as measured by PEO on the surface, depends both on molecular weight and functionality of the PEO. By contrast, when the allyl functional PEO is added directly to the elastomer preparation (co-cure), silicone elastomers with internal PEO domains are formed: SiH rich polymers present preferentially at the external interface.

  8. Dispersing Zwitterions into Comb Polymers for Nonviral Transfection: Experiments and Molecular Simulation.

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    Ghobadi, Ahmadreza F; Letteri, Rachel; Parelkar, Sangram S; Zhao, Yue; Chan-Seng, Delphine; Emrick, Todd; Jayaraman, Arthi

    2016-02-01

    Polymer-based gene delivery vehicles benefit from the presence of hydrophilic groups that mitigate the inherent toxicity of polycations and that provide tunable polymer-DNA binding strength and stable complexes (polyplexes). However, hydrophilic groups screen charge, and as such can reduce cell uptake and transfection efficiency. We report the effect of embedding zwitterionic sulfobetaine (SB) groups in cationic comb polymers, using a combination of experiments and molecular simulations. Ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) produced comb polymers with tetralysine (K4) and SB pendent groups. Dynamic light scattering, zeta potential measurements, and fluorescence-based experiments, together with coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations, described the effect of SB groups on the size, shape, surface charge, composition, and DNA binding strength of polyplexes formed using these comb polymers. Experiments and simulations showed that increasing SB composition in the comb polymers decreased polymer-DNA binding strength, while simulations indicated that the SB groups distributed throughout the polyplex. This allows polyplexes to maintain a positive surface charge and provide high levels of gene expression in live cells. Notably, comb polymers with nearly 50 mol % SB form polyplexes that exhibit positive surface charge similarly as polyplexes formed from purely cationic comb polymers, indicating the ability to introduce an appreciable amount of SB functionality without screening surface charge. This integrated simulation-experimental study demonstrates the effectiveness of incorporating zwitterions in polyplexes, while guiding the design of new and effective gene delivery vectors. PMID:26741292

  9. Kinetics of aqueous lubrication in the hydrophilic hydrogel Gemini interface.

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    Dunn, Alison C; Pitenis, Angela A; Urueña, Juan M; Schulze, Kyle D; Angelini, Thomas E; Sawyer, W Gregory

    2015-12-01

    The exquisite sliding interfaces in the human body share the common feature of hydrated dilute polymer mesh networks. These networks, especially when they constitute a sliding interface such as the pre-corneal tear film on the ocular interface, are described by the molecular weight of the polymer chains and a characteristic size of a minimum structural unit, the mesh size, ξ. In a Gemini interface where hydrophilic hydrogels are slid against each other, the aqueous lubrication behavior has been shown to be a function of sliding velocity, introducing a sliding timescale competing against the time scales of polymer fluctuation and relaxation at the surface. In this work, we examine two recent studies and postulate that when the Gemini interface slips faster than the single-chain relaxation time, chains must relax, suppressing the amplitude of the polymer chain thermal fluctuations.

  10. Kinetics of aqueous lubrication in the hydrophilic hydrogel Gemini interface.

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    Dunn, Alison C; Pitenis, Angela A; Urueña, Juan M; Schulze, Kyle D; Angelini, Thomas E; Sawyer, W Gregory

    2015-12-01

    The exquisite sliding interfaces in the human body share the common feature of hydrated dilute polymer mesh networks. These networks, especially when they constitute a sliding interface such as the pre-corneal tear film on the ocular interface, are described by the molecular weight of the polymer chains and a characteristic size of a minimum structural unit, the mesh size, ξ. In a Gemini interface where hydrophilic hydrogels are slid against each other, the aqueous lubrication behavior has been shown to be a function of sliding velocity, introducing a sliding timescale competing against the time scales of polymer fluctuation and relaxation at the surface. In this work, we examine two recent studies and postulate that when the Gemini interface slips faster than the single-chain relaxation time, chains must relax, suppressing the amplitude of the polymer chain thermal fluctuations. PMID:26614802

  11. Stochastic analysis of experimentally determined physical parameters of HPMC:NiCl2 polymer composites

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    Thejas Urs, G.; Sangappa, Y.; Somashekar, R.

    2016-05-01

    A stochastic approach to explain the variation of physical parameters in polymer composites is discussed in this study. We have given a statistical model to derive the characteristic variation of physical parameters as a function of dopant concentration. Results of X-ray diffraction study and conductivity have been taken to validate this function, which can be extended to any of the physical parameters and polymer composites. For this study we have considered a polymer composites of HPMC doped with various concentrations of Nickel Chloride.

  12. Preparation of hydrophilic styrene maleic anhydride copolymer fibers for use in papermaking

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    Rave, Terence W.

    1979-01-01

    Hydrophilic fibers may be prepared by discharging a heated and pressurized dispersion of a styrene-maleic anhydride copolymer into a zone of reduced temperature and pressure, and then modifying the fibers so produced by treatment with an aqueous admixture of selected cationic and anionic water-soluble, nitrogen-containing polymers. Blends of the hydrophilic fibers with wood pulp provide paper products having improved physical properties.

  13. [Experimental assessment of biodegradable polyglycolic and polylactic acid polymers for medical use].

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    Kulakov, A A; Grigor'ian, A S; Arkhipov, A V

    2013-01-01

    Interrelations of biodegradable poliglicolic and polilactic acid polymers in various proportions implanted in standardized bone defects were evaluated in animal model with 40 Wister line rats. During 10 month follow-up period bone capsule surrounded all implants, but timing of bone formation and bone quality varied significantly being optimal in LactoSorb group. Destructive features of polymers were also seen in implant-bone contact area defined as inflammation, fibrous tissue formation and cell dystrophy. PMID:24300698

  14. Hydrophilic Organic Electrodes on Flexible Hydrogels.

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    Moser, Thierry; Celma, Coralie; Lebert, Audrey; Charrault, Eric; Brooke, Robert; Murphy, Peter J; Browne, Gareth; Young, Richard; Higgs, Timothy; Evans, Drew

    2016-01-13

    Prompted by the rapidly developing field of wearable electronics, research into biocompatible substrates and coatings is intensifying. Acrylate-based hydrogel polymers have gained widespread use as biocompatible articles in applications such as contact and intraocular lenses. Surface treatments and/or coatings present one strategy to further enhance the performance of these hydrogels or even realize novel functionality. In this study, the conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) is deposited from the vapor phase onto hydrated hydrogel substrates and blended with biocompatibilizing coconstituents incorporating polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) moieties. Plasma pretreatment of the dehydrated hydrogel substrate modifies its surface topography and chemical composition to facilitate the attachment of conductive PEDOT-based surface layers. Manipulating the vapor phase polymerization process and constituent composition, the PEDOT-based coating is engineered to be both hydrophilic (i.e. to promote biocompatibility) and highly conductive. The fabrication of this conductively coated hydrogel has implications for the future of wearable electronic devices.

  15. Hydrophilic-Core Microcapsules and Their Formation

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    Calle, Luz M. (Inventor); Li, Wenyan (Inventor); Buhrow, Jerry W. (Inventor); Jolley, Scott T. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    Hydrophilic-core microcapsules and methods of their formation are provided. A hydrophilic-core microcapsule may include a shell that encapsulates water with the core substance dissolved or dispersed therein. The hydrophilic-core microcapsules may be formed from an emulsion having hydrophilic-phase droplets dispersed in a hydrophobic phase, with shell-forming compound contained in the hydrophilic phase or the hydrophobic phase and the core substance contained in the hydrophilic phase. The shells of the microcapsules may be capable of being broken down in response to being contacted by an alkali, e.g., produced during corrosion, contacting the shell.

  16. Permanent hydrophilic modification of polypropylene and poly(vinyl alcohol) films by vacuum ultraviolet radiation

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    Belmonte, Guilherme Kretzmann; Charles, German; Strumia, Miriam Cristina; Weibel, Daniel Eduardo

    2016-09-01

    Polypropylene (PP) and Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) both synthetics polymers but one of them biodegradable, were surface modified by vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) irradiation. After VUV irradiation in an inert nitrogen atmosphere, the films were exposed to oxygen gas. The treated films were characterized by water contact angle measurements (WCA), optical profilometry, FTIR-ATR, XPS, UPS and NEXAFS techniques. PP and PVA VUV-treated films reached superhydrophilic conditions (WCAs <10°) in about 30 min of irradiation under our experimental conditions. It was observed that when the WCAs reached about 35-40° the hydrophilicity was permanent in both polymers. These results contrasted with typical plasma treatments were a rapid hydrophobic recovery with aging time is usually observed. UPS and XPS data showed the presence of new functionalities on the PP and PVA surfaces that were assigned to COO, Cdbnd O, Csbnd O and Cdbnd C functional groups. Finally, grafting of styrene (ST) as a typical monomer was tested on PP films. It was confirmed that only in the VUV irradiated region an efficient grafting of ST or polymerized ST was found. Outside the irradiated regions no ST grafted was observed. Our results showed the potential use of VUV treatment for surface modification and processing of polymers which lack chromophores in the UV region.

  17. Method of making a membrane having hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces for adhering cells or antibodies by using atomic oxygen or hydroxyl radicals

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    Koontz, Steven L. (Inventor); Spaulding, Glenn F. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A portion of an organic polymer article such as a membrane is made hydrophilic by exposing a hydrophobic surface of the article to a depth of about 50 to about 5000 angstroms to atomic oxygen or hydroxyl radicals at a temperature below 100C., preferably below 40 C, to form a hydrophilic uniform surface layer of hydrophilic hydroxyl groups. The atomic oxygen and hydroxyl radicals are generated by a flowing afterglow microwave discharge, and the surface is outside of a plasma produced by the discharge. A membrane having both hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces can be used in an immunoassay by adhering antibodies to the hydrophobic surface. In another embodiment, the membrane is used in cell culturing where cells adhere to the hydrophilic surface. Prior to adhering cells, the hydrophilic surface may be grafted with a compatibilizing compound. A plurality of hydrophilic regions bounded by adjacent hydrophobic regions can be produced such that a maximum of one cell per each hydrophilic region adheres.

  18. High surface area electrodes in ionic polymer transducers: Numerical and experimental investigations of the electro-chemical behavior

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    Akle, Barbar J.; Habchi, Wassim; Wallmersperger, Thomas; Akle, Etienne J.; Leo, Donald J.

    2011-04-01

    Ionomeric polymer transducer (IPT) is an electroactive polymer that has received considerable attention due to its ability to generate large bending strain (>5%) and moderate stress at low applied voltages (±2 V). Ionic polymer transducers consist of an ionomer, usually Nafion, sandwiched between two electrically conductive electrodes. A novel fabrication technique denoted as the direct assembly process (DAP) enabled controlled electrode architecture in ionic polymer transducers. A DAP built transducer consists of two high surface area electrodes made of electrically conducting particles uniformly distributed in an ionomer matrix sandwiching an ionomer membrane. The purpose of this paper is to investigate and simulate the effect of these high surface area particles on the electro-chemical response of an IPT. Theoretical investigations as well as experimental verifications are performed. The model used consists of a convection-diffusion equation describing the chemical field as well as a Poisson equation describing the electrical field. The two-dimensional model incorporates highly conductive particles randomly distributed in the electrode area. Traditionally, these kinds of electrodes were simulated with boundary conditions representing flat electrodes with a large dielectric permittivity at the polymer boundary. This model enables the design of electrodes with complicated geometrical patterns. In the experimental section, several transducers are fabricated using the DAP process on Nafion 117 membranes. The architecture of the high surface area electrodes in these samples is varied. The concentration of the high surface area RuO2 particles is varied from 30 vol% up to 60 vol% at a fixed thickness of 30 μm, while the overall thickness of the electrode is varied from 10 μm up to 40 μm at a fixed concentration of 45%. The flux and charge accumulation in the materials are measured experimentally and compared to the results of the numerical simulations. Trends of

  19. Experimental evidence of ultrathin polymer film stratification by AFM force spectroscopy.

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    Delorme, Nicolas; Chebil, Mohamed Souheib; Vignaud, Guillaume; Le Houerou, Vincent; Bardeau, Jean-François; Busselez, Rémi; Gibaud, Alain; Grohens, Yves

    2015-06-01

    By performing Atomic Force Microscopy measurements of pull-off force as a function of the temperature, we were able to probe the dynamic of supported thin polystyrene (PS) films. Thermal transitions induce modifications in the surface energy, roughness and surface modulus that are clearly detected by AFM and related to PS chain relaxation mechanisms. We demonstrated the existence of three transition temperatures that can be associated to the relaxation of polymer chains located at different depth regions within the polymer film. Independently of the film thickness, we have confirmed the presence of a region of high mobility for the polymer chains at the free interface. The thickness of this region is estimated to be above 7nm. The detection of a transition only present for film thicker than the gyration radius Rg is linked to the dynamics of polymer chains in a bulk conformation (i.e. not in contact with the free interface). We claim here that our results demonstrate, in agreement with other techniques, the stratification of thin polymer film depth profile in terms of relaxation behavior. PMID:26087914

  20. Experimental and in silico investigations of organic phosphates and phosphonates sorption on polymer-ceramic monolithic materials and hydroxyapatite.

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    Pietrzyńska, Monika; Zembrzuska, Joanna; Tomczak, Rafał; Mikołajczyk, Jakub; Rusińska-Roszak, Danuta; Voelkel, Adam; Buchwald, Tomasz; Jampílek, Josef; Lukáč, Miloš; Devínsky, Ferdinand

    2016-10-10

    A method based on experimental and in silico evaluations for investigating interactions of organic phosphates and phosphonates with hydroxyapatite was developed. This quick and easy method is used for determination of differences among organophosphorus compounds of various structures in their mineral binding affinities. Empirical sorption evaluation was carried out using liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry or UV-VIS spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy was used to confirm sorption of organic phosphates and phosphonates on hydroxyapatite. Polymer-ceramic monolithic material and bulk hydroxyapatite were applied as sorbent materials. Furthermore, a Polymer-ceramic Monolithic In-Needle Extraction device was used to investigate both sorption and desorption steps. Binding energies were computed from the fully optimised structures utilising Density Functional Theory (DFT) at B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) level. Potential pharmacologic and toxic effects of the tested compounds were estimated by the Prediction of the Activity Spectra of Substances using GeneXplain software. PMID:27552905

  1. Electrostatic Properties of Polymers Subjected to Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Treatment; Correlation of Experimental Results with Atomistic Modeling

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    Trigwell, S.; Boucher, D.; Calle, C. I.

    2007-01-01

    this study, PE, PTFE, PS and PMMA were exposed to a He+O2, APGD and pre and post treatment surface chemistries were analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. Semi-empirical and ab-initio calculations were performed to correlate the experimental results with sonic plausible molecular and electronic structure features of the oxidation process. For the PE and PS, significant surface oxidation showing C-O, C=O, and O-C=O bonding, and a decrease in the surface contact angles was observed. For the PTFE and PM MA, little change in the surface composition was observed. The molecular modeling calculations were performed on single and multiple oligomers and showed regardless of oxidation mechanism, e.g. -OH, =O or a combination thereof, experimentally observed levels of surface oxidation were unlikely to lead to a significant change in the electronic structure of PE and PS, and that the increased hydrophilic properties are the primary reason for the observed changes in its electrostatic behavior. Calculations for PTFE and PMMA argue strongly against significant oxidation of those materials, as confirmed by the XPS results.

  2. Hydrophilic structures for condensation management in appliances

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    Kuehl, Steven John; Vonderhaar, John J.; Wu, Guolian; Wu, Mianxue

    2016-02-02

    An appliance that includes a cabinet having an exterior surface; a refrigeration compartment located within the cabinet; and a hydrophilic structure disposed on the exterior surface. The hydrophilic structure is configured to spread condensation. The appliance further includes a wicking structure located in proximity to the hydrophilic structure, and the wicking structure is configured to receive the condensation.

  3. Poly(ethylene glycol) on the liposome surface: on the mechanism of polymer-coated liposome longevity.

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    Torchilin, V P; Omelyanenko, V G; Papisov, M I; Bogdanov, A A; Trubetskoy, V S; Herron, J N; Gentry, C A

    1994-10-12

    The hypothetical model is built explaining the molecular mechanism of protective action of poly(ethylene glycol) on liposomes in vivo. The protective layer of the polymer on the liposome surface is considered as a statistical 'cloud' of polymer possible conformations in solution. Computer simulation was used to demonstrate that relatively a small number of liposome-grafted molecules of hydrophilic and flexible polymer can create a dense protective conformational cloud over the liposome surface preventing opsonizing protein molecules from contacting liposome. A more rigid polymer fails to form this dense protective cloud, even when hydrophilic. Computer simulation was also used to reveal possible heterogeneity of reactive sites on a polymer-coated liposome surface, and to estimate the optimal polymer-to-lipid ratio for efficient liposome protection. Experiments have been performed with the quenching of liposome-associated fluorescent label (nitrobenzoxadiazole or fluorescein) with protein (rhodamine-ovalbumin or anti-fluorescein antibody) from solution. It was shown that poly(ethylene glycol) grafting to liposomes hinders protein interaction with the liposome surface, whereas liposome-grafted dextran (more rigid polymer) in similar quantities does not affect protein-liposome interaction. Highly-reactive and low-reactive populations of chemically identical reactive sites have been found on polymer-coated liposomes. Experimental data satisfactory confirm the suggested mechanism for the longevity of polymer-modified liposome.

  4. Wetting of soap bubbles on hydrophilic, hydrophobic, and superhydrophobic surfaces

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    Arscott, Steve

    2013-06-01

    Wetting of sessile bubbles on various wetting surfaces (solid and liquid) has been studied. A model is presented for the apparent contact angle of a sessile bubble based on a modified Young's equation--the experimental results agree with the model. Wetting a hydrophilic surface results in a bubble contact angle of 90° whereas using a superhydrophobic surface one observes 134°. For hydrophilic surfaces, the bubble angle diminishes with bubble radius whereas on a superhydrophobic surface, the bubble angle increases. The size of the plateau borders governs the bubble contact angle, depending on the wetting of the surface.

  5. Experimental approaches for assessing interfacial behavior of polymer films during dissolution in aqueous base

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    Hinsberg, William D.; Lee, Seok-Won; Ito, Hiroshi; Horne, Donald E.; Kanazawa, Kay K.

    2001-08-01

    We describe here experiments aimed at probing the interfacial behavior of thin polymer films during dissolution. We have constructed and characterized a unique quartz-crystal microbalance dissolution rate monitor that allows changes in both oscillation frequency and resistance to be accurately recorded at high data rates during film dissolution. Depending on polymer structure and properties, the resistance to be accurately recorded at high data rates during film dissolution. Depending on polymer structure and properties, the resistance can remain nearly constant, or can undergo enormous fluctuations that are indicative of transient changes in mechanical properties of the polymer layer during the dissolution process. A theoretical description allows the measured resistance to be related to the structure and properties of the dissolving film. This QCM apparatus has been coupled with a custom high-speed visible reflectance spectrometer, and with an infrared spectrometer, to provide information on the structure of the dissolving film and its chemical composition. The dissolution and swelling of well-defined acrylic and alicyclic copolymers in aqueous base has been examined using these techniques.

  6. Synthesis of a hydrophilic naphthalimidedioxime.

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    Grant, Christopher D; Kang, Sung Ok; Hay, Benjamin P

    2013-08-01

    Imidedioximes are formed in hydroxylamine-treated polyacrylonitrile adsorbents used in the extraction of uranium from seawater. Although known to be a good uranophile, the glutarimidedioxime model compound 1 is rapidly hydrolyzed under acidic conditions used to elute metals from the adsorbent. This work reports the synthesis of a hydrophilic naphthalimidedioxime derivative 14, which is stable under acidic elution conditions. The synthesis starts from simple acenaphthenequinone 7 and converts it to a functional group dense imidedioxime 14 in 7 steps. PMID:23786218

  7. Wetting transitions on textured hydrophilic surfaces

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    Ishino, C.; Okumura, K.

    2008-04-01

    We consider the quasi-static energy of a drop on a textured hydrophilic surface, with taking the contact angle hysteresis (CAH) into account. We demonstrate how energy varies as the contact state changes from the Cassie state (in which air is trapped at the drop bottom) to the Wenzel state (in which liquid fills the texture at the drop bottom) assuming that the latter state nucleates from the center of the drop bottom. When the textured substrate is hydrophilic enough to allow spontaneous penetration of liquid film of the texture thickness, the present theory asserts that the drop develops into an experimentally observed state in which a drop looks like an egg fried without flipped over (sunny-side up) with a well-defined radius of “the egg yolk.” Otherwise, the final contact state of the drop becomes like a Wenzel state, but with the contact circle smaller than the original Wenzel state due to the CAH. We provide simple analytical estimations for the yolk radius of the “sunny-side-up” state and for the final radius of the contact circle of the pseudo-Wenzel state.

  8. Thermoresponsive microcapsules for controlled release of hydrophilic cargo

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    Amstad, Esther; Weitz, David

    2012-02-01

    Thermoresponsive microcapsules that collapse upon increasing the temperature above their lower critical solution temperature (LCST) such as poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAM) capsules are well known. However, capsules consisting of thermoresponsive polymers that possess an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) and therefore swell upon increasing the temperature above their UCST are scarce. We will present a microfluidic method to assemble thermoresponsive poly([2-(methacryloyloxy)-ethyl]-dimethyl-[3-sulfopropyl-ammoniumhzdroxide) (PMEDSH) microcapsules that have UCST. These capsules are in a collapsed state at room temperature and become highly water permeable upon increasing the temperature above the UCST. To simultaneously allow for encapsulation of hydrophilic cargo and enable the water based polymerization reaction of the PMEDSH shell, these microcapsules are assembled as water/water/oil emulsions using capillary microfluidic devices. The resulting PMEDSH microcapsules are envisaged as delivery vehicles and microreactors that allow for temperature induced controlled release of hydrophilic cargo. .

  9. Novel hydrophilic carboxymethyl starch/montmorillonite nanocomposite films.

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    Wilpiszewska, Katarzyna; Antosik, Adrian Krzysztof; Spychaj, Tadeusz

    2015-09-01

    Preparation of novel carboxymethyl starch (CMS)-based biodegradable films with calcium montmorillonite has been described. The biocomposites were obtained by casting method, glycerol and citric acid were used as plasticizer and crosslinking agent, respectively. The effect of calcium montmorillonite (MMT-Ca) on hydrophilicity (moisture absorption, solubility in water as well as contact angle measurements) was evaluated. Moreover, thermomechanical and mechanical properties of nanocomposites were determined. For all the systems tested intercalated structure of MMT-Ca was revealed, however the most efficient clay platelets dispersion was noted for film containing 5 wt.% MMT-Ca. Such biodegradable CMS/MMT-Ca films exhibiting relatively good mechanical properties could find application in controlled delivery systems as well as in agriculture for seed tapes production where hydrophilicity of polymer carrier is strongly advantageous. PMID:26005142

  10. Ab initio and experimental studies of glow-discharge polymer used in Laser MégaJoule capsules

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    Colin-Lalu, Pierre; Huser, Gaël; Recoules, Vanina; Salin, Gwenael; CEA DAM DIF Team

    2015-06-01

    Equations of state tables used in Initial Confinement Fusion capsule design tools are highly dependent on the cold curve in the multimegabar range. Original ab-initio molecular dynamic simulations were performed to get accurate cold curves of glow-discharge polymer (GDP) plastics. Furthermore the effect of oxygen absorption by GDP structure is studied on the cold curve, as well as its impact on the Hugoniot curves. Results are compared with Hugoniot experimental data obtained in a recent experiment at the LULI2000 laser facility in France. This study leads to improve equation of states knowledge of ablator materials, which is of primary importance for NIF and LMJ experiments.

  11. Theoretical and experimental investigation of drug-polymer interaction and miscibility and its impact on drug supersaturation in aqueous medium.

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    Baghel, Shrawan; Cathcart, Helen; O'Reilly, Niall J

    2016-10-01

    Amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) have the potential to offer higher apparent solubility and bioavailability of BCS class II drugs. Knowledge of the solid state drug-polymer solubility/miscibility and their mutual interaction are fundamental requirements for the effective design and development of such systems. To this end, we have carried out a comprehensive investigation of various ASD systems of dipyridamole and cinnarizine in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and polyacrylic acid (PAA) at different drug loadings. Theoretical and experimental examinations (by implementing binary and ternary Flory-Huggins (F-H) theory) related to drug-polymer interaction/miscibility including solubility parameter approach, melting point depression method, phase diagram, drug-polymer interaction in the presence of moisture and the effect of drug loading on interaction parameter were performed. The information obtained from this study was used to predict the stability of ASDs at different drug loadings and under different thermal and moisture conditions. Thermal and moisture sorption analysis not only provided the composition-dependent interaction parameter but also predicted the composition dependent miscibility. DPM-PVP, DPM-PAA and CNZ-PAA systems have shown molecular level mixing over the complete range of drug loading. For CNZ-PVP, the presence of a single Tg at lower drug loadings (10, 20 and 35%w/w) indicates the formation of solid solution. However, drug recrystallization was observed for samples with higher drug weight fractions (50 and 65%w/w). Finally, the role of polymer in maintaining drug supersaturation has also been explored. It has been found that drug-polymer combinations capable of hydrogen-bonding in the solution state (DPM-PVP, DPM-PAA and CNZ-PAA) are more effective in preventing drug crystallization compared to the drug-polymer systems without such interaction (CNZ-PVP). The DPM-PAA system outperformed all other ASDs in various stability conditions (dry-state, in

  12. Theoretical and experimental investigation of drug-polymer interaction and miscibility and its impact on drug supersaturation in aqueous medium.

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    Baghel, Shrawan; Cathcart, Helen; O'Reilly, Niall J

    2016-10-01

    Amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) have the potential to offer higher apparent solubility and bioavailability of BCS class II drugs. Knowledge of the solid state drug-polymer solubility/miscibility and their mutual interaction are fundamental requirements for the effective design and development of such systems. To this end, we have carried out a comprehensive investigation of various ASD systems of dipyridamole and cinnarizine in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and polyacrylic acid (PAA) at different drug loadings. Theoretical and experimental examinations (by implementing binary and ternary Flory-Huggins (F-H) theory) related to drug-polymer interaction/miscibility including solubility parameter approach, melting point depression method, phase diagram, drug-polymer interaction in the presence of moisture and the effect of drug loading on interaction parameter were performed. The information obtained from this study was used to predict the stability of ASDs at different drug loadings and under different thermal and moisture conditions. Thermal and moisture sorption analysis not only provided the composition-dependent interaction parameter but also predicted the composition dependent miscibility. DPM-PVP, DPM-PAA and CNZ-PAA systems have shown molecular level mixing over the complete range of drug loading. For CNZ-PVP, the presence of a single Tg at lower drug loadings (10, 20 and 35%w/w) indicates the formation of solid solution. However, drug recrystallization was observed for samples with higher drug weight fractions (50 and 65%w/w). Finally, the role of polymer in maintaining drug supersaturation has also been explored. It has been found that drug-polymer combinations capable of hydrogen-bonding in the solution state (DPM-PVP, DPM-PAA and CNZ-PAA) are more effective in preventing drug crystallization compared to the drug-polymer systems without such interaction (CNZ-PVP). The DPM-PAA system outperformed all other ASDs in various stability conditions (dry-state, in

  13. Solute induced relaxation in glassy polymers: Experimental measurements and nonequilibrium thermodynamic model

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    Minelli, Matteo; Doghieri, Ferruccio

    2014-05-15

    Data for kinetics of mass uptake from vapor sorption experiments in thin glassy polymer samples are here interpreted in terms of relaxation times for volume dilation. To this result, both models from non-equilibrium thermodynamics and from mechanics of volume relaxation contribute. Different kind of sorption experiments have been considered in order to facilitate the direct comparison between kinetics of solute induced volume dilation and corresponding data from process driven by pressure or temperature jumps.

  14. Triggered Release of Pharmacophores from [Ni(HAsO3)]-Loaded Polymer-Caged Nanobin Enhances Pro-Apoptotic Activity: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study

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    Lee, Sang-Min; Lee, One-Sun; O'Halloran, Thomas V.; Schatz, George C.; Nguyen, SonBinh T.

    2013-01-01

    Nanoscale drug delivery platforms can provide an attractive therapeutic strategy for cancer treatments as they can substantially reduce the adverse side effects associated with toxic small-molecule anticancer agents. For enhanced therapeutic efficacy to be achieved with such platforms, tumor-specific drug-release trigger is a critical requirement. This manuscript reports the use of a pH-sensitive polymer network that surrounds a nanoscale liposome core to trigger the release of both encapsulated hydrophilic, membrane-impermeable NiII cations and amphipathic, membrane-permeable AsIII anticancer agents under acidic conditions commonly encountered in hypoxic tumor tissues and late endosomes. Computational modeling studies provide clear evidence that the acid-triggered drug-release mechanism for this polymer-caged nanobin (PCN) platform arises from a pH- and temperature-responsive conformation change of the cross-linked polymer cage. As a result, the simultaneous release of both of the active agents in this multi-component therapeutic enhances the pro-apoptotic activity of AsIII while diminishing its acute toxicity, potentially reducing the undesirable side effects commonly associated with this free drug. The ability to engender acid-triggered release of drugs co-encapsulated inside a liposomal template makes drug delivery using PCN an attractive strategy for triggered drug release. PMID:21466214

  15. Thermal conductance of hydrophilic and hydrophobic interfaces.

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    Ge, Zhenbin; Cahill, David G; Braun, Paul V

    2006-05-12

    Using time-domain thermoreflectance, we have measured the transport of thermally excited vibrational energy across planar interfaces between water and solids that have been chemically functionalized with a self-assembled monolayer (SAM). The Kapitza length--i.e., the thermal conductivity of water divided by the thermal conductance per unit area of the interface--is analogous to the "slip length" for water flowing tangentially past a solid surface. We find that the Kapitza length at hydrophobic interfaces (10-12 nm) is a factor of 2-3 larger than the Kapitza length at hydrophilic interfaces (3-6 nm). If a vapor layer is present at the hydrophobic interface, and this vapor layer has a thermal conductivity that is comparable to bulk water vapor, then our experimental results constrain the thickness of the vapor layer to be less than 0.25 nm.

  16. Experimental and modeling approaches for the formation of hydroperoxide during the auto-oxidation of polymers: Thermal-oxidative degradation of polyethylene oxide

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    Chen, Liang; Yamane, Shogo; Sago, Tomohiro; Hagihara, Hideaki; Kutsuna, Shuzo; Uchimaru, Tadafumi; Suda, Hiroyuki; Sato, Hiroaki; Mizukado, Junji

    2016-07-01

    ROOH was a key intermediate compound in oxidation of polymer because it was only source of radOH radicals. ROOH was believed to be produced by ROOrad abstraction H-atom from polymer, which is thermodynamically unfavorable, but it may be facilitated due to the high polymer concentration. However, ROOH also could be produced by ROOrad reaction with HO2rad. For examining the formation scheme of ROOH, kinetics and mechanism for the thermal-oxidative degradation of PEO at 473 K in air was investigated by using the experimental and modeling approaches. The contribution of HO2rad reaction with ROOrad to the formation of ROOH was estimated.

  17. The Effect of Contact Angles and Capillary Dimensions on the Burst Frequency of Super Hydrophilic and Hydrophilic Centrifugal Microfluidic Platforms, a CFD Study

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    Kazemzadeh, Amin; Ganesan, Poo; Ibrahim, Fatimah; He, Shuisheng; Madou, Marc J.

    2013-01-01

    This paper employs the volume of fluid (VOF) method to numerically investigate the effect of the width, height, and contact angles on burst frequencies of super hydrophilic and hydrophilic capillary valves in centrifugal microfluidic systems. Existing experimental results in the literature have been used to validate the implementation of the numerical method. The performance of capillary valves in the rectangular and the circular microfluidic structures on super hydrophilic centrifugal microfluidic platforms is studied. The numerical results are also compared with the existing theoretical models and the differences are discussed. Our experimental and computed results show a minimum burst frequency occurring at square capillaries and this result is useful for designing and developing more sophisticated networks of capillary valves. It also predicts that in super hydrophilic microfluidics, the fluid leaks consistently from the capillary valve at low pressures which can disrupt the biomedical procedures in centrifugal microfluidic platforms. PMID:24069169

  18. Experimental and numerical investigation of the dynamic response of highly compliant, polymer-enhanced, graphite-reinforced cementitious composites

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    Ooi, Teng Keong

    This dissertation demonstrates how composite materials, fabricated by placing a low modulus, lightweight polymer-enhanced, cementitious matrix over multiple layers of stiff reinforcement, can be used to create a composite material with relatively high tension and compression properties. This extraordinary combination allows a structure to be highly stressed and deformed to store large amounts of elastic strain energy, thus providing more design flexibility than traditional materials. When the structural response is modified as the service loads are decreased, the energy is released in a controlled fashion to do useful work. Prior research shows that the standard transform section method fails to provide accurate results when the elastic modulus ratio exceeds 20. A modified transformed section is formulated by using the rule of mixture to determine the effective material properties for the composite. Finite element analysis is used to verify the experimental results and a good agreement is obtained. This dissertation investigates the experimental and numerical methods to determine the dynamic response of this new class of highly compliant, Polymer-Enhanced, Graphite Reinforced Cementitious Composite (PEGRCC) materials. Highly compliant, PEGRCC structures are designed based on the strength, stiffness, and the position of the component materials in the composite section. Their ability to store and release energy depends upon a complex interaction between the shape, modal response, and the forcing function initiated to the structure. This dissertation shows that the PEGRCC materials behave like a composite material and the classical mechanics of composite material theory is applicable to PEGRCC laminates. The good agreement between the experimental natural frequencies and mode shapes and the finite element predictions indicate that the standard mechanical impact testing can be adopted to test PEGRCC materials. The accuracy of the finite element dynamic analysis shows

  19. Filtration of triazine herbicides by polymer-clay sorbents: coupling an experimental mechanistic approach with empirical modeling.

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    Gardi, Ido; Nir, Shlomo; Mishael, Yael G

    2015-03-01

    Triazine herbicides detected in surface and groundwater pose environmental and health risks. Removal of triazine herbicides (simazine, atrazine and terbuthylazine) by polymer-clay composites was studied and modeled. Their binding by a poly 4-vinyl pyridine co styrene-montmorillonite (HPVP-CoS-MMT) composite was especially high due to specific interactions between the herbicides and polymer, mainly hydrogen bonds and π-π stacking. The binding kinetics to the composite was in the order of simazine > atrazine > terbuthylazine, which was in accord with their equilibrium Langmuir binding coefficients; 44,000, 17,500 and 16,500 M(-1), respectively, which correlated with herbicide accessibility to form specific interaction with the polymer. Simazine binding kinetics to the composite was significantly faster than to granulated activated carbon (GAC), reaching 93% vs 38% of the maximal adsorption within 10 min, respectively. Herbicide filtration by composite columns was adequately fitted by a model which considers convection and employs Langmuir formalism for kinetics of adsorption/desorption. Filtration of simazine (10 μg L(-1)) by composite columns (40 cm long, which included 26 g composite mixed with sand 1:40 (weight ratio)), was well predicted by the model with nearly 120 L purified, i.e., effluent concentrations were below regulation limit (3 μg L(-1)). Effluent concentrations from GAC columns exceeded the limit after filtering 5 L. Experimental results and model predictions suggest that while GAC has a high capacity for simazine binding, the composite has higher affinity towards the herbicide and its adsorption is faster, which yields more efficient filtration by composite columns. PMID:25506764

  20. Experimental and simulation-based investigation of He, Ne and Ar irradiation of polymers for ion microscopy.

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    Rzeznik, Lukasz; Fleming, Yves; Wirtz, Tom; Philipp, Patrick

    2016-01-01

    Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) on the helium ion microscope (HIM) promises higher lateral resolution than on classical SIMS instruments. However, full advantage of this new technique can only be obtained when the interaction of He(+) or Ne(+) primary ions with the sample is fully controlled. In this work we investigate how He(+) and Ne(+) bombardment influences roughness formation and preferential sputtering for polymer samples and how they compare to Ar(+) primary ions used in classical SIMS by combining experimental techniques with Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations and SD_TRIM_SP modelling. The results show that diffusion coefficients for He, Ne and Ar in polymers are sufficiently high to prevent any accumulation of rare gas atoms in the polymers which could lead to some swelling and bubble formation. Roughness formation was also not observed. Preferential sputtering is more of a problem, with enrichment of carbon up to surface concentrations above 80%. In general, the preferential sputtering is largely depending on the primary ion species and the impact energies. For He(+) bombardment, it is more of an issue for low keV impact energies and for the heavier primary ion species the preferential sputtering is sample dependent. For He(+) steady state conditions are reached for fluences much higher than 10(18) ions/cm(2). For Ne(+) and Ar(+), the transient regime extends up to fluences of 10(17)-10(18) ions/cm(2). Hence, preferential sputtering needs to be taken into account when interpreting images recorded under He(+) or Ne(+) bombardment on the HIM. PMID:27547629

  1. Filtration of triazine herbicides by polymer-clay sorbents: coupling an experimental mechanistic approach with empirical modeling.

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    Gardi, Ido; Nir, Shlomo; Mishael, Yael G

    2015-03-01

    Triazine herbicides detected in surface and groundwater pose environmental and health risks. Removal of triazine herbicides (simazine, atrazine and terbuthylazine) by polymer-clay composites was studied and modeled. Their binding by a poly 4-vinyl pyridine co styrene-montmorillonite (HPVP-CoS-MMT) composite was especially high due to specific interactions between the herbicides and polymer, mainly hydrogen bonds and π-π stacking. The binding kinetics to the composite was in the order of simazine > atrazine > terbuthylazine, which was in accord with their equilibrium Langmuir binding coefficients; 44,000, 17,500 and 16,500 M(-1), respectively, which correlated with herbicide accessibility to form specific interaction with the polymer. Simazine binding kinetics to the composite was significantly faster than to granulated activated carbon (GAC), reaching 93% vs 38% of the maximal adsorption within 10 min, respectively. Herbicide filtration by composite columns was adequately fitted by a model which considers convection and employs Langmuir formalism for kinetics of adsorption/desorption. Filtration of simazine (10 μg L(-1)) by composite columns (40 cm long, which included 26 g composite mixed with sand 1:40 (weight ratio)), was well predicted by the model with nearly 120 L purified, i.e., effluent concentrations were below regulation limit (3 μg L(-1)). Effluent concentrations from GAC columns exceeded the limit after filtering 5 L. Experimental results and model predictions suggest that while GAC has a high capacity for simazine binding, the composite has higher affinity towards the herbicide and its adsorption is faster, which yields more efficient filtration by composite columns.

  2. Experimental and simulation-based investigation of He, Ne and Ar irradiation of polymers for ion microscopy

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    Rzeznik, Lukasz; Fleming, Yves; Wirtz, Tom

    2016-01-01

    Summary Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) on the helium ion microscope (HIM) promises higher lateral resolution than on classical SIMS instruments. However, full advantage of this new technique can only be obtained when the interaction of He+ or Ne+ primary ions with the sample is fully controlled. In this work we investigate how He+ and Ne+ bombardment influences roughness formation and preferential sputtering for polymer samples and how they compare to Ar+ primary ions used in classical SIMS by combining experimental techniques with Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations and SD_TRIM_SP modelling. The results show that diffusion coefficients for He, Ne and Ar in polymers are sufficiently high to prevent any accumulation of rare gas atoms in the polymers which could lead to some swelling and bubble formation. Roughness formation was also not observed. Preferential sputtering is more of a problem, with enrichment of carbon up to surface concentrations above 80%. In general, the preferential sputtering is largely depending on the primary ion species and the impact energies. For He+ bombardment, it is more of an issue for low keV impact energies and for the heavier primary ion species the preferential sputtering is sample dependent. For He+ steady state conditions are reached for fluences much higher than 1018 ions/cm2. For Ne+ and Ar+, the transient regime extends up to fluences of 1017–1018 ions/cm2. Hence, preferential sputtering needs to be taken into account when interpreting images recorded under He+ or Ne+ bombardment on the HIM. PMID:27547629

  3. Electric field driven fractal growth in polymer electrolyte composites: Experimental evidence of theoretical simulations

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    Dawar, Anit; Chandra, Amita

    2012-11-01

    The influence of electric field on the diffusion limited aggregation has been observed experimentally. The observation provides experimental confirmation of the theoretical model proposed by Zhi-Jie Tan et al. [Phys. Lett. A 268 (2000) 112]. Most strikingly, a transition from a disordered ramified pattern to an ordered pattern (chain-like growth) has been observed. The growth is governed by diffusion, convection and migration in an electric field which give rise to the different patterns. This Letter can also be considered as an experimental evidence of computer simulated fractal growth given by Huang and Hibbert [Physica A 233 (1996) 888].

  4. Triplet energy transfer in conjugated polymers. I. Experimental investigation of a weakly disordered compound

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    Sudha Devi, Lekshmi; Al-Suti, Mohammad K.; Dosche, Carsten; Khan, Muhammad S.; Friend, Richard H.; Köhler, Anna

    2008-07-01

    Efficient triplet exciton emission has allowed improved operation of organic light-emitting diodes (LEDs). To enhance the device performance, it is necessary to understand what governs the motion of triplet excitons through the organic semiconductor. Here, we have investigated triplet diffusion using a model compound that has weak energetic disorder. The Dexter-type triplet energy transfer is found to be thermally activated down to a transition temperature TT , below which the transfer rate is only weakly temperature dependent. We show that above the transition temperature, Dexter energy transfer can be described within the framework of Marcus theory. We suggest that below TT , the nature of the transfer changes from phonon-assisted hopping to quantum-mechanical tunneling. The lower electron-phonon coupling and higher electronic coupling in the polymer compared to the monomer results in an enhanced triplet diffusion rate.

  5. Comparative experimental investigation on the actuation mechanisms of ionic polymer-metal composites with different backbones and water contents

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    Zhu, Zicai; Chang, Longfei; Asaka, Kinji; Wang, Yanjie; Chen, Hualing; Zhao, Hongxia; Li, Dichen

    2014-03-01

    Water-based ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs) exhibit complex deformation properties, especially when the water content changes. To explore the general actuation mechanisms, both Nafion and Flemion membranes are used as the polymer backbones. IPMC deformation includes three stages: fast anode deformation, relaxation deformation, and slow anode deformation, which is mainly dependent on the water content and the backbone. When the water content decreases from 21 to 14 wt. %, Nafion-IPMC exhibits a large negative relaxation deformation, zero deformation, a positive relaxation deformation, and a positive steady deformation without relaxation in sequence. Despite the slow anode deformation, Flemion-IPMC also shows a slight relaxation deformation, which disappears when the water content is less than 13 wt. %. The different water states are investigated at different water contents using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The free water, which decreases rapidly at the beginning through evaporation, is proven to be critical for relaxation deformation. For the backbone, indirect evidence from the steady current response is correlated with the slow anode deformation of Flemion-IPMC. The latter is explained by the secondary dissociation of the weak acid group -COOH. Finally, we thoroughly explain not only the three deformations by swelling but also their evolvement with decreasing water content. A fitting model is also presented based on a multi-diffusion equation to reveal the deformation processes more clearly, the results from which are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  6. Polymers with pendant ferrocenes.

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    Pietschnig, Rudolf

    2016-10-01

    The tailoring of smart material properties is one of the challenges in materials science. The unique features of polymers with pendant ferrocene units, either as ferrocenyl or ferrocenediyl groups, provide electrochemical, electronic, optoelectronic, catalytic, and biological properties with potential for applications as smart materials. The possibility to tune or to switch the properties of such materials relies mostly on the redox activity of the ferrocene/ferricenium couple. By switching the redox state of ferrocenyl units - separately or in a cooperative fashion - charge, polarity, color (UV-vis range) and hydrophilicity of polymers, polymer functionalized surfaces and polymer derived networks (sol-gel) may be controlled. In turn, also the vicinity of such polymers influences the redox behavior of the pendant ferrocenyl units allowing for sensing applications by using polymer bound enzymes as triggering units. In this review the focus is set mainly on the literature of the past five years.

  7. Hydrophilic behavior of graphene and graphene-based materials.

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    Accordino, Sebastián R; Montes de Oca, Joan Manuel; Rodriguez Fris, J Ariel; Appignanesi, Gustavo A

    2015-10-21

    Graphene and the graphene-based materials like graphite, carbon nanotubes, and fullerenes are not only usually regarded as hydrophobic but also have been widely employed as paradigms for the investigation of the behavior of water under nonpolar confinement, a question of major concern for fields ranging from biology to materials design. However, some experimental and theoretical insights seem to contradict, at least partially, such a picture. In this work, we will provide firm evidence for a neat hydrophilic nature of graphene surfaces. Our molecular dynamics studies will demonstrate that parallel graphene sheets present a strong tendency to remain fully hydrated for moderately long times (even when the equilibrium state is indeed the collapse of the plates), and thus, they are less prone to self-assembly than model hydrophobic surfaces we shall employ as control which readily undergo a hydrophobic collapse. Potential of mean force calculations will indeed make evident that the solvent exerts a repulsive contribution on the self-assembly of graphene surfaces. Moreover, we shall also quantify graphene hydrophilicity by means of the calculation of water density at two pressures and water density fluctuations. This latter study has never been performed on graphene and represents a means both to confirm and to quantify its neat hydrophilic behavior. We shall also make evident the relevance of the mildly attractive water-carbon interactions, since their artificial weakening will be shown to revert from typically hydrophilic to typically hydrophobic behavior.

  8. Thiolated nanocarriers for oral delivery of hydrophilic macromolecular drugs.

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    Dünnhaupt, S; Barthelmes, J; Köllner, S; Sakloetsakun, D; Shahnaz, G; Düregger, A; Bernkop-Schnürch, A

    2015-03-01

    It was the aim of this study to investigate the effect of unmodified as well as thiolated anionic poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and cationic chitosan (CS) utilized in free-soluble form and as nanoparticulate system on the absorption of the hydrophilic compound FD4 across intestinal epithelial cell layer with and without a mucus layer. Modifications of these polymers were achieved by conjugation with cysteine to PAA (PAA-Cys) and thioglycolic acid to CS (CS-TGA). Particles were prepared via ionic gelation and characterized based on their amount of thiol groups, particle size and zeta potential. Effects on the cell layer concerning absorption enhancement, transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) and cytotoxicity were investigated. Permeation enhancement was evaluated with respect to in vitro transport of FD4 across Caco-2 cells, while mucoadhesion was indirectly examined in terms of adsorption behaviour when cells were covered with a mucus layer. Lyophilized particles displayed around 1000 μmol/g of free thiol groups, particle sizes of less than 300 nm and a zeta potential of 18 mV (CS-TGA) and -14 mV (PAA-Cys). Cytotoxicity studies confirmed that all polymer samples were used at nontoxic concentrations (0.5% m/v). Permeation studies revealed that all thiolated formulations had pronounced effects on the paracellular permeability of mucus-free Caco-2 layers and enhanced the permeation of FD4 3.0- to 5.3-fold. Moreover, polymers administered as particles showed a higher permeation enhancement than their corresponding solutions. However, the absorption-enhancing effect of each thiolated formulation was significantly (p<0.05) reduced when cells were covered with mucus layer. In addition, all formulations were able to decrease the TEER of the cell layer significantly (p<0.05). Therefore, both thiolated polymers as nanoparticulate delivery systems represent a promising tool for the oral administration of hydrophilic macromolecules. PMID:25498673

  9. Experimental development of advanced air filtration media based on electrospun polymer fibers

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    Ghochaghi, Negar

    Electrospinning is a process by which polymer fibers can be produced using an electrostatically driven fluid jet. Electrospun fibers can be produced at the micro- or nano-scale and are, therefore, very promising for air filtration applications. However, because electrospun fibers are electrically charged, it is difficult to control the morphology of filtration media. Fiber size, alignment and uniformity are very important factors that affect filter performance. The focus of this project is to understand the relationship between filter morphology and performance and to develop new methods to create filtration media with optimum morphology. This study is divided into three focus areas: unimodal and bimodal microscale fibrous media with aligned, orthogonal and random fiber orientations; unimodal and bimodal nanoscale fibers in random orientations; bimodal micrometer and nanometer fiber media with orthogonally aligned orientations. The results indicate that the most efficient filters, which are those with the highest ratio of particle collection efficiency divided by pressure drop, can be obtained through fabricating filters in orthogonal layers of aligned fibers with two different fiber diameters. Moreover, our results show that increasing the number of layers increases the performance of orthogonally layered fibers. Also, controlling fiber spacing in orthogonally layered micrometer fiber media can be an alternative way to study the filtration performance. Finally, such coatings presented throughout this research study can be designed and placed up-stream, down-stream, and/or in between conventional filters.

  10. Influence of chitosan and polycarbophil on permeation of a model hydrophilic drug into the urinary bladder wall.

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    Grabnar, I; Bogataj, M; Mrhar, A

    2003-04-30

    Influence of dispersions of mucoadhesive polymers chitosan and polycarbophil on permeability properties of urinary bladder was investigated in vitro on isolated porcine urinary bladder. Pipemidic acid as a model hydrophilic drug was used. Its distribution in the bladder wall was determined from actual tissue concentrations by a method based on sectioning of frozen tissue and extraction of tissue slices. Pipemidic acid tissue concentration versus tissue depth profiles were evaluated by a diffusion model assuming constant diffusion coefficient. Increase in bladder wall permeability was observed in the presence of both polymers. Apparent permeability (mean+/-S.D.) of urinary bladder wall was increased 2.7+/-2.9 and 2.8+/-2.0 times for chitosan, and 2.3+/-2.0 and 4.3+/-4.2 times for polycarbophil at 0.5 and 1.0%, w/v polymer concentration, respectively. This increase is a consequence of the increased permeability of urothelium. These findings support investigations on application of chitosan and polycarbophil in development of mucoadhesive intravesical drug delivery systems. Experimental model may be applied to evaluate the results of experiments with drugs used in intravesical therapy.

  11. Surface hydrophilicity of PLGA fibers governs in vitro mineralization and osteogenic differentiation.

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    Thomas, Minnah; Arora, Aditya; Katti, Dhirendra S

    2014-12-01

    Interfacial properties of biomaterials play an important role in governing their interaction with biological microenvironments. This work investigates the role of surface hydrophilicity of electrospun poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) fibers in determining their biological response. For this, PLGA is blended with varying amounts of Pluronic®F-108 and electrospun to fabricate microfibers with varying surface hydrophilicity. The results of mineralization study in simulated body fluid (SBF) demonstrate a significant enhancement in mineralization with an increase in surface hydrophilicity. While presence of serum proteins in SBF reduces absolute mineral content, mineralization continues to be higher on samples with higher surface hydrophilicity. The results from in vitro cell culture studies demonstrate a marked improvement in mesenchymal stem cell-adhesion, elongation, proliferation, infiltration, osteogenic differentiation and matrix mineralization on hydrophilized fibers. Therefore, hydrophilized PLGA fibers are advantageous both in terms of mineralization and elicitation of favorable cell response. Since most of the polymeric materials being used in orthopedics are hydrophobic in nature, the results from this study have strong implications in the future design of interfaces of such hydrophobic materials. In addition, the work proposes a facile method for the modification of electrospun fibers of hydrophobic polymers by blending with a poloxamer for improved bone tissue regeneration. PMID:25491835

  12. Surface hydrophilicity of PLGA fibers governs in vitro mineralization and osteogenic differentiation.

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    Thomas, Minnah; Arora, Aditya; Katti, Dhirendra S

    2014-12-01

    Interfacial properties of biomaterials play an important role in governing their interaction with biological microenvironments. This work investigates the role of surface hydrophilicity of electrospun poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) fibers in determining their biological response. For this, PLGA is blended with varying amounts of Pluronic®F-108 and electrospun to fabricate microfibers with varying surface hydrophilicity. The results of mineralization study in simulated body fluid (SBF) demonstrate a significant enhancement in mineralization with an increase in surface hydrophilicity. While presence of serum proteins in SBF reduces absolute mineral content, mineralization continues to be higher on samples with higher surface hydrophilicity. The results from in vitro cell culture studies demonstrate a marked improvement in mesenchymal stem cell-adhesion, elongation, proliferation, infiltration, osteogenic differentiation and matrix mineralization on hydrophilized fibers. Therefore, hydrophilized PLGA fibers are advantageous both in terms of mineralization and elicitation of favorable cell response. Since most of the polymeric materials being used in orthopedics are hydrophobic in nature, the results from this study have strong implications in the future design of interfaces of such hydrophobic materials. In addition, the work proposes a facile method for the modification of electrospun fibers of hydrophobic polymers by blending with a poloxamer for improved bone tissue regeneration.

  13. Manipulating interfaces in a hybrid solar cell by in situ photosensitizer polymerization and sequential hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity control for enhanced conversion efficiency

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    Lee, Wonjoo; Shin, Seunghoon; Han, Sung-Hwan; Cho, Byung Won

    2008-05-01

    The polyacetylene photosensitizer with quaternary pyridinium salts was layered on CdS nanoparticles films by in situ polymerization of 2-ethynylpyridine and 4-bromobutyric acid. The hydrophilic nature of the polyacetylene is shown to enhance the interfacial contact and electrical coupling between hydrophilic CdS and the polymer. The hydrophilicity of the polymer was modified toward hydrophobicity by anion exchange in order to adequately layer the hydrophobic poly(3-hexylthiophene) by spin coating, power-conversion efficiency 1.18% (AM1.5, I =100mW/cm2).

  14. Spatial Control of Condensation and Freezing on Superhydrophobic Surfaces with Hydrophilic Patches

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    Mishchenko, Lidiya; Khan, M.; Aizenberg, Joanna; Hatton, Benjamin

    2013-09-25

    Certain natural organisms use micro-patterned surface chemistry, or ice-nucleating species, to control water condensation and ice nucleation for survival under extreme conditions. As an analogy to these biological approaches, it is shown that functionalized, hydrophilic polymers and particles deposited on the tips of superhydrophobic posts induce precise topographical control over water condensation and freezing at the micrometer scale. A bottom-up deposition process is used to take advantage of the limited contact area of a non-wetting aqueous solution on a superhydrophobic surface. Hydrophilic polymer deposition on the tips of these geometrical structures allows spatial control over the nucleation, growth, and coalescence of micrometer-scale water droplets. The hydrophilic tips nucleate water droplets with extremely uniform nucleation and growth rates, uniform sizes, an increased stability against coalescence, and asymmetric droplet morphologies. Furthermore, control of freezing behavior is also demonstrated via deposition of ice-nucleating AgI nanoparticles on the tips of these structures. The combination of the hydrophilic polymer and AgI particles on the tips was used to achieve templating of ice nucleation at the micrometer scale. Preliminary results indicate that control over ice crystal size, spatial symmetry, and position might be possible with this method. This type of approach can serve as a platform for systematically analyzing micrometer-scale condensation and freezing phenomena, and as a model for natural systems.

  15. Spatial Control of Condensation and Freezing on Superhydrophobic Surfaces with Hydrophilic Patches

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    Mishchenko, L; Khan, M; Aizenberg, J; Hatton, BD

    2013-07-03

    Certain natural organisms use micro-patterned surface chemistry, or ice-nucleating species, to control water condensation and ice nucleation for survival under extreme conditions. As an analogy to these biological approaches, it is shown that functionalized, hydrophilic polymers and particles deposited on the tips of superhydrophobic posts induce precise topographical control over water condensation and freezing at the micrometer scale. A bottom-up deposition process is used to take advantage of the limited contact area of a non-wetting aqueous solution on a superhydrophobic surface. Hydrophilic polymer deposition on the tips of these geometrical structures allows spatial control over the nucleation, growth, and coalescence of micrometer-scale water droplets. The hydrophilic tips nucleate water droplets with extremely uniform nucleation and growth rates, uniform sizes, an increased stability against coalescence, and asymmetric droplet morphologies. Control of freezing behavior is also demonstrated via deposition of ice-nucleating AgI nanoparticles on the tips of these structures. This combination of the hydrophilic polymer and AgI particles on the tips was used to achieve templating of ice nucleation at the micrometer scale. Preliminary results indicate that control over ice crystal size, spatial symmetry, and position might be possible with this method. This type of approach can serve as a platform for systematically analyzing micrometer-scale condensation and freezing phenomena, and as a model for natural systems.

  16. Lanthanide-Functionalized Hydrophilic Magnetic Hybrid Nanoparticles: Assembly, Magnetic Behaviour, and Photophysical Properties

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    Han, Shuai; Tang, Yu; Guo, Haijun; Qin, Shenjun; Wu, Jiang

    2016-05-01

    The lanthanide-functionalized multifunctional hybrid nanoparticles combining the superparamagnetic core and the luminescent europium complex were successfully designed and assembled via layer-by-layer strategy in this work. It is noted that the hybrid nanoparticles were modified by a hydrophilic polymer polyethyleneimine (PEI) through hydrogen bonding which bestowed excellent hydrophilicity and biocompatibility on this material. A bright-red luminescence was observed by fluorescence microscopy, revealing that these magnetic-luminescent nanoparticles were both colloidally and chemically stable in PBS solution. Therefore, the nanocomposite with magnetic resonance response and fluorescence probe property is considered to be of great potential in multi-modal bioimaging and diagnostic applications.

  17. Lanthanide-Functionalized Hydrophilic Magnetic Hybrid Nanoparticles: Assembly, Magnetic Behaviour, and Photophysical Properties.

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    Han, Shuai; Tang, Yu; Guo, Haijun; Qin, Shenjun; Wu, Jiang

    2016-12-01

    The lanthanide-functionalized multifunctional hybrid nanoparticles combining the superparamagnetic core and the luminescent europium complex were successfully designed and assembled via layer-by-layer strategy in this work. It is noted that the hybrid nanoparticles were modified by a hydrophilic polymer polyethyleneimine (PEI) through hydrogen bonding which bestowed excellent hydrophilicity and biocompatibility on this material. A bright-red luminescence was observed by fluorescence microscopy, revealing that these magnetic-luminescent nanoparticles were both colloidally and chemically stable in PBS solution. Therefore, the nanocomposite with magnetic resonance response and fluorescence probe property is considered to be of great potential in multi-modal bioimaging and diagnostic applications. PMID:27245169

  18. Advances in mechanistic understanding of release rate control mechanisms of extended-release hydrophilic matrix tablets.

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    Timmins, Peter; Desai, Divyakant; Chen, Wei; Wray, Patrick; Brown, Jonathan; Hanley, Sarah

    2016-08-01

    Approaches to characterizing and developing understanding around the mechanisms that control the release of drugs from hydrophilic matrix tablets are reviewed. While historical context is provided and direct physical characterization methods are described, recent advances including the role of percolation thresholds, the application on magnetic resonance and other spectroscopic imaging techniques are considered. The influence of polymer and dosage form characteristics are reviewed. The utility of mathematical modeling is described. Finally, how all the information derived from applying the developed mechanistic understanding from all of these tools can be brought together to develop a robust and reliable hydrophilic matrix extended-release tablet formulation is proposed. PMID:27444495

  19. Study on experimental characterization of carbon fiber reinforced polymer panel using digital image correlation: A sensitivity analysis

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    Kashfuddoja, Mohammad; Prasath, R. G. R.; Ramji, M.

    2014-11-01

    In this work, the experimental characterization of polymer-matrix and polymer based carbon fiber reinforced composite laminate by employing a whole field non-contact digital image correlation (DIC) technique is presented. The properties are evaluated based on full field data obtained from DIC measurements by performing a series of tests as per ASTM standards. The evaluated properties are compared with the results obtained from conventional testing and analytical models and they are found to closely match. Further, sensitivity of DIC parameters on material properties is investigated and their optimum value is identified. It is found that the subset size has more influence on material properties as compared to step size and their predicted optimum value for the case of both matrix and composite material is found consistent with each other. The aspect ratio of region of interest (ROI) chosen for correlation should be the same as that of camera resolution aspect ratio for better correlation. Also, an open cutout panel made of the same composite laminate is taken into consideration to demonstrate the sensitivity of DIC parameters on predicting complex strain field surrounding the hole. It is observed that the strain field surrounding the hole is much more sensitive to step size rather than subset size. Lower step size produced highly pixilated strain field, showing sensitivity of local strain at the expense of computational time in addition with random scattered noisy pattern whereas higher step size mitigates the noisy pattern at the expense of losing the details present in data and even alters the natural trend of strain field leading to erroneous maximum strain locations. The subset size variation mainly presents a smoothing effect, eliminating noise from strain field while maintaining the details in the data without altering their natural trend. However, the increase in subset size significantly reduces the strain data at hole edge due to discontinuity in

  20. A theoretical and experimental study of additive effects of physical aging and antiplasticization on the water permeability of polymer film coatings.

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    Guo, J H

    1994-03-01

    The effects of physical aging and antiplasticization on the water transport properties of glassy cellulose acetate film-coated tablets were investigated. The gradual approach toward thermodynamic equilibrium during physical aging decrease the free volume of the polymers. This decrease in free volume is accompanied by a decrease in the transport mobility, with concomitant changes in those properties of the polymer that depend on it. Antiplasticization arises from an interaction between the polymer and the plasticizer molecules and decreases the molecular mobility of the polymer and plasticizer. This effect was confirmed by mechanical measurements of polymer free films at the same experimental temperature. We have studied the additive effect of aging and antiplasticizing to see if the individual effects would interfere with one another, as might be expected if the same free volume were involved in each. The pronouncedly additive effects of physical aging and antiplasticization on the water permeability can be found in cellulose acetate film-coated tablets that were affected by longer physical aging time and lower plasticizer concentration. A theoretical study suggested that the free volume in the glassy polymer should consist of at least two independent parts, one of which is affected by annealing and the other by antiplasticization.

  1. Hydrophilic-oleophobic stimuli-responsive materials and surfaces

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    Howarter, John A.

    Due to their high surface energy, hydrophilic surfaces are susceptible to contamination which is difficult to remove and often ruins the surface. Hydrophilic-oleophobic coatings have a diverse engineering potential including applications as self-cleaning surfaces, extended life anti-fog coatings, and environmental remediation in the selective filtration of oil-in-water mixtures. A successful design model for hydrophilic-oleophobic behavior has been developed using perfluorinated surfactants covalently bound to a surface. Within this design model, a variety of materials have been explored which the surfactants are covalently bound to a substrate; similarly, the surfactants may also be incorporated as a monomer into bulk copolymers. Surfactant based surfaces exhibited simultaneous hydrophilicity, necessary for anti-fogging, and oleophobicity, necessary for contamination resistance. The combination of these features rendered the surface as self-cleaning. Surfactant based brushes, composed of polyethylene glycol and perfluorinated constituents were grafted on to silica surfaces. The relationship between brush density and stimuli-responsiveness was determined by varying grafting conditions. The resultant surfaces were characterized with respect to chemical composition, brush thickness, and wetting behavior of water and hexadecane. Optimized surfaces exhibited stimuli-responsive behavior such that the surfaces will be wetted by water but not by oil. Surfactants were incorporated into random copolymers to create self-cleaning polymers which could be easily coated on to surfaces post-synthesis. Acrylic acid, methyl methacrylate, and hydroxyethyl methacrylate were used as comonomers; feed ratio was varied to establish compositional limits of stimuli-responsive behavior. Polymer composition dictated coating durability and self-cleaning performance as determined by water and hexadecane contact angle. The ability of select coatings to mitigate fogging was assessed in two

  2. Pressure dependence of space charge deposition in piezoelectric polymer foams: simulations and experimental verification

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    Harris, Scott; Mellinger, Axel

    2012-06-01

    The piezoelectric activity of PQ-50 cellular polypropylene (PP) foam (an example of a so-called ferroelectret) is measured after repeated charging in a nitrogen atmosphere at a range of pressures between 61 and 381 kPa. The results are compared against simulations using a multilayer electromechanical model based on Townsend's model of Paschen breakdown and a realistic distribution of void heights determined from scanning electron micrographs. The modeled piezoelectric coefficients versus pressure are in good agreement with experimental data when adjusted Paschen coefficients are used, indicating that the Paschen curve for electric breakdown in gases needs to be modified for dielectric barrier discharges in microcavities. The highest d 33 coefficients were achieved for pressures above 251 kPa. For previously uncharged PP foam, the model predicts an optimal charging pressure of 186 kPa.

  3. Theoretical and computer simulation insights into stimuli-responsive polymer systems

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    Kisselev, Alexei M.

    The phase behavior of temperature-responsive polymers with tunable lower critical solution temperatures (LCST) and light-responsive polymers was explored using statistical mechanics and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The LCST in water of (ethylene oxide)/ethylene copolymers is tailored by their chemical composition, specifically by the balance of hydrophilic to hydrophobic groups in the polymer. For the first time, the general formalism of the lattice-fluid with hydrogen-bonding (LFHB) theory has been successfully applied to a water-polymer system, a type of system known to be particularly difficult from the modeling perspective. This theory, modified here to account for multiple types of hydrogen bonds, has been shown to be effective when making theoretical predictions as justified by comparison with experimental results. It has been shown that a successful implementation of the LFHB theory is contingent upon an effective numerical implementation, and a numerical algorithm has been developed that specifically targets the computational complexities associated with this model. The series of (ethylene oxide)/ethylene copolymers were studied further with the modified Flory-Huggins with hydrogen bonding (FHHB) approach. A comparative study of LFHB and FHHB theories was undertaken and their relative advantages and drawbacks were revealed. Both theoretical models were shown to be successful in describing the phase behavior of these systems, and the model parameters were found to be transferable between different homologous copolymer series. Expanding beyond temperature-responsive polymer solutions, systems that can potentially find applications in antifouling, drug delivery, and surfaces with switchable tackiness, we subsequently focused on a light-responsive polymer film systems that have applications in photolithography. Similarly to the temperatureresponsive solutions above, for photolithography light-responsive materials exposure to UV radiation triggers the

  4. A novel technique using hydrophilic polymers to promote axonal fusion.

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    Bamba, Ravinder; Riley, D Colton; Kelm, Nathaniel D; Does, Mark D; Dortch, Richard D; Thayer, Wesley P

    2016-04-01

    The management of traumatic peripheral nerve injury remains a considerable concern for clinicians. With minimal innovations in surgical technique and a limited number of specialists trained to treat peripheral nerve injury, outcomes of surgical intervention have been unpredictable. The inability to manipulate the pathophysiology of nerve injury (i.e., Wallerian degeneration) has left scientists and clinicians depending on the slow and lengthy process of axonal regeneration (~1 mm/day). When axons are severed, the endings undergo calcium-mediated plasmalemmal sealing, which limits the ability of the axon to be primarily repaired. Polythethylene glycol (PEG) in combination with a bioengineered process overcomes the inability to fuse axons. The mechanism for PEG axonal fusion is not clearly understood, but multiple studies have shown that a providing a calcium-free environment is essential to the process known as PEG fusion. The proposed mechanism is PEG-induced lipid bilayer fusion by removing the hydration barrier surrounding the axolemma and reducing the activation energy required for membrane fusion to occur. This review highlights PEG fusion, its past and current studies, and future directions in PEG fusion. PMID:27212898

  5. A novel technique using hydrophilic polymers to promote axonal fusion

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    Bamba, Ravinder; Riley, D. Colton; Kelm, Nathaniel D.; Does, Mark D.; Dortch, Richard D.; Thayer, Wesley P.

    2016-01-01

    The management of traumatic peripheral nerve injury remains a considerable concern for clinicians. With minimal innovations in surgical technique and a limited number of specialists trained to treat peripheral nerve injury, outcomes of surgical intervention have been unpredictable. The inability to manipulate the pathophysiology of nerve injury (i.e., Wallerian degeneration) has left scientists and clinicians depending on the slow and lengthy process of axonal regeneration (~1 mm/day). When axons are severed, the endings undergo calcium-mediated plasmalemmal sealing, which limits the ability of the axon to be primarily repaired. Polythethylene glycol (PEG) in combination with a bioengineered process overcomes the inability to fuse axons. The mechanism for PEG axonal fusion is not clearly understood, but multiple studies have shown that a providing a calcium-free environment is essential to the process known as PEG fusion. The proposed mechanism is PEG-induced lipid bilayer fusion by removing the hydration barrier surrounding the axolemma and reducing the activation energy required for membrane fusion to occur. This review highlights PEG fusion, its past and current studies, and future directions in PEG fusion. PMID:27212898

  6. A novel technique using hydrophilic polymers to promote axonal fusion.

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    Bamba, Ravinder; Riley, D Colton; Kelm, Nathaniel D; Does, Mark D; Dortch, Richard D; Thayer, Wesley P

    2016-04-01

    The management of traumatic peripheral nerve injury remains a considerable concern for clinicians. With minimal innovations in surgical technique and a limited number of specialists trained to treat peripheral nerve injury, outcomes of surgical intervention have been unpredictable. The inability to manipulate the pathophysiology of nerve injury (i.e., Wallerian degeneration) has left scientists and clinicians depending on the slow and lengthy process of axonal regeneration (~1 mm/day). When axons are severed, the endings undergo calcium-mediated plasmalemmal sealing, which limits the ability of the axon to be primarily repaired. Polythethylene glycol (PEG) in combination with a bioengineered process overcomes the inability to fuse axons. The mechanism for PEG axonal fusion is not clearly understood, but multiple studies have shown that a providing a calcium-free environment is essential to the process known as PEG fusion. The proposed mechanism is PEG-induced lipid bilayer fusion by removing the hydration barrier surrounding the axolemma and reducing the activation energy required for membrane fusion to occur. This review highlights PEG fusion, its past and current studies, and future directions in PEG fusion.

  7. Inhibition of cell adhesion by a synthetic polymer adsorbed to glass shown under defined hydrodynamic stress.

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    Owens, N F; Gingell, D; Rutter, P R

    1987-06-01

    A co-polymer with hydrophobic and hydrophilic segments was allowed to adsorb from aqueous solution onto glass previously made hydrophobic by derivatization with octadecyl dimethylchlorosilane. The polymer is thought to adsorb via its hydrophobic segments, leaving the hydrophilic segments free to extend into the water. After allowing cells to settle on the treated surface, the shear stress at the chamber wall required to remove red blood cells, Dictyostelium discoideum amoebae and Escherichia coli was determined in a calibrated laminar flow chamber. On octadecyl glass a shear stress of 2-3 Nm-2 evicts 50% of adherent red cells and E. coli. No D. discoideum amoebae could be removed at 5Nm-2. In striking contrast, the lowest experimentally obtainable shear stress of 0.03 Nm-2 removes 97.0-99.5% of cells of all three types from the polymer-treated surface, even after a cell residence time of 1 h without flow in the absence of free polymer. The minimum shear stress of 0.03Nm-2 corresponds to only approximately equal to 20 times the force of gravity on a red cell. The mechanism of action of the polymer and the implications of the results are discussed. PMID:3312253

  8. "Clickable" Polymeric Nanofibers through Hydrophilic-Hydrophobic Balance: Fabrication of Robust Biomolecular Immobilization Platforms.

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    Kalaoglu-Altan, Ozlem I; Sanyal, Rana; Sanyal, Amitav

    2015-05-11

    Fabrication of hydrophilic polymeric nanofibers that undergo facile and selective functionalization through metal catalyst-free Diels-Alder "click" reaction in aqueous environment is outlined. Electrospinning of copolymers containing an electron-rich furan moiety, hydrophobic methyl methacrylate units and hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol)s as side chains provide specifically functionalizable yet antibiofouling fibers that remain stable in aqueous media due to appropriate hydrophobic hydrophilic balance. Efficient functionalization of these nanofibers is accomplished through the Diels-Alder reaction by exposing them to maleimide-containing molecules and ligands. Diels-Alder conjugation based functionalization is demonstrated through attachment of fluorescein-maleimide and a maleimide tethered biotin ligand. Biotinylated nanofibers were utilized to mediate immobilization of the protein streptavidin, as well as streptavidin coated quantum dots. Facile fabrication from readily available polymers and their effective functionalization under mild and reagent-free conditions in aqueous media make these "clickable" nanofibers attractive candidates as functionalizable scaffolds for various biomedical applications.

  9. Simple modeling of FtsZ polymers on flat and curved surfaces: correlation with experimental in vitro observations

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    Paez, Alfonso; Mateos-Gil, Pablo; Hörger, Ines; Mingorance, Jesús; Rivas, Germán; Vicente, Miguel; Vélez, Marisela; Tarazona, Pedro

    2009-01-01

    FtsZ is a GTPase that assembles at midcell into a dynamic ring that constricts the membrane to induce cell division in the majority of bacteria, in many archea and several organelles. In vitro, FtsZ polymerizes in a GTP-dependent manner forming a variety of filamentous flexible structures. Based on data derived from the measurement of the in vitro polymerization of Escherichia coli FtsZ cell division protein we have formulated a model in which the fine balance between curvature, flexibility and lateral interactions accounts for structural and dynamic properties of the FtsZ polymers observed with AFM. The experimental results have been used by the model to calibrate the interaction energies and the values obtained indicate that the filaments are very plastic. The extension of the model to explore filament behavior on a cylindrical surface has shown that the FtsZ condensates promoted by lateral interactions can easily form ring structures through minor modulations of either filament curvature or longitudinal bond energies. The condensation of short, monomer exchanging filaments into rings is shown to produce enough force to induce membrane deformations. PACS codes: 87.15.ak, 87.16.ka, 87.17.Ee PMID:19849848

  10. Structural and spectral properties of a zinc(II) coordination polymer: a combined experimental and theoretical study.

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    Hao, Jin-Ming; Li, Guang-Yue; Li, Yue-Hua; Cui, Guang Hua

    2014-10-15

    A novel 1D zinc(II) coordination polymer [Zn(bbbm)Cl2]n (where bbbm=1,4-bis(N-benzimidazolyl)butane) was synthetized by ZnCl2 and bbbm ligand under hydrothermal conditions, and its structural and spectral properties were studied by both experimental and theoretical techniques. The center zinc(II) ion displays four-coordinated in a tetrahedral geometry by two chloride anions and two N atoms of distinct bbbm ligands. Adjacent chains are further connected into a 2D layer structure through π-π stacking interactions. Vibrational frequencies of [Zn(bbbm)Cl2]n have been calculated using DFT/B3LYP/TZVP method, and well reproduced IR data. Furthermore, the vertical excitation energies from time-dependent DFT calculation confirmed that the fluorescent peaks at 385nm and 450nm could respectively be assigned to the π→π(*) transition within the bbbm ligands and π→n transition from chloride anion to bbbm ligand.

  11. IUdR polymers for combined continuous low-dose rate and high-dose rate sensitization of experimental human malignant gliomas.

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    Yuan, X; Dillehay, L E; Williams, J R; Shastri, V R; Williams, J A

    2001-04-20

    Local polymeric delivery enhances IUdR radiosensitization of human malignant gliomas (MG). The combined low-dose rate (LDR) (0.03 Gy/h) and fractionated high-dose rate (HDR) treatments result in cures of experimental MGs. To enhance efficacy, we combined polymeric IUdR delivery, LDR, and HDR for treatments of both subcutaneous and intracranial MGs. In vitro: Cells (U251 MG) were trypsinized and replated in triplicate 1 day prior to LDR irradiation in media either without (control) or with 10 microM IUdR. After 72 hr, LDR irradiation cells were acutely irradiated (1.1 Gy/min) with increasing (0, 1.25, 2.5, 5.0, or 10 Gy) single doses. Implantable IUdR polymers [(poly(bis(p-carboxyphenoxy)-propane) (PCPP): sebaic acid (PCPP:SA), 20:80] (50% loading; 10 mg) were synthesized. In vivo: For flank vs. intracranial tumors, mice had 6 x 10(6) subcutaneous vs. 2 x 10(5) intracranial cells. For intracranial or subcutaneous MGs, mice had intratumoral blank (empty) vs. IUdR polymer treatments. One day after implantation, mice had immediate external LDR (3 cGy/h x 3 days total body irradiation) or HDR (2 Gy BID x 4 days to tumor site) or concurrent treatments. For the in vitro IUdR treatments, LDR resulted in a striking increase in cell-killing when combined with HDR. For the in vivo LDR treatments of flank tumors, the growth delay was greater for the IUdR vs. blank polymer treatments. For the combined LDR and HDR, the IUdR treatments resulted in a dramatic decrease in tumor volumes. On day 60 the log V/V0 were -1.7 +/- 0.22 for combined LDR + HDR + IUdR polymer (P < 0.05 vs. combined LDR + HDR + blank polymer). Survival for the intracranial controls was 22.9 +/- 1.2 days. For the blank polymer + LDR vs. blank polymer + LDR + HDR treatments, survival was 25.3 +/- 1.7 (P = NS) vs. 48.1 +/- 3.5 days (P < 0.05). For IUdR polymer + LDR treatment survival was 27.3 +/- 2.3 days (P = NS). The most striking improvement in survival followed the IUdR polymer + LDR + HDR treatment: 66

  12. Reversible Interactions of Proteins with Mixed Shell Polymeric Micelles: Tuning the Surface Hydrophobic/Hydrophilic Balance toward Efficient Artificial Chaperones.

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    Wang, Jianzu; Song, Yiqing; Sun, Pingchuan; An, Yingli; Zhang, Zhenkun; Shi, Linqi

    2016-03-22

    Molecular chaperones can elegantly fine-tune its hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance to assist a broad spectrum of nascent polypeptide chains to fold properly. Such precious property is difficult to be achieved by chaperone mimicking materials due to limited control of their surface characteristics that dictate interactions with unfolded protein intermediates. Mixed shell polymeric micelles (MSPMs), which consist of two kinds of dissimilar polymeric chains in the micellar shell, offer a convenient way to fine-tune surface properties of polymeric nanoparticles. In the current work, we have fabricated ca. 30 kinds of MSPMs with finely tunable hydrophilic/hydrophobic surface properties. We investigated the respective roles of thermosensitive and hydrophilic polymeric chains in the thermodenaturation protection of proteins down to the molecular structure. Although the three kinds of thermosensitive polymers investigated herein can form collapsed hydrophobic domains on the micellar surface, we found distinct capability to capture and release unfolded protein intermediates, due to their respective affinity for proteins. Meanwhile, in terms of the hydrophilic polymeric chains in the micellar shell, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) excels in assisting unfolded protein intermediates to refold properly via interacting with the refolding intermediates, resulting in enhanced chaperone efficiency. However, another hydrophilic polymer-poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) (PMPC) severely deteriorates the chaperone efficiency of MSPMs, due to its protein-resistant properties. Judicious combination of thermosensitive and hydrophilic chains in the micellar shell lead to MSPM-based artificial chaperones with optimal efficacy.

  13. Improvement of PET surface hydrophilicity and roughness through blending

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    Kolahchi, Ahmad Rezaei; Ajji, Abdellah; Carreau, Pierre J.

    2015-05-22

    Controlling the adhesion of the polymer surface is a key issue in surface science, since polymers have been a commonly used material for many years. The surface modification in this study includes two different aspects. One is to enhance the hydrophilicity and the other is to create the roughness on the PET film surface. In this study we developed a novel and simple approach to modify polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film surface through polymer blending in twin-screw extruder. One example described in the study uses polyethylene glycol (PEG) in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) host to modify a PET film surface. Low content of polystyrene (PS) as a third component was used in the system to increase the rate of migration of PEG to the surface of the film. Surface enrichment of PEG was observed at the polymer/air interface of the polymer film containing PET-PEG-PS whereas for the PET-PEG binary blend more PEG was distributed within the bulk of the sample. Furthermore, a novel method to create roughness at the PET film surface was proposed. In order to roughen the surface of PET film, a small amount of PKHH phenoxy resin to change PS/PET interfacial tension was used. The compatibility effect of PKHH causes the formation of smaller PS droplets, which were able to migrate more easily through PET matrix. Consequently, resulting in a locally elevated concentration of PS near the surface of the film. The local concentration of PS eventually reached a level where a co-continuous morphology occurred, resulting in theinstabilities on the surface of the film.

  14. Antirestenotic Effects of a Novel Polymer-Coated D-24851 Eluting Stent. Experimental Data in a Rabbit Iliac Artery Model

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    Lysitsas, Dimitrios N.; Katsouras, Christos S.; Papakostas, John C.; Toumpoulis, Ioannis K.; Angelidis, Charalampos; Bozidis, Petros; Thomas, Christopher G.; Seferiadis, Konstantin; Psychoyios, Nikolaos; Frillingos, Stathis; Pavlidis, Nikolaos; Marinos, Euaggelos; Khaldi, Lubna; Sideris, Dimitris A.; Michalis, Lampros K.

    2007-11-15

    Experimental and clinical data suggest that stents eluting antiproliferative agents can be used for the prevention of in-stent restenosis. Here we investigate in vitro the antiproliferative and apoptotic effect of D-24851 and evaluate the safety and efficacy of D-24851-eluting polymer-coated stents in a rabbit restenosis model (n = 53). Uncoated stents (n = 6), poly (dl-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)-coated stents (n = 7), and PLGA-coated stents loaded with 0.08 {+-} 0.0025 {mu}M (31 {+-} 1 {mu}g; low dose; n = 7), 0.55 {+-} 0.02 {mu}M (216 {+-} 8 {mu}g; high dose; n = 6), and 4.55 {+-} 0.1 {mu}M (1774 {+-} 39 {mu}g; extreme dose; n = 5) of D-24851 were randomly implanted in New Zealand rabbit right iliac arteries and the animals were sacrificed after 28 days for histomorphometric analysis. For the assessment of endothelial regrowth in 90 days, 12 rabbits were subjected to PLGA-coated (n = 3), low-dose (n = 3), high-dose (n = 3), and extreme-dose (n = 3) stent implantation. In vitro studies revealed that D-24851 exerts its growth inhibitory effects via inhibition of proliferation and induction of apoptosis without increasing the expression of heat shock protein-70, a cytoprotective and antiapoptotic protein. Treatment with low-dose D-24851 stents was associated with a significant reduction in neointimal area and percentage stenosis only compared with bare metal stents (38% [P = 0.029] and 35% [P = 0.003] reduction, respectively). Suboptimal healing, however, was observed in all groups of D-24851-loaded stents in 90 days in comparison with PLGA-coated stents. We conclude that low-dose D-24851-eluting polymer-coated stents significantly inhibit neointimal hyperplasia at 28 days through inhibition of proliferation and enhancement of apoptosis. In view of the suboptimal re-endothelialization, longer-term studies are needed in order to establish whether the inhibition of intimal growth is maintained.

  15. Switchable Hydrophobic-Hydrophilic Surfaces

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    BUNKER, BRUCE C.; HUBER, DALE L.; KENT, MICHAEL S.; YIM, HYUN; CURRO, JOHN G.; LOPEZ, GABRIEL P.; KUSHMERICK, JAMES G.; MANGINELL, RONALD P.; MENDEZ, SERGIO

    2002-12-01

    Tethered films of poly n-isopropylacrylamide (PNIPAM) films have been developed as materials that can be used to switch the chemistry of a surface in response to thermal activation. In water, PNIPAM exhibits a thermally-activated phase transition that is accompanied by significant changes in polymer volume, water contact angle, and protein adsorption characteristics. New synthesis routes have been developed to prepare PNIPAM films via in-situ polymerization on self-assembled monolayers. Swelling transitions in tethered films have been characterized using a wide range of techniques including surface plasmon resonance, attenuated total reflectance infrared spectroscopy, interfacial force microscopy, neutron reflectivity, and theoretical modeling. PNIPAM films have been deployed in integrated microfluidic systems. Switchable PNIPAM films have been investigated for a range of fluidic applications including fluid pumping via surface energy switching and switchable protein traps for pre-concentrating and separating proteins on microfluidic chips.

  16. Polymers for Drug Delivery Systems

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    Liechty, William B.; Kryscio, David R.; Slaughter, Brandon V.; Peppas, Nicholas A.

    2012-01-01

    Polymers have played an integral role in the advancement of drug delivery technology by providing controlled release of therapeutic agents in constant doses over long periods, cyclic dosage, and tunable release of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs. From early beginnings using off-the-shelf materials, the field has grown tremendously, driven in part by the innovations of chemical engineers. Modern advances in drug delivery are now predicated upon the rational design of polymers tailored for specific cargo and engineered to exert distinct biological functions. In this review, we highlight the fundamental drug delivery systems and their mathematical foundations and discuss the physiological barriers to drug delivery. We review the origins and applications of stimuli-responsive polymer systems and polymer therapeutics such as polymer-protein and polymer-drug conjugates. The latest developments in polymers capable of molecular recognition or directing intracellular delivery are surveyed to illustrate areas of research advancing the frontiers of drug delivery. PMID:22432577

  17. A Simplified Model of Moisture Transport in Hydrophilic Porous Media With Applications to Pharmaceutical Tablets.

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    Klinzing, Gerard R; Zavaliangos, Antonios

    2016-08-01

    This work establishes a predictive model that explicitly recognizes microstructural parameters in the description of the overall mass uptake and local gradients of moisture into tablets. Model equations were formulated based on local tablet geometry to describe the transient uptake of moisture. An analytical solution to a simplified set of model equations was solved to predict the overall mass uptake and moisture gradients with the tablets. The analytical solution takes into account individual diffusion mechanisms in different scales of porosity and diffusion into the solid phase. The time constant of mass uptake was found to be a function of several key material properties, such as tablet relative density, pore tortuosity, and equilibrium moisture content of the material. The predictions of the model are in excellent agreement with experimental results for microcrystalline cellulose tablets without the need for parameter fitting. The model presented provides a new method to analyze the transient uptake of moisture into hydrophilic materials with the knowledge of only a few fundamental material and microstructural parameters. In addition, the model allows for quick and insightful predictions of moisture diffusion for a variety of practical applications including pharmaceutical tablets, porous polymer systems, or cementitious materials. PMID:27381910

  18. Stabilization of magnetorheological suspensions by polyacrylic acid polymers.

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    Viota, J L; de Vicente, J; Durán, J D G; Delgado, A V

    2005-04-15

    This work is devoted to the synthesis and stabilization of magnetorheological suspensions constituted by monodisperse micrometer-sized magnetite spheres in aqueous media. The electrical double-layer characteristics of the solid/liquid interface were studied in the absence and presence of adsorbed layers of high molecular weight polyacrylic acids (PAA; Carbopol). Since the Carbopol-covered particles can be thought of as "soft" colloids, Ohshima's theory was used to gain information of the surface potential and the charge density of the polymer layer. The effect of the pH of the solution on the double-layer characteristics is related to the different conformations of the adsorbed molecules provoked by the dissociation of the acrylic groups present in polymer molecules. The stability of the suspensions was experimentally studied for different pH and polymer concentrations, and in the absence or presence of a weak magnetic field applied. The stability of the suspensions was explained using the classical DLVO theory of colloidal stability extended to account for hydration, steric, and magnetic interactions between particles. Diagrams of potential energy vs interparticle distance show the predominant effect of steric, hydrophilic/hydrophobic, and magnetic interactions on the whole stability of the system. The best conditions to obtain stable suspensions were found when strong steric and hydrophilic repulsions hinder the coagulation between polymer-covered particles, simultaneously avoiding sedimentation by the thickening effect of the polymer solution. When a not too high molecular weight PAA was employed in a low concentration, the task of a long-time antisettling effect compatible with the desired magnetic response of the fluid was achieved. PMID:15780292

  19. Elucidating the origin of the attractive force among hydrophilic macroions

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    Liu, Zhuonan; Liu, Tianbo; Tsige, Mesfin

    2016-05-24

    In this study, coarse-grained simulation approach is applied to provide a general understanding of various soluble, hydrophilic macroionic solutions, especially the strong attractions among the like-charged soluble macroions and the consequent spontaneous, reversible formation of blackberry structures with tunable sizes. This model captures essential molecular details of the macroions and their interactions in polar solvents. Results using this model provide consistent conclusions to the experimental observations, from the nature of the attractive force among macroions (counterion-mediated attraction), to the blackberry formation mechanism. The conclusions can be applied to various macroionic solutions from inorganic molecular clusters to dendrimers and biomacromolecules.

  20. Elucidating the Origin of the Attractive Force among Hydrophilic Macroions

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    Liu, Zhuonan; Liu, Tianbo; Tsige, Mesfin

    2016-01-01

    Coarse-grained simulation approach is applied to provide a general understanding of various soluble, hydrophilic macroionic solutions, especially the strong attractions among the like-charged soluble macroions and the consequent spontaneous, reversible formation of blackberry structures with tunable sizes. This model captures essential molecular details of the macroions and their interactions in polar solvents. Results using this model provide consistent conclusions to the experimental observations, from the nature of the attractive force among macroions (counterion-mediated attraction), to the blackberry formation mechanism. The conclusions can be applied to various macroionic solutions from inorganic molecular clusters to dendrimers and biomacromolecules. PMID:27215898

  1. Superhydrophobic floatability of a hydrophilic object driven by edge effect

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    Chang, Feng-Ming; Sheng, Yu-Jane; Tsao, Heng-Kwong

    2009-11-01

    It is generally believed that a water-repellent surface is necessary for small insects to stand on water. Through a combined experimental and theoretical study, we demonstrate that an object with hydrophilic surface can float with apparent contact angle greater than 90° due to edge effect. The apparent contact angle rises with increasing loading even to a value typically displayed only by superhydrophobic surfaces. On the basis of free energy minimization, two regimes are identified. When buoyancy controls, the meniscus meets the object with the intrinsic contact angle. As surface tension dominates, however, contact angle is regulated by total force balance.

  2. Hydrophilicity of dentin bonding systems influences in vitro Streptococcus mutans biofilm formation

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    Brambilla, Eugenio; Ionescu, Andrei; Mazzoni, Annalisa; Cadenaro, Milena; Gagliani, Massimo; Ferraroni, Monica; Tay, Franklin; Pashley, David; Breschi, Lorenzo

    2014-01-01

    Objectives To evaluate in vitro Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) biofilm formation on the surface of five light-curing experimental dental bonding systems (DBS) with increasing hydrophilicity. The null hypothesis tested was that resin chemical composition and hydrophilicity does not affect S. mutans biofilm formation. Methods Five light-curing versions of experimental resin blends with increasing hydrophilicity were investigated (R1, R2, R3, R4 and R5). R1 and R2 contained ethoxylated BisGMA/TEGDMA or BisGMA/TEGDMA, respectively, and were very hydrophobic, were representative of pit-and-fissure bonding agents. R3 was representative of a typical two-step etch- and-rinse adhesive, while R4 and R5 were very hydrophilic resins analogous to self-etching adhesives. Twenty-eight disks were prepared for each resin blend. After a 24 h-incubation at 37 °C, a multilayer monospecific biofilm of S. mutans was obtained on the surface of each disk. The adherent biomass was determined using the MTT assay and evaluated morphologically with confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results R2 and R3 surfaces showed the highest biofilm formation while R1 and R4 showed a similar intermediate biofilm formation. R5 was more hydrophilic and acidic and was significantly less colonized than all the other resins. A significant quadratic relationship between biofilm formation and hydrophilicity of the resin blends was found. CLSM and SEM evaluation confirmed MTT assay results. Conclusions The null hypothesis was rejected since S. mutans biofilm formation was influenced by hydrophilicity, surface acidity and chemical composition of the experimental resins. Further studies using a bioreactor are needed to confirm the results and clarify the role of the single factors. PMID:24954666

  3. Use of Atomic Oxygen for Increased Water Contact Angles of Various Polymers for Biomedical Applications

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    Beger, Lauren; Roberts, Lily; deGroh, Kim; Banks, Bruce

    2007-01-01

    In the low Earth orbit (LEO) space environment, spacecraft surfaces can be altered during atomic oxygen exposure through oxidation and erosion. There can be terrestrial benefits of such interactions, such as the modification of hydrophobic or hydrophilic properties of polymers due to chemical modification and texturing. Such modification of the surface may be useful for biomedical applications. For example, atomic oxygen texturing may increase the hydrophilicity of polymers, such as chlorotrifluoroethylene (Aclar), thus allowing increased adhesion and spreading of cells on textured Petri dishes. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of atomic oxygen exposure on the hydrophilicity of nine different polymers. To determine whether hydrophilicity remains static after atomic oxygen exposure or changes with exposure, the contact angles between the polymer and a water droplet placed on the polymer s surface were measured. The polymers were exposed to atomic oxygen in a radio frequency (RF) plasma asher. Atomic oxygen plasma treatment was found to significantly alter the hydrophilicity of non-fluorinated polymers. Significant decreases in the water contact angle occurred with atomic oxygen exposure. Fluorinated polymers were found to be less sensitive to changes in hydrophilicity for equivalent atomic oxygen exposures, and two of the fluorinated polymers became more hydrophobic. The majority of change in water contact angle of the non-fluorinated polymers was found to occur with very low fluence exposures, indicating potential cell culturing benefit with short treatment time.

  4. Nanostructured polymer membranes for proton conduction

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    Balsara, Nitash Pervez; Park, Moon Jeong

    2013-06-18

    Polymers having an improved ability to entrain water are characterized, in some embodiments, by unusual humidity-induced phase transitions. The described polymers (e.g., hydrophilically functionalized block copolymers) have a disordered state and one or more ordered states (e.g., a lamellar state, a gyroid state, etc.). In one aspect, the polymers are capable of undergoing a disorder-to-order transition while the polymer is exposed to an increasing temperature at a constant relative humidity. In some aspects the polymer includes a plurality of portions, wherein a first portion forms proton-conductive channels within the membrane and wherein the channels have a width of less than about 6 nm. The described polymers are capable of entraining and preserving water at high temperature and low humidity. Surprisingly, in some embodiments, the polymers are capable of entraining greater amounts of water with the increase of temperature. The polymers can be used in Polymer Electrolyte Membranes in fuel cells.

  5. Experimental evidence that short-range intermolecular aggregation is sufficient for efficient charge transport in conjugated polymers

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    Wang, Suhao; Fabiano, Simone; Himmelberger, Scott; Puzinas, Skomantas; Crispin, Xavier; Salleo, Alberto; Berggren, Magnus

    2015-01-01

    Efficiency, current throughput, and speed of electronic devices are to a great extent dictated by charge carrier mobility. The classic approach to impart high carrier mobility to polymeric semiconductors has often relied on the assumption that extensive order and crystallinity are needed. Recently, however, this assumption has been challenged, because high mobility has been reported for semiconducting polymers that exhibit a surprisingly low degree of order. Here, we show that semiconducting polymers can be confined into weakly ordered fibers within an inert polymer matrix without affecting their charge transport properties. In these conditions, the semiconducting polymer chains are inhibited from attaining long-range order in the π-stacking or alkyl-stacking directions, as demonstrated from the absence of significant X-ray diffraction intensity corresponding to these crystallographic directions, yet still remain extended along the backbone direction and aggregate on a local length scale. As a result, the polymer films maintain high mobility even at very low concentrations. Our findings provide a simple picture that clarifies the role of local order and connectivity of domains. PMID:26261305

  6. Degradation behavior and biocompatibility of PEG/PANI-derived polyurethane co-polymers.

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    Luo, Yan-Ling; Nan, Yun-Fei; Xu, Feng; Chen, Ya-Shao; Zhao, Pei

    2010-01-01

    A series of polyurethane (PU) co-polymers with designable molecular weight between cross-linking dots was synthesized by a hydrogen transfer polymerization route from polyaniline (PANI), poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), various curing agents and chain extenders using dibutyltin dilaurate as a catalyst. Their swelling, hydrophilicity, degradation and biocompatibility were inspected and assessed based on different degrees of polymerization of PANI and PEG, and their component proportion. Fourier transformation infrared spectrometry (FT-IR), (1)H-NMR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), gel-permeation chromatography (GPC) and goniometry were used to characterize the structure and surface morphology of the synthesized PEG/PANI-based PU co-polymers, PU residues after degradation and degraded polymers at different time periods of hydrolysis. The thermal properties, aggregate structure and surface microstructure were examined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Hemolysis, static platelet adhesion, dynamic clotting measurements and MTT assays were adopted to evaluate the hemo- or cytocompatibility. The experimental results indicated that these polymers exhibit various degrees of micro-phase separation, depending on the concentration and degree of polymerization of PANI, molecular weight of PEG, type of curing agent and chain extender, which further influence their swelling, hydrophilicity, degradable properties and biological performances in vitro. The incorporation of PANI and PANI* in co-polymers led to decreased thermal stability but slower decomposition rates than typical PEG-based PUs. The stress-strain tests showed that the as-prepared PU co-polymers possessed increased tensile strength and modulus, and decreased toughness in comparison with the blank PEG-based PU. These co-polymers are expected to find specific applications in tissue engineering or controlled drug release. PMID

  7. Hydrophilic fluorescent nanogel thermometer for intracellular thermometry.

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    Gota, Chie; Okabe, Kohki; Funatsu, Takashi; Harada, Yoshie; Uchiyama, Seiichi

    2009-03-01

    The first methodology to measure intracellular temperature is described. A highly hydrophilic fluorescent nanogel thermometer developed for this purpose stays in the cytoplasm and emits stronger fluorescence at a higher temperature. Thus, intracellular temperature variations associated with biological processes can be monitored by this novel thermometer with a temperature resolution of better than 0.5 degrees C.

  8. Experimental degradation of polymer shopping bags (standard and degradable plastic, and biodegradable) in the gastrointestinal fluids of sea turtles.

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    Müller, Christin; Townsend, Kathy; Matschullat, Jörg

    2012-02-01

    The persistence of marine debris such as discarded polymer bags has become globally an increasing hazard to marine life. To date, over 177 marine species have been recorded to ingest man-made polymers that cause life-threatening complications such as gut impaction and perforation. This study set out to test the decay characteristics of three common types of shopping bag polymers in sea turtle gastrointestinal fluids (GIF): standard and degradable plastic, and biodegradable. Fluids were obtained from the stomachs, small intestines and large intestines of a freshly dead Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and a Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). Controls were carried out with salt and freshwater. The degradation rate was measured over 49 days, based on mass loss. Degradation rates of the standard and the degradable plastic bags after 49 days across all treatments and controls were negligible. The biodegradable bags showed mass losses between 3 and 9%. This was a much slower rate than reported by the manufacturers in an industrial composting situation (100% in 49 days). The GIF of the herbivorous Green turtle showed an increased capacity to break down the biodegradable polymer relative to the carnivorous Loggerhead, but at a much lower rate than digestion of natural vegetative matter. While the breakdown rate of biodegradable polymers in the intestinal fluids of sea turtles is greater than standard and degradable plastics, it is proposed that this is not rapid enough to prevent morbidity. Further study is recommended to investigate the speed at which biodegradable polymers decompose outside of industrial composting situations, and their durability in marine and freshwater systems.

  9. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Hydrophilic Pores in Lipid Bilayers

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    Leontiadou, Hari; Mark, Alan E.; Marrink, Siewert J.

    2004-01-01

    Hydrophilic pores are formed in peptide free lipid bilayers under mechanical stress. It has been proposed that the transport of ionic species across such membranes is largely determined by the existence of such meta-stable hydrophilic pores. To study the properties of these structures and understand the mechanism by which pore expansion leads to membrane rupture, a series of molecular dynamics simulations of a dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) bilayer have been conducted. The system was simulated in two different states; first, as a bilayer containing a meta-stable pore and second, as an equilibrated bilayer without a pore. Surface tension in both cases was applied to study the formation and stability of hydrophilic pores inside the bilayers. It is observed that below a critical threshold tension of ∼38 mN/m the pores are stabilized. The minimum radius at which a pore can be stabilized is 0.7 nm. Based on the critical threshold tension the line tension of the bilayer was estimated to be ∼3 × 10−11 N, in good agreement with experimental measurements. The flux of water molecules through these stabilized pores was analyzed, and the structure and size of the pores characterized. When the lateral pressure exceeds the threshold tension, the pores become unstable and start to expand causing the rupture of the membrane. In the simulations the mechanical threshold tension necessary to cause rupture of the membrane on a nanosecond timescale is much higher in the case of the equilibrated bilayers, as compared with membranes containing preexisting pores. PMID:15041656

  10. Self-replenishing ability of cross-linked low surface energy polymer films investigated by a complementary experimental-simulation approach

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    Esteves, A. C. C. E-mail: g.dewith@tue.nl; Lyakhova, K.; Riel, J. M. van; With, G. de E-mail: g.dewith@tue.nl; Ven, L. G. J. van der; Benthem, R. A. T. M. van

    2014-03-28

    Nowadays, many self-healing strategies are available for recovering mechanical damage of bulk polymeric materials. The recovery of surface-dependent functionalities on polymer films is, however, equally important and has been less investigated. In this work we study the ability of low surface energy cross-linked poly(ester urethane) networks containing perfluorinated dangling chains to self-replenish their surface, after being submitted to repeated surface damage. For this purpose we used a combined experimental-simulation approach. Experimentally, the cross-linked films were intentionally damaged by cryo-microtoming to remove top layers and create new surfaces which were characterized by water Contact Angle measurements and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. The same systems were simultaneously represented by a Dissipative Particles Dynamics simulation method, where the damage was modeled by removing the top film layers in the simulation box and replacing it by new “air” beads. The influence of different experimental parameters, such as the concentration of the low surface energy component and the molecular mobility span of the dangling chains, on the surface recovery is discussed. The combined approach reveals important details of the self-replenishing ability of damaged polymer films such as the occurrence of multiple-healing events, the self-replenishing efficiency, and the minimum “healing agent” concentration for a maximum recovery.

  11. Mechanism of Exfoliation and Prediction of Materials Properties of Clay-Polymer Nanocomposites from Multiscale Modeling.

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    Suter, James L; Groen, Derek; Coveney, Peter V

    2015-12-01

    We describe the mechanism that leads to full exfoliation and dispersion of organophilic clays when mixed with molten hydrophilic polymers. This process is of fundamental importance for the production of clay-polymer nanocomposites with enhanced materials properties. The chemically specific nature of our multiscale approach allows us to probe how chemistry, in combination with processing conditions, produces such materials properties at the mesoscale and beyond. In general agreement with experimental observations, we find that a higher grafting density of charged quaternary ammonium surfactant ions promotes exfoliation, by a mechanism whereby the clay sheets slide transversally over one another. We can determine the elastic properties of these nanocomposites; exfoliated and partially exfoliated morphologies lead to substantial enhancement of the Young's modulus, as found experimentally. PMID:26575149

  12. Dual-functional ROMP-based betaines: effect of hydrophilicity and backbone structure on nonfouling properties.

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    Colak, Semra; Tew, Gregory N

    2012-01-10

    Foundational materials for nonfouling coatings were designed and synthesized from a series of novel dual-functional zwitterionic polymers, Poly[NRZI], which were easily obtained via ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) followed by a single step transformation of the cationic precursor, Poly[NR(+)], to the zwitterion, Poly[NRZI]. The resulting unique dual-functional structure contained the anion and the cation within the same repeat unit but on separate side chains, enabling the hydrophilicity of the system to be tuned at the repeat unit level. These dual-functional zwitterionic polymers were specifically designed to investigate the impact of structural changes, including the backbone, hydrophilicity, and charge, on the overall nonfouling properties. To evaluate the importance of backbone structure, and as a direct comparison to previously studied methacrylate-based betaines, norbornene-based carbo- and sulfobetaines (Poly[NCarboZI] and Poly[NSulfoZI]) as well as a methacrylate-based sulfobetaine (Poly[MASulfoZI]) were synthesized. These structures contain the anion-cation pairs on the same side chain. Nonfouling coatings were prepared from copolymers, composed of the zwitterionic/cationic precursor monomer and an ethoxysilane-containing monomer. The coatings were evaluated by using protein adsorption studies, which clearly indicated that the overall hydrophilicity has a major influence on the nonfouling character of the materials. The most hydrophilic coating, from the oligoethylene glycol (OEG)-containing dual-functional betaine, Poly[NOEGZI-co-NSi], showed the best resistance to nonspecific protein adsorption (Γ(FIB) = 0.039 ng/mm(2)). Both norbornene-based polymers systems, Poly[NSulfoZI] and Poly[NCarboZI], were more hydrophilic and thus more resistant to protein adsorption than the methacrylate-based Poly[MASulfoZI]. Comparing the protein resistance of the dual-functional zwitterionic coatings, Poly[NRZI-co-NSi], to that of their cationic

  13. 21 CFR 886.5925 - Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens.

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    2013-04-01

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  14. 21 CFR 886.5925 - Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens.

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    2012-04-01

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  15. 21 CFR 886.5925 - Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens.

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    2014-04-01

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  16. 21 CFR 886.5925 - Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

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  17. 21 CFR 886.5925 - Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  18. 21 CFR 872.3300 - Hydrophilic resin coating for dentures.

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    2010-04-01

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  19. 21 CFR 201.319 - Water-soluble gums, hydrophilic gums, and hydrophilic mucilloids (including, but not limited to...

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    2011-04-01

    ... hydrophilic mucilloids (including, but not limited to agar, alginic acid, calcium polycarbophil..., and hydrophilic mucilloids (including, but not limited to agar, alginic acid, calcium polycarbophil... including, but not limited to, agar, alginic acid, calcium polycarbophil, carboxymethylcellulose...

  20. 21 CFR 201.319 - Water-soluble gums, hydrophilic gums, and hydrophilic mucilloids (including, but not limited to...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  1. Effect of hydrophilic walls on the hydration of sodium cations in planar nanopores

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    Shevkunov, S. V.

    2016-09-01

    A computer simulation of the structure of Na+ ion hydration shells with sizes in the range of 1 to 100 molecules in a planar model nanopore 0.7 nm wide with structureless hydrophilic walls is performed using the Monte Carlo method at a temperature of 298 K. A detailed model of many-body intermolecular interactions, calibrated with reference to experimental data on the free energy and enthalpy of reactions after gaseous water molecules are added to a hydration shell, is used. It is found that perturbations produced by hydrophilic walls cause the hydration shell to decay into two components that differ in their spatial arrangement and molecular orientational order.

  2. Reversible Hydrophobic to Hydrophilic Transition in Graphene via Water Splitting Induced by UV Irradiation

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    Xu, Zhemi; Ao, Zhimin; Chu, Dewei; Younis, Adnan; Li, Chang Ming; Li, Sean

    2014-01-01

    Although the reversible wettability transition between hydrophobic and hydrophilic graphene under ultraviolet (UV) irradiation has been observed, the mechanism for this phenomenon remains unclear. In this work, experimental and theoretical investigations demonstrate that the H2O molecules are split into hydrogen and hydroxyl radicals, which are then captured by the graphene surface through chemical binding in an ambient environment under UV irradiation. The dissociative adsorption of H2O molecules induces the wettability transition in graphene from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. Our discovery may hold promise for the potential application of graphene in water splitting. PMID:25245110

  3. Condensing Heat Exchanger with Hydrophilic Antimicrobial Coating

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    Thomas, Christopher M. (Inventor); Ma, Yonghui (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    A multi-layer antimicrobial hydrophilic coating is applied to a substrate of anodized aluminum, although other materials may form the substrate. A silver layer is sputtered onto a thoroughly clean anodized surface of the aluminum to about 400 nm thickness. A layer of crosslinked, silicon-based macromolecular structure about 10 nm thickness overlies the silver layer, and the outermost surface of the layer of crosslinked, silicon-based macromolecular structure is hydroxide terminated to produce a hydrophilic surface with a water drop contact angle of less than 10.degree.. The coated substrate may be one of multiple fins in a condensing heat exchanger for use in the microgravity of space, which has narrow channels defined between angled fins such that the surface tension of condensed water moves water by capillary flow to a central location where it is pumped to storage. The antimicrobial coating prevents obstruction of the capillary passages.

  4. Biocompatibility of Ricinus communis polymer with addition of calcium carbonate compared to titanium. Experimental study in guinea pigs

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    Graça, Yorgos Luiz Santos De Salles; Opolski, Ana Cristina; Barboza, Barbara Evelin Gonçalves; Erbano, Bruna Olandoski; Mazzaro, Caroline Cantalejo; Klostermann, Flávia Caroline; Sucharski, Enéas Eduardo; Kubrusly, Luiz Fernando

    2014-01-01

    Objective The aim of the present investigation was to determine whether the difference in inflammatory tissue reaction between the Riccinus communis (castor) polymer with calcium carbonate and the titanium implant is statistically significant. Methods Thirty-two Cavia porcellus were allocated into four groups of eight animals each. We implanted the two types of materials in the retroperitoneal space of all the animals. They were euthanized at 7, 20, 30 and 40 days after surgery, and an histological study of the samples was conducted. Results All implants showed characteristics of chronic inflammation regardless of the material and timepoint of evaluation. There was no statistically significant difference between Pm+CaCO3 and Ti with regard to the presence of granulation tissue, tissue congestion, histiocytes, lymphocytes, neutrophils, giant cells, and fibrosis (P> 0.05). Conclusion The castor oil polymer plus calcium carbonate implant was not statistically different from the titanium implant regarding inflammatory tissue reaction. PMID:25140479

  5. Histological analysis of cobalt-chromium stents with and without Camouflage® polymer coating: experimental porcine carotid artery model.

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    Grudtner, Marco Aurélio; de Lara Elesbão, Joao Luiz; Gutierrez, Paulo Sérgio; Meyer, Fabíola Schons; Pereira, Adamastor Humberto

    2011-04-01

    This study evaluated the arterial response to cobalt-chromium stents with and without polymer coating (Camouflage®, Hemoteq AG, Wuerselen, Germany) implanted in pigs. Cobalt-chromium balloon-expandable stents (4 × 16 mm) were implanted in the common carotid arteries of nine pigs. Histological analysis of endothelialization, inflammation and injury was performed one month later. All stents were successfully deployed, and all but one animal survived the 30 study days. All arteries were patent. Endothelialization was nearly complete in most sections of all carotid stents in both groups. There were mild inflammatory infiltrate and mild-to-moderate injury, which were associated with the stent shafts and not significantly different between groups. Our findings suggest that, in porcine carotid arteries, the histological response to balloon-expandable cobalt-chromium stents coated with polymer (Camouflage®, Hemoteq AG) is similar to the response to non-coated cobalt-chromium stents.

  6. An experimental investigation of inhomogeneities in resonant infrared matrix-assisted pulsed-laser deposited thin polymer films

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    Bubb, Daniel M.; Corgan, Jeff; Yi, Sunyong; Khan, Mishae; Hughes, Leon; Gurudas, Ullas; Papantonakis, Michael; McGill, R. Andrew

    2010-08-01

    Thin polymer films are deposited using matrix-assisted pulsed-laser evaporation and subsequently are characterized by scanning electron and atomic force microscopies. An Er : YAG laser (2937 nm, 350 μs) is used as a light source and the effect of the energy density supplied by the laser on the morphology of the deposited films is investigated. It is found that the appearance of undesirable non-uniform morphological features arises from either poor solubility of the guest molecules or insufficient energy density provided by the laser to vaporize the entire ejected volume. In addition, the surface roughness of two guest-host systems is found to depend linearly on the polymer concentration. These results allow us to better understand earlier work in the field and to establish a framework by which MAPLE films may be improved.

  7. Hydrophilic PEO-PDMS for microfluidic applications

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    Yao, Mingjin; Fang, Ji

    2012-02-01

    Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is a popularly used nontoxic and biocompatible material in microfluidic systems, which is relatively cheap and does not break easily like glass. The simple fabrication, optical transparency and elastomeric property make PDMS a handy material to work with. In order to develop different applications of PDMS in microfluidics and bioengineering, it is necessary to modify the PDMS surface nature to improve wetting characteristics, and to have a better control in nonspecific binding of proteins and cells, as well as to increase adhesion. At the moment, the hydrophilic surface modification performance of PDMS is known to recover its hydrophobicity shortly after oxidation modification, which is not stable in the long term (Owen and Smith 1994 J. Adhes. Sci. Technol. 8 1063-75). This paper presents a long-term stable hydrophilic surface modification processing of PDMS. The poly(dimethylsiloxane-ethylene oxide polymeric) (PDMS-b-PEO) is used in this project as a surfactant additive to be added into the PDMS base and the curing agent mixture during polymerization and to create hydrophilic PEO-PDMS. The contact angle can be controlled at 21.5-80.9° with the different mixing ratios and the hydrophilicity will remain stable for two months and then slightly varied later. We also investigate the bonding conditions of the modified PDMS to a silicon wafer and a glass wafer. To demonstrate its applications, we designed a device which consists of microchannels on a silicon wafer, and PEO-PDMS is utilized as a cover sheet. The capillary function was investigated under the different contact angles of PED-PDMS and with different aspect ratios of microchannels. All of the processes and testing data are presented in detail. This easy and cost-effective modified PDMS with a good bonding property can be widely used in the capillary device and systems, and microfluidic devices for fluid flow control of the microchannels in biological, chemical, medical

  8. Probing Hydrophilic Interface of Solid/Liquid-Water by Nanoultrasonics

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    Mante, Pierre-Adrien; Chen, Chien-Cheng; Wen, Yu-Chieh; Chen, Hui-Yuan; Yang, Szu-Chi; Huang, Yu-Ru; -Ju Chen, I.; Chen, Yun-Wen; Gusev, Vitalyi; Chen, Miin-Jang; Kuo, Jer-Lai; Sheu, Jinn-Kong; Sun, Chi-Kuang

    2014-01-01

    Despite the numerous devoted studies, water at solid interfaces remains puzzling. An ongoing debate concerns the nature of interfacial water at a hydrophilic surface, whether it is more solid-like, ice-like, or liquid-like. To answer this question, a complete picture of the distribution of the water molecule structure and molecular interactions has to be obtained in a non-invasive way and on an ultrafast time scale. We developed a new experimental technique that extends the classical acoustic technique to the molecular level. Using nanoacoustic waves with a femtosecond pulsewidth and an ångström resolution to noninvasively diagnose the hydration structure distribution at ambient solid/water interface, we performed a complete mapping of the viscoelastic properties and of the density in the whole interfacial water region at hydrophilic surfaces. Our results suggest that water in the interfacial region possesses mixed properties and that the different pictures obtained up to now can be unified. Moreover, we discuss the effect of the interfacial water structure on the abnormal thermal transport properties of solid/liquid interfaces. PMID:25176017

  9. Hydrophobic-hydrophilic dichotomy of the butterfly proboscis.

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    Lehnert, Matthew S; Monaenkova, Daria; Andrukh, Taras; Beard, Charles E; Adler, Peter H; Kornev, Konstantin G

    2013-08-01

    Mouthparts of fluid-feeding insects have unique material properties with no human-engineered analogue: the feeding devices acquire sticky and viscous liquids while remaining clean. We discovered that the external surface of the butterfly proboscis has a sharp boundary separating a hydrophilic drinking region and a hydrophobic non-drinking region. The structural arrangement of the proboscis provides the basis for the wetting dichotomy. Theoretical and experimental analyses show that fluid uptake is associated with enlargement of hydrophilic cuticular structures, the legulae, which link the two halves of the proboscis together. We also show that an elliptical proboscis produces a higher external meniscus than does a cylindrical proboscis of the same circumference. Fluid uptake is additionally facilitated in sap-feeding butterflies that have a proboscis with enlarged chemosensory structures forming a brush near the tip. This structural modification of the proboscis enables sap feeders to exploit films of liquid more efficiently. Structural changes along the proboscis, including increased legular width and presence of a brush-like tip, occur in a wide range of species, suggesting that a wetting dichotomy is widespread in the Lepidoptera. PMID:23760299

  10. Peptide separation in hydrophilic interaction capillary electrochromatography.

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    Fu, Hongjing; Jin, Wenhai; Xiao, Hua; Huang, Haiwei; Zou, Hanfa

    2003-06-01

    Separation of small peptides by hydrophilic interaction capillary electrochromatography (HI-CEC) has been investigated. The negative surface charge of a hydrophilic, strong-cation-exchange stationary phase (PolySULFOETHYL A) provided a substantial cathodic electroosmotic flow (EOF). The influence of acetonitrile content, ionic strength, mobile phase pH as well as applied voltage on the migration of the peptides was studied. Possible retention mechanisms of the peptides in HI-CEC were discussed. It was found that hydrophilic interaction between the solutes and the stationary phase played a major role in this system, especially when mobile phases with high acetonitrile content were used. However, an ion-exchange mechanism and electrophoretic mobility also affect the migration of the peptides in HI-CEC. Elution order and selectivity was proved to be different in HI-CEC and capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE), thus revealing the potential of HI-CEC as a complementary technique to CZE for the separation of peptides. Efficiency and selectivity of HI-CEC for the separation of peptides were demonstrated by baseline separating nine peptides in 6 min. PMID:12858379

  11. Highly sensitive and selective gas sensor using hydrophilic and hydrophobic graphenes.

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    Some, Surajit; Xu, Yang; Kim, Youngmin; Yoon, Yeoheung; Qin, Hongyi; Kulkarni, Atul; Kim, Taesung; Lee, Hyoyoung

    2013-01-01

    New hydrophilic 2D graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets with various oxygen functional groups were employed to maintain high sensitivity in highly unfavorable environments (extremely high humidity, strong acidic or basic). Novel one-headed polymer optical fiber sensor arrays using hydrophilic GO and hydrophobic reduced graphene oxide (rGO) were carefully designed, leading to the selective sensing of volatile organic gases for the first time. The two physically different surfaces of GO and rGO could provide the sensing ability to distinguish between tetrahydrofuran (THF) and dichloromethane (MC), respectively, which is the most challenging issue in the area of gas sensors. The eco-friendly physical properties of GO allowed for faster sensing and higher sensitivity when compared to previous results for rGO even under extreme environments of over 90% humidity, making it the best choice for an environmentally friendly gas sensor. PMID:23736838

  12. Highly Sensitive and Selective Gas Sensor Using Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Graphenes

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    Some, Surajit; Xu, Yang; Kim, Youngmin; Yoon, Yeoheung; Qin, Hongyi; Kulkarni, Atul; Kim, Taesung; Lee, Hyoyoung

    2013-06-01

    New hydrophilic 2D graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets with various oxygen functional groups were employed to maintain high sensitivity in highly unfavorable environments (extremely high humidity, strong acidic or basic). Novel one-headed polymer optical fiber sensor arrays using hydrophilic GO and hydrophobic reduced graphene oxide (rGO) were carefully designed, leading to the selective sensing of volatile organic gases for the first time. The two physically different surfaces of GO and rGO could provide the sensing ability to distinguish between tetrahydrofuran (THF) and dichloromethane (MC), respectively, which is the most challenging issue in the area of gas sensors. The eco-friendly physical properties of GO allowed for faster sensing and higher sensitivity when compared to previous results for rGO even under extreme environments of over 90% humidity, making it the best choice for an environmentally friendly gas sensor.

  13. Highly Sensitive and Selective Gas Sensor Using Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Graphenes

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    Some, Surajit; Xu, Yang; Kim, Youngmin; Yoon, Yeoheung; Qin, Hongyi; Kulkarni, Atul; Kim, Taesung; Lee, Hyoyoung

    2013-01-01

    New hydrophilic 2D graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets with various oxygen functional groups were employed to maintain high sensitivity in highly unfavorable environments (extremely high humidity, strong acidic or basic). Novel one-headed polymer optical fiber sensor arrays using hydrophilic GO and hydrophobic reduced graphene oxide (rGO) were carefully designed, leading to the selective sensing of volatile organic gases for the first time. The two physically different surfaces of GO and rGO could provide the sensing ability to distinguish between tetrahydrofuran (THF) and dichloromethane (MC), respectively, which is the most challenging issue in the area of gas sensors. The eco-friendly physical properties of GO allowed for faster sensing and higher sensitivity when compared to previous results for rGO even under extreme environments of over 90% humidity, making it the best choice for an environmentally friendly gas sensor. PMID:23736838

  14. A Study of Fe3O4 Magnetic Nanoparticle RF Heating in Gellan Gum Polymer Under Various Experimental Conditions for Potential Application in Drug Delivery

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    Marcus, Gabriel E.

    Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have found use in a wide variety of biomedical applications including hyperthermia, imaging and drug delivery. Certain physical properties, such as the ability to generate heat in response to an alternating magnetic field, make these structures ideal for such purposes. This study's objective was to elucidate the mechanisms primarily responsible for RF MNP heating and determine how such processes affect polymer solutions that might be useful in drug delivery. 15-20 nm magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles at 0.2% and 0.5% concentrations were heated with RF fields of different strengths (200 Oe, 400 Oe and 600 Oe) in water and in 0.5% gellan gum solution. Mixing and fan cooling were used in an attempt to improve accuracy of data collection. Specific absorption rate (SAR) values were determined experimentally for each combination of solvent, concentration and field strength. Theoretical calculation of SAR was performed using a model based on linear response theory. Mixing yielded greater precision in experimental determination of SAR while the effects of cooling on this parameter were negligible. Solutions with gellan gum displayed smoother heating over time but no significant changes in SAR values. This was attributed to low polymer concentration and lack of structural phase transition. The LRT model was found to be adequate for calculating SAR at low polymer concentration and was useful in identifying Neel relaxation as the dominant heating process. Heating trials with MNPs in 2% agar confirmed Neel relaxation to be primarily responsible for heat generation in the particles studied.

  15. Source of fungus contamination of hydrophilic soft contact lenses.

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    Gasset, A R; Mattingly, T P; Hood, I

    1979-09-01

    Fungus infiltration within hydrophilic lenses has been a rare finding. This case report confirms previous findings that fungal contamination of hydrophilic contact lens is possible. The present report, to our knowledge, is the first demonstration of the association of fungus from contaminated cosmetics with hydrophilic contact lenses. It is important to be aware of the possibility of fungal invasion of hydrophilic lenses, as well as to be able to differentiate this from the more common harmless spot formation. On the basis of this study, good lid hygiene, strict adherence to the sterilization procedure, and discontinuance of any soft hydrophilic contact lenses with spot formation seems appropriate. PMID:556154

  16. Aggregation of amphiphilic polymers in the presence of adhesive small colloidal particles

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    Baulin, Vladimir A.; Johner, Albert; Avalos, Josep Bonet

    2010-11-01

    The interaction of amphiphilic polymers with small colloids, capable to reversibly stick onto the chains, is studied. Adhesive small colloids in solution are able to dynamically bind two polymer segments. This association leads to topological changes in the polymer network configurations, such as looping and cross-linking, although the reversible adhesion permits the colloid to slide along the chain backbone. Previous analyses only consider static topologies in the chain network. We show that the sliding degree of freedom ensures the dominance of small loops, over other structures, giving rise to a new perspective in the analysis of the problem. The results are applied to the analysis of the equilibrium between colloidal particles and star polymers, as well as to block copolymer micelles. The results are relevant for the reversible adsorption of silica particles onto hydrophilic polymers, used in the process of formation of mesoporous materials of the type SBA or MCM, cross-linked cyclodextrin molecules threading on the polymers and forming the structures known as polyrotaxanes. Adhesion of colloids on the corona of the latter induce micellization and growth of larger micelles as the number of colloids increase, in agreement with experimental data.

  17. Distributed Pore Chemistry in Porous Organic Polymers

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    Koontz, Steven L. (Inventor)

    1998-01-01

    A method for making a biocompatible polymer article using a uniform atomic oxygen treatment is disclosed. The sub-strate may be subsequently optionally grated with a compatibilizing compound. Compatibilizing compounds may include proteins, phosphorylcholine groups, platelet adhesion preventing polymers, albumin adhesion promoters, and the like. The compatibilized substrate may also have a living cell layer adhered thereto. The atomic oxygen is preferably produced by a flowing afterglow microwave discharge, wherein the substrate resides in a sidearm out of the plasma. Also, methods for culturing cells for various purposes using the various membranes are disclosed as well. Also disclosed are porous organic polymers having a distributed pore chemistry (DPC) comprising hydrophilic and hydrophobic region, and a method for making the DPC by exposing the polymer to atomic oxygen wherein the rate of hydrophilization is greater than the rate of mass loss.

  18. Distributed Pore Chemistry in Porous Organic Polymers

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    Koontz, Steven L. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    A method for making a biocompatible polymer article using a uniform atomic oxygen treatment is disclosed. The substrate may be subsequently optionally grated with a compatibilizing compound. Compatibilizing compounds may include proteins, phosphorylcholine groups, platelet adhesion preventing polymers, albumin adhesion promoters, and the like. The compatibilized substrate may also have a living cell layer adhered thereto. The atomic oxygen is preferably produced by a flowing afterglow microwave discharge. wherein the substrate resides in a sidearm out of the plasma. Also, methods for culturing cells for various purposes using the various membranes are disclosed as well. Also disclosed are porous organic polymers having a distributed pore chemistry (DPC) comprising hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions. and a method for making the DPC by exposing the polymer to atomic oxygen wherein the rate of hydrophilization is greater than the rate of mass loss.

  19. Separation of carbohydrates using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography.

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    Fu, Qing; Liang, Tu; Li, Zhenyu; Xu, Xiaoyong; Ke, Yanxiong; Jin, Yu; Liang, Xinmiao

    2013-09-20

    A strategy was developed to rapidly evaluate chromatographic properties of hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) columns for separating carbohydrates. Seven HILIC columns (Silica, Diol, TSK Amide-80, XAmide, Click Maltose, Click β-CD, and Click TE-Cys columns) were evaluated by using three monosaccharide and seven disaccharides as probes. The influence of column temperature on the peak shape and tautomerization of carbohydrates, as well as column selectivity were investigated. The influence of surface charge property on the retention was also studied by using glucose, glucuronic acid, and glucosamine, which indicated that buffer salt concentration and pH value in mobile phase was necessary to control the ionic interactions between ionic carbohydrates and HILIC columns. According to evaluation results, the XAmide column was selected as an example to establish experimental schemes for separation of complex mixtures of oligosaccharide.

  20. Folding of electrostatically charged beads-on-a-string as an experimental realization of a theoretical model in polymer science.

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    Reches, Meital; Snyder, Phillip W; Whitesides, George M

    2009-10-20

    The "beads-on-a-string" model for folding of polymers is a cornerstone of theoretical polymer science. This communication describes a physical model of beads-on-a-string, based on the folding of flexible strings of electrostatically charged beads in two dimensions. The system comprises millimeter-scale Teflon and Nylon-6,6 (spherical or cylindrical) beads (approximately 6 mm in diameter) separated by smaller (approximately 3 mm) poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) spherical beads, threaded on a flexible string. The smaller, uncharged beads define the distances between the larger beads, and control the flexibility of the string. During agitation of the sequence of beads on a planar, horizontal paper surface, tribocharging generates opposite electrostatic charges on the larger Nylon and Teflon beads, but leaves the smaller PMMA beads essentially uncharged; the resulting electrostatic interactions cause the string to fold. Examination and comparison of two models--one physical and one theoretical--may offer a new approach to understanding folding, collapse, and molecular recognition at an abstract level, with particular opportunity to explore the influence of the flexibility of the string and the shape of the beads on the pattern and rate of folding. The physical system is, thus, an analog computer, simulating the theoretical beads-on-a-string model in two dimensions; this system makes it possible to test hypotheses connecting "sequence" to "folding", rapidly and conveniently, while exploring nonlinearities and other complexities omitted from the theoretical model.

  1. Hydrophilic property by contact angle change of ion implanted polycarbonate

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    Lee, Chan Young; Kil, Jae Keun

    2008-02-15

    In this study, ion implantation was performed onto a polymer, polycarbonate (PC), in order to investigate surface hydrophilic property through contact angle measurement. PC was irradiated with N, Ar, and Xe ions at the irradiation energy of 20-50 keV and the dose range of 5x10{sup 15}, 1x10{sup 16}, 7x10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}. The contact angle of water was estimated by means of the sessile drop method and was reduced with increasing fluence and ion mass but increased with increasing implanted energy. The changes of chemical and structural properties are discussed in view of Furier transform infrared and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, which shows increasing C-O bonding and C-C bonding. The surface roughness examined by atomic force microscopy measurement changed smoothly from 3.59 to 2.22 A as the fluence increased. It is concluded that the change in wettability may be caused by surface carbonization and oxidation as well as surface roughness.

  2. Glycidol-modified gels for molecular-sieve chromatography. Surface hydrophilization and pore size reduction.

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    Eriksson, K O

    1987-11-01

    Divinyl sulfone-crosslinked agarose gels were made hydrophilic by coupling glycidol to the agarose chains. The concentration of glycidol in the reaction mixture determines the pore size of the gels (the glycidol molecules probably form polymers, the degree of polymerization increasing with the glycidol concentration). Gels prepared with moderate glycidol concentrations are still porous enough to be used for separation of proteins and peptides. Gels with a high degree of glycidol polymerization are suited for desalting of low-molecular-weight compounds, for instance peptides.

  3. The generation of hydrophilic polypeptide-siloxane conjugates via n-carboxyanhydride polymerisation.

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    Thornton, Paul D; Brannigan, Ruairi; Podporska, Joanna; Quilty, Brid; Heise, Andreas

    2012-01-01

    A novel methodology to create covalently linked polypeptide-siloxane hybrid materials by controlled n-carboxyanhydride ring opening polymerisation is disclosed. Poly-L-glutamic acid and poly-L-lysine conjugated products were formed that possessed excellent surface wettability. In addition, the poly-L-lysine-siloxane hybrids formed demonstrated bactericidal attributes against gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and gram-negative Escherichia coli. It is anticipated that these materials may be of significance for the generation of hydrophilic siloxane-containing polymers that are commonly employed in contemporary medical devices.

  4. Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer variable-curvature mirror used for optical zoom imaging: prototype design and experimental demonstration

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    Zhao, Hui; Fan, Xuewu; Pang, Zhihai; Ren, Guorui; Wang, Wei; Xie, Yongjie; Ma, Zhen; Du, Yunfei; Su, Yu; Wei, Jingxuan

    2015-02-01

    In recent years, optical zoom imaging without moving elements has received much attention. The key to realizing this technique lies in the design of the variable-curvature mirror (VCM). To obtain enough optical magnification, the VCM should be able to change its radius of curvature over a wide range. In other words, the VCM must be able to provide a large sagittal variation, which requires the mirror material to be robust during curvature variation, require little force to deform, and have high ultimate strength. Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) satisfies all these requirements and is suitable for fabricating such a VCM. Therefore, in this research, a CFRP prototype VCM has been designed, fabricated, and tested. With a diameter of 100 mm, a thickness of 2 mm, and an initial radius of curvature of 1740 mm, this VCM can provide a maximum 23-μm sagittal variation and a minimum and maximum radius of curvature of 1705 and 1760 mm.

  5. Lipid membrane expansion and micelle formation by polymer-grafted lipids: scaling with polymer length studied by spin-label electron spin resonance.

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    Montesano, G; Bartucci, R; Belsito, S; Marsh, D; Sportelli, L

    2001-01-01

    Spin-label electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy and auxiliary optical density measurements are used to study lipid dispersions of N-poly(ethylene glycol)-dipalmitoyl phosphatidylethanolamine (PEG:5000-DPPE) mixed with dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (DPPC). PEG:5000-DPPE bears a large hydrophilic polymer headgroup (with approximately 114 oxyethylene monomers) and is commonly used for steric stabilization of liposomes used in drug delivery. Comparison is made with results from mixtures of DPPC with polymer lipids bearing shorter headgroups (approximately 45 and 8 oxyethylene monomers). ESR spectra of phosphatidylcholine spin-labeled on the 5-C atom position of the sn-2 chain are shown to reflect the area expansion of the lipid membranes by the lateral pressure exerted in the polymer brush, in a way that is consistent with theory. The lipid chain packing density at the onset of micelle formation is the same for all three PEG-lipids, although the mole fraction at which this occurs differs greatly. The mole fraction at onset scales inversely with the size of the polymer headgroup, where the experimental exponent of 0.7 is close to theoretical predictions (viz. 0.55-0.6). The mole fraction of PEG-lipid at completion of micelle formation is more weakly dependent on polymer size, which conforms with theoretical predictions. At high mole fractions of PEG:5000-DPPE the dependence of lipid packing density on mole fraction is multiphasic, which differs qualitatively from the monotonic decrease in packing density found with the shorter polymer lipids. Lipid spin-label ESR is an experimental tool that complements theoretical analysis using polymer models combined with the lipid equation of state. PMID:11222298

  6. Polymer films

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    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2008-12-30

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  7. Polymer films

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    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2004-05-25

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  8. Experimental and theoretical studies on the permeation of argon through matrices of acrylic polymers containing 1,3-dioxane groups in their structure

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    Laguna, Mari-Fe; Guzmán, Julio; Saiz, Enrique; Riande, Evaristo

    1999-02-01

    The permeation of argon gas through membranes of poly(cis/trans 2-phenyl-5-ethyl-5acryloxymethyl-1,3-dioxacyclohexane) (PAEDP) has been measured in the vicinity of the glass transition temperature of this polymer (˜Tg≈50 °C). Both the permeation and the diffusion coefficients show only a slight dependence on temperature while the membrane remains in glassy state, but exhibit a sharp increase with temperature in the rubbery state. Theoretical calculations of the diffusion coefficient were performed according to the transition-state approach, i.e., assuming that the diffusant path is independent of the structural relaxation in the polymeric matrix, as a function of the smearing factor Δ and temperature. Reasonably good agreement among theoretical and experimental values of the diffusion coefficient was obtained. Theoretical calculations were also performed for poly(cis/trans 2-phenyl-5-ethyl-5-methacryloxymethyl-1,3-dioxacyclohexane) (PMAEDP), the methacrylate analog of PAEDP, which indicate that the diffusion coefficient of glassy PMAEDP is lower than that of glassy PAEDP when the same temperature is taken as the basis of comparison, due to the higher values of Tg in methacrylate than in acrylate polymers which, in turn is a consequence of the rigidity conferred to the polymeric chain by the methyl group.

  9. Hydrophilic-subtraction model for the characterization and comparison of hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography columns.

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    Wang, Jixia; Guo, Zhimou; Shen, Aijin; Yu, Long; Xiao, Yuansheng; Xue, Xingya; Zhang, Xiuli; Liang, Xinmiao

    2015-06-12

    Nowadays more and more hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) columns with diverse functional groups have become commercially available, which pose a challenge to select an appropriate one. However, there is no universal model to provide guidance for selecting HILIC columns. To handle this problem, a retention model named "hydrophilic-subtraction model" was developed to characterize and compare HILIC columns. The hydrophilic-subtraction model, which was designed based on the widely recognized HILIC retention mechanisms including hydrophilic partitioning, hydrogen-bonding and electrostatic interactions, was established by the retention of 41 solutes with various properties on 8 representative HILIC columns. High correlation coefficients (R(2)≥0.990) and small standard deviations (SD≤0.041) indicated that this model correlated effectively the retention with solute descriptors and column parameters. To evaluate reliability of the model, the model was further applied to characterize 15 additional HILIC columns using 41 solutes. The results of multiple linear regression confirmed the significance of the model. The regression coefficients of the model were used to investigate retention mechanisms occurring in different chromatographic systems. Based on these regression coefficients, selectivities of HILIC stationary phases were exhibited intuitively by an angle graph and a spider diagram, which could be used as guidance for researchers to select appropriate columns for HILIC separation. Additionally, a rapid and convenient procedure was proposed for characterizing HILIC columns. PMID:25935798

  10. Induced corneal astigmatism with hydrophilic contact lenses.

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    Morgan, J F

    1975-04-01

    Changes in keratometer readings were measured in 87 patients, wearing hydrophilic contact lenses for three to more than eighteen months. Twenty-four eyes in the group had an increase of +0.75 or more in the keratometer readings, which invariably involved the vertical reading and was often associated with a distortion of the mire reflex. The change was high as +2.75 diopters. If greater than +1.00 diopter, it was associated with decreased visual acuity with forward correction and with the hydrophilic contact lenses. All but one of the patients who showedchanges of greater than +0.75 diopters over their baseline keratometer readings, were wearing their lenses on an average of 14-16 hours a day. The keratometer readings reverted to the baseline levels with a loss of the distrotion, if the patient reduced the wearing time to less than 12 hours daily. We believe that a maximum average daily wearing time of 12 hours is the safety limit required to minimize the development of induced corneal astigmatism.

  11. Light-Controlled ZrO2 Surface Hydrophilicity

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    Rudakova, Aida V.; Maevskaya, Maria V.; Emeline, Alexei V.; Bahnemann, Detlef W.

    2016-01-01

    In recent years many works are aimed at finding a method of controllable switching between hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity of a surface. The hydrophilic surface state is generally determined by its energy. Change in the surface energy can be realized in several different ways. Here we report the ability to control the surface wettability of zirconium dioxide nano-coatings by changing the composition of actinic light. Such unique photoinduced hydrophilic behavior of ZrO2 surface is ascribed to the formation of different active surface states under photoexcitation in intrinsic and extrinsic ZrO2 absorption regions. The sequential effect of different actinic lights on the surface hydrophilicity of zirconia is found to be repeatable and reversibly switchable from a highly hydrophilic state to a more hydrophobic state. The observed light-controllable reversible and reproducible switching of hydrophilicity opens new possible ways for the application of ZrO2 based materials. PMID:27703174

  12. Light-Controlled ZrO2 Surface Hydrophilicity

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    Rudakova, Aida V.; Maevskaya, Maria V.; Emeline, Alexei V.; Bahnemann, Detlef W.

    2016-10-01

    In recent years many works are aimed at finding a method of controllable switching between hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity of a surface. The hydrophilic surface state is generally determined by its energy. Change in the surface energy can be realized in several different ways. Here we report the ability to control the surface wettability of zirconium dioxide nano-coatings by changing the composition of actinic light. Such unique photoinduced hydrophilic behavior of ZrO2 surface is ascribed to the formation of different active surface states under photoexcitation in intrinsic and extrinsic ZrO2 absorption regions. The sequential effect of different actinic lights on the surface hydrophilicity of zirconia is found to be repeatable and reversibly switchable from a highly hydrophilic state to a more hydrophobic state. The observed light-controllable reversible and reproducible switching of hydrophilicity opens new possible ways for the application of ZrO2 based materials.

  13. Preparation and in vitro evaluation of hydrophilic fenretinide nanoparticles.

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    Ledet, Grace A; Graves, Richard A; Glotser, Elena Y; Mandal, Tarun K; Bostanian, Levon A

    2015-02-20

    Fenretinide is an effective anti-cancer drug with high in vitro cytotoxicity and low in vivo systemic toxicity. In clinical trials, fenretinide has shown poor therapeutic efficacy following oral administration - attributed to its low bioavailability and solubility. The long term goal of this project is to develop a formulation for the oral delivery of fenretinide. The purpose of this part of the study was to prepare and characterize hydrophilic nanoparticle formulations of fenretinide. Three different ratios of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) to fenretinide were used, namely, 3:1, 4:1, and 5:1. Both drug and polymer were dissolved in a mixture of methanol and dichloromethane (2:23 v/v). Rotary evaporation was used to remove the solvents, and, following reconstitution with water, a high pressure homogenizer was used to form nanoparticles. The particle size and polydispersity index were measured before and after lyophilization. The formulations were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). The effectiveness of the formulations was assessed by release studies and Caco-2 cell permeability assays. As the PVP content increased, the recovered particle size following lyophilization became more consistent with the pre-lyophilization particle size, especially for those formulations with less lactose. The DSC scans of the formulations did not show any fenretinide melting endotherms, indicating that the drug was either present in an amorphous form in the formulation or that a solid solution of the drug in PVP had formed. For the release studies, the highest drug release among the formulations was 249.2±35.5ng/mL for the formulation with 4:1 polymer-to-drug. When the permeability of the formulations was evaluated in a Caco-2 cell model, the mean normalized flux for each treatment group was significantly higher (p<0.05) from the fenretinide control. The formulation containing 4:1 polymer

  14. Preparation and In Vitro Evaluation of Hydrophilic Fenretinide Nanoparticles

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    Ledet, Grace A.; Graves, Richard A.; Glotser, Elena Y.; Mandal, Tarun K.; Bostanian, Levon A.

    2015-01-01

    Fenretinide is an effective anti-cancer drug with high in vitro cytotoxicity and low in vivo systemic toxicity. In clinical trials, fenretinide has shown poor therapeutic efficacy following oral administration – attributed to its low bioavailability and solubility. The long term goal of this project is to develop a formulation for the oral delivery of fenretinide. The purpose of this part of the study wasto prepare and characterize hydrophilic nanoparticle formulations of fenretinide. Three different ratios of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) to fenretinide were used, namely, 3:1, 4:1, and 5:1. Both drug and polymer were dissolved in a mixture of methanol and dichloromethane (2:23 v/v). Rotary evaporation was used to remove the solvents, and, following reconstitution with water, a high pressure homogenizer was used to form nanoparticles. The particle size and polydispersity index were measured before and after lyophilization. The formulations were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and x-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). The effectiveness of the formulations was assessed by releasestudies and Caco-2 cell permeability assays. As the PVP content increased, the recovered particle size following lyophilization became more consistent with the pre-lyophilization particle size, especially for those formulations with less lactose. The DSC scans of the formulations did not show any fenretinide melting endotherms, indicating that the drug was either present in an amorphous form in the formulation or that a solid solution of the drug in PVP had formed. For the release studies, the highest drug release among the formulations was 249.2 ± 35.5 ng/mL for the formulation with 4:1 polymer-to-drug. When the permeability of the formulations was evaluated in a Caco-2 cell model, the mean normalized flux for each treatment group was significantly higher (p<0.05) from the fenretinide control. The formulation containing 4:1 polymer

  15. Facile hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity modification of SMP surface based on metal constrained cracking

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    Han, Yu; Li, Peng; Zhao, Liangyu; Wang, Wenxin; Leng, Jinsong; Jin, Peng

    2015-04-01

    This study demonstrates an easy way to change surface characteristics, the water contact angle on styrene based shape memory polymer (SMP) surface alters before and after cracking formation and recovery. The contact angle of water on the original SMP surface is about 85 degree, after coating with Al and then kneading from side face at glass transition temperature Tg, cracking appeared both on Al film and SMP; cooling down and removing the Al film, cracks remain on SMP surface while the contact angle reduced to about 25 degree. When reheated above Tg, the cracks disappeared, and the contact angle go back to about 85 degree. The thin Al film bonded on SMP surface was coated by spurting, that constrains the deformation of SMP. Heating above Tg, there are complex interactions between soft SMP and hard metal film under kneading. The thin metal film cracked first with the considerable deformation of soft polymer, whereafter, the polymer was ripped by the metal cracks thus polymer cracked as well. Cracks on SMP can be fixed cooling down Tg, while reheated, cracks shrinking and the SMP recovers to its original smooth surface. Surface topography changed dramatically while chemical composition showed no change during the deformation and recovery cycle, as presented by SEM and EDS. Furthermore, the wetting cycle is repeatable. This facile method can be easily extended to the hydropobicity/hydrophilicity modification of other stimuli-responsive polymers and put forward many potential applications, such as microfluidic switching and molecule capture and release.

  16. Influence of the block hydrophilicity of AB2 miktoarm star copolymers on cluster formation in solutions.

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    Han, Minwoo; Hong, Minhyung; Sim, Eunji

    2011-05-28

    We investigated the formation of various micelle shapes of lipid-like amphiphilic AB(2) miktoarm star copolymers in a solution, by performing dissipative particle dynamics simulations. AB(2) miktoarm star copolymer molecules are modeled with coarse-grained structures that consist of a relatively hydrophilic head (A) group with a single arm and a hydrophobic tail (B) group with double arms. A decrease in the hydrophilicity of the head group leads to a reduction of the polymer-solvent contact area, causing cluster structure changes from spherical micelles to vesicles. Consequently, a spherical exterior with multi-lamellar or cylindrical phase interior structures forms under poor solvent conditions without the introduction of spherical hard-wall containers. Furthermore we observed that, for small head group lengths, vesicles were formed in much wider range of solvent-head interaction strength than for long head groups, indicating that molecules with short head group offer a superior vesicle forming property. A phase diagram, the structure and kinetics of the cluster formation, a density profile, and a detailed shape analysis are presented to discuss the molecular characteristics of potential candidates for drug carriers that require superior and versatile vesicle forming properties. We also show that, under certain solvent-hydrophilic head group interaction conditions, initially formed cylindrical micelles transform to bilayer fragments through redistribution of copolymers within the cluster.

  17. Comparison of the Fouling Release Properties of Hydrophobic Fluorinated and Hydrophilic PEGylated Block Copolymer Surfaces

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    Krishnan,S.; Wang, N.; Ober, C.; Finlay, J.; Callow, M.; Callow, J.; Hexemer, A.; Sohn, K.; Kramer, E.; Fischer, D.

    2006-01-01

    To understand the role of surface wettability in adhesion of cells, the attachment of two different marine algae was studied on hydrophobic and hydrophilic polymer surfaces. Adhesion of cells of the diatom Navicula and sporelings (young plants) of the green macroalga Ulva to an underwater surface is mainly by interactions between the surface and the adhesive exopolymers, which the cells secrete upon settlement and during subsequent colonization and growth. Two types of block copolymers, one with poly(ethylene glycol) side-chains and the other with liquid crystalline, fluorinated side-chains, were used to prepare the hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces, respectively. The formation of a liquid crystalline smectic phase in the latter inhibited molecular reorganization at the surface, which is generally an issue when a highly hydrophobic surface is in contact with water. The adhesion strength was assessed by the fraction of settled cells (Navicula) or biomass (Ulva) that detached from the surface in a water flow channel with a wall shear stress of 53 Pa. The two species exhibited opposite adhesion behavior on the same sets of surfaces. While Navicula cells released more easily from hydrophilic surfaces, Ulva sporelings showed higher removal from hydrophobic surfaces. This highlights the importance of differences in cell-surface interactions in determining the strength of adhesion of cells to substrates.

  18. Optimal Topology and Experimental Evaluation of Piezoelectric Materials for Actively Shunted General Electric Polymer Matrix Fiber Composite Blades

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    Choi, Benjamin B.; Duffy, Kirsten; Kauffman, Jeffrey L.; Kray, Nicholas

    2012-01-01

    NASA Glenn Research Center, in collaboration with GE Aviation, has begun the development of a smart adaptive structure system with piezoelectric (PE) transducers to improve composite fan blade damping at resonances. Traditional resonant damping approaches may not be realistic for rotating frame applications such as engine blades. The limited space in which the blades reside in the engine makes it impossible to accommodate the circuit size required to implement passive resonant damping. Thus, a novel digital shunt scheme has been developed to replace the conventional electric passive shunt circuits. The digital shunt dissipates strain energy through the load resistor on a power amplifier. General Electric (GE) designed and fabricated a variety of polymer matrix fiber composite (PMFC) test specimens. Investigating the optimal topology of PE sensors and actuators for each test specimen has revealed the best PE transducer location for each target mode. Also a variety of flexible patches, which can conform to the blade surface, have been tested to identify the best performing PE patch. The active damping control achieved significant performance at target modes. This work has been highlighted by successful spin testing up to 5000 rpm of subscale GEnx composite blades in Glenn s Dynamic Spin Rig.

  19. Experimental studies on poly methyl methacrylate based gel polymer electrolytes for application in electrical double layer capacitors

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    Hashmi, S. A.; Kumar, Ashok; Tripathi, S. K.

    2007-11-01

    Studies have been carried out on gel polymer electrolytes comprising poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA)-ethylene carbonate (EC)-propylene carbonate (PC)-salts, LiClO4, NaClO4 and (C2H5)4NClO4 (TEAClO4) with a view to using them as electrolytes in electrical double layer capacitors (EDLCs) based on activated charcoal powder electrodes. The optimum composition of gel electrolytes, PMMA (20 wt%)-EC : PC (1 : 1 v/v)-1.0 M salts exhibit high ionic conductivity of the order of ~10-3 S cm-1 at room temperature with good mechanical/dimensional stability, suitable for their application in EDLCs. The EDLCs have been characterized using linear sweep cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge tests and ac impedance spectroscopy. The values of capacitance of 68-151 mF cm-2 (equivalent to single electrode specific capacitance of 38-78 Fg-1 of activated charcoal powder) have been observed. These values correspond to a specific energy of 5.3-10.8 Wh kg-1 and a power density of 0.19-0.22 kW kg-1. The capacitance values have been observed to be stable up to 5000 voltammetric cycles or even more. A comparison of studies shows the predominant role of anions of the gel electrolytes in the capacitive behaviour of EDLCs.

  20. Optimal topology and experimental evaluation of PE materials for actively shunted GE polymer matrix fiber composite blades

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    Choi, Benjamin B.; Duffy, Kirsten; Kauffman, Jeffrey L.; Kray, Nicholas

    2012-04-01

    NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC), in collaboration with GE Aviation, has begun the development of a smart adaptive structure system with piezoelectric transducers to improve composite fan blade damping at resonances. Traditional resonant damping approaches may not be realistic for rotating frame applications such as engine blades. The limited space in which the blades reside in the engine makes it impossible to accommodate the circuit size required to implement passive resonant damping. Thus, we have developed a novel digital shunt scheme to replace the conventional electric passive shunt circuits. The digital shunt dissipates strain energy through the load capacitor on a power amplifier. GE designed and fabricated a variety of polymer matrix fiber composite (PMFC) test specimens. We investigated the optimal topology of PE sensors and actuators for each test specimen to discover the best PE transducer location for each target mode. Also a variety of flexible patches, which can conform to the blade surface, have been tested to identify the best performing piezoelectric patch. The active damping control achieved significant performance at target modes. This work has been highlighted by successful spin testing up to 5,000 rpm of subscale GEnx composite blades in GRC's Dynamic Spin Rig.

  1. Stimuli-responsive supramolecular polymers in aqueous solution.

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    Ma, Xiang; Tian, He

    2014-07-15

    CONSPECTUS: Aiming to construct various novel supramolecular polymeric structures in aqueous solution beyond small supramolecular self-assembly molecules and develop functional supramolecular polymeric materials, research interest on functional supramolecular polymers has been prevailing in recent years. Supramolecular polymers are formed by bridging monomers or components together via highly directional noncovalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding, hydrophobic interaction, π-π interaction, metal-ligand coordination, electrostatic interaction, and so forth. They can be easily functionalized by employing diverse building components with specific functions besides the traditional polymeric properties, a number of which are responsive to such external stimuli as pH variance, photoirradiation, chemically or electrochemically redox with the controllable conformation or construction switching, polymerization building and rebuilding, and function adjustment reversibly owing to the reversibility of noncovalent interactions. Supramolecular polymers are "soft matters" and can be functionalized with specific properties such as morphology adjustment, controllable luminescence, shape memory, self-healing, and so forth. Supramolecular polymers constructed based on macrocycle recognition and interlocked structures represent one typical branch of the supramolecular polymer family. Cyclodextrin (CD), cucurbituril (CB), and hydrophilic calixarene derivatives are usually employed to construct hydrophilic supramolecular polymers in aqueous solution. Stimuli-responsive hydrophilic supramolecular polymers, constructed in aqueous solution particularly, can be promising candidates for mimicking biocompatible or vital functional materials. This Account mainly focuses on the recent stimuli-responsive supramolecular polymers based on the host-guest interaction in aqueous solution. We describe the hydrophilic supramolecular polymers constructed via hydrophobic effects, electrostatic

  2. New Hydrophilic, Composite Membranes for Air Removal from Water Coolant Systems

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    Ritchie, Stephen M. C.; Luo, Qiang; Curtis, Salina S.; Holladay, Jon B.; Clark, Dallas W.

    2004-01-01

    Liquid coolants are commonly used as thermal transport media to increase efficiency and flexibility in aerospace vehicle design. The introduction of gas bubbles into the coolant can have negative consequences, including: loss of centrifugal pump prime, irregular sensor readings, and blockage of coolant flow to remote systems. One solution to mitigate these problems is the development of a passive gas removal device, or gas trap, installed in the flight cooling system. In this study, a new hydrophilic, composite membrane has been developed for passage of the coolant fluid and retention of gas bubbles. The trapped bubbles are subsequently vented from the system by a thin, hydrophobic, microporous membrane. The original design for this work employed a homogeneous membrane that was susceptible to fouling and pore plugging. Spare gas traps of this variety have degraded during storage, and recreation of the membranes has been complicated due to problems with polymer duplication and property variations in the final membranes. In this work, replacements have been developed based on deposition of a hydrophilic polymer on the bore-side of a porous polyethylene (PE) tube. The tube provides excellent chemical and mechanical stability, and the hydrophilic layer provides retention of gas bubbles. Preliminary results have shown that intimate contact is required between the deposited layer and the substrate to overcome material differences. This has been accomplished by presoaking the membrane tube in the solvent to raise its surface energy. Polymer solutions of various concentrations have been used to promote penetration of the polymer layer into the porous substrate and to control separation layer thickness. The resulting composite membranes have shown repeatable decrease in nitrogen permeability, which is indicative of a decrease in membrane pore size. Studies with water permeation have yielded similar results. We have observed some swelling of the added polymer layer, which

  3. Wetting on flexible hydrophilic pillar-arrays

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    Yuan, Quanzi; Zhao, Ya-Pu

    2013-01-01

    Dynamic wetting on the flexible hydrophilic pillar-arrays is studied using large scale molecular dynamics simulations. For the first time, the combined effect of the surface topology, the intrinsic wettability and the elasticity of a solid on the wetting process is taken into consideration. The direction-dependent dynamics of both liquid and pillars, especially at the moving contact line (MCL), is revealed at atomic level. The flexible pillars accelerate the liquid when the liquid approaches, and pin the liquid when the liquid passes. The liquid deforms the pillars, resulting energy dissipation at the MCL. Scaling analysis is performed based on molecular kinetic theory and validated by our simulations. Our results may expand our knowledge of wetting on pillars and assisting the future design of active control of wetting in practical applications. PMID:23736041

  4. Sonochemical synthesis of versatile hydrophilic magnetite nanoparticles.

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    Marchegiani, G; Imperatori, P; Mari, A; Pilloni, L; Chiolerio, A; Allia, P; Tiberto, P; Suber, L

    2012-07-01

    Hydrophilic magnetite nanoparticles in the size range 30-10nm are easily and rapidly prepared under ultrasonic irradiation of Fe(OH)(2) in di- and tri-ethylene glycol/water solution with volume ratio varying between 7:3 and 3:7. Structural (XRD) and morphological (SEM) characterization reveal good crystalline and homogeneous particles whereas, when solvothermally prepared, the particles are inhomogeneous and aggregated. The sonochemically prepared particles are versatile, i.e. well suited to covalently bind molecules because of the free glycol hydroxylic groups on their surface or exchange the diethylene or triethylene glycol ligand. They can be easily transferred in hydrophobic solvents too. Room-temperature magnetic hysteresis properties measured by means of Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) display a nearly superparamagnetic character. The sonochemical preparation is easily scalable to meet industrial demand.

  5. Microwave sterilization of hydrophilic contact lenses.

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    Rohrer, M D; Terry, M A; Bulard, R A; Graves, D C; Taylor, E M

    1986-01-15

    We used standard 2,450-MHz microwave irradiation to achieve sterilization of hydrophilic contact lenses contaminated with a variety of bacterial, fungal, and viral corneal pathogens. A three-dimensional rotisserie was used to overcome the problem of "cold spots" within the microwave oven. The contact lenses became dehydrated in approximately two minutes. Rehydration with normal saline restored their shape and appearance. The time necessary to prohibit all growth of the bacterial and fungal organisms studied ranged from 45 seconds to eight minutes. All viral contaminants were completely inactivated after four minutes of microwave exposure. Refractive properties were unaffected after 101 exposures to microwaves for ten minutes. Slit-lamp examination and scanning electron microscopy disclosed minute particles on the surface of these contact lenses but no damage to the lens matrix from irradiation. PMID:3942177

  6. Controlling the hydrophilicity and contact resistance of fuel cell bipolar plate surfaces using layered nanoparticle assembly

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    Wang, Feng

    Hybrid nanostructured coatings exhibiting the combined properties of electrical conductivity and surface hydrophilicity were obtained by using Layer-by-Layer (LBL) assembly of cationic polymer, silica nanospheres, and carbon nanoplatelets. This work demonstrates that by controlling the nanoparticle zeta (zeta) potential through the suspension parameters (pH, organic solvent type and amount, and ionic content) as well as the assembly sequence, the nanostructure and composition of the coatings may be adjusted to optimize the desired properties. Two types of silica nanospheres were evaluated as the hydrophilic component: X-TecRTM 3408 from Nano-X Corporation, with a diameter of about 20 nm, and polishing silica from Electron Microscopy Supply, with diameter of about 65 nm. Graphite nanoplatelets with a thickness of 5~10nm (Aquadag RTM E from Acheson Industries) were used as electrically conductive filler. A cationic copolymer of acrylamide and a quaternary ammonium salt (SuperflocRTM C442 from Cytec Corporation) was used as the binder for the negatively charged nanoparticles. Coatings were applied to gold-coated stainless steel substrates presently used a bipolar plate material for proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. Coating thickness was found to vary nearly linearly with the number of polymer-nanoparticle layers deposited while a monotonic increase in coating contact resistance was observed for all heterogeneous and pure silica coatings. Thickness increased if the difference in the oppositely charged zeta potentials of the adsorbing components was enhanced through alcohol addition. Interestingly, an opposite effect was observed if the zeta potential difference was increased through pH variation. This previously undocumented difference in adsorption behavior is herein related to changes to the surface chemical heterogeneity of the nanoparticles. Coating contact resistance and surface wettability were found to have a more subtle dependence on the assembly

  7. Numerical and experimental analysis on load sharing & optimization of the joint parameters of polymer composite multi bolted joints

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    Latha Shankar, B.; Sudeep Kumar, T.; Shiva Shankar, G. S.

    2016-09-01

    In the present work, the bearing failure of composite bolted connections of composite laminates was analysed both experimentally and numerically. The glass fiber woven mat 600GSM/ epoxy composite laminates were prepared using wet-layup technique. The process parameters were taken care during preparation of laminates. Examination is done for various estimations of edge-to-hole diameter and width-to-hole diameter proportion. Stress is evaluated in laminates by utilizing Hart-Smith criteria. Ideal estimation of e/d proportion, d/w proportion is recommended for most extreme effectiveness. A numerical technique is utilized for the rough determination of a load shared by bolts in a numerous "bolted" joints loaded in tension were investigated experimentally and numerically. The effect of un-evenness in load shearing is suggested.

  8. Solubilization and formulation of chrysosplenol C in solid dispersion with hydrophilic carriers.

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    Ng, Choon Lian; Lee, Sang-Eun; Lee, Joon-Kyung; Kim, Tae-Hyeon; Jang, Woo Suk; Choi, Jin-Seok; Kim, Young-Ho; Kim, Jin-Ki; Park, Jeong-Sook

    2016-10-15

    We investigated how to overcome problems associated with the solubility, dissolution, and oral bioavailability of the poorly water-soluble drug compound, chrysosplenol C (CRSP), as well as the effects of single and binary hydrophilic polymers (PVP K-25 and/or PEG 6000) on the solubility and dissolution parameters of CRSP. Then an optimized formulation was further developed with a surfactant. To select a surfactant suitable for a CRSP-loaded solid dispersion (SD), the solubility of CRSP in distilled water containing 1% surfactant was compared with the solubilities in other surfactants. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) showed the highest drug solubility. Overall, a formulation containing CRSP, binary hydrophilic polymers (PVP and PEG 6000), and SLS at a ratio of 2.0/0.2/1.1/0.7 showed the optimum in vitro release profile. This optimized formulation had better safety properties than pure CRSP in cell viability examinations. SD formulations were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), and Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Our optimized SD formulation is expected to improve the bioavailability of CRPS because it improves the solubility and dissolution rate of CRSP. PMID:27593897

  9. Conservation of Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Residues in Four-Helix Bundle

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    Qin, Meng; Wang, Jun; Wang, Wei

    2003-10-01

    The conservation of the hydrophobic and the hydrophilic residue sites obtained from 1000 designed sequences with the Z-score method for a four-helix bundle has been studied. The folding dynamic and thermodynamic features of the designed sequences and their different mutations are also studied. It is found that this conservation is related to the stability and the fast folding of the model proteins. Our results are consistent with the experimental results.

  10. Design of polymer nanocomposites in solution by polymer functionalization

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    Anderson, J. A.; Sknepnek, R.; Travesset, A.

    2010-08-01

    Polymer nanocomposites, materials combining polymers and inorganic components such as nanosized crystallites or nanoparticles have attracted significant attention in recent years. A successful strategy for designing polymer nanocomposites is polymer functionalization via attaching functional groups with specific affinity for the inorganic component. In this paper, a systematic investigation by molecular dynamics of polymer functionalization for design of composites combining nanosize crystallites with multiblock polymers in solution is presented. It is shown that functionalization is an example of active self-assembly, where the resulting polymer nanocomposite exhibits a different type of order than the original pure polymer system (without inorganic components). Optimal polymer architectures and concentrations are identified appropriate for different applications, alongside an in-depth analysis on the origin and stability of the resulting phases as well as its experimental implications.

  11. An experimental palladium-103 seed (OptiSeed{sup exp}) in a biocompatible polymer without a gold marker: Characterization of dosimetric parameters including the interseed effect

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    Abboud, F.; Scalliet, P.; Vynckier, S.

    2008-12-15

    Permanent implantation of {sup 125}I (iodine) or {sup 103}Pd (palladium) sources is a popular treatment option in the management of early stage prostate cancer. New sources are being developed, some of which are being marketed for different clinical applications. A new technique of adjuvant stereotactic permanent seed breast implant, similar to that used in the treatment of prostate cancer, has been proposed by [N. Jansen et al., Int. J. Radiat. Oncol. Biol. Phys. 67, 1052-1058 (2007)] with encouraging results. The presence of artifacts from the metallic seeds, however, can disturb follow-up imaging. The development of plastic seeds has reduced these artifacts. This paper presents a feasibility study of the advantages of palladium-103 seeds, encapsulated with a biocompatible polymer, for future clinical applications, and on the effect of the gold marker on the dosimetric characteristics of such seeds. Experimental palladium seeds, OptiSeed{sup exp}, were manufactured by International Brachytherapy (IBt), Seneffe, Belgium, from a biocompatible polymer, including the marker. Apart from the absence of a gold marker, the studied seed has an identical design to the OptiSeed{sup 103}[Phys. Med. Biol. 50, 1493-1504 (2005)]; [Appl. Radiat. Isot. 63, 311-321 (2005)]. Polymer encapsulation was preferred by IBt in order to reduce the quantity of radioactive material needed for a given dose rate and to reduce the anisotropy of the radiation field around the seed. In addition, this design is intended to decrease the interseed effects that can occur as a result of the marker and the encapsulation. Dosimetric measurements were performed using LiF thermoluminescent dosimeters (1 mm{sup 3}) in solid water phantoms (WT1). Measured data were compared to Monte Carlo simulated data in solid water using the MCNP code, version 4C. Updated cross sections [Med. Phys. 30, 701-711 (2003)] were used. As the measured and calculated data were in agreement, Monte Carlo calculations were then

  12. 21 CFR 872.3300 - Hydrophilic resin coating for dentures.

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    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Hydrophilic resin coating for dentures. 872.3300 Section 872.3300 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES DENTAL DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 872.3300 Hydrophilic resin coating...

  13. 21 CFR 878.4018 - Hydrophilic wound dressing.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Hydrophilic wound dressing. 878.4018 Section 878.4018 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Surgical Devices § 878.4018 Hydrophilic wound...

  14. 21 CFR 878.4018 - Hydrophilic wound dressing.

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    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Hydrophilic wound dressing. 878.4018 Section 878.4018 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Surgical Devices § 878.4018 Hydrophilic wound...

  15. 21 CFR 878.4018 - Hydrophilic wound dressing.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Hydrophilic wound dressing. 878.4018 Section 878.4018 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Surgical Devices § 878.4018 Hydrophilic wound...

  16. 21 CFR 878.4018 - Hydrophilic wound dressing.

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    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Hydrophilic wound dressing. 878.4018 Section 878.4018 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Surgical Devices § 878.4018 Hydrophilic wound...

  17. 21 CFR 878.4018 - Hydrophilic wound dressing.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Hydrophilic wound dressing. 878.4018 Section 878.4018 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Surgical Devices § 878.4018 Hydrophilic wound...

  18. Sliding drops across alternating hydrophobic and hydrophilic stripes.

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    Sbragaglia, M; Biferale, L; Amati, G; Varagnolo, S; Ferraro, D; Mistura, G; Pierno, M

    2014-01-01

    We perform a joint numerical and experimental study to systematically characterize the motion of 30 μl drops of pure water and of ethanol in water solutions, sliding over a periodic array of alternating hydrophobic and hydrophilic stripes with a large wettability contrast and a typical width of hundreds of microns. The fraction of the hydrophobic areas has been varied from about 20% to 80%. The effects of the heterogeneous patterning can be described by a renormalized value of the critical Bond number, i.e., the critical dimensionless force needed to depin the drop before it starts to move. Close to the critical Bond number we observe a jerky motion characterized by an evident stick-slip dynamics. As a result, dissipation is strongly localized in time, and the mean velocity of the drops can easily decrease by an order of magnitude compared to the sliding on the homogeneous surface. Lattice Boltzmann numerical simulations are crucial for disclosing to what extent the sliding dynamics can be deduced from the computed balance of capillary, viscous, and body forces by varying the Bond number, the surface composition, and the liquid viscosity. Beyond the critical Bond number, we characterize both experimentally and numerically the dissipation inside the droplet by studying the relation between the average velocity and the applied volume forces.

  19. Chelation-Induced Polymer Structural Hierarchy/Complexity in Water.

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    Han, Jie; Zhou, Kaiyi; Zhu, Xuechao; Yu, Qiuping; Ding, Yi; Lu, Xinhua; Cai, Yuanli

    2016-08-01

    Understanding nanoscale structural hierarchy/complexity of hydrophilic flexible polymers is imperative because it can be viewed as an analogue to protein-alike superstructures. However, current understanding is still in infancy. Herein the first demonstration of nanoscale structural hierarchy/complexity via copper chelation-induced self-assembly (CCISA) is presented. Hierarchically-ordered colloidal networks and disks can be achieved by deliberate control of spacer length and solution pH. Dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy demonstrate that CCISA underwent supramolecular-to-supracolloidal stepwise-growth mechanism, and underline amazing prospects to the hierarchically-ordered superstructures of hydrophilic flexible polymers in water.

  20. New insight into icing and de-icing properties of hydrophobic and hydrophilic structured surfaces based on core-shell particles.

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    Chanda, Jagannath; Ionov, Leonid; Kirillova, Alina; Synytska, Alla

    2015-12-21

    Icing is an important problem, which often leads to emergency situations in northern countries. The reduction of icing requires a detailed understanding of this process. In this work, we report on a systematic investigation of the effects of geometry and chemical properties of surfaces on the formation of an ice layer, its properties, and thawing. We compare in detail icing and ice thawing on flat and rough hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces. We also show advantages and disadvantages of the surfaces of each kind. We demonstrate that water condenses in a liquid form, leading to the formation of a thin continuous water layer on a hydrophilic surface. Meanwhile, separated rounded water droplets are formed on hydrophobic surfaces. As a result of slower heat exchange, the freezing of rounded water droplets on a hydrophobic surface occurs later than the freezing of the continuous water layer on a hydrophilic one. Moreover, growth of ice on hydrophobic surfaces is slower than on the hydrophilic ones, because ice grows due to the condensation of water vapor on already formed ice crystals, and not due to the condensation on the polymer surface. Rough hydrophobic surfaces also demonstrate a very low ice adhesion value, which is because of the reduced contact area with ice. The main disadvantage of hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces is the pinning of water droplets on them after thawing. Flat hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol)-modified surfaces also exhibit very low ice adhesion, which is due to the very low freezing point of the water-poly(ethylene glycol) mixtures. Water easily leaves from flat hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol)-modified surfaces, and they quickly become dry. However, the ice growth rate on poly(ethylene glycol)-modified hydrophilic surfaces is the highest. These results indicate that neither purely (super)hydrophobic polymeric surfaces, nor "antifreeze" hydrophilic ones provide an ideal solution to the problem of icing. PMID:26411650

  1. Proof-of-concept switchable hydrophobic/hydrophilic patterned surfaces from thermo-mechanically tailored acrylate systems

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    Laursen, Christopher M.

    A novel, proof-of-concept, switchable hydrophobic/hydrophilic structured surface targeted to assist in antifouling of materials in aqueous environments was created through the development of a multi-tiered platform. The understructure consists of a thermo-mechanically tailored acrylate based polymer patterned in a pillared array, which was then overlaid with spatially tailored hydrophobic/hydrophilic surface chemistry treatments. Development focused on the synthesis of a ternary acrylate system displaying proper thermo-mechanical behavior in submerged conditions for the understructure, creation of a sufficient soft molding technique, and methods to chemically alter water-surface wetting interactions. The final acrylate based polymer constituents were chosen based on expected low-toxicity and the ability to be photopolymerized, while the final system displayed appropriate mechanical toughness, water absorption, and material stiffness over a select temperature window. This was important as alteration in wettability characteristics relied upon a stark transition in the polymeric materials stiffness within a narrow temperature range. The material qualitatively displayed a more hydrophobic state with the pillared surface structures erect, and a more hydrophilic state with the pillars bent over.

  2. Titanium surface hydrophilicity enhances platelet activation.

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    Alfarsi, Mohammed A; Hamlet, Stephen M; Ivanovski, Saso

    2014-01-01

    Titanium implant surface modification is a key strategy used to enhance osseointegration. Platelets are the first cells that interact with the implant surface whereupon they release a wide array of proteins that influence the subsequent healing process. This study therefore investigated the effect of titanium surface modification on the attachment and activation of human platelets. The surface characteristics of three titanium surfaces: smooth (SMO), micro-rough (SLA) and hydrophilic micro-rough (SLActive) and the subsequent attachment and activation of platelets following exposure to these surfaces were determined. The SLActive surface showed the presence of significant nanoscale topographical features. While attached platelets appeared to be morphologically similar, significantly fewer platelets attached to the SLActive surface compared to both the SMO and SLA surfaces. The SLActive surface however induced the release of the higher levels of chemokines β-thromboglobulin and platelet factor 4 from platelets. This study shows that titanium surface topography and chemistry have a significant effect on platelet activation and chemokine release.

  3. Control of Chemical, Thermal, and Gas Transport Properties in Dense Phosphazene Polymer Membranes.

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    Christopher J. Orme; Frederick F. Stewart; Mark L. Stone; Mason K. Harrup; Thomas A. Luther; Eric S. Peterson

    2005-10-01

    Polyphosphazenes are hybrid polymers having organic pendant groups attached to an inorganic backbone. Phosphazene polymers can be tailored to specific applications through the attachment of a variety of different pendant groups to the phosphazene backbone. Applications for which these polymers have proven useful include solid polymer electrolytes for batteries and fuel cells, as well as, membranes for gas and liquid separations. In past work, phosphazene polymers have been synthesized using mixtures of pendant groups with differing chemical affinities. Specific ratios of hydrophobic and hydrophilic pendant groups were placed on the phosphazene backbone with a goal of demonstrating control of solubility, and therefore chemical selectivity. In this work, a series of phosphazene homo-polymers were synthesized having varying amounts of hydrophobic and hydrophilic character on each individual pendant group. Polymers were synthesized having a hydrophilic portion next to the polymer backbone and the hydrophobic portion on the terminal end of the pendant group. The effects of these combined hydrophobic/hydrophilic pendant groups on polymer morphology and gas transport properties are presented. The following data will be addressed: thermal characterization, pure gas permeability on seven gases (Ar, H2, O2, N2, CO2, and CH4 ), and ideal selectivity for the gas pairs: O2/N2, H2/CO2, CO2/H2, CO2/CH4 and CO2/N2.

  4. A mucoadhesive polymer extracted from tamarind seed improves the intraocular penetration and efficacy of rufloxacin in topical treatment of experimental bacterial keratitis.

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    Ghelardi, Emilia; Tavanti, Arianna; Davini, Paola; Celandroni, Francesco; Salvetti, Sara; Parisio, Eva; Boldrini, Enrico; Senesi, Sonia; Campa, Mario

    2004-09-01

    Bacterial keratitis is a serious infectious ocular disease requiring prompt treatment to prevent frequent and severe visual disabilities. Standard treatment of bacterial keratitis includes topical administration of concentrated antibiotic solutions repeated at frequent intervals in order to reach sufficiently high drug levels in the corneal tissue to inhibit bacterial growth. However, this regimen has been associated with toxicity to the corneal epithelium and requires patient hospitalization. In the present study, a mucoadhesive polymer extracted from tamarind seeds was used for ocular delivery of 0.3% rufloxacin in the treatment of experimental Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus keratitis in rabbits. The polysaccharide significantly increased the intra-aqueous penetration of rufloxacin in both infected and uninfected eyes. Rufloxacin delivered by the polysaccharide reduced P. aeruginosa and S. aureus in the cornea at a higher rate than that obtained by rufloxacin alone. In particular, use of the polysaccharide allowed a substantial reduction of S. aureus in the cornea to be achieved even when the time interval between drug administrations was extended. These results suggest that the tamarind seed polysaccharide prolongs the precorneal residence times of antibiotics and enhances drug accumulation in the cornea, probably by reducing the washout of topically administered drugs. The tamarind seed polysaccharide appears to be a promising candidate as a vehicle for the topical treatment of bacterial keratitis.

  5. Kinetic Limited Water Evaporation in Hydrophilic Nanofluidic Channels

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    Li, Yinxiao; Alibakhshi, Mohammad Amin; Xie, Quan; Duan, Chuanhua

    2015-11-01

    Capillary evaporation is one of the most efficient approaches for heat and mass transfer, but the interfacial resistance in capillary evaporation governed by the kinetic theory has remained poorly understood. Here we report experimental studies of the kinetic-limited water capillary evaporation in 2-D hydrophilic nanochannels. A novel hybrid nanochannel design is employed to guarantee sufficient water supply to the liquid/vapor evaporation interface and to enable precise evaporation rate measurements. We study the effects of confinement (16 ~ 105nm), temperature (20 ~ 40 °C), and relative humidity (0% ~ 60%) on the evaporation rate and the evaporation coefficient. A maximum evaporation flux of 21287 micron/s is obtained in 16-nm nanochannels at 40°C and RH =0%, which corresponds to a heat flux of 4804 W/cm°. The evaporation coefficient is found to be independent on geometrical confinement, but shows a clear dependence on temperature, decreasing from 0.55 at 20°C to 0.5 at 40 °C. These findings have implications for understanding heat and mass transport in nanofluidic devices and porous media, and shed light on further development of evaporation-based technologies for thermal management, membrane purification and lab-on-a-chip devices. The work is supported by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF # 54118-DNI7) and the Faculty Startup Fund (Boston University, USA).

  6. Chromatographic analysis of olopatadine in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography.

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    Maksić, Jelena; Jovanović, Marko; Rakić, Tijana; Popović, Igor; Ivanović, Darko; Jančić-Stojanović, Biljana

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, chromatographic analysis of active substance olopatadine hydrochloride, which is used in eye drops as antihistaminic agent, and its impurity E isomer by hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) and application of design of experiments (DoE) methodology are presented. In addition, benzalkonium chloride is very often used as a preservative in eye drops. Therefore, the evaluation of its chromatographic behavior in HILIC was carried out as well. In order to estimate chromatographic behavior and set optimal chromatographic conditions, DoE methodology was applied. After the selection of important chromatographic factors, Box-Behnken design was utilized, and on the basis of the obtained models factor effects were examined. Then, multi-objective robust optimization is performed aiming to obtain chromatographic conditions that comply with several quality criteria simultaneously: adequate and robust separation of critical peak pair and maximum retention of the first eluting peak. The optimal conditions are identified by using grid point search methodology. The experimental verification confirmed the adequacy of the defined optimal conditions. Finally, under optimal chromatographic conditions, the method was validated and applicability of the proposed method was confirmed.

  7. Influence of Surface Coating of Magnetic Nanoparticles on Mechanical Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Yarar, Ecem; Karakas, Gizem; Rende, Deniz; Ozisik, Rahmi; Malta, Seyda

    Polymer nanocomposites have emerged as promising materials due to improved properties when compared with conventional bulk polymers. Nanofillers are natural or synthetic organic/inorganic particles that are less than 100 nm in at least one dimension. Even the addition of trace amounts of nanofillers to polymers may lad to unique combinations of properties. Among variety of inorganic nanofillers, iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles are of great interest due to their unique physical and chemical properties, such as low toxicity, biocompatibility, large magnetization and conductivity, owing to their extremely small size and large specific surface area. In this study, approximately 8-10 nm magnetic nanoparticles coated with either citric acid or oleic acid are synthesized and blended with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) or poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). The hydrophobicity/hydrophillicity of the polymer and the surface coating on the iron oxide nanoparticles are exploited to control the dispersion state of nanoparticles, and the effect of dispersion on mechanical and thermal properties of the nanocomposite are investigated via experimental methods such as dynamic mechanical analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. This material is based upon work partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CMMI-1538730 and TUBITAK 112M666.

  8. Microgravity Polymers

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    1986-01-01

    A one-day, interactive workshop considering the effects of gravity on polymer materials science was held in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 9, 1985. Selected programmatic and technical issues were reviewed to introduce the field to workshop participants. Parallel discussions were conducted in three disciplinary working groups: polymer chemistry, polymer physics, and polymer engineering. This proceedings presents summaries of the workshop discussions and conclusions.

  9. Preparation of hydrophilic poly(lactic acid) tissue engineering scaffold via (PLA)-(PLA-b-PEG)-(PEG) solution casting and thermal-induced surface structural transformation.

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    Zhu, Xiaomin; Zhong, Tian; Huang, Ran; Wan, Ajun

    2015-01-01

    Porous poly(lactic acid) (PLA) tissue engineering scaffolds with a hydrophilic surface assembled by polyethylene glycol aggregations were prepared by the solvent casting/particulate leaching method from (PLA)-(PLA-b-PEG)-(PEG) blend solution, where the PLA-b-PEG block polymer serves as an amphiphilic glue between two phases. A thermal recrystallization process was inserted before leaching to induce a phase separation, which subsequently squeezes out PEG to form a hydrophilic shell. Characterizations of XRD and DSC indicated the composition and mixing states of materials. The water contact angle test qualitatively presented the excellent hydrophilicity compared to the pure PLA or PLA-PEG simple blend scaffold. The scanning electron microscope results confirmed the formation of porous structure of [Formula: see text] pore size, with an observable phase separation on the surface. The scaffold was degraded in PBS at [Formula: see text], and the degradation exhibits a three-stage behavior, which evidenced the amphiphilically glued phase separations.

  10. Probing into the Supramolecular Driving Force of an Amphiphilic β-Cyclodextrin Dimer in Various Solvents: Host-Guest Recognition or Hydrophilic-Hydrophobic Interaction?

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    Bai, Yang; Fan, Xiao-dong; Yao, Hao; Yang, Zhen; Liu, Ting-ting; Zhang, Hai-tao; Zhang, Wan-bin; Tian, Wei

    2015-09-01

    Tuning of the morphology and size of supramolecular self-assemblies is of theoretical and practical significance. To date, supramolecular driving forces in different solvents remain unclear. In this study, we first synthesized an amphiphilic β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) dimer that consists of one hydrophobic ibuprofen (Ibu) and two hydrophilic β-CD moieties (i.e., Ibu-CD2). Ibu-CD2 possesses double supramolecular driving forces, namely, the host-guest recognition and hydrophilic-hydrophobic interaction. The host-guest interaction of Ibu-CD2 induced the formation of branched supramolecular polymers (SPs) in pure water, whereas the hydrophilic-hydrophobic interaction generated spherical or irregular micelles in water/organic mixtures. The SP size increased with the increase in Ibu-CD2 concentration in pure water. By contrast, the size of micelles decreased with the increase in volume ratio of water in mixtures. PMID:26301920

  11. Fire-safe polymers and polymer composites

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    Zhang, Huiqing

    The intrinsic relationships between polymer structure, composition and fire behavior have been explored to develop new fire-safe polymeric materials. Different experimental techniques, especially three milligram-scale methods---pyrolysis-combustion flow calorimetry (PCFC), simultaneous thermal analysis (STA) and pyrolysis GC/MS---have been combined to fully characterize the thermal decomposition and flammability of polymers and polymer composites. Thermal stability, mass loss rate, char yield and properties of decomposition volatiles were found to be the most important parameters in determining polymer flammability. Most polymers decompose by either an unzipping or a random chain scission mechanism with an endothermic decomposition of 100--900 J/g. Aromatic or heteroaromatic rings, conjugated double or triple bonds and heteroatoms such as halogens, N, O, S, P and Si are the basic structural units for fire-resistant polymers. The flammability of polymers can also be successfully estimated by combining pyrolysis GC/MS results or chemical structures with TGA results. The thermal decomposition and flammability of two groups of inherently fire-resistant polymers---poly(hydroxyamide) (PHA) and its derivatives, and bisphenol C (BPC II) polyarylates---have been systematically studied. PHA and most of its derivatives have extremely low heat release rates and very high char yields upon combustion. PHA and its halogen derivatives can completely cyclize into quasi-polybenzoxazole (PBO) structures at low temperatures. However, the methoxy and phosphate derivatives show a very different behavior during decomposition and combustion. Molecular modeling shows that the formation of an enol intermediate is the rate-determining step in the thermal cyclization of PHA. BPC II-polyarylate is another extremely flame-resistant polymer. It can be used as an efficient flame-retardant agent in copolymers and blends. From PCFC results, the total heat of combustion of these copolymers or blends

  12. Manipulating dynamic drops using a hybrid superhydrophobic/hydrophilic surface

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    Guo, Yunhe; Song, Dong; Song, Baowei; Hu, Haibao

    2016-11-01

    A hybrid surface composed of superhydrophobic patterns on hydrophilic substrate was fabricated by selective painting. The impingement of a water drop on this surface was investigated using lattice Boltzmann simulation. When a drop impinged on the boundary line between the superhydrophobic and hydrophilic area, the drop would spread preferentially to the hydrophilic area while the spreading at the superhydrophobic area was highly impeded. The maximum spreading diameters as well as the spreading time, which are extremely important for the heat transfer on solid surfaces, were analyzed in detail. By adjusting the distance between the landing point and the boundary line of the superhydrophobic/hydrophilic area, the maximum spreading diameter and spreading time could be altered precisely. The impinging velocity has been found to be important on the manipulation of the dynamic droplet as well.

  13. Polymerization Behavior of Hydrophilic-Rich Phase of Dentin Adhesive

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    Abedin, F.; Parthasarathy, R.; Misra, A.; Spencer, P.

    2015-01-01

    The 2-fold objectives of this study were 1) to understand whether model hydrophobic- and hydrophilic-rich phase mimics of dentin adhesive polymerize similarly and 2) to determine which factor, the dimethacrylate component, bisphenol A glycerolate dimethacrylate (BisGMA) or photoinitiator concentration, has greater influence on the polymerization of the hydrophilic-rich phase mimic. Current dentin adhesives are sensitive to moisture, as evidenced by nanoleakage in the hybrid layer and phase separation into hydrophobic- and hydrophilic-rich phases. Phase separation leads to limited availability of the cross-linkable dimethacrylate monomer and hydrophobic photoinitiators within the hydrophilic-rich phase. Model hydrophobic-rich phase was prepared as a single-phase solution by adding maximum wt% deuterium oxide (D2O) to HEMA/BisGMA neat resins containing 45 wt% 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA). Mimics of the hydrophilic-rich phase were prepared similarly but using HEMA/BisGMA neat resins containing 95, 99, 99.5, and 100 wt% HEMA. The hydrophilic-rich mimics were prepared with standard or reduced photoinitiator content. The photoinitiator systems were camphorquinone (CQ)/ethyl 4-(dimethylamino)benzoate (EDMAB) with or without [3-(3, 4-dimethyl-9-oxo-9H-thioxanthen-2-yloxy)-2-hydroxypropyl]trimethylammonium chloride (QTX). The polymerization kinetics was monitored using a Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer with a time-resolved collection mode. The hydrophobic-rich phase exhibited a significantly higher polymerization rate compared with the hydrophilic-rich phase. Postpolymerization resulting in the secondary rate maxima was observed for the hydrophilic-rich mimic. The hydrophilic-rich mimics with standard photoinitiator concentration but varying cross-linker (BisGMA) content showed postpolymerization and a substantial degree of conversion. In contrast, the corresponding formulations with reduced photoinitiator concentrations exhibited lower polymerization and

  14. Polymerization behavior of hydrophilic-rich phase of dentin adhesive.

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    Abedin, F; Ye, Q; Parthasarathy, R; Misra, A; Spencer, P

    2015-03-01

    The 2-fold objectives of this study were 1) to understand whether model hydrophobic- and hydrophilic-rich phase mimics of dentin adhesive polymerize similarly and 2) to determine which factor, the dimethacrylate component, bisphenol A glycerolate dimethacrylate (BisGMA) or photoinitiator concentration, has greater influence on the polymerization of the hydrophilic-rich phase mimic. Current dentin adhesives are sensitive to moisture, as evidenced by nanoleakage in the hybrid layer and phase separation into hydrophobic- and hydrophilic-rich phases. Phase separation leads to limited availability of the cross-linkable dimethacrylate monomer and hydrophobic photoinitiators within the hydrophilic-rich phase. Model hydrophobic-rich phase was prepared as a single-phase solution by adding maximum wt% deuterium oxide (D2O) to HEMA/BisGMA neat resins containing 45 wt% 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA). Mimics of the hydrophilic-rich phase were prepared similarly but using HEMA/BisGMA neat resins containing 95, 99, 99.5, and 100 wt% HEMA. The hydrophilic-rich mimics were prepared with standard or reduced photoinitiator content. The photoinitiator systems were camphorquinone (CQ)/ethyl 4-(dimethylamino)benzoate (EDMAB) with or without [3-(3, 4-dimethyl-9-oxo-9H-thioxanthen-2-yloxy)-2-hydroxypropyl]trimethylammonium chloride (QTX). The polymerization kinetics was monitored using a Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer with a time-resolved collection mode. The hydrophobic-rich phase exhibited a significantly higher polymerization rate compared with the hydrophilic-rich phase. Postpolymerization resulting in the secondary rate maxima was observed for the hydrophilic-rich mimic. The hydrophilic-rich mimics with standard photoinitiator concentration but varying cross-linker (BisGMA) content showed postpolymerization and a substantial degree of conversion. In contrast, the corresponding formulations with reduced photoinitiator concentrations exhibited lower polymerization and

  15. Thin Films Formed from Conjugated Polymers with Ionic, Water-Soluble Backbones.

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    Voortman, Thomas P; Chiechi, Ryan C

    2015-12-30

    This paper compares the morphologies of films of conjugated polymers in which the backbone (main chain) and pendant groups are varied between ionic/hydrophilic and aliphatic/hydrophobic. We observe that conjugated polymers in which the pendant groups and backbone are matched, either ionic-ionic or hydrophobic-hydrophobic, form smooth, structured, homogeneous films from water (ionic) or tetrahydrofuran (hydrophobic). Mismatched conjugated polymers, by contrast, form inhomogeneous films with rough topologies. The polymers with ionic backbone chains are conjugated polyions (conjugated polymers with closed-shell charges in the backbone), which are semiconducting materials with tunable bad-gaps, not unlike uncharged conjugated polymers.

  16. Cell-Culture Reactor Having a Porous Organic Polymer Membrane

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    Koontz, Steven L. (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    A method for making a biocompatible polymer article using a uniform atomic oxygen treatment is disclosed. The substrate may be subsequently optionally grated with a compatibilizing compound. Compatibilizing compounds may include proteins, phosphory1choline groups, platelet adhesion preventing polymers, albumin adhesion promoters, and the like. The compatibilized substrate may also have a living cell layer adhered thereto. The atomic oxygen is preferably produced by a flowing afterglow microwave discharge, wherein the substrate resides in a sidearm out of the plasma. Also, methods for culturing cells for various purposes using the various membranes are disclosed as well. Also disclosed are porous organic polymers having a distributed pore chemistry (DPC) comprising hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions, and a method for making the DPC by exposing the polymer to atomic oxygen wherein the rate of hydrophilization is greater than the rate of mass loss.

  17. Experimental studies of contact angle hysteresis phenomena on polymer surfaces – Toward the understanding and control of wettability for different applications.

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    Grundke, K; Pöschel, K; Synytska, A; Frenzel, R; Drechsler, A; Nitschke, M; Cordeiro, A L; Uhlmann, P; Welzel, P B

    2015-08-01

    Contact angle hysteresis phenomena on polymer surfaces have been studied by contact angle measurements using sessile liquid droplets and captive air bubbles in conjunction with a drop shape method known as Axisymmetric Drop Shape Analysis - Profile (ADSA-P). In addition, commercially available sessile drop goniometer techniques were used. The polymer surfaces were characterized with respect to their surface structure (morphology, roughness, swelling) and surface chemistry (elemental surface composition, acid-base characteristics) by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), scanning force microscopy (SFM), ellipsometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and streaming potential measurements. Heterogeneous polymer surfaces with controlled roughness and chemical composition were prepared by different routes using plasma etching and subsequent dip coating or grafting of polymer brushes, anodic oxidation of aluminium substrates coated with thin polymer films, deposition techniques to create regular patterned and rough fractal surfaces from core-shell particles, and block copolymers. To reveal the effects of swelling and reorientation at the solid/liquid interface contact angle hysteresis phenomena on polyimide surfaces, cellulose membranes, and thermo-responsive hydrogels have been studied. The effect of different solutes in the liquid (electrolytes, surfactants) and their impact on contact angle hysteresis were characterized for solid polymers without and with ionizable functional surface groups in aqueous electrolyte solutions of different ion concentrations and pH and for photoresist surfaces in cationic aqueous surfactant solutions. The work is an attempt toward the understanding of contact angle hysteresis phenomena on polymer surfaces aimed at the control of wettability for different applications.

  18. Protonation-induced microphase separation in thin films of a polyelectrolyte-hydrophilic diblock copolymer

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    Stewart-Sloan, Charlotte; Olsen, Bradley

    2014-03-01

    Materials with easily and controllably tuneable morphologies are of interest for many applications where the relevant properties depend upon the microstructure. Here, we present a novel double hydrophilic diblock copolymer whose solid state morphology is responsive to protonation. It contains one block which is neutral and hydrophilic at all values of pH, poly(oligoethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate) (POEGMA), and one block which is neutral and hydrophobic above its pKa but positively charged and hydrophilic when protonated, poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2 VP). This material is disordered when cast from acid-free solutions but displays increasing segregation between the two blocks with increasing protonation of the pyridine groups. The protonation-induced microphase separation is shown to be due to ionomer-like effects and not to the selective solubilzation of ions in one of the blocks. Order-disorder transitions occur between 1:0.28 and 1:0.55 pyridine group:acid content for thin films of a 50kg/mol POEGMA-30kg/mol P2VP diblock and between 1:0.8 and 1:0.9 pyridine group:acid content for thin films of a 43kg/mol POEGMA-13kg/mol P2VP diblock. The latter also displays an order-order transition between spheres and in-plane cylinders between 1:1 and 1:1.1 pyridine group:acid loading. These films can be annealed in aqueous as well as polar organic solvents, allowing for both traditional polymer processing and environmentally friendly water-based casting and annealing.

  19. 3D Printing PDMS Elastomer in a Hydrophilic Support Bath via Freeform Reversible Embedding

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    2016-01-01

    Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer is used in a wide range of biomaterial applications including microfluidics, cell culture substrates, flexible electronics, and medical devices. However, it has proved challenging to 3D print PDMS in complex structures due to its low elastic modulus and need for support during the printing process. Here we demonstrate the 3D printing of hydrophobic PDMS prepolymer resins within a hydrophilic Carbopol gel support via freeform reversible embedding (FRE). In the FRE printing process, the Carbopol support acts as a Bingham plastic that yields and fluidizes when the syringe tip of the 3D printer moves through it, but acts as a solid for the PDMS extruded within it. This, in combination with the immiscibility of hydrophobic PDMS in the hydrophilic Carbopol, confines the PDMS prepolymer within the support for curing times up to 72 h while maintaining dimensional stability. After printing and curing, the Carbopol support gel releases the embedded PDMS prints by using phosphate buffered saline solution to reduce the Carbopol yield stress. As proof-of-concept, we used Sylgard 184 PDMS to 3D print linear and helical filaments via continuous extrusion and cylindrical and helical tubes via layer-by-layer fabrication. Importantly, we show that the 3D printed tubes were manifold and perfusable. The results demonstrate that hydrophobic polymers with low viscosity and long cure times can be 3D printed using a hydrophilic support, expanding the range of biomaterials that can be used in additive manufacturing. Further, by implementing the technology using low cost open-source hardware and software tools, the FRE printing technique can be rapidly implemented for research applications. PMID:27747289

  20. Ultrafast and fast bioerodible electrospun fiber mats for topical delivery of a hydrophilic peptide.

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    Macri, Lauren K; Sheihet, Larisa; Singer, Adam J; Kohn, Joachim; Clark, Richard A F

    2012-08-10

    Biodegradable polymers that provide localized controlled delivery of therapeutics within hours to days may have an impact on the topical treatment of skin burns. Here we report for the first time the utility of tyrosine-derived polycarbonate terpolymer electrospun fiber mats as tunable drug delivery matrices. "Ultrafast" (<24 h) and "fast"-eroding (<7 days) terpolymers were identified. The degradation kinetics of both terpolymers was similar (<20% of initial molecular weight after 7 days), while erosion was significantly different (<1 and 4 days for ultrafast and fast fibers, respectively). To assess the delivery kinetics, a hydrophilic peptide (P12) was incorporated into the fibers as a model drug. The tunability of polymer composition and its control over release kinetics resulted in significantly different P12 delivery timeframes: total of 9 h ("ultrafast" via polymer erosion) and 4 days ("fast" via diffusion). The biocompatibility of these fibers was confirmed in a porcine excisional wound model by the (i) lack of inflammatory response to the terpolymers and their degradation products, and (ii) normal progression of healing evaluated for 28 days. These results suggest that electrospun tyrosine-derived fibers offer the potential for topical therapies that require ultrafast or fast dose-controlled delivery of the therapeutic.

  1. Hydrophobic and hydrophilic control in polyphosphazene materials

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    Steely, Lee Brent

    This thesis is the culmination of several recent studies focused on the surface characterization of polyphosphazenes specifically the properties of water repellency or hydrophobicity. Chapter 1 is a background account of polyphosphazene chemistry and the hydrophobicity of polyphosphazenes. Chapter 2 provides an examination of the role of surface morphology on hydrophobicity. This study deals in depth with the electrospinning of poly[bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)phosphazene] in tetrahydrofuran. This process yields fiber mats or bead and fiber mats which exhibit roughness in continuous contact with the water droplet (fiber mats) or discontinuous contact (bead and fiber mats). These surface roughness types are compared to spun cast films using water contact angles to measure the air-water-polymer interface. The influence of aromatic moieties and fluorine content on the air-water-polymer interface is examined in Chapter 3. This study examines the influence of fluorine content and aryloxy groups on the hydrophobicity of a polyphosphazene surface via static water contact angle measurements on a goniometer. Polymer surfaces of spun cast and electrospun mats were probed with advancing, receeding, and static water contact angle and dip coated slides of the same materials were also examined with a Langmuir-Blogett trough. Chapter 4 is a description of the environmental plasma surface treatments of polyphosphazenes as a method of functionalizing solid polymer surfaces. The treatment procedure of functionalizing spun cast and electrospun poly[bis(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)phosphazene] surfaces with plasma gases of oxygen, nitrogen, methane, and tetrafluoromethane is detailed. The resulting functionalization of the surface is examined with XPS and water contact angle data. In Chapter 5 fluoroalkoxy polyphosphazenes were processed with liquid carbon dioxide into foams. The foams were then tested for flame retardance and hydrophobicity. Appendixes A-C contain studies on moisture

  2. A Protocol for the Production of Gliadin-cyanoacrylate Nanoparticles for Hydrophilic Coating.

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    Kim, Sanghoon

    2016-01-01

    This article presents a protocol for the production of protein-based nanoparticles that changes the hydrophobic surface to hydrophilic by a simple spray coating. These nanoparticles are produced by the polymerization reaction of alkyl cyanoacrylate on the surface of cereal protein (gliadin) molecules. Alkyl cyanoacrylate is a monomer that instantly polymerizes at RT when it is applied to the surface of materials. Its polymerization reaction is initiated by the trace amounts of weakly basic or nucleophilic species on the surface, including moisture. Once polymerized, the polymerized alkyl cyanoacrylates show a strong affinity with the object materials because nitrile groups are in the backbone of poly (alkyl cyanoacrylate). Proteins also work as initiator for this polymerization because they contain amine groups that can initiate the polymerization of cyanoacrylate. If aggregated protein is used as an initiator, protein aggregate is surrounded by the hydrophobic poly(alkyl cyanoacrylate) chains after the polymerization reaction of alkyl cyanoacrylate. By controlling the experimental condition, particles in the nanometer range are produced. The produced nanoparticles readily adsorb to the surface of most materials including glass, metals, plastics, wood, leather, and fabrics. When the surface of a material is sprayed with the produced nanoparticle suspension and rinsed with water, the micellar structure of nanoparticle changes its conformation, and the hydrophilic proteins are exposed to the air. As a result, the nanoparticle-coated surface changes to hydrophilic. PMID:27500790

  3. Nontoxic hydrophilic polymeric nanocomposites containing silver nanoparticles with strong antimicrobial activity

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    Pozdnyakov, Alexander S; Emel’yanov, Artem I; Kuznetsova, Nadezhda P; Ermakova, Tamara G; Fadeeva, Tat’yana V; Sosedova, Larisa M; Prozorova, Galina F

    2016-01-01

    New nontoxic hydrophilic nanocomposites containing metallic silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in a polymer matrix were synthesized by the chemical reduction of silver ions in an aqueous medium. A new nontoxic water soluble copolymer of 1-vinyl-1,2,4-triazole and N-vinylpyrrolidone synthesized by free radical-initiated polymerization was used as a stabilizing agent. Transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, atomic absorption, and thermogravimetric analysis were used to characterize polymeric AgNPs nanocomposites. The results showed that the diameter of the synthesized AgNPs ranged from 2 to 6 nm. The toxicity of the initial copolymer of 1-vinyl-1,2,4-triazole and N-vinylpyrrolidone and its nanocomposite with AgNPs was found to be more than 5,000 mg/kg. The synthesized AgNP polymeric nanocomposite showed significant antimicrobial activity against different strains of Gram-negative and -positive bacteria. The minimum inhibitory concentrations suppressing the growth of the microorganisms ranged from 0.5 to 8 µg/mL and the minimum bactericidal concentrations ranged from 0.5 to 16 µg/mL. The fabricated AgNP nanocomposites are promising materials for the design of novel nontoxic hydrophilic antiseptics and antimicrobial components for medical purposes. PMID:27099492

  4. Hydrophilic/hydrophobic film patterning by photodegradation of self-assembled alkylsilane multilayers and its applications.

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    Ni, Lingli; Dietlin, Céline; Chemtob, Abraham; Croutxé-Barghorn, Céline; Brendlé, Jocelyne

    2014-08-26

    While the photopatterning of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) has been extensively investigated, much less attention has been given to highly ordered multilayer systems. By being both thicker (0.5-2 μm) and more stable (cross-linked) than SAMs, patterned hybrid multilayers lend themselves more easily to the development of technology-relevant materials and characterization. This paper describes a facile two-step UV approach to patterning an alkylsilane multilayer by combining photoinduced self-assembly for multilayer synthesis and photodegradation through a mask for creating patterns within the film. In this second stage, a spatially resolved removal of the alkyl tail via a photooxidation mechanism took place, yielding regular and uniform silica microdomains. The result was a regular array of features (alkylsiloxane/silica) differing in chemical composition (hybrid/inorganic), ordering (crystal-like/disordered), and wettability (hydrophobic/hydrophilic). Such a photopatterned film was of utility for a range of applications in which water droplets, inorganic crystals, or aqueous polymer dispersions were selectively deposited in the hydrophilic silica microwells.

  5. Highly Efficient and Facile Photocatalytic Recycling System Suitable for ICAR ATRP of Hydrophilic Monomers.

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    Jiang, Xiaowu; Zhang, Lifen; Cheng, Zhenping; Zhu, Xiulin

    2016-08-01

    Photoinduced initiators for continuous activator regeneration atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of hydrophilic monomers in heptane/ethanol latent-biphasic system for copper catalyst separation and recycling have been realized for the first time at room temperature with different wavelengths of visible light LED (green, blue, purple, and white LED) as external stimulus, using 2-bromophenylacetate as the ATRP initiator and camphorquinone/triethylamine as the photoinitiator. In this system, hybrid catalyst complex (HCc) is synthesized as a novel nonpolar catalyst, which is preferentially dissolved in heptane. The hydrophilic polymers obtained catalyzed by HCc in heptane/ethanol mixture solvent show typical "living" features, for example, the values of Mn,GPC increase linearly with monomer conversion up to quantitative level (>96%) and the molecular weight distributions were kept narrow (Mw /Mn < 1.20) throughout the polymerization process. It should be noted that the excellent controllability of this novel polymerization system can be achieved even after 5 catalyst recycling experiments under LED irradiation. PMID:27296245

  6. Thermoresponsive Polymers for Nuclear Medicine: Which Polymer Is the Best?

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    Sedláček, Ondřej; Černoch, Peter; Kučka, Jan; Konefal, Rafał; Štěpánek, Petr; Vetrík, Miroslav; Lodge, Timothy P; Hrubý, Martin

    2016-06-21

    Thermoresponsive polymers showing cloud point temperatures (CPT) in aqueous solutions are very promising for the construction of various systems in biomedical field. In many of these applications these polymers get in contact with ionizing radiation, e.g., if they are used as carriers for radiopharmaceuticals or during radiation sterilization. Despite this fact, radiosensitivity of these polymers is largely overlooked to date. In this work, we describe the effect of electron beam ionizing radiation on the physicochemical and phase separation properties of selected thermoresponsive polymers with CPT between room and body temperature. Stability of the polymers to radiation (doses 0-20 kGy) in aqueous solutions increased in the order poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PVCL, the least stable) ≪ poly[N-(2,2-difluoroethyl)acrylamide] (DFP) < poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) ≪ poly(2-isopropyl-2-oxazoline-co-2-n-butyl-2-oxazoline) (POX). Even low doses of β radiation (1 kGy), which are highly relevant to the storage of polymer radiotherapeutics and sterilization of biomedical systems, cause significant increase in molecular weight due to cross-linking (except for POX, where this effect is weak). In the case of PVCL irradiated with low doses, the increase in molecular weight induced an increase in the CPT of the polymer. For PNIPAM and DFP, there is strong chain hydrophilization leading to an increase in CPT. From this perspective, POX is the most suitable polymer for the construction of delivery systems that experience exposure to radiation, while PVCL is the least suitable and PNIPAM and DFP are suitable only for low radiation demands.

  7. Thermoresponsive Polymers for Nuclear Medicine: Which Polymer Is the Best?

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    Sedláček, Ondřej; Černoch, Peter; Kučka, Jan; Konefal, Rafał; Štěpánek, Petr; Vetrík, Miroslav; Lodge, Timothy P; Hrubý, Martin

    2016-06-21

    Thermoresponsive polymers showing cloud point temperatures (CPT) in aqueous solutions are very promising for the construction of various systems in biomedical field. In many of these applications these polymers get in contact with ionizing radiation, e.g., if they are used as carriers for radiopharmaceuticals or during radiation sterilization. Despite this fact, radiosensitivity of these polymers is largely overlooked to date. In this work, we describe the effect of electron beam ionizing radiation on the physicochemical and phase separation properties of selected thermoresponsive polymers with CPT between room and body temperature. Stability of the polymers to radiation (doses 0-20 kGy) in aqueous solutions increased in the order poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PVCL, the least stable) ≪ poly[N-(2,2-difluoroethyl)acrylamide] (DFP) < poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) ≪ poly(2-isopropyl-2-oxazoline-co-2-n-butyl-2-oxazoline) (POX). Even low doses of β radiation (1 kGy), which are highly relevant to the storage of polymer radiotherapeutics and sterilization of biomedical systems, cause significant increase in molecular weight due to cross-linking (except for POX, where this effect is weak). In the case of PVCL irradiated with low doses, the increase in molecular weight induced an increase in the CPT of the polymer. For PNIPAM and DFP, there is strong chain hydrophilization leading to an increase in CPT. From this perspective, POX is the most suitable polymer for the construction of delivery systems that experience exposure to radiation, while PVCL is the least suitable and PNIPAM and DFP are suitable only for low radiation demands. PMID:27238593

  8. A free-standing, sheet-shaped, "hydrophobic" biomaterial containing polymeric micelles formed from poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(lactic acid) block copolymer for possible incorporation/release of "hydrophilic" compounds.

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    Moroishi, Hitomi; Yoshida, Chikara; Murakami, Yoshihiko

    2013-02-01

    Sheet-shaped materials with a large contact area relative to the drug targeting site lead to advantages over conventional particle-shaped drug carriers and have several advantages for their biomedical applications. The present study proposes a methodology for preparing a novel sheet-shaped "hydrophobic" and biocompatible biomaterial in which polymeric micelles are uniformly dispersed for the incorporation of "hydrophilic" compounds into the sheet. The methoxy-terminated poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(lactic acid) block copolymer (CH(3)O-PEG-b-PLA) was successfully synthesized by means of the anionic ring-opening polymerization of both ethylene oxide and dl-lactide. CH(3)O-PEG-b-PLA was self-assembled and formed stable micelle-like w/o emulsion with a hydrophilic inner core in organic solvents. A sheet-shaped material containing a hydrophilic inner space for incorporating hydrophilic compounds was obtained by spin-coating both the micelle solution and a sheet-forming polymer. Fluorescent images of the sheet proved that polymeric micelles providing hydrophilic spaces were uniformly dispersed in the hydrophobic sheet. The facile technique presented in this paper can be a tool for fabricating sheet-shaped biomaterials that have a hydrophilic inner core and, consequently, that are suitable for the sustained release of hydrophilic compounds.

  9. [Induction of posterior detachment of the vitreous body by intraoperative vitreo-syneresis with injection of water-soluble polymers (an experimental-morphological study)].

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    Skvorchenko, D O; Khoroshilova-Maslova, I P; Andreeva, L D; Sharafetdinov, I Kh; Shtil'man, M I; Maklakova, I A; Uzunian, D G

    2001-01-01

    The capacity of water-soluble polymers (polyethylenimine, polyvinylpyrrolidone with copolymers) to induce posterior detachment of the vitreous by its rapid condensation (vitreosynerysis) was studied in experiments on 14 rabbits. Histological studies showed that water-soluble polymers specifically react forming complexes with components of the vitreous. The vitreous shrinks under the effect of polyelectrolytes (vitreosynerysis), which leads to its posterior detachment 1.5 h after injection of the polymer into the vitreous cavity: complete detachment was attained in 2 animals and partial in 8. The degree of vitreosynerysis depends on the complex-forming activity of polyelectrolytes towards the vitreous components. Polymers used in our study exerted no toxic or traction effects on the adjacent structures of the eye.

  10. Effect of hydrophilic treatment of microporous layer on fuel cell performance

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    Mukundan, Rangachary; Davey, John R; Fairweather, Joseph D; Borup, Rodney L; Spernjak, Dusan; Spendelow, Jacob; Hussey, Daniel S; Jacobson, David L; Wilde, Peter; Schweiss, Ruediger

    2010-01-01

    The gas diffusion layer in a polymer electrolyte fuel cell is the component primarily responsible for effective water management under a wide variety of conditions. The incorporation of hydrophilic alumosilicate fibers in the microporous layer leads to an improvement in the fuel cell performance associated with a decrease in the mass transport resistance especially under high RH operation. This improvement in performance is obtained without sacrificing performance under low RH conditions. The alumosilicate fibers create domains that wick liquid water away from the catalyst layer. The improved mass transport performance is corroborated by AC impedance and neutron radiography analysis and is consistent with an increase in the average pore diameter inside the microporous layer.

  11. Tin oxide nanosheet assembly for hydrophobic/hydrophilic coating and cancer sensing.

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    Masuda, Yoshitake; Ohji, Tatsuki; Kato, Kazumi

    2012-03-01

    Tin oxide nanosheets were crystallized on transparent conductive oxide substrates of fluorine-doped tin oxide in aqueous solutions. The nanosheets had chemical ratio of Sn:O:F = 1:1.85:0.076, suggesting fluorine doping into SnO(2). They were hydrophobic surfaces with contact angle of 140°. They were converted to hydrophilic surfaces with contact angle of below 1° by light irradiation. The simple water process will be applied to surface coating of polymers, metals, biomaterials, papers, etc. Furthermore, the tin oxide nanosheets were modified with dye-labeled monoclonal antibody. Monoclonal antibody reacts with human alpha-fetoprotein in blood serum of hepatocellular cancer patient. Photoluminescence and photocurrent were obtained from the nanosheets under excitation light. Photoelectric conversion was an essence in the sensing system. The tin oxide nanosheets with dye-labeled prostate specific antigen will be used for electrodes of prostate cancer sensors.

  12. Morphology-controlled growth of perylene derivative induced by double-hydrophilic block copolymers

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    Huang, Minghua; Antonietti, Markus; Cölfen, Helmut

    2016-01-01

    Controlled growth of technically relevant perylene derivative 3, 4, 9, 10-perylenetetracarboxylic acid potassium salt (PTCAPS), with tuneable morpologies, has been successfully realized by a recrystallization method using a double-hydrophilic block copolymer poly (ethylene glycol)-block poly (ethyleneimine) (PEG-b-PEI) as the structure directing agent. The {001} faces of PTCAPS are most polar and adsorb the oppositively charged polymer additive PEG-b-PEI well by electrostatic attraction. By simply adjusting the PEG-b-PEI concentration, systematic morphogenesis of PTCAPS from plates to microparticles composed of various plates splaying outwards could be realized. Furthermore, the variation of pH value of the recrystallization solution could induce the change of the interaction strength between PEG-b-PEI additive and PTCAPS and thus modify the morphology of PTCAPS from microparticles composed of various plates to ultralong microbelts.

  13. In silico modelling of drug-polymer interactions for pharmaceutical formulations.

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    Ahmad, Samina; Johnston, Blair F; Mackay, Simon P; Schatzlein, Andreas G; Gellert, Paul; Sengupta, Durba; Uchegbu, Ijeoma F

    2010-08-01

    Selecting polymers for drug encapsulation in pharmaceutical formulations is usually made after extensive trial and error experiments. To speed up excipient choice procedures, we have explored coarse-grained computer simulations (dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) and coarse-grained molecular dynamics using the MARTINI force field) of polymer-drug interactions to study the encapsulation of prednisolone (log p = 1.6), paracetamol (log p = 0.3) and isoniazid (log p = -1.1) in poly(L-lactic acid) (PLA) controlled release microspheres, as well as the encapsulation of propofol (log p = 4.1) in bioavailability enhancing quaternary ammonium palmitoyl glycol chitosan (GCPQ) micelles. Simulations have been compared with experimental data. DPD simulations, in good correlation with experimental data, correctly revealed that hydrophobic drugs (prednisolone and paracetamol) could be encapsulated within PLA microspheres and predicted the experimentally observed paracetamol encapsulation levels (5-8% of the initial drug level) in 50 mg ml(-1) PLA microspheres, but only when initial paracetamol levels exceeded 5 mg ml(-1). However, the mesoscale technique was unable to model the hydrophilic drug (isoniazid) encapsulation (4-9% of the initial drug level) which was observed in experiments. Molecular dynamics simulations using the MARTINI force field indicated that the self-assembly of GCPQ is rapid, with propofol residing at the interface between micellar hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups, and that there is a heterogeneous distribution of propofol within the GCPQ micelle population. GCPQ-propofol experiments also revealed a population of relatively empty and drug-filled GCPQ particles. PMID:20519214

  14. Multipurpose Polymeric Coating for Functionalizing Inert Polymer Surfaces.

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    Özçam, A Evren; Efimenko, Kirill; Spontak, Richard J; Fischer, Daniel A; Genzer, Jan

    2016-03-01

    In this work, we report on the development of a highly functionalizable polymer coating prepared by the chemical coupling of trichlorosilane (TCS) to the vinyl groups of poly(vinylmethyl siloxane) (PVMS). The resultant PVMS-TCS copolymer can be coated as a functional organic primer layer on a variety of polymeric substrates, ranging from hydrophilic to hydrophobic. Several case studies demonstrating the remarkable and versatile properties of PVMS-TCS coatings are presented. In particular, PVMS-TCS is found to serve as a convenient precursor for the deposition of organosilanes and the subsequent growth of polymer brushes, even on hydrophobic surfaces, such as poly(ethylene terephthalate) and polypropylene. In this study, the physical and chemical characteristics of these versatile PVMS-TCS coatings are interrogated by an arsenal of experimental probes, including scanning electron microscopy, water contact-angle measurements, ellipsometry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. PMID:26814561

  15. Multipurpose Polymeric Coating for Functionalizing Inert Polymer Surfaces.

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    Özçam, A Evren; Efimenko, Kirill; Spontak, Richard J; Fischer, Daniel A; Genzer, Jan

    2016-03-01

    In this work, we report on the development of a highly functionalizable polymer coating prepared by the chemical coupling of trichlorosilane (TCS) to the vinyl groups of poly(vinylmethyl siloxane) (PVMS). The resultant PVMS-TCS copolymer can be coated as a functional organic primer layer on a variety of polymeric substrates, ranging from hydrophilic to hydrophobic. Several case studies demonstrating the remarkable and versatile properties of PVMS-TCS coatings are presented. In particular, PVMS-TCS is found to serve as a convenient precursor for the deposition of organosilanes and the subsequent growth of polymer brushes, even on hydrophobic surfaces, such as poly(ethylene terephthalate) and polypropylene. In this study, the physical and chemical characteristics of these versatile PVMS-TCS coatings are interrogated by an arsenal of experimental probes, including scanning electron microscopy, water contact-angle measurements, ellipsometry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy.

  16. Real-Time Monitoring of Chemical and Topological Rearrangements in Solidifying Amphiphilic Polymer Co-Networks: Understanding Surface Demixing.

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    Guzman, Gustavo; Nugay, Turgut; Kennedy, Joseph P; Cakmak, Mukerrem

    2016-04-12

    Amphiphilic polymer co-networks provide a unique route to integrating contrasting attributes of otherwise immiscible components within a bicontinuous percolating morphology and are anticipated to be valuable for applications such as biocatalysis, sensing of metabolites, and dual dialysis membranes. These co-networks are in essence chemically forced blends and have been shown to selectively phase-separate at surfaces during film formation. Here, we demonstrate that surface demixing at the air-film interface in solidifying polymer co-networks is not a unidirectional process; instead, a combination of kinetic and thermodynamic interactions leads to dynamic molecular rearrangement during solidification. Time-resolved gravimetry, low contact angles, and negative out-of-plane birefringence provided strong experimental evidence of the transitory trapping of thermodynamically unfavorable hydrophilic moieties at the air-film interface due to fast asymmetric solvent depletion. We also find that slow-drying hydrophobic elements progressively substitute hydrophilic domains at the surface as the surface energy is minimized. These findings are broadly applicable to common-solvent bicontinuous systems and open the door for process-controlled performance improvements in diverse applications. Similar observations could potentially be coupled with controlled polymerization rates to maximize the intermingling of bicontinuous phases at surfaces, thus generating true three-dimensional, bicontinuous, and undisturbed percolation pathways throughout the material.

  17. Conjugated Polymer Surfaces and Interfaces

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    Salaneck, W. R.; Stafstrom, S.; Brédas, J. L.

    2003-10-01

    The authors illustrate the basic physics and materials science of conjugated polymers and their interfaces, particularly, but not exclusively, as they are applied to polymer-based light emitting diodes. The approach is to describe the basic physical and associated chemical principles that apply to these materials, which in many instances are different from those that apply to their inorganic counterparts. The main aim of the authors is to highlight specific issues and properties of polymer surfaces and interfaces that are relevant in the context of the emerging field of polymer-based electronics in general, and polymer-based light emitting diodes in particular. Both theoretical and experimental methods used in the study of these systems are discussed. This book will be of interest to graduate students and research workers in departments of physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and materials sciences studying polymer surfaces and interfaces and their application in polymer-based electronics.

  18. Modelling and Experimental Studies of the Effect of Water at the Polymer-Filler Interface in Silica-Filled Siloxane Rubbers

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    Dinh, L N; Schildbach, M A; Balazs, G B; Gee, R; Maxwell, R S

    2004-08-23

    Silica-filled polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite systems find a broad range of applications due to their chemical and environmental resilience and the ability to fine tune, through chemical and processing modifications, the chemical and mechanical properties resulting in a precise engineering property for the final component. Thus, requirements for, and life-performance predictions of, these materials require an understanding of the interaction between the silica filler and the polymer network. Because silica surfaces are well known to have a high affinity for water adsorption, and this water is a critical part of the interface between the silica particles and the polymer matrix, water at this interface has important consequences on the nature of the silica-polymer bonding and subsequently the mechanical behaviour. Previous studies have reported on the water speciation and long-term outgassing kinetics of common fumed and precipitated silicas used in silicone elastomers, and of one such copolymer system in particular. Several different water species were observed to be present with a range of desorption activation energies. The amount and type of species present were observed to be dependent on the thermal and chemical history of the filler and the composite. Solid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) methods based on quantification of residual magnetic dipolar couplings have also been applied, as these measurements have been shown to be quite sensitive to dynamic and morphological changes in elastomer systems. These residual dipolar couplings in elastomeric materials arise due to polymer network constraints (on the NMR timescale) that prevent the averaging, due to reorientations, of the homonuclear dipolar couplings to zero. Residual dipolar couplings, as a result, can be used to test theories of elasticity, gelation, and polymer conformation. In addition, Molecular Dynamics (MD) investigations have found that the removal of water from the polymer

  19. Piezoelectric Polymers

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    Harrison, J. S.; Ounaies, Z.; Bushnell, Dennis M. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of this review is to detail the current theoretical understanding of the origin of piezoelectric and ferroelectric phenomena in polymers; to present the state-of-the-art in piezoelectric polymers and emerging material systems that exhibit promising properties; and to discuss key characterization methods, fundamental modeling approaches, and applications of piezoelectric polymers. Piezoelectric polymers have been known to exist for more than forty years, but in recent years they have gained notoriety as a valuable class of smart materials.

  20. Radiolytic preparation and characterization of hydrophilic poly(acrylonitrile-co-vinylsulfonate)-grafted porous poly(tetrafluoroethylene) substrates

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    Park, Byeong-Hee; Sohn, Joon-Yong; Shin, Junhwa

    2016-01-01

    In this study, a hydrophilic copolymer of acrylonitrile (AN) and sodium vinylsulfonate (SVS) was grafted into a highly hydrophobic porous poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) substrate using a gamma-ray irradiation method and the grafted substrate was used as a substrate for impregnating a hydrophilic ionomer, Nafion. The results of FT-IR and TGA analysis of the prepared substrate showed that the SVS/AN monomers were successfully grafted into the porous PTFE film. The results of degree of grafting, elemental analyzer, and contact angle analysis showed that the hydrophilicity of the prepared PTFE-g-P(AN-co-VS) substrate was increased with an increase in the amount of SVS/AN graft copolymers. Also, the results of FE-SEM and Gurley number measurement showed that the pores in the substrate were reduced as the amount of SVS/AN copolymers grafted into the substrate increased. The prepared porous PTFE-g-P(AN-co-VS) substrate at an irradiation dose of 70 kGy was found to impregnate Nafion ionomer effectively compared to the original porous PTFE substrate. These results suggest that the prepared PTFE-g-P(AN-co-VS) substrate can be effectively used for the impregnation of polymer electrolyte (Nafion) to prepare a reinforced composite membrane.

  1. Hydrophilic modification of polyethersulfone and its membrane characteristics

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    Liu, Haiju; Huangfu, Feng-yun; Bai, Yundong; Kong, Yuanyuan

    2010-07-01

    In order to enhance the hydrophilicity of PES, A series of sulfonated polyethersulfone (SPES) were readily prepared via a reaction of sulphonation which used chlorosulfonic as sulfonating agent and concentrated sulfuric acid as solvent. Sulfonation was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and Thermo gravimetric analyzer. We studied forming film characteristic of SPES by phase diagram. The sulfonated PES materials were then utilized as a hydrophilic modifier for fabrication of SPES membranes. The solvent was NMP and PEG-6000 was pore-forming agent. The characteristics of membranes were studied. It was found that the surface hydrophilicity of the modified PES membranes was remarkably enhanced by contact angle. Water flux was obvious increased and antifouling performance was also improved.

  2. Photoaddressable Polymers

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    Bieringer, T.

    Polymers are the perfect materials for a variety of applications in almost every field of technical as well as human life. Because of their macromolecular architecture there are a lot of degrees of freedom in the synthesis of polymers. Owing to the change of their functional composition, they can be tailored even for quite difficult demands. Since a whole industry deals with the processing of polymers, cheap production lines have been developed for almost every polymer. This is the reason why not only the molecular composition but even the price of polymers has been optimized. Therefore these materials can be considered as encouraging components even in highly sophisticated areas of applications.

  3. Selectively splitting a droplet using superhydrophobic stripes on hydrophilic surfaces.

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    Song, Dong; Song, Baowei; Hu, Haibao; Du, Xiaosong; Zhou, Feng

    2015-06-01

    Superhydrophobic patterns were fabricated on hydrophilic surfaces by selective painting. The impinging process of water droplets on these hybrid surfaces was investigated. The droplet can be split by impinging on the hydrophilic surface with a single stripe at a high velocity. The time to split the droplet is independent of the impact velocity and it is smaller than the contact time of a droplet impinging on the fully superhydrophobic surface. The volume ratios of the split mini-droplets could be precisely controlled by adjusting the landing position of the original droplet. The droplet could be split uniformly into more mini-marbles by increasing the stripe numbers. PMID:25946666

  4. Pretreatment and Membrane Hydrophilic Modification to Reduce Membrane Fouling

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    Sun, Wen; Liu, Junxia; Chu, Huaqiang; Dong, Bingzhi

    2013-01-01

    The application of low pressure membranes (microfiltration/ultrafiltration) has undergone accelerated development for drinking water production. However, the major obstacle encountered in its popularization is membrane fouling caused by natural organic matter (NOM). This paper firstly summarizes the two factors causing the organic membrane fouling, including molecular weight (MW) and hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity of NOM, and then presents a brief introduction of the methods which can prevent membrane fouling such as pretreatment of the feed water (e.g., coagulation, adsorption, and pre-oxidation) and membrane hydrophilic modification (e.g., plasma modification, irradiation grafting modification, surface coating modification, blend modification, etc.). Perspectives of further research are also discussed. PMID:24956947

  5. Facile fabrication of P(OVNG-co-NVCL) thermoresponsive double-hydrophilic glycopolymer nanofibers for sustained drug release.

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    Xu, Mu-Ru; Shi, Meng; Bremner, David H; Sun, Kan; Nie, Hua-Li; Quan, Jing; Zhu, Li-Min

    2015-11-01

    The thermoresponsive double-hydrophilic glycopolymer (DHG), Poly (6-O-vinyl-nonanedioyl-D-galactose-co-N-vinylcaprolactam) (P(OVNG-co-NVCL)) was synthesized via a chemo-enzymatic process and a free radical copolymerization and the resulting nanofibers were fabricated using an electrospinning process. The desired lower critical solution temperature (LCST) between 32 and 40 °C of the DHG polymers was achieved by adjusting the molar fraction of galactose monomer in the copolymers during the synthesis. The thermoresponsive DHG polymers were found to have good cytocompatibility with Hela cells as determined by the MTT assay, and special recognition of the protein peanut agglutinin (PNA). The drug release properties of these newly designed thermoresponsive DHG P(OVNG-co-NVCL) nanofibers are temperature regulated, can target specific proteins and have the potential application in the field of sustained drug release. PMID:26255164

  6. Synthesis and characterization of macromolecular layers grafted to polymer surfaces

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    Burtovyy, Oleksandr

    The composition and behavior of surfaces and interfaces play a pivotal role in dictating the overall efficiency of the majority of polymeric materials and devices. Surface properties of the materials can be altered using surface modification techniques. It is necessary to highlight that successful methods of surface modification should affect only the upper layer of the polymer material without changing bulk properties. The processes must introduce new functionalities to the surface, optimize surface roughness, lubrication, hydrophobicity, hydrophilicity, adhesion, conductivity, and/or biocompatibility. Research presented in this dissertation is dedicated to the synthesis, characterization, and application of thin macromolecular layers anchored to polymer substrates. Specifically, attachment of functional polymers via a "grafting to" approach has been extensively studied using PET and nylon model substrates. First, poly(glycidyl methacrylate) was used to introduce permanent functionalities to the model substrates by anchoring it to model films. Then, three different functional polymers were grafted on top of the previous layer. As one part of this study, the temperature and time dependence of grafting functional layers were studied. The surface coverage by hydrophobic polymer was determined from experimental data and predicted by a model. In general, the model has a high degree of predictive capability. Next, surface modification of polymeric fibers and membranes is presented as an important application of the polymer thin layers targeted in the study. Specifically, the procedures developed for surface modification of model substrates was employed for modification of PET, nylon, and cotton fabrics as well as PET track-etched membranes. Since epoxy groups are highly reactive in various chemical reactions, the approach becomes virtually universal, allowing both various surfaces and end-functionalized macromolecules to be used in the grafted layer synthesis. PET

  7. Tailor-made ion-imprinted polymer based on functionalized graphene oxide for the preconcentration and determination of trace copper in food samples.

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    Liu, Yan; Qiu, Jian; Liu, Zhanchao; Ni, Liang; Jiang, Yinhua; Gong, Chongying; Meng, Xiangguo; Liu, Fangfang; Zhong, Guoxing

    2016-04-01

    A tailor-made Cu(II) ion-imprinted polymer based on large-surface-area graphene oxide sheets has been synthesized for the preconcentration and determination of trace copper from food samples by solid-phase extraction. Attributed to the ultrahigh surface area and hydrophilicity of graphene oxide, the Cu(II) ion-imprinted polymer prepared by the surface ion-imprinting technique exhibited a high binding capacity and a fast adsorption rate under the optimized experimental conditions. In the static adsorption experiments, the maximum adsorption capacity of Cu(II) ion-imprinted polymer is 109.38 mg/g at 25°C, which is much higher than that of the nonimprinted polymer (32.12 mg/g). Meanwhile, the adsorption is very rapid and equilibrium is reached after approximately 30 min. The adsorption mechanism is found to follow Langmuir adsorption model and the pseudo-second-order adsorption process. The Cu(II) ion-imprinted polymer was used for extracting and detecting Cu(II) in food samples combined with graphite flame atomic adsorption spectrometry with high recoveries in the range of 97.6-103.3%. The relative standard deviation and limit of detection of the method were evaluated as 1.2% and 0.37 μg/L, respectively. The results showed that the novel absorbent can be utilized as an effective material for the selective enrichment and determination of Cu(II) from food samples. PMID:26841822

  8. Novel Hydrogels from Telechelic Polymers

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    Taribagil, Rajiv R.

    The last two decades have seen telechelic polymers support an increasing number of applications as stabilizers and flow modifiers in fields as varied as pharmaceutics, paints and oil recovery. Mainly consisting of a long hydrophilic block end-capped with hydrophobic blocks, these polymers form gels at modest concentrations, comprising hydrophobic junctions with hydrophilic blocks bridging these junctions. This thesis examines two different types of telechelic polymer hydrogels: concentrated dispersions of telechelic triblock copolymers and dilute solutions of wormlike micelles cross-linked by hydrophobically end-capped polymers. Aqueous gels of telechelic poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based triblock polymers, with homo and hetero combinations of 1,2-polybutadiene (PB) and poly(perfluoropropylene oxide) (PFPO) as hydrophobic end-blocks, were investigated using a combination of cryogenic scanning electron microscopy and small-angle neutron scattering. The PB-b-PEO-b-PB copolymers formed networks of spherical micelles at all concentrations as expected, albeit with significant spatial heterogeneity that diminished with increasing concentration. The PFPO-b-PEO-b-PFPO copolymers also formed networks by aggregation of the end-blocks, but the PFPO blocks tended to adopt disk-like or even sheet-like structures. This is attributed to the extremely high interfacial tension of PFPO with water and is consistent with the "super-strong" segregation regime behavior. The heterotelechelic PB-b-PEO- b-PFPO terpolymers adopted a quite different structure, namely an intricate bicontinuous open-cell foam, with cells on the order of 500 nm in size and cell walls composed of PFPO disks embedded in PB sheets. These various network structures illustrate the potential of using end-block chemistry to manipulate both the morphology and the physical properties of polymer gels. Dilute aqueous solutions containing 1 wt% cetyltrimethylammonium tosylate, a surfactant well recognized to form wormlike

  9. Evaluation of novel synthetic conditioning polymers for shampoos.

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    Jordan, S L; Zhang, X; Amos, J; Frank, D; Menon, R; Galley, R; Davis, C; Kalantar, T; Ladika, M

    2009-01-01

    Cationic polymers have traditionally been used in shampoo formulations to impart conditioning properties to hair. In this study, commercial synthetic cationic polymers were investigated using coacervate formation, objective wet comb analysis, silicone deposition and panel studies to determine structure function properties with the goal of developing novel conditioning polymers. New polymers were synthesized and, based on criteria determined in the first part of the study, found to have marginal improvement over existing synthetic cationic conditioning polymers. A novel experimental polymer developed for a different industry was also investigated for conditioning properties. This polymer showed significant enhancement of silicone deposition over current commercial polymers, including cationic guar, even at significantly reduced silicone and polymer concentrations. The experimental polymer exhibited parity or improvement over benchmark polymers in panel studies, and similar performance to other synthetic polymers in objective wet comb studies.

  10. Controlling Molecular Ordering in Solution-State Conjugated Polymers

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    Zhu, Jiahua; Han, Youngkyu; Kumar, Rajeev; Hong, Kunlun; Bonnesen, Peter V.; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Smith, Gregory Scott; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Do, Changwoo

    2015-07-17

    Rationally encoding molecular interactions that can control the assembly structure and functional expression in solution of conjugated polymers holds great potential for enabling optimal organic optoelectronic and sensory materials. In this work, we show that thermally-controlled and surfactant-guided assembly of water-soluble conjugated polymers in aqueous solution is a simple and effective strategy to generate optoelectronic materials with desired molecular ordering. We have studied a conjugated polymer consisting of a hydrophobic thiophene backbone and hydrophilic, thermo-responsive ethylene oxide side groups, which shows a step-wise, multi-dimensional assembly in water. By incorporating the polymer into phase-segregated domains of an amphiphilic surfactant in solution, we demonstrate that both chain conformation and degree of molecular ordering of the conjugated polymer can be tuned in hexagonal, micellar and lamellar phases of the surfactant solution. The controlled molecular ordering in conjugated polymer assembly is demonstrated as a key factor determining the electronic interaction and optical function.

  11. Refractive Index Determination of Transparent Polymers: Experimental Setup for Multi-Wavelength Determination and Calculation at Specific Frequencies Using Group Contribution Theory

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    Dlutowski, Jay; Cardenas-Valencia, Andres M.; Fries, David; Langebrake, Larry

    2006-01-01

    An experiment which enables students to determine the index of refraction at various wavelengths is demonstrated by using two polymers examples, poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). This experiment would be suitable for a course in organic chemistry or any course discussing the optical properties of polymeric…

  12. Supersaturating drug delivery systems: effect of hydrophilic cyclodextrins and other excipients on the formation and stabilization of supersaturated drug solutions.

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    Brewster, M E; Vandecruys, R; Verreck, G; Peeters, J

    2008-03-01

    Supersaturating drug delivery systems (SDDS) utilize two important design elements in their preparation including converting the drug of interest into a high energy state or other rapidly dissolving form to facilitate the formation of supersaturated drug solutions and providing a means for stabilizing the formed supersaturated solution such that significant drug absorption is possible from the gastrointestinal tract. This has been referred to as a "spring" and "parachute" approach. The current effort is designed to assess materials which may affect properties in SDDS. To this end, a series of excipients was tested in a co-solvent/solvent quench method to assess their ability to attain and maintain supersaturation for a group of 14 drug development candidates. The approach focussed on hydrophilic cyclodextrins including hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HPbetaCD) and sulfobutyl-beta-cyclodextrin (SBEbetaCD). Various rheological polymers and surfactants were also included in the study. Consistent with previous investigations, the pharmaceutical polymers, as a class, had minimal effects on the extent of supersaturation but tended to be good stabilizers while the surfactants tended to provide for the greatest degree of supersaturation but the formed systems were poorly stable. This study found that hydrophilic cyclodextrins, especially SBEbetaCD, gave superior results in terms of attaining and maintaining supersaturation. A knowledge of the behavior and performance of excipients in this context can be useful in designing solid oral dosage forms for difficult-to-formulate drugs and drug candidates.

  13. Supersaturating drug delivery systems: effect of hydrophilic cyclodextrins and other excipients on the formation and stabilization of supersaturated drug solutions.

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    Brewster, M E; Vandecruys, R; Verreck, G; Peeters, J

    2008-03-01

    Supersaturating drug delivery systems (SDDS) utilize two important design elements in their preparation including converting the drug of interest into a high energy state or other rapidly dissolving form to facilitate the formation of supersaturated drug solutions and providing a means for stabilizing the formed supersaturated solution such that significant drug absorption is possible from the gastrointestinal tract. This has been referred to as a "spring" and "parachute" approach. The current effort is designed to assess materials which may affect properties in SDDS. To this end, a series of excipients was tested in a co-solvent/solvent quench method to assess their ability to attain and maintain supersaturation for a group of 14 drug development candidates. The approach focussed on hydrophilic cyclodextrins including hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HPbetaCD) and sulfobutyl-beta-cyclodextrin (SBEbetaCD). Various rheological polymers and surfactants were also included in the study. Consistent with previous investigations, the pharmaceutical polymers, as a class, had minimal effects on the extent of supersaturation but tended to be good stabilizers while the surfactants tended to provide for the greatest degree of supersaturation but the formed systems were poorly stable. This study found that hydrophilic cyclodextrins, especially SBEbetaCD, gave superior results in terms of attaining and maintaining supersaturation. A knowledge of the behavior and performance of excipients in this context can be useful in designing solid oral dosage forms for difficult-to-formulate drugs and drug candidates. PMID:18444510

  14. Study of the effect of formulation parameters/variables to control the nanoencapsulation of hydrophilic drug via double emulsion technique.

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    Ayoub, Mohamed; Ahmed, Naveed; Kalaji, Nader; Charcosset, Catherine; Magdy, Ayoub; Fessi, Hatem; Elaissari, Abdelhamid

    2011-04-01

    Preparation of biodegradable nanoparticles containing active molecule is now taking much attention of researchers. The aim of the present work is to achieve the nanosize particles for the first time by double emulsion (W1/O/W2,) evaporation method to encapsulate hydrophilic substance using high performance stirring apparatus. A fluorescent stable hydrophilic agent (Stilbene derivative) was used as a model drug to be encapsulated. For this purpose, PCL (polycaprolactone) was chosen as polymer in this study. Several kinds of stabilizers [triton-405, tween 80, poloxamer, PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone), PEG (poly ethylene glycol) & PVA (poly vinyl alcohol)] were investigated and the results indicate that the PVA (0.5% concentration) leads to the most stable double emulsion with the particle size in nano range. Different parameters affecting the size of particles have been studied such as stirring time (for 1st and 2nd emulsion), stirring speed (for 1st and 2nd emulsion), polymer and stabilizer concentrations etc. After duration of one month, the encapsulation efficiency of obtained particles was estimated using U.V. analysis. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) showed that the prepared particles were spherical in shape. The size and size distribution were found to be submicron and ranging from 150 to 400 nm.

  15. Dynamic encapsulation of hydrophilic nisin in hydrophobic poly (lactic acid) particles with controlled morphology by a single emulsion process.

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    Ji, Shaowen; Lu, Jue; Liu, Zhiguo; Srivastava, Devesh; Song, Anna; Liu, Yan; Lee, Ilsoon

    2014-06-01

    Hydrophilic nisin-loaded hydrophobic poly (lactic acid) (PLA) particles with controlled size and shape were successfully produced utilizing a one-step single emulsification method. Preliminary shear stress and temperature tests showed that there was no significant loss in the nisin inhibition activity during this process. PLA/nisin composite particles were prepared into solid nanocomposite spheres (50-200 nm) or hollow microcomposite spheres (1-5 μm) under the operative conditions developed in our previous study, in which the hydrophilic nisin in the aqueous phase solution could be entrapped in the hydrophobic polymer in the emulsification process generating either single or multiple emulsions. The incorporation of nisin in PLA had little effect on key processing conditions, which allows the dynamic control of the morphology and property of resulting particles. Microscopic and surface analyses suggested that nisin was dispersed uniformly inside the polymer matrix and adsorbed on the particle surface. The encapsulation amount and efficiency were enhanced with the increase in nisin loading in the aqueous solution. Unique reversible control of particle size and shape by this process was successfully applied in the nisin encapsulation. Alternating temperature in the repeating emulsification steps improved the encapsulation efficiency while generated particles in desired size and shape.

  16. Bioresorbable poly(ester-ether urethane)s from L-lysine diisocyanate and triblock copolymers with different hydrophilic character.

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    Abraham, Gustavo A; Marcos-Fernández, Angel; Román, Julio San

    2006-03-15

    Bioresorbable linear poly(ester-ether urethane)s with different hydrophilic character were synthesized from block copolymers of poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL-PEO-PCL) as macrodiols, and L-lysine diisocyanate (LDI). A series of PCL-PEO-PCL triblock copolymers with different PEO and PCL chain length was obtained by reacting PEO with epsilon-caprolactone. Polyurethanes were synthesized by reacting the triblock copolymers with LDI in solution using stannous 2-ethylhexanoate as catalyst. The prepared triblock copolymers and polyurethanes were fully characterized by proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, size exclusion chromatography, differential scanning calorimetry, and wide-angle X-ray diffraction. Water uptake, hydrolytic stability, and tensile properties of polyurethanes with different composition were evaluated and discussed in terms of the chain length and molecular weight of the polymers and its block components. Water uptake seems to depend on the ethylene oxide unit content of the polyurethane regardless of the triblock structure. Mechanical properties of the synthesized polymers were strongly affected by the molecular weight achieved during polymerization. The use of triblock macrodiols with different hydrophilicity allowed the preparation of a series of polyurethanes having a broad range of properties. PMID:16317720

  17. A Facile Strategy for Catalyst Separation and Recycling Suitable for ATRP of Hydrophilic Monomers Using a Macroligand.

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    Jiang, Xiaowu; Wu, Jian; Zhang, Lifen; Cheng, Zhenping; Zhu, Xiulin

    2016-01-01

    How to simply and efficiently separate and recycle catalyst has still been a constraint for the wide application of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), especially for the polymerization systems with hydrophilic monomers because the polar functional groups may coordinate with transition metal salts, resulting in abundant catalyst residual in the resultant water-soluble polymers. In order to overcome this problem, a latent-biphasic system is developed, which can be successfully used for ATRP catalyst separation and recycling in situ for various kinds of hydrophilic monomers for the first time, such as poly(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA), 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA), N,N-dimethyl acrylamide (DMA), and N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM). Herein, random copolymer of octadecyl acrylate (OA), MA-Ln (2-(bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)amino)ethyl acrylate), and POA-ran-P(MA-Ln) is designed as the macroligand, and heptane/ethanol is selected as the biphasic solvent. Copper(II) bromide (CuBr2 ) is employed as the catalyst, PEG-bound 2-bromo-2-methylpropanoate (PEG350 -Br) as the water-soluble ATRP initiator and 2,2'-azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN) as the azo-initiator to establish an ICAR (initiators for continuous activator regeneration) ATRP system. Importantly, well-defined water-soluble polymers are obtained even though the recyclable catalyst is used for sixth times.

  18. A Facile Strategy for Catalyst Separation and Recycling Suitable for ATRP of Hydrophilic Monomers Using a Macroligand.

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    Jiang, Xiaowu; Wu, Jian; Zhang, Lifen; Cheng, Zhenping; Zhu, Xiulin

    2016-01-01

    How to simply and efficiently separate and recycle catalyst has still been a constraint for the wide application of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), especially for the polymerization systems with hydrophilic monomers because the polar functional groups may coordinate with transition metal salts, resulting in abundant catalyst residual in the resultant water-soluble polymers. In order to overcome this problem, a latent-biphasic system is developed, which can be successfully used for ATRP catalyst separation and recycling in situ for various kinds of hydrophilic monomers for the first time, such as poly(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA), 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA), N,N-dimethyl acrylamide (DMA), and N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM). Herein, random copolymer of octadecyl acrylate (OA), MA-Ln (2-(bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)amino)ethyl acrylate), and POA-ran-P(MA-Ln) is designed as the macroligand, and heptane/ethanol is selected as the biphasic solvent. Copper(II) bromide (CuBr2 ) is employed as the catalyst, PEG-bound 2-bromo-2-methylpropanoate (PEG350 -Br) as the water-soluble ATRP initiator and 2,2'-azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN) as the azo-initiator to establish an ICAR (initiators for continuous activator regeneration) ATRP system. Importantly, well-defined water-soluble polymers are obtained even though the recyclable catalyst is used for sixth times. PMID:26506506

  19. Development of polymeric nanoparticles with highly entrapped herbal hydrophilic drug using nanoprecipitation technique: an approach of quality by design.

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    Vuddanda, Parameswara Rao; Mishra, Amit; Singh, Sanjay Kumar; Singh, Sanjay

    2015-01-01

    The intention of this study is to achieve higher entrapment efficiency (EE) of berberine chloride (selected hydrophilic drug) using nanoprecipitation technique. The solubility of drug was studied in various pH buffers (1.2-7.2) for selection of aqueous phase and stabilizer. Quality by design (QbD)-based 3(2) factorial design were employed for optimization of formulation variables; drug to polymer ratio (X1) and surfactant concentration (X2) on entrapment efficiency (EE), particle size (PS) and polydispersity index (PDI) of the nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were subjected to solid state analysis, in vitro drug release and stability study. The aqueous phase and stabilizer selected for the formulations were pH 4.5 phthalate buffer and surfactant F-68, respectively. The formulation (F-6) containing drug to polymer ratio (1:3) and stabilizer (F-68) concentration of 50 mM exhibited best EE (82.12%), PS (196.71 nm), PDI (0.153). The various solid state characterizations assured that entrapped drug is amorphous and nanoparticles are fairly spherical in shape. In vitro drug release of the F-6 exhibited sustained release with non-Fickian diffusion and stable at storage condition. This work illustrates that the proper selection of aqueous phase and optimization of formulation variables could be helpful in improving the EE of hydrophilic drugs by nanoprecipitation technique.

  20. Hydrophilic thermoplastic polyurethanes for the manufacturing of highly dosed oral sustained release matrices via hot melt extrusion and injection molding.

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    Verstraete, G; Van Renterghem, J; Van Bockstal, P J; Kasmi, S; De Geest, B G; De Beer, T; Remon, J P; Vervaet, C

    2016-06-15

    Hydrophilic aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethane (Tecophilic™ grades) matrices for high drug loaded oral sustained release dosage forms were formulated via hot melt extrusion/injection molding (HME/IM). Drugs with different aqueous solubility (diprophylline, theophylline and acetaminophen) were processed and their influence on the release kinetics was investigated. Moreover, the effect of Tecophilic™ grade, HME/IM process temperature, extrusion speed, drug load, injection pressure and post-injection pressure on in vitro release kinetics was evaluated for all model drugs. (1)H NMR spectroscopy indicated that all grades have different soft segment/hard segment ratios, allowing different water uptake capacities and thus different release kinetics. Processing temperature of the different Tecophilic™ grades was successfully predicted by using SEC and rheology. Tecophilic™ grades SP60D60, SP93A100 and TG2000 had a lower processing temperature than other grades and were further evaluated for the production of IM tablets. During HME/IM drug loads up to 70% (w/w) were achieved. In addition, Raman mapping and (M)DSC results confirmed the homogenous distribution of mainly crystalline API in all polymer matrices. Besides, hydrophilic TPU based formulations allowed complete and sustained release kinetics without using release modifiers. As release kinetics were mainly affected by drug load and the length of the PEO soft segment, this polymer platform offers a versatile formulation strategy to adjust the release rate of drugs with different aqueous solubility. PMID:27113866

  1. Controlled release of a hydrophilic drug from coaxially electrospun polycaprolactone nanofibers.

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    Sultanova, Zahida; Kaleli, Gizem; Kabay, Gözde; Mutlu, Mehmet

    2016-05-30

    A recent approach for controlled release of drugs is the production of core-shell fibers via modified coaxial electrospinning where a shell solution which is not fully electrospinnable can be used. In this study, this technique was used for achieving the controlled release of a model hydrophilic drug (ampicillin) which is known to have a low compatibility with the polymer (polycaprolactone). A partially electrospinnable shell fluid (4% (w/v) polycaprolactone (PCL) solution) and a fully electrospinnable core fluid (10% (w/v) PCL, 2% (w/v) ampicillin solution) were used in order to create ampicillin-loaded PCL nanofibers covered by a PCL shield. Scanning electron microscopy and optical microscopy images proved that the membranes have core-shell structured nanofibers. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy demonstrated that some compatibility might be present between ampicillin and PCL. Finally, drug release studies showed that the drug release kinetics of core-shell products is closer to zero-order kinetics while the drug release kinetics of single electrospinning of the core resulted with serious burst release. Together, these imply that the application area of modified coaxial electrospinning in controlled release could be expanded to polymers and drugs with low compatibility. PMID:27012983

  2. Temperature, Humidity, And Polymer Aging

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    Cuddihy, Edward F.

    1988-01-01

    Report presents analysis of experimental data on electrical resistivity of polymer (polyvinyl butyral) as function of temperature and relative humidity. Resulting theoretical expression for electrical resistivity resembles generally accepted empirical law for the corrosion rate.

  3. Synthesis of novel polymeric nanoparticles for hydrophobic and hydrophilic drug delivery

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    Sartor, Marta

    Modern medicine has achieved extraordinary results with the use of nanotechnologies. The combination of the two disciplines created the modern field of nanomedicine, in which drug delivery is one of the most prominent branches. Several aspects are involved in drug delivery; this work will focus on the drug delivery vehicle. In particular three aspects will be investigated: building material, internal structure and material compatibility. In a first project DNA was proposed as an innovative building material. DNA nanoparticles were made from self-folding of long concatameric repeats of a single strand sequence. Nanoparticles with different sequences created a library that was biopanned against dendritic cells (DC). Particles from the enriched library were sequenced and individually tested for affinity towards DC. The use of DNA as building material offers several advantages. For instance DNA binding drugs (such as Doxorubicin) can be easily incorporated, and immunostimulatory sequences (such as GpC) and any other encoding sequence can be integrated within the concatamers. In addition, any other molecule or small particle of interest can be conjugated to a short complementary sequence and hybridized on the outer layer of the DNA nanoparticle. DNA nanoparticles' payloads are limited to hydrophilic drugs. In addition to an hydrophobic payload, some therapies require a high loading and steady release. To achieve such results a gradient structure was created within the core of a polymeric nanoparticle. Physical and chemical gradient were considered. A chemical gradient was created by combining a low molecular weigh polycaprolactone (PCL) to a higher molecular weigh poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA). PCL and PLGA have different degradation rate and hydrophobicity. The particles created by combining the two polymers showed properties (such as loading) dependent on the two polymers' proportion into the composition. The chemical gradient nanoparticles are characterized by

  4. An experimental study of the electronic absorption and fluorescence spectral properties of new p-substituted-N-phenylpyrroles and their electrosynthesized polymers.

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    Diaw, A K D; Gningue-Sall, D; Yassar, A; Brochon, J-C; Henry, E; Aaron, J-J

    2015-01-25

    Electronic absorption and fluorescence spectral properties of new p-substituted-N-phenylpyrroles (N-PhPys), including HOPhPy, MeOPhPy, ThPhPy, PhDPy, DPhDPy, PyPhThThPhPy, and their available, electrosynthesized polymers were investigated. Electronic absorption spectra, fluorescence excitation and emission spectra, fluorescence quantum yields (ΦF) and lifetimes (τF), and other photophysical parameters of these N-PhPy derivatives and their polymers were measured in DMF, DMSO diluted solutions and/or solid state at room temperature. The electronic absorption spectra of N-PhPy derivatives and their polymers included one to several bands, located in the 270-395 nm region, according to the p-phenyl substituent electron-donating effect and conjugated heteroaromatic system length. The fluorescence excitation spectra were characterized by one broad main peak, with, in most cases, one (or more) poorly resolved shoulder (s), appearing in the 270-405 nm region, and their emission spectra were generally constituted of several bands located in the 330-480 nm region. No significant shift of the absorption, fluorescence excitation and emission spectra wavelengths was found upon going from the monomers to the corresponding polymers. ΦF values were high, varying between 0.11 and 0.63, according to the nature of substituents(s) and to the conjugated system extension. Fluorescence decays were mono-exponential for the monomers and poly-exponential for PyPhThThPhPy and for polymers. τF values were relatively short (0.35-5.17 ns), and markedly decreased with the electron-donor character of the phenyl group p-substituent and the conjugated system extension.

  5. Adsorption and flocculation by polymers and polymer mixtures.

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    Gregory, John; Barany, Sandor

    2011-11-14

    Polymers of various types are in widespread use as flocculants in several industries. In most cases, polymer adsorption is an essential prerequisite for flocculation and kinetic aspects are very important. The rates of polymer adsorption and of re-conformation (relaxation) of adsorbed chains are key factors that influence the performance of flocculants and their mode of action. Polyelectrolytes often tend to adopt a rather flat adsorbed configuration and in this state their action is mainly through charge effects, including 'electrostatic patch' attraction. When the relaxation rate is quite low, particle collisions may occur while the adsorbed chains are still in an extended state and flocculation by polymer bridging may occur. These effects are now well understood and supported by much experimental evidence. In recent years there has been considerable interest in the use of multi-component flocculants, especially dual-polymer systems. In the latter case, there can be significant advantages over the use of single polymers. Despite some complications, there is a broad understanding of the action of dual polymer systems. In many cases the sequence of addition of the polymers is important and the pre-adsorbed polymer can have two important effects: providing adsorption sites for the second polymer or causing a more extended adsorbed conformation as a result of 'site blocking'.

  6. Developing a general interaction potential for hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions.

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    Donaldson, Stephen H; Røyne, Anja; Kristiansen, Kai; Rapp, Michael V; Das, Saurabh; Gebbie, Matthew A; Lee, Dong Woog; Stock, Philipp; Valtiner, Markus; Israelachvili, Jacob

    2015-02-24

    We review direct force measurements on a broad class of hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces. These measurements have enabled the development of a general interaction potential per unit area, W(D) = -2γ(i)Hy exp(-D/D(H)) in terms of a nondimensional Hydra parameter, Hy, that applies to both hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions between extended surfaces. This potential allows one to quantitatively account for additional attractions and repulsions not included in the well-known combination of electrostatic double layer and van der Waals theories, the so-called Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory. The interaction energy is exponentially decaying with decay length D(H) ≈ 0.3-2 nm for both hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions, with the exact value of D(H) depending on the precise system and conditions. The pre-exponential factor depends on the interfacial tension, γ(i), of the interacting surfaces and Hy. For Hy > 0, the interaction potential describes interactions between partially hydrophobic surfaces, with the maximum hydrophobic interaction (i.e., two fully hydrophobic surfaces) corresponding to Hy = 1. Hydrophobic interactions between hydrophobic monolayer surfaces measured with the surface forces apparatus (SFA) are shown to be well described by the proposed interaction potential. The potential becomes repulsive for Hy < 0, corresponding to partially hydrophilic (hydrated) interfaces. Hydrated surfaces such as mica, silica, and lipid bilayers are discussed and reviewed in the context of the values of Hy appropriate for each system.

  7. Hydrophilic treatment of porous PTFE for intractable glaucoma implant devices

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    Murahara, Masataka M.; Sato, Yuji; Fernandez, Viviana; Fantes, Francisco; Nose, Izuru; Lee, William E.; Milne, Peter J.; Parel, Jean-Marie A.

    2001-06-01

    Intractable glaucoma results from hindrances in the eyeball aqueous humor pathways that increase the intraocular pressure above normal physiological levels (over 20 mmHg). In this study porous PTFE membranes were made hydrophilic with a photochemical method that use ethyl alcohol and water for the chemical solution.

  8. Improved Icephobic Properties on Surfaces with a Hydrophilic Lubricating Liquid.

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    Ozbay, Salih; Yuceel, Cigdem; Erbil, H Yildirim

    2015-10-01

    Slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces were developed recently for icephobic surface applications. Perfluorinated liquids, silicone oil, hydrocarbon, and water were used as lubricating liquids to form a continuous layer on a suitable substrate to prevent icing. However, ice accretion performances of these surfaces have not been reported previously depending on the type of the lubricant. In this work, fluorinated aliphatics, polyalphaolefin, silicone oil, and decamethylcyclopenta siloxane were used as hydrophobic lubricants; water, ethylene glycol, formamide, and water-glycerine mixture were used as hydrophilic lubricants to be impregnated by hydrophobic polypropylene and hydrophilic cellulose-based filter paper surfaces; ice accretion, drop freezing delay time, and ice adhesion strength properties of these surfaces were examined; and the results were compared to those of the reference surfaces such as aluminum, copper, polypropylene, and polytetrafluoroethylene. An ice accretion test method was also developed to investigate the increase of the mass of formed ice gravimetrically by spraying supercooled water onto these surfaces at different subzero temperatures ranging between -1 and -5 °C. It was determined that hydrophilic solvents (especially a water-glycerine mixture) that impregnated hydrophilic porous surfaces would be a promising candidate for anti-icing applications at -2 °C and 56-83% relative humidity because ice accretion and ice adhesion strength properties of these surface decreased simultaneously in these conditions. PMID:26375386

  9. Hydroglyphics: Demonstration of Selective Wetting on Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Surfaces

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    Kim, Philseok; Alvarenga, Jack; Aizenberg, Joanna; Sleeper, Raymond S.

    2013-01-01

    A visual demonstration of the difference between hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces has been developed. It involves placing a shadow mask on an optically clear hydrophobic plastic dish, corona treating the surface with a modified Tesla coil, removing the shadow mask, and visualizing the otherwise invisible message or pattern by applying water,…

  10. Hydrophilic polyurethane matrix promotes chondrogenesis of mesenchymal stem cells.

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    Nalluri, Sandeep M; Krishnan, G Rajesh; Cheah, Calvin; Arzumand, Ayesha; Yuan, Yuan; Richardson, Caley A; Yang, Shuying; Sarkar, Debanjan

    2015-09-01

    Segmental polyurethanes exhibit biphasic morphology and can control cell fate by providing distinct matrix guided signals to increase the chondrogenic potential of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Polyethylene glycol (PEG) based hydrophilic polyurethanes can deliver differential signals to MSCs through their matrix phases where hard segments are cell-interactive domains and PEG based soft segments are minimally interactive with cells. These coordinated communications can modulate cell-matrix interactions to control cell shape and size for chondrogenesis. Biphasic character and hydrophilicity of polyurethanes with gel like architecture provide a synthetic matrix conducive for chondrogenesis of MSCs, as evidenced by deposition of cartilage-associated extracellular matrix. Compared to monophasic hydrogels, presence of cell interactive domains in hydrophilic polyurethanes gels can balance cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. These results demonstrate the correlation between lineage commitment and the changes in cell shape, cell-matrix interaction, and cell-cell adhesion during chondrogenic differentiation which is regulated by polyurethane phase morphology, and thus, represent hydrophilic polyurethanes as promising synthetic matrices for cartilage regeneration.

  11. Multilayer water condensation and desorption on hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces

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    Kasemo, Bengt; Lindroth, Trolle; Chakarov, Dinko

    2000-03-01

    We are studying water condensation and desorption on hydrophilic (e.g. Pt (111)) and hydrophilic (e.g. octane films on Pt(111) and graphite (0001)), at temperatures around 100-150K. On hydrophilic surfaces the behavior is well known from a manifold of earlier studies. On hydrophobic surfaces there are two qualitatively new behaviors; (i) The effective sticking coefficient can be much less than one because of the much weaker monomer H2O interaction with the surface, compared to hydrophilic surfaces. As a consequence the initial nucleation and growth rate of the film varies strongly with temperature and water vapor pressure (on hydrophobic surfaces) for the studied temperature range. (ii) The required mass of water to reach a coherent and completely covering film is much larger on the hydrophobic surface, i.e. the film morphology differs on the two types of surfaces. These differences are also reflected in differences in the phase transition from amorphous to crystallineof the ice film upon heating through the transition temperature. The measurements were primarily done by temperature programmed desorption. Theoretical modeling can semiquantitatively reproduce the nucleation and growth behavior on the hydrophobic substrate.

  12. Rapid Formation of Soft Hydrophilic Silicone Elastomer Surfaces

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    Efimenko,K.; Crowe, J.; Manias, E.; Schwark, D.; Fischer, D.; Genzer, J.

    2005-01-01

    We report on the rapid formation of hydrophilic silicone elastomer surfaces by ultraviolet/ozone (UVO) irradiation of poly(vinylmethylsiloxane) (PVMS) network films. Our results reveal that the PVMS network surfaces render hydrophilic upon only a short UVO exposure time (seconds to a few minutes). We also provide evidence that the brief UVO irradiation treatment does not cause dramatic changes in the surface modulus of the PVMS network. We compare the rate of formation of hydrophilic silicone elastomer surfaces made of PVMS to those of model poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) and commercial-grade PDMS (Sylgard-184). We find that relative to PVMS, 20 times longer UVO treatment times are needed to oxidize the PDMS network surfaces in order to achieve a comparable density of surface-bound hydrophilic moieties. The longer UVO treatment times for PDMS are in turn responsible for the dramatic increase in surface modulus of UVO treated PDMS, relative to PVMS. We also study the formation of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) made of semifluorinated organosilane precursors on the PVMSUVO and PDMS-UVO network surfaces. By tuning the UVO treatment times and by utilizing mono- and tri-functional organosilanes we find that while mono-functionalized organosilanes attach directly to the substrate, SAMs of tri-functionalized organosilanes form in-plane networks on the underlying UVO-modified silicone elastomer surface, even with only short UVO exposure times.

  13. Thiofluorographene-hydrophilic graphene derivative with semiconducting and genosensing properties.

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    Urbanová, Veronika; Holá, Kateřina; Bourlinos, Athanasios B; Čépe, Klára; Ambrosi, Adriano; Loo, Adeline Huiling; Pumera, Martin; Karlický, František; Otyepka, Michal; Zbořil, Radek

    2015-04-01

    We present the first example of covalent chemistry on fluorographene, enabling the attachment of -SH groups through nucleophilic substitution of fluorine in a polar solvent. The resulting thiographene-like, 2D derivative is hydrophilic with semiconducting properties and bandgap between 1 and 2 eV depending on F/SH ratio. Thiofluorographene is applied in DNA biosensing by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  14. APPLICATION OF HYDROPHILIC STARCH-BASED COATINGS TO POLYETHYLNE SURFACES

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    Methods for imparting hydrophilic surface properties to hydrophobic plastics are of interest because of their ability to retard the build-up of static electricity, to alter friction and adhesion properties between surfaces, to allow surfaces to be printed with water-based dyes and inks, and to impro...

  15. Influences of surface hydrophilicity on frost formation on a vertical cold plate under natural convection conditions

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    Liu, Zhongliang; Zhang, Xinghua; Wang, Hongyan; Meng, Sheng; Cheng, Shuiyuan

    2007-07-15

    Surface hydrophilicity has a strong influence on frost nucleation according to phase transition theory. To study this effect, a close observation of frost formation and deposition processes on a vertical plate was made under free convection conditions. The formation and shape variation of frost crystals during the initial period are described and the frost thickness variation with time on both hydrophobic and plain copper cold surfaces are presented. The various influencing factors are discussed in depth. The mechanism of surface hydrophilicity influence on frost formation was analyzed theoretically. This revealed that increasing the contact angle can increase the potential barrier and restrain crystal nucleation and growth and thus frost deposition. The experimental results show that the initial water drops formed on a hydrophobic surface are smaller and remain in the liquid state for a longer time compared with ones formed on a plain copper surface. It is also observed that the frost layer deposited on a hydrophobic surface is loose and weak. Though the hydrophobic surface can retard frost formation to a certain extent and causes a looser frost layer, our experimental results show that it does not depress the growth of the frost layer. (author)

  16. Water in Renewable Polymers: Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics

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    Elabd, Yossef

    2015-03-01

    The design of polymers derived from sustainable resources (renewable polymers) as replacements to nonrenewable plastics for various applications will require an accurate assessment and fundamental understanding of the dynamics water sorption in glassy polymers. In this work, water sorption and diffusion in a number of glassy polymers (including the renewable polymer poly(lactide)) were measured using gravimetric and spectroscopic techniques. Non-Fickian diffusion was observed in all polymers studied, which was indicated by rapid, initial water uptake (driven by a concentration gradient), followed by continuous, gradual uptake of water at later experimental times (driven by slow polymer relaxation). Additionally, water sorption in these glassy polymers was predicted using two nonequilibrium thermodynamic models, where excellent agreement between the model prediction and experimental data was achieved for both models. Furthermore, contrasting physical pictures of water clustering were obtained between the Zimm-Lundberg theory and direct measurements. National Science Foundation.

  17. Evaluation of high temperature polymers

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    Jayaraj, K.; Dorogy, W.; Farrell, B.; Landrau, N.

    1995-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to identify and develop arc-track resistant insulation materials that can operate reliably at 300 C. In the first phase, high performance polymers are evaluated based on structure, thermal stability and electrical properties. Next, the polymers are ranked according to performance and experimental characterization. Then, experimental evaluations in wire configuration are conducted. And selection is made based on performance and commerical potential.

  18. Polymer adsorption

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    Joanny, Jean-Francois

    2008-03-01

    The aim of this talk is to review Pierre-Gilles deGennes' work on polymer adsorption and the impact that it has now in our understanding of this problem. We will first present the self-consistent mean-field theory and its applications to adsorption and depletion. De Gennes most important contribution is probably the derivation of the self-similar power law density profile for adsorbed polymer layers that we will present next, emphasizing the differences between the tail sections and the loop sections of the adsorbed polymers. We will then discuss the kinetics of polymer adsorption and the penetration of a new polymer chain in an adsobed layer that DeGennes described very elegantly in analogy with a quantum tunneling problem. Finally, we will discuss the role of polymer adsorption for colloid stabilization.

  19. Theoretical study of binding and permeation of ether-based polymers through interfaces.

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    Samanta, Susruta; Hezaveh, Samira; Roccatano, Danilo

    2013-11-27

    We present a molecular dynamics simulation study on the interactions of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly(propylene oxide) (PPO), and their ABA-type block copolymer, poloxamers, at water/n-heptane and 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospatidycholine (DMPC) lipid bilayer/water interfaces. The partition coefficients in water/1-octanol of the linear polyethers up to three monomers were calculated. The partition coefficients evidenced a higher hydrophobicity of the PPO in comparison to PEO. At the water/n-heptane interface, the polymers tend to adopt elongated conformations in agreement with similar experimental ellipsometry studies of different poloxamers. In the case of the poloxamers at the n-heptane/water interface, the stronger preference of the PPO block for the hydrophobic phase resulted in bottle-brush-type polymer conformations. At lipid bilayer/water interface, the PEO polymers, as expected from their hydrophilic nature, are weakly adsorbed on the surface of the lipid bilayer and locate in the water phase close to the headgroups. The free energy barriers of permeation calculated for short polymer chains suggest a thermodynamics propensity for the water phase that increase with the chain length. The lower affinity of PEO for the hydrophobic interior of the lipid bilayer resulted in the spontaneous expulsion within the simulation time. On the contrary, PPO chains and poloxamers have a longer residence time inside the bilayer, and they tend to concentrate in the tail region of the bilayer near the polar headgroups. In addition, polymers with PPO unit length comparable to the thickness of the hydrophobic region of the bilayer tend to span across the bilayer.

  20. Theoretical study of binding and permeation of ether-based polymers through interfaces.

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    Samanta, Susruta; Hezaveh, Samira; Roccatano, Danilo

    2013-11-27

    We present a molecular dynamics simulation study on the interactions of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), poly(propylene oxide) (PPO), and their ABA-type block copolymer, poloxamers, at water/n-heptane and 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospatidycholine (DMPC) lipid bilayer/water interfaces. The partition coefficients in water/1-octanol of the linear polyethers up to three monomers were calculated. The partition coefficients evidenced a higher hydrophobicity of the PPO in comparison to PEO. At the water/n-heptane interface, the polymers tend to adopt elongated conformations in agreement with similar experimental ellipsometry studies of different poloxamers. In the case of the poloxamers at the n-heptane/water interface, the stronger preference of the PPO block for the hydrophobic phase resulted in bottle-brush-type polymer conformations. At lipid bilayer/water interface, the PEO polymers, as expected from their hydrophilic nature, are weakly adsorbed on the surface of the lipid bilayer and locate in the water phase close to the headgroups. The free energy barriers of permeation calculated for short polymer chains suggest a thermodynamics propensity for the water phase that increase with the chain length. The lower affinity of PEO for the hydrophobic interior of the lipid bilayer resulted in the spontaneous expulsion within the simulation time. On the contrary, PPO chains and poloxamers have a longer residence time inside the bilayer, and they tend to concentrate in the tail region of the bilayer near the polar headgroups. In addition, polymers with PPO unit length comparable to the thickness of the hydrophobic region of the bilayer tend to span across the bilayer. PMID:24219592

  1. Polymer monoliths synthesized by radiation co-polymerization in solution

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    Beiler, Barbara; Sáfrány, Ágnes

    2007-08-01

    Hydrophilic co-polymer monoliths were prepared by irradiating alcoholic solutions containing diethyleneglycol dimethacrylate (DEGDMA) and 2-hydroxyethylacrylate (HEA) monomers. The effect of monomer ratio, solvent properties and radiation dose on the porous properties of the monoliths was studied in detail and compared to the monolith prepared from DEGDMA. Increase of the HEA content in the co-monomer mixture (up to 18 vol%) resulted in monoliths with increased pore size and hydrophilic character. The biggest pores were obtained when methanol was used as solvent. The use of the monoliths as chromatographic columns for separation of proteins, amino and nucleic acids is also reported.

  2. Chromatographic characterization of hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography stationary phases: hydrophilicity, charge effects, structural selectivity, and separation efficiency.

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    Kawachi, Yuusuke; Ikegami, Tohru; Takubo, Hirotaka; Ikegami, Yuka; Miyamoto, Masatoshi; Tanaka, Nobuo

    2011-09-01

    Fourteen commercially available particle-packed columns and a monolithic column for hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) were characterized in terms of the degree of hydrophilicity, the selectivity for hydrophilic-hydrophobic substituents, the selectivity for the regio and configurational differences in hydrophilic substituents, the selectivity for molecular shapes, the evaluation of electrostatic interactions, and the evaluation of the acidic-basic nature of the stationary phases using nucleoside derivatives, phenyl glucoside derivatives, xanthine derivatives, sodium p-toluenesulfonate, and trimethylphenylammonium chloride as a set of samples. Principal component analysis based on the data of retention factors could separate three clusters of the HILIC phases. The column efficiency and the peak asymmetry factors were also discussed. These data on the selectivity for partial structural differences were summarized as radar-shaped diagrams. This method of column characterization is helpful to classify HILIC stationary phases on the basis of their chromatographic properties, and to choose better columns for targets to be separated. Judging from the retention factor for uridine, these HILIC columns could be separated into two groups: strongly retentive and weakly retentive stationary phases. Among the strongly retentive stationary phases, zwitterionic and amide functionalities were found to be the most selective on the basis of partial structural differences. The hydroxyethyl-type stationary phase showed the highest retention factor, but with low separation efficiency. Weakly retentive stationary phases generally showed lower selectivity for partial structural differences. PMID:21782195

  3. Polymer Chemistry

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    Williams, Martha; Roberson, Luke; Caraccio, Anne

    2010-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation describes new technologies in polymer and material chemistry that benefits NASA programs and missions. The topics include: 1) What are Polymers?; 2) History of Polymer Chemistry; 3) Composites/Materials Development at KSC; 4) Why Wiring; 5) Next Generation Wiring Materials; 6) Wire System Materials and Integration; 7) Self-Healing Wire Repair; 8) Smart Wiring Summary; 9) Fire and Polymers; 10) Aerogel Technology; 11) Aerogel Composites; 12) Aerogels for Oil Remediation; 13) KSC's Solution; 14) Chemochromic Hydrogen Sensors; 15) STS-130 and 131 Operations; 16) HyperPigment; 17) Antimicrobial Materials; 18) Conductive Inks Formulations for Multiple Applications; and 19) Testing and Processing Equipment.

  4. Star Polymers.

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    Ren, Jing M; McKenzie, Thomas G; Fu, Qiang; Wong, Edgar H H; Xu, Jiangtao; An, Zesheng; Shanmugam, Sivaprakash; Davis, Thomas P; Boyer, Cyrille; Qiao, Greg G

    2016-06-22

    Recent advances in controlled/living polymerization techniques and highly efficient coupling chemistries have enabled the facile synthesis of complex polymer architectures with controlled dimensions and functionality. As an example, star polymers consist of many linear polymers fused at a central point with a large number of chain end functionalities. Owing to this exclusive structure, star polymers exhibit some remarkable characteristics and properties unattainable by simple linear polymers. Hence, they constitute a unique class of technologically important nanomaterials that have been utilized or are currently under audition for many applications in life sciences and nanotechnologies. This article first provides a comprehensive summary of synthetic strategies towards star polymers, then reviews the latest developments in the synthesis and characterization methods of star macromolecules, and lastly outlines emerging applications and current commercial use of star-shaped polymers. The aim of this work is to promote star polymer research, generate new avenues of scientific investigation, and provide contemporary perspectives on chemical innovation that may expedite the commercialization of new star nanomaterials. We envision in the not-too-distant future star polymers will play an increasingly important role in materials science and nanotechnology in both academic and industrial settings.

  5. Experimental investigation of the effect of polymer matrices on polymer fibre optic oxygen sensors and their time response characteristics using a vacuum testing chamber and a liquid flow apparatus

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    Chen, Rongsheng; Formenti, Federico; McPeak, Hanne; Obeid, Andrew N.; Hahn, Clive; Farmery, Andrew

    2016-01-01

    Very fast sensors that are able to track rapid changes in oxygen partial pressure (PO2) in the gas and liquid phases are increasingly required in scientific research – particularly in the life sciences. Recent interest in monitoring very fast changes in the PO2 of arterial blood in some respiratory failure conditions is one such example. Previous attempts to design fast intravascular electrochemical oxygen sensors for use in physiology and medicine have failed to meet the criteria that are now required in modern investigations. However, miniature photonic devices are capable of meeting this need. In this article, we present an inexpensive polymer type fibre-optic, oxygen sensor that is two orders of magnitude faster than conventional electrochemical oxygen sensors. It is constructed with biologically inert polymer materials and is both sufficiently small and robust for direct insertion in to a human artery. The sensors were tested and evaluated in both a gas testing chamber and in a flowing liquid test system. The results showed a very fast T90 response time, typically circa 20 ms when tested in the gas phase, and circa 100 ms in flowing liquid. PMID:26726286

  6. An Experimental Study of Micron-Size Zero-Valent Iron Emplacement in Permeable Porous Media Using Polymer-Enhanced Fluids

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    Oostrom, Mart; Wietsma, Thomas W.; Covert, Matthew A.; Vermeul, Vince R.

    2005-12-22

    At the Hanford Site, an extensive In Situ Redox Manipulation (ISRM) permeable reactive barrier was installed to prevent chromate from reaching the Columbia River. However, chromium has been detected in several wells, indicating a premature loss of the reductive capacity in the aquifer. One possible cause for premature chromate breakthrough is associated with the presence of high-permeability zones in the aquifer. In these zones, groundwater moves relatively fast and is able to oxidize iron more rapidly. There is also a possibility that the high-permeability flow paths are deficient in reducing equivalents (e.g. reactive iron), required for barrier performance. One way enhancement of the current barrier reductive capacity can be achieved is by the addition of micron-scale zero-valent iron to the high-permeability zones within the aquifer. The potential emplacement of zero-valent iron (Fe0) into high-permeability Hanford sediments (Ringold Unit E gravels) using shear-thinning fluids containing polymers was investigated in three-dimensional wedge-shaped aquifer models. Polymers were used to create a suspension viscous enough to keep the Fe0 in solution for extended time periods to improve colloid movement into the porous media without causing a permanent detrimental decrease in hydraulic conductivity. Porous media were packed in the wedge-shaped flow cell to create either a heterogeneous layered system with a high-permeability zone in between two low-permeability zones or a high-permeability channel surrounded by low-permeability materials. The injection flow rate, polymer type, polymer concentration, and injected pore volumes were determined based on preliminary short- and long-column experiments.

  7. Direct measurement of colloidal interactions between polyaniline surfaces in a UV-curable coating formulation: the effect of surface hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity and resin composition.

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    Jafarzadeh, Shadi; Claesson, Per M; Pan, Jinshan; Thormann, Esben

    2014-02-01

    The interactions between polyaniline particles and polyaniline surfaces in polyester acrylate resin mixed with 1,6-hexanediol diacrylate monomer have been investigated using contact angle measurements and the atomic force microscopy colloidal probe technique. Polyaniline with different characteristics (hydrophilic and hydrophobic) were synthesized directly on spherical polystyrene particles of 10 μm in diameter. Surface forces were measured between core/shell structured polystyrene/polyaniline particles (and a pure polystyrene particle as reference) mounted on an atomic force microscope cantilever and a pressed pellet of either hydrophilic or hydrophobic polyaniline powders, in resins of various polymer:monomer ratios. A short-range purely repulsive interaction was observed between hydrophilic polyaniline (doped with phosphoric acid) surfaces in polyester acrylate resin. In contrast, interactions between hydrophobic polyaniline (doped with n-decyl phosphonic acid) were dominated by attractive forces, suggesting less compatibility and higher tendency for aggregation of these particles in liquid polyester acrylate compared to hydrophilic polyaniline. Both observations are in agreement with the conclusions from the interfacial energy studies performed by contact angle measurements. PMID:24400981

  8. Surface treatment of polymer microfibrillar structures for improved surface wettability and adhesion

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    Peyvandi, Amirpasha; Abideen, Saqib Ul; Huang, Yue; Lee, Ilsoon; Soroushian, Parviz; Lu, Jue

    2014-01-01

    The effects of altering the polymer surface characteristics on adhesion qualities of bio-inspired fibrillar adhesives were found to be significant. Treatment of fibril tip surfaces in polymer fibrillar adhesives improved their wettability and adhesion capacity. Surface modifications of fibril tips involved UV/Ozone and oxygen plasma treatments for making the fibril tips more hydrophilic. These surface treatment effects, however, tend to degrade over time (rendering hydrophobic recovery). The stability of treated (hydrophilic) surfaces was improved, while retaining their wettability, through coating with a polyelectrolyte such as polyethyleneimine (PEI) via self-assembly.

  9. Preparation of hydrophilic PVDF/PPTA blend membranes by in situ polycondensation and its application in the treatment of landfill leachate

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    Li, Hongbin; Shi, Wenying; Zhang, Yufeng; Zhou, Rong; Zhang, Haixia

    2015-08-01

    High modulus poly(p-phenylene terephtalamide) (PPTA) reinforced composites are of great scientific interests. But the thermodynamic difference makes the polymer pairs incompatible and endows the composites with inferior physical-chemical properties. In this study, hydrophilic poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)/poly(p-phenylene terephtalamide) (PPTA) blend membrane with improved hydrophilicity and mechanical strength was prepared through in situ polycondensation of p-phenylene diamine (PPD) and terephthaloyl chloride (TPC) in PVDF solution and subsequent immersion precipitation phase inversion process. The effects of PPTA concentration in polymer dopes on membrane formation process, structure, morphology and performance were systematically investigated. The results showed that thermodynamically, PPTA acted as a demixing enhancer which accelerated the phase inversion process. Dynamically, liquid-liquid phase separation was still in control of membrane formation process especially in the later period, whereas the addition of PPTA mainly promoted the early emergence of the liquid-liquid demixing. The surface hydrophilicity, ant-fouling properties and mechanical strength were significantly improved when PPTA content was 17 wt%. When PPTA content increased to 26 wt%, membrane bursting pressure increased to nearly 0.6 MPa which was 1.5 times higher than that of PVDF membrane. The resultant PVDF/PPTA blend membrane exhibited an improved antifouling property than that of PVDF membrane when applied in the MBR in the treatment of landfill leachate and also showed a relatively high removal rate of chemical oxygen demand (COD) and chrom.

  10. Carbon Nanofibers (CNFs) Surface Modification to Fabricate Carbon Nanofibers_Nanopaper Integrated Polymer Composite Material.

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    Jiang, Jianjun; Zhao, Ziwei; Deng, Chao; Liu, Fa; Li, Dejia; Fang, Liangchao; Zhang, Dan; Castro Jose M; Chen, Feng; Lee, L James

    2016-06-01

    Carbon Nanofibers (CNFs) have shown great potential to improve the physical and mechanical properties of conventional Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites (FRPCs) surface. Excellent dispersion CNFs into water or polymer matrix was very crucial to get good quality CNFs enhanced FRPCs. Because of the hydrophobic properties of CNFs, we apply the reversible switching principles to transfer the hydrophobic surface into hydrophilic surface by growing polyaniline nanograss on the surface of CNFs which was carried out in hydrochloric acid condition. Incorporating CNFs into FRPCs as a surface layer named CNFs Nanopaper to increase the erosion resistance and electrical conductivity in this research which was very important in the wind energy field. In order to get high quality dispersed CNFs suspension, a sonication unit was used to detangle and uniform disperse the functionalized CNFs. A filter with vacuum pressure used to filter the suspension of CNFs onto Carbon veil to make CNFs Nanopaper. Vacuum Aided Resin Transfer Modeling (VARTM) process was used to fabricate Nano-enhanced FRPCs samples. In order to characterize the mechanical properties, three point bending experiment was measured. The flexural strength capacity and deformation resistance and behavior were compared and analyzed. In this paper, we discussed the methods used and provided experimental parameter and experimental results. PMID:27427606

  11. Carbon Nanofibers (CNFs) Surface Modification to Fabricate Carbon Nanofibers_Nanopaper Integrated Polymer Composite Material.

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    Jiang, Jianjun; Zhao, Ziwei; Deng, Chao; Liu, Fa; Li, Dejia; Fang, Liangchao; Zhang, Dan; Castro Jose M; Chen, Feng; Lee, L James

    2016-06-01

    Carbon Nanofibers (CNFs) have shown great potential to improve the physical and mechanical properties of conventional Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites (FRPCs) surface. Excellent dispersion CNFs into water or polymer matrix was very crucial to get good quality CNFs enhanced FRPCs. Because of the hydrophobic properties of CNFs, we apply the reversible switching principles to transfer the hydrophobic surface into hydrophilic surface by growing polyaniline nanograss on the surface of CNFs which was carried out in hydrochloric acid condition. Incorporating CNFs into FRPCs as a surface layer named CNFs Nanopaper to increase the erosion resistance and electrical conductivity in this research which was very important in the wind energy field. In order to get high quality dispersed CNFs suspension, a sonication unit was used to detangle and uniform disperse the functionalized CNFs. A filter with vacuum pressure used to filter the suspension of CNFs onto Carbon veil to make CNFs Nanopaper. Vacuum Aided Resin Transfer Modeling (VARTM) process was used to fabricate Nano-enhanced FRPCs samples. In order to characterize the mechanical properties, three point bending experiment was measured. The flexural strength capacity and deformation resistance and behavior were compared and analyzed. In this paper, we discussed the methods used and provided experimental parameter and experimental results.

  12. Microphase separation in copolymers of hydrophilic PEG blocks and hydrophobic tyrosine-derived segments using simultaneous SAXS/WAXS/DSC

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    Murthy, N.S.; Wang, W.; Kohn, J.

    2010-10-22

    Hydration- and temperature-induced microphase separations were investigated by simultaneous small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS and WAXS) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in a family of copolymers in which hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) blocks are inserted randomly into a hydrophobic polymer made of either desaminotyrosyl-tyrosine ethyl ester (DTE) or iodinated I{sub 2}DTE segments. Iodination of the tyrosine rings in I{sub 2}DTE increased the X-ray contrast between the hydrophobic and hydrophilic segments in addition to facilitating the study of the effect of iodination on microphase separation. The formation of phase-separated, hydrated PEG domains is of considerable significance as it profoundly affects the polymer properties. The copolymers of DTE (or I{sub 2}DTE) and PEG are a useful model system, and the findings presented here may be applicable to other PEG-containing random copolymers. In copolymers of PEG and DTE and I{sub 2}DTE, the presence of PEG depressed the glass transition temperature (T{sub g}) of the copolymer relative to the homopolymer, poly(DTE carbonate), and the DTE/I{sub 2}DTE segments hindered the crystallization of the PEG segments. In the dry state, at large PEG fractions (>70 vol%), the PEG domains self-assembled into an ordered structure with 14-18 nm distance between the domains. These domains gave rise to a SAXS peak at all temperatures in the iodinated polymers, but only above the T{sub g} in non-iodinated polymers, due to the unexpected contrast-match between the crystalline PEG domains and the glassy DTE segments. Irrespective of whether PEG was crystalline or not, immersion of these copolymers in water resulted in the formation of hydrated PEG domains that were 10-20 nm apart. Since both water and the polymer chains must be mobile for the phase separation to occur, the PEG domains disappeared when the water froze, and reappeared as the ice began to melt. This transformation was reversible, and showed

  13. Polymers & People

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    Lentz, Linda; Robinson, Thomas; Martin, Elizabeth; Miller, Mary; Ashburn, Norma

    2004-01-01

    Each Tuesday during the fall of 2002, teams of high school students from three South Carolina counties conducted a four-hour polymer institute for their peers. In less than two months, over 300 students visited the Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, South Carolina, to explore DNA, nylon, rubber, gluep, and other polymers. Teams of…

  14. 21 CFR 886.5928 - Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care products. 886...) contact lens care products. (a) Identification. A soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care product is a device... (hydrophilic) contact lens. This includes all solutions and tablets used together with soft...

  15. 21 CFR 886.5928 - Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care products.

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    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care products. 886...) contact lens care products. (a) Identification. A soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care product is a device... (hydrophilic) contact lens. This includes all solutions and tablets used together with soft...

  16. 21 CFR 886.5928 - Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care products. 886...) contact lens care products. (a) Identification. A soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care product is a device... (hydrophilic) contact lens. This includes all solutions and tablets used together with soft...

  17. 21 CFR 886.5928 - Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care products.

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    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care products. 886...) contact lens care products. (a) Identification. A soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care product is a device... (hydrophilic) contact lens. This includes all solutions and tablets used together with soft...

  18. 21 CFR 886.5928 - Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care products.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care products. 886...) contact lens care products. (a) Identification. A soft (hydrophilic) contact lens care product is a device... (hydrophilic) contact lens. This includes all solutions and tablets used together with soft...

  19. Environmentally benign electroless nickel plating using supercritical carbon-dioxide on hydrophilically modified acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene

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    Tengsuwan, Siwach; Ohshima, Masahiro

    2014-08-01

    Electroless Ni-P plating using supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in conjunction with copolymer-based hydrophilic modification was applied to an acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) substrate. The surface of ABS substrate was hydrophilically modified by blending with a multi-block copolymer, poly(ether-ester-amide)s (PEEA), in injection molding process. The substrate was then impregnated with Pd(II)-hexafluoroacetylacetonate, Pd(hfa)2, using scCO2, followed by the electroless plating reaction. ABS/PEEA substrates with different PEEA to ABS blend ratios and different volume ratios of butadiene to the styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer (SAN) matrix were prepared to investigate how the dispersed PEEA and butadiene domains affected the blend morphology and the adhesive strength of the plating metal-to-polymer contact. Increasing the PEEA copolymer to ABS blend ratio increased the mass transfer rate of the plating solution in the ABS substrate. Consequently, the metal-polymer composite layer became thicker, which increased the adhesive strength of the metal-to-polymer contact because of the anchoring effect. The butadiene domains appeared to attract the Pd catalyst precursor, and thus, the proportion of butadiene in the ABS matrix also affected the adhesive strength of the contact between the metal layer and the substrate. The ABS substrate was successfully plated with a Ni-P metal layer with an average adhesive strength of 9.1 ± 0.5 N cm-1 by choosing appropriate ABS/PEEA blend ratios and a Pd(hfa)2 concentration.

  20. Characterization of hydrophilic-rich phase mimic in dentin adhesive and computer-aided molecular design of water compatible visible light initiators

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    Abedin, Farhana

    photosensitizers specifically for the hydrophilic-rich phase of dental adhesives. It was observed that the degree of conversion of the hydrophilic-rich mimics is dominated by the photo-initiator concentration and not the cross-linker. A secondary rate maxima was observed in the case of hydrophilic-rich phase mimics which was associated with the formation of microgels during polymerization. A polymerization mechanism involving polymerization- and solvent-induced phase separation was proposed for the hydrophilic-rich mimics. The hydrophilic dental resins were sensitive to light intensity, i.e. at low light intensities the degree of conversion of the hydrophilic resin was reduced substantially in the presence of camphorquinone/ethyl 4-(dimethylamino)benzoate as photo-initiators, whereas a substantial degree of conversion was observed for the hydrophobic resin even at these lower light intensities. The addition of iodonium salt in the hydrophilic resin significantly improved the degree of conversion of the hydrophilic resin at low light intensities. These studies also showed that the iodonium salt could lead to enhanced cyclization and shorter polymer chain lengths within the hydrophilic-rich phase. For the physically separated hydrophilic-rich phase specimens, it was observed that in the presence of the conventional photo-initiator system (camphorquinone/ethyl 4-(dimethylamino)benzoate), there was no polymerization, mostly due to the insufficient partition concentrations of the photo-initiator components within this phase. The addition of iodoinum salt in this case significantly improved the degree of conversion but it was still significantly lower. These studies indicated that the overall polymerization efficiency of the hydrophilic-rich phase was lower than the hydrophobic-rich phase. The lower polymerization efficiency of the hydrophilic-rich phase led to a phase that lacks integrity; the hydrophilic-rich phase could be infiltrated by oral fluids and cariogenic bacteria. The

  1. Microfluidic Synthesis of Rigid Nanovesicles for Hydrophilic Reagents Delivery**

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    Zhang, Lu; Feng, Qiang; Wang, Jiuling; Sun, Jiashu; Shi, Xinghua; Jiang, Xingyu

    2015-01-01

    We present a hollow-structured rigid nanovesicle (RNV) fabricated by a multi-stage microfluidic chip in one step, to effectively entrap various hydrophilic reagents inside, without complicated synthesis, extensive use of emulsifiers and stabilizers, and laborious purification procedures. The RNV contains a hollow water core, a rigid poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) shell, and an outermost lipid layer. The formation mechanism of the RNV is investigated by dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations. The entrapment efficiency of hydrophilic reagents such as calcein, rhodamine B and siRNA inside the hollow water core of RNV is ≈90 %. In comparison with the combination of free Dox and siRNA, RNV that co-encapsulate siRNA and doxorubicin (Dox) reveals a significantly enhanced anti-tumor effect for a multi-drug resistant tumor model. PMID:25704675

  2. Antioxidant activity of hydrophilic and lipophilic extracts of Brazilian blueberries.

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    Pertuzatti, Paula Becker; Barcia, Milene Teixeira; Rodrigues, Daniele; da Cruz, Pollyanna Nogueira; Hermosín-Gutiérrez, Isidro; Smith, Robert; Godoy, Helena Teixeira

    2014-12-01

    Hydrophilic and lipophilic extracts of ten cultivars of Highbush and Rabbiteye Brazilian blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum L. and Vacciniumashei Reade, respectively) that are used for commercial production were analysed for antioxidant activity by the FRAP, ORAC, ABTS and β-carotene-linoleate methods. Results were correlated to the amounts of carotenoids, total phenolics and anthocyanins. Brazilian blueberries had relatively high concentration of total phenolics (1,622-3,457 mg gallic acid equivalents per 100 g DW) and total anthocyanins (140-318 mg cyanidin-3-glucoside equivalents per 100 g DW), as well as being a good source of carotenoids. There was a higher positive correlation between the amounts of these compounds and the antioxidant activity of hydrophilic compared to lipophilic extracts. There were also significant differences in the level of bioactive compounds and antioxidant activities between different cultivars, production location and year of cultivation.

  3. Wetting failure of hydrophilic surfaces promoted by surface roughness

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    Zhao, Meng-Hua; Chen, Xiao-Peng; Wang, Qing

    2014-01-01

    Wetting failure is of vital importance to many physical phenomena, such as industrial coating and drop emission. Here we show when and how the surface roughness promotes the destabilization of a moving contact line on a hydrophilic surface. Beyond the balance of the driving force and viscous resistance where a stable wetting interface is sustained, wetting failure occurs and is modified by the roughness of the surface. The promoting effect arises only when the wetting velocity is high enough to create a gas-liquid-solid composite interface in the vicinity of the moving contact line, and it is a function of the intrinsic contact angle and proportion of solid tops. We propose a model to explain splashes of rough solid spheres impacting into liquids. It reveals a novel concept that dynamic wetting on hydrophilic rough surfaces can be similar to that on hydrophobic surfaces, and brings a new way to design surfaces with specific wetting properties. PMID:24948390

  4. Titanium surface hydrophilicity modulates the human macrophage inflammatory cytokine response.

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    Alfarsi, Mohammed A; Hamlet, Stephen M; Ivanovski, Saso

    2014-01-01

    Increased titanium surface hydrophilicity has been shown to accelerate dental implant osseointegration. Macrophages are important in the early inflammatory response to surgical implant placement and influence the subsequent healing response. This study investigated the modulatory effect of a hydrophilic titanium surface on the inflammatory cytokine expression profile in a human macrophage cell line (THP-1). Genes for 84 cytokines, chemokines, and their receptors were analyzed following exposure to (1) polished (SMO), (2) micro-rough sand blasted, acid etched (SLA), and (3) hydrophilic-modified SLA (modSLA) titanium surfaces for 1 and 3 days. By day 3, the SLA surface elicited a pro-inflammatory response compared to the SMO surface with statistically significant up-regulation of 16 genes [Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) Interleukin (IL)-1β, Chemokine (C-C motif) ligand (CCL)-1, 2, 3, 4, 18, 19, and 20, Chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand (CXCL)-1, 5, 8 and 12, Chemokine (C-C motif) receptor (CCR)-7, Lymphotoxin-beta (LTB), and Leukotriene B4 receptor (LTB4R)]. This effect was countered by the modSLA surface, which down-regulated the expression of 10 genes (TNF, IL-1α and β, CCL-1, 3, 19 and 20, CXCL-1 and 8, and IL-1 receptor type 1), while two were up-regulated (osteopontin and CCR5) compared to the SLA surface. These cytokine gene expression changes were confirmed by decreased levels of corresponding protein secretion in response to modSLA compared to SLA. These results show that a hydrophilic titanium surface can modulate human macrophage pro-inflammatory cytokine gene expression and protein secretion. An attenuated pro-inflammatory response may be an important molecular mechanism for faster and/or improved wound healing.

  5. Fracture resistance of roots obturated with novel hydrophilic obturation systems

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    Hegde, Vibha; Arora, Shashank

    2015-01-01

    Aim: Comparative assessment of fracture resistance of roots obturated with three hydrophilic systems — novel CPoint system, Resilon/Epiphany system, and EndoSequence BC sealer; and one hydrophobic gold standard gutta-percha/AHPlus system. Materials and Methods: Ninety freshly extracted, human, single-rooted mandibular premolars were selected. The specimens were decoronated and standardized to a working length of 13 mm. The teeth were randomly divided into six groups (n = 15). In Group A, teeth were left unprepared and unfilled (negative control). Rest of the groups were prepared by using ProTaper system up to a master apical file F3; followed by which Group B was left unobturated (positive control); Group C, novel CPoint System; group D, Resilon/Epiphany system, Group E EndoSequence BC sealer, and Group F gutta-percha and AH Plus. Specimens were stored for 2 weeks at 100% humidity. Each group was then subjected to fracture testing by using a universal testing machine. The force required to fracture each specimen was recorded and the data was analyzed statistically using analysis of variance (ANOVA) test and Tukey's post-hoc test. Results: The hydrophilic obturation systems have shown to exhibit significantly higher fracture resistance as shown by the values in Groups C, D, and E (P < 0.05) when compared with Group F. Within hydrophilic groups there was significant difference between Group D and Groups C and E (P < 0.05), while Groups C and E had no significant difference (P > 0.05). Conclusion: In contrast to hydrophobic systems, hydrophilic systems showed higher fracture resistance in a single-rooted premolar. PMID:26069417

  6. Hydraulic transport across hydrophilic and hydrophobic nanopores: Flow experiments with water and n-hexane.

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    Gruener, Simon; Wallacher, Dirk; Greulich, Stefanie; Busch, Mark; Huber, Patrick

    2016-01-01

    We experimentally explore pressure-driven flow of water and n-hexane across nanoporous silica (Vycor glass monoliths with 7- or 10-nm pore diameters, respectively) as a function of temperature and surface functionalization (native and silanized glass surfaces). Hydraulic flow rates are measured by applying hydrostatic pressures via inert gases (argon and helium, pressurized up to 70 bar) on the upstream side in a capacitor-based membrane permeability setup. For the native, hydrophilic silica walls, the measured hydraulic permeabilities can be quantitatively accounted for by bulk fluidity provided we assume a sticking boundary layer, i.e., a negative velocity slip length of molecular dimensions. The thickness of this boundary layer is discussed with regard to previous capillarity-driven flow experiments (spontaneous imbibition) and with regard to velocity slippage at the pore walls resulting from dissolved gas. Water flow across the silanized, hydrophobic nanopores is blocked up to a hydrostatic pressure of at least 70 bar. The absence of a sticking boundary layer quantitatively accounts for an enhanced n-hexane permeability in the hydrophobic compared to the hydrophilic nanopores.

  7. Hydraulic transport across hydrophilic and hydrophobic nanopores: Flow experiments with water and n-hexane.

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    Gruener, Simon; Wallacher, Dirk; Greulich, Stefanie; Busch, Mark; Huber, Patrick

    2016-01-01

    We experimentally explore pressure-driven flow of water and n-hexane across nanoporous silica (Vycor glass monoliths with 7- or 10-nm pore diameters, respectively) as a function of temperature and surface functionalization (native and silanized glass surfaces). Hydraulic flow rates are measured by applying hydrostatic pressures via inert gases (argon and helium, pressurized up to 70 bar) on the upstream side in a capacitor-based membrane permeability setup. For the native, hydrophilic silica walls, the measured hydraulic permeabilities can be quantitatively accounted for by bulk fluidity provided we assume a sticking boundary layer, i.e., a negative velocity slip length of molecular dimensions. The thickness of this boundary layer is discussed with regard to previous capillarity-driven flow experiments (spontaneous imbibition) and with regard to velocity slippage at the pore walls resulting from dissolved gas. Water flow across the silanized, hydrophobic nanopores is blocked up to a hydrostatic pressure of at least 70 bar. The absence of a sticking boundary layer quantitatively accounts for an enhanced n-hexane permeability in the hydrophobic compared to the hydrophilic nanopores. PMID:26871150

  8. Evaluation of the hydrophilic behaviour of a β-casein peptide by molecular dynamics simulation

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    Wang, C. X.; Douillard, R.; Tran, V.

    1994-12-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations of a beta-casein peptide in the alpha-helix conformation in vacuum and aqueous solution have been performed to study the hydrophilic (and conversely hydrophobic) and hydration behavior of this peptide. Both simulations were performed for a duration of 150 ps at 300 K using the GROMOS force field, with apolar hydrogen atoms treated as united atoms, and the SPC water model. A general conclusion is that the beta-casein peptide hydrophilic behaviour can be characterized by comparison of (solvent) accessible surface area (SASA) and of the radius of gyration (R(sub g)) in vacuum and in aqueous solution. These two criterion values increase when the peptide is moved from vacuum to water. For each amino-acid, the SASA difference gives a picture of their hydrophobicity which compares favorably with the standard scale used to predict the hydrophobicity profile of the polypeptide. The hydrogen bonding analysis has been carried out and the result of peptide-water hydrogen bonding has been satisfactory compared with previous simulation and nuclear magnetic resonance NMR experiment. From calculations of the diffusion coefficient of water around the different atom types of peptide, it is found that the diffusion coefficient of water near polar atom is the smallest one, which is consistent with the recent experimental and simulation data.

  9. Experimental Study of the Flexural and Compression Performance of an Innovative Pultruded Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer-Wood Composite Profile.

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    Qi, Yujun; Xiong, Wei; Liu, Weiqing; Fang, Hai; Lu, Weidong

    2015-01-01

    The plate of a pultruded fiber-reinforced polymer or fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) profile produced via a pultrusion process is likely to undergo local buckling and cracking along the fiber direction under an external load. In this study, we constructed a pultruded glass-fiber-reinforced polymer-light wood composite (PGWC) profile to explore its mechanical performance. A rectangular cross-sectional PGWC profile was fabricated with a paulownia wood core, alkali-free glass fiber filaments, and unsaturated phthalate resin. Three-point bending and short column axial compression tests were conducted. Then, the stress calculation for the PGWC profile in the bending and axial compression tests was performed using the Timoshenko beam theory and the composite component analysis method to derive the flexural and axial compression rigidity of the profile during the elastic stress stage. The flexural capacity for this type of PGWC profile is 3.3-fold the sum of the flexural capacities of the wood core and the glass-fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) shell. The equivalent flexural rigidity is 1.5-fold the summed flexural rigidity of the wood core and GFRP shell. The maximum axial compressive bearing capacity for this type of PGWC profile can reach 1.79-fold the sum of those of the wood core and GFRP shell, and its elastic flexural rigidity is 1.2-fold the sum of their rigidities. These results indicate that in PGWC profiles, GFRP and wood materials have a positive combined effect. This study produced a pultruded composite material product with excellent mechanical performance for application in structures that require a large bearing capacity.

  10. Experimental Study of the Flexural and Compression Performance of an Innovative Pultruded Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer-Wood Composite Profile.

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    Qi, Yujun; Xiong, Wei; Liu, Weiqing; Fang, Hai; Lu, Weidong

    2015-01-01

    The plate of a pultruded fiber-reinforced polymer or fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) profile produced via a pultrusion process is likely to undergo local buckling and cracking along the fiber direction under an external load. In this study, we constructed a pultruded glass-fiber-reinforced polymer-light wood composite (PGWC) profile to explore its mechanical performance. A rectangular cross-sectional PGWC profile was fabricated with a paulownia wood core, alkali-free glass fiber filaments, and unsaturated phthalate resin. Three-point bending and short column axial compression tests were conducted. Then, the stress calculation for the PGWC profile in the bending and axial compression tests was performed using the Timoshenko beam theory and the composite component analysis method to derive the flexural and axial compression rigidity of the profile during the elastic stress stage. The flexural capacity for this type of PGWC profile is 3.3-fold the sum of the flexural capacities of the wood core and the glass-fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) shell. The equivalent flexural rigidity is 1.5-fold the summed flexural rigidity of the wood core and GFRP shell. The maximum axial compressive bearing capacity for this type of PGWC profile can reach 1.79-fold the sum of those of the wood core and GFRP shell, and its elastic flexural rigidity is 1.2-fold the sum of their rigidities. These results indicate that in PGWC profiles, GFRP and wood materials have a positive combined effect. This study produced a pultruded composite material product with excellent mechanical performance for application in structures that require a large bearing capacity. PMID:26485431

  11. Experimental Study of the Flexural and Compression Performance of an Innovative Pultruded Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer-Wood Composite Profile

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    Qi, Yujun; Xiong, Wei; Liu, Weiqing; Fang, Hai; Lu, Weidong

    2015-01-01

    The plate of a pultruded fiber-reinforced polymer or fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) profile produced via a pultrusion process is likely to undergo local buckling and cracking along the fiber direction under an external load. In this study, we constructed a pultruded glass-fiber-reinforced polymer-light wood composite (PGWC) profile to explore its mechanical performance. A rectangular cross-sectional PGWC profile was fabricated with a paulownia wood core, alkali-free glass fiber filaments, and unsaturated phthalate resin. Three-point bending and short column axial compression tests were conducted. Then, the stress calculation for the PGWC profile in the bending and axial compression tests was performed using the Timoshenko beam theory and the composite component analysis method to derive the flexural and axial compression rigidity of the profile during the elastic stress stage. The flexural capacity for this type of PGWC profile is 3.3-fold the sum of the flexural capacities of the wood core and the glass-fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) shell. The equivalent flexural rigidity is 1.5-fold the summed flexural rigidity of the wood core and GFRP shell. The maximum axial compressive bearing capacity for this type of PGWC profile can reach 1.79-fold the sum of those of the wood core and GFRP shell, and its elastic flexural rigidity is 1.2-fold the sum of their rigidities. These results indicate that in PGWC profiles, GFRP and wood materials have a positive combined effect. This study produced a pultruded composite material product with excellent mechanical performance for application in structures that require a large bearing capacity. PMID:26485431

  12. Communication: Experimentally determined profile of local glass transition temperature across a glassy-rubbery polymer interface with a Tg difference of 80 K

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    Baglay, Roman R.; Roth, Connie B.

    2015-09-01

    Studying the local glass transition temperature Tg across a boundary, we investigate the characteristic length scales of cooperative dynamics. High molecular weight polymers have a large separation in time scales between cooperative segmental motion (α-relaxation) and chain diffusion allowing us to measure the local Tg(z) profile across a glassy-rubbery interface of polystyrene/poly(n-butyl methacrylate) using fluorescence. We find this profile in cooperative dynamics does not correlate with the 7-nm wide symmetric composition profile of the interface, but instead is very broad, spanning 350-400 nm from one bulk Tg value to another, and highly asymmetric, extending further into the glassy side.

  13. Experimental and theoretical studies of xanthan gum and its graft co-polymer as corrosion inhibitor for mild steel in 15% HCl

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    Biswas, Amrita; Pal, Sagar; Udayabhanu, G.

    2015-10-01

    Xanthan gum (XG) and its graft co-polymer have been investigated as corrosion inhibitors for mild steel in 15% HCl. Gravimetric analysis, potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) methods were employed for investigating the effectiveness of these inhibitors. Results indicate that both the inhibitors are of mixed type and follow Langmuir adsorption isotherm. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) study also confirmed the protection of the metal surface by XG and xanthan gum-graft-poly(acrylamide) (XG-g-PAM). Theoretical calculations using Density Functional Theory (DFT) were used to establish the correlation between the structure and corrosion protection efficiencies.

  14. Water aging reverses residual stresses in hydrophilic dental composites.

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    Park, J W; Ferracane, J L

    2014-02-01

    Dental composites develop residual stresses during polymerization due to shrinkage. These stresses may change with time because of relaxation and water sorption in the oral environment. This phenomenon is likely dependent on the composition of the materials, specifically their hydrophilic characteristics, and could result in deleterious stresses on restorative materials and tooth structure. The purpose of this experiment was to use the thin ring-slitting method to compare the residual stress generated within composite materials of varying hydrophilicity when aged in wet and dry conditions after polymerization. Water sorption, solubility, elastic modulus, and residual stresses were measured in 6 commercial composites/cements aged in water and dry conditions. The self-adhesive resin cement showed the highest water sorption and solubility. All composites showed initial residual contraction stresses, which were maintained when aged dry. Residual stresses in 2 of the self-adhesive cements and the polyacid-modified composite aged in wet conditions resulted in a net expansion. This experiment verified that residual shrinkage stresses in dental composites can be reversed during aging in water, resulting in a net expansion, with the effect directly related to their hydrophilic properties.

  15. Resolving Isomeric Glycopeptide Glycoforms with Hydrophilic Interaction Chromatography (HILIC)

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    Huang, Yining; Nie, Yongxin; Boyes, Barry

    2016-01-01

    The ability to resolve glycans while attached to tryptic peptides would greatly facilitate glycoproteomics, as this would enable site-specific glycan characterization. Peptide/glycopeptide separations are typically performed using reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC), where retention is driven by hydrophobic interaction. As the hydrophilic glycans do not interact significantly with the RPLC stationary phase, it is difficult to resolve glycopeptides that differ only in their glycan structure, even when these differences are large. Alternatively, glycans interact extensively with the stationary phases used in hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC), and consequently, differences in glycan structure have profound chromatographic shifts in this chromatographic mode. Here, we evaluate HILIC for the separation of isomeric glycopeptide mixtures that have the same peptide backbone but isomeric glycans. Hydrophilic functional groups on both the peptide and the glycan interact with the HILIC stationary phase, and thus, changes to either of these moieties can alter the chromatographic behavior of a glycopeptide. The interactive processes permit glycopeptides to be resolved from each other based on differences in their amino acid sequences and/or their attached glycans. The separations of glycans in HILIC are sufficient to permit resolution of isomeric N-glycan structures, such as sialylated N-glycan isomers differing in α2-3 and α2-6 linkages, while these glycans remain attached to peptides. PMID:27582638

  16. Molecular origin of the negative heat capacity of hydrophilic hydration

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    Kinoshita, Masahiro; Yoshidome, Takashi

    2009-04-01

    The hydrophobic and hydrophilic hydrations are analyzed with the emphasis on the sign of the heat capacity of hydration (HCH). The angle-dependent integral equation theory combined with a multipolar water model is employed in the analysis. The hydration entropy (HE) is decomposed into the translational and orientational parts. It is found that the orientational part governs the temperature dependence of the HE. The orientational part is further decomposed into the solute-water pair correlation component (component 1) and the water reorganization component (component 2). For hydrophilic solutes, components 1 and 2 are negative and positive, respectively. As the temperature becomes higher, component 1 increases while component 2 decreases: They make positive and negative contributions to the HCH, respectively. The strong solute-water electrostatic attractive interactions induce the distortion of water structure near the solute and the break of hydrogen bonds. As the temperature increases, the effect of the attractive interactions becomes smaller and the distortion of water structure is reduced (i.e., more hydrogen bonds are recovered with increasing temperature). The latter effect dominates, leading to negative HCH. During the heat addition the formation of hydrogen bonds, which accompanies heat generation, occurs near the solute. Consequently, the addition of the same amount of heat leads to a larger increase in the thermal energy (or equivalently, in the temperature) than in the case of pure water. The hydrophobic hydration, which is opposite to the hydrophilic hydration in many respects, is also discussed in detail.

  17. Resolving Isomeric Glycopeptide Glycoforms with Hydrophilic Interaction Chromatography (HILIC).

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    Huang, Yining; Nie, Yongxin; Boyes, Barry; Orlando, Ron

    2016-09-01

    The ability to resolve glycans while attached to tryptic peptides would greatly facilitate glycoproteomics, as this would enable site-specific glycan characterization. Peptide/glycopeptide separations are typically performed using reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC), where retention is driven by hydrophobic interaction. As the hydrophilic glycans do not interact significantly with the RPLC stationary phase, it is difficult to resolve glycopeptides that differ only in their glycan structure, even when these differences are large. Alternatively, glycans interact extensively with the stationary phases used in hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC), and consequently, differences in glycan structure have profound chromatographic shifts in this chromatographic mode. Here, we evaluate HILIC for the separation of isomeric glycopeptide mixtures that have the same peptide backbone but isomeric glycans. Hydrophilic functional groups on both the peptide and the glycan interact with the HILIC stationary phase, and thus, changes to either of these moieties can alter the chromatographic behavior of a glycopeptide. The interactive processes permit glycopeptides to be resolved from each other based on differences in their amino acid sequences and/or their attached glycans. The separations of glycans in HILIC are sufficient to permit resolution of isomeric N-glycan structures, such as sialylated N-glycan isomers differing in α2-3 and α2-6 linkages, while these glycans remain attached to peptides. PMID:27582638

  18. Water aging reverses residual stresses in hydrophilic dental composites.

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    Park, J W; Ferracane, J L

    2014-02-01

    Dental composites develop residual stresses during polymerization due to shrinkage. These stresses may change with time because of relaxation and water sorption in the oral environment. This phenomenon is likely dependent on the composition of the materials, specifically their hydrophilic characteristics, and could result in deleterious stresses on restorative materials and tooth structure. The purpose of this experiment was to use the thin ring-slitting method to compare the residual stress generated within composite materials of varying hydrophilicity when aged in wet and dry conditions after polymerization. Water sorption, solubility, elastic modulus, and residual stresses were measured in 6 commercial composites/cements aged in water and dry conditions. The self-adhesive resin cement showed the highest water sorption and solubility. All composites showed initial residual contraction stresses, which were maintained when aged dry. Residual stresses in 2 of the self-adhesive cements and the polyacid-modified composite aged in wet conditions resulted in a net expansion. This experiment verified that residual shrinkage stresses in dental composites can be reversed during aging in water, resulting in a net expansion, with the effect directly related to their hydrophilic properties. PMID:24272790

  19. Synthesis and self-assembly of fluorocarbon- and hydrocarbon-modified hydrophilic polymers. Final report

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    Hogen-Esch, T.E.

    1996-11-01

    Over the past 3 years, work was done in several areas: effect of spacer lengths on degree of association of hydrophobically modified polyacrylamides; fluorocarbon mediated association of R{sub F}- substituted polyacrylamide-2-(acrylamido)-2-methyl-propane sodium sulfonate copolymers; hydrophobic association in R{sub F}(R{sub H})-modified poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide)(PDMA) and polyvinylpyrrolidone; synthesis of R{sub F}-containing poly(N- isopropyl acrylamide)`s; synthesis of HM narrow MWD telechelics PDMA and PDMA block copolymers; and studies of telechelic R{sub F}(R{sub H}) derivatives of polyethyleneglycols. 15 refs, 7 figs, 2 tabs.

  20. Use of hydrophilic polymer coatings for control of electroosmosis and protein adsorption

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    Harris, J. Milton

    1987-01-01

    The purpose of this project was to examine the utility of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and dextran coatings for control of electroosmosis and protein adsorption; electroosmosis is an important, deleterious process affecting electrophoretic separations, and protein adsorption is a factor which needs to be controlled during protein crystal growth to avoid multiple nucleation sites. Performance of the project required use of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to refine previously developed synthetic methods. The results of this spectroscopic examination are reported. Measurements of electroosmotic mobility of charged particles in appropriately coated capillaries reveals that a new, one-step route to coating capillaries gives a surface in which electroosmosis is dramatically reduced. Similarly, both PEG and dextran coatings were shown by protein adsorption measurements to be highly effective at reducing protein adsorption on solid surfaces. These results should have impact on future low-g electrophoretic and protein crystal growth experiments.

  1. Visualization of multimodal polymer-shelled contrast agents using ultrasound contrast sequences: an experimental study in a tissue mimicking flow phantom

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    2013-01-01

    Background A multimodal polymer-shelled contrast agent (CA) with target specific potential was recently developed and tested for its acoustic properties in a single element transducer setup. Since the developed polymeric CA has different chemical composition than the commercially available CAs, there is an interest to study its acoustic response when using clinical ultrasound systems. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate the acoustic response by studying the visualization capability and shadowing effect of three polymer-shelled CAs when using optimized sequences for contrast imaging. Methods The acoustic response of three types of the multimodal CA was evaluated in a tissue mimicking flow phantom setup by measuring contrast to tissue ratio (CTR) and acoustic shadowing using five image sequences optimized for contrast imaging. The measurements were performed over a mechanical index (MI) range of 0.2-1.2 at three CA concentrations (106, 105, 104 microbubbles/ml). Results The CTR-values were found to vary with the applied contrast sequence, MI and CA. The highest CTR-values were obtained when a contrast sequence optimized for higher MI imaging was used. At a CA concentration of 106 microbubbles/ml, acoustic shadowing was observed for all contrast sequences and CAs. Conclusions The CAs showed the potential to enhance ultrasound images generated by available contrast sequences. A CA concentration of 106 MBs/ml implies a non-linear relation between MB concentration and image intensity. PMID:23987142

  2. Modelling polymer draft gears

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    Wu, Qing; Yang, Xiangjian; Cole, Colin; Luo, Shihui

    2016-09-01

    This paper developed a new and simple approach to model polymer draft gears. Two types of polymer draft gears were modelled and compared with experimental data. Impact characteristics, in-train characteristics and frequency responses of these polymer draft gears were studied and compared with those of a friction draft gear. The impact simulations show that polymer draft gears can withstand higher impact speeds than the friction draft gear. Longitudinal train dynamics simulations show that polymer draft gears have significantly longer deflections than friction draft gears in normal train operations. The maximum draft gear working velocities are lower than 0.2 m/s, which are significantly lower than the impact velocities during shunting operations. Draft gears' in-train characteristics are similar to their static characteristics but are very different from their impact characteristics; this conclusion has also been reached from frequency response simulations. An analysis of gangway bridge plate failures was also conducted and it was found that they were caused by coupler angling behaviour and long draft gear deflections.

  3. The persistence length of adsorbed dendronized polymers.

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    Grebikova, Lucie; Kozhuharov, Svilen; Maroni, Plinio; Mikhaylov, Andrey; Dietler, Giovanni; Schlüter, A Dieter; Ullner, Magnus; Borkovec, Michal

    2016-07-21

    The persistence length of cationic dendronized polymers adsorbed onto oppositely charged substrates was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and quantitative image analysis. One can find that a decrease in the ionic strength leads to an increase of the persistence length, but the nature of the substrate and of the generation of the side dendrons influence the persistence length substantially. The strongest effects as the ionic strength is being changed are observed for the fourth generation polymer adsorbed on mica, which is a hydrophilic and highly charged substrate. However, the observed dependence on the ionic strength is much weaker than the one predicted by the Odijk, Skolnik, and Fixman (OSF) theory for semi-flexible chains. Low-generation polymers show a variation with the ionic strength that resembles the one observed for simple and flexible polyelectrolytes in solution. For high-generation polymers, this dependence is weaker. Similar dependencies are found for silica and gold substrates. The observed behavior is probably caused by different extents of screening of the charged groups, which is modified by the polymer generation, and to a lesser extent, the nature of the substrate. For highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), which is a hydrophobic and weakly charged substrate, the electrostatic contribution to the persistence length is much smaller. In the latter case, we suspect that specific interactions between the polymer and the substrate also play an important role. PMID:27353115

  4. Polymer nanolithography

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    Vance, Jennifer M.

    Nanolithography involves making patterns of materials with at least one dimension less than 100 nanometers. Surprisingly, writable CDs can provide polymer nanostructures for pennies a piece. Building on work previously done in the Drain lab, with an inherited home-built oven press, this research will explore the relationships between polymer chemical reactivity, polymer printing, and material surface energies. In addition, a relatively inexpensive entry point into high school and undergraduate education in nanolithography is presented. The ability to pattern cheaply at the nanoscale and microscale is necessary and attractive for many technologies towards biosensors, organic light emitting diodes, identification tags, layered devices, and transistors.

  5. In silico modelling of drug–polymer interactions for pharmaceutical formulations

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    Ahmad, Samina; Johnston, Blair F.; Mackay, Simon P.; Schatzlein, Andreas G.; Gellert, Paul; Sengupta, Durba; Uchegbu, Ijeoma F.

    2010-01-01

    Selecting polymers for drug encapsulation in pharmaceutical formulations is usually made after extensive trial and error experiments. To speed up excipient choice procedures, we have explored coarse-grained computer simulations (dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) and coarse-grained molecular dynamics using the MARTINI force field) of polymer–drug interactions to study the encapsulation of prednisolone (log p = 1.6), paracetamol (log p = 0.3) and isoniazid (log p = −1.1) in poly(l-lactic acid) (PLA) controlled release microspheres, as well as the encapsulation of propofol (log p = 4.1) in bioavailability enhancing quaternary ammonium palmitoyl glycol chitosan (GCPQ) micelles. Simulations have been compared with experimental data. DPD simulations, in good correlation with experimental data, correctly revealed that hydrophobic drugs (prednisolone and paracetamol) could be encapsulated within PLA microspheres and predicted the experimentally observed paracetamol encapsulation levels (5–8% of the initial drug level) in 50 mg ml−1 PLA microspheres, but only when initial paracetamol levels exceeded 5 mg ml−1. However, the mesoscale technique was unable to model the hydrophilic drug (isoniazid) encapsulation (4–9% of the initial drug level) which was observed in experiments. Molecular dynamics simulations using the MARTINI force field indicated that the self-assembly of GCPQ is rapid, with propofol residing at the interface between micellar hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups, and that there is a heterogeneous distribution of propofol within the GCPQ micelle population. GCPQ–propofol experiments also revealed a population of relatively empty and drug-filled GCPQ particles. PMID:20519214

  6. Structural properties of polymer-brush-grafted gold nanoparticles at the oil-water interface: insights from coarse-grained simulations.

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    Quan, Xuebo; Peng, ChunWang; Dong, Jiaqi; Zhou, Jian

    2016-04-14

    In this work, the structural properties of amphiphilic polymer-brush-grafted gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) at the oil-water interface were investigated by coarse-grained simulations. The effects of grafting architecture (diblock, mixed and Janus brush-grafted AuNPs) and hydrophilicity of polymer brushes are discussed. Simulation results indicate that functionalized AuNPs present abundant morphologies including typical core-shell, Janus-type, jellyfish-like, etc., in a water or oil-water solvent environment. It is found that hydrophobic/weak hydrophilic polymer-brush-grafted AuNPs have better phase transfer performance, especially for AuNPs modified with hydrophobic chains as outer blocks and weak hydrophilic chains as inner blocks. This kind of AuNP can cross the interface region and move into the oil phase completely. For hydrophobic/strong hydrophilic polymer-brush-grafted AuNPs, they are trapped in the interface region instead of moving into any phase. The mechanism of phase transfer is ascribed to the flexibility and mobility of outer blocks. Besides, we study the desorption energy by PMF analysis. The results demonstrate that Janus brush-grafted AuNPs show the highest interfacial stability and activity, which can be further strengthened by increasing the hydrophilicity of grafted polymer brushes. This work will promote the industrial applications of polymer-brush-grafted NPs such as phase transfer catalysis and Pickering emulsion catalysis. PMID:26954721

  7. Organometallic Polymers.

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    Carraher, Charles E., Jr.

    1981-01-01

    Reactions utilized to incorporate a metal-containing moiety into a polymer chain (addition, condensation, and coordination) are considered, emphasizing that these reactions also apply to smaller molecules. (JN)

  8. Preparation of high-performance polymer electrolyte nanocomposites through nanoscale silica particle dispersion

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    Lee, Chang Hyun; Park, Ho Bum; Park, Chi Hoon; Lee, So Young; Kim, Ju Young; McGrath, James E.; Lee, Young Moo

    Nano-level dispersion with a minimum amount of non-porous and surface-functionalized nanoparticles is a key to tune physically a common polymer material with poor durability to a powerful material with excellent stability even under harsh fuel cell conditions. Surfactants composed of hydrophobic cores and hydrophilic outer shells are used to assist a homogenous distribution of surface-treated (hydrophilic and hydrophobic) silica nanoparticles. In particular, their effect on nanoparticle dispersion is conspicuous in polymer electrolyte nanocomposites containing hydrophilic surface-treated silica. The hydrophilic silica acts as an additional proton conductor in the acid electrolyte medium, leading to improved proton conductivity without any negative side-effects on the mechanical and chemical durability of the membrane material. The well-distributed hydrophilic silica nanoparticles are beneficial in preventing methanol permeation via compact polymer packing and in strengthening the membrane stability under hot aqueous conditions. Finally, the efficacy of the nano-level dispersion is electrochemically verified in terms of high single-cell performance and further extended life time as a result of a synergistic effect of improved proton conductivity, reduced methanol permeability and excellent hydrolytic durability.

  9. Multilayered silica-biopolymer nanocapsules with a hydrophobic core and a hydrophilic tunable shell thickness

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    Vecchione, Raffaele; Luciani, Giuseppina; Calcagno, Vincenzo; Jakhmola, Anshuman; Silvestri, Brigida; Guarnieri, Daniela; Belli, Valentina; Costantini, Aniello; Netti, Paolo A.

    2016-04-01

    Stable, biocompatible, multifunctional and multicompartment nanocarriers are much needed in the field of nanomedicine. Here, we report a simple, novel strategy to design an engineered nanocarrier system featuring an oil-core/hybrid polymer/silica-shell. Silica shells with a tunable thickness were grown in situ, directly around a highly mono-disperse and stable oil-in-water emulsion system, stabilized by a double bio-functional polyelectrolyte heparin/chitosan layer. Such silica showed a complete degradation in a physiological medium (SBF) in a time frame of three days. Moreover, the outer silica shell was coated with polyethyleneglycol (PEG) in order to confer antifouling properties to the final nanocapsule. The outer silica layer combined its properties (it is an optimal bio-interface for bio-conjugations and for the embedding of hydrophilic drugs in the porous structure) with the capability to stabilize the oil core for the confinement of high payloads of lipophilic tracers (e.g. CdSe quantum dots, Nile Red) and drugs. In addition, polymer layers - besides conferring stability to the emulsion while building the silica shell - can be independently exploited if suitably functionalized, as demonstrated by conjugating chitosan with fluorescein isothiocyanate. Such numerous features in a single nanocarrier system make it very intriguing as a multifunctional platform for smart diagnosis and therapy.Stable, biocompatible, multifunctional and multicompartment nanocarriers are much needed in the field of nanomedicine. Here, we report a simple, novel strategy to design an engineered nanocarrier system featuring an oil-core/hybrid polymer/silica-shell. Silica shells with a tunable thickness were grown in situ, directly around a highly mono-disperse and stable oil-in-water emulsion system, stabilized by a double bio-functional polyelectrolyte heparin/chitosan layer. Such silica showed a complete degradation in a physiological medium (SBF) in a time frame of three days

  10. Morphological instabilities of polymer crystals.

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    Grozev, N; Botiz, I; Reiter, G

    2008-09-01

    We present experimental observations at comparatively low supercooling of morphology transitions from dendritic to faceted structures in polymer crystals growing in thin films of a poly-2-vinylpyridine-block-polyethyleneoxid copolymer. Our results are compared with theoretical concepts describing morphological instabilities of single crystals. Although these concepts originally were not developed for polymers, they allow to describe and interpret our experimental results quite well. In particular, the measured temperature dependence of the width W and frequency of dendritic side branches and the radius of curvature p of the growth tips of the crystals follow these concepts. We present preliminary evidence for the influence of polymer attachment kinetics and reorganisation processes behind the growth front. Polymer thin films provide valuable model systems for studying general concepts of crystallisation and allow to distinguish at which point the connectivity of the crystallising units within chain-like molecules starts to play a measurable role.

  11. Polymers All Around You!

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    Gertz, Susan

    Background information on natural polymers, synthetic polymers, and the properties of polymers is presented as an introduction to this curriculum guide. Details are provided on the use of polymer products in consumer goods, polymer recycling, polymer densities, the making of a polymer such as GLUEP, polyvinyl alcohol, dissolving plastics, polymers…

  12. Distributed Pore Chemistry in Porous Organic Polymers in Tissue Culture Flasks

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    Koontz, Steven L. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    A method for making a biocompatible polymer article using a uniform atomic oxygen treatment is disclose. The substrate may be subsequently optionally grated with a compatibilizing compound. Compatibilizing compounds may include proteins, phosphorylcholine groups, platelet adhesion preventing polymers, albumin adhesion promoters, and the like. The compatibilized substrate may also have a living cell layer adhered thereto. The atomic oxygen is preferably produced by a flowing afterglow microwave discharge, wherein the substrate resides in a sidearm out of the plasma. Also, methods for culturing cells for various purposes using the various membranes are disclosed as well. Also disclosed are porous organic polymers having a distributed pore chemistry (DPC) comprising hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions, and a method for making the DPC by exposing the polymer to atomic oxygen wherein the rate of hydrophilization is greater than the rate of mass loss.

  13. Magnetic properties and vapochromic reversible guest-induced transformation in a bispyrazolato copper(II) polymer: an experimental and dispersion-corrected density functional theory study.

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    Bencini, Alessandro; Casarin, Maurizio; Forrer, Daniel; Franco, Lorenzo; Garau, Federica; Masciocchi, Norberto; Pandolfo, Luciano; Pettinari, Claudio; Ruzzi, Marco; Vittadini, Andrea

    2009-05-01

    Dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D) calculations, Electron Spin Resonance spectroscopy (EPR), and variable temperature magnetic moment measurements were used to investigate the structure and the electronic/magnetic properties of bispyrazolato-copper(II) coordination polymer and of its hydration product. The Cu(II) ions are antiferromagnetically coupled through the sigma system of the pyrazolate rings in both compounds. Theoretical electron density maps reveal that water molecules interact simultaneously and to a comparable extent with two Cu(II) centers (through the electronegative O end) and two pyrazolate rings (through the partly positively charged H atoms), which is compatible with the observed internuclear distances. DFT-D calculations indicate that low kinetic barriers are involved in the rearrangement of the host structure.

  14. Simulations of Polymer Translocation

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    Vocks, H.

    2008-07-01

    simulations in which long polymers creep through tiny pores. In Chapter 3 we study pore blockage times for a translocating polymer of length N, driven by a field E across te pore. In three dimensions we find that the typical time the pore remains blocked during a translocation event scales as N^{1.37}/E We show that the scaling behavior stems from the polymer dynamics at the immediate vicinity of the pore -- in particular, the memory effects in the polymer chain tension imbalance across the pore. Chapter 4 studies the unbiased translocation of a polymer with length N, surrounded by equally long polymers, through a narrow pore in a membrane. We show that in dense polymeric systems a relaxation time exists that scales as N^{2.65}, much longer than the Rouse time N^2. If the polymers are well entangled, we find that the mean dwell times scales as N^{3.3}, while for shorter, less entangled polymers, we measure dwell times scaling as N^{2.7}. In Chapter 5 we study the translocation of an RNA molecule, pulled through a nanopore by an optical tweezer, as a method to determine its secondary structure. The resolution with which the elements of the secondary structure can be determined is limited by thermal fluctuations, ruling out single-nucleotide resolution under normal experimental conditions.

  15. Polymersomes from polypeptide containing triblock Co- and terpolymers for drug delivery against pancreatic cancer: asymmetry of the external hydrophilic blocks.

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    Iatrou, Hermis; Dimas, Konstantinos; Gkikas, Manos; Tsimblouli, Chrisida; Sofianopoulou, Sosanna

    2014-09-01

    Well-defined amphiphilic polymers of the ABA and ABC type are synthesized, where A is poly(L-lysine hydrochloride) (PLL), B is poly(γ-benzyl-(d7) L-glutamate) (PBLG(-d7)), and C is poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). The two polymers exhibit similar PBLG(-d7) composition, while in the ABC, the volume fraction of PEO block is higher than that of PLL. Both polymers form polymersomes in water. The polymersomes are loaded with doxorubicin or paclitaxel. It is found that in the ABC, due to asymmetry of the two hydrophilic blocks, PEO is always on the outer periphery and the dimensions of the vesicles are smaller. The release of the vesicles is temperature- and pH-dependent. In vivo toxicity tests of the empty vesicles show that they are not toxic. In vitro activity of the loaded vesicles against human pancreatic cancer cell lines reveals comparable activity to Myocet for the ABA loaded with doxorubicin, while lower activity is observed for the ABC.

  16. Partial hydrophilic modification of biaxially oriented polypropylene film by an atmospheric pressure plasma jet with the allylamine monomer

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    Chen, W. X.; Yu, J. S.; Hu, W.; Chen, G. L.

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, the partial modification of the biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film for potential biological and packaging applications was achieved via hydrophilic modification using atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ). In the APPJ system, the allylamine (ALA) monomer was polymerized on the BOPP surface by either the Ar/O2 or the He/O2 plasma. The results showed that plasmatic modification created many micro/nano sized holes on the BOPP film, which increased the surface roughness dramatically and the increased roughness enhanced the combining intensity between the BOPP film and the ALA polymer. However, such a plasmatic modification increased the water vapor permeability. The FTIR and XPS characterizations showed that the amine groups were grafted onto the BOPP film, and the contact angle of the BOPP film decreases from 98.5° to 8°. Compared with the BOPP films treated by the Ar or He plasma, the barrier property of the modified BOPP film increased significantly when the ALA polymer was incorporated. The bio-affinity/toxicity of ALA polymer was illustrated by the attachment of the cultured SMMC-7721 hepatoma cells on the modified BOPP film. The significant enhancement in the cell density indicated that modified BOPP film was highly bio-compatible and non-toxic, especially treated with the Ar/O2/ALA plasma.

  17. The use of response surface methodology for the formulation and optimization of salbutamol sulfate hydrophilic matrix sustained release tablets.

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    Chaibva, Faith A; Walker, Roderick B

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this study was to develop a hydrophilic matrix formulation with in vitro release characteristics similar to Asthalin(®) tablets and that would sustain the release of salbutamol sulfate over a 12-h period. A central composite design was used as the framework for manufacturing formulations that may be used to understand the relationships between polymer levels and in vitro release characteristics. Tablets were manufactured using wet granulation with Surelease(®) as the granulating fluid and different levels of Methocel(®) K100M, xanthan gum, and Carbopol(®) 974P as matrix-forming materials. In vitro dissolution testing was conducted using USP Apparatus 3 and samples were analyzed using a validated reversed-phase HPLC method. The results revealed that the levels and types of polymers had a significant impact on the rate of drug release from these formulations and that it was possible to optimize the levels of matrix-forming polymers to achieve the desired release characteristics. Statistical design and response surface methodology have been successfully used to understand and optimize formulation factors and interactions that impact the in vitro release characteristics of salbutamol sulfate from a potential multisource sustained release dosage form. PMID:21428702

  18. Synthesis of hybrid polymer networks of irradiated chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) for biomedical applications

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    Islam, Atif; Yasin, Tariq; Rehman, Ihtesham ur

    2014-03-01

    Hybrid polymer network (HPN) of chitosan (CS) with poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) was prepared by using radiation degraded chitosan. The chemical structure of chitosan promoted chain scission reactions upon irradiation which lowered its molecular weight and also changed its hydrophilic balance. The effect of molecular weight and hydrophilicity of irradiated chitosan on structural, thermal and surface properties of the HPN were studied. The increased hydrophilicity of irradiated chitosan lowered the crystallinity of the HPN. The endothermic peak was shifted towards higher temperatures in HPN having irradiated chitosan. The decreased value of contact angle with increasing dose, further confirmed the increased hydrophilicity of the HPN. The cytotoxicity results of HPN showed the viability of human fibroblast cells and their non-toxic nature making it suitable for tissue engineering and other biomedical applications.

  19. Biological applications of hydrophilic C60 derivatives (hC60s)- a structural perspective.

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    Zhu, Xiaolei; Sollogoub, Matthieu; Zhang, Yongmin

    2016-06-10

    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and radical scavenging are dual properties of hydrophilic C60 derivatives (hC60s). hC60s eliminate radicals in dark, while they produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the presence of irradiation and oxygen. Compared to the pristine C60 suspension, the aqueous solution of hC60s is easier to handle in vivo. hC60s are diverse and could be placed into two general categories: covalently modified C60 derivatives and pristine C60 solubilized non-covalently by macromolecules. In order to present in detail, the above categories are broken down into 8 parts: C60(OH)n, C60 with carboxylic acid, C60 with quaternary ammonium salts, C60 with peptide, C60 containing sugar, C60 modified covalently or non-covalently solubilized by cyclodextrins (CDs), pristine C60 delivered by liposomes, functionalized C60-polymer and pristine C60 solubilized by polymer. Each hC60 shows the propensity to be ROS producer or radical scavenger. This preference is dependent on hC60s structures. For example, major application of C60(OH)n is radical scavenger, while pristine C60/γ-CD complex usually serves as ROS producer. In addition, the electron acceptability and innate hydrophobic surface confer hC60s with O2 uptake inhibition, HIV inhibition and membrane permeability. In this review, we summarize the preparation methods and biological applications of hC60s according to the structures. PMID:27049677

  20. Chelation-Induced Polymer Structural Hierarchy/Complexity in Water.

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    Han, Jie; Zhou, Kaiyi; Zhu, Xuechao; Yu, Qiuping; Ding, Yi; Lu, Xinhua; Cai, Yuanli

    2016-08-01

    Understanding nanoscale structural hierarchy/complexity of hydrophilic flexible polymers is imperative because it can be viewed as an analogue to protein-alike superstructures. However, current understanding is still in infancy. Herein the first demonstration of nanoscale structural hierarchy/complexity via copper chelation-induced self-assembly (CCISA) is presented. Hierarchically-ordered colloidal networks and disks can be achieved by deliberate control of spacer length and solution pH. Dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy demonstrate that CCISA underwent supramolecular-to-supracolloidal stepwise-growth mechanism, and underline amazing prospects to the hierarchically-ordered superstructures of hydrophilic flexible polymers in water. PMID:27219860

  1. Polymer-controlled crystallization of unique mineral superstructures.

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    Chen, Shao-Feng; Zhu, Jian-Hua; Jiang, Jun; Cai, Guo-Bin; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2010-01-26

    The origin of complex superstructures of biomaterials in biological systems and the amazing self-assembly mechanisms of their emergence have attracted a great deal of attention recently. Mimicking nature, diverse kinds of hydrophilic polymers with different functionalities and organic insoluble matrices have been designed for the morphogenesis of inorganic crystals. In this Research News, emerging new strategies for morphogenesis and controlled crystal growth of minerals, that is, selective adsorption and mesoscale transformation for highly ordered superstructures, the combination of a synthetic hydrophilic polymer with an insoluble matrix, a substrate, or the air/solution interface, and controlled crystallization in a mixed solvent are highlighted. It is shown that these new strategies can be even further extended to morphogenesis and controlled crystallization of diverse inorganic or inorganic-organic hybrid materials with structural complexity, structural specialties, and improved functionalities. PMID:20217750

  2. Practical investigation of the factors that affect the selectivity in hydrophilic interaction chromatography.

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    Kumar, Abhinav; Heaton, James C; McCalley, David V

    2013-02-01

    Retention data for a series of 29 compounds comprising acids, bases and neutrals were obtained on six different hydrophilic interaction (HILIC) columns including bare silica, zwitterionic and those bonded with neutral bonded ligands. The principal aim of the work was to evaluate the effect of various experimental variables such as the nature of the stationary phase, buffer pH, buffer concentration, organic solvent and its concentration, and temperature, in order to determine which factors gave the most effect on the selectivity of the separation. The influence of solute properties on the separation, such as logD values, was also considered. In this way, it was hoped to provide a practical guide to aid in the selection of conditions to achieve a separation in HILIC. The nature of the stationary phase was found to have the greatest effect on selectivity. PMID:23332781

  3. Accelerated Molecular Dynamics Study of the Effects of Surface Hydrophilicity on Protein Adsorption.

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    Mücksch, Christian; Urbassek, Herbert M

    2016-09-13

    The adsorption of streptavidin is studied on two surfaces, graphite and titanium dioxide, using accelerated molecular dynamics. Adsorption on graphite leads to strong conformational changes while the protein spreads out over the surface. Interestingly, also adsorption on the highly hydrophilic rutile surface induces considerable spreading of the protein. We pin down the cause for this unfolding to the interaction of the protein with the ordered water layers above the rutile surface. For special orientations, the protein penetrates the ordered water layers and comes into direct contact with the surface where the positively charged amino acids settle in places adjacent to the negatively charged top surface atom layer of rutile. We conclude that for both surface materials studied, streptavidin changes its conformation so strongly that it loses its potential for binding biotin. Our results are in good qualitative agreement with available experimental studies. PMID:27533302

  4. [Systematic evaluation of retention behavior of carbohydrates in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography].

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    Fu, Qing; Wang, Jun; Liang, Tu; Xu, Xiaoyong; Jin, Yu

    2013-11-01

    A systematic evaluation of retention behavior of carbohydrates in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) was performed. The influences of mobile phase, stationary phase and buffer salt on the retention of carbohydrates were investigated. According to the results, the retention time of carbohydrates decreased as the proportion of acetonitrile in mobile phase decreased. Increased time of carbohydrates was observed as the concentration of buffer salt in mobile phase increased. The retention behavior of carbohydrates was also affected by organic solvent and HILIC stationary phase. Furthermore, an appropriate retention equation was used in HILIC mode. The retention equation lnk = a + blnC(B) + cC(B) could quantitatively describe the retention factors of carbohydrates of plant origin with good accuracy: the relative error of the predicted time to actual time was less than 0.3%. The evaluation results could provide guidance for carbohydrates to optimize the experimental conditions in HILIC method development especially for carbohydrate separation

  5. Influence of hydrophobic/hydrophilic fractions of extracellular organic matters of Microcystis aeruginosa on ultrafiltration membrane fouling.

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    Zhou, Shiqing; Shao, Yisheng; Gao, Naiyun; Li, Lei; Deng, Jing; Tan, Chaoqun; Zhu, Mingqiu

    2014-02-01

    Fouling is a major obstacle to maintain the efficiency of ultrafiltration-based drinking water treatment process. Algal extracellular organic matters (EOMs) are currently considered as one of the major sources of membrane fouling. The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of different hydrophobic/hydrophilic fractions of EOM extracted from Microcystis aeruginosa on ultrafiltration membrane fouling at lab scale. The experimental data indicated that EOM exhibited similar flux decline trends on polyethersulfone (PES) and regenerated cellulose (RC) membranes but caused greater irreversible fouling on PES membrane than RC membrane due to its hydrophobic property. It was also observed that charged hydrophilic (CHPI) and neutral hydrophilic (NHPI) fractions caused greater flux decline over hydrophobic (HPO) and transphilic (TPI) fractions. For PES membrane, the order of the irreversible fouling potentials for the four fractions was HPO>TPI>CHPI>NHPI, while the irreversible fouling potentials of RC membrane were tiny and could be ignored. Fluorescence excitation-emission matrix (EEM) spectra and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra suggested that protein-like, polysaccharide-like and humic-like substances were the major components responsible for membrane fouling. The results also indicated that the irreversible fouling increased as the pH decreased. The addition of calcium to feed solutions led to more severe flux decline and irreversible fouling.

  6. Tuning One-Dimensional Nanostructures of Bola-Like Peptide Amphiphiles by Varying the Hydrophilic Amino Acids.

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    Zhao, Yurong; Deng, Li; Yang, Wei; Wang, Dong; Pambou, Elias; Lu, Zhiming; Li, Zongyi; Wang, Jiqian; King, Stephen; Rogers, Sarah; Xu, Hai; Lu, Jian R

    2016-08-01

    By combining experimental measurements and computer simulations, we here show that for the bola-like peptide amphiphiles XI4 X, where X=K, R, and H, the hydrophilic amino acid substitutions have little effect on the β-sheet hydrogen-bonding between peptide backbones. Whereas all of the peptides self-assemble into one dimensional (1D) nanostructures with completely different morphologies, that is, nanotubes and helical nanoribbons for KI4 K, flat and multilayered nanoribbons for HI4 H, and twisted and bilayered nanoribbons for RI4 R. These different 1D morphologies can be explained by the distinct stacking degrees and modes of the three peptide β-sheets along the x-direction (width) and the z-direction (height), which microscopically originate from the hydrogen-bonding ability of the sheets to solvent molecules and the pairing of hydrophilic amino acid side chains between β-sheet monolayers through stacking interactions and hydrogen bonding. These different 1D nanostructures have distinct surface chemistry and functions, with great potential in various applications exploiting the respective properties of these hydrophilic amino acids. PMID:27362441

  7. Strategies for encapsulation of small hydrophilic and amphiphilic drugs in PLGA microspheres: State-of-the-art and challenges.

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    Ramazani, Farshad; Chen, Weiluan; van Nostrum, Cornelis F; Storm, Gert; Kiessling, Fabian; Lammers, Twan; Hennink, Wim E; Kok, Robbert J

    2016-02-29

    Poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) microspheres are efficient delivery systems for controlled release of low molecular weight drugs as well as therapeutic macromolecules. The most common microencapsulation methods are based on emulsification procedures, in which emulsified droplets of polymer and drug solidify into microspheres when the solvent is extracted from the polymeric phase. Although high encapsulation efficiencies have been reported for hydrophobic small molecules, encapsulation of hydrophilic and/or amphiphilic small molecules is challenging due to the partitioning of drug from the polymeric phase into the external phase before solidification of the particles. This review addresses formulation-related aspects for efficient encapsulation of small hydrophilic/amphiphilic molecules into PLGA microspheres using conventional emulsification methods (e.g., oil/water, water/oil/water, solid/oil/water, water/oil/oil) and highlights novel emulsification technologies such as microfluidics, membrane emulsification and other techniques including spray drying and inkjet printing. Collectively, these novel microencapsulation technologies afford production of this type of drug loaded microspheres in a robust and well controlled manner. PMID:26795193

  8. Three different low-temperature plasma-based methods for hydrophilicity improvement of polyethylene films at atmospheric pressure

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    Chen, Guang-Liang; Zheng, Xu; Huang, Jun; Si, Xiao-Lei; Chen, Zhi-Li; Xue, Fei; Sylvain, Massey

    2013-11-01

    Three different low-temperature plasma-based methods were used to improve the surface hydrophilicity of polyethylene (PE) films, and all the modification processes were carried out by employing an atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) system. (a) PE films were directly modified by APPJ using a gas mixture of He and O2. (b) Acrylic acid (AA) was introduced into the system and a polymer acrylic acid (PAA) coating was deposited onto the PE films. (c) AA was grafted onto the PE surface activated by plasma pre-treatment. It was found that the hydrophilicity of the PE films was significantly improved for all the three methods. However, the samples modified by Process (a) showed hydrophobicity recovery after a storage time of 20 days while no significant change was found in samples modified by Process (b) and Process (c). The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results indicated that the most intensive C=O peak was detected on the PE surface modified by Process (c). According to the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis, the ratios of oxygen-containing polar groups for samples modified by Process (b) and Process (c) were higher than that modified by Process (a).

  9. Simple fabrication of hydrophilic nanochannels using the chemical bonding between activated ultrathin PDMS layer and cover glass by oxygen plasma.

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    Kim, So Hyun; Cui, Yidan; Lee, Min Jung; Nam, Seong-Won; Oh, Doori; Kang, Seong Ho; Kim, Youn Sang; Park, Sungsu

    2011-01-21

    This study describes a simple and low cost method for fabricating enclosed transparent hydrophilic nanochannels by coating low-viscosity PDMS (monoglycidyl ether-terminated polydimethylsiloxane) as an adhesion layer onto the surface of the nanotrenches that are molded with a urethane-based UV-curable polymer, Norland Optical Adhesive (NOA 63). In detail, the nanotrenches made of NOA 63 were replicated from a Si master mold and coated with 6 nm thick layer of PDMS. These nanotrenches underwent an oxygen plasma treatment and finally were bound to a cover glass by chemical bonding between silanol and hydroxyl groups. Hydrophobic recovery that is observed in the bulk PDMS was not observed in the thin film of PDMS on the mold and the PDMS-coated nanochannel maintained its surface hydrophilicity for at least one month. The potentials of the nanochannels for bioapplications were demonstrated by stretching λ-DNA (48,502 bp) in the channels. Therefore, this fabrication approach provides a practical solution for the simple fabrication of the nanochannels for bioapplications.

  10. Convergent in situ assembly of injectable lipogel for enzymatically controlled and targeted delivery of hydrophilic molecules.

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    Yang, Xia; Shi, Liyang; Guo, Xin; Gao, Jinxu; Ossipov, Dmitri

    2016-12-10

    Applications of liposomes are limited due to their rapid blood clearance and non-specific biodistribution. Surface modification of liposomes could overcome these disadvantages. However, direct coating of liposome surface may cause disruption of liposomes. Herein we present a "top-down" method to coat liposomes in situ with tumor (CD44 receptor) targeting polymer, hyaluronan (HA), by taking advantages of "click" type chemistries and enzymatic degradation. Liposomes entrapped within HA gel were stable without leaking of small cargo molecules from the interior of the liposomes. This injectable liposome-in-hydrogel (lipogel) drug delivery system can achieve sequential two-step release: (1) liposomes release from lipogel after HA degradation; (2) small molecules release from liposomes after the liposomes disruption (either before or after cellular uptake). Similarly to HA coating, this strategy could be used for in situ "top-down" modification of liposomes with other targeting biopolymers. Additionally, it provides the possibility to deliver different types of molecules from two compartments of the lipogel, i.e. large biomacromolecules from the exterior of liposomes and small hydrophilic molecules from the interior of liposomes, locally and systemically. PMID:27577897

  11. Evaluation of powder mixtures and hydrophilic gastroretentive drug delivery systems containing zinc acetate and sodium bicarbonate.

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    Baki, Gabriella; Bajdik, János; Pintye-Hódi, Klára

    2011-03-25

    The aim of this study was to develop and study floating controlled drug delivery systems consisting of a model drug (zinc acetate dihydrate), different forms of a matrix-forming polymer (Metolose 90 SH) and sodium bicarbonate as an effervescent component. The proportions of Metolose and bicarbonate were varied, and the effects of the different ratios on the properties of the resulting powders and tablets were determined. The water uptakes of different powder mixtures were initially evaluated. These tests indicated the interaction of the active and effervescent agent, this phenomenon leading to an unpredicted increase in the amount of liquid taken up. This interaction was evaluated as concerns the degradation of the hydrophilic matrix system. The disintegration of tablets with different compositions revealed that this interaction increases the time required for the disintegration of these systems. The study demonstrated that the interaction of the components induced significant changes in the parameters of this new sensitive delivery system. In the last steps, the buoyancy and dissolution properties of tablets that appeared appropriate for the formulation of a controlled drug delivery system were investigated. PMID:21109379

  12. Controlled hydrophilic/hydrophobic property of silica films by manipulating the hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxysilane

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    Yang, Xin; Zhu, Liqun; Chen, Yichi; Bao, Baiqing; Xu, Jinlong; Zhou, Weiwei

    2016-07-01

    Controlling surface wettability is an important road to afford the materials with anticipated functional properties, such as anti-fogging, anti-icing and self-cleaning. Manipulating the surface topography and chemical composition is a promising strategy to achieve the expected functional properties. Herein, we concurrently realized the control of surface topography and chemical composition of the film materials via exploiting a simply one step method through the hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) to form silica sol-gel films. By adjusting the amount of water, TEOS and basic catalyst, the hydrophilic or hydrophobic chemical groups on the silica particles surface were well controlled. As a result, the sol-gel silica films exhibiting a controllable and wide range contact angles from 7.7 ± 1.5° to 121.6 ± 1.8° were obtained by this simple one-step method. The inorganic nonmetallic, metallic and polymer materials surface could maintain different wettability by the modification of controlled wettability silica films. Furthermore the wettability of silica film could be easily changed from hydrophobicity to superhydrophilicity through a heat-treatment due to the decrease of hydrophobic chemical groups conforming to the time-temperature equivalence principle. Raising temperature and extending holding time were equivalent to chemical bond breaking which result in the wettability change of silica films.

  13. Biodegradable Janus nanoparticles for local pulmonary delivery of hydrophilic and hydrophobic molecules to the lungs.

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    Garbuzenko, Olga B; Winkler, Jennifer; Tomassone, M Silvina; Minko, Tamara

    2014-11-01

    The aim of the present work is to synthesize, characterize, and test self-assembled anisotropic or Janus particles designed to load anticancer drugs for lung cancer treatment by inhalation. The particles were synthesized using binary mixtures of biodegradable and biocompatible materials. The particles did not demonstrate cyto- and genotoxic effects. Janus particles were internalized by cancer cells and accumulated both in the cytoplasm and nuclei. After inhalation delivery, nanoparticles accumulated preferentially in the lungs of mice and retained there for at least 24 h. Two drugs or other biologically active components with substantially different aqueous solubility can be simultaneously loaded in two-phases (polymer-lipid) of these nanoparticles. In the present proof-of-concept investigation, the particles were loaded with two anticancer drugs: doxorubicin and curcumin as model anticancer drugs with relatively high and low aqueous solubility, respectively. However, there are no obstacles for loading any hydrophobic or hydrophilic chemical agents. Nanoparticles with dual load were used for their local inhalation delivery directly to the lungs of mice with orthotopic model of human lung cancer. In vivo experiments showed that the selected nanoparticles with two anticancer drugs with different mechanisms of action prevented progression of lung tumors. It should be stressed that anticancer effects of the combined treatment with two anticancer drugs loaded in the same nanoparticle significantly exceeded the effect of either drug loaded in similar nanoparticles alone.

  14. Graphene Oxide Enhances Cellular Delivery of Hydrophilic Small Molecules by Co-incubation

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    2015-01-01

    The delivery of bioactive molecules into cells has broad applications in biology and medicine. Polymer-modified graphene oxide (GO) has recently emerged as a de facto noncovalent vehicle for hydrophobic drugs. Here, we investigate a different approach using native GO to deliver hydrophilic molecules by co-incubation in culture. GO adsorption and delivery were systematically studied with a library of 15 molecules synthesized with Gd(III) labels to enable quantitation. Amines were revealed to be a key chemical group for adsorption, while delivery was shown to be quantitatively predictable by molecular adsorption, GO sedimentation, and GO size. GO co-incubation was shown to enhance delivery by up to 13-fold and allowed for a 100-fold increase in molecular incubation concentration compared to the alternative of nanoconjugation. When tested in the application of Gd(III) cellular MRI, these advantages led to a nearly 10-fold improvement in sensitivity over the state-of-the-art. GO co-incubation is an effective method of cellular delivery that is easily adoptable by researchers across all fields. PMID:25226566

  15. Part 1. Conducting polymer: Experimental aspects of piezoelectric quartz crystal oscillator and electrodeposited polyvinylferrocene (PVF) film system. Part 2. Voltammetric studies of nitrate and nitrite ions at rotating silver disk and electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance electrodes

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    Mensah, E.A.

    1993-01-01

    The experimental aspects of the electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) and the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) techniques have been studied. These two techniques were applied to the investigation of polyvinylferrocene (PVF) film(s) on gold (Au) substrate. Additionally the EQCM and the Ag rotating disk electrodes were employed in tandem to investigate nitrate/nitrite reduction in basic and acidic media. In Chapter 2, a broad historical perspective of QCM, its application in the vacuum community, and the extended use in various liquids and hence the exploitation of the beneficial characteristics for electrochemical purposes (EQCM), are discussed. Chapter 3 treats the relatively new, yet established field of conducting polymer. Imbued in this chapter is the discussion of electrodeposition, rigidity determination, and characterization of PVF film. The studies of electroreduction of nitrate and nitrite ions are examined in chapters 4 and 5. Reduction in a basic solution is discussed in chapter 4, while chapter 5 looks at reduction in an acid medium.

  16. Use of Atomic Oxygen for Increased Water Contact Angles of Various Polymers for Biomedical Applications

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    deGroh, Kim; Berger, Lauren; Roberts, Lily

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of atomic oxygen (AO) exposure on the hydrophilicity of nine different polymers for biomedical applications. Atomic oxygen treatment can alter the chemistry and morphology of polymer surfaces, which may increase the adhesion and spreading of cells on Petri dishes and enhance implant growth. Therefore, nine different polymers were exposed to atomic oxygen and water-contact angle, or hydrophilicity, was measured after exposure. To determine whether hydrophilicity remains static after initial atomic oxygen exposure, or changes with higher fluence exposures, the contact angles between the polymer and water droplet placed on the polymer s surface were measured versus AO fluence. The polymers were exposed to atomic oxygen in a 100-W, 13.56-MHz radio frequency (RF) plasma asher, and the treatment was found to significantly alter the hydrophilicity of non-fluorinated polymers. Pristine samples were compared with samples that had been exposed to AO at various fluence levels. Minimum and maximum fluences for the ashing trials were set based on the effective AO erosion of a Kapton witness coupon in the asher. The time intervals for ashing were determined by finding the logarithmic values of the minimum and maximum fluences. The difference of these two values was divided by the desired number of intervals (ideally 10). The initial desired fluence was then multiplied by this result (2.37), as was each subsequent desired fluence. The flux in the asher was determined to be approximately 3.0 x 10(exp 15) atoms/sq cm/sec, and each polymer was exposed to a maximum fluence of 5.16 x 10(exp 20) atoms/sq cm.

  17. Simulating the co-encapsulation of drugs in a "smart" core-shell-shell polymer nanoparticle.

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    Buxton, Gavin A

    2014-03-01

    A coarse-grained lattice Monte Carlo method is used to simulate co-encapsulation and delivery of both a hydrophilic and hydrophobic drug from polymer nanoparticles. In particular, core-shell-shell polymer nanoparticles with acid-labile bonds are simulated, and the preferential release of the encapsulated drugs near more acidic tumors is captured. While these simple models lack the molecular details of a real system, they can reveal interesting insights concerning the effects of entropy and enthalpy in these systems.

  18. Changing water affinity from hydrophobic to hydrophilic in hydrophobic channels.

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    Ohba, Tomonori; Yamamoto, Shotaro; Kodaira, Tetsuya; Hata, Kenji

    2015-01-27

    The behavior of water at hydrophobic interfaces can play a significant role in determining chemical reaction outcomes and physical properties. Carbon nanotubes and aluminophosphate materials have one-dimensional hydrophobic channels, which are entirely surrounded by hydrophobic interfaces. Unique water behavior was observed in such hydrophobic channels. In this article, changes in the water affinity in one-dimensional hydrophobic channels were assessed using water vapor adsorption isotherms at 303 K and grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations. Hydrophobic behavior of water adsorbed in channels wider than 3 nm was observed for both adsorption and desorption processes, owing to the hydrophobic environment. However, water showed hydrophilic properties in both adsorption and desorption processes in channels narrower than 1 nm. In intermediate-sized channels, the hydrophobic properties of water during the adsorption process were seen to transition to hydrophilic behavior during the desorption process. Hydrophilic properties in the narrow channels for both adsorption and desorption processes are a result of the relatively strong water-channel interactions (10-15 kJ mol(-1)). In the 2-3 nm channels, the water-channel interaction energy of 4-5 kJ mol(-1) was comparable to the thermal translational energy. The cohesive water interaction was approximately 35 kJ mol(-1), which was larger than the others. Thus, the water affinity change in the 2-3 nm channels for the adsorption and desorption processes was attributed to weak water-channel interactions and strong cohesive interactions. These results are inherently important to control the properties of water in hydrophobic environments.

  19. Conductive polymer combined silk fiber bundle for bioelectrical signal recording.

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    Tsukada, Shingo; Nakashima, Hiroshi; Torimitsu, Keiichi

    2012-01-01

    Electrode materials for recording biomedical signals, such as electrocardiography (ECG), electroencephalography (EEG) and evoked potentials data, are expected to be soft, hydrophilic and electroconductive to minimize the stress imposed on living tissue, especially during long-term monitoring. We have developed and characterized string-shaped electrodes made from conductive polymer with silk fiber bundles (thread), which offer a new biocompatible stress free interface with living tissue in both wet and dry conditions.An electroconductive polyelectrolyte, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS) was electrochemically combined with silk thread made from natural Bombyx mori. The polymer composite 280 µm thread exhibited a conductivity of 0.00117 S/cm (which corresponds to a DC resistance of 2.62 Mohm/cm). The addition of glycerol to the PEDOT-PSS silk thread improved the conductivity to 0.102 S/cm (20.6 kohm/cm). The wettability of PEDOT-PSS was controlled with glycerol, which improved its durability in water and washing cycles. The glycerol treated PEDOT-PSS silk thread showed a tensile strength of 1000 cN in both wet and dry states. Without using any electrolytes, pastes or solutions, the thread directly collects electrical signals from living tissue and transmits them through metal cables. ECG, EEG, and sensory evoked potential (SEP) signals were recorded from experimental animals by using this thread placed on the skin. PEDOT-PSS silk glycerol composite thread offers a new class of biocompatible electrodes in the field of biomedical and health promotion that does not induce stress in the subjects. PMID:22493670

  20. Conductive Polymer Combined Silk Fiber Bundle for Bioelectrical Signal Recording

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    Tsukada, Shingo; Nakashima, Hiroshi; Torimitsu, Keiichi

    2012-01-01

    Electrode materials for recording biomedical signals, such as electrocardiography (ECG), electroencephalography (EEG) and evoked potentials data, are expected to be soft, hydrophilic and electroconductive to minimize the stress imposed on living tissue, especially during long-term monitoring. We have developed and characterized string-shaped electrodes made from conductive polymer with silk fiber bundles (thread), which offer a new biocompatible stress free interface with living tissue in both wet and dry conditions. An electroconductive polyelectrolyte, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) -poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS) was electrochemically combined with silk thread made from natural Bombyx mori. The polymer composite 280 µm thread exhibited a conductivity of 0.00117 S/cm (which corresponds to a DC resistance of 2.62 Mohm/cm). The addition of glycerol to the PEDOT-PSS silk thread improved the conductivity to 0.102 S/cm (20.6 kohm/cm). The wettability of PEDOT-PSS was controlled with glycerol, which improved its durability in water and washing cycles. The glycerol treated PEDOT-PSS silk thread showed a tensile strength of 1000 cN in both wet and dry states. Without using any electrolytes, pastes or solutions, the thread directly collects electrical signals from living tissue and transmits them through metal cables. ECG, EEG, and sensory evoked potential (SEP) signals were recorded from experimental animals by using this thread placed on the skin. PEDOT-PSS silk glycerol composite thread offers a new class of biocompatible electrodes in the field of biomedical and health promotion that does not induce stress in the subjects. PMID:22493670

  1. Development of the experimental procedure to examine the response of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer composites subjected to a high-intensity pulsed electric field and low-velocity impact.

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    Hart, Robert J; Zhupanska, Olesya I

    2016-01-01

    A new fully automated experimental setup has been developed to study the response of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites subjected to a high-intensity pulsed electric field and low-velocity impact. The experimental setup allows for real-time measurements of the pulsed electric current, voltage, impact load, and displacements on the CFRP composite specimens. The setup includes a new custom-built current pulse generator that utilizes a bank of capacitor modules capable of producing a 20 ms current pulse with an amplitude of up to 2500 A. The setup enabled application of the pulsed current and impact load and successfully achieved coordination between the peak of the current pulse and the peak of the impact load. A series of electrical, impact, and coordinated electrical-impact characterization tests were performed on 32-ply IM7/977-3 unidirectional CFRP composites to assess their ability to withstand application of a pulsed electric current and determine the effects of the pulsed current on the impact response. Experimental results revealed that the electrical resistance of CFRP composites decreased with an increase in the electric current magnitude. It was also found that the electrified CFRP specimens withstood higher average impact loads compared to the non-electrified specimens. PMID:26827355

  2. Development of the experimental procedure to examine the response of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer composites subjected to a high-intensity pulsed electric field and low-velocity impact.

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    Hart, Robert J; Zhupanska, Olesya I

    2016-01-01

    A new fully automated experimental setup has been developed to study the response of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites subjected to a high-intensity pulsed electric field and low-velocity impact. The experimental setup allows for real-time measurements of the pulsed electric current, voltage, impact load, and displacements on the CFRP composite specimens. The setup includes a new custom-built current pulse generator that utilizes a bank of capacitor modules capable of producing a 20 ms current pulse with an amplitude of up to 2500 A. The setup enabled application of the pulsed current and impact load and successfully achieved coordination between the peak of the current pulse and the peak of the impact load. A series of electrical, impact, and coordinated electrical-impact characterization tests were performed on 32-ply IM7/977-3 unidirectional CFRP composites to assess their ability to withstand application of a pulsed electric current and determine the effects of the pulsed current on the impact response. Experimental results revealed that the electrical resistance of CFRP composites decreased with an increase in the electric current magnitude. It was also found that the electrified CFRP specimens withstood higher average impact loads compared to the non-electrified specimens.

  3. Development of the experimental procedure to examine the response of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer composites subjected to a high-intensity pulsed electric field and low-velocity impact

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    Hart, Robert J.; Zhupanska, Olesya I.

    2016-01-01

    A new fully automated experimental setup has been developed to study the response of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites subjected to a high-intensity pulsed electric field and low-velocity impact. The experimental setup allows for real-time measurements of the pulsed electric current, voltage, impact load, and displacements on the CFRP composite specimens. The setup includes a new custom-built current pulse generator that utilizes a bank of capacitor modules capable of producing a 20 ms current pulse with an amplitude of up to 2500 A. The setup enabled application of the pulsed current and impact load and successfully achieved coordination between the peak of the current pulse and the peak of the impact load. A series of electrical, impact, and coordinated electrical-impact characterization tests were performed on 32-ply IM7/977-3 unidirectional CFRP composites to assess their ability to withstand application of a pulsed electric current and determine the effects of the pulsed current on the impact response. Experimental results revealed that the electrical resistance of CFRP composites decreased with an increase in the electric current magnitude. It was also found that the electrified CFRP specimens withstood higher average impact loads compared to the non-electrified specimens.

  4. Amphipols: Polymers that Keep Membrane Proteins Soluble in Aqueous Solutions

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    Tribet, Christophe; Audebert, Roland; Popot, Jean-Luc

    1996-12-01

    Amphipols are a new class of surfactants that make it possible to handle membrane proteins in detergent-free aqueous solution as though they were soluble proteins. The strongly hydrophilic backbone of these polymers is grafted with hydrophobic chains, making them amphiphilic. Amphipols are able to stabilize in aqueous solution under their native state four well-characterized integral membrane proteins: (i) bacteriorhodopsin, (ii) a bacterial photosynthetic reaction center, (iii) cytochrome b6f, and (iv) matrix porin.

  5. Separation of sulfoalkylated cyclodextrins with hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography.

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    Jaramillo, Michael; Kirschner, Daniel L; Dai, Zhipeng; Green, Thomas K

    2013-11-01

    Determination of the charged state distributions of partially- and fully-substituted sulfoalkylated cyclodextrins was achieved using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC). HILIC analysis of a spiked sample of the partially sulfopropylated cyclodextrins was achieved using a gradient to baseline resolve the charged states from -1 to -14. The fully-substituted CDs yielded a major peak with some trace impurities and the partially-substituted sulfopropylated cyclodextrins showed a wide range of charge states present in the mixture. Small changes in the structure of the cyclodextrins have a significant impact on the retention times of the various types of cyclodextrins investigated.

  6. Functions of the hydrophilic channels in protonmotive cytochrome c oxidase

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    Rich, Peter R.; Maréchal, Amandine

    2013-01-01

    The structures and functions of hydrophilic channels in electron-transferring membrane proteins are discussed. A distinction is made between proton channels that can conduct protons and dielectric channels that are non-conducting but can dielectrically polarize in response to the introduction of charge changes in buried functional centres. Functions of the K, D and H channels found in A1-type cytochrome c oxidases are reviewed in relation to these ideas. Possible control of function by dielectric channels and their evolutionary relation to proton channels is explored. PMID:23864498

  7. Creation of hydrophilic microfluidic devices for biomedical application through stereolithography

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    Brandhoff, Lukas; van den Driesche, Sander; Lucklum, Frieder; Vellekoop, Michael J.

    2015-06-01

    We present a method to graft a layer of poly-ethylene-glycol (PEG) to the surface of stereo-lithography fabricated or 3D-printed microfluidic devices rendering it hydrophilic and repellent to the adhesion of proteins. The PEG forms a rigid bond with the surface that is more stable than many coatings or surface treatments. This makes stereolithography much more attractive as a prototyping platform for microfluidics. The method has been proven with two different resins by different manufacturers, showing the universality of said treatment.

  8. Polymer-coated long-circulating microparticulate pharmaceuticals.

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    Torchilin, V P

    1998-01-01

    The field of long-circulating microparticulate drug carriers is reviewed. The protective effect of certain polymers including poly(ethylene glycol) on nanoparticulate carriers (liposomes, nanoparticles, micelles) is considered in terms of statistical behaviour of macromolecules in solution. Using liposomes as an example, the mechanism is discussed assuming that surface-grafted chains of flexible and hydrophilic polymers form dense 'conformational clouds' preventing other macromolecules from interaction with the surface even at low concentrations of the protecting polymer. The scale of the protective effect is interpreted as the balance between the energy of the hydrophobic anchor interaction with the liposome membrane core or with the particle surface and the energy of the polymer chain free motion in solution. The possibility of using protecting polymers other than poly(ethylene glycol) is analysed, and examples of such polymers are given, based on polymer-coated liposome biodistribution data. General requirements for protecting polymers are formulated. Sterically protected nanoparticles and micelles are considered, and differences in steric protection of liposomes and particles are discussed. The problem of the preparation of drug carriers combining longevity and targetability is analysed. The biological consequences of steric protection of drug carriers with surface-grafted polymers are discussed, and possible clinical applications for long-circulating pharmaceutical carriers are considered.

  9. Giant molecular shape amphiphiles based on polystyrene-hydrophilic [60]fullerene conjugates: click synthesis, solution self-assembly, and phase behavior.

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    Yu, Xinfei; Zhang, Wen-Bin; Yue, Kan; Li, Xiaopeng; Liu, Hao; Xin, Yu; Wang, Chien-Lung; Wesdemiotis, Chrys; Cheng, Stephen Z D

    2012-05-01

    This paper reports a comprehensive study on the synthesis and self-assembly of two model series of molecular shape amphiphiles, namely, hydrophilic [60]fullerene (AC(60)) tethered with one or two polystyrene (PS) chain(s) at one junction point (PS(n)-AC(60) and 2PS(n)-AC(60)). The synthesis highlighted the regiospecific multiaddition reaction for C(60) surface functionalization and the Huisgen 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition between alkyne functionalized C(60) and azide functionalized polymer to give rise to shape amphiphiles with precisely defined surface chemistry and molecular topology. When 1,4-dioxane/DMF mixture was used as the common solvent and water as the selective solvent, these shape amphiphiles exhibited versatile self-assembled micellar morphologies which can be tuned by changing various parameters, such as molecular topology, polymer tail length, and initial molecular concentration, as revealed by transmission electron microscopy and light scattering experiments. In the low molecular concentration range of equal or less than 0.25 (wt) %, micellar morphology of the series of PS(n)-AC(60) studied was always spheres, while the series of 2PS(n)-AC(60) formed vesicles. Particularly, PS(44)-AC(60) and 2PS(23)-AC(60) are synthesized as a topological isomer pair of these shape amphiphiles. PS(44)-AC(60) formed spherical micelles while 2PS(23)-AC(60) generated bilayer vesicles under identical conditions. The difference in the self-assembly of PS(n)-AC(60) and 2PS(n)-AC(60) was understood by the molecular shape aspect ratio. The stretching ratio of PS tails decreased with increasing PS tail length in the spherical micelles of PS(n)-AC(60), indicating a micellar behavior that changes from small molecular surfactant-like to amphiphilic block copolymer-like. For the series of PS(n)-AC(60) in the high molecular concentration range [>0.25 (wt) %], their micellar morphological formation of spheres, cylinders, and vesicles was critically dependent upon both the initial

  10. Functional polymer brushes via surface-initiated atom transfer radical graft polymerization for combating marine biofouling.

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    Yang, Wen Jing; Neoh, Koon-Gee; Kang, En-Tang; Lee, Serina Siew Chen; Teo, Serena Lay-Ming; Rittschof, Daniel

    2012-01-01

    Dense and uniform polymer brush coatings were developed to combat marine biofouling. Nonionic hydrophilic, nonionic hydrophobic, cationic, anionic and zwitterionic polymer brush coatings were synthesized via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate, 2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorostyrene, 2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl trimethylammonium chloride, 4-styrenesulfonic acid sodium and N,N'-dimethyl-(methylmethacryloyl ethyl) ammonium propanesulfonate, respectively. The functionalized surfaces had different efficacies in preventing adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA), adhesion of the Gram-negative bacterium Pseudomonas sp. NCIMB 2021 and the Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus, and settlement of cyprids of the barnacle Amphibalanus amphitrite (=Balanus amphitrite). The nonionic hydrophilic, anionic and zwitterionic polymer brushes resisted BSA adsorption during a 2 h exposure period. The nonionic hydrophilic, cationic and zwitterionic brushes exhibited resistance to bacterial fouling (24 h exposure) and cyprid settlement (24 and 48 h incubation). The hydrophobic brushes moderately reduced protein adsorption, and bacteria and cyprid settlement. The anionic brushes were least effective in preventing attachment of bacteria and barnacle cyprids. Thus, the best approach to combat biofouling involves a combination of nonionic hydrophilic and zwitterionic polymer brush coatings on material surfaces. PMID:22963034

  11. Preparation of plasmonic vesicles from amphiphilic gold nanocrystals grafted with polymer brushes

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    Song, Jibin; Huang, Peng; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2016-01-01

    Gold nanovesicles contain multiple nanocrystals within a polymeric coating. The strong plasmonic coupling between adjacent nanoparticles in their vesicular shell makes ultrasensitive biosensing and bioimaging possible. In our laboratory, multifunctional plasmonic vesicles are assembled from amphiphilic gold nanocrystals (such as gold nanoparticles and gold nanorods) coated with mixed hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymer brushes or amphiphilic diblock co-polymer brushes. To fulfill the different requirements of biomedical applications, different polymers that are either pH=responsive, photoactive or biodegradable can be used to form the hydrophobic brush, while the hydrophilicity is maintained by polyethylene glycol (PEG). This protocol covers the preparation, surface functionalization and self-assembly of amphiphilic gold nanocrystals grafted covalently with polymer brushes. The protocol can be completed within 2 d. The preparation of amphiphilic gold nanocrystals, coated with amphiphilic diblock polymer brushes using a ‘grafting to’ method or mixed hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymer brushes using tandem ‘grafting to’ and ‘grafting from’ methods, is described. We also provide detailed procedures for the preparation and characterization of pH-responsive plasmonic gold nanovesicles from amphiphilic gold nanocrystals using a film-rehydration method that can be completed within ~3 d. PMID:27763624

  12. Mechanical properties and strength retention of carbon fibre-reinforced liquid crystalline polymer (LCP/CF) composite: an experimental study on rabbits.

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    Kettunen, J; Mäkelä, E A; Miettinen, H; Nevalainen, T; Heikkilä, M; Pohjonen, T; Törmälä, P; Rokkanen, P

    1998-07-01

    A novel composite material with ultra-high flexural strength and cortical-bone-matched elastic modulus made of liquid crystalline polymer reinforced with carbon fibres (LCP/CF) is described. Cylindrical rods of 3.2 mm diameter and 50 mm length were fabricated by a preimpregnation/pultrusion method. The initial mechanical properties of the LCP/CF rods were as follows: flexural strength 448 MPa, flexural modulus 43 GPa, shear strength 164 MPa, and interlaminar shear strength 15.3 MPa. In the in vitro study the LCP/CF rods were immersed in phosphate-buffered saline of 37 degrees C for 12, 24, and 52 weeks. In the in vivo study the LCP/CF rods were implanted into the medullary cavity of both femora and subcutaneous tissue of the New Zealand White rabbits for 12, 24, and 52 weeks. The flexural strength of the LCP/CF rods at 52 weeks was 463 MPa in saline, 467 MPa in the subcutaneous tissue and 466 MPa in the medullary cavity of the femur. The flexural modulus was 44.6, 48.9 and 46.2 GPa, respectively. The corresponding shear strength values were 160, 178 and 181 MPa. We conclude that the LCP/CF is a promising material for high-load applications and the LCP/CF rods retain their initial mechanical properties in one-year follow-up in vivo and in vitro.

  13. Poly(ethylene oxide) surfactant polymers

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    VACHEETHASANEE, KATANCHALEE; WANG, SHUWU; QIU, YONGXING; MARCHANT, ROGER E.

    2005-01-01

    We report on a series of structurally well-defined surfactant polymers that undergo surface-induced self-assembly on hydrophobic biomaterial surfaces. The surfactant polymers consist of a poly(vinyl amine) backbone with poly(ethylene oxide) and hexanal pendant groups. The poly(vinyl amine) (PVAm) was synthesized by hydrolysis of poly(N-vinyl formamide) following free radical polymerization of N-vinyl formamide. Hexanal and aldehyde-terminated poly (ethyleneoxide) (PEO) were simultaneously attached to PVAm via reductive amination. Surfactant polymers with different PEO : hexanal ratios and hydrophilic/hydrophobic balances were prepared, and characterized by FT-IR, 1H-NMR and XPS spectroscopies. Surface active properties at the air/water interface were determined by surface tension measurements. Surface activity at a solid surface/water interface was demonstrated by atomic force microscopy, showing epitaxially molecular alignment for surfactant polymers adsorbed on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite. The surfactant polymers described in this report can be adapted for simple non-covalent surface modification of biomaterials and hydrophobic surfaces to provide highly hydrated interfaces. PMID:15027845

  14. Antimocrobial Polymer

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    McDonald, William F.; Huang, Zhi-Heng; Wright, Stacy C.

    2005-09-06

    A polymeric composition having antimicrobial properties and a process for rendering the surface of a substrate antimicrobial are disclosed. The composition comprises a crosslinked chemical combination of (i) a polymer having amino group-containing side chains along a backbone forming the polymer, (ii) an antimicrobial agent selected from quaternary ammonium compounds, gentian violet compounds, substituted or unsubstituted phenols, biguanide compounds, iodine compounds, and mixtures thereof, and (iii) a crosslinking agent containing functional groups capable of reacting with the amino groups. In one embodiment, the polymer is a polyamide formed from a maleic anhydride or maleic acid ester monomer and alkylamines thereby producing a polyamide having amino substituted alkyl chains on one side of the polyamide backbone; the crosslinking agent is a phosphine having the general formula (A)3P wherein A is hydroxyalkyl; and the antimicrobial agent is chlorhexidine, dimethylchlorophenol, cetyl pyridinium chloride, gentian violet, triclosan, thymol, iodine, and mixtures thereof.

  15. Antimicrobial Polymer

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    McDonald, William F.; Wright, Stacy C.; Taylor, Andrew C.

    2004-09-28

    A polymeric composition having antimicrobial properties and a process for rendering the surface of a substrate antimicrobial are disclosed. The polymeric composition comprises a crosslinked chemical combination of (i) a polymer having amino group-containing side chains along a backbone forming the polymer, (ii) an antimicrobial agent selected from metals, metal alloys, metal salts, metal complexes and mixtures thereof, and (iii) a crosslinking agent containing functional groups capable of reacting with the amino groups. In one example embodiment, the polymer is a polyamide formed from a maleic anhydride or maleic acid ester monomer and alkylamines thereby producing a polyamide having amino substituted alkyl chains on one side of the polyamide backbone; the crosslinking agent is a phosphine having the general formula (A).sub.3 P wherein A is hydroxyalkyl; and the metallic antimicrobial agent is selected from chelated silver ions, silver metal, chelated copper ions, copper metal, chelated zinc ions, zinc metal and mixtures thereof.

  16. Hydrophilic interaction chromatography for the analysis of aminoglycosides.

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    Kumar, Praveen; Rubies, Antoni; Companyó, Ramon; Centrich, Francesc

    2012-02-01

    The effect of mobile-phase constituents (pH and ionic strength) and chromatographic behaviour of ten aminoglycosides (streptomycin, dihydrostreptomycin, spectinomycin, apramycin, paramomycin, kanamycin A, gentamycin C1, gentamycin C2/C2a, gentamycin C1a and neomycin) in the bare silica, amino, amide and zwitterionic phases of hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) were studied systematically. Among the stationary phases studied, the zwitterionic phase provided the best separation of aminoglycosides. The effect of pH, ionic concentration and column temperature on retention time, peak shape and sensitivity was studied using a central composite design. pH affected sensitivity of the detection of analytes but not the retention time. High ionic strength in the mobile phase was necessary to control the ionic interactions between ionised aminoglycosides and the hydrophilic phase, thereby influencing peak shape and retention time. Column temperature affected sensitivity of the detection but not the retention time. During method development, crosstalk between the MS/MS channels of the analytes was observed and resolved.

  17. Beyond rheology modification: hydrophilically modified silicone elastomers provide new benefits.

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    Starch, Michael S; Fiori, Jean E; Lin, Zuchen

    2003-01-01

    The development of silicone elastomers with hydrophilic functionality in the form of PEG substituents provides benefits beyond the rheology modification (thickening) that can be achieved with silicone elastomers that lack functional substituents. We have shown that PEG-modified dimethicone crosspolymer (PEG-DCP) is an effective emulsifier for water-in-silicone (w/s) emulsions where the continuous phase is cyclopentasiloxane. The utility of PEG-DCP for producing simple antiperspirant gels and also multiple emulsions (w/s/w) was demonstrated. Additional benefits for PEG-DCP such as improved compatibility with polar organic oils and reduced syneresis in anhydrous antiperspirants were also shown to be associated with the addition of hydrophilic groups to the silicone elastomer. The performance and physical properties of a series of PEG-DCP samples from a two-level factorial design were evaluated. The variables studied were the level of PEG substitution, the length of the PEG chains, and crosslink density. All of the PEG-DCP samples were synthesized and tested in the form of dispersions in cyclopentasiloxane. Variations in the composition of PEG-DCP such as the level of PEG substitution and the length of the PEG chain were shown to have a significant effect on the viscosity of the PEG-DCP and its emulsification performance in a simple w/s emulsion. Variation of a process parameter that affects the crosslink density of the elastomer also changed the emulsification properties of the PEG-DCP.

  18. Thermal boundary conductance of hydrophilic and hydrophobic ionic liquids

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    Oyake, Takafumi; Sakata, Masanori; Yada, Susumu; Shiomi, Junichiro

    2015-03-01

    A solid/liquid interface plays a critical role for understanding mechanisms of biological and physical science. Moreover, carrier density of the surface is dramatically enhanced by electric double layer with ionic liquid, salt in the liquid state. Here, we have measured the thermal boundary conductance (TBC) across an interface of gold thin film and ionic liquid by using time-domain thermoreflectance technique. Following the prior researches, we have identified the TBC of two interfaces. One is gold and hydrophilic ionic liquid, N,N-Diethyl-N-methyl-N-(2-methoxyethyl) ammonium tetrafluoroborate (DEME-BF4), which is a hydrophilic ionic liquid, and the other is N,N-Diethyl-N-methyl-N-(2-methoxyethyl) ammonium bis (trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide (DEME-TFSI), which is a hydrophobic ionic liquid. We found that the TBC between gold and DEME-TFIS (19 MWm-2K-1) is surprisingly lower than the interface between gold and DEME-BF4 (45 MWm-2K-1). With these data, the importance of the wetting angle and ion concentration for the thermal transport at the solid/ionic liquid interface is discussed. Part of this work is financially supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Japan Science and Technology Agency. The author is financially supported by JSPS Fellowship.

  19. Electrostatic coalescence system with independent AC and DC hydrophilic electrodes

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    Hovarongkura, A. David; Henry, Jr., Joseph D.

    1981-01-01

    An improved electrostatic coalescence system is provided in which independent AC and DC hydrophilic electrodes are employed to provide more complete dehydration of an oil emulsion. The AC field is produced between an AC electrode array and the water-oil interface wherein the AC electrode array is positioned parallel to the interface which acts as a grounded electrode. The emulsion is introduced into the AC field in an evenly distributed manner at the interface. The AC field promotes drop-drop and drop-interface coalescence of the water phase in the entering emulsion. The continuous oil phase passes upward through the perforated AC electrode array and enters a strong DC field produced between closely spaced DC electrodes in which small dispersed droplets of water entrained in the continuous phase are removed primarily by collection at hydrophilic DC electrodes. Large droplets of water collected by the electrodes migrate downward through the AC electrode array to the interface. All phase separation mechanisms are utilized to accomplish more complete phase separation.

  20. A novel chemo-enzymatic synthesis of hydrophilic phytosterol derivatives.

    PubMed

    He, Wen-Sen; Hu, Di; Wang, Yu; Chen, Xue-Yan; Jia, Cheng-Sheng; Ma, Hai-Le; Feng, Biao

    2016-02-01

    In this study, a novel method was developed for chemo-enzymatic synthesis of hydrophilic phytosterol derivatives, phytosteryl polyethylene glycol succinate (PPGS), through an intermediate phytosteryl hemisuccinate (PSHS), which was first chemically prepared and subsequently coupled with polyethylene glycol (PEG) through lipase-catalyzed esterification. The chemical structure of intermediate and goal product were finally confirmed to be PSHS and PPGS by FT-IR, MS and NMR, suggesting that hydrophilic phytosterol derivatives were successfully synthesized. The effects of various parameters on the conversion of PSHS to PPGS were investigated and the highest conversion (>78%) was obtained under the selected conditions: 75 mmol/L PSHS, 1:2M ratio of PSHS to PEG, 50 g/L Novozym 435, 120 g/L 3 Å molecular sieves in tert-butanol, 55 °C, 96 h and 200 rpm. The solubility of phytosterols in water was significantly improved by coupling with PEG, facilitating the incorporation into a variety of foods containing water.