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Uptake and release of species from carbohydrate containing organogels and hydrogels

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Article number43
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/09/2019
Issue number4
Number of pages17
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Hydrogels are used for a variety of technical and medical applications capitalizing on their three-dimensional (3D) cross-linked polymeric structures and ability to act as a reservoir for encapsulated species (potentially encapsulating or releasing them in response to environmental stimuli). In this study, carbohydrate-based organogels were synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of a β-D-glucose pentaacetate containing methacrylate monomer (Ac-glu-HEMA) in the presence of a di-vinyl cross-linker; these organogels could be converted to hydrogels by treatment with sodium methoxide (NaOMe). These materials were studied using solid state 13C cross-polarization/magic-angle spinning (CP/MAS) NMR, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The swelling of the gels in both organic solvents and water were studied, as was their ability to absorb model bioactive molecules (the cationic dyes methylene blue (MB) and rhodamine B (RhB)) and absorb/release silver nitrate, demonstrating such gels have potential for environmental and biomedical applications.