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Influence of the temperature on the efficiency of cellulose treatment using copolymer chitosan-eugenol
Olivera Šauperl, Jasna Tompa, Julija Volmajer Valh, 2014, original scientific article

Abstract: In order to achieve effective antimicrobial protection of textile materials against microorganisms, a natural compound called chitosan has become very interesting. In regard to the antimicrobial protection of textile materials, functionalization with chitosan does not affect some other properties, such as anti-oxidative or any other action. For this reason, it seems appropriate for chitosan to be combined with any natural antimicrobial active compound, such as eugenol, an extract of clove oil. During this research viscose as a representative of cellulose fibers was used, because it can be functionalized relatively easily. In terms of functionalization, the drying temperature of viscose, after antimicrobial compound application onto substrate, as well as the successful synthesis of copolymer chitosan/eugenol is also important. FTIR spectroscopy was used to evaluate the efficiency of synthesizing a chitosan/eugenol graft copolymer. The spectrophotometric method Acid Orange 7 was chosen as a means for determining the proportion of available antimicrobial active amino groups. In addition, microbiological testing of selected pathogenic micro-organisms was also performed. The results were compared with the results for viscose functionalized by a 1% solution of chitosan.
Keywords: chitosan, eugenol, functionalization, viscose, FTIR spectroscopy, Acid orange 7, antimicrobial
Published: 02.08.2017; Views: 551; Downloads: 328
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Chemical binding of chitosan and chitosan nanoparticles onto oxidized cellulose
Olivera Šauperl, Mirjana Kostić, Jovana Milanovic, Lidija Fras Zemljič, 2015, original scientific article

Abstract: The aim of this study was to analyze binding of chitosan and chitosan nanoparticles onto cellulose via oxidized cellulose. The ability of chitosan and chitosan nanoparticles to be adsorbed onto surfaces was determined by the use of the XPS spectroscopy which provided information about chemical composition of the fiber surface. On the other hand, the gravimetric method was also used by which the amount of chitosan and chitosan nanoparticles bounded onto surface was calculated based on the difference in masses before and after functionalization. The most important was to study the influence of aldehyde groups on the stability of chitosan binding onto cellulose. Thus, desorption of chitosan/chitosan nanoparticles from the fiber surfaces was evaluated by the presence of total nitrogen (TN) in desorption bath as well as by polyelectrolyte titrations. Together with these two methods, desorption was evaluated also by gravimetric method, where the extent of desorption was evaluated on the basis of the differences in the masses of fibers before and after desorption. It is concluded that the chitosan and chitosan nanoparticles are more efficiently bounded onto oxidized cellulose in comparison with the non-oxidized (reference) ones. Despite the binding of the positively-charged amino groups with the negative groups of cellulose and consequently smaller amount of available/residual protonated amino groups that are responsible for bioactivity, such functionalized fibers are still specifically antimicrobial.
Keywords: cellulose, oxidized cellulose, oxidation, chitosan, chitosan nanoparticles, FTIR, XPS, antimicrobial functionalization
Published: 02.08.2017; Views: 684; Downloads: 378
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Covalent binding of heparin to functionalized PET materials for improved haemocompatibility
Metod Kolar, Miran Mozetič, Karin Stana-Kleinschek, Mirjam Fröhlich, Boris Turk, Alenka Vesel, 2015, original scientific article

Abstract: The hemocompatibility of vascular grafts made from poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) is insufficient due to the rapid adhesion and activation of blood platelets that occur upon incubation with whole blood. PET polymer was treated with NHx radicals created by passing ammonia through gaseous plasma formed by a microwave discharge, which allowed for functionalization with amino groups. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization using derivatization with 4-chlorobenzaldehyde indicated that approximately 4% of the –NH2 groups were associated with the PET surface after treatment with the gaseous radicals. The functionalized polymers were coated with an ultra-thin layer of heparin and incubated with fresh blood. The free-hemoglobin technique, which is based on the haemolysis of erythrocytes, indicated improved hemocompatibility, which was confirmed by imaging the samples using confocal optical microscopy. A significant decrease in number of adhered platelets was observed on such samples. Proliferation of both human umbilical vein endothelial cells and human microvascular endothelial cells was enhanced on treated polymers, especially after a few hours of cell seeding. Thus, the technique represents a promising substitute for wet-chemical modification of PET materials prior to coating with heparin.
Keywords: poly(ethylene terephthalate), vascular graft, biocompatibility, heparin, plasma, functionalization, haemolysis, platelet adhesion, endothelization
Published: 21.06.2017; Views: 592; Downloads: 276
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Synthesis of micro-composite beads with magnetic nano-particles embedded in porous CaCO[sub]3 matrix
Alenka Vesel, Aljoša Košak, David Haložan, Kristina Eleršič, 2012, original scientific article

Abstract: A method for synthesis of soft magnetic microbeads is presented. The microbeads are made from magnetic nanoparticles dispersed in CaCO3 (calcium carbonate) matrix. The composite beads are almost perfectly spherical with a diameter of few micrometers. The majority of the composite beads consists of a porous CaCO3 matrix. Magnetic nanoparticles with a size of about 10-15 nm are made of Fe2O3. They are captured inside the pores of CaCO3 matrix during its formation. CaCO3 matrix is formed by crystallization from saturated solution of sodium carbonate and calcium chloride. The composite beads are coated with a layer of functionalized polymer. The magnetic microbeads were characterized by SEM and XPS. Different functional groups were detected by XPS measurements including SO3–,NH3+,NH2,CO32– and OH groups. The results indicate that the iron oxide particles are absent on the surface and that the polymer coating serves as a good biocompatible film.
Keywords: composite, surface characterization, XPS, functionalization, Fe nanoparticles, microbeads
Published: 23.03.2017; Views: 651; Downloads: 69
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Synthesis comparison and characterization of chitosan-coated magnetic nanoparticles prepared with different methods
Gordana Hojnik Podrepšek, Željko Knez, Maja Leitgeb, 2014, original scientific article

Abstract: In this study, magnetic maghemite nanoparticles were prepared with the coprecipitation method, due to its simplicity and productivity. Thereafter, chitosan-coated magnetic nanoparticles were synthesized with three different methods, the micro-emulsion process, the suspension cross-linking technique and the covalent binding. Subsequently, a comparison of the used methods was done using various analyses such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetry (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), vibrating-sample magnetometry (VSM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The characterization results from Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) indicated a successful binding of chitosan on the magnetic nanoparticles. SEM pictures showed that spherical structured particles with an increased particle size were obtained as the chitosan layer around the particles was increased. Considering that the magnetic-separation technique has the advantages of rapidity, high efficiency, cost-effectiveness and lack of negative effect on the biological activity, these carriers may be applied in enzyme immobilization.
Keywords: magnetic nanoparticles, chitosan, surface functionalization
Published: 23.03.2017; Views: 825; Downloads: 80
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Functionalization of AFM tips for use in force spectroscopy between polymers and model surfaces
Tina Maver, Karin Stana-Kleinschek, Zdenka Peršin, Uroš Maver, 2011, original scientific article

Abstract: The following work presents the use of two different methods for the attachment of different functional groups onto the AFM tip surface. Such functionalized tips then allow for further binding of molecules with different origins and natures, thus allowing for use when measuring forces, and the extent of interactions appearing between two model surfaces and in real systems. Force spectroscopy, in combination with chemical force microscopy (CFM), as used in this study, exhibits great potential for chemical sensing in the field of polymer sciences. In modern wound treatment, it is very important to know the type and ranges of interactions between different polymer materials, which are mostly crucial components of the dressings. Precise measurement of these interactions would help to choose those materials that fit together without the use of additional chemical modifications on their surfaces. Such modifications are often the cause of unpredictable complications during the course of wound healing. This same method could also be used for interaction evaluation between chosen polymer materials with biological macromolecules, which appear within the wound during the healing process. Such in vitro testing could be of great help when optimal wound dressing materials need to be chosen in order to alleviate a patient s suffering after application. Scanning electron and atomic force microscopies were used in order to prove the effectiveness and applicability of the used functionalization procedures.
Keywords: atomic force microscopy, chemical force microscopy, force spectroscopy, functionalization of AFM tips
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 1132; Downloads: 86
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Tuning of poly(ethylene terephtalate)(PET)surface properties by oxygen plasma treatment
Aleš Doliška, Metod Kolar, 2011, original scientific article

Abstract: Modification of surface properties of poly(ethyleneterephtalate) (PET) thin films by treatment with weakly ionized oxygen plasma was studied by contact angles of water and diiodomethane (DIM) drops. Samples were exposed to oxygen plasma with the ion density of 5 x 1015/m[sup]3 and the neutral oxygen atom density of 3 x 1021/m[sup]3. Just after the treatment they were characterized by contact angle measurements. Results showed a quick decrease of the water contact angle in the first few seconds of plasma treatment, while prolonged treatment did not cause any substantiated modification. The contact angles of DIM, on the other hand, remained rather constant for the first several secondsof plasma treatment, and increased after prolonged treatment. It was found that the dispersion component of the surface free energy decreased with increasing treatment time, while the polar component increased with treatment time. The results were explained by surface functionalization as well as by roughness effects.
Keywords: poly(ethylene terephtalante), PET, oxygen plasma, contact angle, hydrophilic, functionalization
Published: 01.06.2012; Views: 1433; Downloads: 43
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Aryl acrylate based high-internal-phase emulsions as precursors for reactive monolithic polymer supports
Peter Krajnc, Dejan Štefanec, Jane F. Brown, Neil R. Cameron, 2005, original scientific article

Abstract: Water-in-oil high-internal-phase emulsions (HIPEs), containing 4-nitrophenyl acrylate and 2,4,6-trichlorophenyl acrylate as reactive monomers, were prepared and polymerized, and highly porous monolithic materials resulted. The novel materials were studied by combustion analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy scanning electron microscopy, mercury porosimetry, and N2 adsorption/desorption analysis. With both esters, cellular macroporous monolithic polymers were obtained: the use of 4-nitrophenyl acrylate resulted in a cellular material with void diameters between 3 and 7 m and approximately3-m interconnects, whereas the use of 2,4,6-trichlorophenyl acrylate yielded a foam with void diameters between 2 and 5 m, most interconnects being around 1 m. The resulting monoliths proved to be very reactive toward nucleophiles, and possibilities of functionalizing the novel polymer supports were demonstrated via reactions with amines bearing additional functional groups and via the synthesis of an acid chloride derivative. Tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane and tris(2-aminoethyl)amine derivatives were obtained. The hydrolysis of 4-nitrophenylacrylate removed thenitrophenyl group, yielding a monolithic acrylic acid polymer. Furthermore,functionalization to immobilized acid chloride was performed very efficiently, with more than 95% of the acid groups reacting. The measurement of the nitrogen content in 4-nitrophenyl acrylate poly(HIPE)s after various times of hydrolysis showed the influence of the total pore volume of the monolithic polymers on the velocity of the reaction, which was faster with themore porous polymer.
Keywords: organic chemistry, macroporous polymers, monolithic polymer supports, emulsion polymerisation, foams, functionalization of polymers, high-internal-phase emulsions
Published: 01.06.2012; Views: 1445; Downloads: 77
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