Silicate cross-linked bio-nanocomposite hydrogels from PEO and chitosan.

Macromolecular bioscience

PubMedID: 19593783

Jin Q, Schexnailder P, Gaharwar AK, Schmidt G. Silicate cross-linked bio-nanocomposite hydrogels from PEO and chitosan. Macromol Biosci. 2009;9(10):1028-35.
The compositions and the multi phase structures of bio-nanocomposite hydrogels made from silicate cross-linked PEO and chitosan are related to some of their physical and biological properties. The gels are injectable and self-healing because the cross-linking is physical and reversible under deformation. The presence of chitosan aggregates affects the viscoelastic properties and reinforces the hydrogel network. The chitosan adds advantageous properties to the hydrogel such as enhanced cell spreading and adhesion. In vitro biocompatibility data indicate that NIH 3T3 fibroblasts grow and proliferate on the bio-nanocomposite hydrogel as well as on hydrogel films.