TITLE

Processing and characterization of chitosan microspheres to be used as templates for layer-by-layer assembly

AUTHOR(S)
Grech, Jessica M. R.; Mano, João; Reis, Rui
PUB. DATE
June 2010
SOURCE
Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine;Jun2010, Vol. 21 Issue 6, p1855
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Chitosan (Ch) microspheres have been developed by precipitation method, cross-linked with glutaraldehyde and used as a template for layer-by-layer (LBL) deposition of two natural polyelectrolytes. Using a LBL methodology, Ch microspheres were alternately coated with hyaluronic acid (HA) and Ch under mild conditions. The roughness of the Ch-based crosslinked microspheres was characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Morphological characterization was performed by environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and stereolight microscopy. The swelling behaviour of the microspheres demonstrated that the ones with more bilayers presented the highest water uptake and the uncoated cross-linked Ch microspheres showed the lowest uptake capability. Microspheres presented spherical shape with sizes ranging from 510 to 840 μm. ESEM demonstrated that a rougher surface with voids is formed in multilayered microspheres caused by the irregular stacking of the layers. A short term mechanical stability assay was also performed, showing that the LBL procedure with more than five bilayers of HA/Ch over Ch cross-linked microspheres provide higher mechanical stability.
ACCESSION #
51242281

 

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