Baker, Holly R. and Merschrod S., Erika F. and Poduska, Kristin M. (2008) Electrochemically controlled growth and positioning of suspended collagen membranes. Langmuir, 24 (7). pp. 2970-2972. ISSN 1520-5827
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Two independently recognized in vitro polymer aggregation variables, electric field and pH, can be used in concert to produce suspended membranes from solutions of type I collagen monomers, without need of a supporting substrate. A collagen network film can form at the alkalineacidic pH interface created during the normal course of water electrolysis with parallel plate electrodes, and the anchoring location can be controlled by adjusting the bulk electrolyte pH. Electrosynthesized films remain intact upon drying and rehydration and function as ion separation membranes even in submillimeter channels. This approach could benefit lab-on-a-chip technologies for rational placement of membranes in microfluidic devices.
|Department(s):||Science, Faculty of > Physics and Physical Oceanography|
|Date:||1 April 2008|
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