Electrochemically controlled growth and positioning of suspended collagen membranes

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.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/6248
Item ID: 6248
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Physics and Physical Oceanography
Date: 1 April 2008
Date Type: Publication
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