Co-assembly of chitosan and phospholipids into hybrid hydrogels

Ana Carina Loureiro Mendes, Elhamalsadat Shekarforoush, Christoph Engwer, Sophie Beeren, Francisco M. Goycoolea, Ioannis S. Chronakis

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Novel hybrid hydrogels were formed by adding chitosan (Ch) to phospholipids (P) self-assembled particles in lactic acid. The effect of the phospholipid concentration on the hydrogel properties was investigated and was observed to affect the rate of hydrogel formation and viscoelastic properties. A lower concentration of phospholipids (0.5% wt/v) in the mixture, facilitates faster network formation as observed by Dynamic Light Scattering, with lower elastic modulus than the hydrogels formed with higher phospholipid content. The nano-porous structure of Ch/P hydrogels, with a diameter of 260±20 nm, as observed by cryo-scanning electron microscopy, facilitated the penetration of water and swelling. Cell studies revealed suitable biocompatibility of the Ch/P hydrogels that can be used within life sciences applications.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPure and Applied Chemistry
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)905-916
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event12th International Conference of the European Chitin Society - Münster, Germany
Duration: 30 Aug 20152 Sept 2015
Conference number: 12


Conference12th International Conference of the European Chitin Society
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  • biomaterials
  • carbohydrates
  • chitosan
  • colloids
  • EUCHIS-12
  • hydrogel
  • ICCC-13
  • phospholipids
  • self-assembly


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