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The Relationship between Bulk Silicone and Benzophenone-Initiated Hydrogel Coating Properties

Keskin, D., Mokabbar, T., Pei, Y. & van Rijn, P., 16-May-2018, In : Polymers. 10, 5, 14 p., 534.

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Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is a silicone elastomer-based material that is used in various applications, including coatings, tubing, microfluidics, and medical implants. PDMS has been modified with hydrogel coatings to prevent fouling, which can be done through UV-mediated free radical polymerization using benzophenone. However, to the best of our knowledge, the properties of hydrogel coatings and their influence on the bulk properties of PDMS under various preparation conditions, such as the type and concentration of monomers, and UV treatment time, have never been investigated. Acrylate-based monomers were used to perform free radical polymerization on PDMS surfaces under various reaction conditions. This approach provides insights into the relationship between the hydrogel coating and bulk properties of PDMS. Altering the UV polymerization time and the monomer concentration resulted in different morphologies with different roughness and thickness of the hydrogel coating, as well as differences in the bulk material stiffness. The surface morphology of the coated PDMS was characterized by AFM. The cross section and thickness of the coatings were examined using scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The dependence of coating development on the monomer type and concentration used was evaluated by surface hydrophilicity, as measured by water contact angle. Elongation-until-break analysis revealed that specific reaction conditions affected the bulk properties and made the coated PDMS brittle. Therefore, boundary conditions have been identified to enable high quality hydrogel coating formation without affecting the bulk properties of the material.

Original languageEnglish
Article number534
Number of pages14
JournalPolymers
Volume10
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 16-May-2018

    Keywords

  • benzophenone, coatings, hydrogel, PDMS, UV-mediated free radical polymerization, mechanical properties, SURFACE MODIFICATION, GRAFT-POLYMERIZATION, PHOTOINITIATED POLYMERIZATION, BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS, MICROFLUIDIC CHANNELS, PROTEIN ADSORPTION, POLY(DIMETHYLSILOXANE), WETTABILITY, DEVICES

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