The mutual effect of the crosslinker and biopolymer concentration on the desired hydrogel properties
ID Kopač, Tilen (Author), ID Ručigaj, Aleš (Author), ID Krajnc, Matjaž (Author)

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Controlled release technology has a great potential in pharmaceutical and medical applications to ensure high efficacy of treatment, reduces the aggressive action of the medicines per patient, decreases the cost of treatment and reduces the side effects of the drug as well. In this research, hydrogels from biopolymers were designed for potential use in the drug release systems. The main objective was the manipulation of alginate and 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl (TEMPO) - oxidized cellulose nanofibers hydrogels crosslinking density by changing the biopolymer and crosslinker concentrations. Rheological measurements of prepared hydrogels were performed to determine the viscosity as a biomedical applicability factor and for determining shear modulus as a basis for theoretical mesh size calculations. The homogeneity of the hydrogel was confirmed by NMR verifying the validity of the mesh size calculations at the same time. In the last stage, the improved mathematical model was developed taking into account the concentration of crosslinker and the concentration of biopolymer in hydrogel as well. The designed model is the first step for the preparation of hydrogels with specific properties.

Keywords:TEMPO nanocellulose, mesh size, drug diffusion coefficient, controlled drug release, mathematical modelling
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FKKT - Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:Str. 557-569
Numbering:Vol. 159
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-116206 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:0141-8130
DOI:10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2020.05.088 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:15760387 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:22.05.2020
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Title:International journal of biological macromolecules
Shortened title:Int. j. biol. macromol.
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Keywords:biopolimeri, hidrogeli, nanoceluloza, velikost mreže, matematično modeliranje


Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:P2-0191
Name:Kemijsko inženirstvo

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