Bio-inspired Incrustation Interfacial Polymerization of Dopamine and Cross-linking with Gelatin toward Robust, Biodegradable Three-Dimensional Hydrogels

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Abstract

In nature, laccase enzymatically catalyzes the reaction of phenolic compounds with oxygen to produce hardened surfaces known as cuticles on insects and plants. Inspired by this natural process, the present work investigated a robust, biodegradable hydrogel synthesized from dopamine and gelatin. This gel is obtained by the oxidation of dopamine dissolved in water, after which the resulting quinone compound automatically undergoes self-polymerization. The oxidized dopamine subsequently undergoes Schiff base and Michael addition reactions with gelatin, such that the exposed gelatin surface cross-links to generate a continuous hardened hydrogel film. Because gelatin transitions between sol and gel states with changes in temperature, two- and three-dimensional structures could be obtained from the gel state. This bio-inspired interfacial cross-linking reaction provides a simple means of forming complex morphologies and represents a promising technique for bio-applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6201-6207
Number of pages7
JournalLangmuir
Volume37
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 May 25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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