Soft hydrogels from tetra-functional PEGs using UV-induced thiol-ene coupling chemistry: a structure-to-property study
2014 (English)In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 4, no 57, 30118-30128 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this work, photo-induced thiol-ene coupling (TEC) was used to produce well-defined poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-based hydrogels. PEGs of four different molecular weights (2k, 6k, 10k, and 20k) were functionalized with G1-allyl dendrons using anhydride chemistry to produce tetra-functional TEC crosslinkable PEGs. The tetra-functional PEGs were subsequently crosslinked with a tri-functional thiol in ethanol to form hydrogels. The synthesized hydrogels were characterized with respect to swelling behaviour, rheological properties and hydrolytic degradation. It was found that the molecular weight of the PEG chain greatly influences the final properties of the hydrogel, where a higher molecular weight of PEG gives an increased weight swelling ratio from 240% for PEG-2k hydrogels to 1400% for PEG-20k hydrogels, as well as decreased elastic moduli, with Young's moduli ranging from 106 MPa to 6 MPa, for PEG-2k and PEG-20k hydrogels, respectively. It was also found that the hydrolytic stability in alkaline conditions (pH 10) decreased when the molecular weight of PEG in the hydrogels increased.
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2014. Vol. 4, no 57, 30118-30128 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-150946DOI: 10.1039/c4ra04335aISI: 000340497600022ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84904438439OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-150946DiVA: diva2:745925
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