The seamless integration of electronics with living matter requires advanced materials with programmable biological and engineering properties. Here electrochemical methods to assemble semi-synthetic hydrogels directly on electronically conductive surfaces are explored. Hydrogels consisting of poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) and heparin building blocks are polymerized by spatially controlling the click reaction between their thiol and maleimide moieties. The gels are grown as conformal coatings or 2D patterns on ITO, gold, and PtIr. This study demonstrates that such coatings significantly influence the electrochemical properties of the metal-electrolyte interface, likely due to space charge effects in the gels. Further a promising route toward engineering and electrically addressable extracellular matrices by printing arrays of gels with binary cell adhesiveness on flexible conductive surfaces is highlighted.
|Journal||Macromolecular rapid communications|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2022|
Research priority areas of TU Dresden
DFG Classification of Subject Areas according to Review Boards
- Hydrogels/chemistry, Click Chemistry/methods, Polyethylene Glycols/chemistry, Polymerization, Electrodes, glycosaminoglycans, microelectrodes, electrochemistry, click chemistry, hydrogels, Microelectrodes, Glycosaminoglycans, Hydrogels, Electrochemistry, Click chemistry