PEG-based hydrogel synthesis via the photodimerization of anthracene groups

Yujun Zheng, Miodrag Micic, Sarita V. Mello, Mustapha Mabrouki, Fotios M. Andreopoulos, Veeranjaneyulu Konka, Si M. Pham, Roger M. Leblanc

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Photo-cross-linking has received a considerable attention for the design of intelligent materials in biochemical and biomedical applications. In this report, we describe the synthesis and properties of a novel photoreversible poly(ethylene glycol)- (PEG-) based hydrogel system. 9-Anthracene-carboxylic acid was used to modify the hydroxyl groups of an eight-armed PEG polymer (molecular weight 20 000) and the degree of substitution was determined to be 87.4%. The PEG-anthracene macromers (PEG-AN) exhibited high photosensitivity at wavelengths close to visible light (absorption maxima at 366 and 380 nm) and underwent rapid and reversible photo-cross-linking upon exposure to alternating wavelengths of irradiation (365/254 nm) in the absence of photoinitiators or catalysts. Changes in light exposure and wavelength of irradiation reversibly altered the physicochemical properties of the PEG-AN hydrogel, including swellability, absorption spectrum, and topography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5228-5234
Number of pages7
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jun 18 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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