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Macroporous, protein-containing films cast from water-in-oil emulsions featuring a block-copolymer

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Abstract

Patterned biohybrid films show great potential for application in biosensing, bioconversion, and biochips. Their preparation generally involves a multistep procedure including patterned film fabrication and biomolecule immobilization. Here, we report a one-step approach to well-ordered protein-containing films by the self-assembly of a reverse emulsion (water-in-oil), which was stabilized by an amphiphilic block copolymer polystyrene-block-poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PHEMA). We investigated the effects of the solvent, polymer concentration, PHEMA chain length, and substrate on the surface morphologies. The merging of the as-formed emulsion droplets, the formation and refilling of the gaps between the pores, and the hierarchical fine structures surrounding the pores were observed. Dynamic evolution results revealed the formation process of the films. One-step preparation of protein-containing films was achieved by introducing proteins into the reverse emulsion droplets. The protein pattern was further enhanced by the reduced-pressure method, which largely confined the capillary flow. This method is versatile to various water-soluble functional substances and opens a straightforward route for functional honeycomb-patterned porous films.

Graphical abstract: Macroporous, protein-containing films cast from water-in-oil emulsions featuring a block-copolymer

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The article was received on 08 Dec 2010, accepted on 07 Mar 2011 and first published on 30 Mar 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01447H
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 4221-4227
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    Macroporous, protein-containing films cast from water-in-oil emulsions featuring a block-copolymer

    W. Zhang, L. Wan, X. Meng, J. Li, B. Ke, P. Chen and Z. Xu, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 4221
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01447H

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