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Reactive cellulose-based thin films – a concept for multifunctional polysaccharide surfaces

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Reactive coatings of hydroxyethyl cellulose furoate in the form of thin films, suitable for the covalent immobilization of functional molecules, were developed and characterized in this work. The cellulose furoate derivatives were synthesized under homogeneous conditions by esterification of hydroxyethyl cellulose with 2-furoic acid. Reactive platform layers of these furoates were obtained by chemical surface modification of spin coated thin films with N,N′-carbonyldiimidazole. This chemistry allowed the covalent immobilization of functional molecules bearing primary and secondary amines on the films. The degree of substitution of the furoate thin films and their amino functionalized counterparts was determined gravimetrically by a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM-D) and correlated with infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and zeta-potential measurements. Scanning electron- and atomic force microscopy showed changes in the morphologies that were influenced by the chemical reactions on the surface. The concept presented can be seen as a versatile method for immobilizing amine-containing (bio-)molecules to polysaccharide surfaces with the furoates having the potential for further reversible cross-linking in Diels–Alder reactions.

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The article was received on 01 Jun 2016, accepted on 25 Jul 2016 and first published on 25 Jul 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA14227C
Citation: RSC Adv., 2016,6, 72378-72385
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    Reactive cellulose-based thin films – a concept for multifunctional polysaccharide surfaces

    T. Elschner, D. Reishofer, R. Kargl, T. Grießer, T. Heinze and K. S. Kleinschek, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 72378
    DOI: 10.1039/C6RA14227C

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