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Aqueous sol-gel routes to bio-composite capsules and gels

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Due to their solvent-free chemistry and low environmental impact, aqueous silicates appear as promising alternative precursors to silicon alkoxides for the development of a greener sol-gel process. In this context, aqueous routes to silica/biopolymer composite materials are described here, allowing the formation of silica-coated agarose capsules and hybrid silica/carboxymethyl-cellulose hybrid gels. Infra-red spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analyses suggest that the silica–polymer interface is controlled by hydrogen bond formation. In addition, scanning electron microscopy suggests limited modification of the agarose surface and of carboxymethylcellulose network organization. However, the presence of silica has a significant impact on the release of rhodamine B, a cationic dye, from the biocomposites. These materials not only comply with several requirements of Green Chemistry but also open new perspectives in the field of hybrid drug carrier design and plant silicification mimicry.

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The article was received on 14 Apr 2008, accepted on 09 Jun 2008 and first published on 31 Jul 2008

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B806313C
Citation: Green Chem., 2008,10, 957-964
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    Aqueous sol-gel routes to bio-composite capsules and gels

    N. Benmouhoub, N. Simmonet, N. Agoudjil and T. Coradin, Green Chem., 2008, 10, 957
    DOI: 10.1039/B806313C

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