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Squishy nanotraps: hybrid cellulose nanocrystal-zirconium metallogels for controlled trapping of biomacromolecules

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Abstract

A brick-and-mortar-like ultrasoft nanocomposite metallogel is formed by crosslinking cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) with ammonium zirconium carbonate (AZC) to trap and reconfigure dextran, a model biomacromolecule. The bricks (CNC) reinforce the metallogel, compete with dextran in reacting with AZC, and decouple long-time dextran dynamics from network formation, while the mortar (AZC) imparts bimodality to the dextran diffusion.

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The article was received on 15 Apr 2017, accepted on 28 Jun 2017 and first published on 28 Jun 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC02844J
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2017, Advance Article
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    Squishy nanotraps: hybrid cellulose nanocrystal-zirconium metallogels for controlled trapping of biomacromolecules

    A. Sheikhi and T. G. M. van de Ven, Chem. Commun., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CC02844J

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