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Authors: Maity, Indrajit
Sharma, Charu
Lossada, Francisco
Walther, Andreas
Title: Feedback and communication in active hydrogel spheres with pH fronts : facile approaches to grow soft hydrogel structures
Online publication date: 8-Nov-2022
Year of first publication: 2021
Language: english
Abstract: Compartmentalized reaction networks regulating signal processing, communication and pattern formation are central to living systems. Towards achieving life-like materials, we compartmentalized urea-urease and more complex urea-urease/ester-esterase pH-feedback reaction networks into hydrogel spheres and investigate how fuel-driven pH fronts can be sent out from these spheres and regulated by internal reaction networks. Membrane characteristics are installed by covering urease spheres with responsive hydrogel shells. We then encapsulate the two networks (urea-urease and ester-esterase) separately into different hydrogel spheres to devise communication, pattern formation and attraction. Moreover, these pH fronts and patterns can be used for self-growing hydrogels, and for developing complex geometries from non-injectable hydrogels without 3D printing tools. This study opens possibilities for compartmentalized feedback reactions and their use in next generation materials fabrication.
DDC: 540 Chemie
540 Chemistry and allied sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 09 Chemie, Pharmazie u. Geowissensch.
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY-NC
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Journal: Angewandte Chemie : international edition
Pages or article number: 22537
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
Publisher place: Weinheim
Issue date: 2021
ISSN: 1521-3773
Publisher DOI: 10.1002/anie.202109735
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