Golden and Silver-Golden Chitosan Hydrogels and Fabrics Modified with Golden Chitosan Hydrogels

Int J Mol Sci. 2022 May 12;23(10):5406. doi: 10.3390/ijms23105406.


Golden and silver-golden chitosan hydrogels and hydrogel-modified textiles of potential biomedical applications are investigated in this work. The hydrogels are formed by reactions of chitosan with HAuCl4·xH2O. For above the critical concentration of chitosan (c*), chitosan-Au hydrogels were prepared. For chitosan concentrations lower than c*, chitosan-Au nano- and microgels were formed. To characterise chitosan-Au structures, sol-gel analysis, UV-Vis spectrophotometry and dynamic light scattering were performed. Au concentration in the hydrogels was determined by the flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Colloidal chitosan-Au solutions were used for the modification of fabrics. The Au content in the modified fabrics was quantified by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry technique. Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersion X-ray spectrometer was used to analyse the samples. Reflectance spectrophotometry was applied to examine the colour of the fabrics. The formation of chitosan-Au-Ag hydrogels by the competitive reaction of Au and Ag ions with the chitosan macromolecules is reported.

PMID:35628215 | DOI:10.3390/ijms23105406


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