All-organic porous sponges were obtained throughout the direct and solvent-free (oven 105 8C, time>6 h) crosslinking of TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibers (TOCNF) with 25 kDa branched polyethyleneimine (bPEI) in the presence of different amounts of citric acid (CA) as co-crosslinker. The chemical and mechanical stability of these materials was provided by the formation of amide bonds between the carboxylic moieties of TOCNF and CA with the primary amines of bPEI. The mechanical properties were investigated under static and dynamic loads with both dry and wet samples. The materials had the interesting capability to recover their shape with reduced losses in mechanical resistance, while their Youngâs modulus progressively increased with the content of CA. In work toward developing possible applications of bPEI-TOCNF sponges in drug delivery, amoxicillin (AM) and ibuprofen (IB) were considered as model drugs. All materials showed very good performance in adsorbing both AM and IB (ca. 200 mgg-1) from methanol solution. In particular, an increased adsorption of IB was observed in parallel to the increase of citrate moieties in the samples. Moreover, samples crosslinked in presence of CA showed slower kinetic release in aqueous environments than materials obtained without CA.
|Titolo:||Mechanical and drug release properties of sponges from cross-linked cellulose nanofibers|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.1 Articolo in Rivista|