Polyelectrolyte–Graphene Oxide Multilayer Composites for Array of Microchambers which are Mechanically Robust and Responsive to NIR Light

Alexey Ermakov, Su Hui Lim, Sergey Gorelik, Alan P. Kauling, Ricardo V.B. de Oliveira, A. H. Castro Neto, Evgeniy Glukhovskoy, Dmitry A. Gorin, Gleb B. Sukhorukov, Maxim V. Kiryukhin

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    Abstract

    Development of composite polymer/graphene oxide (GO) materials attracts significant attention due to their unique properties. In this work, highly ordered arrays of hollow microchambers made of composite polyelectrolyte/GO multilayers (PEGOMs) are successfully fabricated via layer-by-layer assembly on sacrificial or sustainable templates having imprinted patterns of microwells on their surface. Mechanical and optical properties of PEGOMs are studied by nanoindentation and near-infrared (NIR) absorption spectroscopy. Incorporation of three GO layers in between the polyelectrolyte multilayer stacks increases Young's modulus and critical stress of the microchambers by a factor of 5.6 and 2.6, respectively. Optical density of this PEGOM film is found to decrease gradually from 0.14 at λ = 800 nm to 0.06 at λ = 1500 nm. Remote opening of PEGOM microchambers with NIR laser beam is also demonstrated. One of the possible applications of the developed structures includes micropackaging and delivery systems in biological tissues with remote triggering.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1700868
    JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
    Volume40
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

    Keywords

    • graphene oxide
    • layered nanocomposite
    • microchambers
    • NIR light triggered release
    • polyelectrolyte multilayers

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