Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(7), 12953-12969; doi:10.3390/ijms140712953
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Bending of Layer-by-Layer Films Driven by an External Magnetic Field

1 Center for Natural and Human Sciences, Federal University of ABC, 09210-170 Santo André, SP, Brazil 2 Applied Physics Department, Gleb Wataghin Institute of Physics, State University of Campinas, UNICAMP, C.P. 6165, 13083-970 Campinas, SP, Brazil 3 Carlos Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, CP 369, 13560-970 São Carlos, SP, Brazil 4 Faculty of Science and Technology, São Paulo State University, UNESP, 19060-900 Presidente Prudente, SP, Brazil 5 Paulista University Center, UNICEP, 13563-470 São Carlos, SP, Brazil 6 Physics Department, IGCE, São Paulo State University, UNESP, 13506-900 Rio Claro, SP, Brazil
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Received: 15 February 2013; in revised form: 18 May 2013 / Accepted: 8 June 2013 / Published: 24 June 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Self-Assembled Soft Matter Nanostructures at Interfaces)
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Abstract: We report on optimized architectures containing layer-by-layer (LbL) films of natural rubber latex (NRL), carboxymethyl-chitosan (CMC) and magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles (MNPs) deposited on flexible substrates, which could be easily bent by an external magnetic field. The mechanical response depended on the number of deposited layers and was explained semi-quantitatively with a fully atomistic model, where the LbL film was represented as superposing layers of hexagonal graphene-like atomic arrangements deposited on a stiffer substrate. The bending with no direct current or voltage being applied to a supramolecular structure containing biocompatible and antimicrobial materials represents a proof-of-principle experiment that is promising for tissue engineering applications in biomedicine.
Keywords: magnetic nanoparticles; natural rubber latex; carboxymethyl-chitosan; layer-by-layer assembly; molecular dynamics

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Miyazaki, C.M.; Riul, A., Jr.; Dos Santos, D.S., Jr.; Ferreira, M.; Constantino, C.J.L.; Pereira-da-Silva, M.A.; Paupitz, R.; Galvão, D.S.; Jr., O.N.O. Bending of Layer-by-Layer Films Driven by an External Magnetic Field. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 12953-12969.

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Miyazaki CM, Riul A, Jr, Dos Santos DS, Jr, Ferreira M, Constantino CJL, Pereira-da-Silva MA, Paupitz R, Galvão DS, Jr. ONO. Bending of Layer-by-Layer Films Driven by an External Magnetic Field. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2013; 14(7):12953-12969.

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Miyazaki, Celina M.; Riul, Antonio, Jr.; Dos Santos, David S., Jr.; Ferreira, Mariselma; Constantino, Carlos J.L.; Pereira-da-Silva, Marcelo A.; Paupitz, Ricardo; Galvão, Douglas S.; Jr., Osvaldo N.O. 2013. "Bending of Layer-by-Layer Films Driven by an External Magnetic Field." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14, no. 7: 12953-12969.

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