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Processes 2013, 1(2), 153-166; doi:10.3390/pr1020153

Photochemical Patterning of Ionically Cross-Linked Hydrogels

Department of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699, USA
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Received: 5 June 2013 / Revised: 24 July 2013 / Accepted: 15 August 2013 / Published: 22 August 2013
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Iron(III) cross-linked alginate hydrogel incorporating sodium lactate undergoes photoinduced degradation, thus serving as a biocompatible positive photoresist suitable for photochemical patterning. Alternatively, surface etching of iron(III) cross-linked hydrogel contacting lactic acid solution can be used for controlling the thickness of the photochemical pattering. Due to biocompatibility, both of these approaches appear potentially useful for advanced manipulation with cell cultures including growing cells on the surface or entrapping them within the hydrogel.
Keywords: alginate; photoresist; iron; responsive hydrogel alginate; photoresist; iron; responsive hydrogel
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Bruchet, M.; Mendelson, N.L.; Melman, A. Photochemical Patterning of Ionically Cross-Linked Hydrogels. Processes 2013, 1, 153-166.

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