Poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels with disulfide linkages are functionalized through applied force. Compression or tension induces bond rupture at the relatively weak disulfide linkages, which will subsequently react through Michael-type addition with an acceptor molecule within the gel. We demonstrate the utility of this approach by patterning cell adhesion proteins through compression of a lithographically structured stamp, where cells predominately adhere to the compressed regions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Process Chemistry and Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering