Histamine functionalized poly(allyl glycidyl ether)-b-poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(allyl glycidyl ether) (PAGE-PEO-PAGE) triblock copolymers represent a new class of physically cross-linked, pH-responsive hydrogels with significant potential for biomedical applications. These telechelic triblock copolymers exhibited abrupt and reversible hydrogelation above pH 7.0 due to a hydrophilic/hydrophobic transition of the histamine units to form a network of hydrophobic domains bridged by a hydrophilic PEO matrix. These hydrophobic domains displayed improved ordering upon increasing pH and self-assembled into a body centered cubic lattice at pH 8.0, while at lower concentrations formed well-defined micelles. Significantly, all materials were found to be non-toxic when evaluated on three different cell lines and suggests a range of medical and biomedical applications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics