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Title: Zwitterionic nanofibers of super-glue for transparent and biocompatible multi-purpose coatings
Authors: Mele, Elisa
Heredia-Guerrero, Jose A.
Bayer, Ilker S.
Ciofani, Gianni
Genchi, Giada G.
Ceseracciu, Luca
Davis, Alexander
Papadopoulou, Evie L.
Barthel, Markus J.
Marini, Lara
Ruffilli, Roberta
Athanassiou, Athanassia
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Published by Nature Publishing Group
Citation: MELE, E. ...et al., 2015. Zwitterionic nanofibers of super-glue for transparent and biocompatible multi-purpose coating. Scientific Reports, 5, 14019.
Abstract: Here we show that macrozwitterions of poly(ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate), commonly called Super Glue, can easily assemble into long and well defined fibers by electrospinning. The resulting fibrous networks are thermally treated on glass in order to create transparent coatings whose superficial morphology recalls the organization of the initial electrospun mats. These textured coatings are characterized by low liquid adhesion and anti-staining performance. Furthermore, the low friction coefficient and excellent scratch resistance make them attractive as solid lubricants. The inherent texture of the coatings positively affects their biocompatibility. In fact, they are able to promote the proliferation and differentiation of myoblast stem cells. Optically-transparent and biocompatible coatings that simultaneously possess characteristics of low water contact angle hysteresis, low friction and mechanical robustness can find application in a wide range of technological sectors, from the construction and automotive industries to electronic and biomedical devices.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Nature Publishing under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1038/srep14019
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19039
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep14019
ISSN: 2045-2322
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