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Zwitterionic nanofibers of super-glue for transparent and biocompatible multi-purpose coatings
journal contributionposted on 2015-10-15, 11:28 authored by Elisa MeleElisa Mele, Jose A. Heredia-Guerrero, Ilker S. Bayer, Gianni Ciofani, Giada G. Genchi, Luca Ceseracciu, Alexander Davis, Evie L. Papadopoulou, Markus J. Barthel, Lara Marini, Roberta Ruffilli, Athanassia Athanassiou
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.
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Published inSCIENTIFIC REPORTS
CitationMELE, E. ...et al., 2015. Zwitterionic nanofibers of super-glue for transparent and biocompatible multi-purpose coating. Scientific Reports, 5, 14019.
PublisherPublished by Nature Publishing Group
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