@article {18638,
	title = {Polysaccharide-based freestanding multilayered membranes exhibiting reversible switchable properties},
	journal = {Soft Matter},
	year = {2015},
	month = {2015-11-20 00:00:00},
	publisher = {The Royal Society of Chemistry},
	abstract = {

The design of self-standing multilayered structures based on biopolymers has been attracting increasing interest due to their potential in the biomedical field. However, their use has been limited due to their gel-like properties. Herein, we report the combination of covalent and ionic cross-linking, using natural and non-cytotoxic cross-linkers, such as genipin and calcium chloride (CaCl2). Combining both cross-linking types the mechanical properties of the multilayers increased and the water uptake ability decreased. The ionic cross-linking of multilayered chitosan (CHI){\textendash}alginate (ALG) films led to freestanding membranes with multiple interesting properties, such as: improved mechanical strength, calcium-induced adhesion and shape memory ability. The use of CaCl2\ also offered the possibility of reversibly switching all of these properties by simple immersion in a chelate solution. We attribute the switch-ability of the mechanical properties, shape memory ability and the propensity for induced-adhesion to the ionic cross-linking of the multilayers. These findings suggested the potential of the developed polysaccharide freestanding membranes in a plethora of research fields, including in biomedical and biotechnological fields.

}, keywords = {Biomaterials, Calcium-induced adhesion, dynamic mechanical analysis, layer-by-layer, nanobiomaterials, shape-memory}, issn = {1744-683X}, doi = {10.1039/C5SM02458G}, url = {http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2016/sm/c5sm02458g$\#$!divAbstract}, author = {Silva, J. M. and Caridade, S. G. and Reis, R. L. and Mano, J. F.} }

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