3 years ago

Cross-Linked Polyelectrolyte for Improved Selectivity and Processability of Iontronic Systems

Cross-Linked Polyelectrolyte for Improved Selectivity and Processability of Iontronic Systems
Daniel T. Simon, Klas Tybrandt, Loïg Kergoat, Erik Gabrielsson, Amanda Jonsson, Theresia Arbring Sjöström, Magnus Berggren
On-demand local release of biomolecules enables fine-tuned stimulation for the next generation of neuromodulation therapies. Such chemical stimulation is achievable using iontronic devices based on microfabricated, highly selective ion exchange membranes (IEMs). Current limitations in processability and performance of thin film IEMs hamper future developments of this technology. Here we address this limitation by developing a cationic IEM with excellent processability and ionic selectivity: poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid-co-maleic acid) (PSS-co-MA) cross-linked with polyethylene glycol (PEG). This enables new design opportunities and provides enhanced compatibility with in vitro cell studies. PSSA-co-MA/PEG is shown to out-perform the cation selectivity of the previously used iontronic material.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b05949

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b05949

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