Anion-Responsive Metallopolymer Hydrogels for Healthcare Applications

Jiuyang Zhang, Jing Yan, Parasmani Pageni, Yi Yan, Adam Wirth, Yun Ping Chen, Yali Qiao, Qian Wang, Alan W. Decho, Chuanbing Tang

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Metallopolymers combine a processable, versatile organic polymeric skeleton with functional metals, providing multiple functions and methodologies in materials science. Taking advantage of cationic cobaltocenium as the key building block, organogels could be simply switched to hydrogels via a highly efficient ion exchange. With the unique ionic complexion ability, cobaltocenium moieties provide a robust soft substrate for recycling antibiotics from water. The essential polyelectrolyte nature offers the metallopolymer hydrogels to kill multidrug resistant bacteria. The multifunctional characteristics of these hydrogels highlight the potential for metallopolymers in the field of healthcare and environmental treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number11914
JournalScientific reports
StatePublished - Jul 23 2015

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Funding Information:
Support from the National Science Foundation (CHE-1151479 and DMR-1206072) is acknowledged.


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