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From spherical compartments to polymer films: exploiting vesicle fusion to generate solid supported thin polymer membranes

Kyropoulou, Myrto and Yorulmaz Avsar, Saziye and Schoenenberger, Cora-Ann and Palivan, Cornelia G. and Meier, Wolfgang P.. (2021) From spherical compartments to polymer films: exploiting vesicle fusion to generate solid supported thin polymer membranes. Nanoscale, 13 (14). pp. 6944-6952.

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Abstract

Solid supported polymer membranes as scaffold for the insertion of functional biomolecules provide the basis for mimicking natural membranes. They also provide the means for unraveling biomolecule-membrane interactions and engineering platforms for biosensing. Vesicle fusion is an established procedure to obtain solid supported lipid bilayers but the more robust polymer vesicles tend to resist fusion and planar membranes rarely form. Here, we build on vesicle fusion to develop a refined and efficient way to produce solid supported membranes based on poly(dimethylsiloxane)-poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline) (PMOXA-b-PDMS-b-PMOXA) amphiphilic triblock copolymers. We first create thiol-bearing polymer vesicles (polymersomes) and anchor them on a gold substrate. An osmotic shock then provokes polymersome rupture and drives planar film formation. Prerequisite for a uniform amphiphilic planar membrane is the proper combination of immobilized polymersomes and osmotic shock conditions. Thus, we explored the impact of the hydrophobic PDMS block length of the polymersome on the formation and the characteristics of the resulting solid supported polymer assemblies by quarz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). When the PDMS block is short enough, attached polymersomes restructure in response to osmotic shock, resulting in a uniform planar membrane. Our approach to rapidly form planar polymer membranes by vesicle fusion brings many advantages to the development of synthetic planar membranes for bio-sensing and biotechnological applications.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Chemie > Makromolekulare Chemie (Meier)
UniBasel Contributors:Kyropoulou, Myrto and Yorulmaz Avsar, Saziye and Schönenberger, Cora-Ann and Palivan, Cornelia G and Meier, Wolfgang P.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN:2040-3364
e-ISSN:2040-3372
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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