Krupa I.,Polymer Institute SAV |
Nedelcev T.,Polymer Institute SAV |
Chorvat Jr. D.,Polymer Institute SAV |
Chorvat Jr. D.,International Laser Center |
And 2 more authors.
European Polymer Journal | Year: 2011
The silica hydrogels prepared at physiological conditions were characterized with respect to the glucose diffusion properties and the porosity by employing various approaches. A diffusion coefficient of glucose in silica hydrogel in the range of 2 × 10-10 m2 s-1 was determined by two complementary techniques based on the glucose ingress and egress, respectively. The confocal laser scanning microscopy in a time-lapse imaging mode was employed to measure the ingress of fluorescently labeled glucose analogue inside the hydrogel. In addition, a method for direct glucose release from the hydrogel was established. The simple diffusion model based on the Fickian diffusion and Ritger-Peppas theory were employed for evaluation of diffusion coefficients, respectively. The BET analysis and permeation of fluorescently labeled dextrans of various molecular weights were used to characterize the porosity of silica hydrogel. The radius of pores accessible for diffusion of dextran molecules in prepared silica hydrogel ranges between 1 and 6 nm. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.