Journal article

Enhanced Electroactivity, Mechanical Properties, and Printability through the Addition of Graphene Oxide to Photo-Cross-linkable Gelatin Methacryloyl Hydrogel

Alexandre Xavier Mendes, Saimon Moraes Silva, Cathal D O'Connell, Serena Duchi, Anita F Quigley, Robert M Kapsa, Simon E Moulton

ACS BIOMATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2021

Abstract

The human tissues most sensitive to electrical activity such as neural and muscle tissues are relatively soft, and yet traditional conductive materials used to interface with them are typically stiffer by many orders of magnitude. Overcoming this mismatch, by creating both very soft and electroactive materials, is a major challenge in bioelectronics and biomaterials science. One strategy is to imbue soft materials, such as hydrogels, with electroactive properties by adding small amounts of highly conductive nanomaterials. However, electroactive hydrogels reported to date have required relatively large volume fractions (>1%) of added nanomaterial, have shown only modest electroactivity, and h..

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