Vapor deposition of intact polyethylene glycol thin films
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Thin films of polyethylene glycol (PEG) of average molecular weight, 1400 amu, were deposited by both matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The deposition was carried out in vacuum (∼10-6 Torr) with an ArF (λ=193 nm) laser at a fluence between 150 and 300 mJ/cm2. Films were deposited on NaCl plates, Si(111) wafers, and glass slides. The physiochemical properties of the films are compared via Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry, and matrix-assisted laser desorption and ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The results show that the MAPLE films nearly identically resemble the starting material, whereas the PLD films do not. These results are discussed within the context of biomedical applications such as drug delivery coatings and in vivo applications where there is a need for transfer of polymeric coatings of PEG without significant chemical modification.
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