Archive of Applied Mechanics

, Volume 89, Issue 1, pp 91–103 | Cite as

Rheological properties of magnetic biogels

  • A. ZubarevEmail author
  • A. B. Bonhome-Espinosa
  • M. Alaminos
  • J. D. G. Duran
  • M. T. Lopez-Lopez


We report an experimental and theoretical study of the rheological properties of magnetic biogels consisting of fibrin polymer networks with embedded magnetite nanoparticles, swollen by aqueous solutions. We studied two types of magnetic biogels, differenced by the presence or absence of an applied magnetic field during the initial steps of cross-linking. The experiments demonstrated very strong dependence of the elastic modulus of the magnetic biogels on the concentration of the magnetic particles. We finally developed some theoretical models that explain the observed strong concentration effects.


Fibrin Polymer Magnetic gels Structural transformations Elastic modulus 



This study was supported by projects FIS2013-41821-R (Plan Nacional de Investigación Científica, Desarrollo e Innovación Tecnológica, MINECO, Spain, co-funded by ERDF, European Union) and FIS2017-85954-R (Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, MINECO, and Agencia Estatal de Investigación, AEI, Spain, co-funded by Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional, FEDER, European Union). A.Z. is grateful to the program of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, projects 02.A03.21.0006, 3.1438.2017/4.6, and 3.5214.2017/6.7, as well as to the Russian Fund of Basic Researches, project 18-08-00178.

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Ethical statement

This study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the University of Granada, Granada, Spain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Zubarev
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • A. B. Bonhome-Espinosa
    • 3
    • 4
  • M. Alaminos
    • 4
    • 5
  • J. D. G. Duran
    • 3
    • 4
  • M. T. Lopez-Lopez
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Theoretical and Mathematical PhysicsUral Federal UniversityEkaterinburgRussia
  2. 2.M.N. Mikheev Institute of Metal Physics, Ural BranchRussian Academy of SciencesEkaterinburgRussia
  3. 3.Department of Applied PhysicsUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  4. 4.Instituto de Investigación Biosanitaria ibs.GRANADAGranadaSpain
  5. 5.Department of Histology (Tissue Engineering Group)University of GranadaGranadaSpain

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