A polyrotaxane gel using boronic acid-appended γ-cyclodextrin as a hybrid cross-linker
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A boronic acid-appended γ-cyclodextrin (BA-CyD) was synthesized as a hybrid cross-linker of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) to form a new type of hydrogel. The CyD moiety of BA-CyD forms an inclusion complex with the PVA chain to produce a mechanically interlocking structure. At the same time, the BA moiety of BA-CyD forms covalent bonds with the 1,3-diol moieties of PVA. On the basis of these two modes of interaction, the hybrid cross-linker connects two PVA chains, thus resulting in the formation of a hydrogel. To investigate the possibility of this hydrogel becoming the basis for an intelligent material for drug delivery, sugar-responsive drug release from the hydrogel was demonstrated.
KeywordsCyclodextrin Boronic acid Polyrotaxane Gel Intelligent material Sugar response