Ep. 24: Smart biopolymers to support diabetes therapy
Smart biopolymers have attracted a lot of interest in the development of platforms for biomolecule sensing. One of the most commonly explored areas is the design of soft materials for glucose monitoring, which is of great significance in the diabetic therapeutic market. Multifunctional biomimetic, biocompatible, and stimuli-responsive materials based on hydrogels with physical properties similar to living tissues have attracted great attention.
prof. Filippo Pierini from the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research PAS conducted chemical, morphological, and optical characterizations were performed to investigate the proposed platform's structure in both scales of layers and the whole construct. The synergetic effect of thermoresponsivity and antibacterial properties of the composite material was investigated, revealing that by coupling these properties with sensing features, the proposed system is a potential candidate for glucose sensing application.