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Meeting of Natural Polymers - EPNAT

Vol. 2 No. 2 (2019): October-February

Surface-Modified Bacterial Cellulose with Mercaptosilane as a Multifunctional Platform



Cellulose synthesized by bacteria has unique properties such as high water retention capacity, biocompatibility, biodegradability and flexibility. Nevertheless, modification of this biomaterial is required in order to obtain multifunctional materials, which may be applied in several high-value added products, as catalytic and cell culture platforms. The surface of bacterial cellulose (BC) can be modified by several approaches, namely: (i) physical treatment by plasma, (ii) adsorption of molecules onto BC surface, and (iii) chemical modification. In this sense, the aim of this study was to modify the BC surface by silanization reaction at room temperature using a mixture of ethanol and water, using two different protocols. Thus, BC membranes synthesized by Komagataeibacter xylinus were modified by adding the thiol (SH) functional group with (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane under mild conditions. The produced materials were analyzed by elemental analysis, ATR-FTIR, TGA and SEM, and the successful modification was proven by elemental analysis and SEM.



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