Nanoparticles embedded in a sponge of polydimethylsiloxane by laser ablation in liquid
Nuclear Physics Institute, AS CR, 25068 Rez, Czech Republic
2 Department of Physics (MIFT), Messina University, V. le F.S. d’Alcontres 31, 98166 S. Agata, Messina, Italy
3 Center for Cellular Imaging and NanoAnalytics (C-CINA) Biozentrum, University of Basel, CH4058 Basel, Switzerland
4 Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of J. E. Purkyně, Pasteurova 3544/1, 400 96 Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
5 Department of Solid State Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague, Czech Republic
6 Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of J. E. Purkyně, Pasteurova 15, 400 96 Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published online: 11 April 2022
This work describes the preparation of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) sponge with pore sizes of about 50 and 900 µm. The sponges synthetized by the sugar template process were embedded with graphene oxide (GO) and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) previously produced by laser ablation in liquid. The suspension containing graphene oxide and gold nanoparticles were optically characterized by UV-ViS spectroscopy. The dispersion of the nanoparticles in the PDMS sponges was observed by the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The biocompatibility of virgin PDMS, PDMS filled with graphene oxide, and with graphene oxide and gold nanoparticles was studied for different types of cell cultures. This study has allowed us to confirm that the PDMS sponge is a good matrix for embedding AuNPs and has highlighted as the presence of GO hinders the aggregation of AuNPs avoiding the use of surfactant and allowing their use in biological applications.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2022
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.