In this study we used the poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) as a medium to blend with an organic DNA, herring sperm DNA (HSD), to generate PNIPAAm-HSD supramolecular complexes. Bio-multiple hydrogen bonding (BMHB) between PNIPAAm and HSD was investigated that changed the temperature responsiveness of PNIPAAm relatively to the HSD concentrations. With blending the HSD into PNIPAAm matrix, the phase separation in solution is completely opposite from that of neat PNIPAAm. Surface property in static water contact angle (SWCA) is also opposite from that of pure PNIPAAm upon increasing HSD content over 60%. In addition, we found that the PNIPAAm and HSD self-assembled a specific triangle-like structure at a PNIPAAm-to-HSD weight ratio of 1:4 at 25 °C; while the triangle-like structure disappeared with increasing temperature to 45 °C. Furthermore, both PNIPAAm and HSD could be regarded as insulator, but it transformed into a semiconductive matter after blending with the HSD. Incorporation of organic DNA with hydrogel could significantly change their properties, which might facilitate their use as novel materials in bioelectronics.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry