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Keywords:

  • biomimetic membrane;
  • interpenetrating hydrogel;
  • polyelectrolyte;
  • layer-by-layer;
  • agarose

Abstract

A simple way to form an interpenetrating hydrogel (IPH) by combining a layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte membrane with agarose is reported. The formed IPH membrane is more robust and easily manipulated compared to a polyelectrolyte membrane with the same number of layers. The IPH has good diffusion characteristics and retains the advantageous surface charge from the polyectrolyte composition that facilitates the adsorption of a stable lipid bilayer. The stable adsorption of a lipid bilayer on the IPH creates a biomimetic membrane system that is optimized for utilization in a diffusion chamber.