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Ellipsometric studies of synthetic albumin-binding chitosan-derivatives and selected blood plasma proteins

Sabyasachi Sarkar, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This dissertation summarizes work on the synthesis of chitosan-derivatives and the development of ellipsometric methods to characterize materials of biological origin. ^ Albumin-binding chitosan-derivatives were synthesized via addition reactions that involve amine groups naturally present in chitosan. These surfaces were shown to have an affinity towards human serum albumin via ELISA, UV spectroscopy and SDS PAGE. Modified surfaces were characterized with IR ellipsometry at various stages of their synthesis using appropriate optical models. It was found that spin cast chitosan films were anisotropic in nature. All optical models used for characterizing chitosan-derivatives were thus anisotropic. Chemical signal dependence on molecular structure and composition was illustrated via IR spectroscopic ellipsometry (IRSE). An anisotropic optical model of an ensemble of Lorentz oscillators were used to approximate material behavior. The presence of acetic acid in spin-cast non-neutralized chitosan samples was thus shown. IRSE application to biomaterials was also demonstrated by performing a step-wise chemical characterizations during synthesis stages. ^ Protein adsorbed from single protein solutions on these modified surfaces was monitored by visible in-situ variable wavelength ellipsometry. Based on adsorption profiles obtained from single protein adsorption onto silicon surfaces, lumped parameter kinetic models were developed. These models were used to fit experimental data of immunoglobulin-G of different concentrations and approximate conformational changes in fibrinogen adsorption. ^ Biomaterial characterization by ellipsometry was further extended to include characterization of individual protein solutions in the IR range. Proteins in an aqueous environment were characterized by attenuated total internal reflection (ATR) IR ellipsometry using a ZnSe prism. Parameterized dielectric functions were created for individual proteins using Lorentz oscillators. These parameterized dielectric functions were then used to describe the growth and eventual enzymatic degradation of a multilayered IgG structure by dynamic ATR-IR ellipsometry measurements. ATR-IR ellipsometry was also used to observe the specificity of anti-bodies to antigens. ^

Subject Area

Engineering, Biomedical|Physics, Optics|Engineering, Materials Science

Recommended Citation

Sarkar, Sabyasachi, "Ellipsometric studies of synthetic albumin-binding chitosan-derivatives and selected blood plasma proteins" (2008). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3309211.