We synthesized the polyelectrolyte complex hydrogel consisting of chitosan, κ-carrageenan, and carboxymethyl cellulose sodium salt (NaCMC) and investigated the swelling properties of the gel varying with carrageenan/NaCMC compositions. In a lower composition of carrageenan, heterogeneous gels were obtained indicating strong electrostatic interactions among these polyelectrolytes. Oppositely, in a higher composition of carrageenan, a gelation did not occur. It was cleared that a homogeneity of the gel strongly depended on the carrageenan/NaCMC composition. The degree of swelling at the equilibrium decreased proportional to the carrageenan composition. The gels showed a maximum degree of swelling in the range of pH 11 - 12. The maximum degree of swelling discontinuously decreased with increasing the NaCMC composition and was independent of the composition at a higher composition of NaCMC. Swelling properties in pure water and in alkaline solutions were also affected by salt concentrations of each polyelectrolyte aqueous solutions.
|出版ステータス||Published - 2003 10月 17|
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