The effect of different methods of cross-linking of collagen on its dielectric properties

Biophys Chem. 2008 Feb;132(2-3):89-96. doi: 10.1016/j.bpc.2007.10.012. Epub 2007 Nov 9.


This paper reports on the effect of different methods of collagen cross-linking on its dielectric properties. In order to obtain collagen-hyaluronic acid (HA) scaffolds, collagen was first dehydrated by a combination of thermal and vacuum drying (DHT) and then treated with the chemical reagent carbodiimide (EDC/NHS) for final cross-linking. The measurements of the relative permittivity epsilon' and the dielectric loss epsilon'' for all materials were carried over the frequency range of 10 Hz-100 kHz and at temperatures from 22 to 260 degrees C. The results for these samples reveal distinct relaxation processes at low temperatures, below 140 degrees C and at higher temperatures as broad peak around 230 degrees C. The first and second relaxation are associated with changes in the secondary structure of collagen accompanied by the release of water and with the denaturation of dry collagen, respectively. The influence of cross-linking on the permittivity of collagen is significant over the entire temperature range.

MeSH terms

  • Carbodiimides
  • Collagen / chemistry*
  • Cross-Linking Reagents
  • Electrochemistry*
  • Methods
  • Temperature


  • Carbodiimides
  • Cross-Linking Reagents
  • Collagen