In the present study, a chitosan derivative with long chain quaternary ammonium locating grafted at 6-OH (CTS-6-QAS) was designed and prepared via a novel click reaction. The structure and thermal stability of the products of each step were determined with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Rheological tests indicate that CTS-6-QAS possesses excellent thermally induced hydrogel formation property in the presence of β-glycerophosphate (β-GP). Based on these results, a novel thermally induced/polyelectrolyte complex CTS-6-QAS/alginate (SA)/β-GP dual-network hydrogel was designed. This controllable preparation method can avoid the disadvantages of the preparation methods for single thermo-induced hydrogels and polyelectrolyte complex hydrogels, and promote the homogeneity of the hydrogel. Porous sponges were prepared by freeze-drying the CTS-6-QASSA/β-GP hydrogels. The effects of hydrogel preparation conditions on the porous structure and swelling property of the sponges were quantitatively investigated. Tea tree oil (TTO), a natural antibacterial agent, was successfully embedded in the hydrogel due to the lipophilicity of the long chain quaternary ammonium grafted at 6-OH of chitosan. The sustained release of TTO from the hydrogel was studied.
Keywords: Click reaction; Dual-network hydrogel; Locating graft; Polyelectrolyte complex; Tea tree oil; Thermally induced.
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