In this study we describe the first direct, real-space characterization of a novel type of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) based microballoons in aqueous environment using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM). From the oxygen K-edge near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra taken from the microballoon interiors we could unambiguously distinguish between water- and air-filled particles. We also demonstrate that STXM imaging below and above the O K-edge (520 eV and 550 eV) can provide unique information on the composition of microballoons in water. It was found that the particular microballoon system investigated here has a remarkable high stability and is able to contain gases for more than 6 months, making it well suited for biomedical applications.

Tzvetkov, G., Graf, B., Fernandes, P., Fery, A., Cavalieri, F., Paradossi, G., et al. (2008). In situ characterization of gas-filled microballoons using soft X-ray microspectroscopy. SOFT MATTER, 4(3), 510-514 [10.1039/b715392a].

In situ characterization of gas-filled microballoons using soft X-ray microspectroscopy

CAVALIERI, FRANCESCA;PARADOSSI, GAIO;
2008

Abstract

In this study we describe the first direct, real-space characterization of a novel type of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) based microballoons in aqueous environment using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM). From the oxygen K-edge near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra taken from the microballoon interiors we could unambiguously distinguish between water- and air-filled particles. We also demonstrate that STXM imaging below and above the O K-edge (520 eV and 550 eV) can provide unique information on the composition of microballoons in water. It was found that the particular microballoon system investigated here has a remarkable high stability and is able to contain gases for more than 6 months, making it well suited for biomedical applications.
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Settore CHIM/02 - Chimica Fisica
English
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Biomedical engineering; Polyvinyl alcohols; Scanning tunneling microscopy; Solutions; X ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy; Air-filled particles; Gas-filled microballoons; Microstructure
Tzvetkov, G., Graf, B., Fernandes, P., Fery, A., Cavalieri, F., Paradossi, G., et al. (2008). In situ characterization of gas-filled microballoons using soft X-ray microspectroscopy. SOFT MATTER, 4(3), 510-514 [10.1039/b715392a].
Tzvetkov, G; Graf, B; Fernandes, P; Fery, A; Cavalieri, F; Paradossi, G; Fink, Rh
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