Fedele, Chiara (2017) Photoresponsive azobenzene-based materials for smart cell culture applications. [Tesi di dottorato]


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Item Type: Tesi di dottorato
Resource language: English
Title: Photoresponsive azobenzene-based materials for smart cell culture applications
Fedele, Chiarachiara.fedele@unina.it
Date: 10 April 2017
Number of Pages: 134
Institution: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Department: Ingegneria Chimica, dei Materiali e della Produzione Industriale
Dottorato: Ingegneria dei prodotti e dei processi industriali
Ciclo di dottorato: 29
Coordinatore del Corso di dottorato:
Mensitieri, Giuseppemensitie@unina.it
Netti, Paolo AntonioUNSPECIFIED
Date: 10 April 2017
Number of Pages: 134
Keywords: Azobenzene; Cell-Instructive Materials; Photoresponsive materials;
Settori scientifico-disciplinari del MIUR: Area 09 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione > ING-IND/34 - Bioingegneria industriale
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 17:43
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2018 13:47
URI: http://www.fedoa.unina.it/id/eprint/11787
DOI: 10.6093/UNINA/FEDOA/11787

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The work described in this thesis intends to exploit the photomechanical properties of azobenzene-based materials for the realization of functional photoresponsive cell culture platforms. Up to date, a big variety of photolithographic techniques has been successfully adopted for azopolymer photopatterning and even the possibility of a dynamic modulation of the topographical features of 2D cell culture substrates appeared to be feasible using these materials. In fact, a great biological interest resides in the dynamic modulation of the cell-material crosstalk, in order to recapitulate in vitro the fast remodeling of the natural extracellular microenvironment, in terms of biochemical, topographical and mechanical cues. In this thesis, light-induced topographical and structural modifications of different azobenzene-based materials have been used in many biological applications, either at a single-cell level, or in multicellular systems. In particular, light-based techniques already used for single-cell investigations have been implemented to study more complex biological processes, which involve the cell-cell interactions in their final biological response. At the same time, the realization of novel 3D photoresponsive platforms for smart cell culture has been introduced. Findings discussed in this thesis add a valuable contribution to the field of azobenzene-based matters as novel dynamic cell-instructive materials.


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