Designing Photolabile Ruthenium Polypyridyl Crosslinkers for Hydrogel Formation and Multiplexed, Visible-light Degradation.

Affiliation

Department of Chemistry University of Pennsylvania 231 S 34 St., Philadelphia, PA, [Email]

Abstract

Photoresponsive materials afford spatiotemporal control over desirable physical, chemical and biological properties. For advanced applications, there is need for molecular phototriggers that are readily incorporated within larger structures, and spatially-sequentially addressable with different wavelengths of visble light, enabling multiplexing. Here we describe spectrally tunable (λmax = 420-530 nm) ruthenium polypyridyl complexes functionalized with two photolabile nitrile ligands that present terminal alkynes for subsequent crosslinking reactions, including hydrogel formation. Two Ru crosslinkers were incorporated within a PEG-hydrogel matrix, and sequentially degraded by irradiation with 592 nm and 410 nm light.

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