A ratiometric, fluorometric approach for surface charge mapping of biosilica features

Parambath, M., Fayyaz, A., Efimov, I. ORCID: 0000-0002-0844-3936, Hanley, Q.S. ORCID: 0000-0002-8189-9550 and Perry, C.C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1517-468X, 2022. A ratiometric, fluorometric approach for surface charge mapping of biosilica features. Analyst. ISSN 1364-5528

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We describe a surface charge imaging method for heterogeneous biosilicas based on relationships between zeta (ζ) potential, feature size of nanoparticles, and PDMPO fluorescence and apply it to silicified structures from plants and diatoms. The methodology provides the first opportunity to map the surface charge of large heterogeneous biosilica materials and indicates that local surface charge is related to morphology below the diffraction limit (ca. 20–130 nm) with sharper features showing less negative zeta potential equivalent surface charge suggesting that the zeta potential of silica structures can be adjusted by engineering surface morphology. We show that the approach can be used to study living silicified biological tissues without recourse to sectioning and fixation. Further, the approach could be used for the study of other metal oxides possessing hydroxylated moieties. The method has potential to open up opportunities for the engineering of materials with defined charge characteristics for the solution of biomedical engineering problems including materials for tissue replacement.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Analyst
Creators: Parambath, M., Fayyaz, A., Efimov, I., Hanley, Q.S. and Perry, C.C.
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Date: 4 November 2022
ISSN: 1364-5528
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 10 Nov 2022 10:49
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 10:49
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/47366

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