Boundary lubricant-functionalized PVA gels for biotribological applications

Michelle M. Blum, Timothy C. Ovaert

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A novel material design was developed by functionalizing a biocompatible hydrogel material with organic boundary lubricants. Polyvinyl alcohol was functionalized with varying molar ratios of 0.2, 0.5, and 1.0 moles of lauroyl chloride. Tribological and mechanical characterization was performed by means of nanofriction testing and nanoindentation to determine the influence of the hydrocarbon chains on the friction coefficient and elastic modulus of the hydrogels. It was found that fusing of the lubricant to the polymer material has a positive effect on the surface friction properties, yet an unfavorable effect on stiffness properties of the gel due to the processing method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntegrated Miniaturized Materials - From Self-Assembly to Device Integration
PublisherMaterials Research Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781605112497
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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