TEM Observation of Biomolecules on/in Mesoporous SBA-15
The encapsulation and immobilization of biomolecules on/in mesoporous silica materials (MPS) have been studied by using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The mixture of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and the triblock copolymer as a template was stirred, hydrothermally treated to form the mesoporous SBA-15 structure, and heat-treated at 550 °C. SEM observation indicated that long and narrow particles were linked together in the long axis direction to form secondary particles of SBA-15. UV-spectrometry was performed to determine the amount of bovine serum albumin (BSA), cytochrome C, myoglobin or -lactoglobulin encapsulated on/in SBA-15. The time profiles for adsorption of proteins can be well described by intraparticle diffusion model. The TEM observations of proteins on/in mesoporous SBA-15 revealed that proteins were embedded on/in mesoporous SBA-15 and the protein behaviors given by TEM observations may correspond to the intraparticle diffusion model.
Eyup Sabri Kayali, Gultekin Goller and Ipek Akin
Y. Yokogawa et al., "TEM Observation of Biomolecules on/in Mesoporous SBA-15", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 493-494, pp. 728-731, 2012