Dirk Steinhilber

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In this study, the extent to which the scaffold architecture of polyglycerol sulfates affects inflammatory processes and hemocompatibility is investigated. Competitive L-selectin binding assays, cellular uptake studies, and blood compatibility readouts are done to evaluate distinct biological properties. Fully glycerol based hyperbranched polyglycerol(More)
A novel pH and redox dual-responsive prodrug nanogel was prepared by an inverse nanoprecipitation method, which is mild and surfactant free, and based on a thiol-disulfide exchange reaction and thiol-Michael addition reaction. Highly biocompatible hyperbranched polyglycerol (hPG) was cross-linked with disulfide bonds, to obtain biodegradable nanogels, which(More)
In this paper we report a novel approach to generate biodegradable polyglycerol nanogels on different length scales. We developed a mild, surfactant free inverse nanoprecipitation process to template hydrophilic polyglycerol nanoparticles. In situ crosslinking of the precipitated nanoparticles by bioorthogonal copper catalyzed click chemistry allows us to(More)
pH-Cleavable cell-laden microgels with excellent long-term viabilities were fabricated by combining bioorthogonal strain-promoted azide-alkyne cycloaddition (SPAAC) and droplet-based microfluidics. Poly(ethylene glycol)dicyclooctyne and dendritic poly(glycerol azide) served as bioinert hydrogel precursors. Azide conjugation was performed using different(More)
Polyglycerol nanogels (nPG) have a huge impact in biomedical applications as drug deliverer due to their high biocompability. For such nPG nanogels, particle degradation is widely used as drug delivery method. The knowledge of this degradation process is limited up to date. In this communication, a real time visualization of such a degradation process is(More)
We report the preparation of polyglycerol particles on different length scales by extending the size of hyperbranched polyglycerols (3 nm) to nanogels (32 nm) and microgels (140 and 220 μm). We use miniemulsion templating for the preparation of nanogels and microfluidic templating for the preparation of microgels, which we obtain through a free-radical(More)
In this paper we report on the preparation of calix[8]arene functionalized polyglycerol nanogels by miniemulsion polymerization. The gel macromonomers were prepared by anionic ring-opening multibranching polymerization of glycidol using calix[8]arene as initiator. 1,1 ,3,3,3 ,3 -hexamethyl-2,2 -indotricarbocyanine iodide (HITC) red fluorescent dye was used(More)
The development of effective nonviral vectors for gene therapy is still a challenge in research, due to the high toxicity of many existing polycationic nanocarriers. In this paper, the development of two pH-cleavable polyglycerol-amine-based nanocarriers is described. The benz-acetal bond represents the pH-sensitive cleavage site between dendritic(More)
Stimuli-responsive hydrogels are able to change their physical properties such as their elastic moduli in response to changes in their environment. If biocompatible polymers are used to prepare such materials and if living cells are encapsulated within these networks, their switchability allows the cell-matrix interactions to be investigated with(More)