Assessment of Local Heterogeneity in Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Hydrogel Networks. Academic Article uri icon


  • Our current understanding of the mechanical properties of nanostructured biomaterials is rather limited to invasive/destructive and low-throughput techniques such as atomic force microscopy, optical tweezers, and shear rheology. In this report, we demonstrate the capabilities of recently developed dual Brillouin/Raman spectroscopy to interrogate the mechanical and chemical properties of nanostructured hydrogel networks. The results obtained from Brillouin spectroscopy show an excellent correlation with the conventional uniaxial and shear mechanical testing. Moreover, it is confirmed that, unlike the macroscopic conventional mechanical measurement techniques, Brillouin spectroscopy can provide the elasticity characteristic of biomaterials at a mesoscale length, which is remarkably important for understanding complex cell-biomaterial interactions. The proposed technique experimentally demonstrated the capability of studying biomaterials in their natural environment and may facilitate future fabrication and inspection of biomaterials for various biomedical and biotechnological applications.

published proceedings

  • ACS Nano

altmetric score

  • 5.35

author list (cited authors)

  • Meng, Z., Thakur, T., Chitrakar, C., Jaiswal, M. K., Gaharwar, A. K., & Yakovlev, V. V.

citation count

  • 46

complete list of authors

  • Meng, Zhaokai||Thakur, Teena||Chitrakar, Chandani||Jaiswal, Manish K||Gaharwar, Akhilesh K||Yakovlev, Vladislav V

publication date

  • August 2017