Wu, ZY (reprint author), Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Phys, Beijing Natl Lab Condensed Matter Phys, Beijing 100080, Peoples R China.
The adsorption behavior of human fibrinogen (Hfg) on single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) films was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. It was shown in the SEM images that fibrinogen was adsorbed strongly on the surface of SWNT when the samples were incubated in the Hfg solutions for 10 min. The dependence of adsorption on the concentration of fibrinogen was also investigated and it was found that adsorption increased with increasing concentration. In order to further explore the adsorption of fibrinogen on SWNT surface, NEXAFS spectra were obtained at the N K-edge and the C Kedge. The results confirmed the conclusion regarding the dependence of adsorption on fibrinogen concentration. It is demonstrated that, due to its high sensitivity to the surface elements, NEXAFS spectroscopy is a powerful tool to investigate the adsorption of fibrinogen on SWNT films. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.