Biodegradable poly(L-lactide) and polycaprolactone block copolymer networks

Ivirico, J.L.E., Salmerón-Sánchez, M., Gómez Ribelles, J.L. and Pradas, M.M. (2011) Biodegradable poly(L-lactide) and polycaprolactone block copolymer networks. Polymer International, 60(2), pp. 264-270. (doi:10.1002/pi.2938)

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Abstract

New biodegradable block copolymer networks were synthesized from methacrylate-terminated poly(l-lactide) (mLA) and polycaprolactone (mCL) macromers. This allowed the realization of a series of materials in which the macromer ratio can be used to tailor the physical and mechanical properties of the materials. The synthesis of the macromers was characterized using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and 1H NMR spectroscopy. Poly(mCL) and poly(mLA) networks were prepared by photopolymerization of the macromers, and copolymers were also prepared from the two macromers in various proportions. The phase microstructure of the new systems and the network architecture were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry, FTIR spectroscopy, dynamic mechanical analysis and thermogravimetry studies.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Salmeron-Sanchez, Professor Manuel
Authors: Ivirico, J.L.E., Salmerón-Sánchez, M., Gómez Ribelles, J.L., and Pradas, M.M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:Polymer International
ISSN:0959-8103
ISSN (Online):1097-0126
Published Online:15 October 2010

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