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Macromolecular bioscience

Crosslinking of trimethylene carbonate and D, L-lactide (co-) polymers by gamma irradiation in the presence of pentaerythritol triacrylate.


PMID 21480530

Abstract

High-molecular-weight (co)polymers of trimethylene carbonate and D,L-lactide are efficiently crosslinked using PETA during gamma irradiation. Form-stable networks with gel contents of 86 ± 5 to 96 ± 1 are obtained from non-crystalline (co)polymers. Glass transition temperatures and elastic moduli of the networks can be varied by adjusting the copolymer composition. The PETA-containing (co)polymer networks are not cytotoxic. Upon incubation in macrophage cultures for 14 d, all (co)polymer films and PETA-containing network films erode to varying extents, showing that these materials can be degraded by cell-mediated erosion processes. This method is very useful for the facile preparation of TMC- and DLLA-containing form-stable networks from high-molecular-weight polymers.

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