A series of novel thermosensitive macroporous poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG)-co-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm)-co-poly (e-caprolactone) (PCL) hydrogels were synthesized via in situ free radical polymerization. Poly(ethylene glycol diacrylate) (PEGDAc) and poly(e-caprolactone diacrylate) (PCLDAc) were prepared as macrocrosslinkers. All compounds were investigated by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) results showed the lower critical solution temperatures (LCSTs) of the gels were at around 31°C. The macroporous gels not only had considerable swelling ratios, but also exhibited rapid swelling kinetics and response sensitivity. Above mentioned hydrogels showed a remarkable oscillatory swelling-deswelling transition, making them have potential application in long-term drug delivery.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Polymer Engineering and Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2015 Jan 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry