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Premium Polymerizations of Multifunctional Anhydride Monomers to Form Highly Crosslinked Degradable Networks
Anseth Kristi S.,
Quick Deborah J.
Publication year2001
Publication title
macromolecular rapid communications
Resource typeJournals
PublisherWILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH
Abstract The synthesis of multifunctional monomers that can be photopolymerized to form highly crosslinked, surface degrading polymers is reviewed. Typical reaction behavior of multifunctional monomers is discussed, as well as the difficulties associated with photopolymerizing thicker materials and the benefits of temporal control of the photoinitiation process. Characterization of the degradation behavior of these networks indicates a surface erosion mechanism where the rate of degradation is readily controlled to produce materials that degrade on time scales of days to months. To provide insight into the structural evolution during the polymerization of multifunctional monomers, the degradation products, specifically the kinetic chain lengths, have been analyzed using MALDI‐TOF spectroscopy. Additionally, the use of photopolymerizable, degrading polymers for drug delivery is illustrated, and other potential applications of these unique polymers are mentioned.
Subject(s)chemical engineering , composite material , computer science , degradation (telecommunications) , drug delivery , engineering , materials science , monomer , nanotechnology , photopolymer , polymer , polymer chemistry , polymer degradation , polymer science , polymerization , telecommunications
SCImago Journal Rank1.348

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