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|Title:||Preparation of stimuli responsive polycaprolactone membranes of controllable porous morphology via combined atom transfer radical polymerization, ring-opening polymerization and thiol-yne click chemistry|
|Citation:||Cai, T., Li, M., Neoh, K.-G., Kang, E.-T. (2012-08-28). Preparation of stimuli responsive polycaprolactone membranes of controllable porous morphology via combined atom transfer radical polymerization, ring-opening polymerization and thiol-yne click chemistry. Journal of Materials Chemistry 22 (32) : 16248-16258. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1039/c2jm33419d|
|Abstract:||Linear di-block copolymers of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) with a center disulfide linkage were prepared by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) using a bifunctional disulfide-based initiator. The center disulfide bond was cleaved by reduction with excess dl-1,4-dithiothreitol (DTT) to form thiols. The resulting thiol-terminated PNIPAM chains were conjugated to alkyne-terminated poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) via UV-initiated thiol-yne click reaction to produce the PCL-click-PNIPAM AB 2-type copolymers. The PCL-click-PNIPAM copolymers were cast by phase inversion in an aqueous medium into microporous membranes of well-defined and uniform pores. The PNIPAM content in the PCL-click-PNIPAM copolymers could be used to control the pore size and porosity of the resulting membranes. The PCL-click-PNIPAM-b-PNaSS membrane was prepared via surface-initiated ATRP of sodium 4-styrenesulfonate (NaSS) from the PCL-click-PNIPAM membrane and pore surfaces. The temperature and electrolyte responsive characteristics of the PCL-click-PNIPAM and PCL-click-PNIPAM-b-PNaSS membranes were illustrated in the swelling behavior and controlled glucose transport through the membranes. These stimuli responsive membranes with controllable morphology and low cytotoxicity have potential applications in biomedical engineering, drug delivery and tissue engineering. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2012.|
|Source Title:||Journal of Materials Chemistry|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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