A facile preparation of highly interconnected macroporous PLGA scaffolds by liquid-liquid phase separation II

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A regular and well-interconnected macroporous (from 50 to 200 μ m) poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffold was fabricated by means of the thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) method. Poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) was blended with PLGA to increase the viscosity of polymer solution; a block copolymer of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) with PLGA was added as a surfactant to decrease the interfacial tension between the polymer-rich and polymer-lean phases. The effect of TIPS parameters including the concentration of diblock copolymer and PLGA/PLLA ratio was also studied. The cloud-point curve shifted to higher temperatures with both increasing the PLLA composition in the PLGA/PLLA blend and the PEG contents in the additives (PEG itself and PEG-PLGA diblocks). This shifting to higher temperature increases the quenching depth during phase separation. Addition of a PEG-PLGA diblock copolymer (0.5 wt% in solution) to the PLGA/PLLA (1/1) blend polymer in a dioxane/water solution stabilized the morphology development during TIPS with respect to interconnection and macropores, and avoided segregation or sedimentation in the late stage. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Publisher
Elsevier Sci Ltd
Issue Date
2005-05
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Keywords

BIODEGRADABLE POLYMER SCAFFOLDS; CELL TRANSPLANTATION; POLY(L-LACTIDE) SCAFFOLD; TERNARY-SYSTEM; DYNAMICS

Citation

POLYMER, v.46, no.11, pp.3801 - 3808

ISSN
0032-3861
DOI
10.1016/j.polymer.2005.02.114
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/12337
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