Design and characterization of bi-soft segmented polyurethane microparticles for biomedical application

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Bi-soft segmented poly(ester urethane urea) microparticles were prepared and characterized aiming a biomedical application. Two different formulations were developed, using poly(propylene glycol), tolylene 2,4-diisocyanate terminated pre-polymer (TDI) and poly(propylene oxide)-based tri-isocyanated terminated pre-polymer (TI). A second soft segment was included due to poly(e-caprolactone) diol (PCL). Infrared spectroscopy, used to study the polymeric structure, namely its H-bonding properties, revealed a slightly higher degree of phase separation in TDI-microparticles. TI-microparticles presented slower rate of hydrolytic degradation, and, accordingly, fairly low toxic effect against macrophages. These new formulations are good candidates as non-biodegradable biomedical systems
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)477-482
JournalColloids And Surfaces B-Biointerfaces
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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