Electrospinning and mechanical properties of P(TMC-co-LLA) elastomers

Cork, Jorja, Whittaker, Andrew K., Cooper-White, Justin J. and Grondahl, Lisbeth (2017) Electrospinning and mechanical properties of P(TMC-co-LLA) elastomers. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 5 12: 2263-2272. doi:10.1039/c7tb00137a

Author Cork, Jorja
Whittaker, Andrew K.
Cooper-White, Justin J.
Grondahl, Lisbeth
Title Electrospinning and mechanical properties of P(TMC-co-LLA) elastomers
Journal name Journal of Materials Chemistry B   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2050-750X
Publication date 2017-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1039/c7tb00137a
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 5
Issue 12
Start page 2263
End page 2272
Total pages 10
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Language eng
Formatted abstract
P(TMC-co-LLA) elastomers have shown great potential for various biomaterial and tissue engineering applications. This study systematically investigated properties key to such applications. Three P(TMC-co-LLA) copolymers with 9 to 32 mol% TMC were synthesised and processed into 3D fibrous scaffolds using solution electrospinning. A range of fiber diameters (0.5-5.9 μm) and pore sizes (3.5-19.8 μm) were achieved simply by adjusting the voltage, collector distance and feed rate during electrospinning. The morphological features of the electrospun scaffolds were affected by the copolymer composition such that the average fiber diameters decreased in the order of P(TMC20-co-LLA80) > P(TMC32-co-LLA68) > P(TMC9-co-LLA91), which suggests inherent properties of the copolymers influence the electrospinning process. In addition, the specific parameter combinations applied during electrospinning did not affect the thermal properties of the scaffolds, however, it was confirmed that rapid solidification of the fibers occurred during electrospinning which lowered the inherent crystallinity and caused deviations of the thermodynamic state from equilibrium. Mechanical testing revealed that the Young's modulus and ultimate tensile strength were dependent on the morphology of the fibrous scaffolds, while in contrast, the ductility and toughness were strongly composition dependent with P(TMC20-co-LLA80) scaffolds displaying lower ductility and toughness than P(TMC32-co-LLA68) scaffolds.
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