Preparation of porous structures with shape memory properties from biodegradable polymeric networks

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Sharifi, S. and Blanquer, S.B.G. and Grijpma, D.W. (2012) Preparation of porous structures with shape memory properties from biodegradable polymeric networks. Materials Research Society symposia proceedings, 1403 . 79 - 84. ISSN 0272-9172

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Abstract:Preparing porous biodegradable structures from shape memory polymers can combine the structure-defining properties of porous structures with the minimally invasive implanting possibilities of shape memory polymers. In this study, porous biodegradable shape memory structures were prepared using photo-crosslinked networks based on poly(D,L-lactide-co-trimethylene carbonate). The characteristic shape memory properties of the structures, such as their shape fixity at a low temperature of 0 oC and their full shape recovery upon heating to physiological temperatures, were excellent. This makes these biodegradable and biocompatible structures very well-suited for use as self-deploying implants in medical applications like tissue engineering, drug delivery and the support of soft tissues
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/opl.2012.420
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