DATE 06.23.2017publications

Temperature responsive PEG-based polyurethanes “à la carte”

Nice article published by Andere in collaboration!!! Good staff about thermo responsive polyurethanes!!!!

Temperature responsive polymers able to alter their chemical or physical properties have been extensively investigated. Most of these polymers have an alkane polymer backbone with only carbon-carbon bonds. In this sense, the design of thermoresponsive polymers not only with sharp transition temperatures but also possessing hydrolizable linkages such as esters, carbonates or urethanes in the main backbone are highly desired. Here we show a library of thermoresponsive cationic and anionic polyurethanes synthesized by copolymerization of isophorone diisocyanate with poly(ethylene glycol) and ionic diols. These polyurethanes exhibit lower critical solution temperatures (LCST) that can be easily tuned from 20 °C to 60 °C by altering the polyurethane composition. Our findings show that LCST temperature could be reduced by the using poly(ethylene glycol) of lower molecular weight and/or increasing the hydrophobicity of the employed ionic diol. We also demonstrated that the thermoresponsive behavior could be translated to hydrogels based on those ionic polyurethanes. These “a la carte” thermoresponsive polyurethanes materials present a great potential in the biomedical field due to the presence of hydrolizable linkages in the main polymer backbone.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement 642671