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A thixotropic polyglycerol sebacate-based supramolecular hydrogel showing UCST behavior

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Abstract

Polyglycerol sebacate (PGS) is a relatively new biodegradable and elastomeric material that exhibits superior biocompatibility, a modulus that is comparable to human soft tissue, and linear biodegradation. However, the high hydrophobicity, low water uptake percentage and extreme synthesis conditions of PGS pose as a hindrance to its use in cellular biology, biomedical and other applications. We were able to modify PGS using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) by synthesizing a PGS macroinitiator, allowing us to improve PGS's properties or introduce new properties to PGS. This macroinitiator would enable the building of a robust platform of PGS-based copolymers with monomers in the methacrylates, styrenes and methacrylamide families. We demonstrated the feasibility of this macroinitiator by using PEGMEMA as the monomer to synthesize PGS–PEGMEMA and created a PGS–PEGMEMA/αCD supramolecular hydrogel system. This hydrogel exhibited a tunable, low UCST of less than 90 °C, low minimum gelation concentration of 5.2%, rapid gelation and rapid self-healing ability with relatively high modulus (∼100 kPa) that is comparable to that of human soft tissue. This hydrogel system is injectable yet strong enough to provide support – features, making it a very suitable candidate as a vehicle for injectable sustained-release drug delivery, cell delivery, tissue engineering scaffold as well as for cosmetics and skincare applications.

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The article was received on 04 May 2015, accepted on 27 May 2015 and first published on 27 May 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA08222F
Citation: RSC Adv., 2015,5, 48720-48728
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    A thixotropic polyglycerol sebacate-based supramolecular hydrogel showing UCST behavior

    H. Ye, C. Owh and X. J. Loh, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 48720
    DOI: 10.1039/C5RA08222F

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