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Chunhua Gu, Weibin Shi and Meidong Lang Enhanced mechanical property of chitosan via blending with functional poly(ε-caprolactone) Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 51

Version of Record online: 27 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23237

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Biodegradable polymers such as poly(ε-caprolactone) and chitosan are part of an important class of biomaterials useful as tissue engineering scaffolds because they are biologically and chemically similar to natural tissues. To overcome issues such as slow degradation rate and low mechanical strength, blending such polymers is relatively simple and economical. In this work, chitosan was blended with poly(ε-caprolactone-co-2-oxepane-1,5-dione), and evaluation of tensile properties indicated a remarkable improvement over chitosan alone due to a suppression of chitosan crystallinity.

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