Water uptake behavior of tyrosine-derived carbonates and copolymers

R. Thakur, A. Sousa, M. Libera, B. Michniak, J. Kohn

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We measure the total water uptake and water flux in homopolymer tyrosine-derived carbonates (DTE) as well as in copolymers of DTE-PEG. We study total water uptake by 3H-labeled radioactive water, and we observe that PEG substantially increases the absorbed amount compared with the homopolymers. Likewise, flux studies reveal that flux is higher in the PEG-containing carbonates. To assess the high spatial distribution of water in these copolymers we use spatially-resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy. For the case of DTE-8% PEG we find no statistically significant variations in water content greater than 100 nm length scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9.P2.11
Pages (from-to)197-199
Number of pages3
JournalBioengineering, Proceedings of the Northeast Conference
StatePublished - 2005
EventProceedings of the 2005 IEEE 31st Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference - Hoboken, NJ, United States
Duration: Apr 2 2005Apr 3 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering


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