Processing of (Co)poly(2-oxazoline)s by electrospinning and extrusion from melt and the postprocessing properties of the (co)polymers
Wojciech Walach , Natalia Oleszko-Torbus , Alicja Utrata-Wesolek , Marcelina Bochenek , Ewa Kijeńska-Gawrońska , Żaneta Górecka , Wojciech Święszkowski , Andrzej Dworak
Poly(2-oxazoline) (POx) matrices in the form of non-woven fibrous mats and threedimensional moulds were obtained by electrospinning and fused deposition modelling (FDM), respectively. To obtain these materials, poly(2-isopropyl-2-oxazoline) (PiPrOx) and gradient copolymers of 2-isopropyl- with 2-n-propyl-2-oxazoline (P(iPrOx-nPrOx)), with relatively low molar masses and low dispersity values, were processed. The conditions for the electrospinning of POx were optimised for both water and the organic solvent. Also, the FDM conditions for the fabrication of POx multi-layer moulds of cylindrical or cubical shape were optimised. The properties of the POx after electrospinning and extrusion from melt were determined. The molar mass of all (co)poly(2-oxazoline)s did not change after electrospinning. Also, FDM did not influence the molar masses of the (co)polymers; however, the long processing of the material caused degradation and an increase in molar mass dispersity. The thermal properties changed significantly after processing of POx what was monitored by increase in enthalpy of exo- and endothermic peaks in differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) curve. The influence of the processing conditions on the structure and properties of the final material were evaluated having in a mind their potential application as scaffolds.
|Journal series||Polymers, ISSN 2073-4360|
|Publication size in sheets||0.75|
|Keywords in English||poly(2-isopropyl-2-oxazoline), poly(2-oxazoline)s; electrospinning; melt extrusion; nanofibres; polymer processing|
|Score||= 100.0, 16-09-2020, ArticleFromJournal|
|Publication indicators||= 1; = 3.0; = 2; : 2018 = 1.057; : 2017 = 2.935 (2) - 2017=3.509 (5)|
|Citation count*||3 (2020-08-31)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.