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Sample records for poly vinyl pyridines

  1. Localization effects in the Auger spectra of ring nitrogen systems: Pyridine, poly(2-vinyl)pyridine, borazine, and boron nitride

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    Rye, R.R.; Kelber, J.A.; Kellogg, G.E.; Nebesny, K.W.; Lichtenberger, D.L.

    1987-04-15

    The N(KVV) Auger spectra of gas phase pyridine (C/sub 5/H/sub 5/N) and borazine (B/sub 3/N/sub 3/H/sub 6/), and of solid phase poly(2-vinyl)pyridine (PVP) and hexagonal boron nitride ((BN)/sub x/) are reported and analyzed. The data indicate two Auger ''fingerprint'' types of nitrogen. Ammonia (NH/sub 3/) is the prototype for the first, where three of the five valence electrons are sigma bonding and the other two are the lone pair. This localized electronic structure gives rise to relatively sharp features in the N(KVV) spectrum. Typical of the second fingerprint type is pyridine, where there are two sigma bonding electrons, a lone pair of electrons, and one electron contributing to the delocalized ..pi.. system. Theoretical nitrogen Auger transition energies and intensities are calculated for pyridine to demonstrate the general origin of the overlapping features in the relatively broad N(KVV) spectrum of this molecule. PVP fits into the second fingerprint type while borazine and boron nitride give nitrogen Auger spectra more like ammonia. Approximate calculations using the equivalent core concept are used to clarify the relationship between the ammonia, borazine, and boron nitride spectra. It is shown that in these systems the initial Auger state (core--hole) largely localizes the bonds and lone pair on the nitrogen. The Auger spectra show that it is the sigma, ..pi.. and nonbonding orbital characters that provide the Auger fingerprint.

  2. Poly(vinyl pyridine)-based stabilizers for aqueous polypyrrole latices

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    Armes, S.P.; Aldissi, M.; Agnew, S.F.

    1988-01-01

    The preparation and characterization of sub-micronic polypyrrole latex particles using polymeric stabilizers based on poly(vinyl pyridine) is described. These novel colloidal dispersions enhance the usually limited processability of the electroactive component, and in addition exhibit usefully high solid-state conductivity, despite the presence of the insulating stabilizer component. Furthermore, these latices exhibit reversible base/acid induced flocculation-stabilization behavior. The latter phenomenon is of fundamental interest and is expected to have commercial applications. The latices were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, visible absorption spectroscopy, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy, microanalysis, and compressed pellet dc conductivity. Base-induced particle flocculation was studied as a function of latex particle concentration. 24 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  3. Calorimetric evidence for a mobile surface layer in ultrathin polymeric films: poly(2-vinyl pyridine).

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    Madkour, Sherif; Yin, Huajie; Füllbrandt, Marieke; Schönhals, Andreas

    2015-10-28

    Specific heat spectroscopy was used to study the dynamic glass transition of ultrathin poly(2-vinyl pyridine) films (thicknesses: 405-10 nm). The amplitude and the phase angle of the differential voltage were obtained as a measure of the complex heat capacity. In a traditional data analysis, the dynamic glass transition temperature Tg is estimated from the phase angle. These data showed no thickness dependency on Tg down to 22 nm (error of the measurement of ±3 K). A derivative-based method was established, evidencing a decrease in Tg with decreasing thickness up to 7 K, which can be explained by a surface layer. For ultrathin films, data showed broadening at the lower temperature side of the spectra, supporting the existence of a surface layer. Finally, temperature dependence of the heat capacity in the glassy and liquid states changes with film thickness, which can be considered as a confinement effect. PMID:26324951

  4. Glassy dynamics of poly(2-vinyl-pyridine) brushes with varying grafting density.

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    Neubauer, Nils; Winkler, René; Tress, Martin; Uhlmann, Petra; Reiche, Martin; Kipnusu, Wycliffe Kiprop; Kremer, Friedrich

    2015-04-21

    The molecular dynamics of poly(2-vinyl-pyridine) (P2VP) brushes is measured by Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS) in a wide temperature (250 K to 440 K) and broad spectral (0.1 Hz to 1 MHz) range. This is realized using nanostructured, highly conductive silicon electrodes being separated by silica spacers as small as 35 nm. A "grafting-to"-method is applied to prepare the P2VP-brushes with five different grafting densities (0.030 nm(-2) to 0.117 nm(-2)), covering the "true-brush" regime with highly stretched coils and the "mushroom-to-brush" transition regime. The film thickness ranges between 1.8 to 7.1 (±0.2) nm. Two relaxations are observed, an Arrhenius-like process being attributed to fluctuations in the poly(glycidyl-methacrylate) (PGMA) linker used for the grafting reaction and the segmental dynamics (dynamic glass transition) of the P2VP brushes. The latter is characterized by a Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann dependence similar to bulk P2VP. The results can be comprehended considering the length scale on which the dynamic glass transition (≤1 nm) takes place. PMID:25740018

  5. Dental Pulp Stem Cell Differentiation on Poly-4-vinyl-pyridine surfaces

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    Suarato, Giulia; Bherwani, Aneel; Chang, Chung-Chueh; Rafailovich, Miriam; Simon, Marcia

    2012-02-01

    In the regeneration of a natural tissue, the mechanics and the chemical properties of the artificial substrate play a critical role. In this study, the influence of poly-4-vinyl-pyridine scaffold morphology on dental pulp stem cell differentiation was analyzed. Cells were plated on spun cast films and electrospun fibers with diameters ranging from nano to micrometers. Confocal microscopy showed the presence of various cell morphologies: on microfibers cells conform precisely to the main axis of elongation, while on nanometric scaffolds they result spread and in contact with several fibers. Even if the surface chemistry was identical, a great variation in the curvature was present. From day 9 of incubation, spontaneous biomineralization in the absence of induction agents occurred only on the fibrous structures. The SEM revealed template deposits directly on the microfibers, while on the nanofibers large spherical islands were also present. EDAX determined hydroxyl apatite nature of the deposits. RT-PCR indicated upregulation of osteogenic markers, confirming differentiation. SEM also revealed the presence of ECM fibers covering the polymer structure, which may enhance the expression of focal adhesion sites on the cell membrane.

  6. [Cooperative interaction of serum albumin with quaternized poly-4-vinyl pyridine and structure of the complexes].

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    Kabanov, V A; Evdakov, V P; Mustafaev, M I; Antipina, A D

    1977-01-01

    Interaction of bovine serum albumin (BSA) with quaternized poly-4-vinyl pyridine (PE) in aqueous solutions at pH 7 was studied. It was shown that in a wide range of the ratios of the components (nBSA/nPE) soluble stable cooperative complexes were formed. At the same time a certain critical content of the protein exists at which the system loses its homogeneity. Complex formation is not accompanied by protein denaturation. At smaller nBSA/nPE ratios non-homogeneous distribution of protein globulas among polyelectrolite macromolecules was found; this corresponded to the "all or none" principle. Using ultracentrifugation technique viscosimetric measurements and electron microscopy it was shown that the soluble complexes exist in the form of rode-like particles consisting of protein globules stabilized by polycation chains. Such particle can be considered as a model of nucleoprotein complex. At certain crytical nBSA/nPE rations the rod-like particles aggregate with additional number of BSA-molecules and form more complicate soluble and insoluble cooperative complexes. Possible structural models of the complexes described were suggested and the thermodinamic and kinetic cryteria of their self-assembly were discussed. PMID:37435

  7. The effect of molecular weight on light scattering of photonic poly styrene-block-poly-2-vinyl pyridine nano-structure

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    Lim, Jin Youb; Yun, Jae Hoon; Jang, Da bin; Shin, Dong Myung

    2015-08-01

    Commonly, one dimensional construct has a restriction of viewing angle. We report a new, simplistic strategy to Particle Photonic Crystal: an ellipsoidal block copolymer nanoparticles. It has a wider viewing angle and is easier to make. We made a particle of photonic crystal based on Poly Styrene-block-Poly-2-Vinyl Pyridine(PS-b-P2VP) in chloroform. After using Poly Vinyl Alcohol(PVA), it was in state of emulsion and self assembly method followed afterwards. In the first trial, we observed particle structure variation according to the difference in molecular weight such as 52k-57k, 75k-66.5k, 102k-97k. Afterwards, we exhibited how particle structure change by the addition of swelling solution (Alcohol). The molecular structure of particle photonic crystal was investigated by Transmission Electron Microscope. The color was measured by color-difference meter.

  8. Fabrication of 3D interconnected porous TiO2 nanotubes templated by poly(vinyl chloride-g-4-vinyl pyridine) for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Koh, Joo Hwan; Koh, Jong Kwan; Seo, Jin Ah; Shin, Jong-Shik; Kim, Jong Hak

    2011-09-01

    Porous TiO2 nanotube arrays with three-dimensional (3D) interconnectivity were prepared using a sol-gel process assisted by poly(vinyl chloride-graft-4-vinyl pyridine), PVC-g-P4VP graft copolymer and a ZnO nanorod template. A 7 µm long ZnO nanorod array was grown from the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass via a liquid phase deposition method. The TiO2 sol-gel solution templated by the PVC-g-P4VP graft copolymer produced a random 3D interconnection between the adjacent ZnO nanorods during spin coating. Upon etching of ZnO, TiO2 nanotubes consisting of 10-15 nm nanoparticles were generated, as confirmed by wide-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS), energy-filtering transmission electron microscopy (EF-TEM) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The ordered and interconnected nanotube architecture showed an enhanced light scattering effect and increased penetration of polymer electrolytes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The energy conversion efficiency reached 1.82% for liquid electrolyte, and 1.46% for low molecular weight (Mw) and 0.74% for high Mw polymer electrolytes.

  9. Poly(4-vinyl pyridine) radiografted PVDF track etched membranes as sensors for monitoring trace mercury in water

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    Bessbousse, H.; Zran, N.; Fauléau, J.; Godin, B.; Lemée, V.; Wade, T.; Clochard, M.-C.

    2016-01-01

    By a radiation-induced grafting technique, we have functionalized track-etched nanoporous polymer membranes with mercury sensitive poly-4-vinyl pyridine (P4VP). Coating of these membranes with a very thin layer of gold results in an electrochemical sensor that is very selective and highly sensitive for mercury LOD 5 ng/L - well below the norms for water (0.015 μg/L potable water and 0.5 μg/L residual waters-French water norms of 27 October 2011). E-beam irradiation permitted optimization of the radiografting synthesis on PVDF thin films prior to ion-track grafting. Synthesis and characterization by EPR, FESEM and FTIR are described in detail. A comparison between FTIR in ATR and transmission modes enabled us to localize the grafting on the surface of the e-beam irradiated PVDF films allowing us to extrapolate what happens on the etched tracks. Using Square Wave Anodic Stripping Voltammetry (SW-ASV), mercury concentrations of 1 μg/L are detected in 2 h and low ng/L concentrations are detected after 24 h of adsorption. The adsorption is passive so sensors do not require instrumentation and the analysis takes only 3-4 min. Also, the P4VP functionalized sensor appears insensitive to pH variations (pHs 3-9), high salt concentrations (up to 1 g/L) and the presence of other heavy metals in the same solution.

  10. Room temperature aqueous self-assembly of poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) block copolymers: From spherical to worm-like micelles.

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    Rodrigues, Daniela P; Costa, João R C; Rocha, Nuno; Góis, Joana R; Serra, Arménio C; Coelho, Jorge F J

    2016-09-01

    The solution self-assembly and the formation, at room temperature, of a wide range of nanostructures based on monomethyl ether poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (mPEG-b-P4VP) block copolymer is reported. Copolymers with different compositions and molecular weights were synthesized through Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) method. The solution self-assembly of the block copolymers was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for different solution pHs. It was found that the formation of non-spherical nanostructures, such as rod- and worm-like micelles can be easily achieved, at room temperature, by simply varying the molecular weight of the different segments as well as the mPEG to P4VP ratio in the block copolymer structure. Because P4VP segments are known to form strong complexes with metals, the nanostructures prepared in this manuscript can find innovative applications in the biomedical field and be used as nano-templates for inorganic materials. PMID:27232308

  11. Cationic vinyl pyridine copolymers and products thereof

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    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    Quaternized, cross-linked, insoluble copolymers of unsubstituted and substituted vinyl pyridines and a dihalo organic compound are spontaneously formed at ambient temperature on mixing the two monomers in bulk, in solution or in suspension. The amount of cross-linking may be varied according to the composition and reaction conditions. The polymer product exhibits ion exchange capacity and undergoes a reversible color change from black at a pH above 7 to yellow at a pH below 7. The polymer may be formed in the presence of preformed polymers, substrates such as porous or impervious particles or films to deposit an ion exchange film in situ or on the surface of the substrate. The coated or resin impregnated substrate may be utilized for separation of anionic species from aqueous solution.

  12. Exploring the influence of the poly(4-vinyl pyridine) segment on the solution properties and thermal phase behaviours of oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate-based block copolymers: the different aggregation processes with various morphologies.

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    Dai, Yalan; Wu, Peiyi

    2016-08-01

    The assembly properties, thermal phase behavior and microdynamics of well-defined P(MEO2MA-co-OEGMA)-b-P4VP, (poly(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethylmethacrylate)-co-poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate))-b-poly(4-vinyl pyridine), in aqueous solution during heating are investigated in detail by dynamic light scattering (DLS), turbidity measurements, temperature-variable (1)H NMR and FTIR spectroscopy in combination with two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy (2Dcos) and the perturbation correlation moving window (PCMW) technique. It is observed that the chain length of the relatively hydrophobic P4VP segment strongly affects the temperature-induced phase transition behavior of the block copolymers: the copolymers with shorter P4VP7/10 segments exhibit an abrupt phase transition process, while the copolymer with longer P4VP19 blocks presents a relatively gradual transition behavior. Moreover, the two systems with different P4VP segment lengths have different morphologies in aqueous solution: a single-chain globule for shorter P4VP7/10 systems and a core-shell micelle consisting of a relatively hydrophobic P4VP core and a hydrophilic POEGMA-based shell for the longer P4VP19 system. Analysis of spectral results clearly illustrates that the dehydration of the C[double bond, length as m-dash]O groups at the linkages between backbones and pendant chains predominates the sharp phase transition of P(MEO2MA-co-OEGMA)-b-P4VP10, while the dehydration of hydrophobic C-H groups on the side chains in P(MEO2MA-co-OEGMA)-b-P4VP19 leads to the continuous increase of the hydrodynamic diameter (Dh) upon heating. PMID:27425657

  13. 21 CFR 175.270 - Poly(vinyl fluoride) resins.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... polymerization of vinyl fluoride. (b) The poly(vinyl fluoride) basic resins have an intrinsic viscosity of not... Dilute Solution Viscosity of Vinyl Chloride Polymers,” which is incorporated by reference. Copies may be... Solution Viscosity of Vinyl Chloride Polymers,” which is incorporated by reference; see paragraph (b)...

  14. 21 CFR 175.270 - Poly(vinyl fluoride) resins.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... polymerization of vinyl fluoride. (b) The poly(vinyl fluoride) basic resins have an intrinsic viscosity of not... Dilute Solution Viscosity of Vinyl Chloride Polymers,” which is incorporated by reference. Copies may be... Solution Viscosity of Vinyl Chloride Polymers,” which is incorporated by reference; see paragraph (b)...

  15. 21 CFR 175.270 - Poly(vinyl fluoride) resins.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... polymerization of vinyl fluoride. (b) The poly(vinyl fluoride) basic resins have an intrinsic viscosity of not... Dilute Solution Viscosity of Vinyl Chloride Polymers,” which is incorporated by reference. Copies may be... Solution Viscosity of Vinyl Chloride Polymers,” which is incorporated by reference; see paragraph (b)...

  16. 21 CFR 175.270 - Poly(vinyl fluoride) resins.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... polymerization of vinyl fluoride. (b) The poly(vinyl fluoride) basic resins have an intrinsic viscosity of not... Dilute Solution Viscosity of Vinyl Chloride Polymers,” which is incorporated by reference. Copies may be... Solution Viscosity of Vinyl Chloride Polymers,” which is incorporated by reference; see paragraph (b)...

  17. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF BLENDS OF PAMAM DENDRIMERS WITH POLY(VINYL CHLORIDE) AND POLY(VINYL ACETATE)

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    Hybrid blends of poly(amidoamine) PAMAM dendrimers with two linear high polymers, poly(vinyl chloride), PVC, and poly(vinyl acetate), PVAc, are reported. The interaction between the blend components was studied using dynamic mechanical analysis, xenon nuclear magnetic resonacne ...

  18. Poly(vinyl alcohol)/poly(vinyl chloride) composite polymer membranes for secondary zinc electrodes

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    Yang, Chun-Chen; Yang, Jen Ming; Wu, Cheng-Yeou

    A microporous composite polymer membrane composed of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), was prepared by a solution casting method and a partial dissolution process. The characteristic properties of microporous PVA/PVC composite polymer membranes containing 2.5-10 wt.% PVC polymers as fillers were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), capillary flow porometry (CFP), micro-Raman spectroscopy, dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA) and the AC impedance method. The electrochemical properties of a secondary Zn electrode with the PVA/PVC composite polymer membrane were studied using the galvanostatic charge/discharge method. The PVA/PVC composite polymer membrane showed good thermal, mechanical and electrochemical properties. As a result, the PVA/PVC composite polymer membrane appears to be a good candidate for use on the secondary Zn electrodes.

  19. Poly(vinyl chloride) processes and products.

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    Wheeler, R N

    1981-01-01

    Poly(vinyl chloride) resins are produced by four basic processes: suspension, emulsion, bulk and solution polymerization. PVC suspensions resins are usually relatively dust-free and granular with varying degrees of particle porosity. PVC emulsion resins are small particle powders containing very little free monomer. Bulk PVC resins are similar to suspension PVC resins, though the particles tend to be more porous. Solution PVC resins are smaller in particle size than suspension PVC with high porosity particles containing essentially no free monomer. The variety of PVC resin products does not lend itself to broad generalizations concerning health hazards. In studying occupational hazards the particular PVC process and the product must be considered and identified in the study. PMID:7333230

  20. Hydrothermal carbonization of poly(vinyl chloride).

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    Poerschmann, J; Weiner, B; Woszidlo, S; Koehler, R; Kopinke, F-D

    2015-01-01

    Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) was subjected to hydrothermal carbonization in subcritical water at 180-260 °C. Dehydrochlorination increased with increasing reaction temperature. The release of chlorine was almost quantitative above ∼235 °C. The fraction of organic carbon (OC) recovered in the hydrochar decreased with increasing operating temperature from 93% at 180 °C to 75% at 250 °C. A wide array of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) could be detected in the aqueous phase, but their combined concentration amounted to only ∼140 μg g(-1) PVC-substrate at 240 °C. A pathway for the formation of cyclic hydrocarbons and O-functionalized organics was proposed. Chlorinated hydrocarbons including chlorophenols could only be identified at trace levels (low ppb). Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs) and dibenzofurans (PCDFs) could not be detected. The sorption potential of the hydrochar turned out to be very low, in particular for polar organic pollutants. Our results provide strong evidence that hydrothermal carbonization of household organic wastes which can be tied to co-discarded PVC-plastic residues is environmentally sound regarding the formation of toxic organic products. Following these findings, hydrothermal treatment of PVC-waste beyond operating temperatures of ∼235 °C to allow complete release of organic chlorine should be further pursued. PMID:25150971

  1. Heat resistance poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel

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    Yoshii, F.; Makuuchi, K.; Darwis, D.; Iriawan, T.; Razzak, M. T.; Rosiak, Janusz M.

    1995-08-01

    Six methods were used to evaluate the heat resistance of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogel prepared by a combination of electron beam irradiation and acetalization of PVA. The physical properties of the hydrogel depended on the degree of acetilization which was affected by content of water in PVA sheet of acetalization in formaldehyde solution at 60°C. It was found that the optimum water content was 20-30%. The acetalized PVA sheet gave maximum tensile strength in electron beams irradiation at 100 kGy. The tensile strength of the hydrogel film increased to 20 MPa from 14 MPa by the irradiation. Heat resistance of the hydrogel was evaluated by measuring the mechanical properties after sterilization in a steam autoclave at 121°C for 90 min. The tensile strength decreased to 10 MPa whereas the elongation at break increased to 300%. The tackiness of the hydrogel was improved by radiation grafting of acrylic acid. Wholesomeness of the hydrogel as a wound dressing was evaluated by attaching to a burn or wound of the back skin of marmots. Advantages of the hydrogel over a gauze dressing were homogeneous adhesion to the affected parts, easy removal without damage to renewed skin and slightly faster rate of reconstruction of the injured skin.

  2. Methods for the synthesis of deuterated vinyl pyridine monomers

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    Hong, Kunlun; Yang, Jun; Bonnesen, Peter V

    2015-01-13

    Methods for synthesizing deuterated vinylpyridine compounds of the Formula (1), wherein the method includes: (i) deuterating an acyl pyridine of the Formula (2) in the presence of a metal catalyst and D.sub.2O, wherein the metal catalyst is active for hydrogen exchange in water, to produce a deuterated acyl compound of Formula (3); (ii) reducing the compound of Formula (3) with a deuterated reducing agent to convert the acyl group to an alcohol group, and (iii) dehydrating the compound produced in step (ii) with a dehydrating agent to afford the vinylpyridine compound of Formula (1). The resulting deuterated vinylpyridine compounds are also described.

  3. Methods for the synthesis of deuterated vinyl pyridine monomers

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    Hong, Kunlun; Yang, Jun; Bonnesen, Peter V

    2014-02-25

    Methods for synthesizing deuterated vinylpyridine compounds of the Formula (1), wherein the method includes: (i) deuterating an acyl pyridine of the Formula (2) in the presence of a metal catalyst and D.sub.2O, wherein the metal catalyst is active for hydrogen exchange in water, to produce a deuterated acyl compound of Formula (3); (ii) reducing the compound of Formula (3) with a deuterated reducing agent to convert the acyl group to an alcohol group, and (iii) dehydrating the compound produced in step (ii) with a dehydrating agent to afford the vinylpyridine compound of Formula (1). The resulting deuterated vinylpyridine compounds are also described.

  4. Electrospun nanofibers of poly (vinyl alcohol) reinforced with cellulose nanofibrils

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    In this work, nanofibers of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) reinforced with cellulose nanofibrils (CnF) were produced by electrospinning. The effects of applied voltage, polymer concentration and injection rate, tip-to-collector distance (TCD), rotation speed of the collector, and relative humidity on m...

  5. Toxicity of vinyl chloride and poly(vinyl chloride): a critical review.

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    Wagoner, J K

    1983-01-01

    In 1974, vinyl chloride (VC) was first reported in the open scientific literature to induce angiosarcoma of the liver both in humans and in animals. Additional research has now demonstrated the carcinogenicity of VC to other organs and at lower concentrations. The target organs for VC now clearly include the liver, brain and the lung, and probably the lymphohematopoietic system. The evidence for a carcinogenic risk has been extended to jobs associated with poly(vinyl chloride) exposure. Cases of liver angiosarcoma have been reported among individuals employed in PVC fabrication facilities and an epidemiological study has demonstrated a significant association between exposure to PVC dust and the risk of lung cancer mortality. Cases of angiosarcoma of the liver also have been reported among individuals living in near proximity to vinyl chloride-poly(vinyl chloride) plants. An association between PVC dust and pneumoconiosis also has been demonstrated. On the basis of findings, prudent control of PVC dust in the industrial setting is indicated. PMID:6360677

  6. Industrial preparation of poly(vinyl chloride).

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    Cohan, G F

    1975-01-01

    Vinyl chloride (VCM) is unloaded from railroad tank cars or tank trucks into pressurized storage spheres. VCM, emulsifiers, and catalysts are metered into polymerization vessels wherein PVC is produced through a chemical reaction in an aqueous medium under controlled conditions of temperature and pressure. After the reaction reaches a predetermined completion, the contents are transferred to a secondary vessel wherein steam is injected and the VCM containing vapors are pumped to a recovery system. The VCM-containing vapors are compressed, cooled, condensed, decanted, and recycled to the process for reuse. The stripped PVC resin water slurry is then pumped to blending tanks where the batches from multiple reaction vessels are blended for product uniformity. From the plant tanks the PVC resin water slurry is pumped to a dewatering centrifuge, where approximately 90% of the water is removed and subsequently discharged to the industrial sewer system. The PVC resin wet cake is conveyed from the centrifuge to a flash dryer where essentially all the remaining water is removed. At this point, the dry resin is buoyant in an air stream and enters a two-stage collection system for separation of conveying air. The PVC resin is then screened and air-conveyed to storage for bulk shipment, compounding, or bagging. PMID:1175567

  7. Vibrational and VCD spectra of poly(menthyl vinyl ether)

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    McCann, J. L.; Bour, P.; Wieser, H.

    1998-06-01

    The detailed assignments are reported for the vibrational and VCD spectra of (1S,2R,5S)-(+)-menthol. Energy minimized geometries, harmonic force fields, and atomic polar tensors were calculated at the Becke3LYP/6-31G** level, and atomic axial tensors with the vibronic coupling theory at the HF/6-31G level. The spectra consist of contributions mainly from two isomers (70%) distinguished only by conformation of the OH group. An attempt was made to simulate the absorption and VCD spectra of poly(methyl vinyl ether) using a component approach and invoking the excitation scheme with promising though not conclusive results at this stage.

  8. Preparation and application of low molecular weight poly(vinyl chloride). III mechanical properties of blended poly(vinyl chloride)

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    Yamamoto, Kikuo; Maehala, Takashi; Mitani, Katsuo; Mizutani, Yukio )

    1993-11-05

    The blending effect of poly(vinyl chloride) with relatively higher molecular weight (HMW-PVC) and relatively lower molecular weight (LMW-PVC) has been investigated by measuring various mechanical properties: melt properties, tensile strength, tensile modulus, and impact strength. The blended PVC has slightly improved melt properties in comparison with the HMW-PVC used. The tensile strength of the blended PVC is related to the weight-average polymerization degree (Pw) of LMW-PVC and the LMW-PVC content. At the LMW-PVC content of 20%, the tensile strength of blended PVC is a maximum: approximately 58 MPa.

  9. Immobilization of enzyme onto poly(ethylene-vinyl alcohol) membrane

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    Imai, K.; Shiomi, T.; Uchida, K.; Miya, M.

    1986-02-01

    Invertase was ionically bound to the poly(ethylene-vinyl alcohol) membrane surface modified with two aminoacetals with different molecular length, 2-dimethyl-aminoacetoaldehyde dimethylacetal (AAA) and 3-(N,N-dimethylamino-n-propanediamine) propionaldehyde dimethylacetal (APA). Immobilization conditions were determined with respect to enzyme concentration in solution, pH value, ionic strength in immobilization solution, and immobilization time. Various properties of immobilized invertase were evaluated, and thermal stability was found especially to be improved by immobilization. The apparent Michaelis constant, Km, was smaller for invertase bound by APA with longer molecular lengths than for invertase bound by AAA. We attempted to bind glucoamylase of Rhizopus delemarorigin in the same way. The amount and activity of immobilized glucoamylase were much less than those of invertase. 16 references.

  10. Biodegradable poly(ethylene-g-vinyl alcohol) copolymer

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    Watanabe, T.; Huang, S.J.

    1993-12-31

    A graft reaction of poly(vinyl alcohol), PVA, and polyethylene grafted width maleic anhydride has been carried out in order to add hydrophobicity to PVA. Biodegradabilities of PVA and the polyethylene derivative are well-known. The graft reaction product that was prepared by a simple procedure was characterized with FTIR, DSC, and TGA. The FTIR spectra indicated that ester bonds were formed in the product. It was also found from the thermal analysis that the graft compound was less crystalline that raw PVA and the thermal properties of the graft copolymer remarkably depended on molar ratio of succinic anhydride group in the polyethylene derivative that was used in the graft reaction. The degradation of the material will be discussed.

  11. Structure of pyridine and quinoline vinyl ethers according to data from /sup 1/H and /sup 13/C NMR spectra and quantum-chemical calculations

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    Afonin, A.V.; Voronov, V.K.; Andriankov, M.A.; Danovich, D.K.

    1987-08-10

    A systematic investigation of the structure of the vinyl ethers of heterocyclic compounds has not been undertaken. The present work was devoted to investigation of the stereochemical and electronic structure of the vinyl ethers of pyridine and quinoline. The PMR spectra of the samples were recorded for 5% solutions in deuterochloroform on a Tesla BS-497 spectrometer at 100 MHz. The /sup 13/C NMR spectra were recorded on a Tesla BS-567A spectrometer at 25.1 MHz in deuterochloroform with the samples at concentrations of 30%. The internal standard was HMDS. The vinyl ethers of pyridine and quinoline exist preferentially in the nonplanar S-trans conformation. In the vinyl esters of pyridine and quinoline the p-..pi.. conjugation is concurrent in nature and depends on the position of the vinyloxy group in the heterocycle.

  12. Effects of solvents on the radiation grafting reaction of vinyl compounds on poly (3-hydroxybutyrate)

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    Torres, Maykel González; Talavera, José Rogelio Rodríguez; Muñoz, Susana Vargas; Pérez, Manuel González; Castro, Ma. Pilar. Carreón.; Cortes, Jorge Cerna; Muñoz, Rodrigo Alonso Esparza

    2015-03-01

    Vinyl Acetate was grafted onto poly (3-hydroxybutyrate) by the simultaneous gamma irradiation method using different types of solvents and in bulk (solvent free), at 10 kGy and 1.62 kGy/h dose and dose rate respectively. Subsequent complete hydrolysis allowed the conversion of grafted chains from poly (vinyl acetate) to poly (vinyl alcohol). The aim of this study is to determine the effect of solvent through the estimation of the dependence of the degree of grafting with the choice of solvent, the calculation of the degree of crystallinity, and to study the biodegradation of the products. The results showed a greater degree of grafting in bulk, while the more suitable solvent was hexane. Characterization of the grafted copolymer indicated that crystallinity percentage decreased by an increase in grafting, while the biodegradability was promoted by the increment in poly (vinyl alcohol) grafted.

  13. 21 CFR 175.270 - Poly(vinyl fluoride) resins.

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    2014-04-01

    ...(vinyl fluoride) basic resins have an intrinsic viscosity of not less than 0.75 deciliter per gram as determined by ASTM method D1243-79, “Standard Test Method for Dilute Solution Viscosity of Vinyl Chloride... (ASTM method D1243-79, “Standard Test Method for Dilute Solution Viscosity of Vinyl Chloride...

  14. Properties of electrospun pollock gelatin/poly(vinyl alcohol) and pollock gelatin/poly(lactic acid) fibers

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    Pollock gelatin/poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) fibers were electrospun using deionized water as the solvent and pollock gelatin/poly(lactic acid) (PLA) fibers were electrospun using 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) as the solvent. The chemical, thermal, and thermal stability properties were exami...

  15. Ac conduction in conducting poly pyrrole-poly vinyl methyl ether polymer composite materials

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    Saha, S.K.; Mandal, T.K.; Mandal, B.M.; Chakravorty, D.

    1997-03-01

    Composite materials containing conducting polypyrrole and insulating poly (vinyl methyl ether) (PVME) have been synthesized by oxidative polymerization of pyrrole in ethanol using FeCl{sub 3} oxidant in the presence of PVME. The ac conductivity measurements have been carried out in the frequency range of 100 Hz to 10 MHz and in the temperature range of 110 to 350 K. The frequency dependent conductivity has been explained on the basis of a small polaron tunnelling mechanism. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  16. Preparation and flammability of poly(vinyl alcohol) composite aerogels.

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    Chen, Hong-Bing; Wang, Yu-Zhong; Schiraldi, David A

    2014-05-14

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH)-based aerogel composites with nanoscale silica, halloysite, montmorillonite (MMT), and laponite were prepared via a freeze-drying method. The PVOH/MMT and PVOH/laponite composites exhibit higher compressive moduli than the PVOH/SiO2 or PVOH/halloysite samples. Layered microstructures were observed for the samples except with PVOH/laponite, which showed irregular network morphologies. Thermogravimetric analysis of the aerogel samples showed increased thermal stability with the addition of nanofillers. The heat release measured by cone calorimetry, smoke release, and carbon monoxide production of the aerogel composites are all significantly decreased with the addition of nanofillers; these values are much lower than those for commercial expanded polystyrene foam. The fillers did not lead to obvious increases in the limiting oxygen index values, and the corresponding time to ignition values decrease. The ability to adjust the nanofiller levels in these foamlike aerogel composites allows for specific tuning of these products for fire safety. PMID:24731187

  17. Synthesis of PbS/poly (vinyl-pyrrolidone) nanocomposite

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    Patel, Jayesh D.; Chaudhuri, Tapas K.

    2009-08-05

    A simple solution growth method for synthesis of nanocomposite of PbS nanoparticles in poly(vinyl-pyrrolidone) (PVP) polymer is described. The nanocomposite is prepared from methanolic solution of lead acetate (PbAc), thiourea (TU) and PVP at room temperature ({approx}27 deg. C). Optical absorption spectrum of PbS/PVP nanocomposite solution shows strong absorption from 300 to 650 nm with significant bands at 400 and 590 nm which is characteristic of nanoscale PbS. Spin-coated nanocomposite films on glass have an absorption edge at {approx}650 nm with band gap of 2.55 eV. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy of PbS/PVP nanocomposite and PVP shows strong chemical bond between PbS nanoparticles and host PVP polymer. The transmission electron microscope (TEM) images reveal that 5-10 nm PbS particles are evenly embedded in PVP polymer. The formation of PbS is confirmed by selective area electron diffraction (SAED) of a typical nanoparticle.

  18. Self-assembled hemocompatible coating on poly (vinyl chloride) surface

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    Zha, Zhengbao; Ma, Yan; Yue, Xiuli; Liu, Meng; Dai, Zhifei

    2009-11-01

    A stable hemocompatible coating was fabricated by consecutive alternating adsorption of iron (III) and two kinds of polysaccharides, heparin (Hep) and dextran sulfate (DS), onto poly (vinyl chloride) (PVC) surfaces via electrostatic interaction. The fluctuation of contact angles with the alternative deposition of iron (III) and polysaccharides verified the progressive buildup of the mulitilayer coating onto the PVC surface. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis revealed that the PVC surfaces were completely masked by iron-polysaccharides multilayer coatings. The activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) assay showed that both Hep/Fe 3+/Hep and DS/Fe 3+/Hep coated PVC were less thrombogenic than the uncoated one. Chromogenic assay for heparin activity proved definitively that the inhibition of locally produced thrombin was ascribed to the thromboresistance of the surface-bound heparin. Compared with the unmodified PVC surfaces, iron-polysaccharide multilayer coating presented a drastically reduced adhesion in vitro of platelets, polymorphonuclear neutrophil leukocytes (PMN) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). Interestingly, the DS/Fe 3+/Hep coating was found to exhibit higher hydrophilicity and stability, hence lower non-specific protein adsorption in comparison with Hep/Fe 3+/Hep coating due to the incorporation of dextran sulfate into the multilayer coating.

  19. Surface studies of microcrystalline chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) mixtures

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    Lewandowska, Katarzyna

    2012-12-01

    In the present study, the surface properties of microcrystalline chitosan (MCCh), poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and MCCh/PVA blends (made from acetic acid solutions with the MCCh concentration ranging from 20% to 80%) have been studied by the tapping-mode atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The changes of topography images are considered by determining the root mean square (RMS, Rq) deviation in the image data. For PVA samples, the transition between adjacent lamellae occurs through holes, islands, and bicontinuous structures. The AFM images showed also the lamellar structure of PVA in the blend. The crystalline topography of MCCh/PVA film surface suggests the presence of PVA on the top surface. The FTIR spectra of film blends, in the amide I and II region of MCCh and the hydroxyl stretching bands of PVA have been analyzed. FTIR analysis showed the existence of a weak interaction of the hydroxyl or amino groups of microcrystalline chitosan with hydroxyl groups of PVA.

  20. Poly(vinyl alcohol) gels as photoacoustic breast phantoms revisited

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    Xia, Wenfeng; Piras, Daniele; Heijblom, Michelle; Steenbergen, Wiendelt; van Leeuwen, Ton G.; Manohar, Srirang

    2011-07-01

    A popular phantom in photoacoustic imaging is poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogel fabricated by freezing and thawing (F-T) aqueous solutions of PVA. The material possesses acoustic and optical properties similar to those of tissue. Earlier work characterized PVA gels in small test specimens where temperature distributions during F-T are relatively homogeneous. In this work, in breast-sized samples we observed substantial temperature differences between the shallow regions and the interior during the F-T procedure. We investigated whether spatial variations were also present in the acoustic and optical properties. The speed of sound, acoustic attenuation, and optical reduced scattering coefficients were measured on specimens sampled at various locations in a large phantom. In general, the properties matched values quoted for breast tissue. But while acoustic properties were relatively homogeneous, the reduced scattering was substantially different at the surface compared with the interior. We correlated these variations with gel microstructure inspected using scanning electron microscopy. Interestingly, the phantom's reduced scattering spatial distribution matches the optical properties of the standard two-layer breast model used in x ray dosimetry. We conclude that large PVA samples prepared using the standard recipe make excellent breast tissue phantoms.

  1. Poly(vinyl alcohol) gels as photoacoustic breast phantoms revisited.

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    Xia, Wenfeng; Piras, Daniele; Heijblom, Michelle; Steenbergen, Wiendelt; van Leeuwen, Ton G; Manohar, Srirang

    2011-07-01

    A popular phantom in photoacoustic imaging is poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogel fabricated by freezing and thawing (F-T) aqueous solutions of PVA. The material possesses acoustic and optical properties similar to those of tissue. Earlier work characterized PVA gels in small test specimens where temperature distributions during F-T are relatively homogeneous. In this work, in breast-sized samples we observed substantial temperature differences between the shallow regions and the interior during the F-T procedure. We investigated whether spatial variations were also present in the acoustic and optical properties. The speed of sound, acoustic attenuation, and optical reduced scattering coefficients were measured on specimens sampled at various locations in a large phantom. In general, the properties matched values quoted for breast tissue. But while acoustic properties were relatively homogeneous, the reduced scattering was substantially different at the surface compared with the interior. We correlated these variations with gel microstructure inspected using scanning electron microscopy. Interestingly, the phantom's reduced scattering spatial distribution matches the optical properties of the standard two-layer breast model used in x ray dosimetry. We conclude that large PVA samples prepared using the standard recipe make excellent breast tissue phantoms. PMID:21806259

  2. Fabrication of Poly (methyl methacrylate) and Poly(vinyl alcohol) Thin Film Capacitors on Flexible Substrates

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    Salim, Bindu; Meenaa Pria KNJ, Jaisree; Alagappan, M.; Kandaswamy, A.

    2015-11-01

    Flexible electronics is becoming more popular with introduction of more and more organic conducting materials and processes for making thin films. The use of polymers as gate dielectric has over ruled the usage of conventional inorganic oxides in Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFTs) on account of its solution process ability and ease of making highly insulating thin film. In this work Capacitance is fabricated with polymeric dielectrics namely poly (methyl methacrylate) - PMMA and poly (vinyl alcohol) - PVA. The electrodes used for these capacitors are Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and Aluminium. Capacitance value of 9.5nF/cm2 and 33.12nF/cm2 is achieved for thickness of 510 nm of PMMA and 80 nm of PVA respectively. This study on capacitance can be used for assessing the suitability of these polymers as gate insulators in OTFTs.

  3. Chitosan/poly (vinyl pyrollidone) coatings improve the antibacterial properties of poly(ethylene terephthalate)

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    Wang, Bai-liang; Wang, Jin-lei; Li, Dan-dan; Ren, Ke-feng; Ji, Jian

    2012-08-01

    Chitosan/poly (vinyl pyrollidone) (CHI/PVP) coatings were prepared to improve the antibacterial properties of poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PET) by a simple dip-coating method. The binding capability of CHI/PVP coatings was enhanced by successively pretreatment of PET by polyetherimide and polyacrylic acid and crosslinking. Measurements of water contact angle and atomic force microscope revealed that the coatings created a highly hydrophilic surface with low roughness. Adherences of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) on PET with CHI/PVP coating were significantly reduced. Bactericidal activity of CHI/PVP coatings was good against E. coli and S. aureus and the adding of PVP obviously increased its antiadhesion property. In vitro cytotoxicity tests, cell morphology and activity evaluation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells showed that CHI/PVP coatings had good biocompatibility.

  4. Development of functionalized hydroxyapatite/poly(vinyl alcohol) composites

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    Stipniece, Liga; Salma-Ancane, Kristine; Rjabovs, Vitalijs; Juhnevica, Inna; Turks, Maris; Narkevica, Inga; Berzina-Cimdina, Liga

    2016-06-01

    Based on the well-known pharmaceutical excipient potential of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and clinical success of hydroxyapatite (HAp), the objective of this work was to fabricate functionalized composite microgranules. PVA was modified with succinic anhydride to introduce carboxyl groups (-COOH), respectively, by reaction between the -OH groups of PVA and succinic anhydride, for attachment of drug molecules. For the first time, the functionalized composite microgranules containing HAp/PVA in the ratio of 1:1 were prepared through in situ precipitation of HAp in modified PVA aqueous solutions followed by spray drying of obtained suspensions. The microgranules were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The presence of -COOH groups was verified by FT-IR, and the amount of functional groups added to PVA molecules (averaging 15 mol%) was determined by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). DSC results showed that modification with -COOH groups slightly decreased the thermal stability of PVA. FT-IR and XRD analysis confirmed that the resulting composites contain mainly nanocrystalline HAp and PVA. Moreover, the images taken by FE-SEM revealed that the microgranules consisted of nanosized HAp crystallites homogenously embedded in the PVA matrix. DSC measurements indicated that decomposition mechanism of the HAp/PVA differs from that of pure PVA and occurs at lower temperatures. However, the presence of HAp had minor influence on the thermal decomposition of the PVA modified with succinic anhydride. The investigation of composite microgranules confirmed interaction and integration between the HAp and PVA.

  5. Complexation between poly(maleic acid/octyl vinyl ether) and poly(vinyl caprolactam) in aqueous solution and at the alumina/water interface.

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    Qiu, Q; Somasundaran, P

    2002-09-01

    Solution and interfacial properties of binary polymer mixtures of poly(maleic acid/octyl vinyl ether) (PMAOVE) and poly(vinyl caprolactam) (PVCAP) have been studied for the alumina/water system. To test the hydrophobic effect, mixtures of poly(maleic acid/methyl vinyl ether) (PMAMVE) and PVCAP are also investigated and compared to the behavior of PMAOVE/PVCAP. At low pH, both polymer mixtures become turbid upon mixing. The turbidity increases at low mixing ratios of PVCAP to the vinyl ether component, reaches a maximum, and then decreases at higher mixing ratios. Upon shifting the pH to the alkaline range, i.e., pH 7.5 and above, the turbid solution becomes clear for both the polymer mixtures. Cloud point measurements indicate the absence of complexation of PVCAP with PMAMVE under the alkaline conditions, but strong interaction with PMAOVE. This is attributed to the different forces involved in the complexation among the polymers: H bonding for PVCAP/PMAMVE and both H bonding and hydrophobic effects for PVCAP/PMAOVE. At the alumina/water interface, the normally nonadsorbing PVCAP is triggered to adsorb by PMAOVE, attributed to the hydrophobic complexation between the two. However, the adsorption of PVCAP shows a maximum as a function of the concentration of PMAOVE. At concentrations of PMAOVE above the onset of its own plateau adsorption, the amount of PVCAP triggered to adsorb is reduced possibly due to the polymer complex formation in solution. PMID:16290852

  6. Photophysics of poly(p-pyridine): Blue electroluminescent devices from a soluble conjugated polymer

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    Jessen, S.W.; Gebler, D.D.; Wang, Y.Z.

    1995-12-01

    Poly({rho}-pyridine) (PPy) is a conjugated polymer which luminesces strongly in the blue wavelength region. PPy is soluble in hydrochloric or formic acid and is stable in air. We report the fluorescence and transient absorption spectrum of PPy in the visible region.

  7. Vinyl stilbazoles

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    Parker, John A. (Inventor); Heimbuch, Alvin H. (Inventor); Hsu, Ming-Ta S. (Inventor); Chen, Timothy S. (Inventor)

    1986-01-01

    Vinyl pyridines including vinyl stilbazole materials and vinyl styrylpyridine oligomer materials are disclosed. These vinylpyridines form copolymers with bismaleimides which copolymers have good fire retardancy and decreased brittleness. The cure temperatures of the copolymers are substantially below the cure temperatures of the bismaleimides alone. Reinforced composites made from the cured copolymers are disclosed as well.

  8. Preparation and characterization of film of poly vinyl acetate ethylene copolymer emulsion

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    Zhang, Yanhua; Gu, Jiyou; Tan, Haiyan; Shi, Junyou; Di, Mingwei; Zuo, Yingfeng; Qiu, Si

    2013-07-01

    In order to improve the storage modulus and water resistance of poly (vinyl acetate), the vinyl acetate and poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) were respectively used as monomers and protective colloid to prepare a new kind of polyvinyl acetate emulsion adhesive by continuous emulsion polymerization. The dynamic mechanics, particle distribution, glass transition temperature, polymer emulsion structure of both polymerized and copolymerized emulsion were analyzed by SEM, DMA and XPS, respectively. The results indicated that the copolymerized emulsion has the appropriate particle size and the uniform particle distribution, the glass transition temperature increased from 50 °C to 70 °C, compared with poly (vinyl acetate). It could be seen from XPS spectra of copolymerized emulsion that key characteristic peak of Cdbnd O was still existent. X-ray photoelectron spectra revealed that the addition of EVA did not generate the new bond, whereas the maximum percentage increases in ester was determined in the composite film with the introduction of EVA of 25%, which indicated that the composite film has copolymer structure. The storage modulus and water resistance of poly (vinyl acetate) were improved due to the introduction of the EVA.

  9. Antibacterial activity of poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(acrylonitrile) based micelles loaded with silver nanoparticles.

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    Bryaskova, Rayna; Pencheva, Daniela; Kyulavska, Mariya; Bozukova, Dimitriya; Debuigne, Antoine; Detrembleur, Christophe

    2010-04-15

    A new amphiphilic poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(acrylonitrile) (PVOH-b-PAN) copolymer obtained by selective hydrolysis of well-defined poly(vinyl acetate)-b-poly(acrylonitrile) copolymer synthesized by cobalt mediated radical polymerization was used for the preparation of PVOH-b-PAN based micelles with embedded silver nanoparticles. The successful formation of silver loaded micelles has been confirmed by UV-vis, DLS and TEM analysis and their antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli (E. coli), Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) and spore solution of Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) has been studied. PVOH-b-PAN based micelles with embedded silver nanoparticles showed a strong bactericidal effect against E. coli, S. aureus and P. aeruginosa and the minimum bactericidal concentration for each system (MBC) has been determined. PMID:20074742

  10. Structural and electronic properties of poly(vinyl alcohol) using density functional theory

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    Dabhi, Shweta Jha, Prafulla K.

    2014-04-24

    The first principles calculations have been carried out to investigate the structural, electronic band structure density of states along with the projected density of states for poly(vinyl alcohol). Our structural calculation suggests that the poly(vinyl alcohol) exhibits monoclinic structure. The calculated structural lattice parameters are in excellent agreement with available experimental values. The band structure calculations reveal that the direct and indirect band gaps are 5.55 eV and 5.363 eV respectively in accordance with experimental values.

  11. Pyridine

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    Pyridine ; CASRN 110 - 86 - 1 Human health assessment information on a chemical substance is included in the IRIS database only after a comprehensive review of toxicity data , as outlined in the IRIS assessment development process . Sections I ( Health Hazard Assessments for Noncarcinogenic Effects

  12. Antimicrobial activity of poly(vinyl alcohol)-poly(acrylic acid) electrospun nanofibers.

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    Santiago-Morales, Javier; Amariei, Georgiana; Letón, Pedro; Rosal, Roberto

    2016-10-01

    Electrospun nanofibers were prepared from blends of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA). The fibers were stabilized by heat curing at 140°C via anhydride and ketone formation and crosslinking esterification. The antimicrobial effect was assessed using strains of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus by tracking their capacity to form colonies and their metabolic impairment upon contact with PAA/PVA membranes. Membranes containing >35wt.% PAA displayed significant antibacterial activity, which was particularly high for the gram-positive S. aureus. All membranes were negatively charged, with surface ζ-potential in the (-34.5)-(-45.6)mV range, but the electrostatic interaction with the negatively charged cells was not the reason for the antimicrobial effect. Neither pH reduction nor the passing of non-crosslinked polymers to the solution affected microbial growth. The antibacterial activity was attributed to the chelation of the divalent cations stabilizing the outer cell membrane. The effect on gram-positive bacteria was attributed to the destabilization of the peptidoglycan layer. The sequestration of divalent cations was demonstrated with experiments in which calcium and a chelating agent were added to the cultures in contact with membranes. The damage to bacterial cells was tracked by measuring their surface charge and the evolution of intracellular calcium during the early stages after contact with PAA/PVA membranes. PMID:27318959

  13. Investigation of electrochemical properties of a poly(vinyl alcohol)/poly(acrylic acid) polymer blend

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    DeSantis, C.O.; Seliskar, C.; Heineman, W.R.

    1995-12-31

    Chemical sensors have wide applications in medicine, environmental monitoring, industrial applications, and others because of their versatility, ruggedness, sensitivity, selectivity, and economy. Electrochemical sensors are constructed by using a conducting medium, in this case graphite, and applying a constant potential while measuring changes in the current. Polymers are used for electrochemical sensors to exclude interferents from the electrode surface, to preconcentrate the analyte near the electrode, and in some cases to provide a matrix for the immobilization of analytes, such as enzymes. These functions of the polymer can serve to improve the detection limit of the sensor. This project involves the evaluation of a new polymer for electrode modification. The poly(vinyl alcohol)/poly(acrylic acid) (PVA/PAA) polymer was originally developed as an ion exchanger for use in space batteries. It has also been used in wastewater cleanup because it will concentrate heavy metals in the presence of calcium ion. This polymer is also optically clear, so it can potentially be used for an optical sensor. We are interested in investigating the ion exchange properties of the PVA/PAA polymer, as well as the ability of this polymer to preconcentrate and exclude analytes on the basis of size, charge, and hydrophilic/hydrophobic interactions.

  14. Unusual Morphologies of Poly(vinyl alcohol) Thin Films Adsorbed on Poly(dimethylsiloxane) Substrates.

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    Karki, Akchheta; Nguyen, Lien; Sharma, Bhanushee; Yan, Yan; Chen, Wei

    2016-04-01

    Adsorption of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH), 99% and 88% hydrolyzed poly(vinyl acetate), to poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) substrates was studied. The substrates were prepared by covalently attaching linear PDMS polymers of 2, 9, 17, 49, and 116 kDa onto silicon wafers. As the PDMS molecular weight/thickness increases, the adsorbed PVOH thin films progressively transition from continuous to discontinuous morphologies, including honeycomb and fractal/droplet. The structures are the result of thin film dewetting that occurs upon exposure to air. The PVOH film thickness does not vary significantly on these PDMS substrates, implicating the PDMS thickness as the cause for the morphology differences. The adsorbed PVOH thin films are less stable and have a stronger tendency to dewet on thicker, more liquid-like PDMS layers. When PVOH(99%) and PVOH(88%) thin films are compared, fractal and droplet morphologies are observed on high molecular weight PDMS substrates, respectively. The formation of the unique fractal features in the PVOH(99%) thin films as well as other crystalline and semicrystalline thin films is most likely driven by crystallization during the dehydration process in a diffusion-limited aggregation fashion. The only significant enhancement in hydrophilicity via PVOH adsorption was obtained on PDMS(2k), which is completely covered with a PVOH thin film. To mimic the lower receding contact angle and less liquid-like character of the PDMS(2k) substrate, light plasma treatment of the higher molecular weight PDMS substrates was carried out. On the treated PDMS substrates, the adsorbed PVOH thin films are in the more continuous honeycomb morphology, giving rise to significantly enhanced wettability. Furthermore, hydrophobic recovery of the hydrophilized PDMS substrates was not observed during a 1 week period. Thus, light plasma oxidation and subsequent PVOH adsorption can be utilized as a means to effectively hydrophilize conventional PDMS substrates. This study

  15. FOAMED ARTICLES BASED ON POTATO STARCH, CORN AND WHEAT FIBRE, AND POLY(VINYL ALCOHOL)

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    Continued research cooperation between USDA Laboratories (USA) and the University of Pisa, Italy, has yielded several composites based on blends of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and either corn or wheat fibres, co-product of the corn-wheat wet-milling process. Foam trays were prepared by baking the blen...

  16. Orientational photorefractive effects observed in poly(vinyl alcohol)/liquid crystal composites

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    Ono, Hiroshi; Saito, Isao; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro

    1998-04-01

    We successfully observed orientational photorefractive gratings generated in poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/liquid crystal (LC) composites doped with a fullerene (C60) as a photoconductive sensitizer under an applied dc field. Orientational photorefractivity was demonstrated by observing Raman-Nath diffraction beams with an external dc field. The photorefractive gratings were partially memorized even in the absence of the applied dc field.

  17. Electrospun nanofibers of poly(vinyl alcohol)reinforced with cellulose nanofibrils

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    In this work, nanofibers of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) reinforced with cellulose nanofibrils (CnF) were produced by electrospinning. The effects of applied voltage, polymer concentration and injection rate, tip-to-collector distance (TCD), rotation speed of the collector, and relative humidity on mor...

  18. Thermoresponsive poly(N-vinyl caprolactam)-coated gold nanoparticles: sharp reversible response and easy tunability.

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    Beija, Mariana; Marty, Jean-Daniel; Destarac, Mathias

    2011-03-14

    Narrowly distributed poly(N-vinyl caprolactam) obtained by the MADIX/RAFT process was used for the preparation of novel thermoresponsive gold nanoparticles presenting a sharp reversible response to temperature, which can be easily modulated near the physiological temperature by simply changing the polymer molecular weight or concentration. PMID:21240412

  19. NOVEL METALLIC AND BIMETALLIC CROSS-LINKED POLY (VINYL ALCOHOL) NANOCOMPOSITES PREPARED UNDER MICROWAVE IRRADIATION

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    A facile microwave irradiation approach that results in a cross-linking reaction of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with metallic and bimetallic systems is described. Nanocomposites of PVA cross-linked metallic systems such as Pt, Cu, and In and bimetallic systems such as Pt-In, Ag-P...

  20. Microstructure and molecular interaction in glycerol plasticized chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) blending films

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    Poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/chitosan (CS) blended films plasticized by glycerol were investigated using mechanical testing, atomic force microscopy (AFM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and FTIR spectroscopy, with primary emphasis on the effects of the glycerol content and the molecular weig...

  1. Films from spruce galactoglucomannan blended with poly(vinyl alcohol), corn arabinoxylan and konjac glucomannan

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    The improvement of mechanical properties of spruce galactoglucomannan (GGM)-based films was sought by blending GGM with each of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH), corn arabinoxylan (cAX), and konjac glucomannan (KGM). The blend ratios were 3:1, 1:1, and 1:3(w/w), and in addition films were made from each o...

  2. Electrodialytic Transport Properties of Anion-Exchange Membranes Prepared from Poly(vinyl alcohol) and Poly(vinyl alcohol-co-methacryloyl aminopropyl trimethyl ammonium chloride)

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    Jikihara, Atsushi; Ohashi, Reina; Kakihana, Yuriko; Higa, Mitsuru; Kobayashi, Kenichi

    2012-01-01

    Random-type anion-exchange membranes (AEMs) have been prepared by blending poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and the random copolymer-type polycation, poly(vinyl alcohol-co-methacryloyl aminopropyl trimethyl ammonium chloride) at various molar percentages of anion-exchange groups to vinyl alcohol groups, Cpc, and by cross-linking the PVA chains with glutaraldehyde (GA) solution at various GA concentrations, CGA. The characteristics of the random-type AEMs were compared with blend-type AEMs prepared in our previous study. At equal molar percentages of the anion exchange groups, the water content of the random-type AEMs was lower than that of the blend-type AEMs. The effective charge density of the random-type AEMs increased with increasing Cpc and reached a maximum value. Further, the maximum value of the effective charge density increased with increasing CGA. The maximum value of the effective charge density, 0.42 mol/dm3, was obtained for the random-type AEM with Cpc = 4.2 mol % and CGA = 0.15 vol %. A comparison of the random-type and blend-type AEMs with almost the same Cpc showed that the random-type AEMs had lower membrane resistance than the blend-type ones. The membrane resistance and dynamic transport number of the random-type AEM with Cpc = 6.0 mol % and CGA = 0.15 vol % were 4.8 Ω cm2 and 0.83, respectively. PMID:24958543

  3. Amylopectin-g-poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone): synthesis, characterization and in vitro release behavior.

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    Ahuja, Munish; Thakur, Kanika; Kumar, Ashok

    2014-08-01

    In the present study, amylopectin-g-poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) was synthesized by UV-assisted grafting reactions. The effect of concentrations of amylopectin, N-vinyl-pyrrolidone and ammonium persulfate on the % grafting efficiency was studied using 3-factor, 2-level factorial experimental design. The graft co-polymer was characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies. The concentrations of amylopectin, N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone and ammonium persulfate were found to exert a significant synergistic effect on grafting efficiency. The optimized batch of graft co-polymer prepared using concentration of amylopectin (4%), N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (2%) and ammonium persulfate (10 mmol/L) had 83.16% grafting efficiency. On comparative evaluation of films of amylopectin-g-poly(N-vinyl-pyrrolidone) with amylopectin, the graft co-polymer film provided a prolonged release following Higuchi square release kinetics. PMID:24751256

  4. Effect of gamma ray on poly(lactic acid)/poly(vinyl acetate-co-vinyl alcohol) blends as biodegradable food packaging films

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    Razavi, Seyed Mohammad; Dadbin, Susan; Frounchi, Masoud

    2014-03-01

    Poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/poly(vinyl acetate-co-vinyl alcohol) [P(VAc-co-VA)] blends as new transparent film packaging materials were prepared at various blend compositions and different vinyl alcohol contents. The blends and pure PLA were irradiated by gamma rays to investigate the extent of changes in the packaging material during gamma ray sterilization process. The miscibility of the blends was dependent on the blend composition and vinyl alcohol content; gamma irradiation had little effect on the extent of miscibility. The glass transition temperature of pure PLA and PLA/P(VAc-co-VA) miscible blends reduced after irradiation. On the other hand in PLA/P(VAc-co-VA) immiscible blends, while the glass transition temperature of the PLA phase decreased; that of the copolymer phase slightly increased. The reduction in the glass transition was about 10 percent for samples irradiated with 50 kGy indicating dominance of chain scission of PLA molecules at high irradiation dose. The latter was verified by drop in mechanical properties of pure PLA after exposing to gamma irradiation at 50 kGy. Blending of PLA with the copolymer P(VAc-co-VA) compensated greatly the adverse effects of irradiation on PLA. The oxygen-barrier property of the blend was superior to the neat PLA and remained almost intact with irradiation. The un-irradiated and irradiated blends had excellent transparency. Gamma ray doses used for sterilization purposes are usually less than 20 kGy. It was shown that gamma irradiation at 20 kGy had no or little adverse effects on PLA/P(VAc-co-VA) blends mechanical and gas barrier properties.

  5. Tensile Properties of Poly (N-vinyl caprolactam) Gels

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    Morgret, Leslie D.; Hinkley, Jeffrey A.

    2004-01-01

    N-vinyl caprolactam was copolymerized with ethylene glycol dimethacrylate using a free-radical initiator in alcohol/water solution. The resulting gels were thermally-responsive in water, undergoing an approximate fivefold reversible volume shrinkage between room temperature and ca. 50 C. Tensile testing showed that the stress-strain behavior was qualitatively different in the collapsed state above the temperature-induced transition. At the higher temperature, gels were stiffer, more ductile, and showed greater time dependence. Implications for the design of gel actuators are briefly discussed.

  6. Infrared absorption and vibrational circular dichroism spectra of poly(vinyl ether) containing diastereomeric menthols as pendants

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    McCann, Jennifer L.; Rauk, Arvi; Wieser, Hal

    1997-06-01

    The absorption and vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra in the 1700 to 830 cm -1 region are reported and qualitatively interpreted for poly(vinyl ether) with (+)-menthol (I), (+)-isomenthol (II) and (+)-neomenthol (III) as pendants.

  7. Poly(vinyl ester) Block Copolymers Synthesized by Reversible Addition−Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerizations

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    Lipscomb, Corinne E.; Mahanthappa, Mahesh K.

    2009-07-31

    Homopolymerizations and block copolymerizations of vinyl acetate (VAc), vinyl pivalate (VPv), and vinyl benzoate (VBz) by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization have been studied. Polymerizations of VAc initiated with 2,2{prime}-azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN) at 60 C using two different xanthate RAFT agents C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OC(=S)SR (R = -CH(CH{sub 3})CO{sub 2}C{sub 2}H{sub 5} (1) and -CH(CH{sub 3})O{sub 2}CC(CH{sub 3}){sub 3} (2)) were examined to elucidate the dependence of the polydispersities of the resulting polymers on the RAFT agent leaving group R. RAFT agent 2, in which the leaving R-group mimics a growing vinyl ester polymer chain, consistently yields poly(vinyl acetates) having broader polydispersities than those synthesized using 1 (M{sub n} = 3.6-14 kg/mol and M{sub w}/M{sub n} = 1.15-1.33). While VPv exhibits similar controlled polymerization behavior to VAc, RAFT homopolymerizations of VBz mediated by 1 indicate this electron-deficient vinyl ester requires higher temperatures to effect controlled polymerizations to yield polymers having M{sub n} = 4-14 kg/mol and M{sub w}/M{sub n} = 1.29-1.53. Chain extension reactions from xanthate-terminated vinyl ester homopolymers with VAc, VPv, and VBz proceed with variable efficiencies to furnish block copolymers that microphase separate in the melt state as determined by small-angle X-ray scattering.

  8. Controlled release of theophylline from poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels/porous silicon nanostructured systems

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    Cervantes-Rincón, N.; Medellín-Rodríguez, F. J.; Escobar-Barrios, V. A.; Palestino, G.

    2013-03-01

    In this research, hybrid hydrogels of poly (vinyl alcohol)/ porous silicon (PSi)/theophylline were synthesized by the freezing and thawing method. We evaluated the influence of the synthesis parameters of the poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogels in relation to their ability to swell and drug released. The parameters studied (using an experimental design developed in Minitab 16) were the polymer concentration, the freezing temperature and the number of freezing/thawing (f/t) cycles. Nanostructured porous silicon particles (NsPSi) and theophylline were added within the polymer matrix to increase the drug charge and the polymer mechanical strength. The hybrid hydrogels were characterized by Infrared Spectroscopy Fourier Transform (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), drug delivery kinetics were engineered according to the desired drug release schedule.

  9. Synthesis, characterization, and cytotoxicity of TMC-graft-poly(vinyl alcohol) copolymers.

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    Martins, Alessandro F; Bueno, Pedro V A; Follmann, Heveline D M; Nocchi, Samara R; Nakamura, Celso V; Rubira, Adley F; Muniz, Edvani C

    2013-11-15

    N-trimethyl chitosan-graft-poly(vinyl alcohol) (TMC-g-PVA) copolymers were prepared. The grafting reactions were conducted in water changing the feed ratios of poly(vinyl alcohol)/6-O-succinate-N-trimethyl chitosan (PVA/STMC). The structure of TMC-g-PVA copolymers was characterized through (1)H NMR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA/DTG), wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The quaternization degree (DQ) and substitution degree (DS) of N-trimethyl chitosan (TMC) and 6-O-succinate-N-trimethyl chitosan (STMC) were determined by (1)H NMR, being the spectroscopy 14.0 and 5.5mol-% found, respectively. The viability of HCT-116 cancerous cells was investigated at different concentrations. The effect of PVA/STMC ratios on the cytotoxicity of the TMC-g-PVA copolymers was examined and the CC50 values determined for every case. PMID:23290305

  10. Preparation of the poly(vinyl alcohol)/layered double hydroxide nanocomposite

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    Li Baoguang; Hu Yuan; Zhang Rui; Chen Zuyao; Fan Weicheng

    2003-10-01

    Intercalated nanocomposite based on Mg, Al layered double hydroxide (LDH) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) was prepared using exfoliation-adsorption technique, and characterized by X-ray diffraction and thermal gravimetric analysis. The results suggest that the intercalated species are formed via the re-aggregation of the delaminated LDH lamellar with the interlayer spacing 14.5 A, and the thermal stability of the nanocomposite improved compared with the original PVA.

  11. Composite poly(vinyl alcohol)/poly(vinyl acetate) electrospun nanofibrous mats as a novel wound dressing matrix for controlled release of drugs

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    Jannesari, Marziyeh; Varshosaz, Jaleh; Morshed, Mohammad; Zamani, Maedeh

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to develop novel biomedicated nanofiber electrospun mats for controlled drug release, especially drug release directly to an injury site to accelerate wound healing. Nanofibers of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc), and a 50:50 composite blend, loaded with ciprofloxacin HCl (CipHCl), were successfully prepared by an electrospinning technique for the first time. The morphology and average diameter of the electrospun nanofibers were investigated by scanning electron microscopy. X-ray diffraction studies indicated an amorphous distribution of the drug inside the nanofiber blend. Introducing the drug into polymeric solutions significantly decreased solution viscosities as well as nanofiber diameter. In vitro drug release evaluations showed that both the kind of polymer and the amount of drug loaded greatly affected the degree of swelling, weight loss, and initial burst and rate of drug release. Blending PVA and PVAc exhibited a useful and convenient method for electrospinning in order to control the rate and period of drug release in wound healing applications. Also, the thickness of the blend nanofiber mats strongly influenced the initial release and rate of drug release. PMID:21720511

  12. Preparation of poly(vinyl alcohol)/kaolinite nanocomposites via in situ polymerization

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    Jia Xin; Li Yanfeng Zhang Bo; Cheng Qiong; Zhang Shujiang

    2008-03-04

    Poly(vinyl alcohol)/kaolinite intercalated nanocomposites (Kao-PVA) were prepared via in situ intercalation radical polymerization. Vinyl acetate (VAc) was intercalated into kaolinite by a displacement method using dimethyl sulfoxide/kaolinite (Kao-DMSO) as the intermediate. Then, PVAc/kaolinite (Kao-PVAc) was obtained via radical polymerization with benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as initiator. Last, PVAc/kaolinite was saponified via direct-hydrolysis with NaOH solution in order to obtain PVA/kaolinite nanocomposites, which was characterized by Fourier-Transformation spectroscopy (FTIR), wide X-ray diffraction (WXRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Their differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) results of the obtained PVA/kaolinite suggested that the thermal properties had an obvious improvement.

  13. Uranium Adsorbent Fibers Prepared by Atom-Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) from Poly(vinyl chloride)- co -chlorinated Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC- co -CPVC) Fiber

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    Brown, Suree; Yue, Yanfeng; Kuo, Li-Jung; Mehio, Nada; Li, Meijun; Gill, Gary; Tsouris, Costas; Mayes, Richard T.; Saito, Tomonori; Dai, Sheng

    2016-03-11

    The need to secure future supplies of energy attracts researchers in several countries to a vast resource of nuclear energy fuel: uranium in seawater (estimated at 4.5 billion tons in seawater). In this study, we developed effective adsorbent fibers for the recovery of uranium from seawater via atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) from a poly-(vinyl chloride)-co-chlorinated poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC-co-CPVC) fiber. ATRP was employed in the surface graft polymerization of acrylonitrile (AN) and tert-butyl acrylate (tBA), precursors for uranium-interacting functional groups, from PVC-co-CPVC fiber. The [tBA]/[AN] was systematically varied to identify the optimal ratio between hydrophilic groups (from tBA) and uranyl-binding ligandsmore » (from AN). The best performing adsorbent fiber, the one with the optimal [tBA]/[AN] ratio and a high degree of grafting (1390%), demonstrated uranium adsorption capacities that are significantly greater than those of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) reference fiber in natural seawater tests (2.42 3.24 g/kg in 42 days of seawater exposure and 5.22 g/kg in 49 days of seawater exposure, versus 1.66 g/kg in 42 days of seawater exposure and 1.71 g/kg in 49 days of seawater exposure for JAEA). Lastly, adsorption of other metal ions from seawater and their corresponding kinetics were also studied. The grafting of alternative monomers for the recovery of uranium from seawater is now under development by this versatile technique of ATRP.« less

  14. Sulfonated poly(ether sulfone)s containing pyridine moiety for PEMFC.

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    Jang, Hohyoun; Islam, Md Monirul; Lim, Youngdon; Hossain, Md Awlad; Cho, Younggil; Joo, Hyunho; Kim, Whangi; Jeon, Heung-Seok

    2014-10-01

    Sulfonated poly(ether sulfone)s with varied degree of sulfonation (DS) were prepared via post-sulfonation of synthesized pyridine based poly(ether sulfone) (PPES) using concentrated sulfuric acid as sulfonating agent. The DS was varied with different mole ratio of 4,4'-(2,2-diphenylethenylidene)diphenol, DHTPE in the polymer unit. PPES copolymers were synthesized by direct polycondensation of pyridine unit with bis-(4-fluorophenyl)-sulfone, 4, 4'-sulfonyldiphenol and DHTPE. The structure of the resulting PPES copolymer membranes with different sulfonated units were studied by 1H NMR spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Sorption experiments were conducted to observe the interaction of sulfonated polymer with water. The ion exchange capacity (IEC) and proton conductivity were evaluated according to the increase of DS. The water uptake (WU) of the resulting membranes was in the range of 17-58%, compared to that of Nafion 211 28%. The membranes provided proton conductivities of 65-95 mS/cm in contrast to 103 mS/cm of Nafion 211. PMID:25942869

  15. Modification of poly(vinylidene fluoride) ultrafiltration membranes with poly(vinyl alcohol) for fouling control in drinking water treatment.

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    Du, Jennifer R; Peldszus, Sigrid; Huck, Peter M; Feng, Xianshe

    2009-10-01

    A commercial poly(vinylidene fluoride) flat sheet membrane was modified by surface coating with a dilute poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) aqueous solution followed by solid-vapor interfacial crosslinking. The resulting PVA layer increased membrane smoothness and hydrophilicity and resulted in comparable pure water permeation between the modified and unmodified membranes. Fouling tests using a 5 mg/L protein solution showed that a short period of coating and crosslinking improved the anti-fouling performance. After 18 h ultrafiltration of a surface water with a TOC of approximately 7 mg C/L, the flux of the modified membrane was twice as high as that of the unmodified membrane. The improved fouling resistance of the modified membrane was related to the membrane physiochemical properties, which were confirmed by pure water permeation, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and contact angle, zeta potential and roughness measurements. PMID:19716151

  16. Synergistic toughening of bioinspired poly(vinyl alcohol)-clay-nanofibrillar cellulose artificial nacre.

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    Wang, Jianfeng; Cheng, Qunfeng; Lin, Ling; Jiang, Lei

    2014-03-25

    Inspired by the layered aragonite platelet/nanofibrillar chitin/protein ternary structure and integration of extraordinary strength and toughness of natural nacre, artificial nacre based on clay platelet/nanofibrillar cellulose/poly(vinyl alcohol) is constructed through an evaporation-induced self-assembly technique. The synergistic toughening effect from clay platelets and nanofibrillar cellulose is successfully demonstrated. The artificial nacre achieves an excellent balance of strength and toughness and a fatigue-resistant property, superior to natural nacre and other conventional layered clay/polymer binary composites. PMID:24506706

  17. Photochromic and microstructural properties of methyl orange doped poly(vinyl alcohol)

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    Bhajantri, R. F.; Sali, Renuka; Ravindrachary, V.; Pujari, P. K.; Sheela, T.; Rathod, Sunil G.

    2013-02-01

    The effect of Methyl Orange (MO) dye on microstructural, optical and fluorescence properties of the polymer Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) is studied. The FTIR study shows the appearance of new peaks indicates the interaction of MO with PVA. The UV-Vis study shows three absorption regions with the first two shows red shift and the third one shows blue shift and hence correspondingly three optical energy band gaps. In fluorescence study, it is observed that the intensity increases with increasing wavelength. These results are understood by invoking the hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic interaction between PVA and MO, forms the charge transfer complex (CTC).

  18. Study on dehydrochlorination of waste poly (vinyl chloride) resins by microwave irradiation

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    Moriwaki, Saburo; Qian, Qingrong; Sunohara, Satoshi; Machida, Motoi; Tatsumoto, Hideki

    Waste poly (vinyl chloride: PVC) resins are experimentally dehydrochlorinated by microwave irradiation. The following unique results are obtained: (1) plasticizer in PVC resin absorbs microwave power more effectively than PVC polymer. The higher the plasticizer content in PVC resin, the higher is the dehydrochlorination reaction (2) low PVC polymer content materials such as cushion floor require high microwave irradiation power to secure a high dehydrochlorination yield, (3) calcium carbonate in PVC resin reacts with released hydrochloric acid gas and results calcium chloride during microwave irradiation, (4) additives in PVC resin strongly influence dehydrochlorination yield, (5) it is evidenced that the PVC copolymer is also dehydrochlorinated by microwave irradiation.

  19. Biodegradability of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) film grafted with vinyl acetate: Effect of grafting and saponification

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    Wada, Yuki; Seko, Noriaki; Nagasawa, Naotsugu; Tamada, Masao; Kasuya, Ken-ichi; Mitomo, Hiroshi

    2007-06-01

    Radiation-induced graft polymerization of vinyl acetate (VAc) onto poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) film was carried out. At a degree of grafting higher than 5%, the grafted films (PHB-g-VAc) completely lost the enzymatic degradability that is characteristic of PHB due to the grafted VAc covering the surface of the PHB film. However, the biodegradability of the PHB-g-VAc films was recovered when the films were saponified in alkali solution under optimum conditions. Graft chains of the PHB-g-VAc film reacted selectively to become biodegradable polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). The biodegradability of the saponified PHB-g-VAc film increased rapidly with time.

  20. Effect of borax concentration on the structure of Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) gels

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    Lawrence, Mathias B.; Desa, J. A. E.; Aswal, V. K.

    2012-06-01

    Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) hydrogels cross-linked with varying concentrations of borax have been studied using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering and X-Ray Diffraction. The intensity of scattering increases with borax concentration from 1 mg/ml up to 2 mg/ml and falls thereafter for 4 mg/ml, increasing again for a concentration of 10 mg/ml. The mesoscopic structural changes that cause these trends in the SANS data are in keeping with the variations in the X-ray diffraction patterns pertaining to structures within the PVA chains.

  1. Novel synthesis and DC electrical studies of polyindole/poly(vinyl acetate) composite films

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    Bhagat, D. J.; Dhokane, G. R.

    2015-01-01

    Novel one pot synthesis of polyindole/poly(vinyl acetate) composite films was prepared chemically. The monomer indole was polymerized using oxidant cupric chloride. As-synthesized composites were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscope equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The DC conductivity measurements were done through two probe technique. The DC conductivity value was found to be 8.648 × 10-6 S/cm at 383 K. The transference number measurement shows that ionic conductivity was dominant over electronic conductivity.

  2. Role of metal oxides in the thermal degradation of poly(vinyl chloride)

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    Gupta, M.C.; Viswanath, S.G.

    1998-07-01

    Thermal degradation of poly(vinyl chloride) has been studied in the presence of metal oxides by a thermogravimetric method. It follows a two-step mechanism. In the first step chlorine free radical is formed as in the case of pure PVC, and in the second step chlorine free radical replaces oxygen from metal oxide to form metal chloride and oxygen free radical. Subsequently, the oxygen free radical abstracts hydrogen from PVC. Formation of metal chloride is the rate-controlling step. The metal chlorides formed during the thermal degradation either volatilize or decompose simultaneously to lower metallic chlorides depending on the boiling point or the volatilization temperature.

  3. Chemical modification of poly (vinyl chloride) sheet with thiourea for cell study

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    Monika, Mishra, R. R.; Jaiswal, S.; Kapusetti, G.; Misra, N.

    2013-06-01

    Plasticized poly (vinyl chloride) has been used as biomaterial to make medical equipment. An appropriate reaction situation by temperature at 60-85°C for the surface modification of PVC sheet with sodium thiourea has been investigated. Although, the use of a phase-transfer catalyst (Tetra butyl ammonium hydrogen sulphate-TBHAS) makes it feasible for the nucleophilic substitution reaction to take place, the morphology of the film is changed by the reaction, leading to a loss in both surface smoothness and transparency of the film. According to this study, the reaction with sodium thiourea occurs consistently through the sheets, and modified surface have antibacterial capacity.

  4. Red-green-blue laser emissions from dye-doped poly(vinyl alcohol) films.

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    Yap, Seong-Shan; Siew, Wee-Ong; Tou, Teck-Yong; Ng, Seik-Weng

    2002-03-20

    A microscope slide acting as a passive waveguide was coated by three separate poly(vinyl alcohol) films that were doped with Coumarin 460, Disodium Fluorescein, and Rhodamine 640 perchlorate. On collinear pumping by a nitrogen laser, these dyes furnished primary red-green-blue laser emissions that were collected and waveguided by the microscope slide but exited from both ends. Frosting the waveguide exit introduced light scattering at the glass-air interface and spatially overlaid the red-green-blue laser emissions that emerged as a uniform white-light beam. PMID:11921803

  5. Physical properties of gamma irradiated poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel preparations

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    Mondino, A. V.; González, M. E.; Romero, G. R.; Smolko, E. E.

    1999-08-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) films from 15% w/w aqueous solutions and a thickness of 0.2 mm were selected for this study. The films were first humidified and then acetalized and/or gamma irradiated. Then, their physical properties were tested. Tensile strength of the hydrogel films reached its maximum value in samples irradiated with a 80 kGy dose, in the case of acetalized films the dose necessary for maximum tensile strength was only 40 kGy. The combination of acetalization with formaldehyde and gamma radiation produced an elastic hydrogel with good tackiness and excellent mechanical and thermal strength.

  6. Synthesis and Luminescent Properties of Poly(9-(3-vinyl-phenyl)-phenanthrene).

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    Yang, Garam; Lee, Hayoon; Lee, Suji; Jung, Hyocheol; Shin, Hwangyu; Lee, Jaehyun; Park, Jongwook

    2016-02-01

    Recently, interest of polymer light-emitting diode (PLED) fabricated from conjugated polymer has augmented because PLED has advantage property that is well-suited to flexible lighting and solution processed device. In this presentation, we suggest a new polymer host based on phenanthrene, poly(9-(3-Vinyl-phenyl)-phenanthrene) (PVPP). It can be easily synthesized through simple synthetic methods which are Suzuki and Wittig reactions. PVPP film can be obtained from spin coating with solution used by common solvent. It exhibited PL maximum value of 381 nm and broad PL spectrum. Energy transfer smoothly occurred when the three dopants for green, red and yellow were used in PVPP. PMID:27433663

  7. Determination of gelation dose of poly(vinyl acetate) by a spectrophotometric method

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    Güven, Olgun; Yiǧit, Fatma

    The gelation point is an important property of polymers undergoing crosslinking when subjected to high energy radiation. This point is generally determined by viscometric and solubility methods or by mechanic measurements. When crosslinking and discoloration take place simultaneously, gelation doses can be determined spectrophotometrically. In this work it is demonstrated that the gelation dose of poly(vinyl acetate) can be determined by simply recording the u.v.-vis. spectra of the solutions of γ-irradiated polymer. The reliability of the method is verified by viscometric and solubility measurements.

  8. Transparent poly(vinyl acetate)-silica gels by a sol-gel process

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    Wojcik, Anna B.; Klein, Lisa C.

    1993-12-01

    Rod shaped silica-poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) gels have been prepared by a sol gel process. In situ polymerization of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) was accomplished in the presence of low molecular weight PVAc by dissolving various amounts of PVAc in a mixture of TEOS, ethanol, water and hydrochloric acid (HCl). Gelation of this mixture was carried out between room temperature and slightly above. Silica-PVAc rods recovered from cylindrical molds were homogeneous and transparent. Gels with weight percents of PVAc ranging from 2% to 50% were prepared. Silica-PVAc gels have higher flexure strengths, less brittle character and improved water durability in comparison with pure sol- gel silica.

  9. Impact behaviour of an innovative plasticized poly(vinyl chloride) for the automotive industry

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    Bernard, C. A.; Bahlouli, N.; Wagner-Kocher, C.; Ahzi, S.; Rémond, Y.

    2015-09-01

    Plasticized poly(vinyl chloride) (PPVC) is widely used in the automotive industry in the design of structural parts for crashworthiness applications. Thus, it is necessary to study and understand the influence of the mechanical response and mechanical properties of PPVC over a wide range of strain rate, from quasi-static to dynamic loadings. The process is also investigated using different sample thicknesses. In this work, the strain rate effect of a new PPVC is investigated over a wide range of strain rates at three temperatures and for three thicknesses. A modelling of the yield stress is also proposed. The numerical prediction is in good agreement with the experimental results.

  10. In vivo biocompatibility studies of poly( n-vinyl 2-pyrrolidone/itaconic acid) hydrogels synthesized by γ-rays

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    Özdemir, S.; Özdemir, E.; Tunca, R.; Hazıroǧlu, R.; Şen, M.; Kantoǧlu, Ö.; Güven, O.

    2003-08-01

    In this study, poly( n-vinyl 2-pyrrolidone/itaconic acid) hydrogels have been synthesized by γ-rays in different compositions and their biocompatibility have been investigated as in vivo and some biochemical parameters of mice serum and histology of their tissues have been examined. By these purposes, poly( n-vinyl 2-pyrrolidone/itaconic acid) (P(VP/IA)) hydrogels were implanted to hypersensitive mice (BALB/c). One and a half months after implantation, hydrogel implanted animals were sacrificed by ether anesthesia and the area hydrogel contacted with tissue was investigated by light microscope for histopathological identification of the tissue. Then the total immunoglobulin E (IgE) level was determined by ELISA. Differential white cell count was also made to better understanding of reaction between hydrogel and tissue. These poly( n-vinyl 2-pyrrolidone/itaconic acid) hydrogels can be directly used as biomedical materials.

  11. Characterization of nanocellulose reinforced semi-interpenetrating polymer network of poly(vinyl alcohol) & polyacrylamide composite films.

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    Mandal, Arup; Chakrabarty, Debabrata

    2015-12-10

    Semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN) of poly(vinyl alcohol)/polyacrylamide was reinforced with various doses of nanocellulose. The different composite films thus prepared were characterized with respect to their mechanical, thermal, morphological and barrier properties. The composite film containing 5 wt.% of nanocellulose showed the highest tensile strength. The semi-interpenetrating polymer network of poly(vinyl alcohol)/polyacrylamide; and its various composites with nanocellulose were almost identical in their thermal stability. Each of the composites however exhibited much superior stability with respect to the linear poly(vinyl alcohol) and crosslinked polyacrylamide. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies exhibited phase separated morphology where agglomerates of nanocellulose were found to be dispersed in the matrix of the semi-IPN. The moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) was the lowest for the film containing 5 wt.% of nanocellulose. PMID:26428121

  12. Novel Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-g-vinyl alcohol) Polyurethane Scaffold for Tissue Engineering

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    Reyes, Adriana Pétriz; Martínez Torres, Ataúlfo; Carreón Castro, Ma. Del Pilar; Rodríguez Talavera, José Rogelio; Muñoz, Susana Vargas; Aguilar, Víctor Manuel Velázquez; Torres, Maykel González

    2016-08-01

    The design of new synthetic grafted poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) as composite 3D-scaffolds is a convenient alternative for tissue engineering applications. The chemically modified poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) is receiving increasing attention for use as biomimetic copolymers for cell growth. As of yet, these copolymers cannot be used efficiently because of the lack of good mechanical properties. Here, we address this challenge, preparing a composite-scaffold of grafted poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) polyurethane for the first time. However, it is unclear if the composite structure and morphology can also offer a biological application. We obtained the polyurethane by mixing a polyester hydroxylated resin with polyisocyanate and the modified polyhydroxyalkanoates. The results show that the poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) grafted with poly(vinyl alcohol) can be successfully used as a chain extender to form a chemically-crosslinked thermosetting polymer. Furthermore, we show a proposal for the mechanism of the polyurethane synthesis, the analysis of its morphology and the ability of the scaffolds for growing mammalian cells. We demonstrated that astrocytes isolated from mouse cerebellum, and HEK293 can be cultured in the prepared material, and express efficiently fluorescent proteins by adenoviral transduction. We also tested the metabolism of Ca2+ to obtain evidence of the biological activity.

  13. Novel Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-g-vinyl alcohol) Polyurethane Scaffold for Tissue Engineering.

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    Reyes, Adriana Pétriz; Martínez Torres, Ataúlfo; Carreón Castro, Ma Del Pilar; Rodríguez Talavera, José Rogelio; Muñoz, Susana Vargas; Aguilar, Víctor Manuel Velázquez; Torres, Maykel González

    2016-01-01

    The design of new synthetic grafted poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) as composite 3D-scaffolds is a convenient alternative for tissue engineering applications. The chemically modified poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) is receiving increasing attention for use as biomimetic copolymers for cell growth. As of yet, these copolymers cannot be used efficiently because of the lack of good mechanical properties. Here, we address this challenge, preparing a composite-scaffold of grafted poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) polyurethane for the first time. However, it is unclear if the composite structure and morphology can also offer a biological application. We obtained the polyurethane by mixing a polyester hydroxylated resin with polyisocyanate and the modified polyhydroxyalkanoates. The results show that the poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) grafted with poly(vinyl alcohol) can be successfully used as a chain extender to form a chemically-crosslinked thermosetting polymer. Furthermore, we show a proposal for the mechanism of the polyurethane synthesis, the analysis of its morphology and the ability of the scaffolds for growing mammalian cells. We demonstrated that astrocytes isolated from mouse cerebellum, and HEK293 can be cultured in the prepared material, and express efficiently fluorescent proteins by adenoviral transduction. We also tested the metabolism of Ca(2+) to obtain evidence of the biological activity. PMID:27502732

  14. Novel Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-g-vinyl alcohol) Polyurethane Scaffold for Tissue Engineering

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    Reyes, Adriana Pétriz; Martínez Torres, Ataúlfo; Carreón Castro, Ma. del Pilar; Rodríguez Talavera, José Rogelio; Muñoz, Susana Vargas; Aguilar, Víctor Manuel Velázquez; Torres, Maykel González

    2016-01-01

    The design of new synthetic grafted poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) as composite 3D-scaffolds is a convenient alternative for tissue engineering applications. The chemically modified poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) is receiving increasing attention for use as biomimetic copolymers for cell growth. As of yet, these copolymers cannot be used efficiently because of the lack of good mechanical properties. Here, we address this challenge, preparing a composite-scaffold of grafted poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) polyurethane for the first time. However, it is unclear if the composite structure and morphology can also offer a biological application. We obtained the polyurethane by mixing a polyester hydroxylated resin with polyisocyanate and the modified polyhydroxyalkanoates. The results show that the poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) grafted with poly(vinyl alcohol) can be successfully used as a chain extender to form a chemically-crosslinked thermosetting polymer. Furthermore, we show a proposal for the mechanism of the polyurethane synthesis, the analysis of its morphology and the ability of the scaffolds for growing mammalian cells. We demonstrated that astrocytes isolated from mouse cerebellum, and HEK293 can be cultured in the prepared material, and express efficiently fluorescent proteins by adenoviral transduction. We also tested the metabolism of Ca2+ to obtain evidence of the biological activity. PMID:27502732

  15. Blend miscibility of cellulose propionate with poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone-co-methyl methacrylate).

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    Sugimura, Kazuki; Teramoto, Yoshikuni; Nishio, Yoshiyuki

    2013-10-15

    The blend miscibility of cellulose propionate (CP) with poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone-co-methyl methacrylate) (P(VP-co-MMA)) was investigated. The degree of substitution (DS) of CP used ranged from 1.6 to >2.9, and samples for the vinyl polymer component were prepared in a full range of VP:MMA compositions. Through DSC analysis and solid-state (13)C NMR and FT-IR measurements, we revealed that CPs of DS<2.7 were miscible with P(VP-co-MMA)s of VP≥~10mol% on a scale within a few nanometers, in virtue of hydrogen-bonding interactions between CP-hydroxyls and VP-carbonyls. When the DS of CP exceeded 2.7, the miscibility was restricted to the polymer pairs using P(VP-co-MMA)s of VP=ca. 10-40 mol%; the scale of mixing in the blends concerned was somewhat larger (ca. 5-20 nm), however. The appearance of such a "miscibility window" was interpretable as an effect of intramolecular repulsion in the copolymer component. Results of DMA and birefringence measurements indicated that the miscible blending of CP with the vinyl polymer invited synergistic improvements in thermomechanical and optical properties of the respective constituent polymers. Additionally, it was found that the VP:MMA composition range corresponding to the miscibility window was expanded by modification of the CP component into cellulose acetate propionate. PMID:23987378

  16. Nanosize Patterning with Nanoimprint Lithography Using Poly(vinyl alcohol) Transfer Layer

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    Park, In-Sung; Nichols, William T.; Ahn, Jinho

    2011-06-01

    Coupling the imprint mold structure having a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) and a buffer oxide layer (BOL) with a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) resin is investigated for thermal nanoimprint lithography on flexible substrates. The mold structure is SAM/BOL/Cr. Among the buffer oxides tested (SiO2, Al2O3, HfO2), SiO2 results in the most hydrophobic character at the SAM surface of the mold. Water-soluble PVA resin is shown to be an excellent pattern transfer layer due to its clean release from the hydrophobic mold and strong barrier to SF6 etching during subsequent substrate patterning. The combination of SAM/SiO2/Cr mold structure with PVA resin is demonstrated to produce high quality, defect-free nanopatterns on both rigid silicon and flexible poly(ethylene terephthalate) and polyimide substrates.

  17. Thermal properties of composites with bismaleimide-vinyl poly(styrylpyridine) blends

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    Kourtides, D.A.

    1988-06-01

    Thermal properties, flammability, and selected mechanical properties of eight different graphite composite panels fabricated using four different resin matrices and two types of graphite reinforcement were investigated and compared with the properties of an epoxy composite, MXB 7203. The resin matrices included XU71775/H795, a blend of vinyl poly(styrylpyridine) and bismaleimide; H795, a bismaleimide; Cycom 6162, a phenolic; and PSP 6022M, a poly(styrylpyridine). The graphite fiber was AS-4 used in the form of tape or fabric. It was found that the XU71775/H795 blend with the graphite tape was the optimum design giving the lowest heat release rate, while the control epoxy panel exhibited the highest total heat release and heat release rates, highest smoke and CO evolution, highest mass losses, and lowest oxygen index of all the composites tested. 16 references.

  18. Poly(vinyl alcohol) Physical Hydrogels: Matrix-Mediated Drug Delivery Using Spontaneously Eroding Substrate.

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    Jensen, Bettina E B; Dávila, Izaskun; Zelikin, Alexander N

    2016-07-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels have a long and successful history of applications in biomedicine. Historically, these matrices were developed to be nondegradable-limiting their utility to applications as permanent implants. For tissue engineering and drug delivery, herein we develop spontaneously eroding physical hydrogels based on PVA. We characterize in detail a mild, noncryogenic method of producing PVA physical hydrogels using poly(ethylene glycol) as a gelating agent, and investigate PVA molar mass as a means to define the kinetics of erosion of these biomaterials. PVA hydrogels are characterized for associated inflammatory response in adhering macrophages, antiproliferative effects mediated through delivery of cytotoxic drugs to myoblasts, and pro-proliferative activity achieved via presentation of conjugated growth factors to endothelial cells. Together, these data present a multiangle characterization of these novel multifunctional matrices for applications in tissue engineering and drug delivery mediated by implantable biomaterials. PMID:26958864

  19. Integrated antifouling and bactericidal polymer membranes through bioinspired polydopamine/poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone) coating

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    Wang, Xianghong; Yuan, Shuaishuai; Shi, Dean; Yang, Yingkui; Jiang, Tao; Yan, Shunjie; Shi, Hengchong; Luan, Shifang; Yin, Jinghua

    2016-07-01

    Polypropylene (PP) non-woven has been widely used as wound dressing; however, the hydrophobic nature of PP can initiate bacterial attachment and subsequent biofilm formation. Herein, we propose a facile approach to functionalize PP non-woven with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone)-iodine complex (PVP-I). PVP and PEG were successively tethered onto PP non-woven surface via versatile bioinspired dopamine (DA) chemistry, followed by complexing iodine with PVP moieties. It was demonstrated through the field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM) and spread plate method that the as-modified PP non-woven integrated both antifouling property of PEG for suppressing bacterial adhesion, and bactericidal property of PVP-I for killing the few adherent bacteria. Meanwhile, it could greatly resist platelet and red blood cell adhesion. The integrated antifouling and bactericidal PP non-woven surfaces might have great potential in various wound dressing applications.

  20. Thermal properties of composites with bismaleimide-vinyl poly(styrylpyridine) blends

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    Kourtides, D. A.

    1988-01-01

    Thermal properties, flammability, and selected mechanical properties of eight different graphite composite panels fabricated using four different resin matrices and two types of graphite reinforcement were investigated and compared with the properties of an epoxy composite, MXB 7203. The resin matrices included XU71775/H795, a blend of vinyl poly(styrylpyridine) and bismaleimide; H795, a bismaleimide; Cycom 6162, a phenolic; and PSP 6022M, a poly(styrylpyridine). The graphite fiber was AS-4 used in the form of tape or fabric. It was found that the XU71775/H795 blend with the graphite tape was the optimum design giving the lowest heat release rate, while the control epoxy panel exhibited the highest total heat release and heat release rates, highest smoke and CO evolution, highest mass losses, and lowest oxygen index of all the composites tested.

  1. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrenesulfonate)-poly(vinyl alcohol)/poly(acrylic acid) interpenetrating polymer networks for improving optrode-neural tissue interface in optogenetics.

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    Lu, Yi; Li, Yanling; Pan, Jianqing; Wei, Pengfei; Liu, Nan; Wu, Bifeng; Cheng, Jinbo; Lu, Caiyi; Wang, Liping

    2012-01-01

    The field of optogenetics has been successfully used to understand the mechanisms of neuropsychiatric diseases through the precise spatial and temporal control of specific groups of neurons in a neural circuitry. However, it remains a great challenge to integrate optogenetic modulation with electrophysiological and behavioral read out methods as a means to explore the causal, temporally precise, and behaviorally relevant interactions of neurons in the specific circuits of freely behaving animals. In this study, an eight-channel chronically implantable optrode array was fabricated and modified with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrenesulfonate)-poly(vinyl alcohol)/poly(acrylic acid) interpenetrating polymer networks (PEDOT/PSS-PVA/PAA IPNs) for improving the optrode-neural tissue interface. The conducting polymer-hydrogel IPN films exhibited a significantly higher capacitance and lower electrochemical impedance at 1 kHz as compared to unmodified optrode sites and showed significantly improved mechanical and electrochemical stability as compared to pure conducting polymer films. The cell attachment and neurite outgrowth of rat pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells on the IPN films were clearly observed through calcein-AM staining. Furthermore, the optrode arrays were chronically implanted into the hippocampus of SD rats after the lentiviral expression of synapsin-ChR2-EYFP, and light-evoked, frequency-dependant action potentials were obtained in freely moving animals. The electrical recording results suggested that the modified optrode arrays showed significantly reduced impedance and RMS noise and an improved SNR as compared to unmodified sites, which may have benefited from the improved electrochemical performance and biocompatibility of the deposited IPN films. All these characteristics are greatly desired in optogenetic applications, and the fabrication method of conducting polymer-hydrogel IPNs can be easily integrated with other modification methods to build a

  2. Dichromated poly(vinyl alchohol)-xanthene dye systems: holographic characterization and electron spin resonance spectroscopic study

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    Manivannan, Gurusamy; Changkakoti, Rupak; Lessard, Roger A.; Mailhot, Gilles; Bolte, Michel

    1994-01-01

    Dichromated poly(vinyl alcohol)-xanthene dye (DCPVA-XD) systems have been employed as real-time holographic recording materials. In this paper, holographic characterization of dichromated poly(vinyl alcohol) with fluorescein (Fl), eosin Y (EY) and Rose Bengal (RB) is presented. In addition, a systematic ESR spectroscopic investigation was also performed on these systems. The photochemical evolution of Cr(V), Cr(III), polymer radical and dye radical in these systems has been monitored and a comparison is made.

  3. Preparation and in vivo investigation of artificial cornea made of nano-hydroxyapatite/poly (vinyl alcohol) hydrogel composite.

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    Fenglan, Xu; Yubao, Li; Xiaoming, Yao; Hongbing, Liao; Li, Zhang

    2007-04-01

    An artificial cornea consisted of a porous nano-hydroxyapatite/poly (vinyl alcohol) hydrogel (n-HA/PVA-H) skirt and a transparent center poly (vinyl alcohol) hydrogel (PVA-H) were prepared. The n-HA/PVA-H skirt was homogeneously porous and these pores were interconnected. Inter-penetrating network was observed along the interface between the core and the skirt. Artificial corneas were implanted in eyes of rabbit. The corneal tissues were evaluated histological. The results displayed that a good biocompatibility and interlocking had happened between artificial cornea and host tissues. This novel cornea prepared here is potential to be used clinically. PMID:17546425

  4. Silk fibroin/poly (vinyl alcohol) blend scaffolds for controlled delivery of curcumin

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    Li, Xiaomeng; Qin, Jinli; Ma, Jun

    2015-01-01

    A silk fibroin/poly (vinyl alcohol) porous scaffold with a water vapor transmission rate of 2125 ± 464 g/m2/day has been developed via thermally induced phase separation (gelation) and freeze-drying process. A hierarchical architecture of micropores and nanofibers was observed inside the scaffolds, and the related structures were analyzed. The viability and proliferation of 3T3 fibroblasts were examined, which indicated that the scaffolds exerted low cytotoxicity. After loading curcumin, the scaffolds can suppress the growth of 3T3 fibroblasts. The release behavior of curcumin from the scaffolds was investigated. At pH = 7.2, the release profiles showed no significant difference for the loading amounts of 0.5 mg and 0.25 mg per sample. Meanwhile, the cumulative amount of released drug at pH = 5.7 was significantly more than that in neutral solution due to more degradation of the scaffolds. It was suggested that the silk fibroin/poly (vinyl alcohol) blend scaffolds could be potentially used as wound dressing materials. PMID:26816634

  5. Structural analysis, and antioxidant and antibacterial properties of chitosan-poly (vinyl alcohol) biodegradable films.

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    Hajji, Sawssen; Chaker, Achraf; Jridi, Mourad; Maalej, Hana; Jellouli, Kemel; Boufi, Sami; Nasri, Moncef

    2016-08-01

    The development and characterization of biodegradable blend films based on chitosan and poly (vinyl alcohol) for possible use in a variety of biological activities are reported. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectra of chitosan-poly (vinyl alcohol) (Ch/PVA) films showed characteristics peaks shifting to a lower frequency range due to hydrogen bonding between -OH of PVA and -NH2 of chitosan. The chitosan and PVA polymers presented good compatibility. The morphology study of chitosan and composite films showed a compact and homogenous structure. The tensile strength and elongation at break increased with PVA content. In fact, the highest tensile strength and elongation at break (53.58 MPa and 454 %) occurs with pure PVA film. The results showed that PVA incorporation in the blends contributes to increase the intermolecular interactions, thus improving the mechanical properties. In addition, the prepared films demonstrated high antioxidant activities monitored by 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical-scavenging, reducing power, and β-carotene bleaching activity. Nevertheless, PVA addition reduced antioxidant and antibacterial activities against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria tested. PMID:27106077

  6. Analysis of a vinyl pyrrolidone/poly(propylene fumarate) resorbable bone cement.

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    Gresser, J D; Hsu, S H; Nagaoka, H; Lyons, C M; Nieratko, D P; Wise, D L; Barabino, G A; Trantolo, D J

    1995-10-01

    A resorbable bone cement was formulated from N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone (VP), the unsaturated polyester poly(propylene fumarate) (PPF), and the inorganic filler tribasic calcium phosphate (hydroxy apatite). Cure, initiated by benzoyl peroxide and accelerated by N,N-dimethyl-p-toluidine, resulted in the formation of VP crosslinks between polyester chains. During cure the cement hardened from a viscous moldable putty to a rigid structure with a shore D hardness of 50-60. The purpose of this study was to determine the fractions of PPF and VP incorporated into the crosslinked structure. Dissolution of the cured cement in water followed by extraction of the residue in tetrahydrofuran indicated that over 90% of the PPF was crosslinked over the range of PPF/VP ratios explored, but that the fraction of VP used in formation of crosslinks depended linearly on the PPF/VP ratio. Kinetic analysis of these data suggests that k'pp/kpf (the reactivity ratio) was approximately 2.0 where k'pp is the rate constant for the addition of VP radical to VP monomer leading to formation of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone), and kpf is for the addition of VP radical to PPF unsaturation. PMID:8557726

  7. How To Learn and Have Fun with Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) and White Glue

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    de Zea Bermudez, V.; Passos de Almeida, P.; Féria Seita, J.

    1998-11-01

    The general behavior of Newtonian, shear-thinning, shear-thickening, thixotropic, negative thixotropic, and viscoelastic fluids is characterized and briefly discussed in terms of existing theoretical models. Whenever possible, examples of these types of fluids taken from everyday life are given for better understanding. This theoretical introduction is the basis for same, simple, and inexpensive laboratory work employing no special glassware and generally done by pairs of students. The work involves the synthesis of two well-known viscoelastic materials displaying unique properties: poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and white glue, a poly(vinyl acetate)-based emulsion. The students are asked to perform a series of representative mechanical tests on both gels and to describe their observations in full detail. In particular, they are expected to recognize and identify the origin of the intriguing behaviors found (elasticity, spinability, self-siphoning effect, die-swell effect, Weissenberg effect). The tests include the preparation of fibers by extrusion, introducing concepts such as water solubility, hydrogen bonding, and glass transition temperature. The long list of questions, which ideally should be answered at the end of the laboratory work, allows the students to apply the new concepts acquired.

  8. Cosolvent gel-like materials from partially hydrolyzed poly(vinyl acetate)s and borax.

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    Angelova, Lora V; Terech, Pierre; Natali, Irene; Dei, Luigi; Carretti, Emiliano; Weiss, Richard G

    2011-09-20

    A gel-like, high-viscosity polymeric dispersion (HVPD) based on cross-linked borate, partially hydrolyzed poly(vinyl acetate) (xPVAc, where x is the percent hydrolysis) is described. Unlike hydro-HVPDs prepared from poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and borate, the liquid portion of these materials can be composed of up to 75% of an organic cosolvent because of the influence of residual acetate groups on the polymer backbone. The effects of the degree of hydrolysis, molecular weight, polymer and cross-linker concentrations, and type and amount of organic cosolvent on the rheological and structural properties of the materials are investigated. The stability of the systems is explored through rheological and melting-range studies. (11)B NMR and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) are used to probe the structure of the dispersions. The addition of an organic liquid to the xPVAc-borate HVPDs results in a drastic increase in the number of cross-linked borate species as well as the agglomeration of the polymer into bundles. These effects result in an increase in the relaxation time and thermal stability of the networks. The ability to make xPVAc-borate HVPDs with very large amounts of and rather different organic liquids, with very different rheological properties that can be controlled easily, opens new possibilities for applications of PVAc-based dispersions. PMID:21848256

  9. Deep ultraviolet photoresist based on tungsten polyoxometalates and poly(vinyl alcohol) for bilayer photolithography

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    Carls, J.C.; Argitis, P.; Heller, A. )

    1992-03-01

    In this paper a negative tone deep ultraviolet resist, a mixture of phosphotungstic acid and poly(vinyl alcohol) is described. This resist has {lt}100 mJ cm{sup {minus}2} sensitivity and resolves {le}0.3 {mu}m features. Even though the photochemistry involves chemical amplification, the exposed patterns are stable and the process tolerates hours between the exposure and the post-bake steps. The resist is spun from an aqueous solutio, and its wet processing is also aqueous. This resist is used in a bilayer scheme, where advantage is taken of both the resistance of the tungsten oxide to oxygen plasmas and its easy stripping in fluorine-containing plasmas. Because poly(vinyl alcohol) is intrisincally a wetting agent, pinhole-free resist films of {approximately}1000 {Angstrom} thickness can be spun. These thin coatings provide sufficient oxygen plasma etch resistance to allow patterning of a thick 1.5 {mu}m novolac planarizing layer underneath the resist.

  10. Poly(vinyl alcohol) cryogel phantoms for use in ultrasound and MR imaging

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    Surry, K. J. M.; Austin, H. J. B.; Fenster, A.; Peters, T. M.

    2004-12-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) cryogel, PVA-C, is presented as a tissue-mimicking material, suitable for application in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and ultrasound imaging. A 10% by weight poly(vinyl alcohol) in water solution was used to form PVA-C, which is solidified through a freeze-thaw process. The number of freeze-thaw cycles affects the properties of the material. The ultrasound and MR imaging characteristics were investigated using cylindrical samples of PVA-C. The speed of sound was found to range from 1520 to 1540 m s-1, and the attenuation coefficients were in the range of 0.075-0.28 dB (cm MHz)-1. T1 and T2 relaxation values were found to be 718-1034 ms and 108-175 ms, respectively. We also present applications of this material in an anthropomorphic brain phantom, a multi-volume stenosed vessel phantom and breast biopsy phantoms. Some suggestions are made for how best to handle this material in the phantom design and development process.

  11. Fabrication of reactive poly(vinyl alcohol) membranes for prevention of bone cement leakage.

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    Inoue, Motoki; Sakane, Masataka; Taguchi, Tetsushi

    2014-11-01

    Leakage of bone cement into the spinal canal has been reported to cause many adverse effects. In this study, we designed an implantable balloon kyphoplasty material that avoids cement leakage through the formation of covalent bonds with the bone cement. For this purpose, glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) was used as a reactive functional group attached to the poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) membrane. The prepared membrane adhered to poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)-based bone cements within 10 min, which is the time required for PMMA polymerization in the bone cement. The bonding strength between the GMA-PVA membrane and the PMMA-based bone cement was higher than that for the original PVA membrane, likely because vinyl bonds form between the surface of the GMA-PVA membrane and the bone cement. Since the GMA-PVA membrane adhered firmly to the PMMA-based bone cement, the membrane was able to completely cover the PMMA-based bone cement. PMID:24700680

  12. Preparation and characterization of reactive blends of poly(lactic acid), poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol), and poly(ethylene-co-glycidyl methacrylate)

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    Warangkhana, Phromma; Jana Sadhan, C.; Rathanawan, Magaraphan

    2015-05-01

    The ternary blends of poly(lactic acid) (PLA), poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVOH), and poly(ethylene-co-glycidyl methacrylate) (EGMA) were prepared. The role of EGMA as a compatibilizer was evaluated. The weight ratio of PLA:EVOH was 80:20 and the EGMA loadings were varied from 5-20 phr. The blends were characterized as follows: thermal properties by differential scanning calorimetry, morphology by scanning electron microscopy, and mechanical properties by pendulum impact tester, and universal testing machine. The glass transition temperature of PLA blends did not change much when compared with that of PLA. The blends of PLA/EGMA and EVOH/EGMA showed EGMA dispersed droplets where the latter led to poor impact properties. However, the tensile elongation at break and tensile toughness substantially increased upon addition of EGMA to blends of PLA and EVOH. It was noted in tensile test samples that both PLA and EVOH domains fibrillated significantly to produce toughness.

  13. Preparation and characterization of reactive blends of poly(lactic acid), poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol), and poly(ethylene-co-glycidyl methacrylate)

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    Warangkhana, Phromma; Rathanawan, Magaraphan; Jana Sadhan, C.

    2015-05-22

    The ternary blends of poly(lactic acid) (PLA), poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVOH), and poly(ethylene-co-glycidyl methacrylate) (EGMA) were prepared. The role of EGMA as a compatibilizer was evaluated. The weight ratio of PLA:EVOH was 80:20 and the EGMA loadings were varied from 5-20 phr. The blends were characterized as follows: thermal properties by differential scanning calorimetry, morphology by scanning electron microscopy, and mechanical properties by pendulum impact tester, and universal testing machine. The glass transition temperature of PLA blends did not change much when compared with that of PLA. The blends of PLA/EGMA and EVOH/EGMA showed EGMA dispersed droplets where the latter led to poor impact properties. However, the tensile elongation at break and tensile toughness substantially increased upon addition of EGMA to blends of PLA and EVOH. It was noted in tensile test samples that both PLA and EVOH domains fibrillated significantly to produce toughness.

  14. Lipogels: surface-adherent composite hydrogels assembled from poly(vinyl alcohol) and liposomes

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    Jensen, Bettina E. B.; Hosta-Rigau, Leticia; Spycher, Philipp R.; Reimhult, Erik; Städler, Brigitte; Zelikin, Alexander N.

    2013-07-01

    Drug-eluting engineered surface coatings are of paramount importance for many biomedical applications from implantable devices to tissue engineering. Herein, we present the assembly of lipogels, composite physical hydrogels assembled from poly(vinyl alcohol) and liposomes using thiol-disulfide exchange between end group modified PVA and thiocholesterol containing liposomes, and the response of adhering cells to these coatings. We demonstrate the controlled loading of liposomes into the polymer matrix and the preserved mechanical properties of the lipogels. Furthermore, the lipogels are successfully rendered cell adhesive by incorporation of poly(l-lysine) into the PVA polymer matrix or by poly(dopamine) coating of the lipogels. The successful lipid uptake from the lipogels by macrophages, hepatocytes, and myoblasts was monitored by flow cytometry. Finally, the delivery of active cargo, paclitaxel, to adherent myoblasts is shown, thus illustrating the potential of the lipogels as a drug eluting interface for biomedical applications.Drug-eluting engineered surface coatings are of paramount importance for many biomedical applications from implantable devices to tissue engineering. Herein, we present the assembly of lipogels, composite physical hydrogels assembled from poly(vinyl alcohol) and liposomes using thiol-disulfide exchange between end group modified PVA and thiocholesterol containing liposomes, and the response of adhering cells to these coatings. We demonstrate the controlled loading of liposomes into the polymer matrix and the preserved mechanical properties of the lipogels. Furthermore, the lipogels are successfully rendered cell adhesive by incorporation of poly(l-lysine) into the PVA polymer matrix or by poly(dopamine) coating of the lipogels. The successful lipid uptake from the lipogels by macrophages, hepatocytes, and myoblasts was monitored by flow cytometry. Finally, the delivery of active cargo, paclitaxel, to adherent myoblasts is shown, thus

  15. Conducting polymer blends: Polypyrrole and polythiophene blends with polystyrene, polycarbonate resin, poly(vinyl alcohol) and poly(vinyl methyl ketone)

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    Wang, H.L.

    1992-01-01

    Various aromatic compounds can be polymerized by electrochemical oxidation in solution containing a supporting electrolyte. Most studies have been devoted to polypyrrole and polythiophene. In situ doping during electrochemical polymerization yields free standing conductive polymer film. One major approach to making conducting polymer blends is electrochemical synthesis after coating the host polymer on a platinum electrode. In the electrolysis of pyrrole or thiophene monomer, using (t-Bu[sub 4]N)BF[sub 4] as supporting electrolyte, and acetonitrile as solvent, monomer can diffuse through the polymer film, to produce a polypyrrole or polythiophene blend in the film. Doping occurs along with polymerization to form a conducting polymer alloy. The strongest molecular interaction in polymers, and one that is central to phase behavior, is hydrogen bonding. This mixing at the molecular level enhances the degree of miscibility between two polymers and results in macroscopic properties indicative of single phase behavior. In this dissertation, the authors describes the syntheses of conducting polymer blends: polypyrrole and polythiophene blends with polystyrene, poly(bisphenol-A-carbonate), polyvinyl alcohol and poly(vinyl methyl ketone). The syntheses are performed both electrochemically and chemically. Characterization of these blends was carried out by Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Thermogravimetric Analysis, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Percolating threshold conductivities occur from 7% to 20% for different polymer blends. The low threshold conductivity is attributed to blend homogeneity enhanced by hydrogen bonding between the carbonyl group in the insulating polymer and the N-H group in polypyrrole. Thermal stability, environmental stability, mechanical properties, crystallinity and morphological structure are also discussed. The authors have also engaged in the polymerization of imidazoles.

  16. Graphene functionalized with poly(vinyl alcohol) as a Pickering stabilizer for suspension polymerization of poly(methyl methacrylate).

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    Erdenedelger, Gansukh; Dao, Trung Dung; Jeong, Han Mo

    2016-08-15

    Two types of thermally reduced graphenes (TRGs) having different lateral sizes were non-covalently modified with poly(vinyl alcohol) to endow water-dispersibility. The modified TRGs were examined as Pickering stabilizers for the suspension polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA). They were effective graphene-based Pickering stabilizers for the system with almost all of the polymerized composite microparticles having a regular spherical shape. The particle size of the composite microparticles was tunable by the size or the amount of modified TRG used as stabilizer. The almost perfect core-shell structure of the composite microparticles effectively enhanced the thermal stability of the core PMMA. In addition, when the core-shell microparticles were compression molded into a monolith, the obtained composite exhibited an ultra-low percolation threshold of electrical conductivity of around 0.04vol%. PMID:27187559

  17. Effect of pullulan/poly(vinyl alcohol) blend system on the montmorillonite structure with property characterization of electrospun pullulan/poly(vinyl alcohol)/montmorillonite nanofibers.

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    Islam, Md Shahidul; Yeum, Jeong Hyun; Das, Ajoy Kumar

    2012-02-15

    Nanofibers of the composite of pullulan (PULL), poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), and montmorillonite clay (MMT) were prepared using electrospinning method in aqueous solutions. Pullulan is an interesting natural polymer for many of its merits and good properties. Because of biocompatibility and non-toxicity of PVA, it could be used in numerous fields. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) were done to characterize the PULL/PVA/MMT nanofibers morphology and properties. XRD patterns and FTIR data demonstrated that there were good interactions between PULL and PVA caused by possibly hydrogen bonds. Moreover, XRD data and TEM images indicated that intercalated and exfoliated MMT nanoplatelets can be obtained within the PULL/PVA/MMT nanofibers depending on the PULL/PVA blend ratios. Furthermore, the thermal stability and mechanical property (tensile strength) of PULL/PVA/MMT nanofibers could be enhanced more by exfoliated MMT nanoplatelets than intercalated structures of that nanoplatelets. PMID:22172694

  18. Comparison of porous poly (vinyl alcohol)/hydroxyapatite composite cryogels and cryogels immobilized on poly (vinyl alcohol) and polyurethane foams for removal of cadmium.

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    Wang, Xiao; Min, Byung Gil

    2008-08-15

    Three novel adsorbents of hydroxyapatite/poly (vinyl alcohol) (HAp/PVA) cryogel, HAp/PVA cryogel immobilized on PVA foam and HAp/PVA cryogel immobilized on polyurethane (PU) foam have been investigated to compare the morphology and sorption performances for removal of cadmium. The adsorption kinetics was interpreted by double-exponential model, pseudo-first-order model and pseudo-second-order models. The equilibrium time was found to be 36, 24, and 12 h for cryogel, cryogel immobilized on PVA foam and PU foam, respectively. The adsorption was found to follow Langmuir isotherm model and the maximum sorption capacity was estimated to be 53.3, 53.1 and 47.7 mg g(-1) for cryogel, cryogel immobilized on PVA foam and PU foam. The effects of HAp/PVA ratio and drying method on cadmium sorption were also studied. The difference of adsorption kinetics model and equilibrium time among the three adsorbents was suggested to be ascribed to different pore size. Oven-dried HAp/PVA cryogel immobilized on PU foam was preferable due to short equilibrium time and good sorption ability. PMID:18262348

  19. Time-resolved spectroscopy of solid poly/1-vinyl naphthalene/ following electron beam pulse radiolysis - Pulse radiolytic studies on polymers

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    Coulter, D. R.; Liang, R. H.; Di Stefano, S.; Moacanin, J.; Gupta, A.

    1982-01-01

    Transient emission studies following pulse radiolysis of solid poly(1-vinyl naphthalene) show existence of excited monomers and two excimers. Quenching experiments indicate that excimers are not formed directly by recombination of ions but probably by trapping of migrating monomeric excitation in preformed traps whose density is approximately one in 1000.

  20. A novel biobased plasticizer of epoxidized cardanol glycidylether: Synthesis and application in soft poly(vinyl chloride) films

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    A novel plasticizer derived from cardanol, epoxied cardanol glycidyl ether (ECGE), was synthesized and characterized by 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR. Effects of the ECGE combined with dioctyl phthalate (DOP), a commercial plasticizer, in soft poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) films were studied. Dynamic mechanical a...

  1. Preparation of single or double-network chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) gel films through selective cross-linking method

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    A selective cross-linking method was developed to create single or double network chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) gel films. The cross-linking is based on the hydrogen bonding between PVA and borate and the strong electrostatic interaction between chitosan and tripolyphosphate. The resultant gel films ...

  2. Manipulating the morphologies of poly(vinyl alcohol) block copolymer surfactants

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    Repollet-Pedrosa, Milton H.

    Amphiphilic block copolymers (ABCs) are macromolecules containing well-defined hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments that self-assemble into nanoscale aggregates such as spherical and cylindrical micelles and vesicles, when dispersed in block-selective solvents. ABCs possess a miniscule critical micelle concentration, which results in kinetically trapped and persistent assemblies in solution with slow chain exchange between aggregates. This makes them useful as rheological modifiers for personal care products, enhanced oil recovery, and drug delivery formulations. Their utility in many of these applications is crucially dependent on the ability to control the micellar morphologies that they adopt in selective solvents. Triggering ABC micellar morphological transformations, i.e. from spherical to cylindrical micelles, is important for generating "on-demand" stimuli-responsive morphologies that control the aggregate morphology and the bulk solution properties in any given application. In this thesis, we develop the straightforward synthesis of biodegradable and biocompatible ABCs comprised of poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), with narrow molecular distributions and variable yet well-defined compositions. These block copolymer amphiphiles readily form spherical micelles in aqueous dispersions. We demonstrate that the addition of a water-soluble poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) homopolymer to these dispersions results in a rapid transformation of these spherical micelles into cylindrical micelles. Dilution of these cylindrical micelles with water induces their reversion to spherical micelles. Our results indicate that the reversible morphology change depends sensitively on the PEO homopolymer concentration and molecular weight, as well as the length of the PVA corona block of the micelles. Through a series of quantitative 1H NMR studies, we found that the preferential partitioning of PEO homopolymer into the PVAc micellar core drives this morphological

  3. Synthesis of light-selective poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) nanofilms in supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Xu, William (Zhiming)

    Due to the increased requirements of environmental protection, significant effort has been made to develop new "green" chemistry and engineering methods. Two effective approaches for "green" processes are: (1) to employ routes with fewer synthetic and separation steps, and (2) to replace volatile organic solvents with environmentally friendly solvents. Supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) has emerged as such a viable "green" alternative to organic solvents for several applications including extraction, polymerization, and nanotechnology, etc. In addition, it is an enabling solvent, allowing new types of chemistry and materials to be formed. In order to effectively utilize scCO2, it is required to study its effect on the relevant chemical process. This thesis focuses on the copolymerization of ethylene and vinyl acetate in scCO2, and the application of scCO2 in the synthesis of novel poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) (PEVA) nanocomposites. Firstly, the kinetics of the process was investigated. The thermal decomposition of the free-radical initiator diethyl peroxydicarbonate (DEPDC) was monitored by in situ attenuate total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) in heptane, and in scCO2. The rate constant and activation energy of the thermal decomposition of DEPDC in scCO2 were determined, and a decomposition mechanism was proposed. Further, with a knowledge of the initiator kinetics, in situ ATR-FTIR was employed to monitor the initial formation of copolymers of ethylene and vinyl acetate during polymerization in scCO2. The reactivity ratios for the copolymerization of ethylene and vinyl acetate in scCO2 were determined using both the Kelen-Tudos and the non-linear least-squares methods. The potential of scCO2 was further examined to synthesize advanced and novel nanomaterials based on an understanding of the polymerization mechanism. A novel one-step synthesis route was developed for making silica

  4. Preparation and characterization of poly(vinyl chloride-co-vinyl acetate)-based gel electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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    Sung, H.Y.; Wang, Y.Y.; Wan, C.C.

    1998-04-01

    Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC)-based electrolytes, a class of the most promising polymer electrolytes, are found to suffer from solvent exudation. Two strategies were employed to suppress this shortcoming, one involving the replacement of PVC with poly(vinyl chloride-co-vinyl acetate) (PVCAC) copolymer and the other the direct utilization of solvents for PVC or PVCAC instead of using an auxiliary carrier solvent (e.g., tetrahydrofuran, THF). The thermodynamics of polymer solubility was particularly emphasized in the latter approach. N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) and N-methyl pyrrolidionone (NMP) are preferred cosolvents of ethylene carbonate (EC) and/or propylene carbonate (PC). The PVCAC-based gel electrolytes prepared were then characterized by ionic conductivity, cyclic voltammetry, and ac impedance data. The results indicate that electrolytes containing NMP/EC mixed solvent exhibit conductivities exceeding 10{sup {minus}3} S/cm whereas the electrolytes containing DMF/EC/PC exhibit conductivities around 10{sup {minus}4} S/cm at room temperature. Moreover, the former category was found to be oxidatively stable up to 4.9 V vs. Li/Li{sup +} and the latter to 4.6 V vs. Li/Li{sup +}. Finally, ac impedance results suggest that the stability of the Li/electrolyte interface needs further improvement, which is a crucial task for most polymer gel electrolytes at present.

  5. Rheological behaviour of irradiated wound dressing poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) hydrogels

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    Lugão, Ademar B.; Rogero, Sizue O.; Malmonge, Sônia M.

    2002-03-01

    The use of hydrogels as biomaterials has increased lately. Poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) is an example of polymer hydrogels applied for the synthesis of hydrogel to be used in different biomedical applications. This paper describes a study on rheological properties of PVP hydrogels obtained by gamma radiation techniques. PVP hydrogels were obtained by gamma radiation of PVP water solutions with different radiation doses. It was studied the influence of additives such as poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and glycerol on the rheological behaviour of the gel. The rheological behaviour of hydrogel samples was characterized by measuring the shear storage modulus ( G') under dynamic shear loading. Besides this, sterility and cytotoxicity tests were performed. The study on rheological behaviour of hydrogels showed that G' of PVP gels change according to the additive used. Glycerol increases the fluidity of the gel. The influence of PEG depends on the amount and on its molecular mass. The increase on PEG amount and molecular mass cause a decrease of G' and an increase in the crosslinking density of PVP hydrogel network. The use of high molecular weight PEO allows the increase of the elasticity of the PVP gels.

  6. Nafion/poly(1-vinyl imidazole) composite membranes for fuel cell application

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    Kim, Dukjoon

    2008-03-01

    A base monomer (1-vinyl imidazole, VIDz) was polymerized in Nafion^ 112 membrane by UV irradiation in order to reduce methanol permeability of the latter. With increasing content of poly 1-vinyl imidazole (PVI), equilibrium water uptake was decreased due to reduced size of hydrated ion cluster in the composite membrane as confirmed by a small angle X-ray scattering analysis. The electrochemical properties of the membrane such as ion conductivity, methanol permeability and electro-osmotic drag were also affected by equilibrium water uptake and hydrated pore size. Even a minute incorporation of the base polymer showed a significant effect on proton conductivity and methanol permeability. Methanol transport by electro-osmotic drag was evaluated by using relating equations and methanol permeability and limiting current density data obtained in this study. Although the absolute number of electro-osmotic drag was hard to determine, the trend of change could be studied in relation to bulk-like water in composite membranes. This novel composite membrane exhibited an increased cell performance compared with a plain Nafion membrane due to reduced methanol crossover rate.

  7. Clay flocculation improved by cationic poly(vinyl alcohol)/anionic polymer dual-component system.

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    Sang, Yizhou; Xiao, Huining

    2008-10-15

    The synthesis of cationically modified poly(vinyl alcohol), CPVA, by copolymerization of vinyl acetate and diallyldimethyl ammonium chloride (DADMAC), followed by alkaline hydrolysis was systematically studied. The application of the resulting polymer to the fine clay flocculation was also reported. The charge density and the structure of the resulting CPVA were characterized by polyelectrolyte titration and NMR. A photometric dispersion analyzer was used to conduct the dynamic flocculation experiments. Under fine clay experimental conditions, the CPVA alone contributed little to inducing clay flocculation. However, in conjunction with anionic polyacrylamide-based polymer with high molecular weight and low charge density, significant improvement in the flocculation of fine clay particles was achieved. The influence of factors such as pH and shear force on clay flocculation was also investigated to identify optimum application conditions for clay flocculation. The electrostatic interactions between the clay and CPVA, as well as those between the CPVA pre-treated clay and anionic polymer, were studied to explore the flocculation mechanism. PMID:18657822

  8. Characterization of CrO2-poly-vinyl pyrrolidone magnetic nanofluid

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    Singh, D. K.; Pandey, D. K.; Yadav, R. R.; Singh, Devraj

    2012-11-01

    Crystalline CrO2 nanoparticles were synthesized using chemical methods. Nanofluids were synthesized by the dispersion of CrO2 nanoparticles in poly-vinyl pyrrolidone solution by an ultrasonicator. The structural properties of the nanoparticles were studied with the help of X-ray diffraction. The magnetic properties of the powdered CrO2 were measured with a vibrating sample magnetometer. The magneto-resistance and ultrasonic parameters of the nanofluid were characterized. The (a) effect of calcination temperature on crystalinity of CrO2 nanoparticles, (b) influence of sonication time on the nature of the magneto-resistance for the nanofluid, and (c) governing factor/mechanisms responsible to the ultrasonic properties are discussed.

  9. Promoting Cell Survival and Proliferation in Degradable Poly(vinyl alcohol)-Tyramine Hydrogels.

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    Lim, Khoon S; Ramaswamy, Yogambha; Roberts, Justine J; Alves, Marie-Helene; Poole-Warren, Laura A; Martens, Penny J

    2015-10-01

    A photopolymerizable-tyraminated poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA-Tyr) system that has the ability to covalently bind proteins in their native state was evaluated as a platform for cell encapsulation. However, a key hurdle to this system is the radicals generated during the cross-linking that can cause oxidative stress to the cells. This research hypothesized that incorporation of anti-oxidative proteins (sericin and gelatin) into PVA-Tyr gels would mitigate any toxicity caused by the radicals. The results showed that although incorporation of 1 wt% sericin promoted survival of the fibroblasts, both sericin and gelatin acted synergistically to facilitate long-term 3D cell function. The encapsulated cells formed clusters with deposition of laminin and collagen, as well as remaining metabolically active after 21 d. PMID:26097045

  10. Poly(vinyl alcohol) physical hydrogels: new vista on a long serving biomaterial.

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    Alves, Marie-Helene; Jensen, Bettina E B; Smith, Anton A A; Zelikin, Alexander N

    2011-10-10

    Poly(vinyl alcohol), PVA, and physical hydrogels derived thereof have an excellent safety profile and a successful history of biomedical applications. However, these materials are hardly in the focus of biomedical research, largely due to poor opportunities in nano- and micro-scale design associated with PVA hydrogels in their current form. In this review we aim to demonstrate that with PVA, a (sub)molecular control over polymer chemistry translates into fine-tuned supramolecular association of chains and this, in turn, defines macroscopic properties of the material. This nano- to micro- to macro- translation of control is unique for PVA and can now be accomplished using modern tools of macromolecular design. We believe that this strategy affords functionalized PVA physical hydrogels which meet the demands of modern nanobiotechnology and have a potential to become an indispensable tool in the design of biomaterials. PMID:21793217

  11. Electro-optical properties of poly(vinyl acetate)/polyindole composite film

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    Bhagat, D. J.; Bajaj, N. S.; Dhokane, G. R.

    2016-05-01

    In present work, electrical and optical properties of poly(vinyl acetate)/polyindole (PVAc/PIN) composite film are reported. The prepared composite was characterized via X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis spectroscopy and DC conductivity measurements. The polymer chain separation was determined using XRD analysis. An attempt has been made to study the temperature dependence of DC conductivity of PVAc/PIN composite in temperature range 308-373 K. The DC conductivity initially increases and reaches to 2.45×10-7 S/cm. The optical band gap value of composite is determined as 4.77 eV. The semiconducting nature of composite observed from electronic as well as optical band gap and Arrhenius behavior of DC plot.

  12. Modification of cycloolefin copolymer and poly(vinyl chloride) surfaces by superimposition of nano- and microstructures

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    Koponen, Hanna-Kaisa; Saarikoski, Inka; Korhonen, Tuulia; Pääkkö, Marjo; Kuisma, Risto; Pakkanen, Tuula T.; Suvanto, Mika; Pakkanen, Tapani A.

    2007-04-01

    Cycloolefin copolymer (COC) and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) surfaces were patterned with nanopillars or with microbumps on which nanopillars were superimposed. The area of patterned surfaces was several square centimeters. Patterning was achieved by applying nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane as a mask in injection molding or imprinting. Nanostructures superimposed on microstructures were achieved by patterning the AAO mask with microstructures before anodization. Micro- and nanometer-sized structures could then be transferred simultaneously to polymer surfaces. Structures were characterized by SEM, AFM, and contact profilometry. The effect of different-sized structures on properties of the polymer surface was studied by contact angle measurements. Relative to the smooth surface, the increase in water contact angle on a COC surface with nanostructures superimposed on microstructures was up to 50°.

  13. Development and characterization of poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) copolymer based polymer electrolytes.

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    Sa'adun, Nurul Nadiah; Subramaniam, Ramesh; Kasi, Ramesh

    2014-01-01

    Gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) are developed using poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) [P(VP-co-VAc)] as the host polymer, lithium bis(trifluoromethane) sulfonimide [LiTFSI] as the lithium salt and ionic liquid, and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide [EMImTFSI] by using solution casting technique. The effect of ionic liquid on ionic conductivity is studied and the optimum ionic conductivity at room temperature is found to be 2.14 × 10(-6) S cm(-1) for sample containing 25 wt% of EMImTFSI. The temperature dependence of ionic conductivity from 303 K to 353 K exhibits Arrhenius plot behaviour. The thermal stability of the polymer electrolyte system is studied by using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) while the structural and morphological properties of the polymer electrolyte is studied by using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), respectively. PMID:25431781

  14. Reversible flocculation of silica across the phase boundary of poly(vinyl caprolactam) in aqueous solution.

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    Qiu, Q; Pethica, B A; Somasundaran, P

    2005-12-20

    The colloid stability of silica dispersions in water in the presence of poly(vinyl caprolactam) (PVCAP) has been studied below and above the lower consolute temperature (LCT) of its solutions. The dispersion sediments slowly without PVCAP in the temperature range studied (26-40 degrees C) or with PVCAP below the LCT ( approximately 30 degrees C). In contrast, with PVCAP above the LCT, rapid flocculation occurs at acid pH, with re-dispersal on cooling. Reversible flocculation is also obtained above the LCT by cycling the pH from alkaline to acid and back. The flocculation observed above the LCT may also be regarded as heterocoagulation between the silica particles and the aggregates of the polymer. PMID:16342979

  15. Electrical behavior of polymer hydrogel composed of poly(vinyl alcohol)/hyaluronic acid in solution

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    Kim, Seon Jeong; Yoon, Seoung Gil; Park, Sang Jun; Lee, Chang Kee; Shin, Su Ryon; Lee, Young Moo; Kim, In Young; Kim, Sun I.

    2003-07-01

    Interpenetrating polymer networks (IPN) composed of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and hyaluronic acid (HA) were prepared and exhibited electrical sensitive behavior. The swelling behavior of the PVA/HA IPN was studied by immersion of the gel in aqueous NaCl solutions at various concentrations and pHs. Also, the stimuli response of the PVA/HA IPN in electric fields was investigated. When swollen IPN was placed between a pair of electrodes, the PVA/HA IPN exhibited bending behavior upon the application of an electric field. The PVA/HA IPN also showed stepwise bending behavior depending on the electric stimulus. Also, for using biomedical application, the bending behavior of PVA/HA IPN has been studied in hank"s solution at pH 7.4

  16. Dynamics in poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) based hydrogel: Neutron scattering study

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    Prabhudesai, S. A.; Lawrence, Mathias B.; Mitra, S.; Desa, J. A. E.; Mukhopadhyay, R.

    2015-06-01

    Results of quasielastic neutron scattering measurements carried out on Poly Vinyl Alcohol (PVA) based hydrogels are reported here. PVA hydrogels are formed using Borax as a cross-linking agent in D2O solvent. This synthetic polymer can be used for obtaining the hydrogels with potential use in the field of biomaterials. The aim of this paper is to study the dynamics of polymer chain in the hydrogel since it is known that polymer mobility influences the kinetics of loading and release of drugs. It is found that the dynamics of hydrogen atoms in the polymer chain could be described by a model where the diffusion of hydrogen atoms is limited within a spherical volume of radius 3.3 Å. Average diffusivity estimated from the behavior of quasielastic width is found to be 1.2 × 10-5 cm2/sec.

  17. Synthesis, characterization and application of biodegradable crosslinked carboxymethyl chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) clay nanocomposites.

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    Sabaa, Magdy W; Abdallah, Heba M; Mohamed, Nadia A; Mohamed, Riham R

    2015-11-01

    Crosslinked poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCh) nanocomposites were synthesized using terephthaloyl diisothiocyanate crosslinker, in the presence of montmorillonite (MMT), in different ratios of the two matrices. Characterization of nanocomposites was performed using different analyses. Swelling behavior was studied in different buffered solutions. It was found that formation of crosslinked CMCh/PVA hydrogels increased the swellability. Metal ion adsorption has also been investigated. The results indicated that crosslinked CMCh adsorbs various metal ions much more than non crosslinked CMCh. Antimicrobial activity was examined against Gram positive bacteria, against Gram negative bacteria, and also against fungi. Results indicated that most of these nanocomposites exhibited good antimicrobial potency. Degradation study was carried out in Simulated Body Fluid (SBF) for different time periods in order to find out degradation index (Di). Results showed that weight loss of most of the nanocomposites increased as a function of incubation time. PMID:26249602

  18. Preparation and characterization of wet spun silk fibroin/poly(vinyl alcohol) blend filaments.

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    Lee, Ki Hoon; Baek, Doo Hyun; Ki, Chang Seok; Park, Young Hwan

    2007-07-01

    Silk fibroin (SF)/poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) blend filaments were prepared by a wet spinning process. Regenerated SF and PVA were dissolved in formic acid and the dope solution exhibited good fiber formation in a methanol coagulation bath. Due to the miscibility of SF/PVA in formic acid, the filament had a smooth surface and dense structure with a circular cross-section. The crystalline structure and thermal properties were varied with different SF/PVA ratios. The mechanical properties of the filament were also controlled by blending PVA with SF. Especially, the knot strength of the SF filament, which is a very important suture property, could be significantly improved by blending with PVA. PMID:17324454

  19. Down shifting in poly(vinyl alcohol) gels doped with terbium complex.

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    Di Lorenzo, Maria Laura; Cocca, Mariacristina; Avella, Maurizio; Gentile, Gennaro; Gutierrez, David; Della Pirriera, Monica; Torralba-Calleja, Elena; Kennedy, Manus; Ahmed, Hind; Doran, John

    2016-09-01

    Novel poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) based soft gels with luminescent properties are detailed in this contribution. Lanthanide complex of terbium ions with anthranilic acid, Tb(ant)3·2H2O, was synthesized and incorporated into a DMSO/water solution, followed by addition of PVA, to attain soft gels at room temperature. Morphological and thermal analyses revealed homogeneous distribution of Tb(ant)3·2H2O into the PVOH/DMSO/water gel, and that incorporation of the terbium complex does not alter the thermal properties of the gels. The gels are transparent and luminescent, as they exhibit Large Stokes shift down shifting (LSS DS) up to 400nm, with very high emission quantum yield, that was found to be function of Tb complex concentration. PMID:27236842

  20. Enhanced mechanical properties and morphological characterizations of poly(vinyl alcohol) carbon nanotube composite films

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    Chen, Wei; Tao, Xiaoming; Xue, Pu; Cheng, Xiaoyin

    2005-12-01

    Tensile tests were carried out on free-standing composite films of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) for different loading levels. Results show that overall mechanical properties of the composite were greatly improved as compared to the neat PVA film. For PVA-based materials at significant high loading level such as 9.1 wt.% MWNTs, considerable increases in Young's modulus, tensile strength and toughness by factors of 4.5, 2.7 and 4.1, respectively, were achieved. Raman, SEM, TEM, and DSC techniques were used to evaluate the PVA/MWNTs composite system. Strong acid-modification of the pristine MWNTs and the subsequent ultrasonication processing allowed good distribution of the nanotubes in the matrix. SEM together with DSC result shows apparent good wetting of the nanotubes by the PVA matrix, which are supportive of good interfacial bonding between the modified carbon nanotubes and the hosting polymer matrix.

  1. Fabrication and Characterization of Graphene/Graphene Oxide-Based Poly(vinyl alcohol) Nanocomposite Membranes

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    Hieu, Nguyen Huu; Long, Nguyen Huynh Bach Son; Kieu, Dang Thi Minh; Nhiem, Ly Tan

    2016-05-01

    Graphene (GE)- or graphene oxide (GO)-based poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanocomposite membranes have been prepared by the solution blending method. Raman spectra and atomic force microscopy images confirmed that GE and GO were synthesized with average thickness of 0.901 nm and 0.997 nm, respectively. X-ray diffraction patterns indicated good exfoliation of GE or GO in the PVA matrix. Fourier-transform infrared spectra revealed the chemical fractions of the nanocomposite membranes. Differential scanning calorimetry results proved that the thermal stability of the nanocomposite membranes was enhanced compared with neat PVA membrane. Transmission electron microscopy images revealed good dispersion of GE or GO sheets in the PVA matrix with thickness in the range of 19 nm to 39 nm. As a result, good compatibility between GE or GO and PVA was obtained at 0.5 wt.% filler content.

  2. Studies of Poly(vinyl chloride) Based Endotracheal Tubes From the Microscopic to Macroscopic Scale

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    Brodie, Kristin; Ortiz, Christine

    2003-03-01

    The endotracheal tube (ET) is a polymeric conduit that forms a closed system of pulmonary ventilation that is most often used to allow delivery of air to critically ill patients via intubation. Currently used ETs cause a wide variety of clinical problems including laryngeal edema (inflammation), severe morbidity, and occasionally death. To investigate the origins of this behavior, mechanical, chemical, morphological, and biocompatibility characterization of injection-molded (Endotrol) tubes of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) containing 35 wtplasticizer was conducted. Experiments included fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography, differential scanning calorimetry, accelerated solvent extraction, uniaxial tensile testing, high-resolution force spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and plasticizer leaching. We intend for these studies to form the basis for future ET materials selection and design.

  3. Spectroelectrochemical Studies on Quinacridone by Using Poly(vinyl alcohol) Coating as Protection Layer

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    Enengl, Sandra; Enengl, Christina; Stadler, Philipp; Neugebauer, Helmut; Sariciftci, Niyazi Serdar

    2015-01-01

    Spectroscopic measurements in the infrared range combined with electrochemistry are a powerful technique for investigation of organic semiconductors to track changes during oxidation and reduction (p- and n-doping) processes. For these measurements it is important that the studied material, mostly deposited as a thin film on an internal reflection element, does not dissolve during this characterization. In this study we introduce a technique that allows infrared spectroelectrochemical characterization of films of these materials for the first time. In many cases so far this has been impossible, due to solubility in the oxidized and/or reduced form. This novel technique is shown on thin films of quinacridone by adding a protection layer of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA). PMID:26013836

  4. Facile fabrication of mesoporous poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol)/chitosan blend monoliths.

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    Wang, Guowei; Xin, Yuanrong; Uyama, Hiroshi

    2015-11-01

    Poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVOH)/chitosan blend monoliths were fabricated by thermally-induced phase separation method. Chitosan was successfully incorporated into the polymeric monolith by selecting EVOH as the main component of the monolith. SEM images exhibit that the chitosan was located on the inner surface of the monolith. Fourier-transform infrared analysis and elemental analysis indicate the successful blend of EVOH and chitosan. BET results show that the blend monoliths had high specific surface area and uniform mesopore structure. Good adsorption ability toward various heavy metal ions was found in the blend monoliths due to the large chelation capacity of chitosan. The blend monoliths have potential application for waste water purification or bio-related applications. PMID:26256358

  5. Dynamics in poly vinyl alcohol (PVA) based hydrogel: Neutron scattering study

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    Prabhudesai, S. A. Mitra, S.; Mukhopadhyay, R.; Lawrence, Mathias B.; Desa, J. A. E.

    2015-06-24

    Results of quasielastic neutron scattering measurements carried out on Poly Vinyl Alcohol (PVA) based hydrogels are reported here. PVA hydrogels are formed using Borax as a cross-linking agent in D{sub 2}O solvent. This synthetic polymer can be used for obtaining the hydrogels with potential use in the field of biomaterials. The aim of this paper is to study the dynamics of polymer chain in the hydrogel since it is known that polymer mobility influences the kinetics of loading and release of drugs. It is found that the dynamics of hydrogen atoms in the polymer chain could be described by a model where the diffusion of hydrogen atoms is limited within a spherical volume of radius 3.3 Å. Average diffusivity estimated from the behavior of quasielastic width is found to be 1.2 × 10{sup −5} cm{sup 2}/sec.

  6. Mechanical and dielectric properties of carbon nanotubes/poly (vinyl alcohol) nanocomposites

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    Amrin, Sayed; Deshpande, V. D.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, two series of nanocomposites of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) incorporated with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) and carboxyl functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNT-COOH) were fabricated using solution-cast method and their tensile and dielectric properties were studied. Tensile tests were carried out on composite films of MWNT/PVA and MWNT-COOH/PVA for different loading levels. Results show that overall mechanical properties of the MWNT-COOH/PVA composite was greatly improved as compared to the MWNT/PVA film. The dielectric properties of nanocomposites were investigated in a frequency range from 0.1Hz to 10MHz at room temperature respectively. Compared to MWNT/PVA composites, higher dielectric constant and ac conductivity was achieved in MWNT-COOH/PVA nanocomposite, which can be well explained by the interfacial polarization effect.

  7. Microparticulated systems based on chitosan and poly(vinyl alcohol) with potential ophthalmic applications.

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    Cadinoiu, Anca Niculina; Peptu, Catalina Anisoara; Fache, Bernard; Chailan, Jean-François; Popa, Marcel

    2015-01-01

    Spherical microparticles for encapsulation of drugs for the treatment of diseases, with a diameter ranging between 2 and 4 µm, were obtained by double crosslinking (ionic and covalent) of chitosan and poly(vinyl alcohol) blend in a water-in-oil emulsion. Microparticles characterisation was carried out in terms of structural, morphological and swelling properties in aqueous media. The presence of chitosan in particles composition confers them a pH-sensitive character. Toxicity and hemocompatibility tests prove the biocompatible character of microparticles. The pilocarpine loading capacity is high as well as the release efficiency which increases up to 72 and 82% after 6 h. The obtained results recommend the microparticles as sustained release drug carriers for the treatment of eye diseases. PMID:26017178

  8. Polyurethane/poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel coating improves the cytocompatibility of neural electrodes

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    Li, Mei; Zhou, Hai-han; Li, Tao; Li, Cheng-yan; Xia, Zhong-yuan; Duan, Yanwen Y.

    2015-01-01

    Neural electrodes, the core component of neural prostheses, are usually encapsulated in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). However, PDMS can generate a tissue response after implantation. Based on the physicochemical properties and excellent biocompatibility of polyurethane (PU) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) when used as coating materials, we synthesized PU/PVA hydrogel coatings and coated the surface of PDMS using plasma treatment, and the cytocompatibility to rat pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells was assessed. Protein adsorption tests indicated that the amount of protein adsorption onto the PDMS substrate was reduced by 92% after coating with the hydrogel. Moreover, the PC12 cells on the PU/PVA-coated PDMS showed higher cell density and longer and more numerous neurites than those on the uncoated PDMS. These results indicate that the PU/PVA hydrogel is cytocompatible and a promising coating material for neural electrodes to improve their biocompatibility. PMID:26889197

  9. ESR spectrometric characterization of the methyl viologen dosimeter in poly(vinyl alcohol) film

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    Nishimoto, Sei-Ichi; Ye, Mu; Lu, Yiqun; Kawamura, Takashi; Kagiya, Tsutomu

    A dosimeter of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) film containing methyl viologen dichloride (MV 2+ (Cl -) 2) was characterized by means of ESR and u.v. spectrometries. γ-irradiation of the MV 2+-PVA dosimeter induced one-electron reduction of MV 2+· to thecation radical (MV +), thus giving rise to blue coloration. The resulting MV +· showed an ESR signal with a g-factor of 2.0031. The yield of MV +· at a given radiation dose was estimated from duplicate integral of the ESR first-derivative spectra by reference to 1,1'-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH). The yield of MV +· thus estimated increased linearly with increasing the radiation dose up to about 1.4 Mrad. The ESR spectrometry of MV +· showed a linear correlation with the u.v. spectrometric method reported previously.

  10. Electron Beam Damage in Poly(Vinyl Chloride) and Poly(Acrylonitrile) as Observed by Auger Electron Spectroscopy

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    Lea, Alan S.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Baer, Donald R.

    2003-03-07

    AES spectra of spun-cast films of poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) and poly(acrylonitrile) (PAN) were collected over a period of time to determine specimen damage during exposure to a 10kV electron beam. For the PVC, loss of chlorine was observed over a period of 203 minutes to the extent that the final chlorine concentration was only 20% of its original value. PAN exhibited a loss in nitrogen content over a period of 120 minutes, but the rate of damage to the polymer was significantly less than PVC. Figure 1 shows the atomic concentration in the PVC film as a function of dose (time). It takes a dose of approximately 7.0x10-5 Ccm-5 for the chlorine concentration to fall from its original value by 10% (one definition of critical dose). Figure 2 shows a similar drop in nitrogen concentration in the PAN film as a function of dose. For this polymer, it takes a dose of 1.3x10-3 Ccm-2 for the nitrogen concentration to fall by 10%.

  11. Actuator based on sulfonated comb copolymer of poly (ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) grafted by poly (ethylene glycol)

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    Gong, Guifen; Li, Lei; Zhang, Yujun

    2007-07-01

    Comb copolymer consisting of poly (ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVAL) as backbone and poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) as side chains (EVAL-g-PEG) has been synthesized, then it was sulfonated by 1,3-propane sultone to get the final ionomer (EVAL-g-SPEG), and ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) based on EVAL-g-SPEG was prepared through electroless deposition of platinum onto the surfaces of EVAL-g-SPEG membrane. The graft copolymers were characterized with respect to molecular weight using gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and composition using 1H-NMR. The results showed that the No. of PEG graft of the side chains is n=1, 2 and others. Thermal properties were examined by DSC and TG. The melt temperature (T m) and glass transition temperature (T g) of the comb copolymer increase with the increasing length and the number of the side chains. Moreover, the deformation performance of IPMC material was tested and its results show that the starting response voltage of IPMC actuator decreases with the increasing IEC value. On the other hand, the starting response voltage increases with the decreased side chain length. The IPMC with n=2 side chain length of PEG has the maximum tip displacement, and the maximum tip displacement of IPMC membrane generally decreases with the side chain length of EVAL-g-SPEG. This feature may be the reflection of two opposite effects, namely the decreasing ion densities and increasing water sorption of the membrane.

  12. Fabrication and characterization of superparamagnetic poly(vinyl pyrrolidone)/poly(L-lactide)/Fe3O4 electrospun membranes

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    Savva, Ioanna; Constantinou, Demetris; Marinica, Oana; Vasile, Eugeniu; Vekas, Ladislau; Krasia-Christoforou, Theodora

    2014-02-01

    The fabrication of magnetoactive fibrous nanocomposite membranes based on poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP), poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) and pre-formed oleic acid coated magnetite nanoparticles (OA Fe3O4) is presented. The aforementioned materials have been prepared by means of the electrospinning technique following a single-step fabrication process. The PVP/PLLA/OA Fe3O4 nanocomposite membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) that provided information on the fiber diameters as well as on the morphological and dimensional characteristics of the OA Fe3O4 nanoparticles embedded within the fibers. The thermal stability of these materials was evaluated by means of thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) measurements. Finally, vibrational sample magnetometry (VSM) analysis disclosed superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature. The combination of the hydrophilic, biocompatible and photo-crosslinkable PVP with the biodegradable PLLA and the superparamagnetic OA Fe3O4 nanoparticles within these materials allows for the future development of crosslinked fibrous magnetoactive nanocomposites exhibiting high stability in aqueous solutions, with potential use in biomedical and environmental applications.

  13. Paclitaxel-loaded poly(lactide-co-glycolide)/poly(ethylene vinyl acetate) composite for stent coating by ultrasonic atomizing spray

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    Yuk, Soon Hong; Oh, Keun Sang; Park, Jinah; Kim, Soon-Joong; Kim, Jung Ho; Kwon, Il Keun

    2012-04-01

    The mixture of poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and poly(ethylene vinyl acetate) (PEVA) forms a homogeneous liquid in an organic solvent such as tetrahydrofuran, and a phase-separated PLGA/PEVA composite can be prepared from it by evaporating the organic solvent. Exploiting this phenomenon, we designed a novel method of preparing a drug-loaded PLGA/PEVA composite and used it for coating drug-eluting stents (DESs). Paclitaxel (PTX), an anticancer drug, was chosen as a model drug. PLGA acts as a microdepot for PTX, and PEVA provides mechanical strength to the coating material. The presence of PLGA in the PLGA/PEVA composite suppressed PTX crystallization in the coating material, and PTX showed a sustained release rate over more than 30 days. The mechanical strength of the PLGA/PEVA composite was better than that of PEVA used as a control. After coating the stent with a PLGA/PEVA composite using ultrasonic atomizing spray, the morphology of the coated material was observed by scanning electron microscopy, and the release pattern of PTX was measured by high-performance liquid chromatography.

  14. Tunable shape memory behaviors of poly(ethylene vinyl acetate) achieved by adding poly(L-lactide)

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    Zhang, Zhi-xing; Liao, Fei; He, Zhen-zhen; Yang, Jing-hui; Huang, Ting; Zhang, Nan; Wang, Yong; Gao, Xiao-ling

    2015-12-01

    In this work, different contents of poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) (20-50 wt%) were introduced into poly(ethylene vinyl acetate) (EVA) to prepare the samples with a tunable shape memory behavior. Morphological characterization demonstrated that with increasing PLLA content from 20 to 50 wt%, the blend morphology changed from sea-island structure to cocontinuous structure. In all the samples, PLLA was amorphous and it did not affect the crystallization of polyethylene part in the EVA component. The presence of PLLA greatly enhanced the storage modulus of samples, especially at relatively low temperatures. The shape memory behaviors of samples were systematically investigated and the results demonstrated that the EVA/PLLA blends exhibited a tunable shape memory effect. On one hand, PLLA accelerated the shape fixation and enhanced the fixity ratio of samples. On the other hand, PLLA reduced the dependence of shape fixity of samples on fixity temperatures. Specifically, for the first time, a critical recovery temperature was observed for the immiscible shape memory polymer blends. In this work, the critical recovery temperature was about 53 °C. At recovery temperature below the critical value, the blends exhibited smaller recovery ratios compared with the pure EVA, however, at recovery temperature above 53 °C, the blends exhibited higher recovery ratios.

  15. Conformational features of poly(1,1-dihydroperfluorooctyl acrylate) and poly(vinyl acetate) diblock oligomers in supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Baysal, Canan; Erman, Burak; Chu, Benjamin

    2001-03-01

    We report detailed molecular dynamics calculations of single chain diblocks of poly(1,1- dihydroperfluorooctyl acrylate) (PFOA) and poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) in supercritical carbon dioxide, SCCO2. At the critical micelle concentration, this system exhibits self-assembly into micellar structures due to the solvent specific selectivity of the blocks. Although the intermolecular factors determining micelle formation are well studied for this system, the intramolecular single chain conformational features of the molecules have not yet been investigated in the literature. The specific aim of the present work is to study the conformational properties of the single diblock chains in supercritical carbon dioxide at 65 °C, and at four different pressures by molecular dynamics simulations. Fluctuations in the shapes of the PVAc and PFOA blocks are observed to be strongly dependent on pressure. The rate of approach of an initially rodlike chain to its equilibrium conformational space is likewise found to depend strongly on pressure. Calculations of the radial distribution function for the solvent molecules around the chain show that a solvation shell is formed around the polymer. Important correlations between the results of single chain calculations and micelle behavior are observed and discussed.

  16. Tissue engineered poly(caprolactone)-chitosan-poly(vinyl alcohol) nanofibrous scaffolds for burn and cutting wound healing.

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    Gholipour-Kanani, Adeleh; Bahrami, S Hajir; Joghataie, Mohammad Taghi; Samadikuchaksaraei, Ali; Ahmadi-Taftie, Hossein; Rabbani, Shahram; Kororian, Alireza; Erfani, Elham

    2014-06-01

    Natural-synthetic blend nanofibres have recently attracted more interest because of the ability of achieving desirable properties. Poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)-chitosan (Cs)-poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) blend nanofibrous scaffolds were electrospun in 2:1:1.33 mass ratio of PCL:Cs:PVA. The presence of PCL in the blend leads to improvement in web hydrophobicity and helped the web to retain its integrity in aqueous media. The scaffolds were used in two forms of acellular and with mesenchymal stem cells. They were applied on burn (n = 12) and excisional cutting (n = 12) wounds on dorsum skin of rats. Macroscopic investigations were carried out to measure the wounds areas. It was found that the area of wounds that were treated with cell-seeded nanofibrous scaffolds were smaller compared to other samples. Pathological results showed much better healing performance for cell-seeded scaffolds followed by acellular scaffolds compared with control samples. All these results indicate that PCL:Cs:PVA nanofibrous web would be a proper material for burn and cutting wound healing. PMID:25014084

  17. Dechlorination of chlorine compounds in poly(vinyl chloride) mixed plastics derived oil by solid sorbents

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    Uddin, M.A.; Sakata, Yusaku; Shiraga, Yoshitaka; Muto, Akinori; Murata, Katsuhide

    1999-04-01

    The degradation of poly(ethylene) (PE) (i g)/poly(vinyl chloride) (2 g) at 430 C, poly(propylene) (PP) (8 g)/PVC (2 /g) at 380 C, and poly(styrene) (PS) (8 g) at 360 C into fuel oil was carried out in a glass reactor under atmospheric pressure by batch operation. The purpose of this study is to determine the composition of the products of the degradation of PVC mixed plastics and to remove chlorine compounds from products with suitable sorbents. The organic chlorine compounds were distributed in the boiling point (bp) range of 36--174 C (equivalent to the bps of n-C{sub 6} to n-C{sub 10}) for PE/PVC and PP/PVC and 36--195 C for PS/PVC. These compounds are thought to be produced by the reaction between the hydrogen chloride originating from PVC and the hydrocarbons obtained from the degradation of PE, PP, and PS. The degradation of the PP/PVC mixture was also carried out in the presence of a silica-alumina (SA1) catalyst, which is known as an effective catalyst for the degradation of hydrocarbons, and iron oxides (FeOOH, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}), as chlorine sorbents. Compared to thermal degradation, the SA1 catalyst accelerated the rate of degradation and lowered the bp of products, and the iron oxides FeOOH and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} decreased the chlorine content in the oil to a very low level. The authors suggest that the chlorine removed from the products of degradation of PVC mixed plastics are fixed in the form of iron compounds such as ferrous chloride.

  18. Functionalized electrospun poly(vinyl alcohol) nanofibers for on-chip concentration of E. coli cells.

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    Matlock-Colangelo, Lauren; Coon, Barbara; Pitner, Christine L; Frey, Margaret W; Baeumner, Antje J

    2016-02-01

    Positively and negatively charged electrospun poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanofibers were incorporated into poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) microchannels in order to facilitate on-chip concentration of Escherichia coli K12 cells. The effects of fiber distribution and fiber mat height on analyte retention were investigated. The 3D morphology of the mats was optimized to prevent size-related retention of the E. coli cells while also providing a large enough surface area for analyte concentration. Positively charged nanofibers produced an 87% retention and over 80-fold concentration of the bacterial cells by mere electrostatic interaction, while negatively charged nanofibers reduced nonspecific analyte retention when compared to an empty microfluidic channel. In order to take advantage of this reduction in nonspecific retention, these negatively charged nanofibers were then modified with anti-E. coli antibodies. These proof-of-principle experiments showed that antibody-functionalized negatively charged nanofiber mats were capable of the specific capture of 72% of the E. coli cells while also significantly reducing nonspecific analyte retention within the channel as expected. The ease of fabrication and immense surface area of the functionalized electrospun nanofibers make them a promising alternative for on-chip concentration of analytes. The pore size and fiber mat morphology, as well as surface functionality of the fibers, can be tailored to allow for specific capture and concentration of a wide range of analytes. PMID:26493980

  19. Steric stabilization of thermally responsive N-isopropylacrylamide particles by poly(vinyl alcohol).

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    Lee, A; Tsai, H-Y; Yates, M Z

    2010-12-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) was used as a steric stabilizer for the dispersion polymerization of cross-linked poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) in water. A series of reactions were carried out using PVA of varying molecular weight and degree of hydrolysis. Under appropriate conditions, PNIPAM particles of uniform and controllable size were produced using PVA as the stabilizer. The colloidal stability was investigated by measuring changes in particle size with temperature in aqueous suspensions of varying ionic strength. For comparison, parallel colloidal stability measurements were conducted on PNIPAM particles synthesized with low-molecular-weight ionic surfactants. PVA provides colloidal stability over a wide range of temperature and ionic strength, whereas particles produced with ionic surfactants flocculate in moderate ionic strength solutions upon collapse of the hydrogel as the temperature is increased. Experimental results and theoretical consideration indicate that sterically stabilized PNIPAM particles resulted from the grafting of PVA to the PNIPAM particle surface. The enhanced colloidal stability afforded by PVA allows the temperature-responsive PNIPAM particles to be used under physiological conditions where electrostatic stability is ineffective. PMID:21050003

  20. Microcontact imprinting of algae on poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) for biofuel cells.

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    Chen, Wen-Janq; Lee, Mei-Hwa; Thomas, James L; Lu, Po-Hsun; Li, Ming-Huan; Lin, Hung-Yin

    2013-11-13

    Hydrogen can be produced using microorganisms (e.g., bacteria and algae); algal production has the additional ecological benefit of carbon dioxide fixation. The conversion of hydrogen to electricity via fuel cells may be more efficient compared to other energy sources of electricity. However, the anode of biofuel cells requires the immobilization of microorganisms or enzymes. In this work, poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVAL), was coated on the electrode, and green algae was microcontact imprinted onto the EVAL film. The readsorption of algae onto algae-imprinted EVAL thin films was compared to determine the ethylene content that gave highest imprinting effectiveness and algal binding. Scanning electron microscopy and fluorescence spectrometry were employed to characterize the surface morphology, recognition capacity, and reusability of the algae-imprinted cavities. The recognition of an individual algal cell by binding to the imprinted cavities was directly observed by video microscopy. Finally, the power and current density of the algal biofuel cell using the algae-imprinted EVAL-coated electrode were measured at about 2-fold higher than electrode sputtered platinum on poly(ethylene terephthalate). PMID:24095224

  1. Poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(vinyl alcohol) anchored maghemite nanoparticles designed for multi-stimuli triggered drug release

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    Liu, Ji; Detrembleur, Christophe; Debuigne, Antoine; de Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire; Mornet, Stéphane; Vander Elst, Luce; Laurent, Sophie; Labrugère, Christine; Duguet, Etienne; Jérôme, Christine

    2013-11-01

    Original core/corona nanoparticles composed of a maghemite core and a stimuli-responsive polymer coating made of poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(vinyl alcohol) macromolecules were fabricated for drug delivery system (DDS) application. This kind of DDS aims to combine the advantage of stimuli-responsive polymer coating, in order to regulate the drug release behaviours under different conditions and furthermore, improve the biocompatibility and in vivo circulation half-time of the maghemite nanoparticles. Drug loading capacity was evaluated with methylene blue (MB), a cationic model drug. The triggered release of MB was studied under various stimuli such as pH, ionic strength and temperature. Local heating generated under alternating magnetic field (AMF) application was studied, and remotely AMF-triggered release was also confirmed, while a mild heating-up of the release medium was observed. Furthermore, their potential application as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents was explored via relaxivity measurements and acquisition of T2-weighted images. Preliminary studies on the cytotoxicity against mouse fibroblast-like L929 cell line and also their cellular uptake within human melanoma MEL-5 cell line were carried out. In conclusion, this kind of stimuli-responsive nanoparticles appears to be promising carriers for delivering drugs to some tumour sites or into cellular compartments with an acidic environment.Original core/corona nanoparticles composed of a maghemite core and a stimuli-responsive polymer coating made of poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(vinyl alcohol) macromolecules were fabricated for drug delivery system (DDS) application. This kind of DDS aims to combine the advantage of stimuli-responsive polymer coating, in order to regulate the drug release behaviours under different conditions and furthermore, improve the biocompatibility and in vivo circulation half-time of the maghemite nanoparticles. Drug loading capacity was evaluated with methylene

  2. Beam Damage of Poly(Vinyl Chloride) [PVC] Film as Observed by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Engelhard, Mark H.; Krishna, Abhilash; Kulkarni, Pranita B.; Lee, Chi-Ying M.; Baer, Donald R.

    2003-03-08

    XPS spectra of a spin-coated film poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) were collected over a period of 243 minutes at 303 K to determine specimen damage during long exposures to monochromatic Al Ka x-rays. For this PVC film we measured the loss of chlorine as a function of time by rastering a focused 104.6 w 100 um diameter x-ray beam over a 1.4 mm x 0.2 mm area on the sample.

  3. Development of structure in natural silk spinning and poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel formation

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    Willcox, Patricia Jeanene

    This research involves the characterization of structure and structure formation in aqueous systems. Particularly, these studies investigate the effect of various processing variables on the structure formation that occurs upon conversion from aqueous solution to fiber or hydrogel. The two processes studied include natural silk fiber spinning and physical gelation of poly(vinyl alcohol), PVOH, in water. The techniques employed combine cryogenic technology for sample preparation and direct observation by transmission electron microscopy with electron diffraction, atomic force microscopy, optical rheometry, X-ray scattering and optical microscopy. In order to explore the full range of structure formation in natural silk spinning, studies are conducted in vivo and in vitro. In vivo structural investigations are accomplished through the cryogenic quenching and subsequent microtoming of live silk-spinning animals, Nephila clavipes (spider) and Bombyx mori (silkworm). Observations made using transmission electron microscopy, electron diffraction and atomic force microscopy indicate a cholesteric liquid crystalline mesophase of aqueous silk fibroin in both species. The mechanism of structure formation in solution is studied in vitro using optical rheometry on aqueous solutions made from regenerated Bombyx mori cocoon silk. Concentrated solutions exhibit birefringence under flow, with a wormlike conformation of the silk molecules in concentrated salt solution. Changes in salt concentration and pH of the aqueous silk solutions result in differing degrees of alignment and aggregation. These results suggest that structural control in the natural silk spinning process is accomplished by chemical manipulation of the electrostatic interactions and hydrogen bonding between chains. Application of cryogenic methods in transmission electron microscopy also provides a unique look at hydration-dependent structures in gels of poly(vinyl alcohol) produced by freeze-thaw processing

  4. Antifungal activity, biofilm-controlling effect, and biocompatibility of poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone)-grafted denture materials

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    Sun, Xinbo; Cao, Zhengbing; Yeh, Chih-Ko; Sun, Yuyu

    2013-01-01

    Colonization and biofilm-formation of Candida species on denture surfaces cause Candida-associated denture stomatitis (CADS), a common, recurring disease affecting up to 67% of denture wearers. We developed poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone)-grafted denture materials that can be repeatedly recharged with various antifungal drugs to achieve long-term antifungal and biofilm-controlling effects. The monomer, N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NVP), was grafted onto poly(methyl methacrylate) denture resins through plasma-initiated grafting polymerization. The physical properties and biocompatibility of the resulting resins were not negatively affected by the presence of up to 7.92% of grafted poly (N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone) (PNVP). Miconazole and chlorhexidine digluconate (CD) were used as model antifungal drugs. PNVP grafting significantly increased the drug absorption capability of the resulting denture materials. Further, the new materials showed sustained drug release and provided antifungal effects for weeks (in the case of CD) to months (in the case of miconazole). The drug-depleted resins could be recharged with the same or a different class of antifungal drug to further extend antifungal duration. If needed, drugs on the PNVP-grafted denture materials could be “washed out” (quenched) by treating with PNVP aqueous solutions to stop drug release. These results point to great potentials of the new materials in controlling biofilm-formation in a wide range of device-related applications. PMID:23708753

  5. Preparation and properties of polymer solid electrolytes using poly(vinyl alcohol) and thermally resistive poly[arylene(1,3-imidazolidine-2,4,5-trione-1,3-diyl)] as matrix polymers

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    Yamamoto, Takakazu; Inami, Minoru; Kanbara, Takaki )

    1994-01-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and heat-resistive poly[arylene(1,3-imidazolidine-2,4,5-trione-1,3-diyl)] (poly(parabanic acid), PPA) with a T[sub g] of 350 [degrees]C dissolve alkali metal salts such as Li[CF[sub 3]SO[sub 3

  6. Poly(vinyl alcohol)-based film potentially suitable for antimicrobial packaging applications.

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    Musetti, Alessandro; Paderni, Katia; Fabbri, Paola; Pulvirenti, Andrea; Al-Moghazy, Marwa; Fava, Patrizia

    2014-04-01

    This work aimed at developing a thin and water-resistant food-grade poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH)-based matrix able to swell when in contact with high moisture content food products without rupturing to release antimicrobial agents onto the food surface. This film was prepared by blending PVOH and 7.20% (wt/wt of PVOH) of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) with citric acid as crosslinking agent. The film-forming solution was then casted onto a flat surface and the obtained film was 60 μm in thickness and showed a good transparency (close to T = 100%) in the visible region (400 to 700 nm). After immersion in water for 72 h at room temperature, the crosslinked matrix loses only 19.2% of its original weight (the percentage includes the amount of unreacted crosslinking agent, antimicrobial in itself). Water content, degree of swelling, and crosslinking density of the film prove that the presence of PEG diminishes the hydrophilic behavior of the material. Also the mechanical properties of the wet and dry film were assessed. Alongside this, 2.5% (wt/wt of dry film) of grapefruit seed extract (GSE), an antimicrobial agent, was added to the film-forming solution just before casting and the ability of the plastic matrix to release the additive was then evaluated in vitro against 2 GSE-susceptible microorganisms, Salmonella enteritidis and Listeria innocua. The results indicate that the developed matrix may be a promising food-grade material for the incorporation of active substances. PMID:24611868

  7. Elastic properties of thin poly(vinyl alcohol)-cellulose nanocrystal membranes

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    Pakzad, A.; Simonsen, J.; Yassar, R. S.

    2012-03-01

    In spite of extensive studies on the preparation and characterization of nanocomposite materials, the correlation of their properties at the nanoscale with those in bulk is a relatively unexplored area. This is of great importance, especially for materials with potential biomedical applications, where surface properties are as important in determining their applicability as bulk characteristics. In this study, the nanomechanical characteristics of thin poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH)-poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)-cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) membranes were studied using the nanoindentation module in an atomic force microscope (AFM) and the properties were compared with the macro-scale properties obtained by tensile tests. In general, the elastic properties measured by nanoindentation followed the same trend as macro-scale tensile tests except for the PVOH 85-PAA 0-CNC 15 sample. In comparison to the macro-scale elastic properties, the measured elastic moduli with AFM were higher. Macro-scale tensile test results indicated that, in the presence of PAA, incorporation of CNCs up to 20 wt% improved the elastic modulus of PVOH, but when no PAA was added, increasing the CNC content above 10 wt% resulted in their agglomeration and degradation in mechanical properties of PVOH. The discrepancy between macro-scale tensile tests and nanoindentation in the PVOH 85-PAA 0-CNC 15 sample was correlated to the high degree of inhomogeneity of CNC dispersion in the matrix. It was found that the composites reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals had smaller indentation imprints and the pile-up effect increased with the increase of cellulose nanocrystal content.

  8. Elastic properties of thin poly(vinyl alcohol)-cellulose nanocrystal membranes.

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    Pakzad, A; Simonsen, J; Yassar, R S

    2012-02-01

    In spite of extensive studies on the preparation and characterization of nanocomposite materials, the correlation of their properties at the nanoscale with those in bulk is a relatively unexplored area. This is of great importance, especially for materials with potential biomedical applications, where surface properties are as important in determining their applicability as bulk characteristics. In this study, the nanomechanical characteristics of thin poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH)-poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)-cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) membranes were studied using the nanoindentation module in an atomic force microscope (AFM) and the properties were compared with the macro-scale properties obtained by tensile tests. In general, the elastic properties measured by nanoindentation followed the same trend as macro-scale tensile tests except for the PVOH 85-PAA 0-CNC 15 sample. In comparison to the macro-scale elastic properties, the measured elastic moduli with AFM were higher. Macro-scale tensile test results indicated that, in the presence of PAA, incorporation of CNCs up to 20 wt% improved the elastic modulus of PVOH, but when no PAA was added, increasing the CNC content above 10 wt% resulted in their agglomeration and degradation in mechanical properties of PVOH. The discrepancy between macro-scale tensile tests and nanoindentation in the PVOH 85-PAA 0-CNC 15 sample was correlated to the high degree of inhomogeneity of CNC dispersion in the matrix. It was found that the composites reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals had smaller indentation imprints and the pile-up effect increased with the increase of cellulose nanocrystal content. PMID:22293708

  9. Chromaticity and color saturation of ultraviolet irradiated poly(vinyl alcohol)-anthocyanin coatings

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    Mat Nor, N. A.; Aziz, N.; Mohd-Adnan, A. F.; Taha, R. M.; Arof, A. K.

    2016-06-01

    The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the chromaticity and color saturation of anthocyanin extraction from fruit pericarps of Ixora siamensis in a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) matrix. The colored PVA matrix was exposed to UV-B irradiation for 93 days at UV intensity of 17.55 lux. Anthocyanin colorant has been extracted using methanol acidified with 0.5% trifluoroacetic acid (TFA). Different concentrations of ferulic acid (FA) (0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 wt.%) have been added to the anthocyanin extractions before mixing with PVA to form a coating system. The PVA-anthocyanin-FA mixtures have been coated on glass slides and kept overnight in the dark for curing before exposure to UV-B irradiation. The FA-free sample undergoes more color degradation compared to samples containing FA. The coating with 2% FA has the most stable color with chromaticity of 41% and color saturation of 0.88 compared to other FA containing coats. The FA-free coat exhibits 29% chromaticity and color saturation of 0.38 at the end of the experiment.

  10. Mesoscopic and microscopic investigation on poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogels in the presence of sodium decylsulfate.

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    Mangiapia, Gaetano; Ricciardi, Rosa; Auriemma, Finizia; Rosa, Claudio De; Celso, Fabrizio Lo; Triolo, Roberto; Heenan, Richard K; Radulescu, Aurel; Tedeschi, Anna Maria; D'Errico, Gerardino; Paduano, Luigi

    2007-03-01

    The structure of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogels formed as a result of freeze/thaw treatments of aqueous solutions of the polymer (11 wt % PVA) in the freshly prepared state is analyzed through the combined use of small (SANS) and ultrasmall (USANS) angle neutron scattering techniques. The structure of these hydrogels may be described in terms of polymer rich regions, with dimensions of the order of 1-2 microm, dispersed in a water rich phase, forming two bicontinuous phases. The PVA chains in the polymer rich phase form a network where the cross-linking points are mainly crystalline aggregates of PVA having average dimensions of approximately 45 A. The structural organization of freeze/thaw PVA hydrogel membranes does not change either after rehydration of dried gels or in the presence of a tensile force. Finally, addition of surfactant micelles inside the gel provides a formulation with both hydrophobic and hydrophilic regions, which demonstrates the potential of the system for drug delivery. Both SANS and EPR measurements show that sodium decylsulfate (C10OS) micelles do not significantly interact with the PVA gel. Variation of the gel structure by the number of freeze/thaw cycles should modulate the rate of release of an active constituent, for example, in a dermal patch. PMID:17295534

  11. Melt-processed poly(vinyl alcohol) composites filled with microcrystalline cellulose from waste cotton fabrics.

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    Sun, Xunwen; Lu, Canhui; Liu, Yong; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Xinxing

    2014-01-30

    Waste cotton fabrics (WCFs), which are generated in a large volume from the textile industry, have caused serious disposal problem. Recycling WCFs into value-added products is one of the vital measures for both environmental and economic benefits. In this study, microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) was prepared by acid hydrolysis of WCFs, and used as reinforcement for melt-processed poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with water and formamide as plasticizer. The microstructure and mechanical properties of the melt-processed PVA/MCC composites were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectra, Raman spectra, differential scanning calorimetry, thermal gravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, tensile tests and dynamic mechanical analysis. The results indicated that MCC could establish strong interfacial interaction with PVA through hydrogen bonding. As a result, the crystallization of PVA was confined and its melting temperature was decreased, which was beneficial for the melt-processing of PVA. Compared with the unfilled PVA, the PVA/MCC composites exhibited remarkable improvement in modulus and tensile strength. PMID:24299821

  12. An experimental investigation of enzyme release from poly(vinyl alcohol) crosslinked microspheres.

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    Bachtsi, A R; Kiparissides, C

    1995-01-01

    Crosslinked poly(vinyl alcohol) particles were prepared by the addition of glutaraldehyde into a PVA methanol/water solution in the presence of 0.2 N sulphuric acid. The polymer solution was dispersed in mineral oil in a jacketed vessel, with the aid of a six-blade impeller. Spherical crosslinked particles in the size range 30-80 microns were obtained by varying the degree of agitation or/and the amount of suspending agent. The crosslinked particles, after washing and drying, were placed into a protease enzyme solution for loading. The enzyme-containing water-swollen particles were subsequently removed from the solution and the enzyme release kinetics determined by a UV spectrophotometer. The influence of the degree of crosslinking, ionic strength, pH, particle size, and degree of hydrophilicity of the polymer on the enzyme activity was retained during the adsorption-desorption studies. The release behaviour of enzymes from crosslinked PVA particles exhibited a biphasic kinetic model, with an initial fast release followed by a much slower release rate. PMID:7730954

  13. Barrier properties of poly(vinyl alcohol) membranes containing carbon nanotubes or activated carbon.

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    Surdo, Erin M; Khan, Iftheker A; Choudhury, Atif A; Saleh, Navid B; Arnold, William A

    2011-04-15

    Carbon nanotube addition has been shown to improve the mechanical properties of some polymers. Because of their unique adsorptive properties, carbon nanotubes may also improve the barrier performance of polymers used in contaminant containment. This study compares the barrier performance of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) membranes containing single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) to that for PVA containing powdered activated carbon (PAC). Raw and surface-functionalized versions of each sorbent were tested for their abilities to adsorb 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene and Cu(2+), representing the important hydrophobic organic and heavy metal contaminant classes, as they diffused across the PVA. In both cases, PAC (for 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene) and functionalized PAC (for Cu(2+)) outperformed SWCNTs on a per mass basis by trapping more of the contaminants within the barrier membrane. Kinetics of sorption are important in evaluating barrier properties, and poor performance of SWCNT-containing membranes as 1,2,4-TCB barriers is attributed to kinetic limitations. PMID:21349636

  14. Mechanisms of diphylline release from dual-solute loaded poly(vinyl alcohol) matrices.

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    Hasimi, Albana; Papadokostaki, Kyriaki G; Sanopoulou, Merope

    2014-01-01

    The release kinetics of the model hydrophilic drug, diphylline (DPL), from physically crosslinked poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) matrices, is studied in relation to the drug load and the presence of a second solute incorporated in the matrix. The second solute, a gadolinium (III) complex (Gd-DTPA), is a commonly used MRI contrast agent. The water uptake kinetics by the glassy PVA matrix was found to deviate from t(1/2) law and to occur on time scales comparable to those of diphylline release. The corresponding rate of diphylline release was found to be substantially stabilized as compared to a purely diffusion-controlled release process, in line with theoretical predictions under conditions of relaxation-controlled water uptake kinetics. The release rate of DPL was found (i) to increase with increasing DPL load and (ii) for a particular DPL load, to increase in the presence of Gd-DTPA, incorporated in the matrix. The results were interpreted on the basis of the diphylline-induced plasticization of the polymer (evidenced by the depression of Tg) and of the excess hydration of the matrix at high solute loads. The latter effect was found to be additive in the case of dual-solute loaded matrices. PMID:24268271

  15. A poly(vinyl alcohol)/sodium alginate blend monolith with nanoscale porous structure

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    Sun, Xiaoxia; Uyama, Hiroshi

    2013-10-01

    A stimuli-responsive poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/sodium alginate (SA) blend monolith with nanoscale porous (mesoporous) structure is successfully fabricated by thermally impacted non-solvent induced phase separation (TINIPS) method. The PVA/SA blend monolith with different SA contents is conveniently fabricated in an aqueous methanol without any templates. The solvent suitable for the fabrication of the present blend monolith by TINIPS is different with that of the PVA monolith. The nanostructural control of the blend monolith is readily achieved by optimizing the fabrication conditions. Brunauer Emmett Teller measurement shows that the obtained blend monolith has a large surface area. Pore size distribution plot for the blend monolith obtained by the non-local density functional theory method reveals the existence of the nanoscale porous structure. Fourier transform infrared analysis reveals the strong interactions between PVA and SA. The pH-responsive property of the blend monolith is investigated on the basis of swelling ratio in different pH solutions. The present blend monolith of biocompatible and biodegradable PVA and SA with nanoscale porous structure has large potential for applications in biomedical and environmental fields.

  16. Vitamin C hinders radiation cross-linking in aqueous poly(vinyl alcohol) solutions

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    Oral, Ebru; Bodugoz-Senturk, Hatice; Macias, Celia; Muratoglu, Orhun K.

    2007-12-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) is a promising semi-crystalline material for biomedical applications. It is soluble in water and can be formed into hydrogels by freezing and thawing or crystallizing from an aqueous theta solution such as that of polyethylene glycol (PEG). Radiation cross-linking caused by sterilization or high dose irradiation of concentrated PVA solutions could compromise some properties of these hydrogels. Therefore, we hypothesized that radiation cross-linking of PVA solutions and PVA-PEG theta gels could be prevented by using the antioxidant vitamin C as an anticross-linking agent. Our hypothesis tested positive. Vitamin C concentrations of 0.75 and 4.5 mol/mol of PVA repeating unit could prevent cross-linking in 17.5 wt/v% PVA solutions made with PVA molecular weight of 115,000 g/mol irradiated to 25 and 100 kGy, respectively. Vitamin C also prevented cross-linking in 25 kGy irradiated PVA-PEG theta gels containing up to 5 wt% PEG and decreased the viscosity of those up to 39 wt%.

  17. Adsorption of α-amylase onto poly(N-vinyl 2-pyrrolidone/itaconic acid) hydrogels

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    Tümtürk, Hayrettin; Çaykara, Tuncer; Kantoǧlu, Ömer; Güven, Olgun

    1999-05-01

    α-Amylase enzyme was adsorbed on poly(N-vinyl 2-pyrrolidone/itaconic acid) (P(VP/IA)) hydrogels prepared by irradiating the ternary mixtures of VP/IA/water by γ-rays at ambient temperature. The adsorption capacity of the hydrogels was determined to increase from 2.30 to 3.40 mg α-amylase/g dry gel with increasing amount of IA in gel system. Kinetic parameters were calculated as 2.51 g/dm 3 for Km and 1.67 × 10 -3 g/dm 3 min for Vmax for free enzyme and in the range of 3.88-5.02 g/dm 3 for Km and 1.62 × 10 -3-2.27 × 10 -3 g/dm 3 min for Vmax depending on the amount of IA in the hydrogel. Enzyme activities were found to increase from 49.9% to 77.4% with increasing amount of IA in the gel system and retained their activities for one month storage. On the other hand, the free enzyme loses its activity completely after 20 days.

  18. Effect of sonication on the mechanical properties of poly (vinyl alcohol)/carbon nanotube composites

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    Truong, Van-Tan; Tsang, Kelly M. C.; Keough, Shannon J.; St John, Nigel A.

    2006-12-01

    Several sonication procedures were performed on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) in water by varying the length of time, the output power and the type of sonicating horn. Depending on the sonicating conditions, the multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) could be well or poorly exfoliated and dispersed. Poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and MNWT (0.5 wt%) composites were cast from the PVA/MWNT aqueous mixture. Enhancement of the mechanical properties of the composites was related to two factors: (1) crystallinity formed at the PVA and MWNT interface and (2) the size of nanotube agglomerates. The poorly dispersed solution produced nanotube agglomerates with the size of 50-100 μm that did not induce crystallization at the polymer/nanotube interface. They became stress concentrators reducing the Young's modulus and the tensile strength. Optimized sonication procedures resulted in well-dispersed nanotube agglomerates of submicron dimensions efficiently enhancing the mechanical properties. As centrifugation facilitated the removal of large agglomerates, noticeable enhancement of mechanical properties of the composites was achieved.

  19. Development and Characterization of Poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) Copolymer Based Polymer Electrolytes

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    Sa'adun, Nurul Nadiah; Subramaniam, Ramesh; Kasi, Ramesh

    2014-01-01

    Gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) are developed using poly(1-vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) [P(VP-co-VAc)] as the host polymer, lithium bis(trifluoromethane) sulfonimide [LiTFSI] as the lithium salt and ionic liquid, and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide [EMImTFSI] by using solution casting technique. The effect of ionic liquid on ionic conductivity is studied and the optimum ionic conductivity at room temperature is found to be 2.14 × 10−6 S cm−1 for sample containing 25 wt% of EMImTFSI. The temperature dependence of ionic conductivity from 303 K to 353 K exhibits Arrhenius plot behaviour. The thermal stability of the polymer electrolyte system is studied by using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) while the structural and morphological properties of the polymer electrolyte is studied by using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), respectively. PMID:25431781

  20. Nonvolatile memory devices based on poly(vinyl alcohol) + graphene oxide hybrid composites.

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    Sun, Yanmei; Lu, Junguo; Ai, Chunpeng; Wen, Dianzhong

    2016-04-20

    Nonvolatile memory devices based on active layers of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) + graphene oxide (GO) hybrid composites have been fabricated. The performance of the ITO/PVA + GO/Al device was compared with that of the ITO/PVA/Al device. The ITO/PVA + GO/Al device showed excellent performance compared to the ITO/PVA/Al device (an ON/OFF resistance ratio of 1.2 × 10(2) at 1 V, VSET ∼ -1.45 V and VRESET ∼ 3.6 V), with a higher ON/OFF resistance ratio of 3 × 10(4) at 1 V and lower operating voltages of VSET ∼ -0.75 V and VRESET ∼ 3.0 V. Furthermore, endurance performance and write-read-erase-reread (WRER) cycle tests manifest that the presence of GO in ITO/PVA + GO/Al devices makes them have better stability and repeatability. The results show that the performance of hybrid devices can be effectively enhanced by the introduction of GO into the PVA matrix. PMID:27056548

  1. Evaluation of a poly(vinyl pyrollidone)-coated biomaterial for urological use.

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    Tunney, M M; Gorman, S P

    2002-12-01

    The associated problems of bacterial biofilm formation and encrustation that may cause obstruction or blockage of urethral catheters and ureteral stents often hinders the effective use of biomaterials within the urinary tract. In this in vitro study, we have investigated the surface properties of a hydrophilic poly(vinyl pyrollidone) (PVP)-coating applied to polyurethane and determined its suitability for use as a urinary tract biomaterial by comparing its lubricity and ability to resist bacterial adherence and encrustation with that of uncoated polyurethane and silicone. The PVP-coated polyurethane was significantly more hydrophilic and more lubricious than either uncoated polyurethane or silicone. Adherence of a hydrophilic Escherichia coli isolate to PVP-coated polyurethane and uncoated polyurethane was similar but significantly less than adherence to silicone. Adherence of a hydrophobic Enterococcus faecalis isolate to PVP-coated polyurethane and silicone was similar but was significantly less than adherence to uncoated polyurethane. Struvite encrustation was similar on the PVP-coated polyurethane and silicone but significantly less than on uncoated polyurethane. Furthermore, hydroxyapatite encrustation was significantly less on the PVP-coated polyurethane than on either uncoated polyurethane or silicone. The results suggest that the PVP-coating could be useful in preventing complications caused by bacterial biofilm formation and the deposition of encrustation on biomaterials implanted in the urinary tract and, therefore, warrants further evaluation. PMID:12322981

  2. Thermal stability of poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) based materials

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    Patel, Mogon; Pitts, Simon; Beavis, Peter; Robinson, Mathew; Morrell, Paul; Khan, Niaz; Khan, Imran; Pockett, Nicola; Letant, Sonia; Von White, Gregory; et al

    2013-03-26

    The thermal stability properties of poly (ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) composites have been studied in support of our core programmes in materials qualification and life assessment. The material is used as a binder phase for boron particles in highly filled (70 wt %) composites. Our studies show that the uncured resin readily accumulates acetic acid through hydrolysis of the pendent acetate groups which alters the acidity (pH) of the material. Thermal desorption studies in combination with gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry show that the resin readily evolves acetic acid when thermally aged to temperatures up to 75°C. Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) suggests that thermal ageingmore » induces a gradual reduction in resin molecular weight and confirms the susceptibility of the material to chain scission. Heating at elevated temperatures in excess of 300oC is required to induce significant changes in the carbon skeleton through deacetylation and dehydration processes and the production of unsaturated main chain double bonds. Overall, the mechanical response of these filled composites are found to be relatively complex with the extent of polymer-filler interactions possibly playing an important role in determining key engineering properties. Mechanical property studies confirm a small but significant decrease in modulus presumably linked to thermally induced chain scission of the EVA binder.« less

  3. Furanone-containing poly(vinyl alcohol) nanofibers for cell-adhesion inhibition.

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    Gule, Nonjabulo P; de Kwaadsteniet, Michele; Cloete, Thomas E; Klumperman, Bert

    2013-03-01

    The 3(2H) furanone derivative 2,5-dimethyl-4-hydroxy-3(2H)-furanone (DMHF) was investigated for its antimicrobial and cell-adhesion inhibition properties against Klebsiella pneumoniae Xen 39, Staphylococcus aureus Xen 36, Escherichia coli Xen 14, Pseudomonas aeruginosa Xen 5 and Salmonella typhimurium Xen 26. Nanofibers electrospun from solution blends of DMHF and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) were tested for their ability to inhibit surface-attachment of bacteria. Antimicrobial and adhesion inhibition activity was determined via the plate counting technique. To quantify viable but non-culturable cells and to validate the plate counting results, bioluminescence and fluorescence studies were carried out. Nanofiber production was upscaled using the bubble electrospinning technique. To ascertain that no DMHF leached into filtered water, samples of water filtered through the nanofibrous mats were analyzed using gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) were used to characterize the electrospun nanofibers. PMID:23261340

  4. pH sensitivity of emeraldine salt polyaniline and poly(vinyl butyral) blend

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    Duyen Nguyen, Hoa; Nguyen, Thi Ha; Hoang, Ngoc Vu; Ngan Le, Nguyen; Nhien Nguyen, Thi Ngoc; Chanh Tin Doan, Duc; Chien Dang, Mau

    2014-12-01

    pH sensitivity of emeraldine salt polyaniline (ES-PANI) and poly(vinyl butyral) (PVB) blend film was investigated. This blend film can be used as a pH sensing element in new-type pH sensors to replace traditional instruments based on fragile glass electrodes for pH measurement of water in aquaculture farming. Structural and optical characteristic of PANI were studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and ultraviolet visible spectroscopy (UV-vis). Electrical characterization of ES-PANI:PVB blend films versus pH was performed with chemiresistors fabricated by micro-lithography. A ES-PANI:PVB layer was drop-coated on comb-shaped platinum electrodes patterned on SiO2/Si substrates. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and optical microscope were used to investigate morphology of the fabricated platinum electrodes and the coated polymer blend films. I-V measurements of the polymer-coated chemiresistors were performed at very low relative humidity after the polymer films were exposed to pH 1-8. The results showed that logarithm of electrical resistance of the ES-PANI:PVB films increased almost linearly as pH increased from 1 to 8. The initial results showed that the PANI blend-coated chemiresistors can be used as pH sensors for water quality monitoring.

  5. Poly(N-vinyl caprolactam) grown on nanographene oxide as an effective nanocargo for drug delivery.

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    Kavitha, Thangavelu; Kang, Inn-Kyu; Park, Soo-Young

    2014-03-01

    This study evaluated graphene oxide functionalized covalently with poly N-vinyl caprolactam (GO-PVCL) via in situ atomic transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), as a nano-cargo carrier for the efficient delivery of drugs into cells. Water-soluble GO-PVCL exhibited excellent stability in physiological solutions. An anti-cancer drug, camptothecin (CPT), was then loaded onto GO-PVCL with a high payload (20%) through π-π stacking and hydrophobic interactions, and its release could be controlled by varying the pH. PVCL grafted onto GO offers an additional advantage of targeted delivery according to temperature. GO-PVCL showed no obvious toxicity, whereas the CPT-loaded GO-PVCL showed high potency in killing cancer cells in vitro. The drug transportation mechanism was found to be energy-dependent endocytosis. Overall, this study revealed GO-PVCL to be a promising drug delivery vector with high biocompatibility, solubility and stability in physiological solutions, and good payload capacity owing to its small size, low cost, large specific area, ready scalability, and useful non-covalent interactions. This material is expected to be a novel material propitious for biomedical applications. PMID:24316754

  6. Poly(vinyl alcohol)/sodium alginate/layered silicate based nanofibrous mats for bacterial inhibition.

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    Li, Wei; Li, Xueyong; Chen, Yang; Li, Xiaoxia; Deng, Hongbing; Wang, Ting; Huang, Rong; Fan, Gang

    2013-02-15

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/sodium alginate (ALG)/organic rectorite (OREC) composite nanofibrous mats are fabricated by electrospinning aqueous solutions with different mixing ratios. Both good fiber shape and three-dimensional structure of nanofibrous mats can be observed by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy shows the existence of OREC in the as-spun composite mats. In addition, small-angle X-ray diffraction confirms that the interlayer of OREC is intercalated by ALG/PVA chains, and the distance between OREC interlayers is increased from 4.50 to 4.74 nm. Wide angle X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectra further verify the intercalation is between polymers and layered silicate. Moreover, the thermal gravimetric analysis shows that the addition of OREC has only a small effect on the thermal stability of composites. Furthermore, the antibacterial experiments illustrate that OREC can enhance the bacterial inhibition ability of nanofibrous mats against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. PMID:23399282

  7. Electric field-controlled benzoic acid and sulphanilamide delivery from poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel.

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    Sittiwong, Jarinya; Niamlang, Sumonman; Paradee, Nophawan; Sirivat, Anuvat

    2012-12-01

    The controlled release of benzoic acid (3.31 Å) and sulphanilamide (3.47 Å) from poly(vinyl alcohol), PVA, hydrogels fabricated by solution casting at various cross-linking ratios, were investigated. The PVA hydrogels were characterized in terms of the degree of swelling, the molecular weight between cross-links, and the mesh size. The drug release experiment was carried out using a modified Franz diffusion cell, at a pH value of 5.5 and at temperature of 37°C. The amount of drug release and the diffusion coefficients of the drugs from the PVA hydrogels increased with decreasing cross-linking ratio, as a larger mesh size was obtained with lower cross-linking ratios. With the application of an electric field, the amount of drug release and the diffusion coefficient increased monotonically with increasing electric field strength, since the resultant electrostatic force drove the ionic drugs from the PVA matrix. The drug size, matrix pore size, electrode polarity, and applied electric field were shown to be influential controlling factors for the drug release rate. PMID:23065453

  8. Structure and physical properties of starch/poly vinyl alcohol/sodium montmorillonite nanocomposite films.

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    Ali, Samer S; Tang, Xiaozhi; Alavi, Sajid; Faubion, Jon

    2011-12-14

    Nanocomposites of starch, poly vinyl alcohol (PVOH), and sodium montmorillonite (Na(+)MMT) were produced by solution mixing and cast into films. Tensile strength (TS) and elongation at the break (E%) of the films ranged from 11.60 to 22.35 MPa and 28.93-211.40%, respectively, while water vapor permeability (WVP) ranged from 0.718 to 1.430 g·mm/kPa·h·m(2). In general, an increase in Na(+)MMT content (0-20%) enhanced TS and decreased E% and WVP. Use of higher molecular weight PVOH increased both TS and E% and also decreased WVP. Mechanical properties were negatively affected, but water vapor barrier properties improved with increasing starch content (0-80%). X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy were used to analyze the nanostructure, and molecular conformations and interactions in the multicomponent nanocomposites were inferred from glass transition behavior. Interactions between starch and PVOH were strongest, followed by polymer/clay interactions. On the basis of this insight, a conceptual model was presented to explain the phenomena of intercalation and exfoliation in the starch/PVOH/Na(+)MMT nanocomposites. PMID:21932797

  9. Recognition of Rhodobacter sphaeroides by microcontact-imprinted poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol).

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    Lee, Mei-Hwa; Thomas, James L; Li, Ming-Huan; Shih, Ching-Ping; Jan, Jeng-Shiung; Lin, Hung-Yin

    2015-11-01

    The immobilization of cells or microorganisms is important for bioseparations, in bioreactors producing cellular metabolites, and as receptors for biosensing. Cell-imprinted polymers (CIPs) have been shown to have cavities with complementary shapes and also high affinities for the template cells or microorganisms. However, the effects of binding to CIPs on gene expression are only beginning to be studied. In this work, the purple bacteria Rhodobacter sphaeroides was employed as a model for the imprinting of microorganisms. R. sphaeroides was first adsorbed on a glass slide as the stamp and then microcontact-imprinted onto poly(ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol), EVAL. The surfaces of the R. sphaeroides-imprinted (RsIPs) and non-imprinted (NIPs) EVAL thin films were examined by Raman spectrometry and scanning electron microscopy. The expression of the nitrogenase (nitrogen fixation, nifH) gene of R. sphaeroides adsorbed on both the RsIPs and NIPs EVAL thin films was also measured by the quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR); cells grown on imprinted polymer showed dramatic differences in gene expression compared to controls. PMID:26277714

  10. The molecular interfacial structure and plasticizer migration behavior of "green" plasticized poly(vinyl chloride).

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    Zhang, Xiaoxian; Li, Yaoxin; Hankett, Jeanne M; Chen, Zhan

    2015-02-14

    Tributyl acetyl citrate (TBAC), a widely-used "green" plasticizer, has been extensively applied in products for daily use. In this paper, a variety of analytical tools including sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG), coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS), contact angle goniometry (CA), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were applied together to investigate the molecular structures of TBAC plasticized poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) and the migration behavior of TBAC from PVC-TBAC mixtures into water. We comprehensively examine the effects of oxygen and argon plasma treatments on the surface structures of PVC-TBAC thin films containing various bulk percentages of plasticizers and the leaching behavior of TBAC into water. It was found that TBAC is a relatively stable PVC plasticizer compared to traditional non-covalent plasticizers but is also surface active. Oxygen plasma treatment increased the hydrophilicity of TBAC-PVC surfaces, but did not enhance TBAC leaching. However, argon plasma treatment greatly enhanced the leaching of TBAC molecules from PVC plastics to water. Based on our observations, we believe that oxygen plasma treatment could be applied to TBAC plasticized PVC products to enhance surface hydrophilicity for improving the biocompatibility and antibacterial properties of PVC products. The structural information obtained in this study will ultimately facilitate a molecular level understanding of plasticized polymers, aiding in the design of PVC materials with improved properties. PMID:25579625

  11. Physicochemical and morphological properties of plasticized poly(vinyl alcohol)-agar biodegradable films.

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    Madera-Santana, T J; Freile-Pelegrín, Y; Azamar-Barrios, J A

    2014-08-01

    The effects of the addition of glycerol (GLY) on the physicochemical and morphological properties of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-agar films were reported. PVA-agar films were prepared by solution cast method, and the addition of GLY in PVA-agar films altered the optical properties, resulting in a decrease in opacity values and in the color difference (ΔE) of the films. Structural characterization using Fourier transformation infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated that the presence of GLY altered the intensity of the bands (from 1200 to 800cm(-1)) and crystallinity. The characterization of the thermal properties indicated that an increase in the agar content produces a decrease in the melting temperature and augments the heat of fusion. Similar tendencies were observed in plasticized films, but at different magnification. The formulation that demonstrated the lowest mechanical properties contained 25wt.% agar, whereas the formulation that contained 75wt.% agar demonstrated a significant improvement. The water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) and surface morphology analysis demonstrated that the structure of PVA-agar films is reorganized upon GLY addition. The physicochemical properties of PVA-agar films using GLY as a plasticizer provide information for the application of this formulation as packaging material for specific food applications. PMID:24875313

  12. Poly(vinyl alcohol) Modified Porous Graphitic Carbon Stationary Phase for Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography.

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    Hou, Yanjie; Zhang, Feifang; Liang, Xinmiao; Yang, Bingcheng; Liu, Xiaodong; Dasgupta, Purnendu K

    2016-05-01

    We report a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-coated porous graphitic carbon (PGC, Hypercarb) packing as a novel stationary phase for hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC). The exterior and the pores of the PGC particles are coated with a thin layer of PVA by soaking the particles in a PVA solution, filtering, and thermally cross-linking the PVA. Such PVA coated PGC particles (5.7 μm diameter), hereinafter called PVA-PGC are stable at least through pH 1.0-12.7, can be made in <2 h, and exhibit different selectivity relative to six commercial HILIC phases and bare PGC. To our knowledge, this is the first fully pH-stable, completely neutral HILIC phase. Excellent efficiency stable is observed for polar analytes (∼70 000 and 118 000 plates/m for cytosine and resorcinol, respectively). Retention closely resembles standard HILIC behavior. Other substances can also be easily incorporated in the PVA layer; an anion exchange column can be readily made by incorporating diallyldimethylammonium chloride in the PVA coating solution. The ease of preparation without the requirement of synthetic skills or paraphernalia and the possibility of incorporating a variety of modifiers makes this a particularly versatile approach. PMID:27053418

  13. A poly(vinyl alcohol)/sodium alginate blend monolith with nanoscale porous structure

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    2013-01-01

    A stimuli-responsive poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/sodium alginate (SA) blend monolith with nanoscale porous (mesoporous) structure is successfully fabricated by thermally impacted non-solvent induced phase separation (TINIPS) method. The PVA/SA blend monolith with different SA contents is conveniently fabricated in an aqueous methanol without any templates. The solvent suitable for the fabrication of the present blend monolith by TINIPS is different with that of the PVA monolith. The nanostructural control of the blend monolith is readily achieved by optimizing the fabrication conditions. Brunauer Emmett Teller measurement shows that the obtained blend monolith has a large surface area. Pore size distribution plot for the blend monolith obtained by the non-local density functional theory method reveals the existence of the nanoscale porous structure. Fourier transform infrared analysis reveals the strong interactions between PVA and SA. The pH-responsive property of the blend monolith is investigated on the basis of swelling ratio in different pH solutions. The present blend monolith of biocompatible and biodegradable PVA and SA with nanoscale porous structure has large potential for applications in biomedical and environmental fields. PMID:24093494

  14. A poly(vinyl alcohol)/sodium alginate blend monolith with nanoscale porous structure.

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    Sun, Xiaoxia; Uyama, Hiroshi

    2013-01-01

    A stimuli-responsive poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/sodium alginate (SA) blend monolith with nanoscale porous (mesoporous) structure is successfully fabricated by thermally impacted non-solvent induced phase separation (TINIPS) method. The PVA/SA blend monolith with different SA contents is conveniently fabricated in an aqueous methanol without any templates. The solvent suitable for the fabrication of the present blend monolith by TINIPS is different with that of the PVA monolith. The nanostructural control of the blend monolith is readily achieved by optimizing the fabrication conditions. Brunauer Emmett Teller measurement shows that the obtained blend monolith has a large surface area. Pore size distribution plot for the blend monolith obtained by the non-local density functional theory method reveals the existence of the nanoscale porous structure. Fourier transform infrared analysis reveals the strong interactions between PVA and SA. The pH-responsive property of the blend monolith is investigated on the basis of swelling ratio in different pH solutions. The present blend monolith of biocompatible and biodegradable PVA and SA with nanoscale porous structure has large potential for applications in biomedical and environmental fields. PMID:24093494

  15. Thermal, mechanical and dielectric properties of poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene oxide composites

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    Rathod, Sunil G.; Bhajantri, R. F.; Ravindrachary, V.; Pujari, P. K.; Sheela, T.; Naik, Jagadish

    2014-04-01

    In this work the composite films of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) doped with functionalized Graphene Oxide (GO) were prepared by solution casting method. The films were characterized using FT-IR, DSC, XRD, mechanical properties and dielectric studies at room temperature. FTIR spectra shows the formation of hydrogen bonds between hydroxyl groups of PVA and the hydroxy groups of GO. The DSC thermograms shows the addition of GO to PVA greatly improves the thermal stability of the composites. XRD patterns shows that the GO exfoliated and uniformly dispersed in PVA matrix. Mechanical properties are significantly improved in PVA/GO composites. The tensile strength increased from 8.2 to 13.7 MPa and the Young's modulus increased from 7.5 to 24.8 MPa for 5 wt% GO doped sample. Dielectric spectroscopy showed a highest dielectric constant for the 5 wt% GO doped PVA films. This work provides a potential design strategy on PVA/GO composite, which would lead to higher-performance, flexible dielectric materials, high charge-storage devices.

  16. Effect of Process Parameters on Particle Removal Efficiency in Poly(vinyl alcohol) Brush Scrubber Cleaning

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    An, Joonho; Lee, Hyunseop; Kim, Hyoungjae; Jeong, Haedo

    2012-02-01

    Wafer cleaning is one of the most critical processes in the semiconductor device manufacturing. Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) brush scrubber cleaning is much attractive when compared with traditional wet-batch cleaning which causes the cross-contamination among the wafers in a bath and environmental issues with huge amount of chemical and deionized water (DIW) usages. The mechanical forces generated from PVA brush contact can remove the particles on a wafer surface under low concentration of chemical solution without cross-contamination. In this research, we monitored the change of the dynamic forces including normal and friction force generated by PVA brush contacts during cleaning process, and also investigated the effects of scrubbing conditions of PVA brush overlap and velocity, and the surface tension (low- or high-hydrophilic) of the wafer on the particle removal efficiency. The results show that the driving mechanism to remove the particle on a wafer surface can be changed by the PVA brush overlap and velocity condition such as the hydrodynamic drag force in the brush soft contact condition and friction force in the brush hard contact condition. The particle removal efficiency is higher under the low-hydrophilic surface having a low surface tension compared to high-hydrophilic surface.

  17. Biodegradable starch/poly (vinyl alcohol) film reinforced with titanium dioxide nanoparticles

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    Hejri, Zahra; Seifkordi, Ali Akbar; Ahmadpour, Ali; Zebarjad, Seyed Mojtaba; Maskooki, Abdolmajid

    2013-10-01

    Biodegradable starch/poly (vinyl alcohol)/nano-titanium dioxide (ST/PVA/nano-TiO2) nanocomposite films were prepared via a solution casting method. Their biodegradability, mechanical properties, and thermal properties were also studied in this paper. A general full factorial experimental approach was used to determine effective parameters on the mechanical properties of the prepared films. ST/PVA/TiO2 nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results of mechanical analysis show that ST/PVA films with higher contents of PVA have much better mechanical properties. In thermal analysis, it is found that the addition of TiO2 nanoparticles improves the thermal stability of the films. SEM micrographs, taken from the fracture surface of samples, illustrate that the addition of PVA makes the film softer and more flexible. The results of soil burial biodegradation indicate that the biodegradability of ST/PVA/TiO2 films strongly depends on the starch proportion in the film matrix. The degradation rate is increased by the addition of starch in the films.

  18. Conductivity enhancement by aggregate formation of sodium deoxycholate in poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone) gel

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    Tsutsumi, Hiromori; Doi, Hiroshi

    1995-12-01

    Ionically conducting polymers have been investigated to help understand the behavior of anions and cations in a polymer matrix for applications in batteries, sensors, and electrochromic devices. The polymer gels [cross-linked poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidinone), c-PVP] containing sodium deoxycholate (NaDC) and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP) were prepared, and their conductivity was measured as a function of temperature and NaDC concentration. The NaDC molecules in the c-PVP film formed aggregates above a concentration of ca. 2 {times} 10{sup {minus}2} mol/kg (per kg of gel). The conductivity of the gel increased from 1 {times} 10{sup {minus}7} to 4 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} S/cm with the formation of the NaDC aggregates in the gel. The conductivity jump is induced by an increase in the number of charge carriers produced by the increased dissociation of NaDC molecules. Interaction between the polymer matrix and NaDC plays an important role in the conductivity enhancement.

  19. Characterization of poly(vinyl chloride) aged in a bromine containing electrolyte

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    Arnold, C. Jr.; Leo, A.; Tarjani, M.

    1988-01-01

    Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) is being considered for use as a flow frame material in a developmental zinc/bromine battery. The choice of PVC was based on its low cost and the ease with which it can be molded into complex parts. The electrolyte used in this battery is a highly corrosive mixture of bromine, zinc bromide, zinc chloride, potassium bromide, potassium chloride and a quaternary amine salt. The quaternary salt serves to reduce the concentration of free bromine in the electrolyte by virtue of its complexing capability. It is well known that aqueous bromine is capable of oxidizing organic compounds. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effect of a bromine electrolyte on two PVC formulations, PVC-1 and PVC-4. PVC-1 is the designation given to one of B.F. Goodrich's commercial formulations and is the present baseline material for the flow frame. PVC-4 is an experimental B.F. Goodrich formulation that was developed especially for battery applications. We sought answers to such questions as (1) does oxidation and/or bromination take place. (2) does bromine penetrate into the sample and, if so, how far. (3) how are the mechanical and morphological properties affected. and (4) are there differences in stability between PVC-1 and PVC-4. To accelerate the aging processes we aged the PVC samples at an elevated temperature in an electrolyte which did not contain any complexing agent. 5 refs., 6 figs.

  20. FAS Grafted Electrospun Poly(vinyl alcohol) Nanofiber Membranes with Robust Superhydrophobicity for Membrane Distillation.

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    Dong, Zhe-Qin; Wang, Bao-Juan; Ma, Xiao-hua; Wei, Yong-Ming; Xu, Zhen-Liang

    2015-10-14

    This study develops a novel type of electrospun nanofiber membranes (ENMs) with high permeability and robust superhydrophobicity for membrane distillation (MD) process by mimicking the unique unitary microstructures of ramee leaves. The superhydrophobic ENMs were fabricated by the eletrospinning of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), followed by chemical cross-linking with glutaraldehyde and surface modification via low surface energy fluoroalkylsilane (FAS). The resultant FAS grafted PVA (F-PVA) nanofiber membranes were endowed with self-cleaning properties with water contact angles of 158° and sliding angles of 4° via the modification process, while retaining their high porosities and interconnected open structures. For the first time, the robust superhydrophobicity of the ENMs for MD was confirmed by testing the F-PVA nanofiber membranes under violent ultrasonic treatment and harsh chemical conditions. Furthermore, vacuum membrane distillation experiments illustrated that the F-PVA membranes presented a high and stable permeate flux of 25.2 kg/m2 h, 70% higher than those of the commercial PTFE membranes, with satisfied permeate conductivity (<5 μm/cm) during a continuous test of 16 h (3.5 wt % NaCl as the feed solution, and feed temperature and permeate pressure were set as 333 K and 9 kPa, respectively), suggesting their great potentials in myriad MD processes such as high salinity water desalination and volatile organiccompounds removal. PMID:26411526

  1. Single-Walled Aluminosilicate Nanotube/Poly(vinyl alcohol) Nanocomposite Membranes

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    Kang, Dun-Yen; Tong, Ho Ming; Zang, Ji; Choudhury, Rudra Prosad; Sholl, David S.; Beckham, Haskell W.; Jones, Christopher W.; Nair, Sankar

    2012-05-29

    The fabrication, detailed characterization, and molecular transport properties of nanocomposite membranes containing high fractions (up to 40 vol %) of individually-dispersed aluminosilicate single-walled nanotubes (SWNTs) in poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), are reported. The microstructure, SWNT dispersion, SWNT dimensions, and intertubular distances within the composite membranes are characterized by scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), XRD rocking curve analysis, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and solid-state NMR. PVA/SWNT nanocomposite membranes prepared from SWNT gels allow uniform dispersion of individual SWNTs in the PVA matrix with a random distribution of orientations. SAXS analysis reveals the length ({approx}500 nm) and outer diameter ({approx}2.2 nm) of the dispersed SWNTs. Electron microscopy indicates good adhesion between the SWNTs and the PVA matrix without the occurrence of defects such as voids and pinholes. The transport properties of the PVA/SWNT membranes are investigated experimentally by ethanol/water mixture pervaporation measurements, computationally by grand canonical Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics, and by a macroscopic transport model for anisotropic permeation through nanotube-polymer composite membranes. The nanocomposite membranes substantially enhance the water throughput with increasing SWNT volume fraction, which leads to a moderate reduction of the water/ethanol selectivity. The model is parameterized purely from molecular simulation data with no fitted parameters, and shows reasonably good agreement with the experimental water permeability data.

  2. Chemorheology of aqueous-based alumina-poly(vinyl alcohol) gelcasting suspensions

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    Morissette, S.L.; Lewis, J.A.

    1999-03-01

    A new gelcasting system based on aqueous-based alumina-poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) suspensions cross-linked by an organotitanate coupling agent has been developed. The chemorheological properties of this system exhibited a strong compositional dependence. A sol-gel phase diagram was established, which yielded the critical titanium concentration ([Ti]{sub c}) required for gelation at a given PVA volume fraction as well as the minimum PVA volume fraction ({Phi}{sub PVA}{sup min} = 0.0245) and titanium concentration ([Ti]{sub min} = 9.984 {times} 10{sup {minus}4} g of Ti/mL) below which gelation was not observed irrespective of solution composition. The gelation time of suspensions of constant PVA volume fraction ({Phi}{sub PVA}{sup soln}) decreased with increased cross-linking agent concentration, temperature, and solids volume fraction. The steady-state viscosity and elastic modulus of polymer solutions ({Phi}{sub PVA}{sup soln} = 0.05) of varying [Ti] were well described by the percolation model, giving scaling exponents of 0.84 and 1.79, respectively. The steady-state elastic modulus of gel-casting suspensions, which provided a measure of their handling strength in the as-gelled state, increased with increased solids volume fraction.

  3. Char characterization-thermal decomposition chemistry of poly(vinyl alcohol)

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    Gilman, J.W.; VanderHart, D.L.; Kashiwagi, Takashi

    1995-12-01

    Currently, due to concerns over the environmental effects of halogenated compound, there is an international demand for the control of polymer flammability without the use of halogenated additives. An alternative to the use of halogenated fire retardants, which control flammability primarily in the gas phase, is to control polymer flammability by manipulating the condensed phase chemistry. Our approach is to increase the amount of char that forms during polymer combustion. Char formation reduces, through crosslinking reactions, the amount of small volatile polymer pyrolysis fragments, or fuel, available for burning in the gas phase; this, in turn reduces the amount of heat feedback to the polymer surface. The char also insulates the underlying virgin polymer. The polymer we chose to investigate was polyvinyl alcohol, PVA, because it is one of the few linear, non-halogenated, aliphatic, polymers with a measurable (approximately 4%) char yield. We report the CP/MAS {sup 13}C NMR characterization of the fundamental condensed phase processes and structures which lead to char formation during the pyrolysis of poly (vinyl-alcohol), PVA, and PVA with nonhalogenated additives.

  4. Treatment of desizing wastewater containing poly(vinyl alcohol) by wet air oxidation

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    Chen, G.; Lei, L.; Yue, P.L.; Cen, P.

    2000-05-01

    The effectiveness of wet air oxidation (WAO) is studied in a 2-L autoclave for the treatment of desizing wastewater from man-made fiber textile plants. At an oxygen pressure of less than 2 MPa, over 30-min, chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal was found to increase from 15 to 65% when the temperature was raised from 150 to 250 C. The biodegradability of the wastewater was also simultaneously increased. Up to 90% of the COD could be removed within 120 min. A simplified reaction mechanism is proposed which involves a direct mineralization step in parallel with a step in which an intermediate is formed prior to mineralization. A kinetic model for COD removal was developed based on this reaction mechanism. The model was tested with experimental COD results over the temperature range of the experiments. The dependence of the specific reaction rate constants was found to follow the Arrhenius type of equation. The direct oxidation of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) to carbon dioxide and water is the dominant reaction step. The intermediates formed are not likely to be the acetic acid but may be short segments of PVA that are easily oxidized.

  5. The plasticizing mechanism and effect of calcium chloride on starch/poly(vinyl alcohol) films.

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    Jiang, Xiancai; Jiang, Ting; Gan, Lingling; Zhang, Xiaofei; Dai, Hua; Zhang, Xi

    2012-11-01

    Starch/poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) films were prepared with calcium chloride (CaCl(2)) as the plasticizer. The micro morphology of pure starch/PVA film and CaCl(2) plasticized starch/PVA film was observed by scanning electron microscope. The interaction between CaCl(2) and starch/PVA molecules was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The influence of CaCl(2) on the crystalline, thermal and mechanical properties of starch/PVA films was studied by X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, and tensile testing, respectively. The results indicated that CaCl(2) could interact with starch and PVA molecules and then effectively destroy the crystals of starch and PVA. Starch/PVA films plasticized with CaCl(2) became soft and ductile, with lower tensile strength and higher elongation at break compared with pure starch/PVA film. The water content of starch/PVA film would increase with the addition of CaCl(2). This is an important cause of the plasticization of CaCl(2) on starch/PVA film. PMID:22944433

  6. Evaluation of cellulose and carboxymethyl cellulose/poly(vinyl alcohol) membranes.

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    Ibrahim, Maha M; Koschella, Andreas; Kadry, Ghada; Heinze, Thomas

    2013-06-01

    Cellulose was isolated from rice straw and converted to carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC). Both polymers were crosslinked with poly(vinyl alcholo) (PVA). The physical properties of the resulting membranes were characterized by FT-IR, TGA, DSC and SEM. The cellulose and CMC were first prepared from bleached rice straw pulp. The infrared spectroscopy of the resulting polymer membranes indicated a decrease in the absorbance of the OH group at 3300-3400 cm(-1), which is due to bond formation with either the cellulose or CMC with the PVA. The thermal stability of PVA/cellulose and PVA/CMC membranes was lower than PVA membrane. The surface of the resulting polymer membranes showed smooth surface in case of the PVA/CMC membrane and rough surface in case of the PVA/cellulose membrane. Desalination test, using 0.2% NaCl, showed that pure PVA membranes had no effect while membranes containing either cellulose or CMC as filler were able to decrease the content of the NaCl from the solution by 25% and 15%, respectively. Transport properties, including water and chloroform vapor were studied. The moisture transport was reduced by the presence of both cellulose and CMC. Moreover, the membranes containing cellulose and CMC showed significantly reduced flux compared to the pure PVA. The water sorption, solubility and soaking period at different pH solutions were also studied and showed that the presence of both cellulose and CMC influences the properties. PMID:23618287

  7. Conductive, tough, hydrophilic poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene hybrid fibers for wearable supercapacitors

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    Chen, Shaohua; Ma, Wujun; Xiang, Hengxue; Cheng, Yanhua; Yang, Shengyuan; Weng, Wei; Zhu, Meifang

    2016-07-01

    Graphene fibers based flexible supercapacitors have great potential as wearable power sources for textile electronics. However, their electrochemical performance is limited by the serious stacking of graphene sheets and their hydrophobicity in aqueous electrolytes. Meanwhile, their brittleness is unfavorable for practical application. Incorporation of nanofillers into graphene fibers has been proved effective for enhancing their capacitance, whereas often leading to deteriorated mechanical strength. Herein we demonstrate that the strength, toughness and capacitive performance of graphene-based fibers can be significantly enhanced simultaneously, simply by incorporating hydrophilic poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) into a non-liquid-crystalline graphene oxide (GO) dispersion before wet spinning and chemical reduction. The structure and properties of the resulted PVA/graphene hybrid fibers are systematically investigated, and the mechanism behind these enhancements is discussed in detail. The hybrid fiber with a PVA/GO weight ratio of 10/90 possesses a strength of 186 MPa, a toughness of 11.3 J cm-3, and a capacitance of 241 F cm-3 in 1 M H2SO4. A solid-state yarn supercapacitor assembled from these fibers exhibits a device energy of 5.97 mW h cm-3, and features excellent flexibility and bending stability. This device is robust enough to be integrated into textile and thus promising as wearable power supply for smart textiles.

  8. Composite Films of Poly(vinyl alcohol) and Bifunctional Cross-linking Cellulose Nanocrystals.

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    Sirviö, Juho Antti; Honkaniemi, Samuli; Visanko, Miikka; Liimatainen, Henrikki

    2015-09-01

    Long and flexible cellulose nanofibrils or stiff and short cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are both promising lightweight materials with high strength and the potential to serve as reinforcing agents in many polymeric materials. In this study, bifunctional reactive cellulose nanocrystals (RCNCs) with carboxyl and aldehyde functionalities were used as reinforcements to prepare acetal-bonding cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) films. Two RCNCs were obtained through the mechanical homogenization of partially carboxylated dialdehyde cellulose (DAC) with a residual aldehyde content of 0.55 and 1.93 mmol/g and a carboxyl content of 1.65 and 1.93 mmol/g, respectively. The mechanical, thermal, and barrier properties of PVA-RCNC films with a variable mass ratio of RCNCs (0.5-10%) were determined. Reference CNCs without reactive aldehydes were obtained through the reduction of aldehyde functionalities to primary hydroxide groups, and their reinforcing effect was compared to RCNCs. With the addition of 10% acetal-bonding RCNCs with respect to PVA weight, the tensile strength and Young's modulus were up to 2-fold greater than those of pure PVA film. An addition of only 0.5% RCNCs improved the tensile strength of the PVA film by 66% and the modulus by 61%. In comparison, a significantly lower reinforcing effect (19% with CNC loading of 0.5%) was found using reference CNCs. PVA's effective oxygen barrier and thermal properties were preserved when RCNCs were introduced into the films. PMID:26280660

  9. Egg white/poly (vinyl alcohol)/MMT nanocomposite hydrogels for wound dressing.

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    Jahani-Javanmardi, Azinsadat; Sirousazar, Mohammad; Shaabani, Yasaman; Kheiri, Farshad

    2016-08-01

    Nanocomposite hydrogels on the basis of egg white and poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) containing 0, 5, and 10 wt.% of montmorillonite (MMT) nanoclay were prepared by a facile cyclic freezing-thawing technique and their properties investigated for wound dressing application. The morphological, structural, thermal, physical, and in vitro cytotoxic properties of the prepared nanocomposite hydrogel wound dressings (NHWDs) were experimentally studied. The NHWDs had an exfoliated morphology with a porous structure having pores sizes in the nanometric scale. It was shown that MMT acted as cross-linker in the network of NHWDs and improved their thermal stabilities. The prepared wound dressings were transparent and their equilibrium water contents and water vapor transmission rates, as two important factors of wound dressings, were very close to the properties of human skin which means that the prepared wound dressings could interact appropriately with the damaged tissues of wounds and protect them like an artificial skin during the wound healing process. The in vitro cytotoxicity assay also confirmed the non-cytotoxic nature of the prepared NHWDs. It was finally concluded that the prepared egg white/PVA/MMT nanocomposite hydrogels are promising materials to be used as novel wound dressings in wound and burn care. PMID:27193240

  10. Permanent hydrophilic modification of polypropylene and poly(vinyl alcohol) films by vacuum ultraviolet radiation

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    Belmonte, Guilherme Kretzmann; Charles, German; Strumia, Miriam Cristina; Weibel, Daniel Eduardo

    2016-09-01

    Polypropylene (PP) and Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) both synthetics polymers but one of them biodegradable, were surface modified by vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) irradiation. After VUV irradiation in an inert nitrogen atmosphere, the films were exposed to oxygen gas. The treated films were characterized by water contact angle measurements (WCA), optical profilometry, FTIR-ATR, XPS, UPS and NEXAFS techniques. PP and PVA VUV-treated films reached superhydrophilic conditions (WCAs <10°) in about 30 min of irradiation under our experimental conditions. It was observed that when the WCAs reached about 35-40° the hydrophilicity was permanent in both polymers. These results contrasted with typical plasma treatments were a rapid hydrophobic recovery with aging time is usually observed. UPS and XPS data showed the presence of new functionalities on the PP and PVA surfaces that were assigned to COO, Cdbnd O, Csbnd O and Cdbnd C functional groups. Finally, grafting of styrene (ST) as a typical monomer was tested on PP films. It was confirmed that only in the VUV irradiated region an efficient grafting of ST or polymerized ST was found. Outside the irradiated regions no ST grafted was observed. Our results showed the potential use of VUV treatment for surface modification and processing of polymers which lack chromophores in the UV region.

  11. Exploring cell compatibility of a fibronectin-functionalized physically crosslinked poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel.

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    Millon, Leonardo E; Padavan, Donna T; Hamilton, Amanda M; Boughner, Derek R; Wan, Wankei

    2012-01-01

    Physically crosslinked poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogels prepared using a low-temperature thermally cycled process have tunable mechanical properties that fall within the range of soft tissues, including cardiovascular tissue. An approach to render it hemocompatible is by endothelization, but its hydrophilic nature is not conducive to cell adhesion and spreading. We investigated the functionalization reaction of this class of PVA hydrogel with fibronectin (FN) for adhesion and spreading of primary porcine radial artery cells and vascular endothelial cells. These are cells relevant to small-diameter vascular graft development. FN functionalization was achieved using a multistep reaction, but the activation step involving carbonyl diimidazole normally required for chemically crosslinked PVA was found to be unnecessary. The reaction resulted in an increase in the elastic modulus of the PVA hydrogel but is still well within the range of cardiovascular tissue. Confocal microscopy confirmed the adhesion and spreading of both cell types on the PVA-FN surfaces, whereas cells failed to adhere to the PVA control. This is a first step toward an alternative for the realization of a synthetic replacement small-diameter vascular graft. PMID:21998037

  12. Aluminum(III) selective potentiometric sensor based on morin in poly(vinyl chloride) matrix.

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    Gupta, Vinod K; Jain, Ajay K; Maheshwari, Gaurav

    2007-06-15

    Al(3+) selective sensor has been fabricated from poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) matrix membranes containing neutral carrier morin as ionophore. Best performance was exhibited by the membrane having composition as morin:PVC:sodium tetraphenyl borate:tri-n-butylphosphate in the ratio 5:150:5:150 (w/w, mg). This membrane worked well over a wide activity range of 5.0x10(-7) to 1.0x10(-1)M of Al(3+) with a Nernstian slope of 19.7+/-0.1mV/decade of Al(3+) activity and a limit of detection 3.2x10(-7)M. The response time of the sensor is approximately 5s and membrane could be used over a period of 2 months with good reproducibility. The proposed sensor works well over a pH range (3.5-5.0) and demonstrates good discriminating power over a number of mono-, di- and trivalent cations. The sensor can also be used in partially non-aqueous media having up to 20% (v/v) methanol, ethanol or acetone content with no significant change in the value of slope or working activity range. The sensor has also been used in the potentiometric titration of Al(3+) with EDTA and for its determination in zinc plating mud and red mud. PMID:19071785

  13. Comparison of properties of poly(vinyl alcohol) nanocomposites containing two different clays.

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    Chang, Jin-Hae; Ham, Miran; Kim, Jeong-Cheol

    2014-11-01

    Morphologies, thermo-optical properties, and gas barriers of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hybrid films containing two different clays are compared. Saponite (SPT) and hydrophilic bentonite (BTT) were used as the reinforcing filler in the fabrication of PVA hybrid films, which were synthesized from aqueous solutions and were solvent-cast at room temperature under vacuum, yielding 20-31-μm-thick PVA hybrid films with varying clay contents. The addition of small amounts of clay is sufficient to improve the thermal properties and gas barriers of PVA hybrid films. Even polymers with a low clay content (3-10 wt%) were found to exhibit much higher transition temperature values than pure PVA. The addition of BTT was more effective than the addition of SPT for improving the thermal properties and gas barrier in the PVA matrix. The PVA hybrid films containing 5 wt% SPT were equibiaxially stretched, with stretching ratios ranging from 150% to 250%. Clay dispersion, morphology, optical transparency, and gas permeability were then examined as a function of the equibiaxial stretching ratio. PVA hybrid films with a stretching ratio of ≥ 150% displayed homogeneously dispersed clay within the polymer matrix and exfoliated nanocomposites. PMID:25958603

  14. Tuning the Miscibility of Polystyrene / Poly(vinyl methyl ether) Blends with Electric Fields

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    Kriisa, Annika; Roth, Connie

    2014-03-01

    Application of electric fields seem experimentally simple, as they can be switched on and off instantly and effortlessly. Nevertheless the influence of electric fields on the phase separation temperature Ts in small molecules and polymeric mixtures is not yet well understood. Available theoretical calculations use thermodynamic arguments for adding an electrostatic free energy term to the total free energy of mixing and predict changes in Ts due to external electric fields that are much smaller than what most experimental results report. To date, neither theory or experiments have found a clear consensus on whether uniform electric fields enhance mixing or demixing. As only a few experimental results have been published over the past several decades with typically only small shifts in Ts, more experiments with unambiguously large shifts in Ts are needed to better understand this effect. Using a fluorescence technique we have developed for measuring the phase separation temperature Ts of polystyrene (PS) / poly(vinyl methyl ether) (PVME) blends [J. Polym. Sci., Part B 2012, 50, 250-256], we investigate the change in Ts due to the presence of electric fields. We show that electric fields strongly enhance mixing in PS/PVME polymer blends. For example, for a 50/50 PS/PVME blend composition, Ts is increased by over 10 K for electric fields of 18 kV/mm.

  15. Improved ion-selective detection method using nanopipette with poly(vinyl chloride)-based membrane.

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    Kang, Eun Ji; Takami, Tomohide; Deng, Xiao Long; Son, Jong Wan; Kawai, Tomoji; Park, Bae Ho

    2014-05-15

    Ion-selective electrodes (ISEs) are widely used to detect targeted ions in solution selectively. Application of an ISE to a small area detection system with a nanopipette requires a special measurement method in order to avoid the enhanced background signal problem caused by a cation-rich layer near the charged inner surface of the nanopipette and the selectivity change problem due to relatively fast saturation of the ISE inside the nanopipette. We developed a novel ion-selective detection system using a nanopipette that measures an alternating current (AC) signal mediated by saturated ionophores in a poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) membrane located at the conical shank of the nanopipette to solve the above problems. Small but reliable K(+) and Na(+) ionic current passing through a PVC membrane containing saturated bis(benzo-15-crown-5) and bis(12-crown-4) ionophore, respectively, could be selectively detected using the AC signal measurement system equipped with a lock-in amplifier. PMID:24766420

  16. Poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) and 1-Octyl-2-pyrrolidinone Modified Ionic Microemulsions.

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    Beitz, T.; Kötz, J.; Wolf, G.; Kleinpeter, E.; Friberg, S. E.

    2001-08-15

    The influence of the nonionic polymer poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) (PVP) in comparison to the surfactant 1-octyl-2-pyrrolidinone (OP) on the phase behavior of the system SDS/pentanol/xylene/water was studied. In both modified systems a strong increase in the water solubilization capacity was found, accompanied by a change in the spontaneous curvature toward zero. In the polymer-modified system an isotropic phase channel is formed with increasing polymer content that connects the L1 and the L2 phase. The lamellar liquid crystalline phase is destabilized in both cases. In the L1 phase the adsorption of PVP at the surface of the microemulsion droplets and the formation of a cluster-like structure is proven by several methods like (13)C NMR T(1) relaxation time measurments, zeta potential measurements, and rheology. In the L2 phase a modification of the interface of the inverse droplets is detected by a shift in the percolation boundary (conductivity) and (13)C NMR T(1) relaxation measurements. The formation of a cluster-like structure can be assumed on the basis of our rheological measurements. Copyright 2001 Academic Press. PMID:11482969

  17. Controlled release of retinyl acetate from β-cyclodextrin functionalized poly(vinyl alcohol) electrospun nanofibers.

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    Lemma, Solomon M; Scampicchio, Matteo; Mahon, Peter J; Sbarski, Igor; Wang, James; Kingshott, Peter

    2015-04-01

    Retinyl acetate (RA) was effectively incorporated into electrospun nanofibers of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) containing β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) in order to form inclusion complexes for encapsulation to prolong shelf life and thermal stability. The physical and thermal properties of encapsulated RA were determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The nanofibers of PVA/RA and PVA/RA/β-CD exhibited bead free average fiber diameters of 264 ± 61 and 223 ± 49 nm, respectively. The surface chemistry of the functional nanofibers was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) demonstrated different thermal stabilities between the bioactive and the polymer, with and without β-CD. Square-wave voltammogram peak current changes were used to follow the release kinetics of RA from the nanofibers. Results indicate that RA coated inside PVA/β-CD nanofibers was protected against oxidation much better than RA in PVA nanofibers and should extend the shelf life. In addition, RA encapsulated in the PVA/β-CD had better thermal stability than PVA nanofibers. PMID:25779354

  18. Plasma functionalization of poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel for cell adhesion enhancement

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    Ino, Julia M.; Chevallier, Pascale; Letourneur, Didier; Mantovani, Diego; Le Visage, Catherine

    2013-01-01

    Tailoring the interface interactions between a biomaterial and the surrounding tissue is a capital aspect to consider for the design of medical devices. Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogels present suitable mechanical properties for various biological substitutes, however the lack of cell adhesion on their surface is often a problem. The common approach is to incorporate biomolecules, either by blending or coupling. But these modifications disrupt PVA intra- and intermolecular interactions leading therefore to a loss of its original mechanical properties. In this work, surface modification by glow discharge plasma, technique known to modify only the surface without altering the bulk properties, has been investigated to promote cell attachment on PVA substrates. N2/H2 microwave plasma treatment has been performed, and the chemical composition of PVA surface has been investigated. X-ray photoelectron and Fourier transform infrared analyses on the plasma-treated films revealed the presence of carbonyl and nitrogen species, including amine and amide groups, while the main structure of PVA was unchanged. Plasma modification induced an increase in the PVA surface wettability with no significant change in surface roughness. In contrast to untreated PVA, plasma-modified films allowed successful culture of mouse fibroblasts and human endothelial cells. These results evidenced that the grafting was stable after rehydration and that it displayed cell adhesive properties. Thus plasma amination of PVA is a promising approach to improve cell behavior on contact with synthetic hydrogels for tissue engineering. PMID:23989063

  19. Preparation and Properties of Nano-Hydroxyapatite/Gelatin/Poly(vinyl alcohol) Composite Membrane.

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    Liao, Haotian; Shi, Kun; Peng, Jinrong; Qu, Ying; Liao, Jinfeng; Qian, Zhiyong

    2015-06-01

    In this study, the bone-like composite membrane based on blends of gelatin (Gel), nano-hydroxyapatite (n-HA) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) was fabricated by solvent casting and evaporation methods. The effect of n-HA content and the ratio of Gel/PVA on the properties of the composite was investigated. The Gel/PVA and n-HA/Gel/PVA composite membranes were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), water contact angle measurement and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The mechanical properties of the composites were determined by tensile tests. The as prepared composite membranes exhibited hydrophobility, the water contact angle of composite membrane was 126.6 when its mass ratio of n-HA/Gel/PVA was 10/50/40. The tensile strength of composite membranes was greatly increased due to the introduction of n-HA, and the tensile strength was increased to 74.92 MPa when the mass ratio of n-HA/Gel/PVA was 10/50/40. SEM observation indicated that n-HA was dispersed in the membranes and a sea-island structure was formed in the n-HA/Gel/PVA composite membranes, resulting in a significant increase in tensile strength. The as-prepared n-HA/Gel/PVA composite membranes may be applied in the field of bone tissue engineering. PMID:26369028

  20. The impedance characterization of Carbon Nanotubes - Fumed Silica Poly (vinyl alcohol) Composites

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    Othman, R. N.; Wilkinson, A. N.

    2016-06-01

    Carbon Nanotube (CNT) was grown on the surface of fumed silica via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. In this work, silica acted as a site that holds CNT together, which prevents further agglomeration during composite processing. Iron catalyst at different loading (7.5 wt. % up to 25 wt. %) was introduced via impregnation method to synthesize CNT at 1000°C, under methane flow. Floating catalyst method was used where ferrocene (2.5 wt. % and 5 wt. %) was used as starting reactants together with toluene at 760°C. The reaction time was set at 1 hour for both methods. It was later confirmed via SEM images that the floating catalyst method is more suitable to produce a large amount of CNTs. The sample synthesized via floating catalyst method at both 2.5 wt.% and 5 wt. % ferrocene was later used to prepare composites. Composite films of the particles in poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVOH) were cast and their TEM images show that the dispersion is indeed uniform. From impedance measurement, it was found that the particles synthesized via floating catalyst method were found to form an electrically-conductive percolated network with percolation threshold of 1 wt. %, obtained via percolation equation.

  1. Structure and physical properties of starch/poly vinyl alcohol/laponite RD nanocomposite films.

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    Tang, Xiaozhi; Alavi, Sajid

    2012-02-29

    Nanocomposites of starch, poly vinyl alcohol (PVOH), and laponite RD (LRD) were produced by solution mixing and cast into films. In general, an increase in LRD content (0-20%) enhanced tensile strength and decreased water vapor permeability, irrespective of the relative humidity (50% and 75% RH). Tensile strength (TS) of starch/PVOH/LRD films ranged from 6.51 to 13.3 MPa. At 75% RH, TS was up to 65% higher as compared to films with sodium montmorillonite as filler. The most striking results were obtained with respect to elongation at break (E%), which ranged from 144% to 312%. Contrary to other polymer/clay nanocomposites, E% increased on addition of 5-20% LRD and was up to 175% higher than the control without clay. Nanocomposite structure and interactions were investigated using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. Results indicated that LRD was a compatibilizer and cross-linking agent between polymers, and has the potential for use in biodegradable packaging films with good mechanical performance even in high humidity conditions. PMID:22217361

  2. Effect of salts on the electrospinning of poly(vinyl alcohol)

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    Stanger, Jonathan J.; Tucker, Nick; Staiger, Mark; Kirwan, Kerry; Coles, Stuart; Jacobs, Daniel; Larsen, Nigel

    2009-07-01

    Fibres with a diameter in the nanometer range were electrospun from aqueous poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH). In order to improve the mass deposition rate and decrease the final fibre diameter salts (NaCl, LiCl, LiBr and LiF) were added to the solution. The aim was to increase the charge density and hence increase the electrostatic forces on the fluid. It was found that with increasing salt concentration the charge density did increase. However the mass deposition rate was found to decrease and the final fibre diameter was found to increase. The decrease in mass deposition rate is explained by considering the concept of a virtual orifice. The increase in the final fibre diameter is explained by considering the charge distribution in the jet when it behaves like a conductor compared to when it behaves like an insulator. Both mechanisms result from the increase in conductivity of the PVOH solution without significantly modifying other solution properties when salt is added.

  3. Thermal stability of poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) based materials

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    Patel, Mogon; Pitts, Simon; Beavis, Peter; Robinson, Mathew; Morrell, Paul; Khan, Niaz; Khan, Imran; Pockett, Nicola; Letant, Sonia; Von White, Gregory; Labouriau, Andrea

    2013-03-26

    The thermal stability properties of poly (ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) composites have been studied in support of our core programmes in materials qualification and life assessment. The material is used as a binder phase for boron particles in highly filled (70 wt %) composites. Our studies show that the uncured resin readily accumulates acetic acid through hydrolysis of the pendent acetate groups which alters the acidity (pH) of the material. Thermal desorption studies in combination with gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry show that the resin readily evolves acetic acid when thermally aged to temperatures up to 75°C. Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) suggests that thermal ageing induces a gradual reduction in resin molecular weight and confirms the susceptibility of the material to chain scission. Heating at elevated temperatures in excess of 300oC is required to induce significant changes in the carbon skeleton through deacetylation and dehydration processes and the production of unsaturated main chain double bonds. Overall, the mechanical response of these filled composites are found to be relatively complex with the extent of polymer-filler interactions possibly playing an important role in determining key engineering properties. Mechanical property studies confirm a small but significant decrease in modulus presumably linked to thermally induced chain scission of the EVA binder.

  4. Mucoadhesive polymers: Synthesis and in vitro characterization of thiolated poly(vinyl alcohol).

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    Suchaoin, Wongsakorn; Pereira de Sousa, Irene; Netsomboon, Kesinee; Rohrer, Julia; Hoffmann Abad, Patricia; Laffleur, Flavia; Matuszczak, Barbara; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas

    2016-04-30

    The aim of this study was to synthesize thiolated poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and to evaluate its mucoadhesive properties. Thiourea and 3-mercaptopropionic acid were utilized in order to obtain thiolated PVAs, namely, TPVA1 and TPVA2, respectively. TPVA1 and TPVA2 displayed 130.44±14.99 and 958.35±155.27μmol immobilized thiol groups per gram polymer, respectively, which were then evaluated regarding reactivity of thiol groups, swelling behavior and mucoadhesive properties. Both thiolated PVAs exhibited the highest reactivity at pH 8.0 whereas more than 95% of free thiol groups were preserved at pH 5.0. Thiolation of PVA decelerated water uptake and prolonged disintegration time of test discs compared to unmodified PVA. Contact time of TPVA1- and TPVA2-based test discs on porcine intestinal mucosa was 3.2- and 15.8-fold prolonged, respectively, in comparison to non-thiolated PVA as measured by rotating cylinder method. According to tensile studies on mucosa, the total work of adhesion (TWA) and the maximum detachment force (MDF) were increased when compared to PVA. Furthermore, thiolated PVAs preserved higher percentage of viable cells compared to unmodified PVA within 24h as evaluated by MTT assay. Accordingly, thiolated PVA represents a novel excipient that can likely improve the mucoadhesive properties of various pharmaceutical formulations. PMID:26965199

  5. Synthesis and Properties of pH-, Thermo-, and Salt-Sensitive Modified Poly(aspartic acid)/Poly(vinyl alcohol) IPN Hydrogel and Its Drug Controlled Release.

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    Lu, Jingqiong; Li, Yinhui; Hu, Deng; Chen, Xiaoling; Liu, Yongmei; Wang, Liping; Zhao, Yansheng

    2015-01-01

    Modified poly(aspartic acid)/poly(vinyl alcohol) interpenetrating polymer network (KPAsp/PVA IPN) hydrogel for drug controlled release was synthesized by a simple one-step method in aqueous system using poly(aspartic acid) grafting 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (KH-550) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) as materials. The hydrogel surface morphology and composition were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The thermal stability was analyzed by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The swelling properties and pH, temperature, and salt sensitivities of KPAsp, KPAsp/PVA semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN), and KPAsp/PVA IPN hydrogels were also investigated. All of the three hydrogels showed ampholytic pH-responsive properties, and swelling behavior was also extremely sensitive to the temperature, ionic strength, and cationic species. Finally, the drug controlled release properties of the three hydrogels were evaluated and results indicated that three hydrogels could control drug release by external surroundings stimuli. The drug controlled release properties of KPAsp/PVA IPN hydrogel are the most outstanding, and the correlative measured release profiles of salicylic acid at 37°C were 32.6 wt% at pH = 1.2 (simulated gastric fluid) and 62.5 wt% at pH = 7.4 (simulated intestinal fluid), respectively. These results indicated that KPAsp/PVA IPN hydrogels are a promising carrier system for controlled drug delivery. PMID:26351630

  6. A novel hierarchically structured and highly hydrophilic poly(vinyl alcohol-co-ethylene)/poly(ethylene terephthalate) nanoporous membrane for lithium-ion battery separator

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    Xia, Ming; Liu, Qiongzhen; Zhou, Zhou; Tao, Yifei; Li, MuFang; Liu, Ke; Wu, Zhihong; Wang, Dong

    2014-11-01

    A novel hierarchically structured and highly hydrophilic poly(vinyl alcohol-co-ethylene)/poly(ethylene terephthalate) nanoporous separator (referred to NFs/PET/NFs) composed of a poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) nonwoven sandwiched between two interconnected poly(vinyl alcohol-co-ethylene) (PVA-co-PE) nanofibrous membranes is successfully developed for lithium-ion battery. Systematical investigations including structural characterization, porosity measurement, water contact angle testing, electrolyte uptake, and thermal shrinkage testing demonstrate that the notable feature of this NFs/PET/NFs nanofibrous separator is an electrolyte-philic, highly porous and hierarchically nanoscaled structure, thus resulting in superior electrolyte wettability, lower thermal shrinkage, and higher ion conductivity, in comparison to the commercial Polypropylene (PP) separator. These structural characteristics enable the NFs/PET/NFs separator to offer an excellent cell performance including outstanding C-rate capability, high capacity and excellent cycling performance. This suggests that the NFs/PET/NFs separator is a promising material for practical application in lithium-ion battery due to it low cost production and high performance.

  7. Synthesis and Properties of pH-, Thermo-, and Salt-Sensitive Modified Poly(aspartic acid)/Poly(vinyl alcohol) IPN Hydrogel and Its Drug Controlled Release

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    Lu, Jingqiong; Li, Yinhui; Hu, Deng; Chen, Xiaoling; Liu, Yongmei; Wang, Liping; Zhao, Yansheng

    2015-01-01

    Modified poly(aspartic acid)/poly(vinyl alcohol) interpenetrating polymer network (KPAsp/PVA IPN) hydrogel for drug controlled release was synthesized by a simple one-step method in aqueous system using poly(aspartic acid) grafting 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (KH-550) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) as materials. The hydrogel surface morphology and composition were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The thermal stability was analyzed by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The swelling properties and pH, temperature, and salt sensitivities of KPAsp, KPAsp/PVA semi-interpenetrating polymer network (semi-IPN), and KPAsp/PVA IPN hydrogels were also investigated. All of the three hydrogels showed ampholytic pH-responsive properties, and swelling behavior was also extremely sensitive to the temperature, ionic strength, and cationic species. Finally, the drug controlled release properties of the three hydrogels were evaluated and results indicated that three hydrogels could control drug release by external surroundings stimuli. The drug controlled release properties of KPAsp/PVA IPN hydrogel are the most outstanding, and the correlative measured release profiles of salicylic acid at 37°C were 32.6 wt% at pH = 1.2 (simulated gastric fluid) and 62.5 wt% at pH = 7.4 (simulated intestinal fluid), respectively. These results indicated that KPAsp/PVA IPN hydrogels are a promising carrier system for controlled drug delivery. PMID:26351630

  8. Anion exchange membrane prepared from simultaneous polymerization and quaternization of 4-vinyl pyridine for non-aqueous vanadium redox flow battery applications

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    Maurya, Sandip; Shin, Sung-Hee; Sung, Ki-Won; Moon, Seung-Hyeon

    2014-06-01

    A simple, single step and environmentally friendly process is developed for the synthesis of anion exchange membrane (AEM) by simultaneous polymerization and quaternization, unlike the conventional membrane synthesis which consists of separate polymerization and quaternization step. The membrane synthesis is carried out by dissolving polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in cyclohexanone along with 4-vinyl pyridine (4VP) and 1,4-dibromobutane (DBB) in the presence of thermal initiator benzoyl peroxide, followed by film casting to get thin and flexible AEMs. The membrane properties such as ion exchange capacity, ionic conductivity and swelling behaviour are tuned by varying the degree of crosslinking. These AEMs exhibit low vanadium permeability, while retaining good dimensional and chemical stability in an electrolyte solution, making them appropriate candidates for non-aqueous vanadium acetylacetonate redox flow battery (VRFB) applications. The optimized membrane displays ion exchange capacity and ionic conductivity of 2.0 mequiv g-1 and 0.105 mS cm-1, respectively, whereas the efficiency of 91.7%, 95.7% and 87.7% for coulombic, voltage and energy parameter in non-aqueous VRFB, respectively. This study reveals that the non-aqueous VRFB performance is greatly influenced by membrane properties; therefore the optimal control over the membrane properties is advantageous for the improved performance.

  9. Radiation grafting of pH-sensitive acrylic acid and 4-vinyl pyridine onto nylon-6 using one- and two-step methods

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    Ortega, Alejandra; Alarcón, Darío; Muñoz-Muñoz, Franklin; Garzón-Fontecha, Angélica; Burillo, Guillermina

    2015-04-01

    Acrylic acid (AAc) and 4-vinyl pyridine (4VP) were γ-ray grafted onto nylon-6 (Ny6) films via pre-irradiation oxidative method. These monomers were grafted using a one-step method to render Ny6-g-(AAc/4VP). A two-step or sequential method was used to render (Ny6-g-AAc)-g-4VP. Random copolymer branches were obtained when the grafting was carried out via one-step method using the two monomers together. The two-step method was applied to graft chains of 4VP on both Ny6 substrate and previously grafted AAc chains (Ny6-g-AAc). The two types of binary copolymers synthesized were characterized to determine the amount of grafted polymers, the thermal behavior (DSC and TGA), the surface composition (XPS), and the pH responsiveness. In the two-step process, it is possible to achieve a higher graft yield, better control of the amount of each monomer, good reversibility in the swelling/deswelling process and shorter time to achieve equilibrium swelling.

  10. Quinoxalinone (Part II). Discovery of (Z)-3-(2-(pyridin-4-yl)vinyl)quinoxalinone derivates as potent VEGFR-2 kinase inhibitors.

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    Shi, Leilei; Zhou, Jianfeng; Wu, Jifeng; Cao, Junya; Shen, Yuemao; Zhou, Hua; Li, Xun

    2016-04-15

    Inhibition of VEGFR-2 kinase has been highlighted as one of the well-defined strategies to suppress tumor growth via blockade of angiogenesis. Guided by the principles of bioisosteric replacement and pharmacophoric fragment migration, a series of novel quinoxalinone derivates were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their VEGFR-2 inhibitory potencies. Among them, compounds 7c, 8b, 8c, 8e and 10b displayed antiangiogenic abilities via the in vitro tube formation assay (cellular level) and ex vivo rat aortic ring assay (tissue level) at a low concentration (0.1μM). By means of in vivo zebrafish embryo model, two (Z)-3-(2-(pyridin-4-yl)vinyl)quinoxalinone derivates 8c and 8e showed significant antiangiogenesis effects, suggesting they have potentials to be developed into antiangiogenesis agents via further structural optimization. Moreover, these two compounds also demonstrated potent inhibition toward VEGFR-2 and B-raf kinases in a low concentration (1μM). A possible interpretation of our evaluation result has been presented by a molecular docking study by docking representative compound 8c with VEGFR-2. PMID:26968648

  11. Design strategies for 157-nm single-layer photoresists: lithographic evaluation of a poly(α -trifluoromethyl vinyl alcohol) copolymer

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    Schmaljohann, Dirk; Bae, Young C.; Weibel, Gina L.; Hamad, Alyssandrea H.; Ober, Christopher K.

    2000-06-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol-co-(alpha) -trifluoromethyl vinyl alcohol) (PVA-co-CF3PVA) protected with an acid cleavable group was prepared as a single-layer photoresist for use in 157 nm VUV lithography. It was found that the (alpha) -trifluoromethyl substituent renders PVA-co-CF3PVA readily soluble in 0.262 N TMAH. The protected polymer can be spin-coated from PGMEA and preliminary studies using 248 nm exposure showed a THP protected PVA-co-CF3PVA undergoes chemically amplified deprotection with a clearing dose of approximately 15 mJ/cm2. Using a VUV spectrometer, absorption coefficients of approximately 3 micrometer-1 were observed at 157 nm with PVA-co-CF3PVA and THP protected PVA-co-CF3PVA. Detailed lithographic evaluation of the polymer is underway and design strategies for 157 nm single-layer photoresists will be discussed.

  12. Submillimeter Diameter Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) Vascular Graft Patency in Rabbit Model.

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    Cutiongco, Marie F A; Kukumberg, Marek; Peneyra, Jonnathan L; Yeo, Matthew S; Yao, Jia Y; Rufaihah, Abdul Jalil; Le Visage, Catherine; Ho, Jackie Pei; Yim, Evelyn K F

    2016-01-01

    Microvascular surgery is becoming a prevalent surgical practice. Replantation, hand reconstruction, orthopedic, and free tissue transfer procedures all rely on microvascular surgery for the repair of venous and arterial defects at the millimeter and submillimeter levels. Often, a vascular graft is required for the procedure as a means to bridge the gap between native arteries. While autologous vessels are desired for their bioactivity and non-thrombogenicity, the tedious harvest process, lack of availability, and caliber or mechanical mismatch contribute to graft failure. Thus, there is a need for an off-the-shelf artificial vascular graft that has low thrombogenic properties and mechanical properties matching those of submillimeter vessels. Poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel (PVA) has excellent prospects as a vascular graft due to its bioinertness, low thrombogenicity, high water content, and tunable mechanical properties. Here, we fabricated PVA grafts with submillimeter diameter and mechanical properties that closely approximated those of the rabbit femoral artery. In vitro platelet adhesion and microparticle release assay verified the low thrombogenicity of PVA. A stringent proof-of-concept in vivo test was performed by implanting PVA grafts in rabbit femoral artery with multilevel arterial occlusion. Laser Doppler measurements indicated the improved perfusion of the distal limb after implantation with PVA grafts. Moreover, ultrasound Doppler and angiography verified that the submillimeter diameter PVA vascular grafts remained patent for 2 weeks without the aid of anticoagulant or antithrombotics. Endothelial cells were observed in the luminal surface of one patent PVA graft. The advantageous non-thrombogenic and tunable mechanical properties of PVA that are retained even in the submillimeter diameter dimensions support the application of this biomaterial for vascular replacement in microvascular surgery. PMID:27376059

  13. Composite Scaffold of Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) and Interfacial Polyelectrolyte Complexation Fibers for Controlled Biomolecule Delivery

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    Cutiongco, Marie Francene A.; Choo, Royden K. T.; Shen, Nathaniel J. X.; Chua, Bryan M. X.; Sju, Ervi; Choo, Amanda W. L.; Le Visage, Catherine; Yim, Evelyn K. F.

    2015-01-01

    Controlled delivery of hydrophilic proteins is an important therapeutic strategy. However, widely used methods for protein delivery suffer from low incorporation efficiency and loss of bioactivity. The versatile interfacial polyelectrolyte complexation (IPC) fibers have the capacity for precise spatiotemporal release and protection of protein, growth factor, and cell bioactivity. Yet its weak mechanical properties limit its application and translation into a viable clinical solution. To overcome this limitation, IPC fibers can be incorporated into polymeric scaffolds such as the biocompatible poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel (PVA). Therefore, we explored the use of a composite scaffold of PVA and IPC fibers for controlled biomolecule release. We first observed that the permeability of biomolecules through PVA films were dependent on molecular weight. Next, IPC fibers were incorporated in between layers of PVA to produce PVA–IPC composite scaffolds with different IPC fiber orientation. The composite scaffold demonstrated excellent mechanical properties and efficient biomolecule incorporation. The rate of biomolecule release from PVA–IPC composite grafts exhibited dependence on molecular weight, with lysozyme showing near-linear release for 1 month. Angiogenic factors were also incorporated into the PVA–IPC grafts, as a potential biomedical application of the composite graft. While vascular endothelial growth factor only showed a maximum cumulative release of 3%, the smaller PEGylated-QK peptide showed maximum release of 33%. Notably, the released angiogenic biomolecules induced endothelial cell activity thus indicating retention of bioactivity. We also observed lack of significant macrophage response against PVA–IPC grafts in a rabbit model. Showing permeability, mechanical strength, precise temporal growth factor release, and bioinertness, PVA–IPC fibers composite scaffolds are excellent scaffolds for controlled biomolecule delivery in soft tissue

  14. Soy proteins as environmentally friendly sizing agents to replace poly(vinyl alcohol).

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    Chen, Lihong; Reddy, Narendra; Yang, Yiqi

    2013-09-01

    An environmentally friendly and inexpensive substitute to the widely used poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) has been developed from soy proteins for textile warp sizing. Textile processing is the major source of industrial water pollution across the world, and sizing and desizing operations account for nearly 30 % of the water consumed in a textile plant. PVA is one of the most common sizing agents used for synthetic fibers and their blends due to PVA's easy water solubility and ability to provide desired sizing performance. However, PVA does not degrade and is a major contributor to pollution in textile effluent treatment plants. Although considerable efforts have been made to replace PVA with biodegradable sizing materials, the performance properties provided by PVA on synthetic fibers and their blends have been unmatched so far. Soy proteins are inexpensive, biodegradable, and have been widely studied for potential use in food packaging, as resins and adhesives. In this research, the potential of using soy proteins as textile sizing agents to replace PVA was studied. Polyester and polyester/cotton rovings, yarns, and fabrics sized with soy protein showed a considerably better improvement in strength and abrasion resistance compared to commercially available PVA-based size. Soy protein size had a 5-day biochemical oxygen demand /chemical oxygen demand ratio of 0.57 compared to 0.01 for PVA indicating that soy protein sizes were easily biodegradable in activated sludge. The total and ammonia nitrogen released from the proteins also did not adversely impact the biodegradability. Good sizing performance and easy biodegradability demonstrate that soy protein-based sizes have potential to replace PVA-based sizes leading to substantial benefits to the textile industry and the environment. PMID:23536274

  15. Poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel coatings with tunable surface exposure of hydroxyapatite

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    Moreau, David; Villain, Arthur; Ku, David N; Corté, Laurent

    2014-01-01

    Insufficient bone anchoring is a major limitation of artificial substitutes for connective osteoarticular tissues. The use of coatings containing osseoconductive ceramic particles is one of the actively explored strategies to improve osseointegration and strengthen the bone-implant interface for general tissue engineering. Our hypothesis is that hydroxyapatite (HA) particles can be coated robustly on specific assemblies of PVA hydrogel fibers for the potential anchoring of ligament replacements. A simple dip-coating method is described to produce composite coatings made of microscopic hydroxyapatite (HA) particles dispersed in a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) matrix. The materials are compatible with the requirements for implant Good Manufacturing Practices. They are applied to coat bundles of PVA hydrogel fibers used for the development of ligament implants. By means of optical and electronic microscopy, we show that the coating thickness and surface state can be adjusted by varying the composition of the dipping solution. Quantitative analysis based on backscattered electron microscopy show that the exposure of HA at the coating surface can be tuned from 0 to over 55% by decreasing the weight ratio of PVA over HA from 0.4 to 0.1. Abrasion experiments simulating bone-implant contact illustrate how the coating cohesion and wear resistance increase by increasing the content of PVA relative to HA. Using pullout experiments, we find that these coatings adhere well to the fiber bundles and detach by propagation of a crack inside the coating. These results provide a guide to select coated implants for anchoring artificial ligaments. PMID:25482413

  16. Submillimeter Diameter Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) Vascular Graft Patency in Rabbit Model

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    Cutiongco, Marie F. A.; Kukumberg, Marek; Peneyra, Jonnathan L.; Yeo, Matthew S.; Yao, Jia Y.; Rufaihah, Abdul Jalil; Le Visage, Catherine; Ho, Jackie Pei; Yim, Evelyn K. F.

    2016-01-01

    Microvascular surgery is becoming a prevalent surgical practice. Replantation, hand reconstruction, orthopedic, and free tissue transfer procedures all rely on microvascular surgery for the repair of venous and arterial defects at the millimeter and submillimeter levels. Often, a vascular graft is required for the procedure as a means to bridge the gap between native arteries. While autologous vessels are desired for their bioactivity and non-thrombogenicity, the tedious harvest process, lack of availability, and caliber or mechanical mismatch contribute to graft failure. Thus, there is a need for an off-the-shelf artificial vascular graft that has low thrombogenic properties and mechanical properties matching those of submillimeter vessels. Poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel (PVA) has excellent prospects as a vascular graft due to its bioinertness, low thrombogenicity, high water content, and tunable mechanical properties. Here, we fabricated PVA grafts with submillimeter diameter and mechanical properties that closely approximated those of the rabbit femoral artery. In vitro platelet adhesion and microparticle release assay verified the low thrombogenicity of PVA. A stringent proof-of-concept in vivo test was performed by implanting PVA grafts in rabbit femoral artery with multilevel arterial occlusion. Laser Doppler measurements indicated the improved perfusion of the distal limb after implantation with PVA grafts. Moreover, ultrasound Doppler and angiography verified that the submillimeter diameter PVA vascular grafts remained patent for 2 weeks without the aid of anticoagulant or antithrombotics. Endothelial cells were observed in the luminal surface of one patent PVA graft. The advantageous non-thrombogenic and tunable mechanical properties of PVA that are retained even in the submillimeter diameter dimensions support the application of this biomaterial for vascular replacement in microvascular surgery. PMID:27376059

  17. Determination of elemental impurities in poly(vinyl chloride) by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry.

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    Pereira, Leticia S F; Pedrotti, Matheus F; Miceli, Tatiane M; Pereira, Juliana S F; Flores, Erico M M

    2016-05-15

    In this work, a method for poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) analysis by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) was developed. Samples were digested by microwave-induced combustion (MIC) and thirteen elements (Ba, Cd, Co, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sr, V and Zn) were determined by ICP-OES. Operational conditions of MIC were investigated allowing quantitative determination of all the analytes and suitable results were achieved using a 3 mol L(-1) HNO3 solution. Microwave-assisted wet digestion (MAWD) using closed quartz vessels and a single reaction chamber microwave digestion system (MAWD-SRC), were also evaluated for PVC digestion for results comparison. All the evaluated sample preparation methods were considered suitable for PVC digestion but MIC was preferable due to the possibility of using diluted HNO3 instead of concentrated reagents and due to the better digestion efficiency. The residual carbon content (RCC) in digests obtained by MIC was significantly lower in comparison with the values obtained after MAWD and by MAWD-SRC. Accuracy for the proposed method was better than 94% for all analytes by comparison of results with those obtained by neutron activation analysis (NAA). Using MIC, it was possible to digest a relatively high sample mass (500 mg) and up to 8 samples in less time (25 min) in comparison with MAWD and MAWD-SRC (about 60 min for both methods). The efficiency of digestion by MIC was higher 99% and lower limits of detection (as low as 0.1 µg g(-1)) were obtained avoiding the use of concentrated acids that is of great concern according to the current green chemistry recommendations. PMID:26992533

  18. Biosensors based on porous cellulose nanocrystal-poly(vinyl alcohol) scaffolds.

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    Schyrr, Bastien; Pasche, Stéphanie; Voirin, Guy; Weder, Christoph; Simon, Yoan C; Foster, E Johan

    2014-08-13

    Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), which offer a high aspect ratio, large specific surface area, and large number of reactive surface groups, are well suited for the facile immobilization of high density biological probes. We here report functional high surface area scaffolds based on cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and demonstrate that this platform is useful for fluorescence-based sensing schemes. Porous CNC/PVA nanocomposite films with a thickness of 25-70 nm were deposited on glass substrates by dip-coating with an aqueous mixture of the CNCs and PVA, and the porous nanostructure was fixated by heat treatment. In a subsequent step, a portion of the scaffold's hydroxyl surface groups was reacted with 2-(acryloxy)ethyl (3-isocyanato-4-methylphenyl)carbamate to permit the immobilization of thiolated fluorescein-substituted lysine, which was used as a first sensing motif, via nucleophile-based thiol-ene Michael addition. The resulting sensor films exhibit a nearly instantaneous and pronounced change of their fluorescence emission intensity in response to changes in pH. The approach was further extended to the detection of protease activity by immobilizing a Förster-type resonance energy transfer chromophore pair via a labile peptide sequence to the scaffold. This sensing scheme is based on the degradation of the protein linker in the presence of appropriate enzymes, which separate the chromophores and causes a turn-on of the originally quenched fluorescence. Using a standard benchtop spectrometer to monitor the increase in fluorescence intensity, trypsin was detected at a concentration of 250 μg/mL, i.e., in a concentration that is typical for abnormal proteolytic activity in wound fluids. PMID:24955644

  19. Biocompatibility and drug release behavior of chitosan/poly (vinyl alcohol) corneal shield in vivo

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    Li, Guo-Xing; Gu, Xin; Song, Hui-Yang; Nan, Kai-Hui; Chen, Hao

    2015-01-01

    Backgound: Chitosan/polyvinyl alcohol corneal cap has good biocompatibility and drug slow release characteristics, which provided new treatment method for anterior segment disease. Our study was to evaluate biocompatibility of poly (vinyl alcohol)/chitosan corneal shield’s intraocular and investigate its feasibility to treat ocular surface disorders. Methods: Thirty-six white rabbits were randomly divided into four groups. Slit lamp observation were conducted at 1, 3, 7 and 10 days after operation. Corneal and conjunctiva tissue harvested from the experimental groups was observed by HE staining 10 days after operation. The aqueous humor was aspirated from the anterior chamber at each designated time point (1, 3, 7 and 10 days). The cornea and conjunctive were collected at 10 days. The concentration of each tissue was analyzed by ultra-performance liquid chromatography and microscope observation. Results: In all groups, mild hyperemia was observed 1 day after operation, and there was no obvious inflammatory reaction occurring on the seventh and tenth day. No corneal edema and inflammatory reaction of anterior chamber occurred till the tenth day. For histopathology, there was no obviously mild chronic and inflammatory reaction occurred, and no significant difference between the corneal shield with-in groups and with-out groups. The drug concentrations in corneal and conjunctival in group (A, B) were significantly lower than eye drops in the control group (C, D), and blank corneal cover in group C was significantly sham operation in group D. Conclusion: The results indicated that the proposed membrane combined with ophthalmic solution has substantial potential as ocular delivery system. PMID:26550213

  20. Poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel coatings with tunable surface exposure of hydroxyapatite.

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    Moreau, David; Villain, Arthur; Ku, David N; Corté, Laurent

    2014-01-01

    Insufficient bone anchoring is a major limitation of artificial substitutes for connective osteoarticular tissues. The use of coatings containing osseoconductive ceramic particles is one of the actively explored strategies to improve osseointegration and strengthen the bone-implant interface for general tissue engineering. Our hypothesis is that hydroxyapatite (HA) particles can be coated robustly on specific assemblies of PVA hydrogel fibers for the potential anchoring of ligament replacements. A simple dip-coating method is described to produce composite coatings made of microscopic hydroxyapatite (HA) particles dispersed in a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) matrix. The materials are compatible with the requirements for implant Good Manufacturing Practices. They are applied to coat bundles of PVA hydrogel fibers used for the development of ligament implants. By means of optical and electronic microscopy, we show that the coating thickness and surface state can be adjusted by varying the composition of the dipping solution. Quantitative analysis based on backscattered electron microscopy show that the exposure of HA at the coating surface can be tuned from 0 to over 55% by decreasing the weight ratio of PVA over HA from 0.4 to 0.1. Abrasion experiments simulating bone-implant contact illustrate how the coating cohesion and wear resistance increase by increasing the content of PVA relative to HA. Using pullout experiments, we find that these coatings adhere well to the fiber bundles and detach by propagation of a crack inside the coating. These results provide a guide to select coated implants for anchoring artificial ligaments. PMID:25482413

  1. Thermochemical reaction mechanism of lead oxide with poly(vinyl chloride) in waste thermal treatment.

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    Wang, Si-Jia; Zhang, Hua; Shao, Li-Ming; Liu, Shu-Meng; He, Pin-Jing

    2014-12-01

    Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) as a widely used plastic that can promote the volatilization of heavy metals during the thermal treatment of solid waste, thus leading to environmental problems of heavy metal contamination. In this study, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) coupled with differential scanning calorimeter, TGA coupled with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and lab-scale tube furnace experiments were carried out with standard PVC and PbO to explicate the thermochemical reaction mechanism of PVC with semi-volatile lead. The results showed that PVC lost weight from 225 to 230°C under both air and nitrogen with an endothermic peak, and HCl and benzene release were also detected. When PbO was present, HCl that decomposed from PVC instantly reacted with PbO via an exothermal gas-solid reaction. The product was solid-state PbCl2 at <501°C, which was the most volatile lead-containing compound with a low melting point and high vapor pressure. At >501°C, PbCl2 melted, volatilized and transferred into flue gas or condensed into fly ash. Almost all PbCl2 volatilized above 900°C, while PbO just started to volatilize slowly at this temperature. Therefore, the chlorination effect of PVC on lead was apt to lower-temperature and rapid. Without oxygen, Pb2O was generated due to the deoxidizing by carbon, with oxygen, the amount of residual Pb in the bottom ash was significantly decreased. PMID:25150687

  2. Electric fields enhance miscibility of polystyrene/poly(vinyl methyl ether) blends

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    Kriisa, Annika; Roth, Connie B.

    2014-10-01

    How the presence of electric fields alters the miscibility of mixtures has been studied since the 1960s with conflicting reports on both the magnitude and direction of the shift in the phase separation temperature Ts. Theoretical understanding of the phenomenon has been hampered by the lack of experimental data with unambiguously large shifts in Ts outside of experimental error. Here, we address these concerns by presenting data showing that uniform electric fields strongly enhance the miscibility of polystyrene (PS)/poly(vinyl methyl ether) (PVME) blends. Reliable shifts in Ts of up to 13.5 ± 1.4 K were measured for electric fields strengths of E = 1.7 × 107 V/m in a 50/50 PS/PVME mixture. By using a sensitive fluorescence method to measure Ts, the PS/PVME blend can be quenched back into the one phase region of the phase diagram when the domains are still small allowing the blend to be remixed such that Ts can be measured repeatedly on the same sample. In this manner, highly reproducible Ts values at non-zero and zero electric field can be ascertained on the same sample. Our results agree with the vast majority of existing experimental data on various mixtures finding that electric fields enhance miscibility, but are opposite to the one previous study on PS/PVME blends by Reich and Gordon [J. Polym. Sci.: Polym. Phys. Ed. 17, 371 (1979)] reporting that electric fields induce phase separation, a study which has been considered anomalous in the field.

  3. Quasielastic neutron scattering study of hydrogen motions in an aqueous poly(vinyl methyl ether) solution

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    Capponi, S.; Arbe, A.; Cerveny, S.; Busselez, R.; Frick, B.; Embs, J. P.; Colmenero, J.

    2011-05-01

    We present a quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS) investigation of the component dynamics in an aqueous Poly(vinyl methyl ether) (PVME) solution (30% water content in weight). In the glassy state, an important shift in the Boson peak of PVME is found upon hydration. At higher temperatures, the diffusive-like motions of the components take place with very different characteristic times, revealing a strong dynamic asymmetry that increases with decreasing T. For both components, we observe stretching of the scattering functions with respect to those in the bulk and non-Gaussian behavior in the whole momentum transfer range investigated. To explain these observations we invoke a distribution of mobilities for both components, probably originated from structural heterogeneities. The diffusive-like motion of PVME in solution takes place faster and apparently in a more continuous way than in bulk. We find that the T-dependence of the characteristic relaxation time of water changes at T ≲ 225 K, near the temperature where a crossover from a low temperature Arrhenius to a high temperature cooperative behavior has been observed by broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BDS) [S. Cerveny, J. Colmenero and A. Alegría, Macromolecules, 38, 7056 (2005), 10.1021/ma050811t]. This observation might be a signature of the onset of confined dynamics of water due to the freezing of the PVME dynamics, that has been selectively followed by these QENS experiments. On the other hand, revisiting the BDS results on this system we could identify an additional "fast" process that can be attributed to water motions coupled with PVME local relaxations that could strongly affect the QENS results. Both kinds of interpretations, confinement effects due to the increasing dynamic asymmetry and influence of localized motions, could provide alternative scenarios to the invoked "strong-to-fragile" transition.

  4. Fabrication and properties of irradiation-cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol)/clay aerogel composites.

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    Chen, Hong-Bing; Liu, Bo; Huang, Wei; Wang, Jun-Sheng; Zeng, Guang; Wu, Wen-Hao; Schiraldi, David A

    2014-09-24

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH)/clay aerogel composites were fabricated by an environmentally friendly freeze-drying of the aqueous precursor suspensions, followed by cross-linking induced by gamma irradiation without chemical additives. The influences of cross-linking conditions, i.e., absorbed dose and polymer loading as well as density on the aerogel structure and properties, were investigated. The absorbed dose of 30 kGy was found to be the optimum dose for fabricating strong PVOH composites; the compressive modulus of an aerogel prepared from an aqueous suspension containing 2 wt % PVOH/8 wt % clay increased 10-fold, and that containing 1 wt % PVOH/9 wt % clay increased 12 times upon cross-linking with a dose of 30 kGy. Increasing the solids concentration led to an increase in the mechanical strength, in accordance with the changes in microstructure from layered structure to network structure. The increase of absorbed dose also led to decreased porous size of the network structure. Cross-linking and the increase of the PVOH lead to decreased thermal stability. The strengthened PVOH/clay aerogels possess very low flammability, as measured by cone calorimetry, with heat, smoke, and volatile products release value decreasing as increasing clay content. The mechanism of flame retardation in these materials was investigated with weight loss, FTIR, WAXD, and SEM of the burned residues. The proposed mechanism is that with decreasing fuel content (increasing clay content), increased heat and mass transport barriers are developed; simultaneously low levels of thermal conductivity are maintained during the burning. PMID:25164075

  5. Solution Spinning and Characterization of Poly (vinyl alcohol) /Soybean Polyblend Fibers

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    Zhang, Xiefei; Kumar, Satish

    2002-03-01

    Solution Spinning and Characterization of Poly (vinyl alcohol) /Soybean Polyblend Fibers Xiefei Zhang and Satish Kumar School of Textile and Fiber Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta GA 30032 During 1930s and 40s there was significant research activity in processing fibers from regenerated proteins. However, due to development of synthetic fibers and partially due to low tensile strength of the regenerated protein fibers, there has not been much interest in this field over last half a century. To improve strength of the regenerated protein, an attempt has been made to process PVA /soybean protein polyblend fibers. PVA/Soybean protein ratio of 100/0, 90/10, 70/30, 50/50, 40/60, 20/80 and 0/100 have been utilized. This has been done in an attempt to take advantage of the PVA/soybean interaction. Urea, sodium sulfite, as well as heat, were used to make denatured soybean protein solution, which was suitable for solution spinning. The polyblend fibers underwent post-spinning treatment, such as crosslinking, washing, drying and heat treatment. The fibers have been characterized for thermal behavior and tensile as well as dynamic mechanical properties. Blend fiber morphology was studied using scanning electron microscopy and fiber structure characterized using wide angle X-ray diffraction. Effects of draw ratio, crosslinking time, crosslinking agent, heat treatment conditions as well as PVA/soybean composition on the mechanical properties of polyblend fibers have been studied. Dynamic mechanical analysis as well as scanning electron microscopy exhibit PVA /soybean protein compatibility.

  6. Interfacial insertion of a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) layer between the poly(3-hexyl thiophene) semiconductor and cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol) insulator layer in organic field-effect transistors

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    Cruz-Cruz, Isidro; Tavares, Ana C. B.; Reyes-Reyes, Marisol; López-Sandoval, Román; Hümmelgen, Ivo A.

    2014-02-01

    The role of a thin layer of conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT : PSS), inserted between the gate dielectric and the active layer in poly(3-hexylthiophene)-based transistors was investigated. The devices were fabricated in the bottom-gate top-contact geometry by using cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol) as the dielectric, whereas the PEDOT : PSS layer was prepared by using an aged aqueous dispersion with addition of different amounts of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) as a secondary dopant. Under these conditions, both a significant reduction in the number of electrically active traps at the interface with the semiconductor and an improvement in the field-effect mobility were obtained, whereas the low power consumption was preserved. The threshold voltage was also displaced by approximately -1 V.

  7. Synthesis of poly(vinyl alcohol)/C(60) and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)/C(60) nanohybrids as potential photodynamic cancer therapy agents.

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    Hurtgen, Marie; Debuigne, Antoine; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange; Jérôme, Robert; Jérôme, Christine; Detrembleur, Christophe

    2010-04-01

    Well-defined poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone)-co-poly(vinyl acetate) (PNVP-co-PVAc) chains end-capped by Co(acac)(2) (acac=acetylacetonate) and prepared by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) are grafted onto a fullerene. Homolytic Co-C bond cleavage of the polymer chain ends at 30 degrees C releases the polymeric radicals that add onto C(60), thereby leading to the corresponding PVAc/C(60) and PNVP-co-PVAc/C(60) nanohybrids. The [polymer-Co(acac)(2)]/[C(60)] molar ratio was varied to adjust the structure of the nanohybrids, and more particularly the number of grafted arms. Finally, the potential of the hydrosoluble PVOH/C(60) nanohybrids, which result from the methanolysis of the ester groups of PVAc/C(60), and of the PNVP-co-PVAc/C(60) nanohybrids as photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy (PDT), was approached. First, photobleaching tests demonstrated the ability of these nanohybrids to produce singlet oxygen upon irradiation, which can play a role in cell damage. Second, cell viability assays demonstrated that both types of nanohybrids are deprived of intrinsic cytotoxicity in the dark, whereas they promoted significant cell mortality when subjected to light treatment. The selective response of these materials to irradiation makes them promising compounds for PDT. PMID:20140908

  8. Surface modification of poly(vinyl chloride) by physisorbed free radical initiation for reduced plasticizer migration and antimicrobial properties

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    McGinty, Kathryn

    Poly(vinyl chloride), PVC, is a particularly important commodity polymer that accounts for an annual world-wide production of 26 million tons. It is used frequently in the medical field as blood storage bags, endotracheal and dialysis tubing and intravenous catheters. Common plasticizers, namely di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), are added to PVC to improve the processability and flexibility by lowering the glass transition temperature. However, most phthalate plasticizers are potential carcinogens. There has been extensive research on PVC with surface coatings to improve biocompatibility, surface crosslinking to create a barrier to the plasticizer leaching and surface grafting of hydrophilic polymers for both biocompatibility and reduced plasticizer migration. A novel surface grafting technique is the grafting of hydrophilic monomers by physisorbed free radical initiators. This modification method can be applied to PVC to attach vinyl hydrophilic monomers by the "grafting from" method. This approach, extending on earlier work involving polymer brush formation on poly(dimethylsiloxane), involves a two-step process: physisorption of a hydrophobic free radical initiator onto a polymer surface followed by radical polymerization of hydrophilic monomers in water. The key step is creating a hydrophobic/hydrophilic diffusional barrier that promotes radical reactions at the polymer surface. Polymers that have been successfully grafted from PVC films and tubing include: poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA), poly(dimethylacrylamide) (PDMA), poly(hydroxyethyl acrylate) (PHEA), poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA), poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), and poly(4-vinylpyridine) (P4VP). Characterization methods performed include bulk chemical composition by transmission infrared spectroscopy, surface composition using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, surface wettability by tensiometry and capillary rise, film thickness determination by infrared, gravimetric analysis and UV

  9. Synthesis and thermoreversible gelation properties of main-chain poly(pyridine-2,6-dicarboxamide-triazole)s.

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    Yim, Sui-Lung; Chow, Hak-Fun; Chan, Man-Chor; Che, Chi-Ming; Low, Kam-Hung

    2013-02-11

    A series of main-chain poly(amide-triazole)s were prepared by copper(I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide AABB-type copolymerizatons between five structurally similar diacetylenes 1-5 with the same diazide 6. The acetylene units in monomers 1-5 possessed different degrees of conformational flexibility due to the different number of intramolecular hydrogen bonds built inside the monomer architecture. Our study showed that the conformational freedom of the monomer had a profound effect on the polymerization efficiency and the thermoreversible gelation properties of the resulting copolymers. Among all five diacetylene monomers, only the one, that is, 1-Py(NH)(2) which possesses the pyridine-2,6-dicarboxamide unit with two built-in intramolecular H bonds could produce the corresponding poly(amide-triazole) Poly-(PyNH)(2) with a significantly higher degree of polymerization (DP) than other monomers with a lesser number of intramolecular H bonds. In addition, it was found that only this polymer exhibited excellent thermoreversible gelation ability in aromatic solvents. A self-assembling model of the organogelating polymer Poly-(PyNH)(2) was proposed based on FTIR spectroscopy, XRD, and SEM analyses, in which H bonding, π-π aromatic stacking, hydrophobic interactions, and the structural rigidity of the polymer backbone were identified as the main driving forces for the polymer self-assembly process. PMID:23297251

  10. Radial liquid crystal alignment based on circular rubbing of a substrate coated with poly(N-vinyl carbazole) film

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    Chen, Yuan-Di; Ying-Guey Fuh, Andy; Liu, Cheng-Kai; Cheng, Ko-Ting

    2011-06-01

    This paper presents a simple method to produce radial liquid crystal (LC) alignment layers using circular rubbing of poly(N-vinyl carbazole) (PVK) films. The produced layer can be used for fabricating axially symmetric homogeneous-radial, homeotropic-radial and radial-radial LC alignment devices by combining a rubbed PVK-coated substrate with another one with a desired LC alignment layer. The transmittance-voltage curves of the fabricated LC devices at various positions are measured to examine the uniformity of the alignment effect. Additionally, the PVK film does not absorb visible light, and can be operated at high temperatures.