In the regeneration and repair of missing tissues, synthetic polymer scaffolds need many pores to involve cells and to supply cells with nutrients. The control of the pore size of biodegradable L-lactide/ε-caprolactone copolymer foams was studied by changing the polymer concentration and the cooling temperature in the freeze-drying method. The mixtures of polymer and 1, 4-dioxane solution were poured into an 18-8 stainless steel Petri dish and frozen. The pore size of a polymer foam tends to increase from the bottom towards the top of a Petri dish. The pore size decreased to one-half with increasing polymer concentration (1 to 10 wt%). The mean pore size in foams of 8% polymer concentration decreased from 100 μm to 20 μm as cooling temperature was lowered. This suggests that the higher cooling rate due to lower cooling temperature can produce smaller ice-crystals and result in smaller pores.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Dental materials journal|
|Publication status||Published - Sept 2003|
- Pore size
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites