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Synthesis and characterisation of an extended series of biodegradable cycloaliphatic polyesters

Barriau, E. and Cormack, P.A.G. and Daly, J.H. and Liggat, J.J. and Quincy, A. (2002) Synthesis and characterisation of an extended series of biodegradable cycloaliphatic polyesters. European Cells and Materials, 4 (Suppl.). p. 100. ISSN 1473-2262

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    Abstract

    We report the synthesis and characterisation of an extended series of biodegradable cycloaliphatic polyesters for medical purposes. These polymers are based on cis- and trans-1,4-cyclohexanedicarboxylic acid, cis- and trans-1,4-cyclohexanediol and straight chain aliphatic diols and diacids with different chain lengths. The results demonstrate the possibility of controlling polymer morphology through the cis/trans composition of the 1,4-cyclohexane moiety. The trans isomer increases the regularity of the polymer chain and hence modifies the crystalline morphology, the most obvious indication of which is an increase in melting point.