Mechanical Properties and Cytotoxicity of PLA/PCL Films
Biomedical Engineering Letters
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Thermodynamically immiscible poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) were blended and solution-cast by adding the 3% compatibilizer (tributyl citrate, TBC) of the PCL weight. In the PLA/PCL composition range of 99/1–95/5 wt%, mechanical properties of the PLA/PCL films with TBC were always superior to those of the films without TBC. The tensile strength of 42.9 ± 3.5 MPa and the elongation at break of 10.3 ± 2.7% were observed for the 93/7 PLA/PCL films without TBC, indicating that PCL addition is effective for strength and ductility. However, the tensile strength of 54.1 ± 3.4 MPa and the elongation at break of 8.8 ± 1.8% were found for the 95/5 PLA/PCL with TBC, indicating that the effect of co-addition of PCL and TBC on mechanical properties of the films is more pronounced. No cytotoxicity was observed for the PLA/PCL films regardless of TBC addition.
Lee, D. Y.,
Kim, K. J.
Mechanical Properties and Cytotoxicity of PLA/PCL Films.
Biomedical Engineering Letters, 8(3),