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Degradation of poly(L-lactide) under femtosecond laser treatment
Author(s): Arkadiusz J. Antończak; Bogusz D. Stępak; Małgorzata Gazińska; Konrad Szustakiewicz
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, for the first time, we present an analysis of changes of physicochemical properties of poly(L-lactide) induced by the femtosecond laser. Introduced changes were characterized using Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Gel Permeation Chromatography, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy. We have noted that even for these process parameters for which no thermal ablation effects occurred, we observed some changes in material properties. In GPC image we recorded an increase in polydispersity index and some reduction of the molecular weight. The FTIR spectra show a reduction in the number of both C=O and C−O−C bonds in the polymer as well as the appearance of new bands. By using the XPS it was determined that processing with femtosecond laser cause a small oxidation of the surface layer. Decay of the spectra indicates the possibility of carboxyl (−COOH) and hydroxyl (−OH) groups present in the modified polymer. Although the observed changes are relatively small compared to long pulse duration lasers or UV lasers, they cannot be neglected in biopolymer applications for tissue engineering.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10520, Laser-based Micro- and Nanoprocessing XII, 105201W (19 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2296531
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Arkadiusz J. Antończak, Wroclaw Univ. of Science and Technology (Poland)
Bogusz D. Stępak, Wroclaw Univ. of Science and Technology (Poland)
Małgorzata Gazińska, Wroclaw Univ. of Science and Technology (Poland)
Konrad Szustakiewicz, Wroclaw Univ. of Science and Technology (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10520:
Laser-based Micro- and Nanoprocessing XII
Udo Klotzbach; Kunihiko Washio; Rainer Kling, Editor(s)

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