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Home  >  Journal list  >  Polymer Journal  >  Vol.48  No.7 (2016)  >  pp.751-760

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Polymer design using trimethylene carbonate with ethylene glycol units for biomedical applications

Hiroharu Ajiro1,2,3, Yoshiaki Haramiishi1, Nalinthip Chanthaset1 and Mitsuru Akashi4
1Department of Materials Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara, Japan
2Institute for Research Initiatives, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara, Japan
3Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology (PRESTO), Saitama, Japan
4Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan

Poly(trimethylene carbonate) (PTMC) is a biodegradable polymer that is used in biomedical materials. It has been reported that its combination with hydrophilic groups such as oligo(ethylene glycol) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) would offer a useful approach to vary the PTMC properties. Diblock copolymers and triblock copolymers, as well as star-shaped polymers, are most often prepared through ring-opening polymerization of hydroxyl groups in PEG at chain ends. Additional components are employed through the combination of trimethylene carbonate (TMC) and ethylene glycol units. In addition, monomer design and polymer reactions are available. These polymers, including TMC and EG units, are useful in preparing various nanostructures and, therefore, have the potential for application in biomedical materials.


Received: November 26, 2015 , Revised: January 14, 2016
Accepted: January 20, 2016 , Published online: April 06, 2016
© 2016 The Society of Polymer Science, Japan

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