Tuning the thermoresponsive properties of poly(oligo(propylene glycol) methacrylate) hydrogels via gradient copolymerization with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate
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Gamma radiation was used to prepare copolymer hydrogel libraries based on oligo(propylene glycol) methacrylate (OPGMA) and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA); a complete screening in composition of P(OPGMA/HEMA) copolymers was elaborated from 0% to 100% of OPGMA. Determination of gel fraction was performed as the first step after radiation induced synthesis. Tuning of the volume phase transition temperature (VPTT) of P(OPGMA/HEMA) copolymeric hydrogels was investigated by swelling study. Additional characterization of structure and properties was conducted by FTIR, DSC, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. All results indicate that new P(OPGMA/HEMA) copolymeric hydrogels have wide diversity in thermoresponsive properties which strongly depend on their composition. [GRAPHICS] .