As a result, the elastic D-PHI scaffold demonstrated good biocompatibility within the in vivo environment (cell infiltration and tissue matrix development). The nanocomposite films were prepared by dispersing appropriate amounts of MMT into the cross-linked polyurethane structure in order to obtain durable antigraffiti coatings with high water- and oleo-repellent properties (Carmona-Quiroga et al., 2010; Scheerder et al., 2005). Polyurethanes contain a urethane moiety in their repeating unit and were first produced by Bayer in 1937. And, this liquid is not a simple melt. With well- designed combinations of monomeric materials, PUs can be tailored to meet diversified demands of various applications such as coatings, adhesives, fibers, thermoplastic elasto- mers, and foams. Fig. Thus, this shortcoming, together with the low thickness of the substrates (some millimeters), limits their use to patches, where cells can only proliferate at the surface, instead of allowing cell infiltration into a 3D structure. After fast impingement mixing, the reacting mixture continues to flow, still driven by the pressure imparted by the metering cylinders, into the mold. Actual polyurethane structure reflects the thermodynamics of the polymer chains coming to an equilibrium structure convoluted with the kinetic limitations of a system that may be coming to a non-equilibrium state as a result of a cooling rate that is not infinitely slow (Fig. In polyurethane foam, the surfactants regulate the size of the cell, emulsify liquid elements, stabilise the structure of the cell to prevent subsurface voids and to collapse. The next paragraphs highlight the main features of these techniques. The much denser Pudgee foam has a different microstructure in which the bubbles maintain their spherical shape. As a consequence, this chapter will not be very long and it will present only the specific general effects of the oligo-polyol s structure on the resulting polyurethane properties. An overview of the effects of structural components, such as soft segment chemistry, hard segment chemistry, and hard segment content, on mechanical properties and degradation rate is provided. The features that affect air flow are the size and number of holes in cell faces, their orientation and spacing, and the cell size. (A) Image of an electrospinning apparatus and (B) example of a collector for nanofibers alignment. PCL, another FDA-approved biodegradable polyester, is considered as well for fabricating scaffolds for SMR (Table 7.2). Wenshou Wang, Chun Wang, in The Design and Manufacture of Medical Devices, 2012. The mean diameter of sectioned cells is close to 300 µm for all the foams. Image analysis of cell size distributions was published by Schwartz and Bomberg (1991), Lewis et al. A combination of printed cell-repellent and cell-adhesive molecules could also be used to guide cell adhesion onto a patterned area of the surface. Hence, for SMR it is important to recognize how porosity, diameter and density of fibers, substrate stiffness, bioactivity, and biocompatibility affect both local and systemic host response [24]. Exposure to urethan can affect the … In addition, this technique can be used with thermoplastic (e.g., PLGA) and UV-curable polymers, thus allowing the production of substrates for the regeneration of different tissue. Fitzgerald et al. Fig. where fluoroquinolone antimicrobial drugs were incorporated into the polymer as hard-segment monomers [242]. clay, POSS and silver) into polyurethane is another way to improve biocompatibility (Guo et al., 2010; Hsu et al., 2010; Tseng et al., 2011). Nevertheless, there is little question that a truly general correlation between properties and structure-composition would not only greatly reduce the amount of experimental work necessary in improving polyurethanes but might also show how some of their seemingly fundamental limitations can be removed. 7.2. Electrospinning (Fig. Skeletal muscle tissue engineering: methods to form skeletal myotubes and their applications. Polyurethane routinely outperforms plastic, rubber and steel in its overall ability to resist harsh environmental factors such as abrasion, … On the contrary, the hybrid films exhibited an efficient antigraffiti performance even after eight staining/cleaning cycles (ΔE range between 6 and 8 and between 2 and 4 for Fluorolink P56/MMT and Fluorolink P56/O-MMT, respectively). The impact of these modifications on the resulting properties is determined by a number of structural and morphological factors. Surface patterning is a general term used to describe the modification of a biomaterial surface by patterning techniques. During the curing stage, the elastic modulus of the part increases. (1997), while X-ray CT determinations of cell diameter and edge length distributions were described in Chapter 1. A wonderfully bizarre polyurethane is spandex. Thermoset Polyurethane is a versatile material that, depending on how it is formulated, can range in physical properties from soft and malleable to tough and hard.Chemically, these polyurethanes are formed from a variety of prepolymers, curatives, and additives. Other materials are added to aid processing the polymer or to modify the properties of the polymer. Lastly, reactions are temperature sensitive so choosing the mold temperature is important to the curing process as well as the demolding. The answer is yes according to Khandwekar’s research, which demonstrated that surface entrapment technique could be used to modify/control the foreign body response on polyurethane surfaces (Khandwekar et al., 2010). The urethane bond is essentially nondegradable under physiological conditions. The chemical structure and properties of polyurethane are influenced by using the metal complex systems based on transition metal for their synthesis, where metal complexes have the ability to order the chains, as well as have an effect on the chemical properties, and can improve the mechanical and anticorrosion properties … Furthermore, if only the longer edges in the PU structure are measured, the average b/L ratio will be overestimated. The biocompatibility of polyurethane has been extensively investigated by researchers, which includes the evaluation of in vitro (cell compatibility, toxicity, mutagenicity, as well as additional in vitro tests for a specific application, which will guarantee the function and innocuousness of the device) and in vivo tests. Biocompatibility, by definition, is the extent to which a foreign, usually implanted, material elicits an immune or other response in a recipient and the ability to co-exist with living organisms without harming them (McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine, 2002). The superior properties make them suitable for a wide range of applications. The whole spectrum from open- to closed-cell structures is possible; holes in the middle of faces can vary in size, or there can be a combination of open and closed faces. Figure 3.72. PUs can consequently be tailored to control their degradation rate, mechanical, and physical properties. Hence, for the Sunmate foams with R = 0.07, the face relative volumes RF are 0.05–0.06. The molding cycle is initiated when the mold closes and the system changes from the recirculation to shot preparation. Polyurethane is formed by a reaction between an isocyanate and a polyol. Cut cell boundaries consisting of linked faces and vertices. In Table 2.1 the relative density values are based on a nominal PU solid density of 1200 kgm−3. ScienceDirect ® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V. ScienceDirect ® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V. 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Some problems are still open, because of the inability to provide the adequate oxygen and nutrient supply within the thickness of the porous scaffold. This method evidences some advantages compared to other methods able to fabricate nanostructures, such as electrospinning. Wolfe (1982) attributed high resilience to thick cell edges, and a proportion of closed cells in PU foams. As a medical device or implant, the evaluation of biocompatibility is essential, and good biocompatibility is the minimum requirement for any medical device. Hager et al. On the contrary, the surface of the treated marbles rarely presents some small gypsum crystals. As further new kinds of polyurethane are being developed, it is important to expand our understanding on the relationship between the polyurethane structure and its biocompatibility, which will help us to design the new polyurethane materials or modify the existing materials based on our needs. Among the many variations are polyurethanes with properties tailored for automotive applications, such as bumpers, and others that are molded with a foaming agent to create rigid or flexible foams. The chapter gives an introduction to the polyurethane (PU) polymer, its synthesis and its structure. SEM allows the observation of the exterior of a sectioned foam; the sectioning plane cuts through the structure, leaving partial cells, faces, and holes in faces. Recently, Lehle et al. The highly tunable mechanical and physicochemical properties of biodegradable polyurethanes make them promising candidates in the rapidly growing market of resorbable devices. The microstructure of HR foams (Kleiner et al., 1984) contains a range of cell sizes (Fig. They just pop up everywhere. Dawei Zhang, Yanju Liu, Kai Yu, Jinsong Leng. The volume fraction of polymer in vertices is approximately equal to the area fraction AV measured on sections. For example, CFL nanopatterns can be obtained with a great variety of topography, geometry, and thickness with a high reproducibility. Main techniques investigated for the fabrication of scaffolds for skeletal muscle regeneration. Polyurethanes are synthesized mainly in the form of linear elastomers and soft or rigid foams, but some investigations are focused on the chemically cross-linked polyurethanes. 2.14), making the foams less resistant to fatigue. Electrospun nanofibers should have a great impact on cell behavior via contact guidance effect, but, in most cases, cells are unable to infiltrate the fiber mat due to the close packing density of the fibers and the limited thickness of the mat. By varying the nature of these components, we can create numerous formulas and combinations of properties. Besides the basic research, a lot of polyurethane based medical devices were prepared and placed into animals for in vivo tests, which will be discussed below. Therefore, when engineering a skeletal muscle tissue, one of the key points is to prealign the cells to obtain increased muscle fiber formation [12]. After filling is complete and the mold is closed, the continuing reaction causes the viscosity to increase dramatically and elasticity to develop. The design of biodegradable polyurethanes has required alternative diisocyanate compounds since traditional aromatic diisocyanates are toxic and suspected carcinogens. (2011) prepared polyurethane guides used for peripheral nerve regeneration, and tested in vivo for the repair of 1.8 cm-long defects in rat sciatic nerves. Most synthetic scaffolds used for SMR are fabricated from polyesters, such as poly(glycolic acid) (PGA), poly(lactide acid) (PLA), or combinations (blends or copolymers) between them or with other polyesters (e.g., poly(ε-caprolactone), PCL). In particular, microcontact printing (Fig. The slabstock process for PU flexible open-cell foam produces some scrap, which is diced into pieces of 5–10 mm diameter. Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part B 2011, 50 (12) , 2290-2306. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Their structures usually feature linearly segmented block copolymers that are made up of soft and hard segments. The molding cycle can be described with aid of Figure 3.72, a schematic diagram of the RIM process equipment. 7.5) [55]. 4.2). Main Properties of Biomaterials and Scaffolds Designed for Skeletal Muscle Regeneration, Macroporous structure → cell migration, Combination of different materials → desirable physico-chemical and mechanical properties, Contact guidance for alignment and fusion of myoblasts, Structural parameters can be easily varied. Progress in Organic Coatings 2019, 133, 198-205. This innovation led to the design of drug polymers (trade name: Epidel) that release the drug when degraded by enzymes generated by an inflammatory response. Laminar flow is desired for mold filling and high part quality. During the very fast mixing and filling stage, the viscosity is low. The chapter also deals with the phase separation process of polyurethane and the effect of phase separation on the morphology, thermal, and mechanical properties of PU. They can be thermosetting or thermoplastic, rigid and hard or flexible and soft. The low viscosity reactant mixtures do not require high pressure for mold filling and therefore the strength requirements for the molds are lower, the clamping units are smaller, and large parts are more easily achieved. Of course there are also drawbacks: materials handling and heat transfer are more complex for RIM due to the reactive nature of the process, and the materials that can be easily adapted to this process is more limited. Thermal properties of polyurethane elastomers from soybean oil-based polyol with a … These polymers are typically produced through the reaction of a diisocyanate with a polyol. To this end, key structure–property relationships of biodegradable polyurethanes are discussed. 7.2) are surface patterning and electrospinning, whereas among the 3D configurations microgrooved and porous scaffold can be found (Table 7.2). The metering cylinders are filled and moved into the correct position to be activated. Elucidation of the biodegradation mechanism and its dependence on the polyurethane structure and composition have led to the development of biodegradable polyurethanes for a variety of tissue-engineering applications such as meniscal reconstruction [243], myocardial repair [244], and vascular tissues [245]. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier B.V. or its licensors or contributors. Therefore biodegradable polyurethanes can only be obtained when the employed soft polyol segments are degradable [242]. 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