Dimitrios N. Bikiaris

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Poly(propylene succinate-co-caprolactone) copolymers [P(PSu-co-CL)] with different epsilon-caprolactone (epsilon-CL) to propylene succcinate (PSu) monomer ratios were synthesized using ring opening polymerization. These polymers consisted of crystalline poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) and amorphous poly(propylene succinate) (PPSu) moieties, as shown by(More)
In the present study the release mechanism of the sparingly water-soluble drug felodipine (FELO) from particulate solid dispersions in PVP or PEG was investigated. FT-IR data indicated that a N-H...O hydrogen bond is formed between FELO and polymers. The drug-polymer interaction was theoretically studied with the density functional theory with the B3LYP(More)
Solid dispersions of Fluvastatin with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), eudragit RS100 (Eud), and chitosan (CS) as drug carrier matrices, were prepared using different techniques in order to evaluate their effect on Fluvastatin stability during storage. The characterization of the three different systems was performed with the use of differential scanning(More)
Two novel chitosan (CS) adsorbents were prepared in powder form, after modification with the grafting of itaconic acid (CS-g-IA) and cross-linking with either glutaraldehyde (CS-g-IA(G)) or epichlorohydrin (CS-g-IA(E)). Their adsorption properties were evaluated in batch experiments for Cd(II) or Pb(II) uptake. Characterization techniques were applied to(More)
The aim of this study was the preparation of novel polyester nanoparticles based on folic acid (FA)-functionalized poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(propylene succinate) (PEG-PPSu) copolymer and loaded with the new anticancer drug ixabepilone (IXA). These nanoparticles may serve as a more selective (targeted) treatment of breast cancer tumors overexpressing the(More)
In the present work, the crystallization behavior and in vitro-in vivo hydrolysis rates of PLA absorbable reinforcement ligaments used in orthopaedics for the repair and reinforcement of articulation instabilities were studied. Tensile strength tests showed that this reinforcement ligament has similar mechanical properties to Fascia Latta, which is an(More)
Paired skin incisions were made in 6 cats and closed intradermally with the copolymer of glycolide, ɛ-caprolacton, and trimethylene-carbonate, or polypropylene suture. The macroscopic and histologic appearance of the incisions was compared. Polypropylene suture compared favorably to glycolide, ɛ-caprolacton, and trimethylene-carbonate suture for closure of(More)
The aim of the present study was to experimentally examine whether poorly water-soluble drugs dispersed in a polymeric matrix exist as amorphous nanodispersions or molecularly dispersed compounds. Felodipine (Felo) dispersed in PVP matrix (solid dispersion) was used as a model drug in this study. Drug/polymer ratios have an impact on the drug average(More)
INTRODUCTION In recent years, the number of active pharmaceutical ingredients with high therapeutic impact, but very low water solubility, has increased significantly. Thus, a great challenge for pharmaceutical technology is to create new formulations and efficient drug-delivery systems to overcome these dissolution problems. AREAS COVERED Drug(More)
INTRODUCTION The absorption of poorly water-soluble drugs, when presented in the crystalline state to the gastrointestinal tract, is typically dissolution rate-limited, and according to BCS these drugs belong mainly to class II. Both dissolution kinetics and solubility are particle size dependent. Nowadays, various techniques are available to the(More)