Matthias Heuchel

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AIM The hydrolytic degradation behavior of degradable aliphatic polyester-based polymers is strongly influenced by the up-take or transport of water into the polymer matrix and also the hydrolysis rate of ester bonds. METHODS We examined the volumetric swelling behavior of poly[(rac-lactide)-co-glycolide] (PLGA) and PLGA-based polyurethanes (PLGA-PU) with(More)
Thermosensitive shape-memory polymers (SMP) and composites thereof, which are capable of performing one (dual-shape), [ 1–8 ] two (triple-shape), [ 9–15 ] or multiple (multiple-shape) [ 16 , 17 ] shape changes at predefi ned switching bulk temperatures ( T sw,bulk ), have attracted tremendous scientifi c interest and are of technological signifi cance for a(More)
AIM Multifunctional polymer-based biomaterials, which combine degradability with a shape-memory capability and in this way enable the design of actively moving implants such as self-anchoring implants or controlled release systems, have been recently introduced. Of particular interest are approved degradable polymers such as poly(L-lactide) (PLLA), which(More)
BACKGROUND Magnetic composites of thermosensitive shape-memory polymers (SMPs) and magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) allow noncontact actuation of the shape-memory effect in an alternating magnetic field. In this study, we investigated whether the magnetic heating capability of cross-linked poly(ε-caprolactone)/MNP composites (cPCLC) could be improved by(More)
The hemocompatibility of four different wettable polymer membranes, namely Cuprophan (CE), polyether-polycarbonate (PC-PE), polysulfone (PSU), and polyetherimide (PEI), was investigated with respect to fibrinogen (Fng) adsorption and platelet adhesion/activation. In order to estimate the polar and dispersion components of the surface free energy, contact(More)
Water-blown polyurethane (PU) foams are of enormous technological interest as they are widely applied in various fields, i.e., consumer goods, medicine, automotive or aerospace industries. The discovery of the one-way shape-memory effect in PU foams provided a fresh impetus for extensive investigations on porous polymeric actuators over the past decades.(More)
Creation of foam structures from hydrolytically degradable poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) is a current task in biomaterial research. One example are degradable scaffolds. The thermodynamic and kinetic conditions in a supercritical CO2 (scCO2) supported foaming process of PCL can influence the resulting morphology of the foam. PCL-foaming with scCO2 was(More)
Stress relaxation can strongly influence the shape-memory capability of polymers. Recently a modified Maxwell-Wiechert model comprising two Maxwell units and a single spring unit in parallel has been introduced to successfully describe the shape recovery characteristics of amorphous polyether urethanes. In this work we explored whether such a modified(More)
There is a need to create cell- and histocompatible implant materials, which might temporarily replace the mechanical function of a native tissue for regenerative therapies. To match the elastic behavior of the native tissue two different multiblock co-polymers were investigated: PDC, consisting of poly(p-dioxanone) (PPDO)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL), and(More)
The development, validation, and first applications of a generalized version of an inverse Widom method are described. It permits the calculation of solubility coefficients for molecules as large as, e.g., benzene in all polymers for which reasonable forcefield parameters exist. Predicting the solubility is a key to the knowledge-based design of materials(More)
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