Poly(lactic acid)-poly(ethylene oxide) block copolymers: new directions in self-assembly and biomedical applications.

@article{Saffer2011PolylacticAO,
  title={Poly(lactic acid)-poly(ethylene oxide) block copolymers: new directions in self-assembly and biomedical applications.},
  author={Erika M Saffer and Gregory N Tew and Surita R Bhatia},
  journal={Current medicinal chemistry},
  year={2011},
  volume={18 36},
  pages={
          5676-86
        }
}
In this review, we focus on recent developments in biomaterials of poly(lactic acid)-poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(lactic acid) (PLA-PEO-PLA) triblock copolymers. This system has been widely explored for a number of applications in controlled and sustained release of drugs and in tissue engineering devices. New insights into self-assembly of these materials have resulted in new PLA-PEOPLA solutions and gels with novel structural, mechanical, and drug release properties. Recent innovations include… CONTINUE READING

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