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Silicone rubber-hydrogel composites as polymeric biomaterials. III. An investigation of phase distribution by scanning electron microscopy.

Authors
  • Lednický, F1
  • Janatová, V
  • Lopour, P
  • Vondrácek, P
  • 1 Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biomaterials
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1991
Volume
12
Issue
9
Pages
848–852
Identifiers
PMID: 1764556
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The structure of silicone rubber-hydrogel composite materials was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and light microscopy. The polymer phases in these materials composed of the polysiloxane matrix and very small particles of lightly cross-linked poly(2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate) or poly(2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) were visualized using both methods. The distribution of polymer phases was studied by SEM of fracture surfaces of the materials. The results are discussed in relation to the transport properties of the materials.

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