The Nature of the Thermal Transition Influences the Shape-Memory Behavior of Polymer Networks

  • Andreas LendleinEmail author
  • Marc Behl
  • Stefan Kamlage
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series A: Chemistry and Biology book series (NAPSA)


Degradable shape-memory polymer networks intended for biomedical applications are highlighted. These polymer networks were synthesized from oligo(ε-caprolactone)dimethacrylate (PCL), or oligo[(L-lactide)-ran-glycolide]dimethacrylate (PLG), or from starlike hydroxytelechelic oligo[(rac-lactide)-co-glycolide] and a low molecular weight linker. While the thermal transition related to the switching phase is a melting point in case of the PCL-based materials, the switching transition of oligo[(L-lactide)-ran-glycolide]dimethacrylate networks and copolyesterurethane networks is a glass transition. In this chapter, the influence of the nature of thermal transition on the shape-memory behavior of polymer networks is described. Furthermore, different polymer network architectures are introduced, which enable the tailoring of polymer network properties as well as the shape-memory capability.


Shape-memory polymer Polymer networks Biomaterials Biodegradability Poly(ε-caprolactone) Poly[(L-lactide)-ran-glycolide] Copolyesterurethane 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Polymer Research and Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative TherapiesGKSS Research Center, Geesthacht GmbHTeltowGermany
  2. 2.Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative TherapiesBerlinGermany

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