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In vitro hydrolysis of blends from enantiomeric poly(lactide)s. Part 4: well-homo-crystallized blend and nonblended films.

Well-homocrystallized enantiomeric blend and nonblended films were prepared from poly(L-lactide), i.e., poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) and poly(D-lactide), i.e., poly(D-lactic acid) (PDLA) by crystallization from the melt. The effects of enantiomeric blending on the in vitro autocatalytic hydrolysis of the homo-crystallized polylactide, i.e., poly(lactic acid) (PLA) films were investigated in phosphate-buffered solution (pH 7.4) at 37 degrees C for up to 24 months. In the period of 0-12 months, the effects of enantiomeric polymer blending on the autocatalytic hydrolysis were very small. This finding reflects that in the PLLA/PDLA blend film separate homo-crystallization of PLLA and PDLA into the respective crystallites reduced the peculiar strong interaction between PLLA and PDLA chains in the amorphous region between the homo-crystalline regions. In the period of 12-24 months, enantiomeric polymer blending significantly retarded the autocatalytic hydrolysis of the PLLA/PDLA blend film compared with that of the nonblended PLLA and PDLA films. This is attributable to the increased chain mobility and the reduced entanglement effects due to the chain cleavage to a great extent, resulting in the enhanced interaction between PLLA and PDLA chains. It was also revealed that the hydrolyzabilities of the PLA films can be widely varied by enantiomeric polymer blending, crystalline species and their amounts, and molecular weight.[1]


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