Author(s): Li SK, DEmanuele A
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Abstract A novel thermoresponsive composite membrane is described through which the permeation of molecules is dependent on the temperature of the milieu. The thermoresponsive composite membranes utilise a thermosensitive crosslinked polymeric hydrogel, which possesses a volume phase transition temperature (VPTT). The hydrogel was polymerised in situ within the pores of a sintered glass filter, through which significant permeation of molecules only occurred at temperatures above the VPTT of the hydrogel. It was found that the permeation of molecules through the thermoresponsive composite membranes could be modulated by changing the environmental temperature.
This article was published in J Control Release
and referenced in Journal of Physical Chemistry & Biophysics