The analysis of polymers for biomedical applications
Rafati, Ali (2011) The analysis of polymers for biomedical applications. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
The aim of this work was to analyse the surface of biomedically relevant polymers with a range of surface sensitive techniques both in the interest of improving our knowledge of such polymeric delivery systems and the techniques used. Specifically time of flight- secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) was a focus of this work complemented by a range of supportive surface and bulk analytical techniques. The new technique of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) depth profiling of organics was scrutinised through its application to a thin film blend of poly(l-lactic acid) (PLA) and the analgesic codeine in Chapter 3. Surface depletion of drug was observed in these films and was quantified for the first time with XPS.
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