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One Step E-Beam Radiation Cross-Linking of Quaternary Hydrogels Dressings Based on Chitosan-Poly(Vinyl-Pyrrolidone)-Poly(ethylene Glycol)-Poly(Acrylic Acid)

Version 1 : Received: 3 November 2020 / Approved: 4 November 2020 / Online: 4 November 2020 (12:41:17 CET)

How to cite: Călina, I.; Demeter, M.; Scărișoreanu, A.; Sătulu, V.; Mitu, B. One Step E-Beam Radiation Cross-Linking of Quaternary Hydrogels Dressings Based on Chitosan-Poly(Vinyl-Pyrrolidone)-Poly(ethylene Glycol)-Poly(Acrylic Acid). Preprints 2020, 2020110194 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0194.v1). Călina, I.; Demeter, M.; Scărișoreanu, A.; Sătulu, V.; Mitu, B. One Step E-Beam Radiation Cross-Linking of Quaternary Hydrogels Dressings Based on Chitosan-Poly(Vinyl-Pyrrolidone)-Poly(ethylene Glycol)-Poly(Acrylic Acid). Preprints 2020, 2020110194 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0194.v1).

Abstract

We report on the successful preparation of wet dressings hydrogels based on Chitosan-Poly(N-Vinyl-Pyrrolidone)-Poly(ethylene glycol)-Poly(acrylic acid) and Poly(ethylene oxide) by e-beam cross-linking in weakly acidic media, to be used for rapid healing and pain release of infected skin wounds. The structure and compositions of hydrogels investigated according to sol-gel and swelling studies, network parameters, as well as FTIR and XPS analyses showed the efficient interaction of the hydrogel components upon irradiation, maintaining the bonding environment while the cross-linking degree increasing with the irradiation dose and the formation of a structure with the mesh size in the range 11-67 nm. Hydrogels with gel fraction above 85% and the best-swelling properties in different pH solutions were obtained for hydrogels produced with 15 kGy. The hydrogels are stable in the simulated physiological condition of an infected wound and show appropriate moisture retention capability and the water vapor transmission rate up to 272.67 g m-2 day-1, to ensure fast healing. The hydrogels proved to have a significant loading capacity of ibuprofen (IBU), being able to incorporate a therapeutic dose for the treatment of severe pains. Simultaneously, IBU was released up to 25% in the first 2h, having a release maximum after 8h.

Subject Areas

hydrogel; e-beam cross-linking; swelling; ibuprofen; network parameters

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