Published in the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine in 2016. The originial version is available from the original publisher or via the doi: dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10856-016-5760-z. A preprint version may be available in the NUI Galway Aran Repository. A list of papers citing this article can be found on Google Scholar. The abstract, citation, and some sample pages are shown below.

Sample pages In this study, the effects of material thickness and processing method on the degradation rate and the changes in the mechanical properties of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) material during simulated physiological degradation were investigated. Two types of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) materials were considered: 0.12mm solvent-cast films and 1mm compression-moulded plates. The experimental results presented in this study were compared to the experimental results of Shirazi et al. (Acta Biomaterialia 10(11):4695–703, 2014) for 0.25mm solvent-cast films. These experimental observations were used to validate the computational modelling predictions of Shirazi et al. (J Mech Behav Biomed Mater 54: 48–59, 2016) on critical diffusion length scale and also to refine the model parameters. The specific material processing methods considered here did not have a significant effect on the degradation rate and the changes in mechanical properties during degradation; however, they influenced the initial molecular weight and they determined the stiffness and hardness of the poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) material. The experimental observations strongly supported the computational modelling predictions that showed no significant difference in the degradation rate and the changes in the elastic modulus of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) films for thicknesses larger than 100m.

Please cite this article as: Shirazi, R. N., Aldabbagh, F., Ronan, W., Erxleben, A., Rochev, Y., & McHugh, P. (2016). Effects of material thickness and processing method on poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) degradation and mechanical performance. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 27(10), 154.