Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 102, Issue 1, pp 121–126 | Cite as

A thermogravimetric method for assessing the substantivity of polymer films on dentally relevant substrates

  • Birthe V. Nielsen
  • Thomas G. Nevell
  • Eugen Barbu
  • Gareth D. Rees
  • John Tsibouklis


A thermogravimetric (TG) method is described for evaluating the substantivity of multi-functional polymeric materials that may be used as protective coatings for teeth. Applied to poly(butyl methacrylate) and poly(octadecyl methacrylate) film structures deposited onto model tooth surfaces from aqueous latex formulations, the method shows that while the latter polymer exhibits little substantivity, the former may be a suitable candidate material for dental-care applications.


Dental care Thermogravimetry Substantivity Tooth coatings 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Birthe V. Nielsen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Thomas G. Nevell
    • 1
  • Eugen Barbu
    • 1
  • Gareth D. Rees
    • 3
  • John Tsibouklis
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Pharmacy and Biomedical SciencesUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK
  2. 2.School of ScienceUniversity of GreenwichChatham MaritimeUK
  3. 3.GlaxoSmithKline R&DWeybridgeUK

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