Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry B

, Volume 10, Issue 8, pp 1195–1200 | Cite as

Formation of porous matrices from lactide and ε-caprolactone copolymers in supercritical carbon dioxide medium

  • P. S. Timashev
  • N. N. Vorobieva
  • N. V. Minaev
  • Yu. A. Piskun
  • I. V. Vasilenko
  • S. G. Lakeev
  • S. V. Kostyuk
  • V. V. Lunin
  • V. N. Bagratashvili


A series of lactide and ε-caprolactone copolymers containing 4–24 mol % of ε-caprolactone with 20- to 30-kDa molecular weights are synthesized. Based on them, porous materials are produced by foaming in supercritical carbon dioxide. The pore size was shown to decrease with increasing ε-caprolactone content in copolymer, while the porosity of the entire sample was not altered. The resulting pore size also decreases if 7 wt % polyethylene glycol is added to the initial monomer mixture. The Young’s modulus of the porous samples decreases with increasing ε-caprolactone content and when polyethylene glycol is added.


polymer foaming supercritical carbon dioxide lactide and ε-caprolactone copolymers mechanical characteristics of porous polymers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. S. Timashev
    • 1
  • N. N. Vorobieva
    • 1
  • N. V. Minaev
    • 1
  • Yu. A. Piskun
    • 2
  • I. V. Vasilenko
    • 2
  • S. G. Lakeev
    • 3
  • S. V. Kostyuk
    • 2
  • V. V. Lunin
    • 4
  • V. N. Bagratashvili
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Laser and Information TechnologiesRussian Academy of SciencesTroitsk, MoscowRussia
  2. 2.Research Institute for Physical Chemical ProblemsBelarusian State UniversityMinskBelarus
  3. 3.Karpov Scientific Research Institute of Physics and ChemistryMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Chemistry DepartmentMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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