Porogen Effect of Solvents on Pore Size Distribution of Solvent-Casted Polycaprolactone Thin Films

Fariba Safaei, Shahla Khalili, Saied Nouri Khorasani, Laleh Ghasemi-Mobarakeh, Rasoul Esmaeely Neisiany


In this study, the effect of porogenic solvents on pore size distribution of the polycaprolactone (PCL) thin films was investigated. Five thin PCL films were prepared using the solvent-casting method. Chloroform, Methylene Chloride (MC) and three different compositions of MC/ Dimethylformamide (DMF) (80/20, 50/50 and 20/80) were used as solvents. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) investigations were employed to study morphology and consequently the pore size distribution of the prepared films. The PCL films made by chloroform and MC as a solvent were completely non-porous. Whereas the other films (made by a combination of MC and DMF) showed both uni-modal and bi-modal pore size distributions.


Porous films; Polycaprolactone; Porogen; Solvent casting

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24294/jpse.v1i4.1076


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