Impact of glass composition on hydrolytic degradation of polylactide/bioactive glass composites

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Understanding the degradation of a composite material is crucial for tailoring its properties based on the foreseen application. In this study, poly-L,DL-lactide 70/30 (PLA70) was compounded with silicate or phosphate bioactive glass (Si-BaG and P-BaG, respectively). The composite processing was carried out without excessive thermal degradation of the polymer and resulted in porous composites with lower mechanical properties than PLA70. The loss in mechanical properties was associated with glass content rather than the glass composition. The degradation of the composites was studied for 40 weeks in Tris buffer solution Adding Si-BaG to PLA70 accelerated the polymer degradation in vitro more than adding P-BaG, despite the higher reactivity of the P-BaG. All the composites exhibited a decrease in mechanical properties and increased hydrophilicity during hydrolysis compared to the PLA70. Both glasses dissolved through the polymer matrix with a linear, predictable release rate of ions. Most of the P-BaG had dissolved before 20 weeks in vitro, while there was still Si-BaG left after 40 weeks. This study introduces new polymer/bioactive glass composites with tailorable mechanical properties and ion release for bone regeneration and fixation applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number667
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Bioactive glass
  • Composites
  • Hydrolytic degradation
  • In vitro
  • Ion release
  • Mechanical properties
  • Mechanical strength
  • Molar mass
  • Polylactide
  • Thermal degradation

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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