Investigating the effect of photoinitiator concentration and curing time on soybean - Polyethylene glycol resins

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2020
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Byers, Kaetlyn
Mahapatro, Anil
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Byers, K., & Mahapatro, A. (2020). Investigating the effect of photoinitiator concentration and curing time on soybean - polyethylene glycol resins. Paper presented at the Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings, , 2 1196-1202.

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Bioprinting, a subset of additive manufacturing, utilizes bioinks, which is a combination of biomaterials and live cells, to produce functional tissue. Soybean oil is a plant polymer with promising biomaterial properties for development as a bioink. Soybean oil is low cost, has excellent biodegradation, biocompatibility and low immunogenicity. Additionally, suboptimal soybean properties such as mechanical and bioactive properties can be altered and improved when combined with other polymers. The curing of resins formulated from a combination of soybean oil epoxidized acrylate and poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate was investigated with different concentrations of the photoinitiator diphenyl (2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl) phosphine oxide/2-hydroxy-2-methylpropiophenone, blend (DPH) and at different curing times. Visual observations of the cured resins indicated that as the photoinitiator concentration and curing time were varied, the resins exhibited changes in flexibility and rigidity / brittleness.

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