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Journal of the Mexican Chemical Society

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QUINTANAR-GUERRERO, David et al. Controlled Release of Model Substances from pH-Sensitive Hydrogels. J. Mex. Chem. Soc [online]. 2008, vol.52, n.4, pp.272-278. ISSN 1870-249X.

pH-Sensitive hydrogels of the poly(methacrylic acid-co-methyl methacrylate) (MAA/MMA) type, 22/18 molar % with different cross-linking percentages (0.3 and 0.5%) were synthesized. These gels were loaded with a model hydrophilic compound (dichlorobro-mophenol blue dye, DCBFB) with the aim of evaluating its release at different pH values (1.2, 5.0, 6.8, 1.4). The swelling degree and the release from these hydrogels are highly dependent on the pH of the dissolution medium and on the cross-linking degree. Scanning electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry studies demonstrated that part of the dye is embedded in crystal form within the hydrogel. The release profiles of the hydrogels assessed at pH = 6.8 and 1.4 were adjusted to the Higuchi model, regarding them as matrix delivery systems.

Palabras clave : Hydrogels; pH-sensitive polymers; Methacrylates; poly(methacrylic acid-comethyl methacrylate).

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