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Innovative Composites Based on Organic Modified Zirconium Phosphate and PEOT/PBT Copolymer

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Prolabin & Tefarm S.r.l., Via dell’Acciaio 9, 06134 Perugia, Italy
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Nadir S.r.l., c/o Scientific Campus University Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Via Torino 155b, 30172 Mestre, Italy
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Department of Physics and Astronomy, Padova University, via Marzolo 8, 35122 Padova, Italy
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J. Compos. Sci. 2018, 2(2), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcs2020031
Received: 4 April 2018 / Revised: 11 May 2018 / Accepted: 15 May 2018 / Published: 17 May 2018
Polymers are key building blocks in the development of smart materials for biomedical applications, and many polymers offer unique properties for specific applications. A wide range of materials is available through the use of polymer compounds. These compounds can incorporate performance-enhancing fillers, which provide properties not reachable with ordinary neat polymers (e.g., bending stiffness, tensile strength, elongation, torque, biological activity such as antimicrobial properties, cell differentiation). In this work, the preparation of functional biocomposites containing organic modified zirconium phosphate (ZrP) as drug carrier is presented. The composites were prepared by melt compounding, which offers significant promise since it allows an easy customization of the plastic compounds that well suit biomedical applications (devices, long-term implantable polymers, bioresorbable polymers). The obtained polymer composites based on ZrP intercalated with gentamicin (GMT) and poly(ethylene oxide terephthalate)/poly(butylene terephthalate) (PEOT/PBT) were characterized. View Full-Text
Keywords: zirconium phosphate; gentamicin; polymer composite; melt compounding; antimicrobial activity zirconium phosphate; gentamicin; polymer composite; melt compounding; antimicrobial activity
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Bastianini, M.; Scatto, M.; Sisani, M.; Scopece, P.; Patelli, A.; Petracci, A. Innovative Composites Based on Organic Modified Zirconium Phosphate and PEOT/PBT Copolymer. J. Compos. Sci. 2018, 2, 31.

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