Over the last few decades, much advancement in medical work has tremendously impacted the quality and longitude of life all around the world. From the medicine a patient takes to the replacement body parts that a person may have, all these procedures and treatment have been overwhelming positive for the human race as a whole. However, in order for all these options to have existed, much research and studies must have been conducted to prove that these options are safe, effective, and correctly done. In this study, fifteen polymers were selected to be tested and analyzed after being submerged in two different simulated body conditions over various different amounts of time. By utilizing FTIR, DSC, SEM, and the molecular weight of the polymer, the degradation for each polymer was tracked and recorded. Overall, the polymers underwent a physical degradation, as shown in SEM imaging and with the changes in molecular weights.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2014


Michael Ward

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Honors Scholars