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We investigated the water structure and the mechanical properties of 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) polymer hydrogels cross-linked with a novel hydrophilic 2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl-[N-(2-methacryloyloxy)ethyl]phosphorylcholine (MMPC) for soft contact lenses (SCL) applications and commercial methacrylic cross-linkers were in addition used for comparison with MMPC. Water structure in hydrogels, which influences the protein adsorption by dehydration was determined by differential scanning calorimetry. MMPC increased the freezing water content of the MPC polymer hydrogel compared with hydrophilic N,N′-methylenebisacrylamide (BIS) at the same water content. MMPC also improved fracture strength of the MPC polymer hydrogel to 120 kPa in tensile, which was considerably higher than that hydrogel cross-linked with BIS. It is suggested that MMPC shows higher cross-linking reactivity with MPC than BIS. We concluded that the MMPC increase both the free water content and the tensile properties. The MPC polymer hydrogel cross-linked with MMPC can be a useful SCL biomaterial.

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This page is a summary of: Water structure and improved mechanical properties of phospholipid polymer hydrogel with phosphorylcholine centered intermolecular cross-linker, Polymer, February 2006, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2005.12.043.
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