Advanced Techniques in Polymer Research: LCST Measurement with Crystal16

  • Application note
  • June 13, 2024

Content overview

In the past two decades, thermo-responsive polymers have emerged as potential smart materials, attracting considerable attention for their dynamic properties. 

Applications of thermo-responsive material include:

  • Targeted Drug Delivery
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Self-Healing Materials
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Cell imaging

The Crystal16 instrument, with its capability to conduct multiple simultaneous measurements within a precisely controlled temperature spectrum, facilitates a comprehensive understanding of polymer behavior across diverse environments. This technological advancement is pivotal in understanding the complexities of thermo-responsive materials, enabling researchers to tailor polymer characteristics for innovative applications.

This application note presents an overview of the Lower Critical Solution Temperature (LCST) measurement for polymer-aqueous solvent systems using the Crystal16 instrument. The Crystal16 allows for efficient and precise determination of LCST by measuring cloud point temperature. This method is highlighted through the study of three polymers at various concentrations and in the presence of different salts from the Hofmeister series.

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