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  • Prepare PVA(MW 130,000) microspheres through suspension cross-linking of a polymeric solution with glutaraldehyde.
  • Remove prepared MW 130,000 PVA hydrogels from freezer and begin soaking in water.

PVA Microspheres

General Protocol:

  • Reaction should be carried out using a reflux condenser and a thermostatic water bath of 55°C.
  1. Dissolve 1g total of PVA and clay additive in 5mL hot,deionized water.
  2. Acidify the solution using 0.25mL 0.5M H2SO4.
  3. Dissolve 0.6g Cellulose acetate butyrate in 25mL 1,2-dichloroethane.
  4. Pour the acidified PVA solution into the 25mL 1,2-dichloroethane solution.
  5. Stir the water/1,2-dichlorethane solution for 30 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes stirring, add 0.75mL glutaraldehyde to the solution.
  7. After the addition of glutaraldehyde, allow the reaction to carry out for 3 additional hours at 55°C.
  8. Filter the produced microspheres from the solution using a a sintered glass filter and a vacuum.
  9. Wash the collected microspheres using the following solvents in the following order:
    1. 1,2-dichloroethane
    2. acetone
    3. hot water
    4. cold water
    5. methanol
  10. Dry the microspheres at 60°C overnight.
  • The following procedure was adapted from the article Poly(vinyl alcohol) microspheres with pH- and thermosensitive properties as temperature-controlled drug delivery [1]

1,2-dichlorethane safety:

  1. 1,2-dichloroethane is highly flammable. Care must be used at all times when dealing with 1,2-dichloroethane
  2. Avoid all 1,2-dichloroethane skin contact by wearing gloves and googles.
  3. Avoid any 1,2-dichlorethane contact with extreme heat, open flame, or electrical sparks.
  4. 1,2-dichloroethane should be kept in the flammable storage safety cabinet when not in use.
  5. When in use, 1,2-dichloroethane should be kept in the fume hood.

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