Current research activities focus on personalized, comfortable and safe products for systemic or local drug application in patients. Poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate is in particular interest as a drug delivery material, as it shows appropriate biological properties such as hydrophilicity and low toxicity. Additionally, as an easily photopolymerizable compound it can be also utilized for the production of scaffolds with the use of different techniques such as stereolithography. Even though it is often used as a biomaterial or as a copolymer in many photopolymer systems for drug delivery, thermomechanical analysis and basic understanding are rare.
Therefore, we investigated the tensile stress and the glass transition temperature of pure PEGDA and of its copolymers with 1,3-butanediol diacrylate or pentaerythritol triacrylate, as a function of the photoinitiator (PI) or acrylate concentration. Additionally, we demonstrated that the washing procedure decreases the tensile stress values. We showed, that by the means of composing PEGDA with these, it is possible to influence thermomechanical properties of the sample. Our outcomes have revealed, that there is no clear influence of the PI concentration on the thermomechanical properties. However there is an influence of the monomer concentration. Therefore, it should be possible to modify drug release profiles in future experiments.