Broadly, for wounds to heal, a moist, clean and warm environment is required. A moist wound bed easily promotes growth factors and many cell types including epithelial cells to migrate, facilitating wound edge contraction. Thus, appropriate dressings play a significant role to create and maintain such environment.  Silicone adhesives are silicone elastomers which are not fully crosslinked but remain close to the gelation threshold (i.e. with a low crosslinking degree). [2, 3] Within the field of advanced wound care, silicone adhesives are currently the preferred, state-of-the-art adhesive system due to its gentle skin adhesion properties. However, due to their hydrophobic nature, current silicone adhesives for wound care face challenges when it comes to moisture handling. Here, we propose a novel, skin-friendly, industrially relevant glycerol-silicone hybrid adhesive with improved moisture handling due to the incorporation of emulsified glycerol. Various parameters will be taken into account in order to develop a relevant adhesive, in particular glycerol content, glycerol domain size and adhesive thickness to allow for a controlled moisture absorption. Additionally, we will show that required adhesive properties, such as peel adhesion and tackiness, are not compromised by the incorporation of emulsified glycerol.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||2019 Science of Adhesion Conference GRC: Adhesion and Friction in Extreme Conditions and Translation to Practical Applications - Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, United States|
Duration: 21 Jul 2019 → 26 Jul 2019
|Conference||2019 Science of Adhesion Conference GRC|
|Location||Mount Holyoke College|
|Period||21/07/2019 → 26/07/2019|