[Histonet] polymerization problems

Patsy Ruegg pruegg <@t> colobio.com
Wed Dec 10 13:55:20 CST 2003

It sounds like you don’t have your components insinc.  You must have enough
activator (usually benzoyl peroxide) to react with the initiator (usually
nn-dimethyl aniline and polyethylene glycol).  Polymerization requires that
the proper chemistry, volume and temperature combination be used.  Perhaps
it is too cold for your chemical polymerization reaction to begin with the
volume of mix you are using.
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[mailto:histonet-admin <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu]On Behalf Of Tom Schaer
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Subject: [Histonet] polymerization problems

Dear Histonetters:

I am going to try again, realizing that not many have vast experience with
embedding large specimen with technovit 9100 yet.  Maybe someone may be able
to share some pointers for a non-profit lab?

Essentially, we fail to successfully polymerize med fem ovine condyles in
approx 100ml jars.  Tried at -15C with no change in solution consistency for
a week; then brought it up to -2C still no change over three days.  Jars
were "vacuumed" and set in refrigerator / freezer.  I am at the of my rope
of troubleshooting.

Thanks for any pointers.

Thomas P. Schaer, VMD
Assist. Prof. BIOMED, Drexel University
Comparative Orthopaedic Research & Tissue Engineering
Department of Clinical Studies
University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center
382 West Street Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
tel. 610-444-5800 (x6261 office)
tel. 610-444-5800 (x6131 lab)
fax. 610-925-8100
tpschaer <@t> mail.vet.upenn.edu <mailto:tpschaer <@t> mail.vet.upenn.edu>
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