Water diffusion in a soft contact lens polymer and its tolerance to UV radiation studied by positron lifetime technique

Thimmegowda, M. C. and Ravi Kumar, H. B. and Ranganathaiah, C. (2004) Water diffusion in a soft contact lens polymer and its tolerance to UV radiation studied by positron lifetime technique. JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE, 92 (2). pp. 1355-1366.

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Abstract

The kinetics of water sorption, the topology or the free-volume changes due to the presence of sorbed water in a soft contact lens polymer, poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate), were investigated by using the positron lifetime technique. It was found that the ortho-positronium lifetime increases in the beginning of sorption because of microstructural swelling of the polymer matrix. After reaching a maximum, the lifetime decreases and becomes constant, maybe because of the filling of the free-volume holes with water molecules. The diffusion process is found to be non-Fickian. By using the dual-mode sorption model, the Fickian-controlled part and the relaxation-controlled part of diffusion were separated. Further, the positron results seem to indicate the existence of water clusters in the sorbed lens material. The tolerance or stability of the soft lens material to UV radiation seems to be satisfactory as revealed by positron results. (C) 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: diffusion; swelling; visco-elastic properties
Subjects: Physical Sciences > Physics
Divisions: PG Campuses > Manasagangotri, Mysore > Physics
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Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2013 10:17
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2013 07:07
URI: http://eprints.uni-mysore.ac.in/id/eprint/3726

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