Influence of the Polymer Glass Transition Temperature and Molecular Weight on Drug Amorphization Kinetics Using Ball Milling

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In this study, the putative correlation between the molecular mobility of a polymer and the ball milling drug amorphization kinetics (i.e., time to reach full drug amorphization,t(a)) was studied using different grades of dextran (Dex) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and the two model drugs indomethacin (IND) and chloramphenicol (CAP). In general, IND had lowert(a)values than CAP, indicating that IND amorphized faster than CAP in the presence of the polymers. In addition, an increase in polymer molecular weight (M-w) also led to an increase int(a)for all systems investigated up to a critical M(w)for each polymer, which was in line with an increase of the glass transition temperature (T-g) up to the critical M(w)of each polymer. Hence, the increase int(a)seemed to correlate well with the T-g/M(w)of the polymers, which indicates that the polymers' molecular mobility had an influence on the drug amorphization kinetics during ball milling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number483
Issue number6
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • amorphous, solid dispersion, ball-milling, milling time, amorphization kinetics, TERM PHYSICAL STABILITY, SOLUBILITY, PVP

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