Supporting data for Polymeric medical sutures: An exploration of polymers and green chemistry

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2014-05-01
2016-12-31

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2016-12-31

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University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Central High School
White Bear Lake High School, White Bear Lake, MN
Central High School, St. Paul, MN
Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN

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Supporting data for Polymeric medical sutures: An exploration of polymers and green chemistry

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2018-01-17T17:01:13Z

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Wissinger, Jane E
jwiss@umn.edu

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These files contain data along with associated output from instrumentation supporting all results reported in Knutson, C. M.; Schneiderman, D. K.; Yu, M.; Javner, C. H.; Distefano, M. D.; Wissinger, J. E. Polymeric medical sutures: An exploration of polymers and green chemistry. J. Chem. Educ. 2017, 94, 1761–1765. In Knutson, et. al. it was found that with new K–12 national science standards emerging, there is an increased need for experiments that integrate engineering into the context of society. Here we describe a chemistry experiment that combines science and engineering principles while introducing basic polymer and green chemistry concepts. Using medical sutures as a platform for investigating polymers, students explore the physical and mechanical properties of threads drawn from poly(ε-caprolactone) samples of different molecular masses and actual purchased absorbable and nonabsorbable medical sutures. An inquiry-based part of the experiment tasks students with designing their own experiment to probe the potential of melt blending poly(ε-caprolactone) with commercially available polylactide products in order to modify the properties of the “sutures” drawn. Through these lessons students gain an appreciation for the importance of plastics in our society and how scientists are working to develop more sustainable alternatives. Overall, this laboratory experiment provides a feasible, versatile, sophisticated laboratory experience that engages students in a relatable topic and meets many of the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Swift 52526)
NSF CHE-1413862
NSF RET DMR-1559833

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Knutson, C. M.; Schneiderman, D. K.; Yu, M.; Javner, C. H.; Distefano, M. D.; Wissinger, J. E. Polymeric medical sutures: An exploration of polymers and green chemistry. J. Chem. Educ. 2017, 94, 1761–1765.
http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00835

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Swift 52526)
NSF CHE-1413862
NSF RET DMR-1559833

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0_Medical Sutures Paper Center for Sustainable Polymers - 20170706Rev.txtDescription of the data8.73 KB
1_StudentHandout.pdfStudent handout610.71 KB
2_InstructorNotesWithExperimentalData.pdfInstructor notes with experimental data682.06 KB
3_Raw Student Data White Bear Lake High School.pdfRaw student survey data, White Bear Lake High School26.85 KB
4_Survey Data Central High School.xlsxSurvey data, Central High School73.69 KB
5_Summarized Survey Data CentralHighSchoolStudentsandTeachers.pdfSummarized survey data, Central High School students and teachers236.74 KB
6_Student Survey for Augsburg ENV 120 Class.xlsxStudent survey for Augsburg ENV120 class37.31 KB

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