Polycaprolactone (PCL)

Polycaprolactone is a biodegradable polyester with a chemical formula of (C6H10O2)n. It is commonly used as an additive to resins to improve processing and end use properties. Its good water, oil, solvent and chlorine resistance make PCL a common additive in speciality polyurethanes. PCL is degraded through hydrolysis of its ester linkages in physiological conditions such as in the human body and has a low melting point, 60ºC.

  • Drug delivery devices
  • Surgical sutures
  • Adhesion barriers
  • Root canal filling
  • Scaffolds for tissue fabrication

Polycaprolactone is biomaterial and one of the cheapest biomaterials on the market.


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