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Manuka honey meets bioactive glass: our new paper in Biomedical Materials

In our new article “Schuhladen, K., et al., Manuka honey and bioactive glass impart methylcellulose foams antibacterial effects for wound healing applications, Biomedical Materials (2020) , we fabricated foams based on methylcellulose cross-linked with Manuka honey incorporating bioactive glass particles by using freeze drying. The foams are designed as a platform to carry Cu-doped borate bioactive glass microparticles. The characterization of the produced foams indicates high porosity, suitable mechanical properties and dissolution rates. The article published in open access mode in Biomedical Materials shows that combining Manuka honey (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects) and bioactive glass containing copper (angiogenic and antibacterial properties), multifunctional foams for wound healing applications could be developed [1]. The study is in the framework of our current research interest in the field of bioactive glass-phytotherapeutic compounds [2].

[1] K. Schuhladen, et al., Manuka honey and bioactive glass impart methylcellulose foams antibacterial effects for wound healing applications, Biomedical Materials (2020) in press.

[2] K. Schuhladen, et al., Bioactive glasses meet phytotherapeutics: The potential of natural herbal medicines to extend the functionality of bioactive glasses, Biomaterials 217 (2019) 119288.