Visiting student (Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania)
Topic: Effect of bovine serum albumin on the bioactive behavior of bioactive glass scaffolds
Supervisors: Ms. Arango Ospina, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini
Tissue engineering is one of the advanced science fields which uses temporary tridimensional porous structures, called scaffolds, to support the human body to heal itself . Biomaterials such as bioactive glasses (BGs) are used for this purpose due to their properties like biodegradability, biocompatibility, and bioactivity . In vitro, these properties are usually assessed by immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF) for different time periods and measuring the formation of the apatite layer formed on the BG surface. However, this process has been shown to be affected by macromolecular compounds found in human plasma, such as serum proteins . In this project, we aim to produce 45S5 bioactive glass scaffolds via the foam replica technique, and assess the effects of SBF with different protein concentrations on their bioactivity. The scaffolds will be characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD).
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