Evaluation of polycaprolactone-based melt electrowritten scaffolds for wound healing applications
Supervisors: Irem Unalan, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini
Due to the low regeneration capability of innate tissues and various factors influencing the physiological wound healing process, many full-thickness- or even chronic wounds are currently difficult to address medically . This leads to an increasing demand for the development of materials, methods, and technologies dealing with skin regeneration, replacements, and wound healing, where biomimetic microarchitectural detail is necessary . As a fairly recent and emerging technology, melt electrowriting (MEW) enables the precise fabrication of microfibrous scaffolds and, with that, finds an ideal application in tissue engineering when used in combination with, for example, polycaprolactone (PCL), a synthetic polymer which is used due to its biocompatibility, mechanical strength, and melt processability . In contrast, the biodegradability, cell adhesion, and proliferation responses to PCL are limited . On the other hand, natural polymers such as gelatin, chitosan, and collagen could promote cell adhesion and proliferation properties of PCL [2,4]. Therefore, this thesis will investigate the physical, mechanical, chemical, and biological properties of PCL-based scaffolds produced via MEW.
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