Poly (ε-caprolactone)-based electrospun nano-featured substrate for tissue engineering applications: a review

Sowmya, B and Hemavathi, AB and Panda, PK (2021) Poly (ε-caprolactone)-based electrospun nano-featured substrate for tissue engineering applications: a review. Progress in Biomaterials, 91 (117). pp. 91-117. ISSN 21940509

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The restoration of normal functioning of damaged body tissues is one of the major objectives of tissue engineering. Scaffolds are generally used as artificial supports and as substrates for regenerating new tissues and should closely mimic natural extracellular matrix (ECM). The materials used for fabricating scaffolds must be biocompatible, non-cytotoxic and bioabsorbable/biodegradable. For this application, specifically biopolymers such as PLA, PGA, PTMC, PCL etc. satisfying the above criteria are promising materials. Poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) is one such potential candidate which can be blended with other materials forming blends, copolymers and composites with the essential physiochemical and mechanical properties as per the requirement. Nanofibrous scaffolds are fabricated by various techniques such as template synthesis, fiber drawing, phase separation, self-assembly, electrospinning etc. Among which electrospinning is the most popular and versatile technique. It is a clean, simple, tunable and viable technique for fabrication of polymer-based nanofibrous scaffolds. The design and fabrication of electrospun nanofibrous scaffolds are of intense research interest over the recent years. These scaffolds offer a unique architecture at nano-scale with desired porosity for selective movement of small molecules and form a suitable three-dimensional matrix similar to ECM. This review focuses on PCL synthesis, modifications, properties and scaffold fabrication techniques aiming at the targeted tissue engineering applications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Poly(ε-caprolactone), Electrospinning, Scaffolds, Nanofibrous substrate, Biocompatible
Subjects: CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry
Depositing User: Mrs. Usha Kumari
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2022 13:58
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2022 13:58
URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/13652

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