Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering
Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering
Editor-in-Chief: Dössel, Olaf
Editorial Board: Augat, Peter / Buzug, Thorsten M. / Haueisen, Jens / Jockenhoevel, Stefan / Knaup-Gregori, Petra / Kraft, Marc / Lenarz, Thomas / Leonhardt, Steffen / Malberg, Hagen / Penzel, Thomas / Plank, Gernot / Radermacher, Klaus M. / Schkommodau, Erik / Stieglitz, Thomas / Urban, Gerald A.
CiteScore 2018: 0.47
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Influence of additives on physico-chemical properties of electrospun poly(L-lactide)
Electrospun poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) nonwoven represent potential options for biodegradable medical implants. They can be manufactured with high reproducibility and do offer the potential for chemical modification to alter matrix properties. In our study, we investigate the mechanical, thermal and morphological properties of PLLA fiber matrices. Fibrous nonwovens were fabricated from polymer solution by needle electrospinning. The polymer solutions were loaded with Triton X-100 (TX- 100), formic acid and tetraethyl ammonium chloride (TEAC) with respect to polymer weight. Morphology of the PLLA nonwoven scaffolds was examined with SEM. We performed uniaxial tensile tests and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Different concentrations of the additives TEAC, formic acid and Triton X-100 lead to strong changes regarding mechanical and thermal properties of the electrospun PLLA fiber matrices. In comparison with mechanical properties of established biological tissue materials, the results indicate the suitability for medical applications.
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