Smart polymeric electrospun nanofiber for biological applications

Madhab Prasad Bajgai, Santosh Aryal, Hak Yong Kim

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Abstract

Although biomaterials like ceramics, polymers, metals, and their composites can be fabricated by various methods, electrospinning has now become a ubiquitous technology to produce micro to nanofibers with various assemblies and enhance the performance of products made from such fibers. Production of fibers in nano scale and simplicity of the setup makes electrospinning highly attractive to both academia and industry, particularly for applications in energy storage, tissue engineering, biotechnology, environmental engineering, and defense and security. Also, various smart polymeric materials sense and react to environmental stimuli such as temperature, pH, chemicals and light and acquire change to their properties so as to act as a tool and solve the biological problems such as bio-separation, drug delivery, biosensor design, tissue engineering and micro fluidics. The versatility and untapped potential of the smart polymers is the remaining challenge with opportunity to the polymer scientists. Polymeric and ceramic nanofibers can be promising materials in biomedical fields as they can have not only more surface area to volume ratio but also possess special geometry, which may enhance cell growth and act as potential extracellular matrix. The present topic aims to bring together the current developments in synthesis, fabrication and biological application aspects of various smart polymeric materials together with insight about our current work on nanofibers based on ceramic and, graft and brush copolymers. 2010 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSmart Polymer Materials for Biomedical Applications
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages119-135
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781608761920
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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