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Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology
ISSN (Print): 2211-7385
ISSN (Online): 2211-7393
VOLUME: 2
ISSUE: 1
DOI: 10.2174/2211738502666140328223829









The Multifaceted Potential of Electro-spinning in Regenerative Medicine

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Author(s): Kieran Fuller, Abhay Pandit and Dimitrios I. Zeugolis
Pages 23-34 (12)
Abstract:
The increased interest in nanotechnology has resulted in an intense investigation and development of nanofabrication methods. Among the bottom-up approaches, electro-spinning has attracted great interest in recent years. The popularity of electro-spinning lays on the fact that it is a relatively simple and economic technique that enables production of large quantities of nano- to micro-meter range fibrous materials with various morphologies and architectural features. The versatility of electro-spinning is evidenced by the range of applications being utilised, including filtration, textiles, batteries, and tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Specifically to biomedical applications, advancements in the electro-spinning setup have allowed the development of electro-spun mats that closely imitate native extracellular matrix assemblies and provide opportunities for localised and sustained delivery of therapeutics. Herein, we are discussing different electro-spinning setups and their distinct benefits for regenerative medicine applications.
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Keywords:
Architectural features, delivery of therapeutics/biologics, electro-spinning, nano- and micro-fibres, scaffold architecture, tissue engineering.
Affiliation:
Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB), National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), Galway, Ireland.