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See detailPoly(D,L-lactide) (PDLLA) foams with TiO2 nanoparticles and PDLLA/TiO2-Bioglass (R) foam composites for tissue engineering scaffolds
Boccaccini, Aldo R.; Blaker, Jonny J.; Maquet, Véronique et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2006), 41(13), 3999-4008

Porous poly(D,L-lactide) PDLLA foams containing 0, 5 and 20 wt% of TiO2 nanoparticles were fabricated and characterised. The addition of Bioglassg particles was also studied in a composite containing 5 wt ... [more ▼]

Porous poly(D,L-lactide) PDLLA foams containing 0, 5 and 20 wt% of TiO2 nanoparticles were fabricated and characterised. The addition of Bioglassg particles was also studied in a composite containing 5 wt% of Bioglass(R) particles and 20 wt% of TiO2 nanoparticles. The microstructure of the four different foam types was characterised using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and their mechanical properties assessed by quasi-static compression testing. The in vitro behaviour of the foams was studied in simulated body fluid (SBF) at three different time points: 3, 21 and 28 days. The degradation of the samples was characterised quantitatively by measuring the water absorption and weight loss as a function of immersion time in SBE The bioactivity of the foams was characterised by observing hydroxyapatite (HA) formation after 21 days of immersion in SBF using SEM and confirmed with X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. It was found that the amount of HA was dependent on the distribution of TiO2 nanoparticles and on the presence of Bioglassg in the foam samples. (c) 2006 Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanical properties of highly porous PDLLA/Bioglass (R) composite foams as scaffolds for bone tissue engineering
Blaker, Jonny J.; Maquet, Véronique; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Acta Biomaterialia (2005), 1(6), 643-652

This study developed highly porous degradable composites as potential scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. These scaffolds consisted of poly-d,l-lactic acid filled with 2 and 15 vol.% of 45S5 Bioglass® ... [more ▼]

This study developed highly porous degradable composites as potential scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. These scaffolds consisted of poly-d,l-lactic acid filled with 2 and 15 vol.% of 45S5 Bioglass® particles and were produced via thermally induced solid–liquid phase separation and subsequent solvent sublimation. The scaffolds had a bimodal and anisotropic pore structure, with tubular macro-pores of 100 μm in diameter, and with interconnected micro-pores of 10–50 μm in diameter. Quasi-static and thermal dynamic mechanical analysis carried out in compression along with thermogravimetric analysis was used to investigate the effect of Bioglass® on the properties of the foams. Quasi-static compression testing demonstrated mechanical anisotropy concomitant with the direction of the macro-pores. An analytical modelling approach was applied, which demonstrated that the presence of Bioglass® did not significantly alter the porous architecture of these foams and reflected the mechanical anisotropy which was congruent with the scanning electron microscopy investigation. This study found that the Ishai–Cohen and Gibson–Ashby models can be combined to predict the compressive modulus of the composite foams. The modulus and density of these complex foams are related by a power-law function with an exponent between 2 and 3. [less ▲]

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See detailWetting of bioactive glass surfaces by poly(alpha-hydroxyacid) melts: interaction between Bioglass (R) and biodegradable polymers
Blaker, Jonny J.; Maquet, Véronique; Boccaccini, Aldo R. et al

in e-Polymers (2005), 23

The interfacial characteristics between bioactive glass (4555 Bioglass(R)) surfaces and poly(alpha-hydroxyacid) melts have been assessed by direct wetting measurements. In particular, the wettability of ... [more ▼]

The interfacial characteristics between bioactive glass (4555 Bioglass(R)) surfaces and poly(alpha-hydroxyacid) melts have been assessed by direct wetting measurements. In particular, the wettability of Bioglass(R) powder by poly(D,L-lactide) (PDLLA) and poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) was assessed by imbibition measurements. Additionally, the equilibrium contact angles of PDLLA and PLGA melts on a sintered Bioglass(R) surface were measured. The surface energy of the bioactive glass and the polymers was determined from contact angles measured using various test liquids on PDLLA, PLGA and Bioglass(R) solid substrates. There are sufficient adhesive interactions between the polymers and Bioglass(R). A simple heat treatment of the bioactive glass in an inert gas atmosphere leads to an improved wetting behaviour, indicating increased adhesive interactions. Scanning electron micrographs of the polymer+Bioglass(R) composites formed by polymer penetration into the powder bed show the formation of a 'good quality' interface. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation and characterisation of poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and PLGA/Bioglass((R)) composite tubular foam scaffolds for tissue engineering applications
Boccaccini, Aldo R.; Blaker, Jonny J.; Maquet, Véronique et al

in Materials Science and Engineering C: Biomimetic and Supramolecular Systems (2005), 25(1), 23-31

Polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA) and PLGA/Bioglass(R) foams of tubular shape have been prepared with a 1 wt% 45S5 Bioglass(R) content. Porous membranes with varying thickness and porosity were fabricated ... [more ▼]

Polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA) and PLGA/Bioglass(R) foams of tubular shape have been prepared with a 1 wt% 45S5 Bioglass(R) content. Porous membranes with varying thickness and porosity were fabricated via a thermally induced phase separation process from which tubes of controlled diameter and wall thickness in the range 1.5-3 mm were produced. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the structure of the tubular foams consisted of radially oriented and highly interconnected pores with two distinct pore sizes, i.e. macropores similar to100-mum average diameter and interconnected micropores of 10-50-mum diameter. Foams with Bioglass(R) inclusions showed similarly well-defined tubular and interconnected pore morphology. Cell culture studies using mouse fibroblasts (L929) were conducted to assess the biocompatibility of the scaffolds in vitro. L929 fibroblasts cultured in medium that was pre-conditioned by incubating with PLGA tubes containing Bioglass(R) had a significant reduction in cell proliferation compared with fibroblasts grown in unconditioned medium (P < 0.0001). The PLGA and PLGA/Bioglass(R) tubular foams developed here are candidate materials for soft-tissue engineering scaffolds. holding promise for the regeneration of tissues requiring a tubular shape scaffold. such as intestine. trachea and blood vessels. [less ▲]

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