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Electrohydrodynamic direct printing on hydrogel: a novel method to obtain fine fibers
Author(s): Yuanyuan Liu; Chen Jiang; Yi Liu; Dongdong Li; Qingxi Hu
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Paper Abstract

In this study, we proposed a novel method to obtain fine fibers: electrohydrodynamic (EHD) direct printing PCL on hydrogel. The effects of applied voltage, flow rate, plotting speed, hydrogel viscosity on the EHD direct writing process were investigated to obtain the most appropriate set of process conditions. We also compared the fibers obtained from this method with traditional EHD which deposited on aluminum and ethanol-based collectors. We found that fibers collected on the hydrogel were thinner and exhibited pores on the surface due to the hydrogel’s facilitation of organic solvents’ volatilization in the PCL fibers, which can benefit the attachment of cells. Besides, in our previous study, we found the freeze-thaw crosslinking process could greatly increase mechanical properties of the hydrogel used in our research, so this integration will not only mimic the composition of ECM which is a composite structure with a combination of fibrous proteins within a gelatinous grounded substance but also improve the mechanical properties of the scaffold. This novel method will broaden the application of EHD technology in the field of tissue engineering and other related areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9930, Biosensing and Nanomedicine IX, 993010 (27 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2242668
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Yuanyuan Liu, Shanghai Univ. (China)
Shanghai Key Lab. of Intelligent Manufacturing and Robotics (China)
Chen Jiang, Shanghai Univ. (China)
Yi Liu, Shanghai Univ. (China)
Dongdong Li, Shanghai Univ. (China)
Qingxi Hu, Shanghai Univ. (China)
Shanghai Key Lab. of Intelligent Manufacturing and Robotics (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9930:
Biosensing and Nanomedicine IX
Hooman Mohseni; Massoud H. Agahi; Manijeh Razeghi, Editor(s)

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