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Properties, engineering and applications of polymeric nanofibers: current research and future advances
Rošic, Romana (Author), Pelipenko, Jan (Author), Kristl, Julijana (Author), Kocbek, Petra (Author), Baumgartner, Saša (Author)

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Abstract
The subject of nanomedicine has seen a surge in research activity over the past decade, with nanofibers being a particularly active field. Nanofibers aresolid, dry fibers with nanometer diameters, made of various polymers, whereas electrospinning is a versatile, simple, elegant, reproducible, continuous and scalable technology for their preparation. Nanofibers are a unique class of materials in the biomedical field, since they provide a biomimetic environment on the nanometer scale, a three-dimensional architecture with the desired surface properties on the micrometer scale, combined with mechanical strength and physiological acceptability on the macroscale. In particular, their ability to imitate the fibrillar elements of a natural extracellular matrix in a very realistic way is crucial. In this paper we introduce the fundamental aspects of the electrospinning process and the properties of nanofibers, as well as highlighting the enormous potential of nanofibers as drug-delivery systems and tissue scaffolds.

Language:English
Keywords:nanofibers, electrospinning, polymer, drug delivery, tissue scaffolds
Work type:Not categorized (r6)
Tipology:1.02 - Review Article
Organization:FFA - Faculty of Pharmacy
Year:2012
Number of pages:str. 417-425
Numbering:Vol. 26, no. 4
UDC:542:620.3
ISSN on article:0352-9568
COBISS.SI-ID:3380081 Link is opened in a new window
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Title:Chemical and biochemical engineering quarterly
Shortened title:Chem. biochem. eng. q.
Publisher:Croatian Society of Chemical Engineers
ISSN:0352-9568
COBISS.SI-ID:49186 This link opens in a new window

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