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Magnesium Incorporated Polycaprolactone-Based Composite Nanofibers

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Nava P. Rijal, Udhab Adhikari, Narayan Bhattarai

North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC

Paper No. IMECE2015-53090, pp. V014T11A011; 6 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2015-53090
From:
  • ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 14: Emerging Technologies; Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis; Materials: Genetics to Structures
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 13–19, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5757-1
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME

abstract

Recent advances in developing composite nanofibers are of great interest for scientific community due to their wide range of potential applications in biomedical engineering such as drug delivery, wound healing, tissue engineering and implant coatings. Here, we present a fabrication of Mg incorporated polycaprolactone/low molecular weight chitosan (PCL/LMW-CS) composite nanofiber via an electrospinning technique. PCL, a synthetic polymer, has good mechanical properties, whereas, chitosan, a natural polymer, has good bio-functional properties and good cell adhesion properties. Furthermore, magnesium is the second most abundant intracellular cation in the body and is important to metabolism. These nanofibers were characterized by using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), ImageJ, and Instron Universal Testing Machine.

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