Ultrathin polymer fibers hybridized with bioactive ceramics: A review on fundamental pathways of electrospinning towards bone regeneration

Filipe V Ferreira, Caio G Otoni, João H Lopes, Lucas P de Souza, Lucia H I Mei, Liliane M F Lona, Karen Lozano, Anderson O Lobo, Luiz H C Mattoso

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Abstract

Electrospun ultrathin polymer fibers hybridized with bioactive ceramics find use in many biomedical applications due to their unique and versatile abilities to modulate structure–performance relationships at the nano–bio interface. These organic–inorganic hybrid fibers present synergies that are otherwise rare, even when the precursors are used individually, such as bioactivity in polymers and stiffness–toughness balance in bioactive ceramics. Despite these unique advantages, a comprehensive and timely review on this important topic is still missing. Herein we describe the most recent and relevant developments on electrospun ultrathin polymer fibers hybridized with bioactive ceramics, with emphasis on bone tissue regeneration. This review addresses the preparation of bioactive ceramics, particularly (nano) hydroxyapatite (HA; nHA) and bioactive glass (BG), which stand out as the ceramics of interest for bone regeneration. The anatomy and mechanical properties of bone as well as fundamental tissue–scaffold interaction mechanisms are covered. The process–structure–property relationships of electrospun ultrathin fibers are discussed in detail from a technical standpoint, as well as fabrication strategies, process variables, characterization methods, and biological requirements (in vitro and in vivo performances). Finally, we highlight the major challenges and outline perspectives to pave the route for the next-generation hybrid materials for bone tissue engineering.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111853
JournalMaterials science & engineering. C, Materials for biological applications
Volume123
Early online date6 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Bioactive glass
  • Biomedical application
  • Electrospinning
  • Hydroxyapatite
  • Polymer nanofibers
  • Tissue engineering

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