Novel biomaterials for tissue engineering
Aliphatic polycarbonates are compounds that contain the chemical group -O-C(O)-O- in a non-aromatic structure. Recent years have seen a resurged interest in these molecules due to advancement in their production. Their attractive features include biocompatibility and acid-free degradation, rendering aliphatic polycarbonates ideal for biomaterials as they don’t cause tissue inflammation. Moreover, they can be functionalised and can thus serve as implants and drug vehicles. The EU-funded PhotoPolyCarb project is working on a 3D printing approach that uses aliphatic polycarbonates to generate biomaterials for tissue engineering purposes. The approach constitutes a step closer to the development of tailor-made implants, which have the potential to improve the patients’ health and quality of life.
Fields of science
- medical and health sciencesmedical biotechnologytissue engineering
- natural scienceschemical sciencespolymer sciences
- engineering and technologymechanical engineeringmanufacturing engineeringadditive manufacturing
- engineering and technologyindustrial biotechnologybiomaterials
- medical and health sciencesmedical biotechnologyimplants