This study is a proof of concept performed to evaluate process parameters affecting shape memory effect of copolymer poly-L-lactide-co-poly-ε-caprolactone (PLA:PCL) 70:30 ratio based nanofibrous scaffolds. A design of experiment (DOE) statistical approach was used to define the interaction between independent material and process variables related to electrospun scaffold manufacturing, such as polymer solution concentration (w/v%), spinning time (min), and needle size (Gauge), and their influence on Rf% (ability of the scaffold to maintain the induced temporary shape) and Rr% (ability of the scaffold to recover its original shape) outputs. A mathematical model was obtained from DOE useful to predict scaffold Rf% and Rr% values. PLA-PCL 15% w/v, 22G needle, and 20-min spinning time were selected to confirm the data obtained from theoretical model. Subsequent morphological (SEM), chemical-physical (GPC and DSC), mechanical (uniaxial tensile tests), and biological (cell viability and adhesion) characterizations were performed.

A proof of concept to define the parameters affecting poly-l-lactide-co-poly-ε-caprolactone shape memory electrospun nanofibers for biomedical applications

Silvia Pisani;Ida Genta;Tiziana Modena;Rossella Dorati;Giovanna Bruni;Marco Benazzo;Bice Conti
2023-01-01

Abstract

This study is a proof of concept performed to evaluate process parameters affecting shape memory effect of copolymer poly-L-lactide-co-poly-ε-caprolactone (PLA:PCL) 70:30 ratio based nanofibrous scaffolds. A design of experiment (DOE) statistical approach was used to define the interaction between independent material and process variables related to electrospun scaffold manufacturing, such as polymer solution concentration (w/v%), spinning time (min), and needle size (Gauge), and their influence on Rf% (ability of the scaffold to maintain the induced temporary shape) and Rr% (ability of the scaffold to recover its original shape) outputs. A mathematical model was obtained from DOE useful to predict scaffold Rf% and Rr% values. PLA-PCL 15% w/v, 22G needle, and 20-min spinning time were selected to confirm the data obtained from theoretical model. Subsequent morphological (SEM), chemical-physical (GPC and DSC), mechanical (uniaxial tensile tests), and biological (cell viability and adhesion) characterizations were performed.
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