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Issue 10, 2013
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Responsive poly (γ-glutamic acid) fibres for biomedical applications

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Abstract

A novel responsive system using a protein-based biopolymer was designed to undergo structural, geometric, and chemical changes upon temperature change or solvent interaction. Poly(γ-glutamic acid) (γ-PGA) is an attractive candidate for various biomedical applications as it is naturally produced, biocompatible and enzymatically degradable. The responsive material was fabricated using an electrospun modified γ-PGA to create a sub-micron fibrous mat. By modulating the environment responsive behaviour in a controlled manner, exciting applications such as wound dressing, compression materials and self-tightening knots are envisaged.

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Submitted
10 Dec 2012
Accepted
18 Jan 2013
First published
30 Jan 2013

J. Mater. Chem. B, 2013,1, 1397-1401
Article type
Communication

Responsive poly (γ-glutamic acid) fibres for biomedical applications

S. Chung, C. Gentilini, A. Callanan, M. Hedegaard, S. Hassing and M. M. Stevens, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2013, 1, 1397
DOI: 10.1039/C3TB00515A

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