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CHAPTER 11

Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering Based on Nano-structured Poly(Lactic Acid)

The aim of this chapter is to summarize the current state of the art in poly(lactic acid) (PLA) nanostructured biomaterials in tissue engineering applications. This chapter starts with an introduction to tissue engineering (TE), followed by an outline of the stem cells used in TE and we finally focus on current PLA-based biomaterials, in this respect across various nanostructured PLA including blend, nanoparticles, nanocomposites and surface modifications. Finally, we will consider some proposed mechanisms that underline the interaction between nanomaterials and stem cells, with the aim that such understanding will enable the optimization of these processes in a more efficient way to achieve better clinical outcomes.

Publication details


Print publication date
13 Nov 2014
Copyright year
2015
Print ISBN
978-1-84973-879-8
PDF eISBN
978-1-78262-480-6
ePub eISBN
978-1-78262-340-3
From the book series:
Polymer Chemistry Series