The deposition of thin titanium-nitrogen coatings on the surface of PCL-based scaffolds for vascular tissue engineering

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Biodegradable polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering is a promising technology for therapies of patients suffering from the loss of tissue or its function including cardiac tissues. However, limitations such as hydrophobicity of polymers prevent cell attachment, cell conductivity, and endothelialization. Plasma modification of polymers allows producing materials for an impressive range of applications due to their unique properties. Here, we demonstrate the possibility of bioresorbable electrospun polycaprolacton (PCL) scaffold surface modification by reactive magnetron sputtering of the titanium target in a nitrogen atmosphere. The influence of the plasma treatment time on the structure and properties of electrospun PCL scaffolds was studied. We show that the plasma treatment does not change the physico-mechanical properties of electrospun PCL scaffolds, leads to an increase in PCL scaffold biocompatibility, and, simultaneously, increases their hydrophilicity. In conclusion, this modification method opens a route to producing scaffolds with enhanced biocompatibility for tissue engineered vascular grafts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number153705
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2018


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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