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Composite Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering

Min Wang1
  • 1 The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Abstract

Biomaterial and scaffold development underpins the advancement of tissue engineering. Traditional scaffolds based on biodegradable polymers such as poly(lactic acid) and poly(lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) are weak and non-osteoconductive. For bone tissue engineering, polymer-based composite scaffolds containing bioceramics such as hydroxyapatite can be produced and used. The bioceramics can be either incorporated in the scaffolds as a dispersed secondary phase or form a thin coating on the pore surface of polymer scaffolds. This bioceramic phase renders the scaffolds bioactive and also strengthens the scaffolds. There are a number of methods that can be used to produce bioceramic-polymer composite scaffolds. This paper gives an overview of our efforts in developing composite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering.

American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Volume 2 No. 2, 2006, 80-84

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajbbsp.2006.80.84

Submitted On: 25 April 2006 Published On: 30 June 2006

How to Cite: Wang, M. (2006). Composite Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering. American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2(2), 80-84. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajbbsp.2006.80.84

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Keywords

  • bioceramics
  • composite
  • scaffolds
  • bone tissue engineering