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Bioactivity and bactericidal action of 3D printed PLA-TCP scaffolds modified with SiO2, ZnO and CeO2 applied for bone tissue engineering

Grant number: 21/11538-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2022
Effective date (End): April 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Materials and Metallurgical Engineering - Nonmetallic Materials
Principal Investigator:Luiz Antonio Pessan
Grantee:Samarah Vargas Harb
Supervisor: Sudipta Seal
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Central Florida (UCF), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:18/26060-3 - Bioactive and bactericidal scaffolds for bone regeneration via 3D printing, BP.PD


Using additive manufacturing, we have produced scaffolds that mimic the natural extracellular matrix of bone (architecture, biochemistry and mechanical properties) and act as temporary molds to guide the regeneration of bone. A composite matrix composed of poly(lactic acid) (PLA)-tricalcium ²-phosphate (TCP) (90-10 wt%) have been modified with 1, 5 and 10 wt% of SiO2, ZnO and CeO2 to enhance the material's bioactivity, to promote the differentiation of stem cells towards osteoblasts and to impart bactericidal property. Filaments were prepared in the melted state using a twin-screw extruder and used to print scaffolds by fused filament fabrication (FFF). Both filaments and scaffolds have been characterized in the Department of Materials Engineering (DEMa-UFSCar), in relation to their structural, thermal, rheological and mechanical behavior, as presented in the past reports. Some initial biological assays have been performed in the Department of Physiological Sciences-UFSCar. During the internship at the University of Central Florida (UCF), the biological characterization with cell and bacteria will be deeper investigated by an extensive number of techniques available at Professor Sudipta Seal' laboratory, as programmed in the initial research project. (AU)

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