Smart Scaffolds – Polymer Synthesis

Objective

  • Develop new types of bio-compatible polymers using functionalized lactones and amino acids
  • UV based 3D printable composition for easy fabrications
  • Create renewable resources and non-edible fatty acids from agricultural feed stocks to produce bio resorbable polymers

Impact

  • This development can produce bio-compatible polymers which can replace petroleum-based, commonly used caprolactones
  • UV based 3D printing of scaffold will revolutionize the entire regenerative medicine practive by printing scaffolds and other organs and tissues in a easy and convenient way
  • Unlike the conventional scaffolds, these can be tuned according to pateint health, weight and age

Key Milestones

  • Produced monomers based on nonanolactones
  • Produced functional caprolactone monomers
  • Functionalized amino acids for co polymerization
  • Developed copolymers with desired biofunctions
  • Study biodegradability for customization
  • Evaluate 3D printable modifications
  • Determine economic and commercial viability