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Wei-Han Lin, Wei-Bor Tsai
Electrospun fibers of natural polymers are desirable for biomedical applications such as tissue engineering. Crosslinking of electrospun fibers of natural polymers is needed to prevent dissolution in water and to enhance mechanical strength. In this study, an in situ UV-crosslinking method was developed for crosslinking of gelatin electrospun fibers (GESFs) and water-soluble synthetic polymers. A mixture of gelatin and phenylazide-conjugated poly(acrylic acids) was electrospun under UV irradiation. The UV-crosslinked GESFs were not dissolved in water with improved mechanical strength...
September 2013: Biofabrication
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