Structure and physico-mechanical properties of low temperature plasma treated electrospun nanofibrous scaffolds examined with atomic force microscopy

Adrian Chlanda , Ewa Kijeńska , Chiara Rinoldi , Michał Tarnowski , Tadeusz Wierzchoń , Wojciech Święszkowski


Electrospun nanofibrous scaffolds are willingly used in tissue engineering applications due to their tunable mechanical, chemical and physical properties. Additionally, their complex openworked architecture is similar to the native extracellular matrix of living tissue. After implantation such scaffolds should provide sufficient mechanical support for cells. Moreover, it is of crucial importance to ensure sterility and hydrophilicity of the scaffold. For this purpose, a low temperature surface plasma treatment can be applied. In this paper, we report physico-mechanical evaluation of stiffness and adhesive properties of electrospun mats after their exposition to low temperature plasma. Complex morphological and mechanical studies performed with an atomic force microscope were followed by scanning electron microscope imaging and a wettability assessment. The results suggest that plasma treatment can be a useful method for the modification of the surface of polymeric scaffolds in a desirable manner. Plasma treatment improves wettability of the polymeric mats without changing their morphology.
Author Adrian Chlanda (FMSE / DMD)
Adrian Chlanda,,
- Division of Materials Design
, Ewa Kijeńska (FMSE / DMD)
Ewa Kijeńska,,
- Division of Materials Design
, Chiara Rinoldi (FMSE / DMD)
Chiara Rinoldi,,
- Division of Materials Design
, Michał Tarnowski (FMSE / DSE)
Michał Tarnowski,,
- Division of Surface Engineering
, Tadeusz Wierzchoń (FMSE / DSE)
Tadeusz Wierzchoń,,
- Division of Surface Engineering
, Wojciech Święszkowski (FMSE / DMD)
Wojciech Święszkowski,,
- Division of Materials Design
Journal seriesMicron, ISSN 0968-4328, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishAtomic force microscopy, Surface modification, Electrospun fibers, RF plasma treatment, Tissue engineering, Nanomaterial
ASJC Classification1307 Cell Biology; 1315 Structural Biology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)30
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ScoreMinisterial score = 30.0, 10-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 8; Scopus Citations = 11; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.005; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.53 (2) - 2018=1.809 (5)
Citation count*15 (2020-01-12)
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