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Studies on the 3D printing of nanocellulose structures

Gethin, D. T., Rees, A., Powell, Lydia C., Chinga-Carrasco, G., Claypole, T., Deganello, D., Hill, Katja E., Thomas, D. W. and Syverud, K. 2014. Studies on the 3D printing of nanocellulose structures. Advances in Printing and Media Technology XLI (1 A2) , pp. 91-95.

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Abstract

Nanocellulose has a variety of advantages, which make the material most suitable for use in biomedical devices such as wound dressings. The material is strong, can be used for producing transparent films, can keep a moist environment and form elastic gels with bio-responsive characteristics. In this study we explore the application of nanocellulose as a bioink for use in a bioprinting process. Two different nanocelluloses were used, prepared with TEMPO mediated oxidation and a combination of carboxymethylation and periodate oxidation. The combination of carboxymethylation and periodate oxidation produced a homogeneous material with short nanofibrils. The small dimensions of the nanofibrils reduced the viscosity of the nanocellulose thus yielding a material with good rheological properties for use as a bioink. We also demonstrated that both nanocelluloses inhibited bacterial growth, which is an interesting property of these novel materials.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
ISSN: 2409-4201
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 16:35
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/68332

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