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Keynote

Entangled Microgels for 3D Bioprinting Applications

Monday (16.03.2020)
15:30 - 16:00
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Of the many evolving biofabrication approaches, microextrusion bioprinting has been the most commonly applied in tissue engineering.  In order to recreate complex geometries and large scale, the typical bioink used in extrusion bioprinting has required the use of viscosity enhancers and/or support materials to be effective.  We have recently explored the class of bioinks called ‘jammed’, granular or microgel materials for extrusion bioprinting.  In our case, we work with microgels with high aspect ratio and ability to entangle with each other.  These entangled bioprinting materials are less subject to flow instabilities, have natural macroporosity and orientation and can be used in a modular, multimaterial approach. In this lecture, entangled microgel bioinks are explored in the context of cartilage and muscle engineering.

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