Impact of Additives on Mechanical Properties of Supramolecular Electrospun Scaffolds

Bastiaan D. Ippel, Eline E. Van Haaften, Carlijn V. C. Bouten, and Patricia Y. W. Dankers

Published: 11 September 2020


The mechanical properties of scaffolds used for mechanically challenging applications such as cardiovascular implants are unequivocally important. Here, the effect of supramolecular additive functionalization on mechanical behavior of electrospun scaffolds was investigated for one bisurea-based model additive and two previously developed antifouling additives. The model additive has no effect on the mechanical properties of the bulk material, whereas the stiffness of electrospun scaffolds was slightly decreased compared to pristine PCL-BU following the addition of the three different additives. These results show the robustness of supramolecular additives used in biomedical applications, in which mechanical properties are important, such as vascular grafts and heart valve constructs.

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