Textile material assists in bone cell growth

Maria Persson, doctoral candidate, has studied how biomedically active textile materials can be manufactured from functionalised polymeric fibres. By melt spinning polylactic acid (PLA) which has been modified with inorganic phosphate minerals it is possible to make polymer fibres which induce the growth of bone cells. These fibres are then woven into 3 dimensional textile structures, which act as substrates (scaffolds) on which the bone cells can grow, and form new bone tissue.

The research has been carried out at University of Borås, Sweden, and University of Oulu, Finland. In Borås Maria has made the polymer fibres and the textile structures, while the biomedical evaluation has been done at University of Oulu.

Maria graduated in 2010 with an MSc degree in textile technology from University of Borås. Her research at University of Borås has been supervised by Professor Mikael Skrifvars. Lena Berglin, researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles, has also participated in the research project. The supervisor at University of Oulu has been professor Juha Tuukkanen. The project has been financed by University of Oulu.

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