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Development and characterization of bioactive PCL/TCP composites

Grant number: 18/14151-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2019
Effective date (End): October 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Materials and Metallurgical Engineering - Nonmetallic Materials
Principal researcher:Luiz Antonio Pessan
Grantee:Kawany Munique Boriolo Shimomura
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


As life expectancy of the world population increased, there was an enhancement in orthopedic procedures for bone repairs. In this context, new surgical procedures have been developed as well new materials for bone and cartilage repairs, especially with the Poly (µ-caprolactone), PCL, a polyester obtained by µ -caprolactone polymerization. As a biodegradable and a biocompatible polymer, its application has grown in the medical area, and it issued to manufacture devices for recovery of fractures and cartilage, controlled release of drugs, guided recovery of tissues and scaffolds for cells culture. Therefore, the developing of composites based on polymers/ bioactive ceramic fillers such as the ²-tricalcium phosphate (TCP), will be the aim of this project. In this way, it's possible to obtain biomaterials with appropriate mechanical properties, which exhibit bioactive behavior and controlled degradation.

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
GONCALVES BEATRICE, CESAR AUGUSTO; BORIOLO SHIMOMURA, KAWANY MUNIQUE; BACKES, EDUARDO HENRIQUE; HARB, SAMARAH VARGAS; COSTA, LIDIANE CRISTINA; PASSADOR, FABIO ROBERTO; PESSAN, LUIZ ANTONIO. Engineering printable composites of poly (epsilon-polycaprolactone) / beta-tricalcium phosphate for biomedical applications. Polymer Composites, DEC 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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