Electrospinning and 3D-bioprinting

Electrospinning is one of the future key nanotechnologies, with high versatility that fits a broad range of application needs. The Group has recognized experience in electrospinning, with specific applications in the biomedical field, in functional materials for energy storage and for water treatment, and in structural nanofibre-reinforced polymeric composites.

The Group’s  research activities are dedicated:

(i) to attain a better control of electrospinning through a knowledge-based optimization of the process;

(ii) to implement and tailoring the electrospinning apparatus for specific requirements and for mass production;

(iii) to fabricate innovative engineered nanofiber assemblies.

In very recent years, 3D Bioprinting has emerged as a suitable technology for fabrication of bioengineered constructs, to reproduce the crucial features of human tissues and organs. The printed 3D models find applications in various areas such as tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, drug screening, high-throughput assays, miniaturized bioreactors for organ-on-a-chip technology. The activities of the group, in the framework of a PhD project, are dedicated to “3D Bioprinted Organ Models for Drug Discovery”.