Abstract: Current scaffolds for soft tissue regeneration and rehabilitation are limited in that they are commonly fabricated from non-conductive polymers or have low-conductivity due to poor percolation of conductive components within an insulating polymer. When electroactive particles such as carbon nanotubes or metal nanoparticles are suspended within a polymer matrix, relatively high concentrations of particles are required to facilitate sufficient conductivity, which in turn can be detrimental to the mechanical properties of the polymer system. An array of approaches for using conductive polymers (CPs) and elastomers or hydrogels to achieve both high conductivity and tailored mechanical properties has been investigated. Flexibility, conduction and thermal processability has been achieved through the development of new CP based building blocks that can retain the CP chains in close apposition, while enabling movement and fabrication into devices.
Monday, 11 January 2021 - 12:00pm
Dr Rylie Green