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Bioinspired materials and devices

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Nature provides a wide selection of polymers with attractive characteristics and surfaces with different capabilities. Biopolymers derived from natural sources, such as chitosan, silk, alginate and cellulose, offer remarkable advantages in terms of biocompatibility, biodegradability and environmentally friendliness. We demonstrated the production of bioinspired coatings with self cleaning and low friction properties, alginate architectures with anisotropic chemical character, electrospun scaffolds with antibacterial activity and enhanced cells adhesion, microfluidic devices for testing food quality, water-repellent paper for smart food packaging. The realized systems are of interest for applications that include biomedical devices, tissue engineering, drug and pesticides delivery, food safety, water cleaning, filters and smart textiles.

This talk is part of the BSS Formal Seminars series.

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