Controlling Microstructure of Three-Dimensional Scaffolds from Regenerated Silk Fibroin by Adjusting pH
Abstract:For tissue engineering, it is very important to design and control the pore architecture of three-dimensional (3D) polymeric scaffolds, which plays an important role in directing tissue formation and function. In this study, 3D porous silk fibroin scaffolds produced using a freeze drying technique were prepared at pHs ranging from 5 to 9. The effects of pH on the pore microstructure of the silk fibroin scaffold were examined by rheometry, FESEM and FTIR. Different pore structures were formed according to the pH of silk fibroin because silk fibroin exhibits water-like behavior under basic conditions and gel-like behavior under acidic conditions.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2012
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