How Malvern Panalytical helped Rutgers University Optimize their Polymer Scaffold Fabrication Processes
Application Note Nov 06, 2017
In this Application note Sanjeeva Murthy from the New Jersey center for Biomaterials explains why a capillary rheometer is a key piece of equipment for a polymer processing laboratory.
About Sanjeeva Murthy and the New Jersey center for Biomaterials at Rutgers University
Sanjeeva Murthy is an Associate Research Professor at the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials (NJCBM), Rutgers University. He is a Materials Scientist with expertise in polymers, biomaterials and biological structures. The NJCBM was founded in 1991 by Dr. Joachim Kohn with a mission to improve patient care and public health through the development and commercialization of future generations of biomaterials. Current activities in the laboratory include synthesis and characterization of new polymers for regenerative medicine, and fabricating them into devices, scaffolds for tissue repair and replacement, biomedical implants, surgical meshes, cardiovascular stents, bone regeneration scaffolds and ocular drug delivery systems. Degradable stents, drug-eluting hernia patches and antibacterial pace-maker pouches are some of the devices that have resulted from this laboratory, and are in clinical use. Developments in the pipeline includes bone fixation devices and nerve conduits. Processing polymers into various forms, fibers, pins and films is a common denominator in all these applications. Optimization of the processing parameters to minimize degradation during processing are essential in these fabrication steps. Capillary rheometry is an especially important tool for them in the determination of the processing parameters for extrusion and 3D printing of their materials.