ESR 4 – Biodegradable and Bioresorbable Polyester

Binh Thi Thanh Phan – University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Lucideon Limited

The Project: Blends of synthetic polyesters, such as poly ε-caprolactone, poly lactic acid, and natural polymers are interested in the biomaterials field due to their combined properties of biodegradation and biocompatibility. Interestingly, the addition of natural polymers to polyesters causes some mechanical improvements and improvement of the intrinsic properties of traditional polyesters. Additionally, essential oils, such as cinnamon oil, have potential antimicrobial activity but their use is restricted by their hydrophobicity. Thus this project will investigate the combination of three components to create a polymer matrix to store and control the release of essential oils. This kind of material also opens a wide range of modifications to enhance the antimicrobial activity of polyesters

The Researcher: Binh Thi Thanh Phan (Hana) – Institute of Biomaterials – Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen – Nürnberg.  She obtained her Bachelor of Chemistry in Hanoi University of Science and Master of Engineering in Osaka Prefecture University.  She is concentrating in biomaterials, i.e. polymers and nanomaterials for bioapplications.  Also, she is fond of watching sports, cooking and traveling to discover natural beauty, exploring different cultures and the diversity of cuisines.

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