Summary of the work programme

The project will provide an electroactive hydrogel library based on different modifications of oxidised alginate-gelatin (ADA-GEL) for the various application requirements in ELAINE. The applications vary from their use as cartilage replacement materials to coatings for the functionalisation of load-bearing titanium implants. Besides the material and process investigations on three dimensionally (3D)-printed piezoelectric and bioactive scaffolds for bone regeneration the aim is to assess the bone cell response on the piezoelectric effect. A new 3D printing process combining hydrogel bioprinting and fused deposition modelling will be investigated to realise a biphasic scaffold for osteochondral defects.