Lab for Thin Films - Nanobiomaterials - Nanosystems - Nanometrology

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LTFN makes use of cutting-edge equipment and 2 Pilot Lines for nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and in vitro studies. Facilities include cell culture, coating and 3D electrospraying deposition and printing systems, while a fully equipped chemical laboratory is available for nanoparticles, nanofibers and nanofilms development and biofunctionalization.
This research field, includes the design, development, validation and production of drug delivery nanosystems and biomedical devices, smart nanomaterials, nanoporous delivery platforms, scaffolds for tissue regeneration, nanoparticles for in vivo diagnostics, treatment of diseases etc.

Products & Applications

  • Biodegradable nanoparticles with Anti-oxidant drugs for reduction of Oxidative Stress
  • Biodegradable scaffolds for Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering (CVDs, Osteoathritis, Wound healing, etc.)
  • Nanoporous materials loaded with Drugs, 3D Printing and 3D BioPrinting
  • Biodegradable nanosystems deposited onto implants (Stents and Orthopedics)
  • Nanoparticles onto surfaces to enhance antimicrobial and antibacterial behavior

The recently established 3D-Bioprinting Laboratory is located at the facilities of the LTFN Nanomedicine & Nanobiotechnology Group. It is run by the multidisciplinary research members, who have at their disposal state-of-the-art 3D-Bioprinting, 3D-Printing and other 3D-scaffold manufacturing technologies for the production of complex structures as well as characterization tools for the static and dynamic in vitro testing of the cell seeded structures.

The facility focuses initially in orthopaedics aiming to the regeneration of patient specific osteochondral defects, cartilage, ligaments and joints. Working in close collaboration with other groups of the LTFN the specific group exploits establishmed know-how on:

  • Design, development, validation and production of nano-bio-materials as scaffolds
  • Biodegradable nanoparticles as drug carriers for their selective spatial distribution within the 3D-Bioprinted structures
  • Biodegradable nanofibers for the enhancement of vascularization
  • Organic and printed electronics for the innovative introduction of sensing/biosensing elements and intervening methods in selected areas of the 3D-Bioprinted structures
  • Drug delivery systems loaded with growth factors for the spatial biofunctionalization as required

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Equipment for the in-vitro biological and cytocompatibility characterization

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CO2 Incubator

for the maintenance of cell cultures (human and animal) and cytocompatibility protocols.

 

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Laminar Hood

for the preperation and implementation of various cytocompatibility tests and cell sub-culturing.

 

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Centrifuge

commonly used for the separation of components in a complex mixture. Wide variety of use as it concerns separation of organic phases of nanoparticles as well as sedimentation of cells' pellet.

 

Elisa Plate Reader

 

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Optical Microscope

used on a large scale in the studies od cell structure's evaluation morphology, nanostructures like fiber-based scaffolds in order to justify their surface topography characteristics.

 

It is a nanofabrication process for the spraying of natural, synthetic polymers and composite solutions to form nanostructured coatings (either fibres or particles) deposited on a conductive substrate using electrostatic force.

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Widely used technique for the production of thin films of polymeric materials on different surfaces in order to produce homogenous coating of high thickness and uniformity for a long time. Variety application in sensors, membranes, hydrogels and antimicrobial surfaces.

System with the ability to isolate and maintain cells or even whole tissues for a long time, without the susceptible to damage caused by chemical reactivity, by cooling and freezing at low temperatures (-80oC).

Basic tool for the evaluation of cells’ viability proliferation’s behavior. Luminometer can measure UV and visible light, thus provide useful informationσ about light absorbance, that is used for a wide variety of assays including MTT assays, ATP assays, cellular luminescence, enzyme activity assays, and cell-based assays for drug delivery.

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