Bioactive Membranes: Co-Assembled and Microfabricated Bioactive Membranes (Adv. Funct. Mater. 4/2013)

Authors

  • Ana C. Mendes,

    1. Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics, University of Minho, Headquarters of the European, Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, AvePark, Guimarães, Portugal, ICVS/3B's PT Government Associate Laboratory, Braga, Portugal
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  • Katherine H. Smith,

    1. The Nanotechnology Platform, Parc Científic Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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  • Esther Tejeda-Montes,

    1. The Nanotechnology Platform, Parc Científic Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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  • Elisabeth Engel,

    1. Institut de Bioeginyeria de Catalunya, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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  • Rui L. Reis,

    1. Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics, University of Minho, Headquarters of the European, Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, AvePark, Guimarães, Portugal, ICVS/3B's PT Government Associate Laboratory, Braga, Portugal
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  • Helena S. Azevedo,

    1. Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics, University of Minho, Headquarters of the European, Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, AvePark, Guimarães, Portugal, ICVS/3B's PT Government Associate Laboratory, Braga, Portugal
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  • Alvaro Mata

    Corresponding author
    1. The Nanotechnology Platform, Parc Científic Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
    • The Nanotechnology Platform, Parc Científic Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Spain.
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Abstract

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Folded bioactive membranes are made in a singlestep process via the self-assembly of multidomain peptides with hyaluronic acid in combination with soft-lithography. As Alvaro Mata and co-workers report on page 430, the hierarchical membrane exhibits well-defined functional nanofibers bearing biomolecular signals and precise post micropatterns. These bioactive membranes have broad potential applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

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