Electrospun PGMA: From drug delivery to functional materials

V. Agarwal, D. Ho, H. Schilter, L. Guo, W. Jarolimek, A. Munshi, F.M.D. Yasin, E. Weike, R. Singh, D. Ho, N. Smith, I. Luzinov, F. Wood, M. Fear, K.S. Iyer
University of Western Australia, AU

Keywords: electrospinning, polymer, scaffold, scar, hydrogen sensing


Electrospinning is a rather simple but highly versatile technique which allows generating ultrafine fibers from a variety of polymers and composite materials. The simplicity of the procedure, possible scalable large scale production and wide variety of available polymers, make electrospinning attractive to wide range of applications. A self-healing polymer poly glycidyl methacrylate (PGMA) was electrospun incorporating various modalities including drugs and also different kind of nanoparticles. The potential of the PGMA incorporating PXS64 (an anti-scarring drug) scaffold will be discussed in context of scar therapy. In the second half, universality of electrospun PGMA polymer, incorporating various types of nanoparticles, will be highlighted with completely different set of applications including hydrogen gas sensing and upconversion.