Fabrication and characterization of zein–bioactive glass scaffolds

Shiva Naseri, Jasmin Hum, William Cole Lepry, Amir Kamal Miri, Showan Najdat Nazhat, Aldo Roberto Boccaccini

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Plant proteins show advantages over animal-based proteins for biomaterial applications attributable to their ease of availability and suitable biodegradability. In this study, composite foams based on zein and 45S5 bioactive glass (BG) particles were produced through salt leaching for potential applications in bone tissue engineering (BTE) applications. Different characterization techniques were used including scanning electron microscopy for morphological and microstructural analysis, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction for composition characterization and mechanical tests. Zein–BG composite scaffolds demonstrate enhanced bioactivity with a compressive modulus and strength around 5·7 MPa and 1·9 MPa, respectively. Zein–BG composite scaffolds constitute a new bioactive material with potential applications in BTE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-78
Number of pages6
JournalBioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomaterials
  • General Engineering


  • Bioactive glass
  • Bioactivity
  • Composite materials
  • Scaffolds
  • Zein


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