Joseph L Lowery

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BACKGROUND Although many nerve prostheses have been proposed in recent years, in the case of consistent loss of nervous tissue peripheral nerve injury is still a traumatic pathology that may impair patient's movements by interrupting his motor-sensory pathways. In the last few decades tissue engineering has opened the door to new approaches;: however most(More)
The destruction and hollowing of entire tissue segments represent an insurmountable barrier to axonal regeneration and therapeutics in chronic spinal cord injury. To circumvent this problem, we engineered neural prosthetics, by assembling electrospun nanofibers and self-assembling peptides into composite guidance channels and transplanted them into the(More)
Nonwoven fiber mats of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) and PCL blended with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) were generated by electrospinning. Differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy, and gravimetric measurement confirm the removal of PEO after immersion in water, as well as an increase in the PCL crystallinity. The reorganization of PCL(More)
As engineers strive to mimic the form and function of naturally occurring materials with synthetic alternatives, the challenges and costs of processing often limit creative innovation. Here we describe a powerful yet economical technique for developing multiple coatings of different morphologies and functions within a single textile membrane, enabling(More)
Block copolymer poly(styrene-b-dimethylsiloxane) fibers with submicrometer diameters in the range 150-400 nm were produced by electrospinning from solution in tetrahydrofuran and dimethylformamide. Contact angle measurements indicate that the nonwoven fibrous mats are superhydrophobic, with a contact angle of 163 degrees and contact angle hysteresis of 15(More)
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