Mara Elga Medeiros Braga

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Film- and foam-like structures of N-carboxybutylchitosan (CBC) and of agarose (AGA) were prepared and characterized in order to evaluate their potential application as topical membrane-type wound dressing materials, mostly regarding their sustained release capacities and fluid handling properties. Polymeric biomaterials were loaded with two natural-origin(More)
A supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2)-assisted foaming/mixing method (SFM) was implemented for preparing dexamethasone (DXMT)-loaded poly(ε-caprolactone)/silica nanoparticles (PCL/SNPs) composite materials suitable for bone regeneration. The composites were prepared from PCL and mesoporous SNPs (MCM-41/SBA-15) by means of scCO2-assisted SFM at several(More)
This work reports and discusses the influence of four phosphonium-based ionic liquids (PhILs), namely trihexyl(tetradecyl) phosphonium dicyanamide, [P(6,6,6,14)][dca]; trihexyl(tetradecyl) phosphonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, [P(6,6,6,14)][Tf(2)N]; tetrabutyl phosphonium bromide, [P(4,4,4,4)][Br]; and tetrabutyl phosphonium chloride,(More)
This work addresses the development and characterization of porous chitosan-alginate based polyelectrolyte complexes, obtained by using two different proportions of the biocompatible surfactant Pluronic F68. These biomaterials are proposed for applications as biodegradable and biocompatible wound dressing and/or scaffolds. The results indicate that(More)
This work evaluates the effect of processing variables on some physicochemical and mechanical properties of multi- and unidirectional laminar collagen type I scaffolds. The processing variables considered in this study included microstructure orientation (uni- and multidirectional fiber/pore controlled by freeze-drying methodology), cross-linking (chemical(More)
Juglone, 1,4-naphthoquinone and plumbagin are three related naphthoquinones known for their toxicity, allelopathic activity and skin peeling effects. They naturally occur in several vegetable species, especially in walnut trees (Juglans spp.). In this work, these naphthoquinones are separately impregnated/deposited in mesoporous silica particles (SBA-15)(More)
Biodegradable polymeric foams of proper pore sizes, geometries and densities, are already known to be useful biomaterials for several pharmaceutical, biomedical and tissue engineering applications. Moreover, the combination of these biodegradable polymeric foams with biocompatible inorganic nanoparticles and with bioactive substances may lead to the(More)
Cataracts treatment usually involves the extraction of the opaque crystalline lens and its replacement by an intraocular lens (IOL). A serious complication is the occurrence of endophthalmitis, a post-surgery infection mainly caused by Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. IOLs having the ability to load and to(More)
Homogeneous poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and poloxamines (PLXs) porous blends were prepared using a supercritical carbon dioxide-assisted foaming/mixing (SFM) approach aiming to obtain cytocompatible implantable materials presenting tunable morphologies, bioerosion rates, bioactive molecules release and osteogenic features. Pure PCL, pure PLXs (T908 and T1107(More)