Development of a Collagen/Clay Nanocomposite Biomaterial

  title={Development of a Collagen/Clay Nanocomposite Biomaterial},
  author={Alejandra Reyna-Valencia and Pascale Chevallier and D Mantovani},
Collagen hydrogels are widely used as three-dimensional scaffolds for cells and tissue in culture environments. These materials, which consist of crosslinked biopolymer (protein-based) networks in aqueous media, are particularly suitable for recreating part of the extra-cellular matrix, but their poor mechanical properties represent a major limitation. One strategy to enhance the strength of this kind of hydrogels might be to incorporate clay nanoscopic particles. In fact, it has been observed… CONTINUE READING