Natural, biocompatible, and biodegradable composite nanofibers made of Aloe vera extract, pullulan, chitosan, and citric acid were successfully produced via Forcespinning® technology. The addition of Aloe vera extract at different weight percent loadings was investigated. The morphology, thermal properties, physical properties, and water absorption of the nanofibers were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The developed nanofiber membranes exhibited good water absorption capabilities, synergistic antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli, and promoted cell attachment and growth. Its porous and high surface area structure make it a potential candidate for wound dressing applications due to its ability to absorb excessive blood and exudates, as well as provide protection from infection while maintaining good thermal stability.
Barbosa, Raul, et al. "Aloe Vera extract-based composite nanofibers for wound dressing applications." Materials Science and Engineering: C 124 (2021): 112061. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2021.112061
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