Biopolymers for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications: Recent advances and overview of alginate electrospinning

Jolanta Wróblewska-Krepsztul, Tomasz Rydzkowski*, Iwona Michalska-Pożoga, Vijay Kumar Thakur

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Innovative solutions using biopolymer-based materials made of several constituents seems to be particularly attractive for packaging in biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. In this direction, some progress has been made in extending use of the electrospinning process towards fiber formation based on biopolymers and organic compounds for the preparation of novel packaging materials. Electrospinning can be used to create nanofiber mats characterized by high purity of the material, which can be used to create active and modern biomedical and pharmaceutical packaging. Intelligent medical and biomedical packaging with the use of polymers is a broadly and rapidly growing field of interest for industries and academia. Among various polymers, alginate has found many applications in the food sector, biomedicine, and packaging. For example, in drug delivery systems, a mesh made of nanofibres produced by the electrospinning method is highly desired. Electrospinning for biomedicine is based on the use of biopolymers and natural substances, along with the combination of drugs (such as naproxen, sulfikoxazol) and essential oils with antibacterial properties (such as tocopherol, eugenol). This is a striking method due to the ability of producing nanoscale materials and structures of exceptional quality, allowing the substances to be encapsulated and the drugs/ biologically active substances placed on polymer nanofibers. So, in this article we briefly summarize the recent advances on electrospinning of biopolymers with particular emphasis on usage of Alginate for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number404
Issue number3
Early online date10 Mar 2019
Publication statusPrint publication - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Alginate
  • Biomedical
  • Biopolymers
  • Electrospinning
  • Packaging
  • Pharmaceutical


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