Laser-induced micro-foam of chitosan as a tissue-implant interface for application in tissue engineering.

Laser processing of biocompatible polymers and ceramics for use in surgical interventions will be performed by scientists from the Institute of Electronics of BAS. The goal is to create antibacterial surfaces that will help patients recover faster after surgery. Laser-treated implant materials will accelerate cell development and postoperative wound healing.

A cell attached to a layer of collagen that has been laser treated.

The research is part of a project under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Program, Innovative Training Networks. Scientists from 18 organizations across Europe are joining a network to create materials with antibacterial properties that are suitable for use on orthopedic implant surfaces. New coatings will be applied to implants through additional manufacturing techniques. The efficiency of these antibacterial surfaces will be improved by laser treatment of the material from which they are made. An in-depth study of the properties of the new materials is envisaged to ensure that they are applicable for use in implants.

Research is expected to help prevent infections after surgery, speed up patient recovery and reduce postoperative healthcare costs.

Within the framework of the project, an international competition for the selection of two doctoral students is being held at the Institute of Electronics. Young scientists from Italy, Russia, Bulgaria, Colombia, India, Pakistan and Iran have already applied for the competition.