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Degree Name

Master of Science


Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Gary L. Bowlin


The objective of this research project was to evaluate the mechanical, morphological, and permeability properties of electrospun blends of polydioxanone and poly(lactic acid) for application as vascular grafts. Mechanical analysis was performed by uniaxial tensile testing to examine the peak load, peak stress, elastic modulus, and strain at break of the fibrous materials. The morphological characteristics of the polymer blends were analyzed using phase contrast microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and image analysis software. Scanning electron microscopy and image analysis software were used to assess fiber diameter and pore size of electrospun scaffolds. Scaffold permeability measurements were also used to calculate fiber diameter and pore size, and the values were compared to those obtained using image analysis. The material property results acquired from the research suggest that the electrospun polymer blends have potential for use in vascular graft applications.


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June 2008