Tailoring the microstructure of ultra-light nanofiber aerogels by solid templating and their application as wound dressing materials

; (). Tailoring the microstructure of ultra-light nanofiber aerogels by solid templating and their application as wound dressing materials. À JOUR submitted.

Hydro active wound dressings provide a favorable wound-healing environment and promote wound closure. Currently, synthetic polymers are the material of choice for such dressings. However, capillary forces could also be envisioned as the operating principle. Therefore, we developed a bio-based material from nanofibers with tunable hierarchical pore structure. This ultra-light nanofiber aerogels showed high water absorbency and it formed a mechanically stable hydrogel-like material. The range of applications of this versatile material can be extended to filtration, catalysis, or tissue engineering.