Improving transport in hydrogels for 3D bioprinting applications

dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: James Wilkingen
dc.contributor.authorAbbasi, Rehaen
dc.contributor.otherAaron D. Benjamin was an author and Madison Owens, Robert J. Olsen, Danica J. Walsh, Thomas B. LeFevre and James N. Wilking were co-authors of the article, 'Light-based 3D printing of hydrogels with high-resolution channels' in the journal 'Biomedical physics & engineering express' which is contained within this dissertation.en
dc.contributor.otherThomas B. LeFevre was an author and Aaron D. Benjamin, Isaak J. Thornton, and James N. Wilking were co-authors of the article, 'Coupling fluid flow to hydrogel fluidic devices with reversible "pop-it" connections' in the journal 'Lab on a chip' which is contained within this dissertation.en
dc.contributor.otherZahra Mahdieh was an author and Galip Yiyen, Robert A. Walker and James N. Wilking were co-authors of the article, 'Light-based 3D bioprinting of hydrogels containing colloidal calcium peroxide' submitted to the journal 'Bioprinting' which is contained within this dissertation.en
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-25T03:59:26Z
dc.date.available2022-01-25T03:59:26Z
dc.date.issued2021en
dc.description.abstractHydrogels are soft, water-based gels with widespread applications in medicine, tissue engineering, and biotechnology. Many of these applications require structuring hydrogels in three-dimensional space. Light-based 3D printers offer exquisite spatial control; however, technologies for light-based 3D-printing of hydrogels remain limited. This is mainly caused by poor material transportation through the hydrogel. For example, limited transport of oxygen and other nutrients through 3D printed tissue constructs containing living cells leads to low cell viability. Here, we describe three experimental research studies focused on improving material transport in 3D-printed hydrogels. In the first part of this thesis, we describe a generalizable method for light-based 3D printing of hydrogels containing open, well-defined, submillimeter-scale channels with any orientation. These submillimeter channels allow for bulk liquid flow through the hydrogel to improve nutrient and oxygen transport. In the second part of this thesis, we describe a simple, reversible, plug-based connector designed to couple tubing to a hydrogel-based fluidic device to allow for pressurized liquid flow through the system. The resulting connection can withstand liquid pressures significantly greater than traditional, connector-free approaches, enabling long-term flow through 3D-printed hydrogels. In the third part of this thesis, we characterize the printability of photopolymerizable resins containing particles that slowly dissolve to release oxygen and thereby improve cell viability. The light-based 3D bioprinting technologies we describe in this thesis will improve material transport through 3D printed hydrogels and enable a wide variety of applications in 3D bioprinting and hydrogel fluidics.en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/handle/1/16232en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Engineeringen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2021 by Reha Abbasien
dc.subject.lcshColloidsen
dc.subject.lcshBiological transporten
dc.subject.lcshBiotechnologyen
dc.subject.lcshThree-dimensional printingen
dc.titleImproving transport in hydrogels for 3D bioprinting applicationsen
dc.typeDissertationen
mus.data.thumbpage79en
thesis.degree.committeemembersMembers, Graduate Committee: Philip S. Stewart; Brent M. Peyton; Abigail Richardsen
thesis.degree.departmentChemical & Biological Engineering.en
thesis.degree.genreDissertationen
thesis.degree.namePhDen
thesis.format.extentfirstpage1en
thesis.format.extentlastpage171en

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