Functionalized synthetic biodegradable polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering. Academic Article uri icon


  • Scaffolds (artificial ECMs) play a pivotal role in the process of regenerating tissues in 3D. Biodegradable synthetic polymers are the most widely used scaffolding materials. However, synthetic polymers usually lack the biological cues found in the natural extracellular matrix. Significant efforts have been made to synthesize biodegradable polymers with functional groups that are used to couple bioactive agents. Presenting bioactive agents on scaffolding surfaces is the most efficient way to elicit desired cell/material interactions. This paper reviews recent advancements in the development of functionalized biodegradable polymer scaffolds for tissue engineering, emphasizing the syntheses of functional biodegradable polymers, and surface modification of polymeric scaffolds.

published proceedings

  • Macromol Biosci

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, X., Holzwarth, J. M., & Ma, P. X.

citation count

  • 209

complete list of authors

  • Liu, Xiaohua||Holzwarth, Jeremy M||Ma, Peter X

publication date

  • July 2012