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Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Woodhead Pub. R. and S. Anand. (2000). Handbook of technical textiles. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Woodhead Pub. Hull, D. (1981). An Introduction to composite materials. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. -C. (2007). Liquid crystals. : Wiley-Interscience. R. (1997). Introduction to design and analysis with advanced composite materials. : Prentice Hall. CHAPTER 3 Medical and Healthcare Nanofibers fibers for apparel or industrial applications are relC atively coarse, ranging from millimeters to micrometers.

Fibers are assembled into yarns, fabrics or even 3D structures. , knit fabrics). In contrast, nonwoven fabrics are capable of skipping some of the composition processes as needed in the production of woven and 36 TEXTILE MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES knit fabrics, to result in a very desirable product property: low cost, a merit admired by, say, those who produce disposables. Design and production of compound fabrics and composite materials with fiber reinforcement give the various “high-performance” products: coated or laminated fabrics used in protective clothing or devices, and composite materials for industrial or medical applications.

Collagen is a biocompatible and bioresorbable natural polymer abundantly found in the connective tissue of animals. It accounts for about 20–30% of the total body proteins in vertebrates, existing in tissues of primarily mechanical functions (half of the total body collagen Biopolymers Used for Nanofibers 45 is found in the skin). , 2001). Over twenty different types of collagen are known. , 2002). 4). , types I, II and III) have been electrospun into nanofibers, and found to be able to serve as a substitute for the extracellular matrix in tissue repair or regeneration.

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