Graphene Foam as a Scaffold for Growing Functional Muscle Tissue

July 11, 2016

(Nanowerk) – A new paper in Biomaterials Science and Engineering (“Graphene Foam as a 3-dimensional Platform for Myotube Growth”) focuses on a study demonstrating the suitability of graphene foam as a scaffold for growing functional muscle tissue. Graphene foam is an emerging 3D version of graphene, a layer of carbon so thin it is considered 2-dimensional.  Ultimately, researchers hope that the unique properties of graphene and graphene foam can be used to regenerate 3-dimensional tissues and organs for implantation into the human body. Past studies have confirmed bone and cartilage growth on graphene foam, but this is the first known study of its compatibility with muscle growth.