Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 187, Issue 1, pp 47–74 | Cite as

Recent Trends in the Fabrication of Starch Nanofibers: Electrospinning and Non-electrospinning Routes and Their Applications in Biotechnology

  • Roqia Ashraf
  • Hasham S. Sofi
  • Aijaz Malik
  • Mushtaq A. Beigh
  • Rabia Hamid
  • Faheem A. SheikhEmail author


Electrospinning a versatile and the most preferred technique for the fabrication of nanofibers has revolutionized by opening unlimited avenues in biomedical fields. Presently, the simultaneous functionalization and/or post-modification of as-spun nanofibers with biomolecules has been explored, to serve the distinct goals in the aforementioned field. Starch is one of the most abundant biopolymers on the earth. Besides, being biocompatible and biodegradable in nature, it has unprecedented properties of gelatinization and retrogradation. Therefore, starch has been used in numerous ways for wide range of applications. Keeping these properties in consideration, the present article summarizes the recent expansion in the fabrication of the pristine/modified starch-based composite scaffolds by electrospinning along with their possible applications. Apart from electrospinning technique, this review will also provide the comprehensive information on various other techniques employed in the fabrication of the starch-based nanofibers. Furthermore, we conclude with the challenges to be overcome in the fabrication of nanofibers by the electrospinning technique and future prospects of starch-based fabricated scaffolds for exploration of its applications.


Electrospinning Starch nanofibers Tissue-engineering Wound dressing Drug delivery 


Funding Information

This work was funded by DST Nano Mission sponsored project (SR/NM/NM-1038/2016) and Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) research grants (ECR/2016/001429).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NanotechnologyUniversity of KashmirSrinagarIndia
  2. 2.Center of Data Mining and Biomedical Informatics, Faculty of Medical technologyMahidol UniversitySalayaThailand
  3. 3.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of KashmirSrinagarIndia

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