Special Issue "Surface Modification of Halloysite Nanotubes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2017
Prof. Dr. David K. Mills
School of Biological Sciences and the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science, Louisiana Tech University, Carson Taylor Hall, Room 128, Ruston, LA 71272, USA
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Interests: designing biodegradable and bioactive nanofilms and coatings for cell adhesion, differentiation and functionality; polymer scaffolds for dental and orthopedic implants; application of nanoscale topographic and chemical cues for controlling osteogenesis; 3D printing of biomedical devices and implants, drug delivery, and bioengineering TMJ tissues for repair or regeneration
This Special Issue highlights the current state and future prospects of a biocompatible, green, inexpensive and multifunctional clay nanoparticle. Halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) have shown to be an ideal nanoparticle for polymer reinforcement, sustained-release drug delivery, nanoreactor synthesis, and use as substrate material for nanostructured coatings. A number of methods exist on surface modification of HNTs with polyelectrolytes, polysaccharides, polymers, metals and resins. The current state-of-the-art shows a collection of technologies that use simple or multi-step chemical reactions to modify the HNT surface. Functionalized HNTs can then be applied directly for, or combined with, polymers to produce nanocomposites for use in a diverse array of biomedical applications including antimicrobial, drug delivery, regenerative medicine or tissue repair. Contributions will focus on techniques that impart specific functionalities to HNT nanotubes (HNTs) that may include increased surface area for cell penetration; drug delivery, alteration of surface pH, polymer integration, and slow release mechanisms among others.
Prof. Dr. David K. Mills
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- Drug release;
- Halloysite nanotubes;
- Polymer, surface modification