Special Issue "Composite Materials in Skeletal Engineering"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2012)
Prof. Dr. Mohamed N. Rahaman
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Center for Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 223 McNutt Hall, 1400 N. Bishop Avenue, Rolla, Missouri 65409-0340, USA
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Interests: biomaterials and tissue engineering — bioactive ceramics and glasses, scaffolds for tissue engineering; musculoskeletal tissue engineering — bone, cartilage, articular joints; calcium phosphate-based drug delivery devices; bioceramics for total joint arthroplasty; processing of advanced ceramics
Dr. B. Sonny Bal
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO 65201, USA
Skeletal tissues, such as bone, muscles, tendon, and ligaments represent a remarkable feat of nature’s engineering. These tissues are designed for a lifetime of repetitive, complex loading, with the capacity for healing and repair. Reproducing skeletal tissues with synthetic materials is an engineering challenge.
Composite materials provide a wider range of properties than the basic classes of materials (metals, ceramics, and polymers), so they offer an attractive approach for mimicking the properties of skeletal tissues. Interest in nanocomposites stems from the significant property advantages which they can offer over their conventional counterparts. The recently-developed field of tissue-engineering is attracting considerable interest for the regeneration of diseased or damaged tissues; it is probable that composite materials will play a significant role in repairing or restoring human skeletal tissue.
In this issue, recent advances in the development of composite materials for the repair and regeneration of skeletal tissues are emphasized and discussed. Guest authors describe advances in the fabrication, design, and testing of these materials. It is hoped that this special issue will serve as a platform for the cross-fertilization of ideas and concepts that ultimately lead to products and developments to advance improved skeletal health for humans.
Mohamed N. Rahaman, Ph.D.
B. Sonny Bal, Ph.D.
- processing and fabrication
- structural, mechanical, and biological properties
- engineered composite tissues