Nanomaterials in Tissue Engineering

Fabrication and Applications

Edited by

  • A K Gaharwar, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • S Sant, University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Medical School
  • M J Hancock, Broad Institute
  • S A Hacking, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Nanomaterial technologies can be used to fabricate high-performance biomaterials with tailored physical, chemical, and biological properties. They are therefore an area of interest for emerging biomedical technologies such as scaffolding, tissue regeneration, and controlled drug delivery. Nanomaterials in tissue engineering explores the fabrication of a variety of nanomaterials and the use of these materials across a range of tissue engineering applications.

Part one focuses on the fabrication of nanomaterials for tissue engineering applications and includes chapters on engineering nanoporous biomaterials, layer-by-layer self-assembly techniques for nanostructured devices, and the synthesis of carbon based nanomaterials. Part two goes on to highlight the application of nanomaterials in soft tissue engineering and includes chapters on cardiac, neural, and cartilage tissue engineering. Finally, the use of nanomaterials in hard tissue engineering applications, including bone, dental and craniofacial tissue engineering is discussed in part three.

Nanomaterials in tissue engineering is a standard reference for researchers and tissue engineers with an interest in nanomaterials, laboratories investigating biomaterials, and academics interested in materials science, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and biological sciences.
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Biomedical engineering researchers and researchers interested in biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; Materials scientists; Chemical engineers;


Book information

  • Published: July 2013
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-596-1


"...a timely contribution for researchers working at the intersection of the highly active fields of nanomaterials and tissue engineering...non-experts who want to jump right will likely find much of the material accessible...", October 2013

"The book…captures the convergence of cutting-edge research at the interface of nanobiomaterials, and tissue engineering. the book provides a comprehensive introduction and overview of the latest developments in nanomaterials for tissue engineering for anyone new to the subjects, and is a useful reference for advanced professionals.", March 4, 2014
"…this volume addresses a previously underserved niche within the spectrum of biomaterials/tissue engineering research [and] remains firmly focused on the challenges and opportunities of nanomaterials applied in tissue engineering."--James Henderson The Biomaterials Network

Table of Contents

Biomedical nanomaterials in tissue engineering. Part 1 Fabrication of nanomaterials for tissue engineering applications: Synthesis of polymeric nanomaterials for biomedical applications; Engineering nanoporous biomaterials; Layer-by-layer self-assembly techniques for nanostructured devices in tissue engineering; Synthesis of carbon based nanomaterials for tissue engineering applications; Fabrication of nanofibrous scaffolds for tissue engineering applications; Fabrication of nanomaterials for growth factor delivery in tissue engineering. Part 2 Application of nanomaterials in soft tissue engineering: Nanomaterials for engineering vascularised tissues; Nanomaterials for cardiac tissue engineering; Nanomaterials for neural tissue engineering; Nanomaterials for cartilage tissue engineering; Biomaterials and nano-scale features for ligament regeneration. Part 3 Application of nanomaterials in hard tissue engineering: Nanomaterials for hard-soft tissue interfaces; Mineralization of nanomaterials for bone tissue engineering; Nanomaterials for dental and craniofacial tissue engineering.