Technologies and Applications

Edited by

  • Thomas Webster, Brown University, USA

Nanotechnology is at the forefront of advances in medicine. Nanomedicine: Technologies and applications provides an important review of this exciting technology and its growing range of applications.

After an introduction to nanomedicine, part one discusses key materials and their properties, including nanocrystalline metals and alloys, nanoporous gold and hydroxyapatite coatings. Part two goes on to review nanomedicine for therapeutics and imaging, before nanomedicine for soft tissue engineering is discussed in part three, including organ regeneration, skin grafts, nanotubes and self-assembled nanomaterials. Finally, nanomedicine for bone and cartilage tissue engineering is the focus of part four, with electrically active biocomposites as smart scaffolds investigated, as is cartilage and bone tissue engineering, regeneration and replacement.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Nanomedicine: Technologies and applications is an indispensable guide for all those involved in the research, development and application of this exciting technology, whilst providing a comprehensive introduction for students and academics interested in this field.
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Undergraduate and graduate students and researchers in the areas of biomaterials, medical, biological and chemical and applied physics; Chemical, design and materials engineers; Physicians and surgeons; biologists and material scientists;


Book information

  • Published: October 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-233-5

Table of Contents

Part 1 Materials, properties and considerations: Introduction to nanomedicine; Trends in nanomedicine; Biomedical nanocrystalline metals and alloys: Structure, properties and applications; Nanoporous gold for biomedical applications: Structure, properties and applications; Hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings for biomaterials. Part 2 Nanomedicine for therapeutics and imaging: Calcium-phosphate coated magnetic nanoparticles for treating bone diseases; Orthopaedic carbon nanotube biosensors for controlled drug delivery; Nanostructured selenium anti-cancer coatings for orthopaedic applications; Nanoparticulate targeted drug delivery using peptides and proteins; Nanotechnology for DNA and RNA delivery; Gold nanoshells for imaging and photothermal ablation of cancer; Microfluidics for testing and delivering nanomedicine; Zinc oxide nanowires for biomedical sensing and analysis. Part 3 Nanomedicine for soft tissue engineering: Nanotechnology and tissue engineered organ regeneration; Rapid fabrication of biomimetic nanofiber-enabled skin grafts; Nanotubes for tissue engineering; Self-assembled nanomaterials for tissue engineering applications. Part 4 Nanomedicine for bone and cartilage tissue engineering: Electrically active biocomposites for smart scaffolds for bone tissue engineering; Nanotechnology for cartilage and bone regeneration; Nanostructured materials for bone tissue replacement; Nanocomposites for cartilage regeneration.