1st Edition

Technologies and Applications

Editors: Thomas Webster
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857092335
eBook ISBN: 9780857096449
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 19th October 2012
Page Count: 704
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Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials


Part I: Materials, properties and considerations

Chapter 1: Introduction to nanomedicine


1.1 Introduction: basic concepts of nanomedicine

1.2 Public perception of nanomedicine

1.3 Scientific principles and applications of nanomedicine

1.4 Future trends in nanomedicine

Chapter 2: Trends in nanomedicine


2.1 Introduction

2.2 The rise of nanomedicine

2.3 Diagnostics and medical records

2.4 Treatment

2.5 Future trends

Chapter 3: Biomedical nanocrystalline metals and alloys: structure, properties and applications


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Synthesis and structure of nanocrystalline metals and alloys

3.3 Properties of nanocrystalline metals and alloys

3.4 Biocompatibility of nanocrystalline metals and alloys

3.5 Applications of nanocrystalline metals and alloys

3.6 Future trends

3.7 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 4: Nanoporous gold for biomedical applications: structure, properties and applications


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Medical applications

4.3 Biosensor applications

4.4 Alloy formation

4.5 Dealloying of gold–silver alloy

4.6 Mechanical properties of nanoporous gold

4.7 Electronic properties of nanoporous gold

4.8 Conclusions

Chapter 5: Hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings for biomaterials


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings

5.3 HA coatings by plasma spraying

5.4 Properties of plasma-sprayed coatings

5.5 Biomimetic HA coatings

5.6 HA coatings by sol-gel deposition

5.7 Miscellaneous deposition techniques for HA coatings

5.8 Conclusions

5.9 Future trends<


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.

Key Features

  • Provides an important review of nanomedicine technology and its growing range of applications
  • Discusses key nanomedicine materials and their properties, including nanocrystalline metals and alloys, nanoporous gold and hydroxyapatite coatings
  • Reviews nanomedicine for therapeutics and imaging and nanomedicine for soft tissue engineering


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;


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About the Editors

Thomas Webster Editor

Dr Thomas J. Webster is an associate professor for the Division of Engineering and Department of Orthopaedics at Brown University, USA. He directs the Nanomedicine laboratory which designs, synthesizes, and evaluates nanomaterials for various implant applications and is noted for his work in this area.

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Brown University, USA