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Woodhead Publishing Ltd, November 2009, Pages: 648
Biomedical composites, provides a thorough review of the current status, recent progress and future trends in composites for biomedical applications. Part one discusses the fundamentals with chapters on natural composites, design and fabrication, and general hard and soft tissue applications. Part two reviews specific applications. Chapters discuss bone repair, coatings for implants, spinal implants, injectable composites and composites for tissue engineered scaffolds. Part three covers the biocompatibility, mechanical behaviour and failure of biocomposites with such topics as cellular response, testing of biocomposites and tribology. Part four analyses the future for biocomposites with chapters on nano-structured biocomposites, developing biocomposites as scaffolds and biocomposites in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Part 1 Introduction to biocomposites: Natural composites: structure-property relationships in bone, cartilage, ligament and tendons
- Design and fabrication of biocomposites
- Hard tissue applications of biocomposites
- Soft tissue applications of biocomposites.
Particular applications of biocomposites: Composite materials for bone repair
- Composite coatings for implants and tissue engineering scaffolds
- Composite materials for spinal implants
- Composites for dental applications
- Acrylic bone cements for joint replacement
- Composite materials for replacement of ligaments and tendons
- Injectable composites for bone repair
- Composite materials for hip joint prostheses
- Harnessing the properties of fiber-reinforced composites in the design of tissue-engineered scaffolds.
Part 3 Biocompatibility, mechanical behaviour and failure of biocomposites: The challenge of biocompatibility evaluation of biocomposites
- Cellular response to biocomposites
- Testing the in vivo biocompatibility of biocomposites
- The mechanics of biocomposites
- Tribology of biocomposites
- Fatigue behaviour of biocomposites.
Part 4 The future for biocomposites: Nanostructured biocomposites for tissue engineering scaffolds
- Developing biocomposites as scaffolds in regenerative medicine
- Developing targeted biocomposites in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
- Ethical issues affecting the use of biocomposites.
Professor Luigi Ambrosio is Director of the Institute for Composite and Biomedical Materials, and Adjunct Professor of Biomaterials at University of Naples ‘Federico II’, Italy. Professor Ambrosio is the current President of the European Society for Biomaterials and is highly regarded for his ongoing research in the field of composites for medical applications.