Nanomaterials for Bone & Neural Tissue Engineering
11 Sep 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): S. Swaminathan
Tissue engineering is defined as “the application of biological, chemical and engineering principles towards the repair, restoration or regeneration of tissues using scaffolds, cells, factors alone or in combination.” The goal lis to design and develop biodegradable, biocompatible polymer-ceramic composites that will be a practical alternative to current bone repair materials. Various studies carried out have demonstrated the feasibility of a low temperature setting bone cement system for orthopedic applications.
Another area that we focus on is on the development of three-dimensional electrically conducting biodegradable nanofiber scaffolds to regulate the cell behaviour and neural tissue progression. We believe that with proper choice of the biomaterials coupled with controlled geometries in the nanoscale would provide the right environment for neural tissue regeneration.