Special Issue "Composite Materials in Skeletal Engineering"

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A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Material Sciences and Nanotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2012)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mohamed N. Rahaman
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Center for Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 223 McNutt Hall, 1400 N. Bishop Avenue, Rolla, Missouri 65409-0340, USA
Website: http://www.mst.edu/~rahaman/
E-Mail: rahaman@mst.edu
Interests: biomaterials and tissue engineering — bioactive ceramics and glasses, scaffolds for tissue engineering; musculoskeletal tissue engineering — bone, cartilage, articular joints; calcium phosphate-based drug delivery devices; bioceramics for total joint arthroplasty; processing of advanced ceramics

Guest Editor
Dr. B. Sonny Bal
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO 65201, USA
E-Mail: balb@health.missouri.edu

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Skeletal tissues, such as bone, muscles, tendon, and ligaments represent a remarkable feat of nature’s engineering. These tissues are designed for a lifetime of repetitive, complex loading, with the capacity for healing and repair. Reproducing skeletal tissues with synthetic materials is an engineering challenge.

Composite materials provide a wider range of properties than the basic classes of materials (metals, ceramics, and polymers), so they offer an attractive approach for mimicking the properties of skeletal tissues. Interest in nanocomposites stems from the significant property advantages which they can offer over their conventional counterparts. The recently-developed field of tissue-engineering is attracting considerable interest for the regeneration of diseased or damaged tissues; it is probable that composite materials will play a significant role in repairing or restoring human skeletal tissue.

In this issue, recent advances in the development of composite materials for the repair and regeneration of skeletal tissues are emphasized and discussed. Guest authors describe advances in the fabrication, design, and testing of these materials. It is hoped that this special issue will serve as a platform for the cross-fertilization of ideas and concepts that ultimately lead to products and developments to advance improved skeletal health for humans.

Mohamed N. Rahaman, Ph.D.
B. Sonny Bal, Ph.D.
Guest Editors

Keywords

  • processing and fabrication
  • structural, mechanical, and biological properties
  • engineered composite tissues
  • applications

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p. 7617-7628
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(6), 7617-7628; doi:10.3390/ijms13067617
Received: 18 April 2012; in revised form: 25 May 2012 / Accepted: 30 May 2012 / Published: 21 June 2012
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p. 6279-6291
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(5), 6279-6291; doi:10.3390/ijms13056279
Received: 12 April 2012; in revised form: 3 May 2012 / Accepted: 10 May 2012 / Published: 21 May 2012
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p. 5528-5541
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(5), 5528-5541; doi:10.3390/ijms13055528
Received: 24 March 2012; in revised form: 25 April 2012 / Accepted: 3 May 2012 / Published: 9 May 2012
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p. 4340-4350
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(4), 4340-4350; doi:10.3390/ijms13044340
Received: 30 January 2012; in revised form: 15 March 2012 / Accepted: 23 March 2012 / Published: 5 April 2012
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p. 3949-3958
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(3), 3949-3958; doi:10.3390/ijms13033949
Received: 14 February 2012; in revised form: 3 March 2012 / Accepted: 19 March 2012 / Published: 22 March 2012
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p. 3366-3381
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(3), 3366-3381; doi:10.3390/ijms13033366
Received: 1 December 2011; in revised form: 4 January 2012 / Accepted: 20 February 2012 / Published: 12 March 2012
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p. 2439-2458
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(2), 2439-2458; doi:10.3390/ijms13022439
Received: 27 December 2011; in revised form: 13 February 2012 / Accepted: 14 February 2012 / Published: 22 February 2012
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p. 7286-7300
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12(11), 7286-7300; doi:10.3390/ijms12117286
Received: 25 July 2011; in revised form: 23 September 2011 / Accepted: 11 October 2011 / Published: 25 October 2011
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p. 890-904
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12(2), 890-904; doi:10.3390/ijms12020890
Received: 2 November 2010; in revised form: 4 January 2011 / Accepted: 24 January 2011 / Published: 25 January 2011
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p. 3277-3287
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2010, 11(9), 3277-3287; doi:10.3390/ijms11093277
Received: 14 July 2010; in revised form: 23 August 2010 / Accepted: 6 September 2010 / Published: 15 September 2010
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