Special Issue "Composite Materials in Skeletal Engineering"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2012)
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
Dr. B. Sonny Bal
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO 65201, USA
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.
- processing and fabrication
- structural, mechanical, and biological properties
- engineered composite tissues
Article: Biodegradation Study of Microcrystalline Chitosan and Microcrystalline Chitosan/β-TCP Complex Composites
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| PDF Full-text (478 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Synthesis and Characterization of Hybrid Materials Consisting of n-octadecyltriethoxysilane by Using n-Hexadecylamine as Surfactant and Q0 and T0 Cross-Linkers
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| PDF Full-text (389 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Early Fixation of Cobalt-Chromium Based Alloy Surgical Implants to Bone Using a Tissue-engineering Approach
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| Cited by 2 | PDF Full-text (606 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles and Their Effect on the Compressive Strength and Setting Time of Self-Compacted Concrete Paste as Cementitious Composites
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| PDF Full-text (278 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Cooperative Modulation of Mineral Growth by Prismatic-Associated Asprich Sequences and Mg(II)
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| Cited by 2 | PDF Full-text (658 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Preparation and Characterization of New Nano-Composite Scaffolds Loaded With Vascular Stents
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| Cited by 2 | PDF Full-text (630 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Enhancing Osteoconduction of PLLA-Based Nanocomposite Scaffolds for Bone Regeneration Using Different Biomimetic Signals to MSCs
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| Cited by 7 | PDF Full-text (634 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
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| Cited by 2 | PDF Full-text (1314 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Fabrication of Porous Scaffolds with a Controllable Microstructure and Mechanical Properties by Porogen Fusion Technique
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| Cited by 7 | PDF Full-text (3353 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Effects of Time of Initial Exposure to MSV Sarcoma on Bone Induction by Dentine Matrix Implants and on Orthotopic Femora
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| PDF Full-text (5541 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
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