Special Issue "Bioceramics 2016"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016)
Prof. Dr. Enrico Bernardo
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università di Padova, Via Marzolo 9, 35131 Padova, Italy
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Interests: cellular glasses and glass-ceramics; glass sintering; glass and glass-ceramic matrix composites; polymer-derived ceramics; silicate bioceramics; phosphate ceramics; additive manufacturing of ceramics
All of us will certainly remember the definition of bioceramics provided by Prof. Hench in his fundamental review paper (L.L. Hench, J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 74 (1991) 1487–510), as “specifically designed ceramics for the repair and reconstruction of diseased or damaged parts of the body”. The definition includes the inherent mission of bioceramics in improving the quality of life, especially considering the ageing of populations in Europe, the USA, Japan, and China, but also the key words for the development of bioceramics over more than 40 years. In fact, the development of bioceramics concerns their “specific design”, in turn implying an adaptation of the compositions and/or the manufacturing processes to a targeted application.
Bioceramics with a relatively simple formulation, such as Hench’s calcium–sodium silico-phosphate bioglass, have been progressively joined by multicomponent glasses, in which trace elements (e.g., Zn, Sr, Mg, and Cu) have been demonstrated to exhibit a positive impact on the biological response. Fully crystalline or partially crystalline (i.e., glass-ceramics) have been developed as well. Depending on the manufacturing processes used (and consistent with the nature of the chosen bioceramic), the biological response is fundamentally affected also by microstructural features, such as topography, porosity and grain size. Novel manufacturing approaches, e.g., additive manufacturing techniques, have a great potential in tuning morphology, microstructure and properties, for a given formulation.
The present Special Issue is “specifically designed” to include contributions concerning the most recent developments in bioceramics, highlighting the above aspects. In particular, manuscripts reporting studies of the following topics are most welcome: (i) novel synthesis methods for bioceramics; (ii) doping of bioceramics for enhanced osteogenesis and angiogenesis; (iii) additive manufacturing of porous bioceramic components; (iv) surface functionalization of biomaterials via bioceramic coatings; (v) bioceramic-based composites for hard tissue applications; and (vi) engineered formulations and microstructures for drug delivery.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript (full paper, communication, or review paper) for the Special Issue, “Bioceramics 2016”.
Prof. Dr. Enrico Bernardo
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- Bioglasses and glass-ceramics
- Porous scaffolds
- Additive manufacturing
- Surface functionalization
- Bone tissue engineering
- Cell proliferation
- Metal ion release