Special Issue "Nano-scale Mechanics of Biological Materials"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Arvind Agarwal

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
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Interests: consolidation and oxidation behavior of ultra high temperature ceramics; plasma spray; surface engineering; spark plasma sintering (SPS); nanomechanics and nanotribology; graphene and BN nanotube reinforced composites and coatings
Guest Editor
Dr. Joshua Hutchenson

Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University
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Guest Editor
Dr. Debrupa Lahiri

Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Nanomechanics has played a vital role in pushing our capability to detect and probe the properties of human-made biomaterials and natural biological species, leading to a deeper knowledge and superior strategies for the healthcare. This special issue is focused on addressing the important role being played by nanomechanics in the overlapping areas of biological sciences, mechanical engineering, materials engineering and biomedical engineering. Advanced nanomechanical characterization techniques have enhanced our understanding of the kinetics and mechanics of biological species, such as proteins, cells, and tissues. As a result, research on the nanomechanics-based diagnosis of life-threatening ailments like cancer and cardiac disorders has gained traction. Nanomechanics is also playing a vital role in regenerative medicine, as mechanics of tissues are emulated to develop scaffolds for tissue engineering. Biomimetic orthopedic implants that mimic the mechanics of bone have been developed for superior performance and integration in the body. Investigation of interfacial contact mechanics between the cells and scaffolds, between the surgical tools and body tissues, and between the artificial implants and the host body environment are the topics of active research in the area of nanomechanics to provide superior healthcare. This Special Issue invites original research and short review articles from the leading experts in the field to provide insight to some of the recent, ongoing and future developments in nanomechanics for healthcare.

Prof. Dr. Arvind Agarwal
Dr. Joshua Hutchenson
Dr. Debrupa Lahiri
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • nanomechanics
  • atomic force microscopy
  • nanoindentation, cells and tissues
  • bones
  • cardiovascular
  • diagnostics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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