Biocompatible Materials Investigated with Optical Methods
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2. Doctoral School, Polytechnic University of Timisoara, 300006 Timisoara, Romania
Interests: optomechatronics; laser systems; imaging techniques; optical coherence tomography (OCT); measuring systems; optical metrology
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Biocompatible and bioactive materials are essential for various fields of tissue engineering. Hard tissue such as bone or teeth, as well as soft tissue such as skin, muscles, and ligament are targeted by the development of scaffolds of different types. Their characterization often targets trade-offs between contradictory properties (e.g. porosity and mechanical resistance for bone replacement scaffolds). The results of several assessment methods must be therefore correlated in order to design and optimize biomaterials. On the other hand, both in vitro and in vivo investigations are required, the latter after implementing the biomaterials. Optical techniques such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) have the capability to perform non-invasive, real time, quantitative assessments of biomaterials and tissue, but a wide range of methods are utilized for such investigations, that include but are not limited to optical and laser scanning microscopy (including for the gold standard of histological evaluations), fluorescence, spectrometry, X-rays investigations (including micro-CT), scanning electron microscopy, as well as mechanical testing.
The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together such optical and non-optical methods for in vitro and/or in vivo characterizations of biocompatible materials. Of special interest are hot topics such as OCT, as well as emerging techniques, but also the correlation of a range of methods (as mentioned above) to design, test, optimize, or assess after implementation biomaterials, as well as corresponding tissue. Development and testing of dedicated systems and probes, as well as image and data processing to optimize biomaterials assessments are also encouraged.Prof. Dr.-habil. Virgil-Florin Duma
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- optical methods
- biomedical imaging
- optical coherence tomography (OCT)
- optical microscopy
- confocal microscopy
- X-rays investigations
- data/image processing