Special Issue "Ceramics for Healthcare 2013"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2013)
Prof. Dr. Jérôme Chevalier
INSA Lyon, UMR CNRS 5510, 20 Avenue Albert Einstein, 69621 Villeurbanne, Cedex, France
Interests: ceramics; organic-inorganic composites; biomaterials; mechanical properties; Brittle fracture and fatigue
High-tech ceramics have always been associated to medical devices: they have been used for more than 40 years in orthopedic devices such as femoral heads and cups for total hip replacement, which is still their major application. Ceramics can also be found as materials for heart valves, bone fillers and more recently for dental restorations. There is a trend today to widespread their use as scaffolds for tissue engineering or drug release, as dental implants or to use them also as particles and microspheres for cancer diagnostic and therapy. A special issue of the journal was published on the topic of 'ceramics for healthcare' in 2010, with 11 review papers from top scientists in the field and 3 full papers. The special issue was a clear success in terms of downloads and citations, showing the large interest of the 'materials community' on that area of research.
Great advances have been made in the field these past few years both on bio-inert and bio-active ceramics and glass ceramics, and on the ceramic products themselves. The latest achievements are also dedicated to better, long-lasting ceramics for implants, osteo-inductive scaffolds and surface modifications. This is the aim of this new special issue to review the new findings in the field of ceramics for orthopedic, dental, cardiovascular and cancer treatments. In addition to review papers written by leading scientists, manuscripts on new approaches to material design, processing and characterization, including in-vitro and in-vivo studies, on new compositions with improved properties or surface modification are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Jérôme Chevalier
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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- biomedical ceramics
- tissue engineering
- calcium phosphate
- bioactive glasses