Nanotechnology is the use of materials with fundamental length scales less than 100 nm in at least one dimension. Nanotechnology has begun to revolutionalize materials used for many traditional science and engineering applications (including catalysis, mechanical structures, electronics, processing, etc.). However, the use of nanotechnology in biomedical applications remains at its infancy.
This tutorial will cover the recently publicized advantages of using nanomaterials in various biomedical applications including as implants, tissue engineering materials, drug delivery devices, etc.
What You Will Learn
- Understand and design nanomaterials for various biomedical applications.
- Understand cell and protein reactions to nanophase materials.
- Identify key areas in which nanotechnology can benefit biological applications.
Thomas J. Webster, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Department of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Engineering, Purdue University,West Lafayette, IN, USA. His degrees are in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1995) and in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S., 1997; Ph.D., 2000). Dr. Websterís research involves design, synthesis, and study of nanophase materials for various implant applications. Over the past four years at Purdue, his lab has generated over 5 million dollars in grants through various US agencies and private industry to study biological interactions with nanophase materials.
His research on nanophase materials has received attention in numerous recent media publications such as Menís Health, the Economist, MSNBC News, Chemical and Engineering News, Advances in Nanomaterial Research, Nanoparticle News, highlighted on the cover (with lead story) of the American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Materials Today, Materials Research Bulletin. He has graduated over 10 MS and Ph.D. students and currently has a research lab of 15 graduate students. He is on the editorial board of Biomaterials, Journal of Bionanotechnology, and Expert Review of Medical Devices. He has organized over 25 symposia highlighting the use of nanophase materials in various biological applications.
Dr. Webster was the 2002 recipient of the Biomedical Engineering Society Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award, the 2004 runner- up recipient of the Society for Biomaterials Outstanding Young Investigator Award, nominated for the 2004 top 100 researchers under the age of 35 by TR Review, and the 2004 recipient of the Outstand Young Investigator Award for the Schools of Engineering at Purdue University. He also serves on several grant review panels for the NIH and NSF in the area of nanobiotechnology.
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