Nanoscale biomaterials: cutting edge bone therapy

by | Feb 14, 2013

New work seeks to control the growth mechanisms of calcium phosphate nanobiomaterials of monetite.

An ever-aging population and the democratisation of high-risk sports has led to an increased frequency of cases of bone diseases and fractures. The next generation of nanometer-sized biomaterials represent an integral technology in meeting this increased demand on the modern healthcare system.

Combining materials that are designed to be both resorbable and bioactive, with the inclusion of therapeutic agent delivery capability, the next generation of nanobiomaterials are being designed to aid the body in healing itself. Key to this aim is controlling the composition and structure of these materials. Now, new work concentrates on controlling the size, morphology, and porosity of nanometer-sized calcium phosphate biomaterials of monetite using microwave irradiation, with the aim of furthering the development of these materials towards realising their clinical use.

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