Biomimetic hydrogels for tissue reconstruction
|Luigi Ambrosio 1, Paolo A. Netti 2|
1. Institute of Composite & Biomedical Materials (IMCB-CNR), Piazzale Tecchio, 80, Napoli 80125, Italy
One of the principal goals of the biomedical engineering is to design of biomaterials capable to replace, substitute or repair natural tissues. Over the past twenty years the research in this field has led to the formulation of novel highly compatible materials and to new methods to obtain materials of natural origin able to better interact with biological tissues. However, a major problem with these materials is that they do not reproduce the functional and biological properties of the natural tissues. An ideal biomaterial must possess a complete set of biophysical, structural and biological properties. Our approach to the design of novel biomaterials is inspired to nature guidelines to mimic the behavior of natural tissue. Following this approach we have been able to design prosthesis for dental implant, bone substitutes, intervertebral disc, ligaments, and scaffolds for tissue engineering.
Presentation: invited oral at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2003, Symposium E, by Luigi Ambrosio
See On-line Journal of E-MRS Fall Meeting 2003
Submitted: 2003-05-23 11:55 Revised: 2009-06-08 12:55