Nanotechnology: Better Materials for All Implants
Nanotechnology is being used to mimic structural components of our tissues in synthetic materials intended for various implant applications. Recent studies have highlighted that when compared to flat or micron rough surfaces, surfaces with nanofeatures promote optimal initial protein interactions necessary to mediate cell adhesion and subsequent tissue regrowth. This has been demonstrated for a wide range of implant chemistries (from ceramics to metals to polymers) and for a wide range of tissues (including bone, vascular, cartilage, bladder, and the central and peripheral nervous system). Importantly, these results have been seen at the in vitro and in vivo level. This short review paper will cover some of the more significant advancements in creating better implants through nanotechnology efforts.
T. Chandra, K. Tsuzaki, M. Militzer , C. Ravindran
T. J. Webster "Nanotechnology: Better Materials for All Implants", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 539-543, pp. 511-516, 2007