A special issue of International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials
Extensive research has been completed in developing the physical, mechanical and biological properties of orthopaedic cements since their conception. Research into the next generation of orthopaedic cements indicates nanotechnology could be incorporated to enhance their functionality. Preliminary investigations have recognised the potential for nanoclays, carbon nanotubes, and various nanoparticles to improve a range of properties in acrylic bone cements while calcium phosphate cements have benefited from the addition of chitosan nanoparticles and the use of amorphous tricalcium phosphate nanoparticles. That said, the majority of this research is in its infancy and requires significant work particularly with respect to biological responses, before its true potential can be realised.
Therefore, the purpose of this special issue is to publish the current research on the use of nanotechnology in orthopaedic cements. In doing so, it is hoped to highlight the use of novel materials and approaches that could be used to develop the preparation of orthopaedic bone cements.
The subject coverage of this special issue includes, but is not limited to, topics that address:
- Fundamental research in nanotechnology applied to orthopaedic cements
- Appropriate nanomaterials synthesis
- Emerging technologies or innovations in appropriate materials nanomanufacturing and nanofabrication
- Applied research and development on alternative delivery techniques for nanomaterial cements
- Biocompatibility constraints of the nanomaterials.
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 31 May 2008
Communication of peer reviews to authors: 31 August 2008
Deadline for revised manuscripts: 30 September 2008