Summary and Info
Tissue engineering promises to revolutionize the way millions of patients with organ failure or tissue damage are treated. Yet the challenges are significant. Materials synthesis, characterization, design, and application are a central part of tissue engineering. This book provides guidance on these important issues, particularly at the nanoscale.After an introductory chapter, the book is divided into three parts: The fabrication of nanomaterials for tissue engineering applications, the application of nanomaterials in soft tissue engineering, and the application of nanomaterials in hard tissue engineering. The six chapters in part one review novel techniques, such as layer-by-layer self-assembly, synthesis of carbon based systems, creation of nanofibrous scaffolds, and delivery of growth factors. The following section examines, in particular, vascularized tissue, heart neural tissue, and cartilage and ligaments. The conclusion considers bone, dental, and craniofacial tissues.