Nanocomposites for Regenerative Medicine

  • Ryan Hoshi
  • Antonio R. Webb
  • Hongjin Qiu
  • Guillermo A. AmeerEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series A: Chemistry and Biology book series (NAPSA)


This chapter describes properties and applications of nanocomposites in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine with an emphasis on the impact of the nanophase on nanocomposite function. The nanophase can be used as a means to engineer new physical properties that improve the utility of tissue engineering scaffolds. Several examples of the use of the nanophase for mechanical reinforcement or drug delivery are discussed with an emphasis on understanding how nanoparticles are used to achieve the controlled release of macromolecules. Advances in nanotechnology, knowledge of mechanical reinforcement at the nanoscale level, and new strategies for controlled drug release will contribute to the next generation of nanocomposite-based scaffolds designed for regenerative medicine.


Nanocomposites Tissue engineering Nanotechnology Drug delivery Nanofibers Electrospinning Nanopores 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan Hoshi
    • 1
  • Antonio R. Webb
    • 1
  • Hongjin Qiu
    • 1
  • Guillermo A. Ameer
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Biomedical Engineering DepartmentNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine (IBNAM)Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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