Biomaterials and medical devices constitute a $100 billion industry that improves the quality of life for millions of people. Nanotechnology has the potential to transform biomaterials by tuning their properties at the nanoscale so as to unlock the body's innate powers of organisation and self-repair, harnessing the regenerative capacity of tissues. We aim to understand the basic science of "biocompatibility" and use it to design novel materials tailored for their specific function. We are creating nano-structure-based nano-composites with biopolymers where we control the mechanical properties and the interface with biomolecules and biological fluids. These new surgaces and materials are studied in contact with proteins, DNA, living cells and in vitro tissue cultures.
Categories: Health & Medicine