Biomaterials

biomaterials

The study of biomaterials draws upon many scientific disciplines including but not limited to chemistry, biology, physics, and medicine to integrate the physical properties of materials with living structures. Research in biomaterials has led to advanced joint replacements, improved heart valves, dental implants, artificial tissues, dynamic prosthetics, diagnostic tools, and drug delivery devices to name just a few examples.

Advances in nanotechnology, polymers, ceramics, and composite materials have greatly increased the potential applications for the field. Examples of biomaterials research at Penn State include work on the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), an advanced heart pump; NanoJackets, an innovative drug delivery device that infiltrates tumors to deliver cancer therapies; as well as exploration into advanced regenerative biomaterials & therapeutics.

Links and Resources

MRI Center for NanoMedicine and Materials

Related Topics

Nanomaterials

Research Experts

James Adair
James Adair
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacology
(814) 863-6047
Ralph Colby
Ralph Colby
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering
(814) 863-3457
Melik Demirel
Melik Demirel
  • Pearce Development Professor
  • Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
(814) 863-2270
Donald Heaney
Donald Heaney
  • Director, Center for Innovative Sintered Products
  • Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
(814) 865-7346
Thomas Jackson
Thomas Jackson
  • Robert E. Kirby Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering
(814) 863-8570
Akhlesh Lakhtakia
Akhlesh Lakhtakia
  • Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics
(814) 863-4319
Raul Martin-Palma
Raul Martin-Palma
  • Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Professor, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Richard Meyer jr
Richard Meyer, Jr.
  • Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Senior Scientist
(814) 865-9607
James Runt
James Runt
  • Professor of Polymer Science
(814) 863-2749