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EPSRC Reference: EP/C519949/1
Title: Bone Tissue Scaffolds Reinforced and Activated with Carbon Nanotubes
Principal Investigator: Shaffer, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Stevens, Professor M Bismarck, Professor A
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Department: Dept of Chemistry
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 06 November 2004 Ends: 05 May 2006 Value (£): 101,641
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biomaterials Materials Characterisation
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
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Initial reports indicate that carbon nanotubes and nanofibres can interact favourably with cells, promoting desirable cell adhesion whilst suppressing scar formation. The combination of these effects with the remarkable intrinsic properties (e.g. high mechanical strength and electrical conductivity) of carbon nanotubes, creates promising opportunities for the use of nanotube/nanofibre nanocomposites as tissue scaffolds and biomedical implants. The proposed project will explore the fundamental interactions of osteoblast cells with pure and composite nanotube/nanofibre films, as well as the fabrication of prototype nanocomposite tissue scaffolds. Confirmation of enhanced cell attachment, proliferation and differentiation within such reinforced structures would support the development of major new research efforts, and would promise significant clinical benefits.
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