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International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials
International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials


Special Issue on: "Application of Nanotechnology to Orthopaedic Cements"

Guest Editors:
Dr Nicholas Dunne and Dr Janet Hill, Queen’s University of Belfast, UK
Professor Mark J. Jackson, Purdue University, USA

Extensive research has been completed in developing the physical, mechanical and biological properties of orthopaedic cements since their conception. Research into the next generation of orthopaedic cements indicates nanotechnology could be incorporated to enhance their functionality. Preliminary investigations have recognised the potential for nanoclays, carbon nanotubes, and various nanoparticles to improve a range of properties in acrylic bone cements while calcium phosphate cements have benefited from the addition of chitosan nanoparticles and the use of amorphous tricalcium phosphate nanoparticles. That said, the majority of this research is in its infancy and requires significant work particularly with respect to biological responses, before its true potential can be realised.

Therefore, the purpose of this special issue is to publish the current research on the use of nanotechnology in orthopaedic cements. In doing so, it is hoped to highlight the use of novel materials and approaches that could be used to develop the preparation of orthopaedic bone cements.

Subject Coverage
The subject coverage of this special issue includes, but is not limited to, topics that address:
  • Fundamental research in nanotechnology applied to orthopaedic cements
  • Appropriate nanomaterials synthesis
  • Emerging technologies or innovations in appropriate materials nanomanufacturing and nanofabrication
  • Applied research and development on alternative delivery techniques for nanomaterial cements
  • Biocompatibility constraints of the nanomaterials.
Interdisciplinary research that spans several fields is particularly welcome.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 31 December 2008

Communication of peer reviews to authors: 31 March 2009

Deadline for revised manuscripts: 30 June 2009