Calls for papers
International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials
Special Issue on: "Application of Nanotechnology to Orthopaedic Cements"
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.
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
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 31 December 2008
Communication of peer reviews to authors: 31 March 2009
Deadline for revised manuscripts: 30 June 2009