The book describes biomaterials-related technologies, providing comprehensive information on the properties and use of biomaterials in tissue regeneration and in vitro modelling of organs.
In the introduction, properties and forms of novel biomaterials are described and off-shoot technologies such as Biorobotics, Bioinks or Bioprinting are discussed. In addition to a summary of physico-chemical properties, methods used for the analysis of biostructural characterization and surface functionalization of biomaterials are reviewed. Furthermore, properties of modern cell sources such as stem cells and immune cells with relevance for regenerative medicine are described. In addition, basic principles of cellular communication with biomaterials are addressed. Following, current organ-specific application areas of biomaterials are summarized. These include cardiovascular and pancreatic tissue engineering approaches as well as in vitro modelling of the blood-brain barrier, lung, kidney or bladder. With the article "Bioartificial good", the Fraunhofer ISC has made a further contribution in this context.
The book concludes with a summary of novel technologies, especially with regard to biomaterials and their significance for tissue and organ regeneration. Besides nanomaterials and hydrogels, focus is on biomaterials and their application in microfluidics, in organ-on-a-chip systems or their integration into dynamic bioreactors.