Intelligent surfaces in biotechnology: scientific and engineering concepts, enabling technologies, and translation to bio-oriented applications
Ed by H. Michelle Grandin and Marcus Textor, Pub. by Wiley 2012, 400 pp, €100.20
A wave of recent advances in cell biology, biophysics, chemistry and materials science has enabled the development of a new generation of smart biomaterials. This book provides readers with a comprehensive overview of surface modifications and their applications, including coverage of the physico-chemical properties, characterisation methods, smart coating technologies and demonstration of performance in vitro and in vivo. The first section covers applications in the fields of biosensing and biodiagnostics, while the second section focuses more on coatings for medical devices, drug delivery and tailored cell-surface interactions. The book explores intelligent surface applications such as tissue engineering, drug targeting and delivery, wound healing and anti-infection strategies, biosensors, nanopatterning and bioinspired design of novel responsive materials and multifunctional surfaces. Each chapter is written by an expert and features examples taken from the most state-of-the-art developments in the discipline.