Bone Tissue Engineering
Current hip prostheses are capable of replacing the native functionality of bone for short periods of time. However, due to the significant wear and corrosion that occurs at the prosthesis surface, there is a need for biomimetic materials coatings to minimise wear and improve biocompatability. The Nisbet Lab are developing new, tough coatings for implants with the aim of improving mechanical and bone fixation properties. The coating microstructure mimics physiological bone, with a combination of degradable polymer, biologically active nanoparticles and growth factors, developed using simultaneous electrospinning and electrospraying technologies.