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WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol
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Thomas Webster
Current Affiliation: Brown University, Divisions of Engineering and Orthopedic Surgery
Research Area: The Nanomedicine Laboratory designs, synthesizes, and evaluates nanomaterials for various implant applications in bone, bladder, vascular, cartilage, dental, and the nervous system.

"For my bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, I happened to do an undergraduate research project that dealt with developing a portable kidney dialysis machine that you could wear on your belt. This would have been a significant improvement, much more convenient for patients to utilize. They wouldn’t have to go into the clinics; they could simply be at home or at work and have a portable kidney dialysis machine. And that led me to go to graduate school in biomedical engineering in which, instead of focusing on dialysis machines, I actually started focusing on implants and improving the lifetime of implants using nanotechnology."

Dr. Thomas J. Webster earned his graduate degrees in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prof. Webster's research designs, synthesizes, and studies nanophase materials for various implant applications. Materials investigated to date include nanophase ceramics, metals, polymers, carbon fibers, and composites. Organ systems evaluated to date include orthopedic, cartilage, vascular, bladder, and the central and peripheral nervous systems. His lab group has generated 4 books, 33 book chapters, 85 invited presentations (including tutorials), 215 literature articles and conference proceedings, 245 conference presentations, and 15 provisional or full patents. His technology has resulted in one start-up company. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Nanomedicine and is on the editorial boards of 10 other journals. He has organized over 25 symposia at academic conferences. Dr. Webster was the 2002 recipient of the Biomedical Engineering Society Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award, the 2004 recipient of the Outstanding Young Investigator Award for the Schools of Engineering at Purdue University, the 2004 Finalist for the Young Investigator Award of the American Society for Nanomedicine, and the 2005 recipient of the Wallace Coulter Foundation Early Career Award.

Articles by Thomas Webster

Nanotechnology for bone materials
Advanced Review
WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
Published Online: Apr 17 2009
DOI: 10.1002/wnan.23
Abstract Full article on Wiley Online Library:   HTML | PDF
Nanostructured bladder tissue replacements
Advanced Review
WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
Published Online: Aug 20 2010
DOI: 10.1002/wnan.89
Abstract Full article on Wiley Online Library:   HTML | PDF
Electrically active nanomaterials as improved neural tissue regeneration scaffolds
Advanced Review
WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
Published Online: Aug 20 2010
DOI: 10.1002/wnan.109
Abstract Full article on Wiley Online Library:   HTML | PDF

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