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NanoScience in Biomedicine

pp 43-75

Nanoscale Mechanisms for Assembly of Biomaterials

  • Zhijie SuiAffiliated withDepartment of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • , William L. MurphyAffiliated withDepartment of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-MadisonDepartment of Pharmacology, University of Wisconsin-MadisonDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison Email author 

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Abstract

Non-covalent interactions are a ubiquitous mechanism directing assembly of natural materials. Similarly, these types of interactions have become an important component of emerging approaches in biomaterials science. In view of the emerging importance of bio-inspired materials in medical applications, this chapter will be focused on describing the fundamentals of intermolecular interactions and their applications in biomaterials science. The particular focus will be on processes and structures that mimic the natural ECM.

Keywords

tissue engineering bioinspired biomimetic self-assembly scaffold