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Bio-inorganic Hybrid Nanomaterials – Strategies, Syntheses, Characterization and Application

April 2008 - Review by Guido Kickelbick
Bioinspired materials design is one of the major topics in material science these days. It is strongly connected with sol-gel approaches due to the mild and controllable reaction conditions...

Edited by Eduardo Ruiz-Hitzky, Katsuhiko Ariga and Yuri Lvov
Publisher: Wiley-VCH, 503 Pages
ISBN-10: 352731718X, ISBN-13: 978-3527317189

Bioinspired materials design is one of the major topics in material science these days. It is strongly connected with sol-gel approaches due to the mild and controllable reaction conditions. Particularly in times of dramatically increasing costs of exhaustible raw materials the use of natural resources becomes one of the key issues for materials science in the future. Many of the best performing natural products are hybrid nanostructured materials and their architectural and molecular concept is an inspiring field in science and technology. Also the requirements of the new frontiers in medicine regarding bone substitution, tissue engineering, implant technology and drug delivery require new materials showing high biocompatibility and moreover even bioactivity. Therefore it was just time to collect different perspectives of the research area of hybrid nanomaterials in a book. Eduardo Ruiz-Hitzky, Katsuhiko Ariga and Yuri Lvov merged the contributions of internationally well-known scientists to a book that gives an actual overview of the wide spectrum of recent developments in natural and artificial bio-hybrid materials. The content of the books makes it clear, the field of bio-inorganic nanohybrids is an interdisciplinary area at the interfaces of biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology. The book gives an introduction into the major subtopics of the field in a very readable way. Beside the understandable text the illustrations are of excellent quality and support the understanding of the written words. The red line through the book is the control of organization on a molecular and a nanometer size level.

The book is divided in the following chapters:

1. An Introduction to bio-nanohybrid Materials
2. Biomimetic Nanohybrids Based on Organosiloxane Units
3. Entrapment of Biopolymers into Sol-Gel-derived Silica Nanocomposites
4. Immobilization of Biomolecules on Mesoporous Structured Materials
5. Bio-controlled Growth of Oxides and Metallic Nanoparticles
6. Biomineralization of Hydrogels Based on Bioinspired Assemblies for Injectable Biomaterials
7. Bioninspired Porous Hybrid Materials via Layer-by-Layer Assembly
8. Bio-inorganic Nanohybrids Based on Organoclay Self-assembly
9. Biodegradable Polymer-based Nanocomposites: Nanostructure Control and Nanocomposite Foaming with the Aim of Producing Nano-cellular Plastics
10. Biomimetic and Bioinspired Hybrid Membrane Nanomaterials
11. Design of Bioactive Nano-hybrids for Bone Tissue Regeneration
12. Nanostructured Hybrid Materials for Bone Implants Fabrication
13. Bio-inorganic Conjugates for Drug and Gene Delivery
14. Hallosite Nanotubules, a Novel Substrate for the Controlled Delivery of Bioactive Molecules
15. Enzyme-based Bioinorganic Materials

All chapters contain a comprehensive overview of recent literature. Not only fundamental science but also practical applications of bio-inorganic nanohybrids are explained.
Overall the book gives a nice introduction into the field particular suited for people who like to get a quick overview of its basic ideas and applications.

By Guido Kickelbick
Institute of Materials Chemistry
Vienna University of Technology

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