Title

Investigation of Crosslinked Silica Aerogels for Implant Applications

Abstract

Silica-based Aerogels have a number of unique properties that make them suitable for a range of applications. These include superior thermal, acoustic, and electrical insulation capabilities, all associated with the highly-porous nature of this class of materials. Crosslinked (X) silica aerogels have improved mechanical and surface properties making them suitable for biomedical device applications, particularly in the peripheral regions of the body. Aerogel's ability to dampen sounds waves is particularly important since it would allow an external non-invasive imaging technique for aerogel based implants. The biocompatibility of this class of material must be addressed prior to the development of in vivo imaging data. In this work, the authors report on the growth and interaction of Opossum Kidney cells and dorsal root ganglia on crosslinked silica aerogels, paving the way for implant applications.

Meeting Name

2011 Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Conferenct, BSEC 2011 (2011: Mar. 15-17, Knoxville, TN)

Department(s)

Chemistry

Keywords and Phrases

Crystals; Glass; Silicon compounds

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2011 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

17 Mar 2011

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