Nanomaterials design and their biomedical applications

Nanoparticles are widely used because of their unique tunable properties and applications in automotive, electronic, textile, energy, aerospace and biomedical fields. The development and applications of nanoparticles derived from natural sources such as plant or animal are gaining more attention due to the high cost and environmental hazards of the petroleum and mineral derived products. This presentation covers the range of nanotechnology applications in polymer composite and biomedical fields. These include the synthesis and characterization of various types of bio-nanomaterials obtained from renewable resources such as eggshell and rice husk. The application of nanoparticles for drug delivery systems to control the release of drug in the body to protect the drug from enzymatic or chemical degradation, scaffold for bone regeneration, wound healing and biodegradable antimicrobial food packaging.

RangariVijaya K. Rangari, PhD, is a Professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tuskegee University.  He received his Ph.D in Polymer Chemistry from Osmania University, India and a postdoctoral experience at Bar-Ilan University, Israel and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India. Dr. Rangari’s main research interests are: a) Synthesis of various types of nanoparticles with different shapes and sizes using CVD, sonochemical autogenic pressure reactor and microwave techniques; and b) Development of thermoset and thermoplastic polymeric nanocomposites for structural applications. c) Alignment of acicular nanoparticles in polymeric fibers and thin films through melt extrusion for multifunctional textile and food packaging applications. d) Synthesis of magnetic and naturally derived nanoparticles for biomedical applications. He has published more than 200 research articles in reputed peer review journals, and conference proceedings and 6 chapter books. His recent book chapters on nanomaterials have been accessed more than 10,000 times since published in 2011.