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College of Engineering

Magnetic Biomaterials

Research Database

Philosophy of the Development of Magnetic Biomaterials

The use of magnetic materials for biological applications can aid in detection of diseased tissue, serve to treat cancerous tissue through hyperthermia, can be used to trigger drug release external to the body, and can help direct therapies to the surfaces of magnetically-coated implants for targeted medication. Our research team includes chemists, engineers, medical scientists and biologists, all contributing to the overall goal of creating novel therapies and medical diagnostics based on the unique capabilities of our research team. We seek to understand fundamental properties of materials at the nanoscale and functional platforms along with our application-oriented goals. The in-house expertise in magnetic systems was derived from the NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at UA (Materials for Information Technology). In combination with researchers in metallic deposition and tribology, polymer microencapsulation and coatings, drug delivery, organic synthesis, transport modeling, toxicological profiling, gene therapy and adenoviral targeting, the Magnetic Biomaterials Research Team includes a broad spectrum of research expertise, including faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, undergraduate students, high school teachers and high school students.


Research Aims:

1. Targeted Magnetic Nanoparticles for Hyperthermia Treatment of Cancer

2. Magnetically-Triggered Drug Delivery (using Low Curie Temperature Metals)

3. Magnetic Implants (Stents) with Magnetically-Targetable Depots for Drug Localization

Research Groups

Dr. Chris Brazel, Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dr. Duane Johnson, Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dr. David Nikles, Professor, Chemistry and Materials for Information Technology Center

Dr. Mark Weaver, Associate Professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

2006 The University of Alabama