Materials & Bioengineering

A biomaterial is any matter, surface, or construct that interacts with biological systems. Biomaterials incorporate many different principals from materials science, chemistry, biology, mechanical engineering, and bioengineering. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has a multidisciplinary team to synthesize and apply biomaterials for different applications. Research areas include:

  • Scaffolds for tissue engineering and regeneration (bone, cartilage skin, tendon/ligament, etc.)
  • Nanoparticle for drug, gene and vaccine delivery
  • Fiber composite
  • Coating on medical devices (e.g., Ti implants, vascular tubes, catheters, etc.)
  • Microcapsules for encapsulation of cells, virus units, bacteria, etc.
  • Biomaterial for wound management (infection control, scar reduction)
  • Smart (e.g., enzyme-responsive, thermo-responsive) biomaterials
  • Surface modification and functionalization of biomaterials (e.g., contact lens)
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3D printed scaffolds

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Composite fibers

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Enzyme-responsive capsules

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Silver nanoparticles

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Microporous scaffolds

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Coating on medical device

Related Terminology

adaptive materials  •  autonomic materials  •  hybrid materials  •  nanomaterials  •  materials testing  •  materials characterization  •  electrophoretic deposition  •  biomaterial  •  medical device  •  biosensors  •  chlorine dioxide  •  nanoparticles  •  encapsulation  •  drug delivery  •  control release  •  tissue engineering  •  regenerative medicine  •  wound care  •  wound dressing  •  surface coating  •  scaffolds  •  bioreactor  •  perfusion system  •  ISO 13485

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.