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Biomaterials

NIST's research examines the interactions among lab-made materials and biological systems, advancing the development of diagnostics and therapeutics, and improving the performance of biomaterials used in dentistry and regenerative medicine.

NIST's measurement methods and reference materials accelerate the development of lab-made materials that can help heal wounds or replace missing tissues, or be used to mimic human tissues for diagnostics or research. Our long partnership with the American Dental Association boasts advances such as the tooth-colored composites used to fill cavities and repair chipped teeth and the panoramic dental X-ray. The NIST Tissue Engineering project characterizes scaffolds, the supports used to "grow" replacement tissues, and the interactions between scaffolds and cells. Other work develops sensors that measure biological properties and the interactions of cells and materials. 

NIST also participates in the Multi-Agency Tissue Engineering Science coordination group.

News and Updates

The Shape in Water

Tinkering with a method they helped develop over the last few years, scientists have for the first time used it to

Projects and Programs

Biomaterials for Oral Health

Our goal is to enable the development and manufacturing of biomaterials for oral health moving forward in 21st century by providing critical measurement methods

U.S. TAG for ISO/TC276: Biotechnology

The primary goal of the US Technical Advisory Group (US TAG) to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 276 Biotechnology

Publications

Awards