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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

3D Orientation Imaging

Microscopic molecular anisotropy is universally and heterogeneously present from biomaterials to medical implants to 3D printed polymer products, determining

WG2 Biobanks and Bioresources

The ISO/TC 276/WG 2 will elaborate a package of International Standards in the Biobanks field including human, animal, plant and microorganism resources for

Tissue Engineering

Our goal is to develop reliable tools and standards for measuring the properties of cells, biomaterials, scaffolds and tissue-engineered constructs. As

Publications

Structural Insights into DNA-Stabilized Silver Clusters

Author(s)
Danielle Schultz, Robert G. Brinson, Fahriye N. Sari, Jeffrey A. Fagan, Christina Bergonzo, Nancy J. Lin, Joy P. Dunkers
The structure and dynamics of Ag complexes derived from single stranded DNA (ssDNA) is less understood than their double stranded (dsDNA) counterparts despite