ChE Chair & Professor Thomas Webster is developing medicine at the nanoscale to help Americans live longer.
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- B.S. (Chemical Engineering) University of Pittsburgh, 1995
- Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2000
- Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers
- Fellow, American Society for Nanomedicine
- Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering
- Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society
- Fellow, Ernst Strungmann Foundation
- Fellow, International College of Fellows - Biomaterials Science and Engineering
- J.S. Medeiros, A.M.Oliveira, J.O. de Carvalho, T.J. Webster, Nanohydroxyapatite/Graphene Nanoribbons Nanocomposites Induce in Vitro Osteogenesis and Promote in Vivo Bone Neoformation, ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 4(5), 2018, 1580-1590
- Q. Wang, G. Mi, D. Hickey, T.J. Webster, Azithromycin-Loaded Respirable Microparticles for Targeted Pulmonary Delivery for the Treatment of Pneumonia Biomaterials, 160, 2018, 107-123
- G. Mi, D. Shi, W. Herchek, T.J. Webster, Self-assembled Arginine-Rich Peptides as Effective Antimicrobial Agents, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 105(4), 2017, 1046-1054
- B.M. Geilich, I. Gelfat, S. Sridhar, T.J. Webster, Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide-Encapsulating Polymersome Nanocarriers for Biofilm Eradication, Biomaterials, 119, 2017, 78-85
- P. Tran, L. Sarin, R. Hurt, T.J. Webster, Titanium Surfaces with Adherent Selenium Nanoclusters as a Novel Anti-Cancer Orthopedic Material, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 93(4), 2014, 1417-1428
Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2012.
The primary focus of our research is the design, synthesis, and evaluation of nanomaterials for various medical applications. This includes self-assembled chemistries, nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanostructured surfaces. Medical applications include inhibiting bacteria growth, inflammation, and promoting tissue growth. Tissues of particular interest are bone, cartilage, skin, nervous system, bladder, cardiovascular, and vascular. There is also an interest in anti-cancer applications where nanomaterials can be used to decrease cancer cell functions without the use of pharmaceutical agents. There is also a large interest in developing in situ sensors which can sense biological responses to medical devices and respond in real time to ensure implant success. Lastly, there is an interest in understanding the environmental and human health toxicity of nanomaterials.
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Chemical Engineering Professor and Chair Thomas Webster was recently elected as an Overseas Fellow to the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) of the United Kingdom.
ChE Professor & Chair Thomas Webster has published the book "Biomaterials in Translational Medicine" which delivers timely and detailed information on the latest advances in biomaterials and their role and impact in translational medicine.
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