Tong Ho Wang, Hong Kong finalist

Boris, Ho Wang Tong gained a BEng in Medical Engineering from the University
of Hong Kong in 2005, and earned his PhD in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering from the
University in September 2009. He is a post-doctoral
fellow in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering in the Department of
Mechanical Engineering at the University. He joined IOM3 as a ProfGradIMMM member in 2010.

His research interests include
electrospinning, nanotechnology, biomaterials and tissue engineering. He was
awarded the Best Young Engineers Papers Award by the Hong Kong Institution of
Engineers in September 2006 and the STAR award by the Society For Biomaterials
in April 2007. In January 2010, Dr Tong served as a
secretary for the
2nd International Symposium on Surface and Interface of Biomaterials and as Editorial Assistant
for the conference proceedings. He has published seven research articles in refereed
international journals and numerous papers in proceedings of international
conferences.

 

Electrospinning: An Old
Technology for Modern Medicine

Electrospinning
started with the discovery in 1934 of using a high voltage to induce the formation of a
liquid jet and is capable of
producing ultrafine fibres. After being neglected for a long time, this old technology revived in the 1990s when researchers found that electrospun thin fibres have
great potential for
many
applications, especially in the field of modern medicine.

Annually, millions of patients
suffer from tissue loss. Tissue engineering is a promising treatment,
which normally requires the use of a
scaffold. Electrospinning has great advantages in fabricating nanofibrous tissue
engineering scaffolds
which can
elicit desirable cellular behavior for tissue regeneration. Electrospinning can produce nanofibrous
scaffolds from different biopolymers. Technological
developments are leading to scaffolds having aligned, surface-porous and
nanocomposite fibres. Electrospun scaffolds possess desirable structures, mechanical properties and
biological performance.

 

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