Bionanocomposites for multidimensional brain cell signaling

Mark A. Decoster, J. McNamara, K. Cotton, Dustin Green, C. Jeyasankar, R. Idowu, K. Evans, Q. Xing, Y. Lvov

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Cell communication in the brain is dynamic, including electrical and chemical components. These dynamics are utilized for maintenance of the highly complex communication pathways within and between cells of the brain, both in health and disease. Bionanocomposites allow us to study brain cell function conceptually from 0 to 3 dimensions (03D), with 0D representing the single cell, 1D representing a linear arrangement of two or more connected cells, 2D including cellular surface areas in both X-and Y-dimensions, and 3D taking into consideration tissue scaffolds that include X-, Y-, and Z-dimensions. These considerations are shown conceptually in Figure 1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNatural Polymers, Biopolymers, Biomaterials, and Their Composites, Blends, and IPNs
PublisherApple Academic Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781466559394
ISBN (Print)9781926895161
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Bionanocomposites
  • Deionized
  • Microvasculature
  • Neurological diseases
  • Predator-prey concept

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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