About the Author
Julio C. M. Souza is a researcher and lecturer on biomaterials and oral implantology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil, and the University of Minho, Portugal. Currently, Dr. Souza is a visiting research professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Restorative Dentistry at the University of Illinois (UIC), USA. Dr. Souza has published several articles and chapters in the field of biomaterials for oral and cranio-maxillofacial rehabilitation as well as a book in oral implantology and therefore acts as a reviewer for a number of leading tier-1 journals in the biomaterial and dentistry field. He is well respected for his expertise on materials characterization, dental biomaterials, oral biofilms and degradation of biomaterials in simulated oral conditions. Dachamir Hotza is a Full Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil. He belongs to the Research Group on Ceramic Materials and Composites (CERMAT) and he is currently the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for the Development of Nanostructures (LINDEN). He has experience in Materials Engineering with an emphasis in ceramics, working mainly in processing, experimental design and nanotechnology. Bruno Henriques is a materials and engineering professor at Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil, and is research fellow at MicroElectroMechanical Systems research center (CMEMS-UMinho), University of Minho, Portugal. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and has done post-graduate work in Business Administration. Bruno has co-authored a patent, authored several papers published in international scientific journals, and has participated in several national and international conferences. His research interests are in the fields of powder metallurgy, stress analyses, laser materials processing and functionalization, functionally graded biomaterials and composites for biomedical applications, particularly to oral and cranio-maxillofacial rehabilitation. Aldo R. Boccaccini is Professor of Biomaterials and Head of the Institute of Biomaterials at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Prior to this appointment, he was Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, UK (2000-2009). He has remained Visiting Professor of Materials at Imperial College London. He is also visiting professor at Nagoya Institute of Technology (Japan), RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentina). The research activities of Prof. Boccaccini are in the broad area of glasses, ceramics and polymer/glass composites for biomedical, functional and/or structural applications. Prof. Boccaccini has also developed the electrophoretic deposition technique for production of nanostructured materials and composites with defined surface topography with potential use in the biomedical field. He is the author or co-author of more than 450 scientific papers and 15 book chapters. Boccaccini is Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK) and of the American Ceramic Society. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Materials Letters" (Elsevier) and serves in the editorial board of several recognized international journals. He has also edited two books with Elsevier.