Dr Thomas Webster
Editor-in-Chief: Dr Thomas J Webster
Thomas J Webster is the Zafiropoulo chair and professor, chemical engineering at Northeastern University and the Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials Research, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia. Previously he was associate professor for the Division of Engineering at Brown University and the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Brown University Medical School. He has degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (BS, 1995) and in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MS, 1997; PhD, 2000). Prof Webster’s research addresses the design, synthesis, and evaluation of nanophase materials (that is, materials with fundamental length scales less than 100 nm) as more effective biomedical implants. Prof Webster is the current director of the Nanostructured Biomaterials Laboratory and has completed extensive studies on the use of nanophase materials as implanted materials. His lab group has produced four books, 15 book chapters, 62 invited presentations, 157 literature articles and conference proceedings, 245 conference presentations, and 15 provisional or full patents on the study of nanophase materials and implantable devices. Prof Webster’s research on nanophase materials has received attention in numerous recent media publications such as MSNBC News, June 1, 2004; the Economist, June 5, 2004; and Chemical and Engineering News, Feb 28, pp. 39–42, 2000. He has organized more than 25 symposia at academic conferences highlighting the use of nanomaterials in biological applications. Other honors include: 2000, Karen and Lester Gerhardt Graduate Student Award in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and promise for a successful career, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; 2002, Biomedical Engineering Society Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award; 2004, Purdue University Young Investigator Award from the Schools of Engineering; 2005, finalist for the Young Investigator Award for the American Society for Nanomedicine; and 2004, Early Career Award from the Coulter Foundation. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Nanomedicine and is on the editorial board of Biomaterials, American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, International Journal of Nanomanufacturing, and Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology.