Fereydoon Namavar

Fereydoon Namavar, ScD, is a professor emeritus in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, and director of the Nano-Biotechnology Laboratory. He is an active member of the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience and a courtesy professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Dr. Namavar earned a Doctor of Science, summa cum laude, degree in nuclear physics, from the Institute for Nuclear and Radiation Physics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.

One of his primary research interests is to understand how cells attach to a nanostructured surface. By mimicking the cell behavior, he is designing and fabricating nanostructured surfaces that exhibit or simulate the effects of a cell in cell-cell interactions. Presently, he is also involved with the development of novel concepts and technologies to maximize the lifetime of orthopaedic implants and minimize the possibility of wear and revision surgery through the development of novel nanostructure materials for (i) friction and wear reduction, (ii) substrates for tissue engineering and enhancement of bone growth, and (iii) novel anti-bacterial coatings for short- and long-term applications of prosthetic devices. In a collaborative research project with other UNMC faculty, Dr. Namavar is using stem cell nanotechnology to regulate cellular growth in order to enhance or prevent cell proliferation, to either improve health or prevent disease with an emphasis on orthopaedic applications.

Dr. Namavar has received over 50 grants and contracts from a variety of corporations and government agencies, including DOE, DOD, NIH, NASA and NSF. He has authored or co-authored over 230 scientific papers throughout his career. He collaborates with scientists around the world and holds seven patents, including US patent 7,048,767, entitled “Nano-crystalline, homo-metallic, protective coatings” for reducing the wear of artificial orthopaedics implants. Dr. Namavar was awarded professor emeritus status on January 1, 2014.