Polyester Nano-Grafts on Hydroxyapatite: Promising Additives for Bone Cement Formulations Dr. Ivan Gitsov, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry ABSTRACT Bone and prosthesis fixation after traumatic injury and total hip replacement place specific requirements for the materials employed in these procedures. Currently bone cements, composed of methacrylic monomers, polymers and copolymers, are among the most widely used formulations. Upon mixing and gentle heating they solidify in the fracture or in the void between the metal stem of the implant and the thighbone. Common drawback of the existing bone cements is their failure to form long lasting or permanent bond with the bone due mostly to the lack of sufficient bone ingrowth. This talk will present the synthesis and evaluation of a line of bone cement additives, which might be able to circumvent the mentioned shortcomings of the commercial mixtures without compromising their useful properties. BIOGRAPHY Ivan Gitsov holds a Masters degree in Organic Chemistry from University St Kliment Ohridsky in Sofia, Bulgaria and PhD in Polymer Science from The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. After spending 11 years at The R&D Institute for Special Chemicals in Bulgaria and Cornell University he joined SUNY ESF in 1997 as Associate Professor and became subsequently affiliated with The Michael M. Szwarc Polymer Research Institute and The Syracuse Biomaterials Institute. His research activities are focused on the design and synthesis of novel polymeric materials with promising biotechnological and biomedical application potential. He is one of the Action Editors of Journal of Analytical and Bioanalytical Techniques and was Guest Professor at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH – Zürich). His work has placed him in the top 5 % of the most cited authors for journals in Chemistry and his other honors include Greve Foundation Fellowship and Cottrell Scholarship.