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Materials

Innovative Materials can drive the creation of new products in many life science sectors. This makes it a crucial pillar for Engineered Therapeutics. And the Centre for Materials Science and Technology focuses on materials and their relationships with humans.

Research into biomaterials involves the precise engineering of novel materials for medical applications. In addition to having specific mechanical properties, biomaterials must be biocompatible. Research therefore encompasses elements of medicine, materials science and tissue engineering. Research topics are:

Medical Gels

Chitosan-dextran gel has proved itself to be a real winner, and stops bleeding, infection, and dramatically reduces adhesions. The two pot mixture sets within a minute to form a firm gel that slowly is degraded in the body.

Bone Substitutes / Bone Ceramics

The aim of the Bone Substitute research programme is to develop a biocompatible, biodegradable bone graft substitute from reconstituted keratin and metal alloys. This material will overcome the disadvantages associated with currently used bone substitutes e.g. porous ceramics, hydroxyapatite, metals and polymers (polylactic acid-polyglycolic acid).

Through the Bone Ceramics research we aim to develop sintared bovine bone “True Bone Ceramics” (TBC) for a bone substitute xenograft. This involves carrying out in vitro and in vivo investigations to study the morphological and biological properties of TBC.