Research in Biomaterials is focussed on the synthesis and characterisation of materials for the repair of diseased or damaged tissue in the body, in particular for bone and nerve repair.

The majority of our research is in the development of bone replacement implants or scaffolds, with a particular emphasis on calcium phosphate chemistry.

Recent achievements have been the development of a number of new compositions that have resulted in 4 patent applications since 2005, and the award of a Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept grant to aid in commercialising some of our research.

We have developed a number of ion-substituted hydroxyapatite compositions for use as bone graft materials, but have also developed novel calcium phosphate bone cement compositions and calcium phosphate coatings.

In addition to developing calcium phosphate materials, we have been developing hydrogels for use as scaffolds for the growth of nerve cells; these are based on peptide amphiphile compounds.

Our research in Biomaterials is closely aligned to research in the Institute of Medical Sciences, where the biological response of various types of cells to these materials is assessed. This is done in the new Tissue Engineering Laboratories at the Foresterhill campus.

Research in Biomaterials is supported by funding from

  • Scottish Enterprise
  • The Royal Society
  • European Commission FP6
  • ApaTech Ltd
  • The University of Aberdeen

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