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3D Printing of Functional Materials with Programmable Responsiveness for Biomedical Applications (QISU21SF)

School of Pharmacy

About the Project

The biomedical applications of 3D printing have been widely recognised and adapted into the clinic [i, ii]. However, the use of 3D printing in the pharmaceutical arena is still limited [iii, iv]. This PhD project aims to use the combination of stimuli-responsive materials and a novel printing toolpath to print mechanically responsive microstructures to produce innovative drug delivery devices. These devices can respond to local physiological stimulus to trigger the release of the therapeutic agents. The student will work in the state-of-the-art drug delivery lab at the School of Pharmacy and receive excellent training on advanced material science and process engineering research. They will also have the opportunity to be involved in developing multidisciplinary collaborations within and beyond Norwich Research Park. University of East Anglia provide a wide range of transferable skill training to ensure students can build a successful career beyond their PhD.

The project may be available at an earlier start point if an applications is submitted at the appropriate time and should be discussed with the primary supervisor in the first instance.

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here
Type of programme: PhD
Start Date: 1st October 2021
Mode of study: Full time

Funding Notes

This PhD project is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with funding or those applying to funding sources. Details of tuition fees can be found at View Website

A bench fee is also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research. Applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.

Entry Requirements are biomedical engineering, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering or relevant subject areas.
The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1


i) Chee Kai Chua, Wai Yee Yeong, and Jia An. Special Issue: 3D Printing for Biomedical Engineering. Materials (Basel). 2017 Mar; 10(3): 243.
ii) Ryan L. Truby & Jennifer A. Lewis. Printing soft matter in three dimensions. Nature, volume, 540, 371–378(2016)
iii) Grona Chen, Yihua Xu, Philip Chi Lip Kwok, Lifeng Kang. Pharmaceutical Applications of 3D Printing. Additive Manufacturing. Volume 34, August 2020, 101209
iv) Qi, S., Nasereddin, J. & Alqahtani, F., Personalized Polypills Produced by Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printing. 2019, 3D and 4D Printing in Biomedical Applications: Process Engineering and Additive Manufacturing. Maniruzzaman, M. (ed.). Wiley, p. 273-295

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