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  Predictable long-term care for dental implant maintenance

   School of Dentistry

  , , ,  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Applications are invited for a 3-year self-funded PhD Studentship to research antimicrobial coatings for implant abutments. These coated abutments will be part of a long-term care plan for dental implant maintenance. The scope is to provide implant abutments that can exert an antimicrobial effect influencing the crestal area and gingival tissues.

The research will develop coatings based on bioactive compounds such as bioactive glasses and alloys that will be used to coat the implant abutments. The coatings will be characterized using scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction analysis. The leaching profile will be assessed as will the antimicrobial properties of the surfaces and leachate.


Year 1: Synthesis and characterization

Years 2 & 3: Coating, coating characterization and antimicrobial testing

Year 4: Complete PhD write-up and submit / finalise any outstanding publications.


The student will receive extensive interdisciplinary training and experience in physical and biological techniques in well–equipped state-of-the-art laboratories in the School of Dentistry. In addition, training will be provided in scientific writing and presentational skills. The student will play an active role in the vibrant post-graduate community within the School and the broader College and University. The student will also be encouraged to attend relevant conferences both nationally and internationally. The supervisors operate an “open door” policy in addition to the more formal monthly research meetings used to monitor progress and direct work.

Person Specification

Applicants should have a strong background in materials science and engineering. They should have a commitment to research and hold or realistically expect to obtain at least an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in an engineering or biosciences subject. 

How to apply

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Josette Camilleri on

To be considered for this studentship, please send the following documents to Prof Camilleri ():

•             A detailed CV, including your nationality and country of birth;

•             Names and addresses of two referees;

•             A covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities;

•             Copies of your degree certificates with transcripts;

•             Evidence of your proficiency in the English language, if applicable.


Biological Sciences (4) Engineering (12) Materials Science (24) Medicine (26)

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