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Novel photoinitiators for light-activated resin-based biomaterials


Project Description

Supervisors: Drs WM Palin, RM Shelton, PR Cooper

The future of photoactive material technology will play an important role in biomaterials applications from drug delivery and laser activated surgical adhesives to resin-based composite dental restoratives. Photoactive polymer-based materials provide versatility in application and performance, where a one-paste system requires no mixing, provides spatial and temporal control in setting and allows the material to acquire suitable mechanical and physical properties quickly with rheological properties that can be adjusted easily. However, several limitations exist such as biocompatibility of the photoinitiator system, inadequate curing depths and reduced mechanical properties.

This project aims to investigate a range of experimental materials with novel photoinitiator systems that lead to enhanced mechanical, physical and biological properties and will provide critical information to underpin the development of light-activated biomaterials.

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Funding Notes

We have a thriving international Researcher community and encourage applications from students of any nationality able to fund their own studies (i.e. through Government scholarship schemes, self-funding), or who wish to apply for their own funding (e.g. Commonwealth Scholarships, Islamic Development Bank International PhD Scholarships, China Scholarship Council).

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 15.90

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