Date Posted
15 Mar 2021

PhD Project

Biocompatible Nanocomposite Biomaterials

15 Mar 2021

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Position Description

Project Description

Nanocomposite Biomaterials aim to reconstruct nanoscale surface systems to mimic the biological environment, taking account of molecular structure, function and orientation.
This interdisciplinary project aim to combine nanomaterials, polymers and peptides to create biocompatible and biofunctional bionanomaterials that have controlled and selective surface properties; the surface properties of biomaterials are crucial to success. An ideal biocompatible material would be one which can be tailored specifically for the individual from the material (graft, bypass), is well accepted by the host body environment and performs the designated function over a prescribed time span. One of the key scientific challenges lying ahead of us is to advance our current knowledge of cell-biomaterial interactions and develop novel biomaterials that are more responsive and selective to proteins and cells present in bodily environment. Inherently this will require us to take full advantage of recent progress in stem cell research to encourage local colonization of host endothelial cells (and progenitor stem cells) onto biomaterials.
The successful candidate will be based within a multidisciplinary setting. Experience of Ellipsometry, AFM & SANS would be beneficial hence preference for master’s student. The flexibility within this research can allow the student to develop the project toward physics, biology or chemistry.

Funding Notes
SELF FUNDING position – No Studentship available
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Position Category: Chemical Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project. Salary: Self-Funded.