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EPSRC Reference: EP/C004698/1
Title: Development, optimisation and structural characterisation of bioactive phosphate-based glassy materials synthesised by sol gel methods
Principal Investigator: Smith, Professor ME
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Department: Physics
Organisation: University of Warwick
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 May 2005 Ends: 31 July 2008 Value (£): 98,601
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biomaterials Tissue Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
Related Grants:
EP/C515560/1 EP/C004671/1
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Building upon the Kent-Warwick partnership's long-standing and productive experience in the study of the atomic and meso-scale structure of novel functional sol-gel materials, and the Eastman Dental Institute's world-leading research in the use of melt-quenched phosphate glasses, we seek to understand the structure of phosphate-based glasses of potential importance within dentistry and soft tissue regeneration. This proposal will allow the first coherent exploration, at the atomic/molecular scale, of the synthesis and processing of novel variants on these materials using sol-gel methods (tailored for composition, porosity, etc.) and their in vitro characterisation. It therefore represents an adventurous cross-disciplinary study, involving the deployment of advanced physical science methods within the context of the biomedical sciences. The detailed neutron, X-ray and NMR experimental study of these materials, along with the use of benchtop spectroscopic methods, will provide full structural characterisation. Taken together, this interdisciplinary project will provide a cogent insight into the relationship between synthesis/processing, structure and properties, and will lead the way in providing the appropriate tools for the development and optimisation of analogous future materials of medical importance.
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