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EPSRC Reference: EP/J017272/1
Title: Integrated Molecular Design of Melt-processable Bioresorbable Engineering Nanocomposites for Healthcare (BENcH)
Principal Investigator: Irvine, Dr DJ
Other Investigators:
Kingman, Professor S Lester, Professor E De Focatiis, Dr DSA
Alexander, Professor C Grant, Professor DM Scotchford, Dr CA
Howdle, Professor S Scammell, Professor B
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr AJ Parsons
Project Partners:
Evonik Industries AG (International) Lucite International Promethean Particles Ltd
TESco Associates Thermo Fisher Scientific UK
Department: Faculty of Engineering
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 January 2013 Ends: 31 March 2017 Value (£): 1,201,253
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
Particle Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
15 Jun 2012 Engineering Prioritisation Meeting - 15 June 2012 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This proposal will deliver novel, integrated methodologies for the design and scalable manufacture of next generation resorbable polymer nanocomposites, linking the science and engineering principles which underpin successful processing of such materials. This will enable new smart health-care materials in applications from bone fracture fixation to drug delivery. The methodologies will be optimised on a system comprising novel nanoparticles, selected blends of medical-grade degradable polymer and specifically designed molecular dispersants. Optimised methodologies will be applied at scale on industrial equipment to produce demonstrator resorbable implants with specific structural attributes and degradation timescales. Wider applications include degradable food packaging and products requiring end-of-life disposal.
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