Development and characterization of new materials    

Working at the edge of physics, materials science, chemistry and biology, our Material Specialists and partners offer their experience in the development and characterization of materials that are both functional and biocompatible. By precisely controlling the composition and fabrication of the materials, the surface chemistry and topography can be changed to introduce desired properties. Surfaces can be modified to actively deliver drugs, promote osteointegration, prevent bacterial adhesion or impart a bactericidal effect to the implant surface (LINK to AMTR and FCHC).

In addition to the functional modification, the physico-chemical, morphological and topographical characterization of materials as well as the identification and preliminary quantification of biocompatibility (LINK) can be completed during the development phase.

To support the interdisciplinary innovation three industrial partners have joined the center and provided state of the art instruments, contributing to the development of new materials:

  • The “SmartProof5” widefield confocal microscope from Zeiss designed for surface analysis: roughness and topographical characterization
  • The “Morphology G3-ID” from Malvern particle characterization instrument that in addition to measurement of size and shape can provide chemical identification of individual particles using Raman spectroscopy
  • AFM and FluidFM from NanoSurf which combines the nanofluidic system for injection/ deposition with the positional accuracy and force sensitivity of the AFM