Partner 4 – Queen Mary University of London – United Kingdom
General description: School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London. The School of Engineering and Materials Science at QMUL is one of the most highly rated materials research centers in the UK. Research is coordinated within the areas of: Biomedical Engineering & Materials, Functional Nanomaterials and Modelling & Simulation in Engineering Systems.
Expertise: The development and understanding of nanostructurised materials is currently a major research theme at Queen Mary. These nanomaterials have a range of unique physical and chemical characteristics, and have the potential to be used in a multitude of novel applications from new functional materials and sensors and actuators, materials for energy conversion and storage to biomaterials.
Role in the project: In the RAPIDOS project, biodegradable nanoparticles and elements are developed to improve delivery of osteopromoting drug and modulation of scaffold mechanics, structure and topography to enhance scaffold-cell interactions.
Key personnel: Ton Peijs is a professor in Polymer Technology at QMUL. TP‘s research interests cover the whole technology platform from processing and characterisation to the performance evaluation and applications of polymers and their composites. In recent years, his work has mainly focused on the utilization of nanoscale architecture in polymers and composites, the creation of multifunctional fibres for composite or biomedical applications. Prof. Cees Bastiaansen is a professor in Functional Polymers with an interest in surface embossing. Current research of the group in the area of biomedical materials is based on the use of photo-embossing technologies to create surface textures on films and fibres, to stimulate cell adhesion. TP is a director of Nanoforce Technology Ltd a spin-out company, wholly-owned by QMUL devoted to nanocomposites research for exploitation by industry.