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Next Generation Biomaterials Discovery


1) University of Nottingham, Boots Science Building, 2) Coated Catheter (Camstent Ltd), 3) Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometer, 4) Cell Polymer Microarray (Asha Patel, 2015).

The EPSRC Programme Grant in Next Generation Biomaterials Discovery was launched in 2015 with the goal of identifying new biomaterials. The project will screen large diverse polymer libraries to identify bio-instructive materials for medical devices, stem cell manufacture, cell delivery and targeted drug delivery. 

The aim is to allow us to move beyond the existing limited range of polymeric drug and cell delivery agents and medical device polymers currently licensed for use in man, to bespoke materials identified to function optimally for specific applications.
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Current Programme grant research challenges

The programme has four research challenges:

  • 2D to 3D Materials Discovery Methods
  • Systems Based Advanced Drug Delivery
  • Advanced Materials for 3D Stem Cell Differentiation, Regenerative Medicine
  • Advanced Materials for Medical Devices

Video: High Throughput Materials Discovery of a new class of materials which resist bacterial attachment


Biomaterials Discovery Events

Annual Biomaterials Discovery Workshop 2018

Annual Biomaterials Discovery Workshop 2018
Coates Road Auditorium A150, University of Nottingham
The second annual Biomaterials Discovery Workshop will be held on Wednesday 17th January 2018. Our EPSRC Programme Grant in Next Generation Biomaterials has allowed us to hold this event at The University of Nottingham for the 5 years of the grant and hopefully beyond.
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Research team




News and blogs

Where in the world are our scientists - Dara O'Brien

Where in the world are our scientists - Dara O'Brien
On Monday 11th of December 2017 I attended the 'Frontiers in Green Materials' conference

Next Generation Ideas

Next Generation Ideas
Post Docs and PhD students from the EPSRC Programme Grant in Next Generation Biomaterials Discovery presented their scientific ideas to our panel of experts last week,

Nature Methods paper published

Nature Methods paper published
The first paper from the 3D OrbiSIMS (a new molecular imaging technology) was published this week in Nature Methods illustrating label free biomedical chemical imaging.

Catheter Chat

Plenty of Prizes for our Marie Curie Research Fellow - blog by Adam Celiz

Related research

Programme Grant Collaborators

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Next Generation Biomaterials Discovery

Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis, School of Pharmacy, The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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