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Ifty Ahmed

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering



Dr Ifty Ahmed is part of the Advanced Materials Research Group.

Expertise Summary

Areas of expertise include, Bioglasses, Phosphate-Based glasses, Biomaterials, Bioengineering, Bone Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Drug Delivery materials and Advanced Materials for alternate biomedical applications.

More recent work is focused on developing materials for Environmental applications such as water treatment and agri-tech. We have developed processing and characterisation methods to upcycle environmental waste materials (such as mineral mining waste tailings) to deliver circular economy approaches.

Initial work focused on phosphate-based glass formulation development, production and characterisation including Phosphate glass-fibre (PGF) production. We have installed and commissioned melt-draw and pre-form draw fibre manufacturing systems. The PGF developments were focussed on producing resorbable biocomposites using these specialist fibres as reinforcement to tailor mechanical properties and resorption characteristics. Applications for these biocomposites mainly spanned bone repair applications, for example development of fracture fixation devices including plates, screws and intramedullary nails.

Recent developments also include a novel process for manufacturing highly porous glass microspheres from phosphate-based glasses and other glasses, glass-ceramics and some ceramics. These microspheres are up to 80% porous with fully interconnected porosity and are manufactured utilising a novel single-stage manufacturing process which can achieve a lab-scale production of between 1-2 kg/h. These microspheres have been produced in both bulk (solid and dense) and porous forms, with a wide range of porosity levels.

Biotechnology developments of waste material remediation is also currently on-going working in collaboration with colleagues across the Faculty of Engineering.

Recent Publications

Future Research

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Biomaterials, Bioengineering, Phosphate-based Glasses, Bioglasses, Resorbable fibre composites, Microspheres, Orthobiologics

Faculty of Engineering

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