Dr. Matthew Wadge is currently the EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow within the Advanced Materials Research Group at the University of Nottingham. He holds a First-Class BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Materials Science, and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and Materials Design, also from the University of Nottingham, having completed his PhD in August 2020. His research has primarily focussed on the production of biomedical coatings via wet chemical and PVD methodologies, specifically magnetron sputtering. Presently, his fellowship is investigating the self-assembly of microspheres into 3D constructs utilising alkaline titanate structures to do so, with the view to generate a platform technology using these materials. He has received a number of prestigious prizes including: The Armourers and Brasiers' Best PhD Student and Best BSc/BEng Student of the Year Awards (2020 & 2018, respectively), presentation prizes at both National (UKSB, Future Materials, etc.) and International (ESB and WBC) conferences, being named as one of '15 under 30' to look out for in Materials Science by Materials World, as well as being a National Finalist in the IOM3 Younger Persons Lecture Competition (2019).
Matthew has also taken on additional voluntary roles as a STEM outreach ambassador during the last three Pint of Science festivals (2017-2020). He has helped organise and co-ordinate the Pint of Science festival, first as an event manager (2017-18), then as the city co-ordinator for Nottingham (2018-19), as well as his current role as one of the National advisors to the Pint of Science central team (2019-20). He co-ordinated a sell-out festival in 2018/19, with over 1500 attendees; 3rd largest festival turnout in the UK, including a sell-out event (over 400 attendees) with astronaut Dr. Michael Foale CBE.
Matthew's expertise lies in the field of Biomedical coatings and structures, primarily material characterisation of magnetron sputtered coatings, alkaline titanate structures, as well as self-assembly of core-shell microspheres. He has a wide range of expertise in materials characterisation techniques, such as SEM, EDX, XRD, and XPS, as well as knowledge of Raman and FTIR spectroscopy, and RHEED.
Matthew's current research is looking into the formation of a platform technology to employ self-assembled core-shell contructs, to be utilised in various fields, including biomaterials, water… read more
MATTHEW D. WADGE, BURHAN TURGUT, JAMES W. MURRAY, BRYAN W. STUART, REDA M. FELFEL, IFTY AHMED and DAVID M. GRANT, 2020. Developing highly nanoporous titanate structures via wet chemical conversion of DC magnetron sputtered titanium thin films Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. WADGE, M. D., MCGUIRE, J., HANBY, B. V. T., FELFEL, R. M., AHMED, I. and GRANT, D. M., 2020. Tailoring the degradation rate of magnesium through biomedical nano-porous titanate coatings: Journal of Magnesium and Alloys Journal of Magnesium and Alloys.
ANDREW J. PARSONS, REDA M. FELFEL, MATTHEW D. WADGE and DAVID M. GRANT, 2019. Improved phosphate‐based glass fiber performance achieved through acid etch/polydopamine treatment International Journal of Applied Glass Science.
Matthew's current research is looking into the formation of a platform technology to employ self-assembled core-shell contructs, to be utilised in various fields, including biomaterials, water treatment, battery and energy technologies, to name a few. Through simplistic wet chemical treatments, 3D constructs can be formed with macro, micro and nanoporoisities.