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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

Third Annual Biomaterials Discovery Workshop

Third Annual Biomaterials Discovery Workshop
Coates Road Auditorium - University Park
Join us for the Third Annual Biomaterials Discovery Workshop which will take place on Wednesday 16 January 2019 at the University of Nottingham in Coates Road Auditorium
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Research team




News and blogs

Reducing the 'Oh No' Moments

The Biomaterials Discovery Programme Grant held their seminar on Thursday 11 October and Francesco Pappalardo gave a talk as part of this series.

Plastics - Will They Destroy or Save The World?

The Biomaterials Discovery Programme Grant held their seminar on Thursday 4 October and Cameron Alexander gave a talk as part of the series.

Future Investigators of Regenerative Medicine (FIRM) symposium

Dr Laurence Burroughs gave a talk entitled: 'The ChemoTopoChip: Combinatorial Material-Topography Screening'

Catheter Chat

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

Pint of Science Nottingham brings scientists out of the lab and into your local pub - blog by Jamie Thompson

Related research

Programme Grant Collaborators

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Next Generation Biomaterials Discovery

Advanced Materials and Healthcare Technologies, School of Pharmacy, The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6246