Research

Dental Materials / Biomedical Engineering

Current research in biomaterials encompasses physical, chemical and biological aspects of ceramic, metal, polymer and composite materials. Recent studies have investigated the strengthening mechanisms of dental ceramics and the development of new ceramic materials, the metallurgy and structure-property relationships for high-palladium alloys, the synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials for use in composite resins and glass ionomer cements, the esthetic characteristics of restorative and natural dental materials, the formulation of direct dental composite restorative materials based on optimum clinical performance, and the interactions of fibroblasts and epithelial cells with dental materials. Studies originating in the Biomedical Engineering Center have evaluated a copolymer formulation of bone cement for orthopedic implants. Research techniques employed include analytical and descriptive spectrometry, analytical electron microscopy, cell culturing, human visual evaluation, mechanical testing, rheology, thermal analysis (including calorimetry and thermomechanical analysis), and x-ray diffractometry.

William Brantley PhD
Professor, Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry

William Johnston PhD
Professor, Division of General Practice and Materials Science

Do-Gyoon Kim PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Orthodontics

John J. Lannutti PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Alan Litsky MD ScD
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering Department

Scott Schricker PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of General Practice and Materials Science

Robert Seghi DDS, MS
Associate Professor, Division of General Practice and Materials Science