Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy: Research themes - Medical & pharmaceutical materials

Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy

Research themes – Medical & pharmaceutical materials

Existing medical implants are, in the main, merely tolerated by the surrounding tissue.   Research in the Department concerns the next generation of medical materials that will interact therapeutically with the body, having bioactive structures that encourage the tissue's natural function, as well as providing tailored mechanical support, or releasing drugs at a controlled rate.  

Research themes include biodegradable and bioactive polymers, ceramics and composites, active surface design and tissue engineering scaffolds.   Research is focussed in particular on orthopaedic applications and in nerve tissue regeneration with further research efforts in surgical glues, wound dressings, breast tissue engineering and 3D imaging.

Pharmaceutical research in the Department spans all length scales from modelling the processes of molecular crystallisation through to achieving better powder compaction, tableting, diffusion and release.

The following research groups carry out research under this theme and academic staff working in each group are listed under each heading:

A number of projects carried out under this research theme also fall under the auspices of the Pfizer Institute for Pharmaceutical Materials Science. This a collaboration between Pfizer Global R&D, the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) and two departments of the University of Cambridge; the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, and the Department of Chemistry.


Co-continuous resorbable polymer-ceramic composite for orthopaedic applications