Biomaterials

Specific Mission

The research of the Biomaterial group aims to design, engineer and develop, from lab scale to pre-industrial level new biocompatible, bioactive and bioresorbable materials as well as new fabrication technologies including additive manufacturing and 3D printing (in collaboration with the Additive manufacturing group).
We design, develop and produce bioactive and bioresorbable 3D structures (scaffolds), also as fibers for different application fields such as: bone and cartilage regeneration, skin repair and nerve regeneration. Research lines on nanostructured multifunctional materials to vehicle drugs, biomolecules and therapeutic ions as well as surface modification to impart antibacterials/antifouling properties are active.

Main research topics

  • 3D printing of biomaterials and growth factors (in collaboration with the Additive Manufacturing group)
  • Biomimetic scaffolds containing bioactive glasses, ceramics and collagen (Bioactive and/or bioresorbable)
  • Mesoporous materials for controlled release of drugs, growth factors and therapeutic ions (osteogenic, antibacterial and pro-osteogenic effect)
  • Nano-hydroxyapatite for bone-like composite (in collaboration with the Ceramic group)
  • Biodegradable nanocapsules for the release of growth factors under acidic environment
  • Injectable bone cements for bone regeneration
  • Ceramic composites for structural, prosthetic, dental and spinal applications (in collaboration with the Ceramic group)
  • Bioresorbable glass fibers for scaffold fabrication and drug release (in collaboration with GLANCE-Prof. Daniel Milanese)
  • Biomaterial functionalisation for enhanced antibacterial and antifouling properties.
  • Mesoporous coatings to increase the performance of micromechanics biosensors (in collaboration with MPMNT, Prof. Carlo Ricciardi)
  • Computed nanotomography and its use in the material field

Main Partnerships

  • Prof. Daniel Milanese (Politecnico di Torino, DISAT)
  • Prof. Roberto Pisano e Prof. Antonello Barresi (Politecnico di Torino, DISAT)
  • Prof. Carlo Ricciardi (Politecnico di Torino, DISAT)
  • Prof. Gianluca Ciardelli, Prof.ssa Valeria Chiono, Dott.ssa Chiara Tonda-Turo (Politecnico di Torino-DIMEAS)
  • Prof. Stefano di Carlo (Politecnico di Torino-DAUIN)
  • Dott. Antonio Manca (IRCC Candiolo)
  • Prof. Alessandro Masse’, Dott. A. Aprato (Traumatologia, Ortopedia e Medicina del Lavoro CTO Torino)
  • Dip. di Medicina Sperimentale e Oncologia, Università di Torino (Prof. R.A. Canuto)
  • Prof.ssa Livia Visai, Dipartimento di Medicina Molecolare, Università di Pavia
  • Prof. Giovanni Vozzi, Facoltà di Ingegneria, Università of Pisa
  • Prof.ssa Monica Mattioli-Belmonte, Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche e Molecolari Università Politecnica delle Marche
  • Dott.ssa Gabriela Ciapetti, Prof.ssa Milena Fini, Prof. Nicola Baldini (Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli- Bologna)
  • Università degli Studi di Trento (Prof. Nicola Pugno)
  • Politecnico di Milano (Prof. P. Vena, Prof. Luigi De Nardo)
  • Prof. Alessandra Giuliani (Università Politecnica delle Marche)
  • Prof. Gerardo Catapano (Università della Calabria): bioreattori
  • Prof. Kenneth Dalgarno University of Newcastle (UK)
  • Prof. Maria Vallet Regí, Dott. Migule Manzano, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
  • Prof. Georg Duda, Dr. Evi Lippnes, Dr. Katharina Schmidt-Bleek Charité-Universitatsmediz in Berlin (Germany)
  • Prof. Sheila MacNeil, University of Sheffield (UK)
  • Prof. Aldo Boccaccini, Erlangen University (Germany)
  • Dr. Georgia Charalambopoulou, National Center for Scientific Research-DEMOKRITOS (Greece)
  • Dr. Joana Reis-Universidade de Evora (Portugal-)
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya-Spain (Prof. Maria Pau Ginebra)
  • FundacioCIM (Dr. Joaquim Minguella Spain)
  • Karolinska Institutet (Sweden- Dr. Ion Tcacencu)
  • Imperial College (London- Prof. J Jones, Dr. Francesca Tallia, Prof. E. Saiz)
  • Prof. Pezzotti- Kyoto Institute of Technology
  • Technische Universitat Wien (Prof. Christian Hellmich-Austria): mechanical modelling of 3D scaffolds
  • Prof. Freddy Kleitz, University of Laval, QUebec City, Canada
  • Prof. Jérôme Chevalier, INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) de Lyon (France) 
  • Prof. Rainer Gadow, IFKB (Institut für Fertigungstechnologie keramischer Bauteile), Universität Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Prof. Marc Anglada, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain)
  • Nanolith Sverige AB (Sweden),
  • Nobil Bio Ricerche (Italy),
  • Vornia Biomaterials (Ireland),
  • Cellogic GmbH (Germany),
  • DelSiTech Ltd (Finland),
  • InTrauma (Italy)

Projects and publications