Aims

We strive to overcome major shortcomings of conventional biomaterials by smart design of biomaterials with improved biological, mechanical and handling properties. To this end, we synthesize a wide range of nano- and microstructured biomaterials including injectable and biodegradable hydrogels and cements, colloidal and self-healing composites, barrier membranes and coatings, as well as nanoparticles for nanomedicine-based approaches. These biomaterials are functionalized with various types of drugs and/or patient-derived cells to maximize their capacity to stimulate regeneration for both healthy and diseased patients.

More specifically we aim to:

  1. Design novel colloidal self-healing biomaterials for treatment of bone diseases
  2. Develop novel bone/tooth-on-chip devices and human ex-vivo models for bone regeneration
  3. Develop novel surface modification techniques to improve soft tissue integration of oral implants


Research Regenerative biomaterials

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We create novel biomaterial-based therapies for regeneration of hard tissues. Overall, we aim to decipher which physicochemical properties of biomaterials are able to trigger the natural self-healing capacity of hard tissues.


Research group leader

prof. dr. ir. Sander Leeuwenburgh

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