After completing his PhD in 2011 he was appointed as a Research Fellow and has worked alongside a multidisciplinary team developing advanced polymer biomaterials for dental applications and novel therapeutic medical technologies. He has worked on several research projects including those funded by The National Institute of Health Research (NHIR), The Ministry of Defence (MoD), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC) and other projects funded by private investors. Many of those projects have forged important collaborations internally, nationally and internationally to provide unique interdisciplinary research groups in related fields that will underpin current and future biomaterial technology development. His research areas include:
Understanding the complex mechanism of using light energy for spatial and temporal control of polymerisation reaction. This area of research relates specifically to his PhD which was an ESPRC funded collaborative National Physical Laboratory (NPL) project (EP/EO26257/1) in which a bespoke interferometer was developed (DynacureTM) for measurement of optical and physical properties of light curable dental materials. The equipment has been used to explore fundamental aspects photoinitiator and materials chemistry in order to further understand and improve polymerisation efficiency. The work has led to productive collaborations both nationally and internationally.
As part of the internationally recognised Biomaterials Unit that has a strong materials science-biological interface, we are routinely involved in mechanical and physical characterisation of materials using a range of physical, optical and analytical techniques. The Biomaterials Unit has attracted funding through a range of funding streams including ESPRC, NIHR, BBSRC and private investors. The funding has led to greater understanding of material behaviour has enabled the realisation of better chemistries for potentially more effective and reliable biomedical applications. We are also currently developing novel biomaterials and smart biomaterials for biomedical applications.
Our expertise in photophysics and photochemistry has allowed for a transition into an exciting new area of research which involves photobiology (photobiomodulation) and has led to the establishment of the Biophotonics Group. Photobiomodulation is the use of light energy to obtain therapeutic effects clinically which include accelerating tissue healing, reducing inflammation and inducing analgesia. This area of research has attracted both internal and external collaborations and has led to several successful funding bids including those from the NIHR and MoD. We are currently developing a range of novel therapeutic biomedical technologies.