Professor Will Palin BMedSc MPhil PhD FADM

Will Palin

School of Dentistry
Professor in Biomedical Materials Science
Director of Research

Contact details

The School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
B5 7EG
United Kingdom

Will Palin is a Professor and Chair in Biomedical Materials Science at the School of Dentistry in the Institute of Clinical Sciences. His main area of research into photocurable materials used for both dental and wider biomaterial applications, has attracted grant funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and National Institute for Health Research and industry.


  • PhD Biomaterials 2004: “The development of a novel dental composite material as a substitute for amalgam”.
  • MPhil Biomaterials 2001: “The mechanical and microscopic properties of a hydrothermal dental ceramic”.
  • BMedSc (Biomedical Materials Science) 1998.


  • Head of the Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS) Biomaterials teaching speciality
  • Development of innovative and progressive teaching and assessment structure
  • Teaching and assessment for BDS, BMedSc, Dental Therapy courses
  • BDS/BMedSc/DT curriculum review

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Palin's current research themes for doctoral supervision include:

Materials chemistry (investigating polymerisation efficiencies of photoactive biomaterials and mproving photoinitiator systems for dental and novel medical applications
Mechanical properties of biomaterials (mechanical response and fatigue of resin composites, characteristics of bulk resin-ceramic hybrid materials, and reliability statistics for brittle materials)
Materials science-biological interface (effects of anti-bacterial additives on polymerisation kinetics and cellular behaviour and wavelength/irradiance effects on photoinitiator efficiency and cellular behaviour)

Other activities

Other posts

  • 2009-11: Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Dental Materials Science, James Cook University, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
  • External Examiner for BDS Part 3; Kings College London, 2014-19


  • 2008- : Betts Metals Group (Charles Booth), Birmingham. Technical advice for the use of metal alloys in dentistry.


  • Subject Editor for Biomaterials Adhesion, International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives

Editorial Boards

  • Dental Materials
  • Journal of Dentistry
  • Journal of Biomaterial Applications


  • Paffenbarger Award, Academy of Dental Materials, 2009. “Photoinitiator type and applicability of exposure reciprocity law in filled and unfilled photoactive resins”. J Leprince, M Hadis, AC Shortall, JL Ferracane, J Devaux, G Leloup, WM Palin
  • Heraeus Kulzer Award for innovation in materials testing, International Association for Dental Research, Barcelona, 2010. “Competitive light absorbers in curing photoactive resins”. M Hadis, AC Shortall, WM Palin

Local, National and International Citizenship

  • Fellowship of the Academy of Dental Materials (FADM); October 2013
  • Committee member of the British Standards Institute and International Organisation for Standardisation for Dental Restorative and Orthodontic Materials (CH/106/1) and Prosthodontic Materials (CH/106/2) since 2011.
  • Serving member of the Guidance Panel for the Funds for Scientific Research (FRNS, Brussels, Belgium)
  • Knowledge Transfer Network Development Panel for Dental Technologies (2013-4)
  • Chair of the Organising Committee for the European Dental Materials Conference, 2013
  • Secretary of UK Dental Materials Group; 2008-11
  • School of Dentistry Strategic Research Committee
  • Health and Safety Advisory Group Committee (Laser Safety Officer for the School of Dentistry)
  • College of Medical and Dental Sciences (MDS) eLearning Committee
  • College of MDS Alumni Impact Fund Panel
  • College of MDS Business Engagement Strategic Panel
  • Prima Facie Panel member for primary appeals across the University of Birmingham

Knowledge Exchange

  • Delivery of continued professional development programs
  • Expert consultancy to industry
  • Development of curricula for external clients
  • Active public-patient involvement in research


Recent publications


Hamidi, AS, Hadis, MA, Williams, RL, Grover, LM & Palin, WM 2024, 'Design and development of a new flowable and photocurable lactide and caprolactone-based polymer for bone repair and augmentation', Materials Advances.

Stevens, AR, Hadis, M, Phillips, A, Thareja, A, Milward, M, Belli, A, Palin, W, Davies, DJ & Ahmed, Z 2024, 'Implantable and transcutaneous photobiomodulation promote neuroregeneration and recovery of lost function after spinal cord injury', Bioengineering & Translational Medicine.

Bhandari, SS, Palin, W, Kuehne, SA & Camilleri, J 2024, 'Investigating best practice for specimen preparation for biological testing of root canal sealers', Dental Materials, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 387-392.

Karatas, E, Hadis, M, Palin, WM, Milward, MR, Kuehne, SA & Camilleri, J 2023, 'Minimally invasive management of vital teeth requiring root canal therapy', Scientific Reports, vol. 13, no. 1, 20389 .

Hamidi, A, Hadis, M & Palin, W 2022, 'Alternative co-initiators for photocurable dental resins: polymerisation, quantum yield of conversion and cytotoxicity', Dental Materials, vol. 38, no. 8, pp. 1330-1343.

Davies, DJ, Hadis, M, Di Pietro, V, Lazzarino, G, Forcione, M, Harris, G, Stevens, A, Soon, WC, Goldberg Oppenheimer, P, Milward, M, Belli, T & Palin, W 2022, 'Photobiomodulation reduces hippocampal apoptotic cell death and produces a Raman spectroscopic “signature”', PLOS One, vol. 17, no. 3, e0264533.

Delgado, AHS, Sauro, S, Lima, AF, Loguercio, AD, Bona, AD, Mazzoni, A, Collares, FM, Staxrud, F, Ferracane, JL, Tsoi, JKH, Amato, J, Neuhaus, KW, Ceballos, L, Breschi, L, Hanning, M, Melo, MA, Ozcan, M, Scotti, N, Opdam, N, Yamaguchi, S, Paris, S, Sebnem Turkun, L, Domejean, S, Rosa, V, Palin, W & Schwendicke, F 2022, 'RoBDEMAT: a risk of bias tool and guideline to support reporting of pre-clinical dental materials research and assessment of systematic reviews', Journal of Dentistry, vol. 127, 104350.

Altaie, A, Hadis, M, Wilson, V, German, M, Nattress, B, Wood, D & Palin, W 2021, 'An evaluation of the efficacy of LED light curing units in primary and secondary dental settings in the UK', Operative Dentistry.

Zhao, D, Dong, H, Niu, Y, Fan, W, Jiang, M, Wei, Q, Palin, W, Zhang, Z & Li, K 2021, 'Electrophoretic deposition of novel semi-permeable coatings on 3D-printed Ti-Nb alloy meshes for guided alveolar bone regeneration', Dental Materials.

Modena, RA, Sinhoreti, MAC, Palin, W, Cavalcante, LM & Schneider, LF 2021, 'Light and viscosity effects on the curing potential of bulk-fill composites placed in deep cavities', Odontology, vol. 109, no. 4, pp. 874-883.

Shortall, AC, Hadis, MA & Palin, WM 2021, 'On the inaccuracies of dental radiometers', PLoS ONE, vol. 16, no. 1, e0245830.

Serrage, H, Cooper, P, Palin, W, Horstman, P, Hadis, M & Milward, M 2021, 'Photobiomodulation of oral fibroblasts stimulated with periodontal pathogens', Lasers in Medical Science, vol. 36, no. 9, pp. 1957-1969.


Maier, E, Ruben, J, Palin, W, Bronkhorst, E, Huysmans, M-C, Lohbauer, U & Loomans, B 2023, 'P3 - Mimicking clinical wear of RBCs in the ‘Rub&Roll’ wear machine', Dental Materials, vol. 39, no. Supplement 1, pp. e5.

Review article

Hadis, MA, Shortall, AC & Palin, WM 2024, 'The power of light – From dental materials processing to diagnostics and therapeutics', Biomaterial Investigations in Dentistry, vol. 11, pp. 1-22.

Stevens, A, Hadis, M, Milward, M, Ahmed, Z, Belli, T, Palin, W & Davies, D 2022, 'Photobiomodulation in acute traumatic brain injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Journal of Neurotrauma.

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Biomedial Materials