Professor Will Palin BMedSc MPhil PhD FADM

Will Palin

School of Dentistry
Professor in Biomedical Materials Science

Contact details

Address
The School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
Edgbaston
Birmingham
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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

Teaching

  • 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

Consultancy

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

Editorial

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

Editorial Boards

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

Awards

  • 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

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Lima, AF, Salvador, MVO, Dressano, D, Saraceni, CHC, Gonçalves, LS, Hadis, M & Palin, WM 2019, 'Increased rates of photopolymerisation by ternary type II photoinitiator systems in dental resins', Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, vol. 98, pp. 71-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2019.06.005

Halstead, F, Hadis, M, Marley, N, Brock, K, Milward, M, Cooper, P, Oppenheim, B & Palin, W 2019, 'Violet-blue light arrays at 405nm exert enhanced antimicrobial activity for photodisinfection of monomicrobial nosocomial related biofilms', Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Sirovica, S, Skoda, MWA, Podgorski, M, Thompson, PBJ, Palin, WM, Guo, Y, Smith, AJ, Dewan, K, Addison, O & Martin, RA 2019, 'Structural evidence that the polymerization rate dictates order and intrinsic strain generation in photocured methacrylate biomedical polymers', Macromolecules, vol. 52, no. 14, pp. 5377-5388. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.9b00133

Serrage, H, Heiskanen, V, Palin, WM, Cooper, PR, Milward, MR, Hadis, M & Hamblin, MR 2019, 'Under the spotlight: mechanisms of photobiomodulation concentrating on blue and green light', Photochemical & photobiological sciences : Official journal of the European Photochemistry Association and the European Society for Photobiology. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9pp00089e

Serrage, H, Joanisse, S, Cooper, PR, Palin, W, Hadis, M, Darch, O, Philp, A & Milward, MR 2019, 'Differential responses of myoblasts and myotubes to photobiomodulation are associated with mitochondrial number', Journal of Biophotonics, vol. 12, no. 6, e201800411. https://doi.org/10.1002/jbio.201800411

Hardy, CMF, Bebelman, S, Leloup, G, Hadis, MA, Palin, WM & Leprince, JG 2018, 'Investigating the limits of resin-based luting composite photopolymerization through various thicknesses of indirect restorative materials', Dental Materials, vol. 34, no. 9, pp. 1278-1288. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dental.2018.05.009

Burke, T, Crisp, RJ, James, A, Mackenzie, L, Thompson, O, Pal, A, Sands, P & Palin, WM 2017, 'Five year clinical evaluation of restorations placed in a low shrinkage stress composite in UK general dental practices', The European journal of prosthodontics and restorative dentistry, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 108-114. https://doi.org/10.1922/EJPRD_01584Burke07

Hadis, M, Cooper, P, Milward, M, Gorecki, P, Tarte, E, Palin, W & Churm, J 2017, 'Development and application of LED arrays for use in phototherapy research', Journal of Biophotonics. https://doi.org/10.1002/jbio.201600273

Vyas, N, Sammons, R, Pikramenou, Z, Palin, W, Dehghani, H & Walmsley, A 2017, 'Penetration of Sub-micron Particles into Dentinal Tubules using Ultrasonic Cavitation', Journal of Dentistry, vol. 56, pp. 112-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdent.2016.11.006

Randolph , LD, Palin, W, Leloup, G & Leprince, JG 2016, 'Filler characteristics of modern dental resin composites and their influence on physico-mechanical properties', Dental Materials, vol. 32, no. 12, pp. 1586-1599. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dental.2016.09.034

Hadis, M, Zainal, SAB, Holder, M, Carroll, JD, Cooper, P, Milward, M & Palin, W 2016, 'The dark art of light measurement: accurate radiometry for low-level light therapy', Lasers in Medical Science, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 789-809. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10103-016-1914-y

Han, A, Tsoi, JKH, Rodrigues, FP, Leprince, JG & Palin, W 2016, 'Bacterial adhesion mechanisms on dental implant surfaces and the influencing factors', International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijadhadh.2016.03.022

Palin, W, Ferracane, JL & Lohbauer, U 2016, 'The mechanical behavior of the material-tissue and material-material interface in dental reconstructions', International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijadhadh.2016.03.021, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijadhadh.2016.03.021

Randolph , LD, Steinhaus, J, Moginger, B, Gallez, B, Stansbury, J, Palin, W, Leloup, G & Leprince, JG 2016, 'Photopolymerization of highly filled dimethacrylate-based composites using Type I or Type II photoinitiators and varying co-monomer ratios', Dental Materials, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 136-148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dental.2015.11.032

Review article

Palin, WM, Leprince, JG & Hadis, MA 2018, 'Shining a light on high volume photocurable materials', Dental Materials. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dental.2018.02.009

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Expertise

Biomedial Materials