Dr Artemis Stamboulis BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Artemis Stamboulis

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials and Nanomaterials

Contact details

School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Artemis Stamboulis has research interests in the microstructural characterisation of materials for biomedical applications. She has published over 40 research papers in international scientific journals. Artemis has an active research group and has supervised more than 30 postgraduate students.

Artemis teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level (MRes in Biomaterials) and is interested in Education Research and particularly in Threshold Concepts in Engineering, a research activity that is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering.


  • PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 1997
  • MSc in Polymer Science and Technology, UMIST, 1992
  • BSc in Chemistry, Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1989


Artemis obtained a BSc in Chemistry (Biochemistry) from the Kapodistrian University of Athens, an MSc in Polymer Science and Technology from UMIST and a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1997. She then worked in the Department of Materials at Imperial College as a Marie Curie Research Fellow until 2003, when she accepted a position as Lecturer in Nanotechnology in NIBEC, University of Ulster. In 2005, she moved to the University of Birmingham as Birmingham Fellow and since 2012, she is a Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials and Nanomaterials.

Artemis’ main research interests are in the microstructural characterisation of materials for biomedical applications as well as in multifunctional materials with emphasis in orthopaedic antimicrobial materials. She has published over 70 research papers in international scientific journals. Artemis has an active research group and has supervised successfully to completion around 55 postgraduate students.

Artemis teaches Biomaterials at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has an interest in education research and has completed two projects on Threshold Concepts in Engineering funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Artemis has recently coordinated a 3-year Marie Sklodowska-Curie RISE programme. NEXT-3D was a RISE innovative research staff exchange network that consisted of 4 academic participants and two non-academic participants from Europe and Australia. The research methodology was based on the multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial collaboration among the network participants and focused on three main themes: Materials, Processing and Characterisation to produce multifunctional coatings (devices) for maxillofacial and orthopaedic applications using 3D laser printing and sintering. The network participants acquire expertise in materials science and engineering, chemistry, physics, biology and medicine.



  • LH Advanced Biomaterials
  • LH Advanced Materials in Sports
  • LC Mechanics and Materials in Sports


  • MRes in Biomaterials
  • MRes in the Science and Engineering of Materials
  • Biomaterials Module coordinator
  • Tissue Engineering Module Coordinator
  • Degradation of Materials in the Body


Research themes

  • Development and characterisation of polymer and ceramic nanocomposites for medical applications
  • Development of biomedical glasses and glass ceramics.
  • Structural characterisation of amorphous materials by multinuclear MAS-NMR spectroscopy
  • Antimicrobial hydroxyapatite coatings for orthopaedic applications
  • Antimicrobial peptides and materials surface modifications
  • Development of glass ionomer cements with enhanced properties and drug delivery
  • Nanostructures for biomedical applications

Research activity

  • UK-Japan consortium
  • UK-India research collaboration UKIERI

Education research

HE STEM Royal Academy of Engineering:

  • Uncovering threshold values in first year engineering courses and implications for curriculum design:


  • Engineering thresholds in curriculum review


Further information:


Biomaterials Research Group

The Biomaterials Research Group led by Dr Artemis Stamboulis was formed in late 2005 and is focusing on three major research areas:

  • Microstructural characterisation of biomedical glasses and glass ceramics
  • Biomedical Polymers: processing and characterisation
  • Bioceramics: processing and characterisation

Current PhD students and projects

  • Miss Georgia Kaklamani, Active Screen Plasma Nitriding surface modification of biomaterials, E-mail: georgina_kakl@hotmail.com
  • Miss Zahira Jaffer, Ceramic coatings for orthopaedic applications: Materials Characterisation and Biocompatibility, E-mail: zxj392@bham.ac.uk
  • Miss Mitra Kashani, Novel dental cements, E-mail: mxa643@bham.ac.uk
  • Mr Jonathan Boissonade, MEMS for dental and bone cements, E-mail: jjb590@bham.ac.uk
  • Mr Mark Blevins, Electrospinning of bacterial polymers, E-mail: mab668@bham.ac.uk
  • Mr Olubayode Ero-Philips, Development and characterisation of electrospun polymer-HA composite scaffolds, E-mail: ooe843@bham.ac.uk
  • Mr Soroosh Bagheriasl, Bacterial polyhydroxybutyrate: Synthesis and characterisation, E-mail: sorooshbagheriasl@gmail.com
  • Miss Maryam Askari Louyeh, Antibacterial coatings for orthopaedic applications, E-mail: mary.louyeh@gmail.com
  • Mr Praveen Ramakrishnan, Spark plasma sintering of ionomer glasses, E-mail: pxr861@bham.ac.uk
  • Miss Souma Tahir, Bacterial cellulose scaffolds
  • Mr Christopher Few, Flame retardant wood based composites

Current MRes students:

  • Mr Ben Pearson: Structural characterisation of bacterial poly-g-glutamic acid
  • Mr Hamidreza Hodaeian, Degradation of Biodegradable Mg Alloys in Simulated Body Fluid
  • Miss Zuzanna Trzcinska, Antibacterial nanostructures
  • Mr Thomas Sibley, Mechanical properties of polymeric foams used in cricket batting gloves for optimum protection

Graduated PhD students

  • Dr Fei Wang, Cation substitution in ionomer glasses: Effect on glass structure and crystallisation (University of Birmingham Thesis 2009) 
  • Dr Amber Fareed, Reinforced dental glass ionomer cements: from conventional to nanocomposites (University of Birmingham Thesis 2009)

Other activities


  • Hellenic Chemical Society   
  • UK Society for Biomaterials
  • Hellenic Society for Biomaterials
  • International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
  • British Society for Dental Research (BSDR)
  • The American Ceramic Society
  • Marie Curie Fellowship Association

Active member of

  • The EPSRC College
  • The Royal Society, International projects committe


Recent Research Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • IJ Macha, B Ben-Nissan, J Santos, S Cazalbou, A Stamboulis, D Grossin “Biocompatibility of a new biodegradable polymer-hydroxyapatite composite for biomedical applications”, Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology 38, 72-77 (2017)
  • L Townsend, RL Williams, O Anuforom, MR Berwick, F Halstead et al. “Antimicrobial peptide coatings for hydroxyapatite: electrostatic and covalent attachment of antimicrobial peptides to surfaces”, Journal of The Royal Society Interface 14 (126), 20160657 (2017)
  • Zhang, S., Stamboulis, A., Effect of zinc substitution for calcium on the crystallisation of calcium fluoro-alumino-silicate glasses, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 432, 300-6 (2016)
  • Kelly, M., Williams, R., Aojula, A., O'Neill, J., Trzinscka, Z., Grover, L., Scott, R.A.H., Peacock, A.F.A., Logan, A., Stamboulis, A., Peptide aptamers: Novel coatings for orthopaedic implants, Materials Science & Engineering C-Materials for Biological Applications,  54, 84-93 (2015)
  • Shirosaki, Y.,  Hayakawa, S., Nakamura, Y., Yoshihara, H., Osaka, A., Stamboulis, A., Use of inter-fibril spaces among electrospun fibrils as ion-fixation and nano-crystallization, Edited by: Narayan, R; Colombo, P ; Advances in Bioceramics and Porous Ceramics VII, 33-38 (2015)
  • Fareed M.A., Stamboulis A., Nanoclay addition to a conventional glass ionomer cements: Influence on physical properties, European Journal of Dentistry 8(4): 456–463 (2014).
  • Fareed, M.A., Stamboulis, A., Nanoclays reinforced glass ionomer cements: dispersion and interaction of polymer grade (PG) montmorillonite with poly(acrylic acid) Journal of Materials Science-Materials in Medicine,  25 (1) 91-99 (2014)
  • Fareed, M.A., Stamboulis, A., Effect of nanoclay dispersion on the properties of a commercial glass ionomer cement, International Journal of Biomaterials (2014)
  • Irorere, V.U., Bagheriasl, S., Blevins, M., Kwiecien, I., Stamboulis, A., Radecka, I.,  Electrospun Fibres of Polyhydroxybutyrate Synthesized by Ralstonia eutropha from Different Carbon Sources,  International Journal of Polymer Science 705359 (2014)
  • Swarnakar, A. K., Stamboulis, A., Holland, D., Van der Biest, O., Improved Prediction of Young's Modulus of Fluorine-Containing Glasses Using MAS-NMR Structural Data, Journal of the American Ceramic Society 96 (4) 1271-1277 (2013)
  • Kaklamani, G., Bowen, J., Mehrban, N.,  Dong, H., Grover, L.M., Stamboulis, A., Active screen plasma nitriding enhances cell attachment to polymer surfaces, Applied Surface Science  273 787-798 (2013)
  • Quinlan, K. M., Male, S., Baillie, C., Stamboulis, A., Fill, J., Jaffer, Z., Methodological challenges in researching threshold concepts: a comparative analysis of three projects  Higher Education 66(5), 585-601 (2013)
  • Kaklamani, G., Mehrban, N., Bowen, J., Dong, H., Grover, L., Stamboulis, A., Nitrogen plasma surface modification enhances cellular compatibility of aluminosilicate glass, Materials Letters 111 225-229 (2013)
  • Sabareeswaran, A., Basu, B., Shenoy, S. J., Jaffer, Z.,  Saha, N.,  Stamboulis, A. Early osseointegration of a strontium containing glass ceramic in a rabbit model, Biomaterials,  34(37) 9278-9286 (2013)
  • Shirosaki, Y., Yoshihara, H,, Chen, S., Blevins, M., Nakamura, Y., Hanagata, N., Hayakawa, S., Stamboulis, A., Osaka, A.,  Electrospun poly(vinyl alcohol) as a template of silica hollow and solid micro-fibrous mats, Journal of the Ceramic Society of Japan  120 (1407) 520-524 (2012)
  • Li, Jie, Shirosaki, Y., Hayakawa, S, Stamboulis, A., Osaka, A., Ishikawa, K., Iwamoto, Y.,  Sol-Gel Preparation of HAp-Coated Silica Macrospheres from Water Glass and Their Protein Adsorption,  BIOCERAMICS 24, Key Engineering Materials 529-530 637-640 (2013) 24th Symposium and Annual Meeting of International Society for Ceramics in Medicine (ISCM 2012) OCT 21-24, 2012, Fukuoka, JAPAN
  • Olubayode Ero-Phillips, Mike Jenkins and Artemis Stamboulis, Tailoring Crystallinity of Electrospun PLLA Fibres by Control of Electrospinning Parameters, Polymers, 4, 1331-1348 (2012)
  • Li, Jie; Shirosaki, Yuki; Hayakawa, Satoshi; et al., Sol-gel preparation of apatite-coated silica macrospheres from water glass and their adsorption of bovine serum albumin and lysozyme, Journal of the Ceramic Society of Japan,  120 (1405) 355-361 (2012)

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