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Paul HattonPaul Hatton

Professor of Biomaterials Science and Honorary Non-Clinical Investigator

Professor Hatton has interests in biomaterials, medical devices and tissue engineering for clinical applications in human skeletal tissues. The five major themes for his research are (1) the development of bioactive glasses and ceramics for mineralised tissue repair, (2) glass-ionomer bone cements, (3) In vitro evaluation of biocompatibility, and (4) Cartilage and bone tissue engineering on biomaterial scaffolds. He is also active more broadly in the promotion of academic-industrial collaboration and technology transfer in the orthopaedic, craniofacial and dental material sectors. See "Links" below for more details on this and the wider research of the Biomaterials Research Group.


Ian BrookIan Brook

Professor of Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine

Professor Brook graduated with a dental degree from the University of Liverpool in 1978. Hospital posts in Liverpool, London (The Middlesex and St. Bartholomew´s), Truro and Aberdeen followed. Appointed to the University of Sheffield in 1983 he gained his MDS in 1986 for `In vitro studies into the development of intra-oral inserts for the controlled delivery of drugs´, and PhD in 1994 for studies into the biocompatibility of Glass-ionomer cements.

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Richard Van NoortRichard van Noort

Professor of Dental Materials Science

I joined the University of Sheffield, Department of Medical Physics in 1976 as an EPSRC funded post-doctoral research assistant, undertaking research in soft tissues for prosthetic heart valve fabrication. In 1980 I moved to a new post as lecturer in Dental Materials Science in the Department of Restorative Dentistry in the Dental School, and have been there ever since. I was promoted to a professorial chair in 1997. I was Head of the Department of Adult Dental Care from September 2003 until August 2007. My contribution to dental materials research was recognized by the University of Sheffield with the award of the DSc in 2008. My general contribution to dental materials was recognized by the British Dental Association with the award of the John Tomes Medal for Services to Dentistry in 2009.


Nicolas MartinNicolas Martin

Senior Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry

Synthesis and application of nano-particulate materials for dental applications.Modification of the surface topography of implantable devices with nano-fibres.Structural integrity of teeth restored with machined ceramic restorations.Characterisation of dental restorative materials.Remote digital communication in health-care provision.


David PatrickDavid Patrick

University teacher

I joined the University of Sheffield in 1993 and have been closely involved in the teaching of Orthodontic technology, removable partial dentures, crowns and bridges and complete dentures. I am currently a member of Senate and Chair of the Dental School Health & Safety Committee


Chris StokesChristopher W. Stokes

Senior University teacher

Originally qualified as a Dental Technician, gaining a BMedSci in the subject from the University of Sheffield in 1996. A PhD in materials science at Sheffield followed, and while doing this I began to become interested in learning and teaching. I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and then an MEd in e-Learning (both part time) while I worked as a post-doc on an FDTL inter-professional learning project. I was appointed University Teacher in 2005, and Senior University Teacher in 2008.


asencioDr Ílida Ortega Asencio


My research experience is based on the manufacturing, characterisation and in vitro testing of biomaterial devices for tissue engineering applications. I have a bachelor´s degree in Chemistry from The University of Alicante, a Master´s degree in Biomaterials from The University Autónoma of Madrid and I did my PhD in The Institute of Bioengineering at the University of Elche (Spain). Following my PhD I moved to England and I worked for one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield in a Wellcome Trust funded project. I then secured a competitive EPSRC E-TERM Landscape Fellowship (£200k) and from the 1st of January 2014 I have been working as a Lecturer in Dental Materials and Manufacturing Science at The School of Clinical Dentistry (University of Sheffield).


MoharamzadehKeyvan Moharamzadeh

Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2007 as a Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry and have been closely involved in teaching and research at the School of Clinical Dentistry. I am currently a Clinical Lecturer and Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry and my main activities include clinical and laboratory teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate dental students, treatment of patients with advanced restorative needs referred by General Dental Practitioners and research within the oral biomaterial and tissue engineering group.


Duncan WoodDuncan Wood

University Teacher

My main areas of interest are focus around the production of ceramic and composite restorations. In particular the optical properties of substructure and veneering ceramics in laminate restorations. I am also working on the effect of substructure design on complete restorations and novel materials for restoration substructures.


Tony JohnsonTony Johnson

Senior Lecturer

Qualified as a Dental Technician in 1972 and obtained advanced dental technology qualifications in ceramics and crown and bridge work (1974) and general dental work (1975). I was also awarded the City and Guilds of London Further Education Teaching Certificate (1976), LCGI (1988) and MCGI (1992). After qualification as a dental technician I worked in the NHS (Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield) from 1972 until 1976 when I then joined the staff of the University of Sheffield Dental School as a dental instructor. In 2007 I was appointed Senior Lecturer. I completed my MMedSci in 1991 and my PhD in 1995.


Sarah PollingtonSarah Pollington

Clinical Lecturer

My main fields of research include ceramics and adhesive dentistry and I am an active member of the Oral Biomaterials Research Group at the School of Clinical Dentistry. I am involved in the development of novel glass-ceramics including manufacture and characterisation various ceramics for use as indirect CAD/CAM core restorative materials and veneering ceramics. This work has concentrated on the production of materials with improved strength and durability. I have also undertaken clinical trial work involving self etching adhesives for use with composite and compomer restorations


Cheryl MillerCheryl Miller

Senior Non-clinical lecturer

My research interests are varied, interdisciplinary and lie within the field of materials for biomedical and dental applications. Presently my research focuses on the design and fabrication of novel glasses, ceramics and composites, the subsequent characterisation and analysis of these materials. Much of this research is in collaboration with Engineering Materials (UoS) Imperial College London, Chubu University, Japan and Sao Paulo University, Brazil. My research has also progressed to the production of custom prostheses using novel production methods and advanced manufacturing techniques such as Hot-Isostatic-Pressing, Spark-Laser-Sintering, freeze-casting, laser machining and electro-spinning. In addition, due to my involvement (course director and module lead) in the MMedSci in Dental Implantology, I also supervise projects on dental implantology.


Ms. Altair Contreras JaimesAltair Contreras

Research Assistant 

I am currently working as Research Assistant in bone cements. I did my undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering, when I became interested in Biomaterials after developing my thesis on porous hydroxyapatite scaffolds, specifically studying their mechanical properties and the correlation with porosity variation. After working in business related jobs, I decided to start a Master in Bioengineering at The University of Nottingham in 2009. For this course, I had the chance to work on the biological Response of MG63 cells on Red Algae derived hydroxyapatite, which gave me a better insight on the applications of bone scaffolds and motivated me to continue my career on this field.

Rob MooreheadRobert Moorehead

Research Technician

After completing my Masters degree in Physics in 2006 I went on to study the kinetics of phase formation in bioceramics at Salford University at doctoral level. During my doctoral training I have worked on a wide range of projects with undergraduate and postgraduate students including cryogenic processing of metals, characterisation of archaeological samples and the creation of an optical guitar pickup. Since completing my PhD in 2011 I have been working with my colleagues here in the dental school on a number of research project and have begun teaching Statistics in the Masters course on Implantology. My main research interests are in novel manufacturing and design production techniques.


KaidaKaida Xiao

Research Associate

I joined the University of Sheffield in 2010 as a post-doctoral research associate, undertaking research in 3D colour reproduction for soft tissue prosthesis. In this year, I move to new post as a Discipline Hopping Fellow, working in social psychological impact of living with facial prostheses. My research interests are colour and appearance measurement, 3D image capturing and processing and quality of life assessment in Dentistry.

Yulia RyabenkovaYulia Ryabenkova

Post-doctoral Research Associate

I obtained my MSc degree in Chemistry from Tula State University, Russia in 2005 followed by PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2012 from Cardiff University, UK. I joined the University of Sheffield as a post-doctoral research associate in 2013. Originally being appointed at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering I work in close collaboration with the Dental School and biomaterials research group in particular. My research interests lie in the field of materials characterization using a wide range of spectroscopic tools (FTIR, Raman), X-ray techniques (XPS, XRPD) as well as electron microscopy (TEM, SEM). I am currently involved in a variety of projects spanning from bone grafts synthesis and characterization to understanding kinetics and mechanisms of restorative cements formation and setting.

Abigail PinnockAbigail Pinnock

Post-doctoral Research Associate

I started a postdoctoral research associate position in January 2013. I work closely with Dr Cheryl Miller and Dr Aileen Crawford in the tissue engineering group investigating the in vitro biocompatibility and osteogenic potential of nanomaterials. Work is performed in collaboration with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, at the University of Sheffield, the Ludwig Bolzmann Institute in Vienna and industrial partners, Ceramisys, Fluidinova and Primequal. The aim is to develop a new injectable bone graft substitute, with a dedicated delivery system, for the European and global medical devices/health technologies sector.

Aileen Crawford

Senior Non-Clinical Lecturer

Piergiorgio Gentile

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Piergiorgio Gentile graduated with a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy) in 2006 and he gained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2010 for studies into the investigation of physico-chemical properties of photoactive copolymers (photozymes) and the evaluation of the biological response to these newgeneration polymers into scaffolds or functionalized surfaces.The research interests are focused on biomedical materials (polymers and composites) and tissue engineering & regenerative medicine. Specifically, my research deals with nano and micro-scale design and manufacturing of biomimetic scaffolds for tissue engineering with an emphasis on the optimization of the chemico-physical and mechanical properties suitable for cell growth and differentiation.