Journal "BIOMEDICAL GLASSES" is accepting papers for Volume 5 (2019)

Biomedical Glasses is a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal covering the field of glasses for biomedical applications. It provides an international forum for the publication of original research reports and authoritative review articles on biomedical glasses and their use in clinical applications. The journal, which is the official journal of the Technical Committe TC04 "Bioglasses" of the Internatioal Commission on Glass (ICG), has completed the publication of Vols. 1-4 and it is now accepting papers for Volume 5 (2019). More information can be found at:


Tissue Engineering book co-edited by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini

Tissue Engineering Using Ceramics and Polymers, 2nd EditionThe book: "Tissue Engineering Using Ceramics and Polymers", 2nd Edition, co-edited by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and Prof. Peter X. Ma (University of Michigan, USA) has been just published by Woodhead/Elsevier. This second edition presents and updated comprehensive review of the advances in the uses of ceramics, polymers and their composites in tissue regeneration approaches, and includes a detailed treatment of the wide range of biomaterials used for tissue engineering reviewing techniques for processing, characterisation and modelling of materials. Tissue and organ regeneration in specific parts of the body are also discussed in dedicated chapters.


February 2019


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          • Darmstadt-Erlangen collaboration on bioactive glasses: DFG project meeting in Darmstadt

            The latest progress meeting of the DFG funded project on ion-doped bioactive glasses with outstanding high temperature crystallization resistance took place on 15th February 2019 at the Institute for Materials Science, Dispersive Solids (Head: Prof. R. Riedel), TU Darmstadt. The project involves collaboration between researchers from TU Darmstadt, and from the FAU Institute of Biomaterials. Mr Fangtong Xie (PhD student, TU Darmstadt), Ms Marcela Arango Ospina (PhD student, FAU Institute of Biomaterials) and principal investigators Dr. Isabel Gonzalo Juan (TU Darmstadt), Dr. Emanuel Ionescu (TU Darmstadt) and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (FAU Institute of Biomaterials) (pictured) attended the meeting. This project is developing a new family of bioactive glasses containing biologically active ions for tissue engineering applications. The glasses are synthesized and characterized at TU Darmstadt and they are investigated in terms of their intrinsic bioactive behavior and cytocompatibility at the Institute of Biomaterials in Erlangen. 
Darmstadt-Erlangen collaboration on bioactive glasses: DFG project



          • Highly cited papers

            Several of our papers appear in the list of the Most Cited articles of different journals (papers published in the last 5 years), according to the data base Scopus.
          • Journal of the European Ceramic Society
          • W. Li, et al., "Preparation and characterization of vancomycin releasing PHBV coated 45S5 Bioglass®-based glass-ceramic scaffolds for bone tissue engineering, J. Europ. Ceram. Soc. 34 (2014) 505-514
          • Acta Biomaterialia 
          • V. Miguez Pacheco, et al., "Bioactive glasses beyond bone and teeth: Emerging applications in contact with soft tissues", Acta Biomater. 13 (2015) 1-15.
          • Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 
          • F. Baino, et al. "Bioactive glasses: Special applications outside the skeletal system", J. Non-Cryst. Solids 432 (2016) 15-30.
          • Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science
          • M. Diba, et al., "Magnesium-containing bioactive polycrystalline silicate-based ceramics and glass-ceramics for biomedical applications", Curr. Op. Solid State Mater. Sci. 18 (2014) 147-167.
          • Other papers of our group are also listed as "Most Downloaded", for example: 
          • S. Hoehn et al., "Protein adsorption on magnesium and its alloys: A review", Appl. Surf. Sci. 464 (2019) 212-219.
          • N. Toniolo and A. R. Boccaccini, "Fly ash-based geopolymers containing added silicate waste. A review", Ceram. Int. 43 (2017) 14545-14551.


Prof. Boccaccini celebrates 25 years as member of the DGG



          • Master students (MAP) poster presentations evening

            We congratulate Ms Helly Atiya, who received the 2nd Best Poster Prize at the Poster presentations evening of the Elite Master’s Programme “Advanced Materials and Processes“ (MAP) which took place on 30th January 2019. Ms Atiya presented the poster with the title: "Evaluation of Printability and Biocompatibility in Hydrogel Composites Containing Doped Bioactive Glass", with results of her "mini-project" carried out at the Institute of Biomaterials under supervision of Ms Susanne Heid (pictured with Ms Atiya). We congratulate also Mr Sulistio Adityia (pictured), who completed his Master thesis in our Institute under supervision of Mr Thomas Distler and successfully finished his MAP Master degree.
Master students (MAP) poster presentations evening



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          • The Erlangen Institute of Biomaterials celebrates 10 years in 2019

            It has been already 10 years since the establishment of the Institute of Biomaterials within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. The Institute started research and teaching activities on 1st October 2009 with the appointment of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (formerly at Imperial College London, UK) as Professor and Head of the Institute. Over the years the Institute has been successful in acquiring substantial extramural research funding and it has grown in research infrastructure, laboratory and office space, scientific, technical and administrative personnel as well as incorporating advanced experimental capabilities for the processing and characterisation a wide range of biomedical materials. We are grateful to all researchers and students that have come to our Institute from all over the world, in different stages of their careers, and have contributed to our expansion and innovative outputs with their motivation, new ideas and hard work, so that in the last 10 years the Institute has become a major player in the biomaterials community in Germany and internationally. We also acknowledge the exchanges and interactions with a very broad network of national and international collaborators, which has grown continuously over the years. We will celebrate the first 10 years of the Erlangen Institute of Biomaterials with an International Symposium to be held on *29th November 2019*. Details of this Anniversary Symposium will be communicated in due time. For now: mark the date in your calendars ! 


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          • Prof. Boccaccini visits his Alma Mater: RWTH Aachen University

            On 4th February 2019, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini returned to his Alma Mater, RWTH Aachen University, in particular he was at the Institut für Gesteinshüttenkunde, GHI, where he carried out research activities between 1989 and 1994 and where he earned his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) in 1994 (supervisor: Prof. Gerhard Ondracek). Prof. Boccaccini was examiner in a doctoral thesis defense, which was supervised by Prof. Reinhard Conradt (former Professor and Chair at GHI, pictured with Prof. Boccaccini in the Salmang Lecture Theatre at GHI). Prof. Boccaccini also visited the Chair for Ceramics and Refractory Materials at GHI (Head: Prof. R. Telle), where he met Dr. Karolina Schickle (picture), leader of the Bioceramics group at GHI. We are currently collaborating with Dr. Schickle's group in the field of bioactive glass-bioceramic composites for bone tissue engineering applications. 
Prof. Boccaccini and Prof. Reinhard ConradtProf. Boccaccini and Dr. Karolina Schickle


January 2019


          • We welcome our international guests, visiting researchers and students, in winter 2019

            Numerous international researchers and students have selected the Institute of Biomaterals to carry out their research projects during the first quarter of 2019. We welcome Camila A. Aranda, Martin Melucci, and Rocío Sabbatella, visiting students, National Univ. of Mar del Plata, Argentina, Dr. Miguel Fuentes Chandia, visiting researcher, Chile, Lucia Brunetti, visiting student, University of Bologna, Italy, Dr. Jozef Prachár, and Dr. Si Chen, visiting researchers, Alexander-Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia, Eugeni Canas, visiting researcher, ITC, Castellon, Spain, Elisa Piatti, visiting student, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, Camilla E. Mariotti, visiting researcher, University of Pavia, Italy, Antonela S. Stagnoli, National University of Rio Cuarto, Argentina, Dr. Eduin Ivan González Castillo, post-doctoral reseacher, Mexico, Dr. Özlem Ertekin, visiting reseacher, Turkey, and Prof. Go Kawamura, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan. They are working on topics as varied as bioactive glass scaffolds, 3D cancer models, electrophoretic deposition of bioactive coatings, mesoporous bioactive glass nanoparticles, electrospinning of biopolymers and composites, antibacterial materials, drug delivery hydrogels, biofabrication and 3D printing as well as cell biology characterisation of a variety of biomaterials. Welcome to Erlangen !  
visiting researchers and students



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          • Dr. Liliana Liverani elected to the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) of the European Society for Biomaterials

            We congratulate Dr. Liliana Liverani, research associate at the Institute of Biomaterials, for her election to the Board of the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB). YSF provides a forum for communication and scientific exchange for young scientists interested in biomaterials. Liliana was appointed as National Chapters Liaison Officer of YSF. We wish Liliana much success in her new international function in one of the most important biomaterials organization in the world.  
Dr. Liliana Liverani



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          • Dr. Patcharakamon Nooeaid receives Dissertation Award in Thailand

            Asst. Prof. Dr. Patcharakamon Nooeaid, who earned her PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in our Institute in 2014 has received a national Dissertation Award for her doctoral thesis entitled: "Multilayered Scaffolds for Osteochondral Tissue Engineering Based on Bioactive Glass and Biodegradable Polymers", from the National Research Council of Thailand. The award was also extended to Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini as the supervisor of the doctoral thesis, from which several publications resulted (for example [1]). Patcharakamon (Look-Om) is currently Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Agricultural Product Innovation and Technology, Srinakharinwirot University(Ongkarak), Thailand. In the photo Prof. P. Nooeaid receiving the award from Air Chief Marshal Dr. Prajin Juntong, Deputy Prime Minister, during Thailand's Inventors Day 2018 and Prof. Boccaccini with his award. [1] Nooeaid, P., Li, W., Roether, J. A., Mouriño, V., Goudouri, O.-M., Schubert, D. W., Boccaccini, A. R., Development of bioactive glass based scaffolds for controlled antibiotic release in bone tissue engineering via biodegradable polymer layered coating, Biointerphases 9 (2014) 041001.
Dr. Patcharakamon Nooeaid receives Dissertation Award in ThailandDr. Patcharakamon Nooeaid receives Dissertation Award in Thailand



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          • Visit from Hannover

            Dr. Nina Ehlert, scientific researcher in the group led by Prof. Dr. Peter Behrens, Institute for Inorganic Chemistry, Leibniz University Hannover, visited the Institute of Biomaterials on 22-23 January 2019. Dr. Ehlert was invited speaker in the Scientific Colloquium of the FAU Department of Materials Science and Engineering, hosted by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. The title of Dr. Ehlert's presentation was: “Multifunctional Nano- and Macroporous Bioactive Glass Composites for Bone Regeneration”. We are collaborating with Dr. Ehlert in the field of polymer coated bioactive glass scaffolds for bone regeneration.

Prof Boccaccini and Dr. Nina EhlertProf Boccaccini and Dr. Nina EhlertProf Boccaccini and Dr. Nina Ehlert,discussionDr. Nina Ehlert, presentationDr. Nina Ehlert, presentationDr. Nina Ehlert, presentation and audience



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          • Engineering students from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, visit the Institute of Biomaterials

            On 21-23 January 2019 Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini (Head, Institute of Biomaterials, and Chair, FAU Department of Materials Science and Engineering), hosted a delegation of students from the School of Engineering, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with sponsorship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Sixteen students of different engineering disciplines took part in this study trip, coordinated by Prof. Ing. Jorge N. Zanabria. The main theme of this study trip was "Biofabrication and 3D Printing in Medicine". The students attended presentations of members of the FAU Institute of Biomaterials and also carried out experiments in our cell culture and biofabrication laboratories. The program included also presentations of Ms Marina Rupprecht of the Bavarian University Centre for Latin America and by Ms Claudia Barnickel from the FAU course Medical Engineering The students benefited from academic presentations by Dr. R. Detsch, Mr Supachai Reakasame (PhD student), Dr. Aldo-Leal-Egana and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini and discussions and laboratory demonstration by PhD students Susanne Heid, Jonas Hazur, Emine Karakaya, and Vera Bednarzig. Further stations of the study trip includes visits to the University of Bayreuth and the University of Würzburg. The visit was also linked to our biofabricaton projects in the framework of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TRR 225 "From the fundamentals of biofabrication towards functional tissue models".

Prof Boccaccini and Engineering students from University of Buenos Aires, ArgentinaEngineering students from University of Buenos Aires,LaboratoriesEngineering students from University of Buenos Aires,LaboratoriesEngineering students from University of Buenos Aires,LaboratoriesEngineering students from University of Buenos Aires,SeminarsEngineering students from University of Buenos Aires,WelcomeEngineering students from University of Buenos Aires,CoffebreakProf Boccaccini and Prof. Ing. Jorge N. ZanabriaProf Boccaccini,Prof. Ing. Jorge N. Zanabria, Ms Claudia Barnickel and Ms Marina Rupprecht



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Prof Boccaccini and Prof. Barbara NebeProf Boccaccini,Prof. Barbara Nebe and Dr DetschProf Boccaccini and Prof. Barbara NebeProf. Barbara Nebe, presentationProf. Barbara Nebe, presentation



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          • Our review paper on electrophoretic deposition of chitosan composite coatings published in Progress in Materials Science.

            Our review paper "Electrophoretic deposition of chitosan-based composite coatings for biomedical applications: A review" [1], co-authored by: Egemen Avcu, Fatih E. Baştan, Hasan Z. Abdullah, Muhammad A. Ur Rehman, Yasemin Yıldıran Avcu and Aldo R. Boccaccini, has been published in the high IF journal: Progress in Materials Science. The review covers comprehensively the growing research field of chitosan-based composite coatings developed by electrophoretic deposition (EPD), with emphasis in EPD parameters, chitosan based suspensions for EPD, properties and applications of the produced coatings. The review was written in collaboration with our academic visitors from Turkey (Prof. Egemen Avcu, Dr. Fatih E. Baştan and Dr. Yasemin Yıldıran Avcu) and Malaysia (Prof. Hasan Z. Abdullah) and former PhD student of our Institute Dr. Muhammad Atiq Ur Rehman. [1] Egemen Avcu, et al., Electrophoretic deposition of chitosan-based composite coatings for biomedical applications: A review, Prog. Mater. Sci. (2019) in press



          • Meeting of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) Council in Ghent

            The first meeting in 2019 of the Council of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) was held on 14th-15th January 2019 in Ghent, Belgium, hosted by Prof. Peter Dubruel (Univ. of Ghent). In the photo the ESB Council Members: Prof. Marc Bohner (RMS Foundation, Switzerland), Prof. Silvia Fare (Polytechnic of Milan, Italy), Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany), Prof. Ana Paula Pêgo (INEB – Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica, Portugal), Prof. Pamela Habibovic (ESB president, Maastricht University, Netherlands), Prof. Carlos Rodríguez-Cabello (University of Valladolid, Spain), Prof. Abhay Pandit, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland), and Prof. Joelle Amedee-Vilamitjana (University of Bordeaux, France). The next ESB 2019 conference will take place in Dresden, Germany, chaired by Prof. M. Gelinsky. The online abstract submission is open until Friday, March 15, 2019.

Meeting of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) Council



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          • Visit from India

            On 8-10 January 2019 we received the visit of Dr. D. Durgalakshmi, DST-INSPIRE Faculty, Department of Medical Physics (HoD: Dr. P. Aruna),Anna University, Chennai, India. Dr. Durgalakshmi visited our laboratories, discussed current research in progress in our Institute and presented the seminar: "Nanostructured Bioglass 45S5 for Orthopedic and Dentin regeneration". We plan collaboration with Dr. Durgalakshmi in the field of nanostructured bioactive glasses for tissue engineering applications.

Prof. Boccaccini,Dr. Durgalakshmi and Dr.ZhengDr. DurgalakshmiProf. Boccaccini and Dr. DurgalakshmiDr. Durgalakshmi presentationDr. Durgalakshmi and audience



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          • Visit from Argentina

            On 10th January we received the visit of Lic. Rodrigo Herran, CONICET researcher at Polymeric (Nano)materials group, INIFTA (Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquímicas Teóricas y Aplicadas) and PhD student at National University of La Plata, Argentina (supervisor Dr. Javier I. Amalvy). We are collaborating with Lic. Herran in the field of polymer-bioactive glass porous structures for biomedical applications.

Prof. Boccaccini and Lic. Rodrigo Herran


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          • Special Issue: "Vitrification and Geopolymerization of Industrial Wastes", published in Materials Letters

            The Special Issue: "Vitrification and Geopolymerization of Industrial Wastes", which was guest edited by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini in collaboration with Prof. Jesus M. Rincon (Dept. of Geology, CSIC-MNCN, Madrid, Spain) and Prof. Manuel Jordan (Dept. of Environmental and Agrochemistry Sciences, UMH, Elche, Alicante, Spain), _has been published in Materials Letters. This special collection contains 35 refereed papers from the international community and is the response to a broad Open Call for papers published in 2017, which attracted contributions from more than 15 countries. The scope has been to include papers related to two key technologies for the development and characterisation of new materials from industrial waste, on one hand glasses/glass-ceramics (vitrification) and on the other hand geopolymers (alkali activation) from wastes, in both cases developing the fundamental science and technologies to achieve the inertization or safe encapsulation of wastes in inorganic matrices. A paper from our group, resulting from the PhD thesis of Dr Nicoletta Toniolo was published (Open Access more) in this special issue [1]. [1] Toniolo, N., et al., Novel geopolymers incorporating red mud and waste glass cullet, Mater. Letters 219 (2018) 152-154




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