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Tissue Engineering: Materials and Composites for Body Implants

Technical Consultant #373


  • Biomaterials and tissue engineering.
  • In vitro synthesis of musculoskeletal tissues, especially bone tissue.
  • Controlled release of growth factors and effect of material selection.
  • Bioactive ceramics, including hydroxyapatite, bioactive glass and bioactive composites.
  • Porous metals, especially titanium and its alloys.
  • Surface analysis, biocompatability and electrochemical properties, including fretting corrosion resistance.
  • Materials engineering, mechanical properties, design and stress analysis.
  • Orthopedic and dental applications.
  • Implant retrieval and analysis.


Professor of Bioengineering 1991-Present

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery Research 1991-Present

Associate Professor of Materials Science 1984-1987

Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery Research 1983-1991

Associate Professor of Bioengineering 1983-1991

Lecturer, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium 1979-1983

Postdoctoral Reearch Fellow, University of Florida 1976-1977

Teaching Experience

  • Materials and Biological Environment
  • Design and Selection of Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics and Biodesign
  • Introduction to Biomaterials
  • Advanced Topics in Biomaterials

Professional Associations:

  • European Society for Biomaterials
  • Society for Biomaterials, U.S.A.
  • European Society Biomechanics
  • KVIV: Belgian Engineering Society
  • Orthopaedic Research Society, U.S.A.
  • American Ceramic Society

Honors & Publications

  • 9 Patents issued - United States and European.
  • Numerous journal and book publications.
  • Extensive guest lecturer nationally and internationally.


Ph.D., Materials Science, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium

Thesis: "Metallic orthopaedic implants with a porous coating"

M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium

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