Bioengineering and Biomaterials

The Bioengineering and Biomaterials is a cross-cutting research theme hosted by the Department of Engineering, grouping scientists from the College of Science and Engineering and beyond with interests in physical health.

The Department's cross-cutting theme in Bioengineering and Biomaterials is focussed on developing engineering technologies and materials to improve the quality of life through better physical health. We are a part of the university research theme on Life Science Interface and a member of the Leicester Microbial Sciences and Infectious Disease Network (LeMID)Dr Fernando Soares Schlindwein (Theme Lead) is also a part of the Leicester NIHR Biomedical Research Centre platform grant (£16.56 M) which supports research activities involving both the Medical School and the Engineering Department.

Academics working in this area within the Department of Engineering include:

 

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Current research activities

Some of the current activities within the Bioengineering and Biomaterials research theme include:

  • Engineering helping to cure cardiac arrhythmias - the development of  technology for the real-time characterization of electrical activation during cardiac arrhythmias for guiding ablation of sources of arrhythmias during catheterisation. This work is led by Dr Fernando Soares Schlindwein in Engineering and by Professor G. André Ng in Cardiovascular Sciences (Medical School);
  • Neuromorphic engineering, an emerging field at the intersection of neuroscience and technology, seeking to understand the brain for the development of new technologies (development of biologically Inspired computation algorithms for chemical processing and modelling brain and signal processing strategies for neuroscience). This work is led by Dr Tim Pearce;
  • Biomaterials – development of a complete mathematical framework for virtual design of bioresorbable medical implants. This work is led by Professor Jingzhe Pan;
  • Modelling blood flow in arteries - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applied to modelling blood flow through coronary arteries and the study of novel surgery techniques. This work is led by by Dr Aldo Rona;
  • CVD growth of diamond and carbon related materials - development of bioresorbable materials and diamond surface coating for biomedical devices. This work is led by Professor Haitao Ye;
  • Dr Simon Gill 's work is concerned with the development and application of novel numerical techniques for modelling the mechanics and evolution of material systems;
  • Future Formulation of Complex Products: Virtual Formulation Laboratory for prediction and optimisation of manufacturability of advanced solids based formulations - EPSRC funded project EP/N025261/1 led by Dr Csaba Sinka (PI);
  • Integration of multi-scale experimental and computational techniques in both tissue mechanics and tissue engineering, with the aim to investigate structural mechanisms which are indicative of the development of disease or damage/fracture in fibre-reinforced multilayer composite biological materials such as cardiovascular tissues. This work is led by Dr Alkiviadis Tsamis.

 

Snapshots of our research activities
Rat's Nose Air Flow Artial Fibrillation Gait Biomechanics
Airflow through a rat's nose Atrial Fibrillation - 2D and 3D phase plots Gait biomechanics at BiomechIT Lab
Powder Compaction Tissue Microstructure Biomaterials
Powder compaction Computational reconstruction of human aortic microstructure Biomaterials

 

Some Recent Publications (last 3 years)

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Some Recent Research Grants (last 3 years)

Project Title: Virtual Formulation Laboratory for prediction and optimisation of manufacturability of advanced solids based formulations
PI Name: Sinka, IC
Co-I Name: Bradley, MSA; Hare, CL; Heng, JYY; Davidchack, R; Jia, X; Ghadiri, M; Berry, R
Funder: EPSRC Grant Reference: EP/N025261/1
Start: 3 January 2017
Amount: £1,741,953 – AWARDED

Project Title: Improving target identification for catheter ablation using dominant frequency analysis
PI Name: Ng, AG
Co-I: Schlindwein, FS
Funder: British Heart Foundation Grant Reference: PG/18/33/33780
Start: 2018
Amount: £257,983 – AWARDED

Project Title: VSimulators - Human factors simulation for motion and serviceability in the built environment
PI Name: Brownjohn, JMW
Co-I Name: Bocian, M; Goodwin, V; Pavic, A, Reynolds, P
Funder: EPSRC Grant Reference: EP/P020690/1
Start: 1 May 2017
Amount: £3,246,099 - AWARDED

Project Title: Development of a successful novel technology for sudden cardiac death risk stratification for clinical use – LifeMap
PI Name: Ng, AG
Co-I Name: Schlindwein, FS
Funder: Medical Research Council Grant Reference: MR/S00582X/1
Submitted: 01.12.2018
Amount: £940,772.76 – AWARDED.

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