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Scientific Seminar – Prof Javier Llorca

Today, we had the great pleasure to have Prof. Javier Llorca from IMDEA Materials Institute & Technical University of Madrid.

His research revolves around the development of new materials for engineering applications in transport, energy and health. He delivered a scientific seminar titled “3D printed multimaterial bioabsorbable scaffolds for bone tissue engineering: mechanical, corrosion and biological performance” in the Faculty Council Hall.

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Javier Llorca – IMDEA Materials Institute & Technical University of Madrid

In this talk, strategies to design different bioabsorbable materials (metals, polymers and metal/polymer composites) and surface modifications to tailor mechanical properties, degradation rates and biocompatibility for bone tissue engineering are presented. They include Mg scaffolds manufactured by laser power-bed fusion as well as composite scaffolds made up of a biodegradable thermoplastic matrices reinforced with Mg or Zn particles or Mg fibers manufactured by fused filament fabrication. Moreover, surface modifications are used to control the degradation rate and improve cytocompatibility while advanced simulation tools are used to predict the degradation of the mechanical performance of the scaffolds during in vitro tests.

The current interests of his research group focus on advanced materials for engineering applications, aiming to design, test and optimize new materials in silico before prior to laboratory manufacturing. Among these materials, the research digs the microstructural design of polycrystalline metallic alloys and composite materials for structural applications in transport, health care (implants and scaffolds) as well as energy (catalysis).

After his talk, he visited our lab (Woloska building) to get more insights about our multidisciplinary research fields, especially in bone tissue engineering. We are very thankful for such opportunity and for getting inspired by Prof. Llorca here in Warsaw.

(text adapted from WIM and BCMoM)

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