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Staff members with discipline Materials Science, Biomaterials

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

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Main interest: issue engineering and use of stem cells in wound repair. Expertise in collagen (connective tissue diseases; fibrosis) and cell/matrix interactions.
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Biomaterial-associated infections
- how they develop
- how to prevent
- how to evaluate preventive measures
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Professor-Head of Department of Biomedical engineering
Biomaterials, nanomaterials, pharmaceutical technology, nanomedicine, drug targeting, immunotherapy, cancer, inflammatory disorders, hematology, cell culture, in vivo modeling, pharmacokinetics
Chemicals from Renewable Resources, Lignin, Lignocellulose
dr. P.J. (Peter) Deuss
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Assistant Professor
Y. Jiang
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Vascular Grafts
Regenerative Medicine
Tissue Engineering
Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cells
Extracellular Matrix
Hydrogels
Biomaterials
G. (Gabriel) Liguori
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PhD Researcher
My main field is biomaterials associated infections in the human body by studying the effect of a modified biomaterial surface  on bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation.
prof. dr. H.C. (Henny) van der Mei
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Full professor
biomaterial-related infections, biofilm formation, local antibiotic delivery systems, joint replacements, bone cement, antimicrobial coatings, biodegradable polymers, metal wear debris, chronic wounds (e.g. diabetic foot ulcers)
dr. ir. D. (Daniëlle) Neut
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researcher / lecturer
organic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, (bio)nanotechnology, biointerfaces, material science, biomaterials
Bio-optical imaging

J. (Jelmer) Sjollema
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Assistant professor
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PhD Student
Our main expertise is in the application of advanced methods of NMR spectroscopy to various types of solids, supramolecular assemblies, and (semi/soft) materials. Using the versatile tools of modern solid-state NMR spectroscopy we dissect dynamics as well as structure on the atomic scale. Most of our measurements employ magic-angle-spinning NMR methods, which are applicable to a wide array of materials of both biological and human-made origins. 

In a biological and biomedical context we have developed a particular interest in using the above techniques (along with other biophysical experiments) to probe the molecular mechanisms of human disease. A particular focus has been on the protein misfolding and aggregation behind Huntington's disease and related neurodegenerative disorders. Moreover, we have a strong interest in study the behavior of lipid membranes and how they are modulated by protein/peptide-lipid interactions.

We are increasingly applying similar experiments to determine the structure-function relationship of various functional materials. A particular interest in this area is the increasing use of bio-inspired principles to design bio-mimetic functional materials. These include responsive hydrogels, functionalized nanomaterials and other nano-assemblies. 
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Assoc. Professor Solid State NMR Spectroscopy
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