Aldo Boccaccini is Professor of Biomaterials and Head of the Institute of Biomaterials at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Until October 2009 he was Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, UK, Department of Materials, where he is now Visiting Professor. Prof. Boccaccini holds an MSc (Nuclear Engineering) from Instituto Balseiro (Argentina), PhD (Dr-Ing.) from Aachen University of Technology (Germany) and Habilitation from Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany). Previously, he had appointments at the University of Birmingham (UK), the University of California at San Diego (USA) and the Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany).
Prof. Boccaccini leads a multidisciplinary research group composed of 20 PhD students and several post-doctoral researchers, visiting students and academic visitors. He is also associated with the Composites Centre and the UK Structural Ceramics Centre at Imperial College London. The research activities of Prof. Boccaccini are in the broad area of glasses, ceramics and polymer/glass composites for biomedical, functional, and/or structural applications. He is the author or co-author of more than 450 scientific papers and 20 book chapters.
Prof. Boccaccini has pioneered the use of electrophoretic deposition for production of nanostructured materials and composites, including carbon nanotube containing composites. In the last few years he has developed extensive research activities in the area of scaffold materials for tissue engineering applications and has pioneered the development of novel highly porous bioactive and degradable composite scaffolds with nanostructured surface topography. The addition of a bioactive component, for example tailored compositions of bioactive glasses, is seen as a significant improvement towards clinical applications (third-generation biomaterials) due to the possibility of tuning the degradation rate, mechanical properties and biological response of the scaffold.
His achievements in the area of materials science have been recognized with the award of the Materials Science and Technology Prize 2003 by the Federation of European Materials Society (FEMS), the Verulam Medal and Prize 2003 and the Ivor Jenkins Medal 2010 of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3). He has been elected Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining of the UK (2004) and of the American Ceramic Society (2011). In addition to his research and teaching activities, he was the Chair of the London Materials Society (2005-2006) and he was named an Ambassador of Imperial College London. Prof. Boccaccini was a member of the EU chapter of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) until 2010. From 2010 he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Materials Letters. Boccaccini serves in the editorial board of several recognized international journals including Journal of Materials Science, J. Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, J. Biomaterials Applications, Advanced Engineering Materials, Advances in Applied Ceramics, Int. Journal of Applied Glass Science and J. Mater. Processing Technology. He is the founder of the successful International Conferences Series on Electrophoretic Deposition and he was the Chairman of the four conferences of the series held so far in Canada (2002), Italy (2005), Japan (2008) and Mexico (2011). He will serve as chairman of the next EPD conference, to be held in Austria (2014). Prof. Boccaccini was co-chair of the EUROMAT 2009 conference, the largest Materials conference in Europe, held in Glasgow, UK, in September 2009.
A note regarding the farewell to Prof. Boccaccini, as Ambassador of Imperial College, when he left Imperial in 2009, is posted in this site.
Ramiro-Gutiérrez ML, Will J, Boccaccini AR, et al., 2013, Reticulated bioactive scaffolds with improved textural properties for bone tissue engineering: Nanostructured surfaces and porosity., J Biomed Mater Res A
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Yunos DM, Ahmad Z, Salih V, et al., 2013, Stratified scaffolds for osteochondral tissue engineering applications: electrospun PDLLA nanofibre coated Bioglass®-derived foams., J Biomater Appl, Vol:27, 0885-3282, Pages:537-551
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Leal-Egaña A, Díaz-Cuenca A, Boccaccini AR, 2013, Tuning of cell-biomaterial anchorage for tissue regeneration., Adv Mater, Vol:25, Pages:4049-4057
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Ahmed AS, Rawlings RD, Ellacott SD, et al., 2013, Oxidation and thermal degradation resistance of silicon carbide coated low density carbon-carbon composite, Advances in Applied Ceramics, Vol:112, ISSN:1743-6753, Pages:23-32
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Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, American Ceramic Society, 2011