Dr Rui Dou will be giving a presentation at the next group meeting on ‘Development of ceramic powder aqueous ink for inkjet printing’. The meeting will be on Thursday 26th May 2011 at 2 PM in Room B4 (Materials).
There will be a group meeting on Thursday 12th May 2011 in Room B4 (Materials) at 2 PM. The postgraduate students will have an opportunity to discuss their presentations for the forthcoming School of Materials Postgraduate Conference.
There will be a group meeting on Thursday 5th May 2011 in Room C17 (Materials) at 2 PM. Alastair Selby, Israa Sabree and Tarif Ali will have an opportunity to practice their talks which they will be giving at the School of Materials Postgraduate Conference. The PG conference will be on 19th and 20th May 2011.
Latest Derby Group publication:
Inkjet printing and cell seeding thermoreversible photocurable gel structures
Manuela Di Biase, Rachel E. Saunders, Nicola Tirelli and Brian Derby
Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 2639-2646, DOI: 10.1039/C0SM00996B
We have developed a biocompatible fluid suitable for inkjet delivery that gels by a tandem mechanism of a rapid physical gelation followed by a photoactivated chemical cross-linking. We prepared 20 vol% aqueous solutions of acrylate functionalised Pluronic F127, a poly(ethylene glycol-b-propylene glycol-b-ethylene glycol) (PEO–PPO), with triethanolamine and eosin Y as a photocurable cross-linker combination; poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate was also added to the solution to improve the sol–gel transition. This fluid has a viscosity <20 mPa s at 5 °C and is suitable for inkjet printing. We used a piezoelectric drop-on-demand inkjet printer at this temperature to print single and multilayer structures on a substrate held at room temperature. The dimensions of the resulting structures are consistent with models developed for the interaction of overlapping drops. After photocrosslinking the resulting gel structures, which are stable in an aqueous environment, were successfully seeded with fibroblast cells also delivered by an inkjet printer.
There will be a group meeting on Thursday 7th April 2011 in Room C17 (Materials) at 2 PM. Dr Steven Wilkinson will be giving a talk on ‘Cell Property Modelling from Scanning Acoustic Microscopy Images’.
There will be a group meeting on Thursday 24th March 2011 in Room B4 (Materials) at 3 PM. Dr Xuegen Zhao will be giving a talk on ‘Quantifying micromechanical Properties of soft biological tissues with Scanning Acoustic Microscopy’.
Our review paper ‘Characterizing the Elastic Properties of Tissues’ was published this week in Materials Today (Volume 14, Issue 3 pp. 96-105 (March 2011):
Two new PhD students joined the Derby Group this year, Israa Sabree and Tarif Ali. A brief bio for Israa and Tarif are below:
Israa K. Sabree graduated from University of Babylon in Iraq with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and later (2000) completed a Masters degree in Corrosion of Materials. She commenced a PhD at the School of Materials, University of Manchester under Professor Derby’s supervision in May 2010. Her research is on the Fabrication of Bioglasses by Stereolithography.
Tarif Ali graduated from the Lancaster University BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry (1997). He worked in industry for several years in quality control/assurance and achieved M&S Laboratory Accreditation in textile testing. In 2002, he completed a PGCE at Manchester for Secondary and Further Education specialising in Chemistry. Tarif has taught for many years at various schools including the historic Walton High School in Nelson which was honoured with a visit by HRH Prince Charles, which was later replaced with the new Pendle Vale College, a “Superschool”. Prior to joining the Derby Group, he became a Schools Support Officer for Lancashire County Council (2008). He commenced a CASE award PhD in October 2010 on “Inkjet printing of enzymes for Biosensor and Biofuel cell applications” under Professor Derby’s supervision. The PhD is sponsored by Applied Enzyme Technology Ltd. Tarif is also an Educational Support Tutor for LCC and currently runs a homework support clinic every Saturday at a local Community Centre.
Eason Sivayoham won a prize for the best paper, ‘Keratinocyte cell sheets for tissue implantation using inkjet cell printing technology‘ presented at The North of England Otolaryngology Society. The meeting was held on 24th September 2010 at Lowry Arts Centre.
Riaz Akhtar won Third Prize for Best Young Investigator Presentation for his paper ‘Nanomechanical properties of a model of Type 1 diabetic aorta‘ which was presented at Artery 10 meeting held in Verona, Italy (Sunday 17th – Tuesday 19th October 2010).
Everyone at Derby Group would like to congratulate Rachel Saunders who got married on Saturday 11th Spetember 2010 in Cheshire. We wish her and her husband, Chris Lalley, success and happiness for the future.
Rachel will of course continue to publish as ‘Dr Rachel Saunders’!