Alfred University (AU) was an early pioneer in the use of structural ceramics for hard tissue replacement. Since that time, the research has evolved to encompass bioactive ceramics and glass that bond directly to hard and soft tissues.
AU engineers are developing materials that release therapeutic inorganic species to stimulate the formation of healthy bone, control inflammation, and much more - this enhanced functionality represents the next generation of bioactive materials.
Topics in the healthcare research cluster include:
Bioactive glass and glass polyalkenoate cements (GPCs) for hard tissue repair
GPCs for dental applications
Antimicrobial materials and coatings
Adsorbent materials for purification of biomolecules
Nanostructured materials for patterning of nucleotides
Fluorescent nanoparticles for medical and live cell imaging
As a complement, the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) is building a "Team" of Industry Advisors from a broad spectrum of industries experienced in a wide range of industries such as Energy, Healthcare, and Environment.
For those interested in increasing their expertise in the field of ceramics and glasses, or those just being introduced, Short Courses are a good option. Designed for professionals in the ceramics and glass industry, these intensive courses offer a chance to update knowledge of the field in a short period of time. Courses range from detailed, in-depth examinations of very specific topics to broader introductory classes.