Dirk Grijpma appointed professor

Biomaterials Science and Technology

Dirk Grijpma has recently been appointed professor in Biomaterials Science and Technology at the University of Twente. His expertise is in the synthesis and properties of resorbable polymeric materials for use in medical devices, tissue engineering and in the delivery of relevant biologically compounds The Biomaterials Science and Technology group will be embedded in the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine. His research is focused on polymer synthesis, structure-properties relationships in polymeric materials and their application in medicine. From his work on flexible resorbable materials already one spin-off company has been created. Medisse is developing resorbable anti-adhesion barrier membranes prepared from poly(trimethylene carbonate).

Current research includes the development of advanced microstructures by photo-polymerization of functionalized degradable oligomers in stereolithography and research programs on the tissue engineering of cardiac muscle, heart valve leaflets and blood vessels and the synthesis and processing of composite materials for fracture reconstruction in maxillofacial surgery. Pre-designed anisotropic architectures based on biologically active materials are being developed to engineer musculoskeletal and cardiovascular tissues in bioreactors under conditions that mimic the natural environment. His research will be extended to incorporate the synthesis and characterization of large arrays of materials and their evaluation by high throughput methods, which will likely lead to the discovery of novel materials that perform unexpectedly well in their interaction with cells and tissues.

With the expertise of Dr. A.A. Poot in cell culturing and cell-biomaterial interactions, endothelizalization of medical implants and the development of bioreactors for cardiovascular tissue engineering important contributions will be made to the evaluation of novel biomaterials and their implementation in clinical settings.