Medical Polymer Group

Mission Statement

The Medical Polymer Group represents an interdisciplinary team of graduate and undergraduate students who work closely with faculty, surgeons, and industry scientists in order to develop biomaterials for structural function in orthopedic applications. We bring together academic, industrial and clinical perspectives to improve designs and materials used in total joint reconstruction and related devices. Our research broadly spans the device development process. Our current projects includes novel polymer development, mechanical characterization of biomaterials, bench-top testing of innovated implant and material couplings, computational simulations of in-vivo loading, damage assessment of retrievals (micro-and macro-scale), and failure analysis of medical devices.

 

RESEARCH TOPICS

WEAR TESTING

FATIGUE CRACK PROPAGATION

RETRIEVAL ANALYSIS

UHMWPE GLENOID ANALYSIS

COBALT CHROME HUMERAL HEAD RETRIEVALS

3D-PROFILOMETRY ANALYSIS OF SURFACE DAMAGE IN CoCr HUMERAL HEAD RETRIEVALS

NANOINDENTATION OF POLYMERIC BIOMATERIALS