ARC Nanotechnology Network
Biomaterials Research Unit

Biomaterials Research Unit

Name of Group Leader:

Michael Swain  

Physical Address:

2 Chalmers St, 8th floor, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Sydney Dental Hospital

Nanotechnology Research Programs/Activities:

This Research Unit is located at Sydney Dental Hospital and is involved in studies of Dental Restorative Materials, Biomaterials and Biomechanics as well as normal and diseased teeth. As caries still affect the majority of the population these materials and their properties are of critical importance for effective dental restorative treatment.

The research unit has a number of major focuses which include the following:

•Quantifying the spatial dependence of the micro-mechanical properties of teeth and the role of remnant proteins and peptides on their properties. This work also extends to hypoplastic enamel.
•Evaluating the influence of caries on the micromechanical properties of enamel and dentine. This also includes quantifying mineral densities through natural and caries lesions plus exploring options for remineralisation of carious teeth.
•Investigating the residual stresses associated with curing of composite resins and associated marginal failure.
•Advanced dental ceramics for restorative applications.
•Bone remodeling associated with dental restorative treatments including implants (with Engineering University of Sydney).
•Characterisation of adhesion of dental materials.  

Nanotechnology research facilities:

Universal Micro Indentation System - with nanoindentation capability  

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