PhD student in Materials Engineering, University of Minho
MSc, Engineering of Materials, Faculty of Sciences and Technology of New University of Lisbon
BSc, Engineering of Materials, Faculty of Sciences and Technology of New University of Lisbon
Author name: D. J. Ramos
Currently working on a project based on the need of dental surgeons to have dental implants “immune” to peri-implantitis available for their patients. The peri-implantitis is a bacterial infection that arises in about 26% to 56% of patients who have dental implants. It consists of a serious and difficult pathology, which can lead to the loss of bone mass around the implant. This project aims to develop bioactive surfaces able to overcome the failures of the dental implants used nowadays, related to the formation of bacterial biofilms. This goal will be achieved by the development of coatings based on titanium and/or hydroxyapatite (HA) doped with antibacterial agents (e.g. g, Zn or Cu). Coatings will be deposited by two different techniques (CoblastTM and Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) – magnetron sputtering).