February 19, 2017

Frederik Claeyssens

LEKTORAI-OR17Frederik Claeyssens is Lecturer in Biomaterials at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in University of Sheffield, UK. His research expertise mainly focuses on laser processing of biomaterials, and its applications.

Frederik’s research portfolio can be divided into three parts: coatings for biology (biocompatible coatings of semiconductors to be integrated into cell-silicon interfaces for biosensors), bioprinting (laser based techniques for printing biomolecules/cells; his developed technique is able to print viscous fluids containing DNA, proteins and even living cell) and biomaterials manufacture via microstereolithography (3D biocompatible/degradable polymer structures with micrometer resolution; hybrid biomaterials as 3D scaffolds for implants, tissue engineering and pharmaceutical testing).

Additionally, Frederik has also a keen research interest in computational solid state and biological chemistry. His previous work in this area includes predicting the stabilisation mechanism for the growth of polar wurtzite surfaces based on the existence of a low energy graphite-like structure (or h-BN) for ultra-thin wurtzite films. This model has recently been confirmed experimentally and forms the basis for understanding growth of polar surfaces in a large number of key technological materials (e.g. ZnO, GaN, CdSe and SiC). Besides that, Frederik has studied enzyme reactions on an unprecedented high level of theory, providing powerful new tools for modelling enzyme reactions, and enabling for the first time the study of enzyme reactions computationally with chemical accuracy.

Frederik Claeyssens does not shy away from the opportunities to highlight his work to a broader audience, including but not limited to publications on multiple media sites and various interviews. He is also a member of scientific editorial board for “The Open Materials Science Journal”, member of Royal Society of Chemistry and Materials Research Society.

Thoughts on scaffold technology for nerve repair:

The nerve has small regions of ‘cable’ that go through from one end to the other end, you have a whole bunch of little cables inside a larger cable, that’s what we tried to reproduce with this type of scaffold. <> This technology could make a huge difference to patients suffering severe nerve damage.

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