Prof. Peter Pivonka, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, visits the Institute of Biomaterials

Professor Boccaccini together with Professor Pivonka infront of a poster about bioactive glass scaffolds.

On 18-20 June 2018 we received the visit of Prof. Peter Pivonka, Professor and Chair, Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

We currently collaborate with the research group of Prof. Pivonka in the field of advanced characterisation of bioactive glass (BG) based scaffolds with and without polymer coatings for bone tissue engineering applications, particularly to assess the scaffold vascularization potential by determining the permeability of BG based scaffolds applying both modeling and experimental approaches. The project funded within the “Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme” of DAAD and Universities Australia involves exchange of early career researchers and professors between both institutions.

Prof. Pivonka presented the seminar: “Microstructural characterisation of the osteocyte lacunar-canalicular network during aging using high resolution imaging – mechanobiological implications”. He also visited the laboratories of the Institute of Biomaterials to plan further collaborative research between his group at QUT and our Institute.