Doctoral thesis success: Svenja Heise

Svenja Heise zusammen mit Prof. Boccaccini nach ihrer erfolgreichen Verteidigung der Doktorarbeit.

Ms Svenja Heise successfully defended her doctoral thesis on 12th December 2018. She carried out her project at our Institute under supervision of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, and in collaboration with Prof. Sanna Virtanen, FAU Chair for Surface Science and Corrosion, and the group of Prof. Frank Witte, Charite, Berlin, in the context of the DFG funded project “Bio-adaptive Coatings on Mg alloys”.

The doctoral thesis is entitled: “Development of advanced chitosan-based biodegradable coatings for Mg alloys with potential applications in orthopedic implants” . Prof. Sanna Virtanen, Prof. Bernhard Hensel (Max Schaldach-Endowed Professorship für Biomedical Technology, FAU), Prof. Kyle Webber (FAU Institute for Glass and Ceramics), Prof. Andreas Burkovski (Biology Department, FAU), and Prof. Boccaccini were the members of the examination board.

Prof. Boccaccini highlighted the challenging research project of Svenja, who pioneered in our Institute the development of the electrophoretic deposition method for obtaining composite coatings on Mg alloy substrates, leading to many successful results. Several scientific papers have resulted from Svenja’s thesis, including a comprehensive review paper (for example: [1, 2]).

We congratulate Svenja for her achievements and wish her all the best in her future career.

[1] S. Heise, et al., Tackling Mg alloy corrosion by natural polymer coatings—A review, J. Biomed. Mater. Res. Part A 104 (2016) 2628-2641.

[2] S. Heise, et al., Electrophoretic deposition and characterization of chitosan/bioactive glass composite coatings on Mg alloy substrates, Electrochimica Acta, 232 (2017) 456-464.