Doctoral thesis success: Barbara Myszka
Ms Barbara Myszka defended successfully her doctoral thesis on 19th December 2018. She carried out her doctoral researcher at the Institute of Biomaterials under academic supervision of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. Her thesis entitled: “INTERFACIAL INTERACTIONS IN CALCIUM CARBONATE MATERIALS IN THE CONTEXT OF BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS” was carried out in the framework of the Marie Sklodowska Curie European Training Network (Horizon 2020) “Nano-tailoring organo-mineral materials – Controlling strength and healing with organic molecules in mineral interfaces – NanoHeal“. Barbara collaborated also strongly with the research group of Prof. Stephan Wolf, FAU. Prof. Stephan Wolf, Prof. Martin Hartmann (Department of Chemical and Bioengineering, FAU), Prof. Dominique De Ligny (Chair for Glass and Ceramics, FAU) and Prof. Boccaccini were the members of the examination board. Prof. Boccaccini highlighted the outstanding research work carried out by Barbara, this was the first research project related to calcium carbonate based biomaterials carried out in our Institute. He mentioned also the extraordinary training opportunities that the NanoHeal Network (coordinated by Prof. Dag Kristian Dysthe, University of Oslo, Norway) provided during the project. He also acknowledged the close collaboration with Prof. Stephan Wolf and his team (The Wolf Group), who have contributed to the progress of the research project and the developments of Barbara’s project. The work of Barbara led to basic understanding of the behaviour of different crystalline forms of Ca carbonate in contact with simulated biological fluids. Several papers from Barbara’s thesis are in advanced stage of preparation and will be submitted for publication in 2019. We congratulate Barbara for this achievement and wish her all the best in her future career.