Doctoral thesis success: Supachai Reakasame
Supachai Reakasame (Boo) successfully defended his doctoral thesis on 30th August 2019 at the Institute of Biomaterials. He carried out his thesis (Dr.-Ing.) under academic supervision of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, with a fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). His project was in the field of Alginate-Gelatin-Based Hydrogels for Scaffold Development and Biofabrication in Tissue Engineering, which involved the development of a series of advanced processing strategies for expanding the applications of oxidized alginate-gelatin (ADA-GEL) hydrogels in tissue engineering. Prof. Wojciech Swieszkowski (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland), Prof. Bernhard Hensel (Department of Physics, FAU), Prof. Erik Bitzek (Chair for General Materials Science, FAU) and Prof. Boccaccini were the members of the examination board. Prof. Boccaccini commented on the outstanding research work carried out by Boo, highlighting that Boo had started his project four years ago, at the beginnng of our efforts in the field of biofabrication using the ADA-GEL bioink platform, and Boo`s research has contributed notably to our understanding of oxidized aliginate and ADA-GEL properties and their capability for cell encapsulation and 3D printing. Publications have already resulted from Boo’s research work [1, 2] and other papers are being finalised for publication. We congratulate Boo for achieving his Dr.-Ing. degree and wish him all the best in his future career.  S. Reakasame, A. R. Boccaccini, Oxidized Alginate-Based Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering Applications: A Review, Biomacromolecules 19 (2018) 13-21. S. Reakasame, et al., Cell laden alginate-keratin based composite microcapsules containing bioactive glass for tissue engineering applications, J. Mater. Sci. Mater. Med. 29 (2018) 185.