Research in progress meeting of the international (Pakistan-UK-Germany) project on antibacterial materials

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The latest research in progress meeting of the international project “Development and characterization of drug free bioactive glass nanoparticles for biomedical applications” funded by the British Council under the Pakistan-UK Education Gateway scheme took place online on 23rd May 2022. There were presentations of the three principal investigators: Dr. Muhammad Atiq Ur Rehman (alumnus of our Institute, PhD graduated in 2018), currently at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Institute of Space Technology (IST), Pakistan, Prof. Ipsita Roy Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK, and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. In addition, several researchers based in Islamabad or Sheffield, working on different aspects of the project, presented their latest results. The project is developing antibacterial bioactive materials based on combinations of bioactive glass nanoparticles and biopolymers, specifically to develop composite coatings to improve the performance of traditional metallic orthopedic implants. Within this project, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers based in Pakistan and UK will have the opportunity to carry out part of their research projects in our Institute. Our recent paper based on this collaboration has been just published [1].

[1] M. Akhtar, et al., Centrifugal Spinning of Polyvinyl Alcohol/Sodium Alginate-Di -Aldehyde-Gelatin Based Antibacterial Nanofibers Intended for Skin Tissue Engineering, Mater. Letters (2022) 132530.