Doctoral thesis success: Irem Unalan

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We congratulate Irem Unalan for successfully defending her doctoral thesis titled “Development of biomaterial-based technologies for the biomedical application of essential oils: Wound healing and bone regeneration” on 18th November 2022. Irem carried out her doctoral project in our Institute supervised by Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini in the framework of a DAAD funded project. The examination board was composed by Dr. Elisa Mele (Loughborough University, UK), Prof. Dagmar Fischer (Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, FAU), Prof. Carolin Körner (Chair of Materials Science and Engineering for Metals, FAU) and Prof. Boccaccini. Prof. Boccaccini highlighted the outstanding results obtained by Irem during her research project, focusing on the development of novel combinations of natural compounds (essential oils derived from plants) and engineered biomaterials, and fabricated by a range of technologies, in particular electrospinning and 3D printing. The work of Irem has generated several publications, for example [1], including a review paper in COMBE [2]. See Irem’ list of publications in Google Scholar. Many congratulations to Irem for the successful defense of her doctoral thesis, we wish her all the best in her future career.

[1] I. Unalan, et al., Evaluation of electrospun poly (ε-caprolactone)/gelatin nanofiber mats containing clove essential oil for antibacterial wound dressing, Pharmaceutics 11 (2019), 570.

[2] I. Unalan, A.R. Boccaccini, Essential oils in biomedical applications: Recent progress and future opportunities, Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering 17, (2021) 100261.