William Skinner

William Skinner

Visiting student, Imperial College London

Development of composite bioinks for biofabrication


Supervisors: Susanne Heid, Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini

In this project, a range of bioinks incorporating silicate particles in alginate based hydrogels [1] are being prepared and tested, with the aim of optimising the printability of the bioink. The investigation involves analyzing how varying the composition of silicate filler affects the printability of the bioink. Alongside this, in an attempt to speed up printability testing of bioinks, a program will be developed to automate the data analysis required to quantitatively describe the printability of the bioinks, as this can be a very time-consuming process.

[1] S. Heid, A. R. Boccaccini, Advancing bioinks for 3D bioprinting using reactive fillers: A review, Acta Biomaterialia 113 (2020) 1-22.