27 Apr

Francesca Tallia and Claudio Ferraro win prizes in Postgraduate Research Day

The 23rd annual Postgraduate Research Day was held in March in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London, and two BioBone ESR’s were in the spotlight.

Francesca was awarded the Research Officers’ prize for Industrial Relevance with her poster entitled “Tough bio-inspired Silica/PCL hybrid”.


Claudio received the Postdoctoral Research Assistants’ and Research Fellows’ prize for Best poster Design and Layout with his poster entitled “Bio-inspired ceramic based composites materials for bone substitution”.



Claudio also won the 1st Prize for the Best Image, with his picture “Silicon carbide lollipop”.



27 Apr

Quentin Flamant – Secondment at INSA-Lyon

During his 10 weeks in Lyon, Quentin performed spherical nanoindentation testing of porous Alumina.

He collaborated with Carlos Caravaca (other ESR in BioBone) on the study of the effects of sandblasting on mechanical properties of Alumina, Zirconia and Biolox delta.

27 Apr

Francesca Tallia wins Best Poster award at ICFPAM 2013, New Zealand

With her rapid-fire presentation entitled “Functionalisation of OH groups in polymers for Class II hybrids for bone substitution”, Francesca was awarded the Best Poster award in the 12th International Conference on Frontiers of Polymers and Advanced Materials, held at the University of Awckland, New Zealand in December 2013.

Let’s hear what she has to say:

“My PhD project focuses on the sol-gel synthesis of inorganic/organic hybrids for bone substitution; therefore, one aspect consists in facing polymer chemistry challenges in order to get a strong bonding between the two components that should eventually act as a single new material. Taking part in the ICFPAM international conference was an exceptional opportunity to meet worldwide experts on polymers and advanced materials and to learn more about innovative technologies for the synthesis and characterisation of organic-based materials. There I presented a poster, which addressed the problem of how to covalently bond OH groups exhibited by biopolymers with silica compounds to make hybrids for biomedical applications… And, since I was just at the beginning of the 2nd year of my PhD, winning the prize for Best Poster was both a surprise and a great honour for me!”