Engineering Research Institute
Professor of Biomedical MaterialsRoom number: 25B12
Telephone: +44 28 90368939
School of Engineering
University of Ulster
Professor Brian J. Meenan holds the Chair of Biomedical Materials at the University of Ulster and is Head of the Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering Research Group within the Engineering Resaerch Institute (ERI). He is also Director of University of Ulster Hub of the EPSRC funded Innovation Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC) MATCH (Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare) and is a Principle Investigator in the EPSRC Grand Challenge initiative, Regenerative Medicine: A New Industry (Remedi). He is also a lead scientist within NANOTEC Northern Ireland, an EU funded regional Centre of Excellence established as a collaboration between the University of Ulster, Queen’s University, Belfast and Invest Northern Ireland (INI). Professor Meenan has an extensive record of peer-reviewed publications and research grant income and has active collaborations within the UK, Europe, the USA and Asia. He is a Past President of the UK Society for Biomaterials (UKSB) and immediate past Chairman of the Royal Society of Chemistry Northern Ireland Section. He is currently a member of the Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoMMM) Biomedical Materials Applications Division Committee, the Royal Society if Chemistry Biomaterials Chemistry Interest Group Committee and is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College.
Professor Meenan’s research interests are directed toward the development of enhanced biomaterials for medical device applications with particular emphasis on promoting interactions on the sub-micron to nanometre scale for applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Core projects include, studies of bioactive surfaces and reactions thereon; calcium phosphate thin film coatings; modification of polymer surfaces by atmospheric dielectric barrier discharge (DBD); control and medication of cell-surface interactions and the development of new methods for in situ biological process control in a bioreactor environment. Much recent emphasis has focused on the role of nanotechnology for enhancement of in vivo functionality of biomaterials and medical. Professor Meenan also has extensive experience of surface analytical techniques for biomaterial/medical device characterisation.
Prof Manish Chhowalla, Rutgers University, USA
IOPI Lecture: Chemically exfoliated 2D Materials: Disorder engineering as route for enhancing functionality; Venue: NIBEC, 4 pm on Wednesday 16 October 2013