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Queen Mary University of LondonQueen Mary University of London

School of Engineering and Materials Science

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Prof Elizabeth Tanner
OBE, FREng, FRSE, PhD (Hon Caus)

Prof Tanner
Position: Bonfield Professor of Biomedical Materials
Head of Materials Engineering Division
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 6785
Mobile: +44 (0)7914 875629
Location: 121, Engineering, Mile End
Expertise: Biomedical materials, materials production, materials characterisation, mechanical testing
Research keywords: Biomedical materials, mechanical testing
Affiliations: Fellow Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), Royal Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), Fellow of the Institution of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered Scientist (CSci)

Brief Biography

Bonfield Professor of Biomedical Materials, Department of Materials
Adjunct (Visiting) Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Lund, Sweden.

My research interests are in the development, testing and use of biomaterials for bone and joint replacement. In particular composites of bioactive ceramics and polymers which can encourage bone ongrowth yet have sufficient mechanical properties to be used for load bearing applications. The first of these materials is HAPEXâ?¢ which we manufacture for Gyrus ENT to use in middle ear implants. It is a composite of hydroxyapatite in polyethylene and as can be seen from my publication list we have tried various methods of increasing it mechanical properties.
The second of these materials are based on poly(lactic acid) and uses drawn fibres to reinforce a poly(lactic acid)-calcium phospate pre-preg. Again we are working on this material to improve its mechanical properties enabling it to be used for fracture fixation and in dental applications.
Finally I have an interest in the mechanical properties of bone and understanding how it behaves as a material. In this area of my work I am involved in the behaviour of bone under load including the failure mechanisms of cancellous bone the spongy bone at joint ends.