The Polymer Chemistry & Biomaterials Group at Ghent University has been active over the last 15 years in the development of polymers for mainly biomedical applications (a.o. orthopaedic, ocular, lipofilling and cardiovascular applications).
The Polymer Chemistry & Biomaterials Group at Ghent University is active in the development of polymers for mainly biomedical applications including tissue engineering (a.o. orthopaedic, ocular, adipose, cardiovascular, meniscus, etc.), drug delivery, wound healing, on-chip applications, etc. The main research pillars are focussing on polymer synthesis, functionalization, processing and characterization of the polymers as well as the processed structures. Both synthetic and natural polymers are studied (respectively polyesters, polyethers, etc. versus proteins, polysaccharides, etc.). Specific expertise includes the functionalization of polymers with (photo-)crosslinkable moieties. In addition to (core-shell) electrospinning, a plethora of 3D-printing equipment is available which includes laser-based 3D-printing (stereolithography, digital light projection) and extrusion-based 3D-printing (filaments, polymer pellets and hydrogel solutions – in combination with cell encapsulation for the latter). In addition to polymer development capabilities and facilities, the research group has also been focussing heavily on the surface modification of existing and novel materials.