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The research is focused on developing bioactive coatings for oral implants and bioactive composite materials for reconstructive medicine and dentistry. A multidisciplinary approach is key to the work of the research group. The group consists of scientists from different fields and actively collaborates with other national and international laboratories as well as industrial partners. The research on bioactive implant coatings is conducted with bioactive ceramic materials such as various sol-gel-derived TiO2 materials and melt-derived bioactive glasses. One of the main topics in bioactive composite research is to develop injectable and biodegradable bone fillers for non-load-bearing applications. Degradable polyesters and their copolymers are the most important materials used in research on bioactive composites. Bioactive coatings and composites especially have been used in bone tissue engineering studies, which has become an important area of the group’s research activities.


Research Topics:
Bioactive bone substitutes

• composites
• implant coatings
• tissue engineering scaffolds


Post-doc researchers: 4
PhD Students: 6

Number of peer-review articles 2005-2010: 30

The number of PhD degrees completed in 2005-2010: 5

The Group belongs to:
Doctoral Program of Oral Health Sciences

Several Finnish and international university
partners, TEKES, Academy of Finland, Industrial partners.


Contact Information:

Principal investigator:
Timo Närhi, Professor, PhD
Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Dentistry
Prosthetic Dentistry
University of Turku

Lemminkäisenkatu 2, 20520 Turku, FINLAND

Tel. +358 2 333 8295
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