A1-098 Main Building,
University of Limerick
- BSc PhD
Research and Teaching Interests
- Clinical translation of bioactive / biodegradable implant materials. Modulation of implant/tissue interface via Smart materials development.
- Composition-structure-property relationships in: Bioactive and degradable glasses and ceramics, Calcium Phosphate Bone Cements fillers and substitutes, Reaction Bonded Polymer Composites for Orthopaedics, Acrylic Bone cements, and glass ionomer cements. Machinable ceramics for medical and engineering applications. Metallic alloy development for implant / prosthetic applications.
Currently teaching undergraduate and graduate classes on Biomaterials and Biocompatability for medical device applications. Previously taught modules on Polymer Physics, Advanced Analytical Chemistry, Glass and Ceramic Science, Engineering materials, Metallurgical Failure and Damage, Materials Processing and Aircraft Materials (Composites)
Eamonn de Barra
Eamonn is a materials scientist with a track record in the development and commercialisation of a range of medical devices for dental and orthopaedic applications. While in the private sector he previously developed and commercialised a complete product range of silicone dental impression materials; developed, manufactured, and marketed 6 novel precious metal alloys for prosthodontic applications. He has collaborated with several multinational medical device manufacturers on the development of a range of bioactive cement products for dental, ENT, neurosurgical and orthopaedic applications, including the multi award winning development of DirectInject™ the world’s first injectable hydroxyapatite cement for closure of neurosurgical defects https://cmf.stryker.com/products/directinject. His current research interest is focussed on commercial orthopaedic and dental materials development, leading a range of commercially, state and European sponsored research projects developing new implantable materials with properties tailored to optimise in-vitro and in-vivo performance, as well as clinically defined handling and performance requirements. Dr de barra has served as a council member for the European Ceramics Research Council (ECerS) since 2016 https://ecers.org/en/about-us/council-members.html and was appointed visiting professor at LMCPA Univeriste Polytechnique Hauts de France in 2018 and 2019.