biomedical and biomimetic materials


group coordinator

Mara Guadalupe Freire Martins


general aims

Development of efficient health-related materials, products and technologies following a bench-to-bedside concept via R&D.

Work spans from basic research to practical applications, with strong synergism between materials synthesis and characterization, human health and metabolism, cells metabolism and biology, viz., osteoinductive biomaterials, composite scaffolds, biodegradable polymers for regenerative medicine; biomimetic and nano/micro-technology of soft biomaterials and surfaces to develop biomedical devices with multi-functional properties, including engineering microenvironments to control cell proliferation and organization; nanoparticles for optical and magnetic hyperthermia, drug delivery, imaging, and environmental applications; analytical tools for assessing biomaterials toxicity and interactions with organisms, and for disease diagnosis.