Linnaeus University Centre for Biomaterials Chemistry

Linnaeus University Centre for Biomaterials Chemistry is a principal research environment at Linnaeus University that deals with the development and the adaptation of materials that can imitate and/or be integrated into biological systems, such as the human body.

Our research

We humans have a natural immune defense that never rests. Our cells are constantly on the guard against intruders and without our immune defense we would die quickly from infections from different microorganisms. Unfortunately, the defense system of our bodies can also cause problems when we actually want them to accept foreign materials. These materials can be anything from the cardiopulmonary bypass used at a surgical operation, the dialysis machine for renal failure, joint replacements, or artificial heart valves.

Materials in contact with body tissue are usually referred to as biomaterials, since they come into contact with biological tissue in our bodies. As soon as a person's blood comes into contact with the biomaterial the body's different defense mechanisms are activated, which may result in effects that are dangerous for the patient, e.g., thrombus, serious inflammations, or rejection of the unfamiliar material.

Since the use of materials that our bodies are unfamiliar to is increasing by the day, studies and synthesisation of biomaterials have become a new and important specialisation in chemistry. New technologies are required in order to protect the biomaterial and cells from being detected as unfamiliar by the natural immune defense.

The collective research effort at the centre falls under the heading of biomaterials chemistry, a field of research dealing with, and having direct consequences for, the development of new treatments, clinical diagnostics, environmental diagnostics and functional applications like catalysts and extremely sensitive detectors. The research at the centre covers everything from fundamental studies of biological processes and design, to the development and application of materials for integration in biological systems, or in functions that imitate biological functions. The focus of the centre as well as its combined expertise are unique in Sweden.

Current

Workshop about Rosetta [10 April 2017]
Researchers within the Centre for Biomaterials Chemistry recently arranged and participated in a workshop focused on the use of Rosetta, a software developed for protein engineering. The workshop took place 5-6 April at Ekerum, Öland.

Research groups

The Linnaeus University Centre for Biomaterials Chemistry embraces the following research groups.

Staff

Publications