Centre for Oral Health Research

Dental Materials Laboratory

Dental Materials Laboratory

The dental materials laboratory provides a focus for the development and characterisation of biomaterials.

The dental materials laboratory plays a key part in the research of Centre for the Oral Health Research (COHR). It supports the teaching and research of undergraduates and postgraduates (at MSc, MRes and PhD level).

It's also involved in a number of industrial collaborations.

Facilities and equipment

The lab is equipped with a range of instruments including:

  • a rheometer
  • a differential scanning calorimeter
  • an FTIR spectrometer
  • universal mechanical testers
  • ion selective electrodes
  • a microhardness tester

We have a dedicated polymer synthesis area and maintain a Human Tissue Act approved tooth bank.

Atomic force microscope

The dental materials laboratory also hosts the Faculty of Medical Sciences atomic force microscope. Imaging modes include contact, AC and chemical force mapping.

Specimens can be analysed either in air or under-liquid at temperatures up to 60°C.

The instrument can be housed on an inverted optical microscope. Combined with a dedicated Petri dish holder, this allows optical images to be correlated with high-resolution AFM images from a variety of biological samples.