School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Emeritus Professor John McCabe

Professor of Dental Materials Science


Roles and Responsibilities

Degree Programme Director for BDS programme, Chair of Board of Studies,Member of Curriculum Co-ordinating committees, Member of FTLC, Convenor of 'Dental Biomaterials Research Group', Member of School of Dental Sciences Executive Committee. Course director for Dental Materials programme,
Member of St5,St3 Pt2,St2 Examinations Committees.


1969: BSc. Honours (Class 1), Chemistry (University of Birmingham)
1972: PhD. (Chemistry) (University of Birmingham)
1991: DSc. (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)

Previous Positions

1972 - 1978 Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
1978 - 1982 Lecturer, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
1982 - 1989 Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
1989 - 1993 Reader in Dental Materials Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


IADR, BSDR, Academy of Dental Materials, AUT

Honours and Awards

1998 IADR Wilmer Souder Award

International Association for Dental Research - Distinguished Scientist Award.


Research Interests

Dental Materials Science

Other Expertise

Statistics and data interpretation

Current Work

Properties of materials:
Development of methodology for in-vitro assessment and the use of these methods for materials development. Methods for prediction of durability. Collaborating with UK and overseas industry and UK and overseas academia.

Study of interfaces between dental materials and tooth substance and to gain understanding of the mechanisms of adhesion. Emphasis on bonding in Orthodontics and in bonding of restorative materials to enamel and dentine.

Mechanical properties and durability: Relationships between mechanical properties of materials and clinical performance.

Rheology: Influence of setting characteristics and elastic/viscoelatic properties on clinical performance.

Ion exchange and release with particular emphasis on fluoride and calcium and the 'smart' behaviour of materials.

Clinical performance:
Studies of clinical performance and mechanisms of failure through controlled clinical trials.

Research Roles

Convene activities of Biomaterials Research, co-ordinate research programmes in dental materials for the MSc and PhD programmes

Postgraduate Supervision

Typically responsible for a team of 4 masters and 7 doctoral students

Esteem Indicators

Wilmer Souder Award (1998).
Member of RAE panel (Dentistry) on three occasions.


Since 1999 over £350k from various sources including UK government, NHS, UK industry and overseas industry.

Industrial Relevance

Collaborate with UK and overseas industry on materials development and evaluation.


Undergraduate Teaching

Teaching to dental undergraduates through lecture programme and practical course.

Postgraduate Teaching

Teaching to MSc students on taught courses in Orthodontics and Restorative Dentistry.