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Dr Oana Bretcanu



Dr. Oana Bretcanu joined the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering of Newcastle University in November 2010 as a lecturer in Biomaterials/Bioengineering. She is involved in different research projects in the field of Biomaterials for Bone Tissue Engineering applications. Dr Bretcanu currently manages Optical Microscopy, Optical Profilometry, X-ray and Thermal Analysis for Advanced Ceramics laboratory equipment.


       PhD: Magnetic biomaterials for hyperthermic treatment of cancer

       MSc(Hons): Chemical Engineering

Previous Positions:

       Research Associate at University Politecnico di Torino (Italy): 2008-2010

       Research Associate at Imperial College London: 2006-2007


Research Interests:

  • Synthesis of magnetic glass-ceramics for treatment of cancer (by coprecipitation, traditional melting and sintering) and their characterisation
  • Synthesis (traditional melting, sol-gel) and characterisation of bioactive and biocompatible glasses and glass-ceramics for biomedical applications
  • Study of the sintering and crystallisation processes in ceramics/glass-ceramics
  • Synthesis and characterisation of glass-ceramic/polymer composites
  • Synthesis and characterisation of 3D macroporous bioactive, biocompatible and/or bioresorbable glass-ceramic scaffolds for bone tissue engineering
  • Surface functionalisation of glasses/glass-ceramics/scaffolds
  • Drug delivery systems

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Past Projects:

  • Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre (Project Leader: Prof Kenneth Dalgarno)
  • RESTORATION: Resorbable Ceramic Biocomposites for Orthopaedic and Maxillofacial Applications (Project Leader: Prof Kenneth Dalgarno)
  • DIGINOVA: Innovation for Digital Fabrication (Project Leader: Prof Kenneth Dalgarno)


Current Teaching:

  • MEC 1002: Materials Science I (Module Leader)
  • MEC 8023: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (Module Leader)
  • MMB 8002: Current Research Trends in Musculoskeletal Disease
  • MMB 8038: Bioscience Research Development and Enterprise
  • MEC 3098: stage 3 projects
  • MEC 8099: stage 4 projects
  • MEC 8095: MSc projects

Visiting lecturer at:

  • Politecnico di Torino (Turin, Italy); teaching Magnetic Materials in Medicine (module for PhD Students)
  • Advanced Materials Research Centre, SIRIM Berhad (Malaysia); teaching Bioceramics scaffolds for tissue engineering applications