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Chitosan as a coupling agent for phosphate glass fibre/polycaprolactone composites (2018)
Journal Article
Tan, C., Rudd, C., Parsons, A. J., Sharmin, N., Zhang, J., Chen, W., & Ahmed, I. (2018). Chitosan as a coupling agent for phosphate glass fibre/polycaprolactone composites. Fibers, 6(4), doi:10.3390/fib6040097

This study shows that chitosan (CS) could be highly useful as a coupling agent in phosphate glass fibre/polycaprolactone (PGF/PCL) composites, as it improved the interfacial shear strength by up to 78%. PGFs of composition 45P2O5-5B2O3-5Na2O-24CaO-10... Read More

The mechanical property, degradation and cytocompatibility analysis of novel phosphate glass fibre textile (2018)
Journal Article
Zhu, C., Ahmed, I., Parsons, A., Liu, J., & Liu, X. (2018). The mechanical property, degradation and cytocompatibility analysis of novel phosphate glass fibre textile. Textile Research Journal, doi:10.1177/0040517518809052

Phosphate glass fibres have been widely considered as potential biomedical materials for the orthopedical application due to full degradability and excellent cytocompatibility. In this study, phosphate based glass fibres were drawn from the glass sys... Read More

Novel bioresorbable textile composites for medical applications (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Zhu, C., Ahmed, I., Parsons, A. J., Wang, Y., Tan, C., Liu, J., …Liu, X. (2018). Novel bioresorbable textile composites for medical applications. In N/A

Currently, phosphate glass fibre (PGF) reinforced composites are a potential solution for bone repairing due to sufficient mechanical properties and full bioresorbability. In this study, a small inkle-type loom for hand weaving facilitated the produc... Read More

Effects of Fe2O3 addition and annealing on the mechanical and dissolution properties of MgO- and CaO-containing phosphate glass fibres for bio-applications (2018)
Journal Article
dissolution properties of MgO- and CaO-containing phosphate glass fibres for bio-applications. Biomedical Glasses, 4(1), doi:10.1515/bglass-2018-0006. ISSN 2299-3932

This paper investigated the preparation of phosphate glass fibres (PGFs) in the following systems: i) 45P2O5-5B2O3-5Na2O-(29-x)CaO-16MgO-(x)Fe2O3and ii) 45P2O5-5B2O3-5Na2O-24CaO-(21-x)MgO-(x)Fe2O3(where x = 5, 8 and 11 mol%) for biomedical applicatio... Read More

Flexible and transparent films produced from cellulose nanowhisker reinforced agarose (2018)
Journal Article
Felfel, R. M., Hossain, K. M. Z., Kabir, S. F., Yee, S. L., Ahmed, I., & Grant, D. M. (2018). Flexible and transparent films produced from cellulose nanowhisker reinforced agarose. Carbohydrate Polymers, 194, doi:10.1016/j.carbpol.2018.04.005. ISSN 0144-8617

Transparent and flexible nanocomposite films with a range of Agarose to Cellulose Nano-Whisker (CNW) ratios were produced using never-dried CNWs. The incorporation of never-dried CNWs within Agarose played an important role in the surface roughness (... Read More

Porous calcium phosphate glass microspheres for orthobiologic applications (2018)
Journal Article
Hossain, K. M. Z., Patel, U., Kennedy, A. R., Macri-Pellizzeri, L., Sottile, V., Grant, D. M., …Ahmed, I. (2018). Porous calcium phosphate glass microspheres for orthobiologic applications. Acta Biomaterialia, 72, doi:10.1016/j.actbio.2018.03.040. ISSN 1742-7061

Orthobiologics is a rapidly advancing field utilising cell-based therapies and biomaterials to enable the body to repair and regenerate musculoskeletal tissues. This paper reports on a cost-effective flame spheroidisation process for production of no... Read More

Electric field-assisted orientation of short phosphate glass fibers on stainless steel for biomedical applications (2018)
Journal Article
Chen, Q., Jing, J., Qi, H., Ahmed, I., Yang, H., Liu, X., …Boccaccini, A. R. (2018). Electric field-assisted orientation of short phosphate glass fibers on stainless steel for biomedical applications. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 10(14), 11529-11538. doi:10.1021/acsami.8b01378

Structural and compositional modifications of metallic implant surfaces are being actively investigated to achieve improved bone-to-implant bonding. In this study, a strategy to modify bulk metallic surfaces by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of sho... Read More

Live quantitative monitoring of mineral deposition in stem cells using tetracycline hydrochloride (2018)
Journal Article
Macri-Pellizzeri, L., De Melo, N., Ahmed, I., Grant, D. M., Scammell, B., & Sottile, V. (2018). Live quantitative monitoring of mineral deposition in stem cells using tetracycline hydrochloride. Tissue Engineering Part C Methods, 24(3), doi:10.1089/ten.TEC.2017.0400. ISSN 1937-3384

The final stage of in vitro osteogenic differentiation is characterized by the production of mineral deposits containing calcium cations and inorganic phosphates, which populate the extracellular matrix surrounding the cell monolayer. Conventional hi... Read More

Simulating damage onset and evolution in fully bio-resorbable composite under three-point bending (2018)
Journal Article
Gao, X., Chen, M., Yang, X., Harper, L., Ahmed, I., & Lu, J. (2018). Simulating damage onset and evolution in fully bio-resorbable composite under three-point bending. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 81, doi:10.1016/j.jmbbm.2018.02.022. ISSN 1751-6161

This paper presents a strain-based damage model to predict the stress-strain relationship and investigate the damage onset and evolution of the fibre and matrix of a fully bio-resorbable phosphate glass fibre reinforced composite under three-point be... Read More

Single solvent based film casting method for the production of porous polymer films (2018)
Journal Article
Hossain, K. M. Z., Felfel, R. M., Ogbilikana, P. S., Thakker, D., Grant, D. M., Scotchford, C., & Ahmed, I. (2018). Single solvent based film casting method for the production of porous polymer films. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 303, doi:10.1002/mame.201700628. ISSN 1438-7492

A single solvent based film casting process for fabricating porous polymer films was developed in this study. The porous film was produced by mixing concentrated polylactic acid/ chloroform solution (20 wt%) and fresh chloroform solvent followed by f... Read More

Role of geometrical cues in bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell survival, growth and osteogenic differentiation (2017)
Journal Article
Gupta, D., Grant, D. M., Zakir Hossain, K. M., Ahmed, I., & Sottile, V. (2018). Role of geometrical cues in bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell survival, growth and osteogenic differentiation. Journal of Biomaterials Applications, 32(7), doi:10.1177/0885328217745699. ISSN 0885-3282

Mesenchymal stem cells play a vital role in bone formation process by differentiating into osteoblasts, in a tissue that offers not a flat but a discontinuous three-dimensional (3D) topography in vivo. In order to understand how geometry may be affec... Read More

Novel bioresorbable phosphate glass fiber textile composites for medical applications (2017)
Journal Article
Zhu, C., Ahmed, I., Parsons, A. J., Wang, Y., Tan, C., Liu, J., …Liu, X. (2018). Novel bioresorbable phosphate glass fiber textile composites for medical applications. Polymer Composites, 39(S1), doi:10.1002/pc.24499. ISSN 0272-8397

A manual bench-top inkle-type loom was designed to enable hand woven textiles. These PGF textiles, along with unidirectional (UD) fiber mats made from the same batch of yarns, were utilized to manufacture fully resorbable textile composites (T-C), un... Read More

Mechanical, structural and dissolution properties of heat treated thin-film phosphate based glasses (2017)
Journal Article
Stuart, B. W., Gimeno-Fabra, M., Segal, J., Ahmed, I., & Grant, D. M. (2017). Mechanical, structural and dissolution properties of heat treated thin-film phosphate based glasses. Applied Surface Science, 416, doi:10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.04.110. ISSN 0169-4332

Here we show the deposition of 2.7 μm thick phosphate based glass films produced by magnetron sputtering, followed by post heat treatments at 500 °C. Variations in degradation properties pre and post heat treatment were attributed to the formation of... Read More

Structural, thermal and dissolution properties of MgO- and CaO-containing borophosphate glasses: effect of Fe2O3 addition (2017)
Journal Article
Tan, C., Ahmed, I., Parsons, A. J., Sharmin, N., Zhu, C., Liu, J., …Liu, X. (2017). Structural, thermal and dissolution properties of MgO- and CaO-containing borophosphate glasses: effect of Fe2O3 addition. Journal of Materials Science, 52(12), doi:10.1007/s10853-017-0981-1. ISSN 0022-2461

This paper investigated manufacture of high-durability phosphate glass fibres for biomedical applications. Five different borophosphate glass formulations in the systems of 45P2O5–5B2O3–5Na2O–(29 − x)CaO–16MgO–(x)Fe2O3 and 45P2O5–5B2O3–5Na2O–24CaO–(2... Read More

Structure–properties relationships in fibre drawing of bioactive phosphate glasses (2017)
Journal Article
Muñoz-Senovilla, L., Muñoz, F., Tricot, G., Ahmed, I., & Parsons, A. J. (2017). Structure–properties relationships in fibre drawing of bioactive phosphate glasses. Journal of Materials Science, 52(15), doi:10.1007/s10853-017-0773-7. ISSN 0022-2461

New bioactive phosphate glasses suitable for continuous fibre production are investigated in this work. The structure of both bulk and fibres from Na2O–CaO–MgO–P2O5 glasses has been studied by means of Raman and 31P and 23Na nuclear magnetic resonanc... Read More

Compositional dependency on dissolution rate and cytocompatibility of phosphate-based glasses: effect of B2O3 and Fe2O3 addition (2017)
Journal Article
Sharmin, N., Gu, F., Ahmed, I., & Parsons, A. J. (2017). Compositional dependency on dissolution rate and cytocompatibility of phosphate-based glasses: effect of B2O3 and Fe2O3 addition. Journal of Tissue Engineering, 8, doi:10.1177/2041731417744454. ISSN 2041-7314

The unique property of phosphate-based glasses and fibres to be completely dissolved in aqueous media is largely dependent on the glass composition. This article focuses on investigating the effect of replacing Na2O with 3 and 5 mol% Fe2O3 on cytocom... Read More