The Nanoscience of Bone: Where does Chemistry fit in?Activity by Ruth Meaney | added on Mar 28, 2011 | Australia
Sponsor(s): RACI Qld Branch Chemical Education Group
“The Nanoscience of Bone: Where does Chemistry fit in?” The RACI Qld O'Donnell School Lecture Series is open to students in Grade 11 and 12 studying chemistry / science, and students in Junior Secondary interested in studying chemistry / science to Grade 12 are also eligible to attend.
The 2011 O’Donnell Schools Lecture
Dr Lisbeth Grondahl MRACI CChem
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
The University of Queensland
When – Term 3 2011 (July / August)
Venue and Dates ~ TBA
National Chemistry Week in July
National Science Week in August
—The O’Donnell Schools Lecture Series—
The RACI Schools Lecture series was introduced in 1980 by the Chemical Education Group of the Qld Branch of the RACI. At that time the Education Group was headed by Professor Jim O’Donnell, the resident Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Queensland. Sadly, Jim passed away in 1995 and the Schools Lecture Series has been subsequently renamed for him. The Lecture is open to students in Grade 11 and 12 studying chemistry / science, and students in Junior Secondary interested in studying chemistry / science to Grade 12 are also eligible to attend.
“The Nanoscience of Bone: Where does Chemistry fit in?”
Dr Grondahl will use the theme of bone: radioactive dating as a link to Marie Currie, dissolution / precipitation related to the nanoparticles in bone, bone nanostructure and how we mimic it in the lab.
—The 2011 O’Donnell Lecturer—
Dr Lisbeth Grondahl's research interests are in the areas of Biomaterials Science and Tissue Engineering. In particular, she works on the development of novel materials and on surface modification of materials for improved bioactivity.
Current projects include:
- Surface modification of polymeric membranes used in facial augmentation
- Surface modification of biodegradable scaffolds for tissue engineering
- Production of drug delivery devices for accelerated bone regeneration
- Development of composite materials for use as load-bearing bone biomaterials
- Synthesis and characterisation of fluoride-substituted hydroxyapatite
- Development of graded hydrogel materials for cartilage replacement