Focusing mainly on dental and orthopaedic application of biomedical materials, the Department of Biomaterials Laboratory was established in 2000. Despite its short history, the expertise of the Department in characterizing biomaterials and biological materials has being widely recognixed. More than 10 scientists originating from 6 countries have completed their doctorates or monographs in the Department, which maintains active participation in joint projects with leading EU centers in the field.

The facilities of the Department occupy 250 m2 and include: an FTIR spectrophotometer with an FTIR microscope; multifunctional SEM with ESEM imaging capacity and EDS X-ray microanalysis unit; a computerized X-ray microtomography system; various optical microscopes and video-microscopes; servohydraulic testing machine; microhardness tester; profilometer; colorimeter and photo-aging apparatus; specimen preparation machinery; and chemistry tools.

The Department has generated a ratio of over 5.1 publications per staff annually, receiving over 600 citations. The personnel of the Department is included in the reviewers’ lists of 9 journals and editorial board of 3 periodicals, has authored 12 chapters and edited 2 books published by international houses.

EQUIPMENT AND ANALYTICAL CAPACITY

  • Optical microscopes (9) connected to a digital image processing network (stereo-, transmission-, polarized-, video-, measuring-,metallographic-, fluorescence-)

  • Variable pressure SEM (ΗV-, LV-, ESEM) with X-ray EDS spectrometer (EDX) and backscattered detectors for all imaging modes

  • FTIR spectrometer with FTIR microscope for fast molecular mapping, micro-ΑΤR, micro-MIR and angle resolved-ATR systems for surface analysis

  • UV-Visible spectrometer with integrated sphere and colorimetry software

  • High resolution computerized x-ray microtomography unit

  • Universal testing machine, elastic relaxation unit, LVDT for dimensional changes, microhardness and hardness tester, strain gauge measuring system

  • Portable colorimeter, gloss checker (flat/curved surfaces) and stylus profilometer

  • Optical profiler

  • Accelerated aging devices (photoaging, hydrothermal cycling)

  • Chemical labware (pH-meters, ionometers, balances, ovens, centrifuge)

  • Specimen preparation devices (microtomes, grinding/polishing systems)

Variable pressure SEM/EDX

HV-, LV-, E-SEM + SUTW Be EDX

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FTIR-ATR + FTIR

Microscopy

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Optical

Profiler

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Computerized X-RAY

Microtomography

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UV

ViS

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Optical

Microscopes

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Universal Testing

Machine

Hardness

Tester

Microhardness

Tester

Gloss

Meter

Photoaging

Unit

Stylus

Profilometer

Strain gauge

System

SEM

Auxiliaries