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Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini

aldo-boccaccini-305x470 Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini

Institute of Biomaterials
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Job History

since 10/2009Full Professor and Chair of the Institute of Biomaterials, FAU
since10/2009Visiting Professor, Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK
10/2008 – 09/2009Professor, Department of Materials, Imperial College London, GB
10/2002 – 09/2008“Reader”, Department of Materials, Imperial College London, GB
08/2000 – 09/2002Lecturer, Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK
1997 – 2000Research associate, TU Ilmenau
1996 – 1997

Post-doctoral researcher, Institute for Mechanics and Materials, University of California, San Diego, USA

1994 – 1996Post-doctoral researcher, University of Birmingham, UK
1993 – 1994Research assistant, RWTH Aachen


2001Habilitation, TU Ilmenau
1994PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in Materials Science, RWTH Aachen
1983 – 1987Engineering degree (nuclear engineering), Instituto Balseiro/Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Bariloche, Argentina

Awards and other responsibilities (selection)

2019Fellow of the European Ceramic Society
2018Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, UK
2018Highly Cited Researcher 2018 (Clarivate Analytics)
2018Elected member of acatech („Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften“)
2017Diels-Planck-Lecture 2017, “Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)”, Kiel
2016Turner Award of the International Commission on Glass
2016“Friedberg Award and Lecture” of the American Ceramic Society, USA
2016Pfeil Award of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, IOM3, UK
2015DGM Award, German Materials Society (DGM)
2015Academician, World Academy of Ceramics
2014Listed in: “2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher” and in Thomson Reuters’ report: "2014 The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds"
2012 – 2020Elected member of the Review Board („Fachkollegium“) of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
2011Fellow of the American Ceramic Society
2010Ivor Jenkins Medal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK
2004Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK
2003Materials Science and Technology Prize, Federation of European Materials Societies
2003“Verulam Medal and Prize”, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, GB
2000Adolf-Martens-Award, Adolf-Martens-Fonds, Berlin

other responsibilities (selection):

since 2019Chair of the board of the Regionalforum Erlangen of the German Materials Society
2017 – 2019Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, FAU
since 2014

Founding editor and editor-in-chief, “Biomedical Glasses” (Open Access journal)

since 2015Elected member of the Council of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB)
2010Visiting professor, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
seit 2010Editor-in-chief, Materials Letters (Elsevier)
2004Visiting professor, Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore
seit 2004Elected member of the Technical Committee “Glass for Medicine and  Biotechnology”, International Commission on Glass (ICG)
seit 2002Founder and chairman of the international conferences series “Electrophoretic Deposition” of Engineering Conferences International (ECI) (held every 3 years since 2002)

Institute of Biomaterials
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Our research is focused on the development and characterization of biomaterials, including polymers, bioactive glasses and composites, for biomedical applications, specially medical implants, tissue engineering/regenerative medicine and drug delivery.

  • New biomaterials based on polymer / nanoparticle composites and bioactive glasses
    e.g. 3D composite scaffolds with angiogenic potential for vascularized tissue engineering
  • Electric field assisted processing of biomedical nanomaterials
    e.g. electrospinning technique for the development of nanofibers and fiber mats for cardiac tissue engineering (heart patches) and wound healing dressings, electrophoretic deposition for the development of bioactive and antibacterial polymer coatings on metallic implants
  • 3D bioprinting (biofabrication)
    e.g. development of bioinks based on alginate, gelatine and other biopolymers for the fabrication of 3D tissue analogue structures by 3D bioprinting, electrically conductive polymers for tissue stimulation
  • Drug delivery systems
    e.g. phytotherapeutic agents, nanoparticles and nanofibers for encapsulation of essential oils, antibacterial surfaces, mesoporous bioactive glasses

Institute of Biomaterials
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

10 selected publications

A complete list of publications of Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini can be found here

3D printed oxidized alginate-gelatin bioink provides guidance for C2C12 muscle precursor cell orientation and differentiation via shear stress during bioprinting
Distler, T., Sulistio, A., Schneidereit, D., Friedrich, O., Detsch, R., Boccaccini, A. R.Biofabrication 2020, 12, 045005

Polymer-Bioactive Glass Composite Filaments for 3D Scaffold Manufacturing by Fused Deposition Modeling: Fabrication and Characterization
Distler, T., Fournier, N., Grünewald, A., Polley, C., Seitz, H., Detsch, R., Boccaccini, A. R.Frontiers Bioengineering Biotechnology 2020, 8, 552

Polymeric Hydrogel Systems as Emerging Biomaterial Platforms to Enable Hemostasis and Wound Healing
Pourshahrestani, S., Zeimaran, E., Kadri, N. A., Mutlu, N., Boccaccini, A. R.Advanced Healthcare Materials 2020, 9, 2000905

Manuka honey and bioactive glass impart methylcellulose foams antibacterial effects for wound healing applications
Schuhladen, K., Mukoo, P., Liverani, L., Neščáková, Z., Boccaccini, A. R.
Biomed. Mater. 2020, 15, 065002

Antibacterial biohybrid nanofibers for wound dressings
Homaeigohar, S., Boccaccini, A. R.
Acta Biomaterialia 2020, 107, 25-49

Poly (ε-caprolactone)/poly (glycerol sebacate) electrospun scaffolds for cardiac tissue engineering using benign solvents
Vogt, L., Rivera, L. R., Liverani, L., Piegat, A., El Fray, M., Boccaccini, A. R.
Materials Science and Engineering: C 2019, 103, 109712

Incorporation of Cu-Containing Bioactive Glass Nanoparticles in Gelatin-Coated Scaffolds Enhances Bioactivity and Osteogenic Activity
Zheng, K., Wu, J., Li, W., Dippold, D., Wan, Y., Boccaccini, A. R.
ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 2018, 4, 1546-1557

Multilayered drug delivery coatings composed of daidzein-loaded PHBV microspheres embedded in a biodegradable polymer matrix by electrophoretic deposition
Chen, Q., Li, W., Yao, Q., Liang, R., Perez-Garcia, R., Munoz, J., and Boccaccini, A. R.
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2016, 4, 5035-5045

Versatile production of poly (epsilon-caprolactone) fibers by electrospinning using benign solvents
Liverani, L., Boccaccini, A. R.
Nanomaterials 2016, 6, 75

Tissue engineering of electrically responsive tissues using polyaniline based polymers: A review
Qazi, T. H., Rai, R., Boccaccini, A. R.
Biomaterials 2014, 35, 9068-90862


Institute of Biomaterials
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Cauerstrasse 6
91058 Erlangen

Phone: +49 (0)9131 / 8528601
E-mail: aldo.boccaccini@fau.de
Homepage: Institute of Biomaterials