CANCELLED - IoM3 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition North West Heat
|Dates:||17 March 2020|
|Times:||18:00 - 20:00|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||Department of Materials|
Your local society invites you to attend the North West heat of the IOM3 Young Persons’ Lecture Competition on Tuesday 17 March in
Lecture Room C15, Department of Materials, University of Manchester, Maths and Social Sciences Tower.
Abstracts of the Manchester and Cumbria local heat winners can be found below.
The competition will run from 6.30pm to 7.45pm and will be preceded by a buffet supper in the foyer, from 6.00pm.
Parking is available in the Charles Street multi-storey car park.
For more information visit the Manchester Metallurgical Society page on the IoM3 website and visit us on Twitter@McrMetSoc
Rapid diagnosis of bacterial infections: A junction between material science and biology
Antibacterial drug resistance is a major global health issue with dwindling effectiveness of current antibiotics potentially making currently treatable infections a
significant health issue in the future. Current methods of bacterial identification and detection may take up to a week, and often require specialist knowledge
and equipment. This often leads to incorrect treatment and the use of unneeded antibiotics, contributing to antibiotic resistance. There is therefore an urgent
need for simple and reliable diagnostics that can quickly determine the presence of bacterial infections which will allow targeted treatments to be prescribed,
thus reducing unnecessary use of antibiotics. There is ongoing materials science research using a range of technologies such as nanoparticles, biosensors,
fluorescent materials and surface enhanced Raman scattering to develop technologies which provide user friendly, point-of-care diagnostics as an initial
test of infection. This presentation discusses current and future research in the development of new, novel rapid diagnostic tests.
Hip implant materials: novel bioactive coatings for silicon nitride ceramic hip replacements
Total hip replacements are one of the most challenging implant materials because extremely good mechanical and biological properties are required.
Metals and alloys have been widely used for decades due to their excellent mechanical strength and corrosion resistance. However, the high wear rate
and the toxicity of the chemical components urged the development of nonmetallic implant materials like polymers and ceramics. Silicon nitride has
recently been introduced as a commercially available bioceramic for total hip replacements with outstanding mechanical properties.
This lecture gives an introduction about the development of total hip replacement materials and presents research about novel bioactive coatings on
silicon nitride ceramics which could speed up the healing process after the surgery. An alternative simple deposition technique has been developed
especially for silicon nitride hip implants where eggshell was applied as the raw material of the coatings.
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