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Dr Richard Martin - Aston University. Birmingham, , GB

Dr Richard Martin

Reader, Electrical, Electronic & Power Eng, Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR) | Aston University


Dr Martin's research interests include bioactive glass and structural studies.







Aston University scientist develops bacteria-killing 'stained glass'



Dr Richard Martin's research interests include bioactive glass, structural studies, neutron scattering, advanced imaging, and biomedical materials.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Advanced Imaging

Structural Studies

Bioactive Glass


Neutron Scattering

Education (2)

University of Bath: BSc, Physics with industrial placement 1998

University of Bath: PhD, Rare earth phosphate glasses 2002

Media Appearances (2)

Aston University develops E.coli-killing glass

BBC News  online


Dr Richard Martin said it could change how hospitals guard against infections.

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Glass-coated catheters could wipe out infections and save NHS millions

Medical Xpress  online


Lead researcher, Dr. Richard Martin of Aston University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, said the findings had significant implications and could lead to large savings for the NHS and healthcare systems globally.

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Research Grants (1)

A cancer-killing bone replacement wonder-material

Sarcoma UK $118,917.50

Sarcoma UK is investing in research leaders of the future. Our PhD programme aims to start a researcher’s career in sarcoma by funding a training fellowship which focuses on a hypothesis-driven research project.

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Articles (5)

In vitro and in vivo osteogenic potential of niobium‐doped 45S5 bioactive glass: A comparative study

Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials

In vitro and in vivo experiments were undertaken to evaluate the solubility, apatite‐forming ability, cytocompatibility, osteostimulation, and osteoinduction for a series of Nb‐containing bioactive glass (BGNb) derived from composition of 45S5 Bioglass. Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP‐OES) revealed that the rate at which Na, Ca, Si, P, and Nb species are leached from the glass decrease with the increasing concentration of the niobium oxide.

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Origin of micro-scale heterogeneity in polymerisation of photo-activated resin composites

Nature Communications

Photo-activated resin composites are widely used in industry and medicine. Despite extensive chemical characterisation, the micro-scale pattern of resin matrix reactive group conversion between filler particles is not fully understood. Using an advanced synchrotron-based wide-field IR imaging system and state-of-the-art Mie scattering corrections, we observe how the presence of monodispersed silica filler particles in a methacrylate based resin reduces local conversion and chemical bond strain in the polymer phase.

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Photo-polymerisation variables influence the structure and subsequent thermal response of dental resin matrices

Dental Materials

The structure of the polymer phase of dental resin-based-composites is highly sensitive to photo-polymerisation variables. The objective of this study was to understand how different polymer structures, generated with different photo-polymerisation protocols, respond to thermal perturbation.

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Evaluation of effectiveness of 45S5 bioglass doped with niobium for repairing critical‐sized bone defect in in vitro and in vivo models

Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A

Here, we investigated the biocompatibility of a bioactive sodium calcium silicate glass containing 2.6 mol% Nb2O5 (denoted BGPN2.6) and compare the results with the archetypal 45S5 bioglass. The glass bioactivity was tested using a range of in vitro and in vivo experiments to assess its suitability for bone regeneration applications. in vitro studies consisted of assessing the cytocompatibility of the BGPN2.6 glass with bone‐marrow‐derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM‐MSCs).

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Insight into the atomic scale structure of CaF2-CaO-SiO2 glasses using a combination of neutron diffraction, 29Si solid state NMR, high energy X-ray diffraction, FTIR, and XPS

Biomedical Glasses

Bioactive glasses are important for biomedical and dental applications. The controlled release of key ions, which elicit favourable biological responses, is known to be the first key step in the bioactivity of these materials. Properties such as bioactivity and solubility can be tailored for specific applications. The addition of fluoride ions is particularly interesting for dental applications as it promotes the formation of fluoro-apatite. To date there have been mixed reports in the literature on how fluorine is structurally incorporated into bioactive glasses.

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