Fields of expertise
Biodegradable and resorbable composites.
Materials and Bioengineering:
Processing and properties of composite materials.
Polymers and biocomposites for regenerative medicine and biomed applications.
Cellular materials and hydrogels.
Bio-based degradable composites for packaging and engineering applications.
Natural fibres composites.
Discovery Learning Labs in Engineering and Materials Bioengineering
Mechanics of materials.
Introduction to materials.
Materials for sport (AISTS)
IP and tech transfer
Patents on Integrated processing, Cellular gradient composites and Composite hydrogels.Manufacturing of porous biocomposites for implants
1990 Ingénieur en science des matériaux
1993 PhD in materials science
1993-1994 Research at the Center for Composite Materials, University of Delaware, USA (ccm.udel.edu), SNSF grant
Since 1994 Research and teaching at EPFL, Composites, (LTC, LPAC)
1995-1999 Coordination Swiss Priority Program on Materials research: 2.2: Composites
Since 1998 Biocomposites
2004-2009 Direction of the EPFL Transdisciplinary programme in Sport and Rehabilitation
2005-2008 Member of the EPFL Vice-Presidency for Innovation and Valorisation and direction a.i.EPFL-LTC
Since 2016 Direction Discovery Learning Labs Materials/Bioengineering and Engineering
2017 Ph.D thesis 7868, R.Chandran
2016 Ph.D thesis 7061, A.Khoushaby
2014 Ph.D thesis 6275, F.Duc
2012 Ph.D thesis 5495, M.Cuenoud
2012 Ph.D thesis 5499, C.Boissard
2010 Ph.D thesis 4817, A.Borges
2008 Ph.D thesis 4029, M.Buhler
2007 Ph.D thesis 3890, C.Fischer
2004 Ph.D thesis 3121, L.Mathieu
2003 Ph.D thesis 2906, L.Zingraff
2001 Ph.D thesis 2453, A.Luisier
2000 Ph.D thesis 2317, J.E.Zanetto
2000 Ph.D thesis 2154, N.Bernet
1999 Ph.D thesis 2109, O.Rozant
1996 Ph.D thesis 1597, G.Smith
Hybrid granular hydrogels: combining composites and microgels for extended ranges of material propertiesSoft Matter. 2020-04-21. DOI : 10.1039/d0sm00213e.
Cross-linkable polymer, hydrogel, and method of preparation thereofWO2020070267 . 2020.
Teaching measurement techniques in biomechanics through inquiry-based labsSFDN Conference 2019, Zurich, Switzerland, 22 February 2019.
Hierarchical porous structureEP3403806 . 2018.
Composite Double-Network Hydrogels To Improve Adhesion on Biological SurfacesACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 2018. DOI : 10.1021/acsami.8b10735.
Morphology and interfacial strength of nonisothermally fusion bonded hard and soft thermoplasticsPolymer Engineering and Science. 2018. DOI : 10.1002/pen.24662.
Device for photoactivation and reaction monitoringES2745144 ; EP3190986 ; US2017274218 ; EP3190986 ; WO2016038515 . 2016.
Curing kinetics and thermomechanical properties of latent epoxy/carbon fiber composites2016. 37th Riso International Symposium on Materials Science - Understanding Performance of Composite Materials - Mechanisms Controlling Properties, Riso, DENMARK, SEP 05-08, 2016. p. 012049. DOI : 10.1088/1757-899X/139/1/012049.
Development of an in situ controllable polymerization tool and process for hydrogel used to replace nucleus pulposus2015. Joint Meeting of the 1st SPIE Conference on Biophotonics South America (BSA) / 15th World Congress of the International-Photodynamic-Association (IPA), Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL, MAY 23-25, 2015. p. 953115. DOI : 10.1117/12.2180457.
Influence of processing routes on morphology and low strain stiffness of polymer/nanofibrillated cellulose compositesPlastics Rubber And Composites. 2015. DOI : 10.1179/1743289814Y.0000000111.
Biocompatible multi-layered structure comprising foam layers and a functional interfaceWO2014041516 . 2014.
The role of twist and crimp on the vibration behaviour of flax fibre compositesComposites Science And Technology. 2014. DOI : 10.1016/j.compscitech.2014.07.004.
Dynamic mechanical properties of epoxy/flax fibre compositesJournal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites. 2014. DOI : 10.1177/0731684414539779.
Damping of thermoset and thermoplastic flax fibre compositesComposites Part A-Applied Science And Manufacturing. 2014. DOI : 10.1016/j.compositesa.2014.04.016.
Minimally Invasive Photopolymerization In Intervertebral Disc Tissue Cavities2014. Conference on Biomedical Applications of Light Scattering VIII, San Francisco, CA, FEB 01-03, 2014. DOI : 10.1117/12.2036360.
Multi-Scale Modeling Of Photopolymerization For Medical Hydrogel-Implant Design2013. Conference on Biomedical Applications of Light Scattering VII, San Francisco, CA, FEB 02-04, 2013. DOI : 10.1117/12.2002828.
Composite hydrogelsUS2013261208 ; JP2013535232 ; EP2588036 ; WO2012001629 . 2012.
Cellular biocomposites from polylactide and microfibrillated celluloseJournal of Cellular Plastics. 2012. DOI : 10.1177/0021955X12448190.
Plasticization of polylactide foams for tissue engineeringJournal of Cellular Plastics. 2012. DOI : 10.1177/0021955X12447941.
The potential of wood fibers as reinforcement in cellular biopolymersJournal of Cellular Plastics. 2012. DOI : 10.1177/0021955X11431172.
Biodegradable Polymer Nanocomposite Scaffolds for Bone Replacement2011.
Cellular biodegradable polymer nanocomposite scaffolds2011.
Plasticization of PLA foams for tissue engineering2011.
Foaming Biocomposites of Microfibrillated Cellulose and Polylactic Acid Paper2011.
Mechanical stimulus as potent agent for bone formation inside scaffold for bone tissue engineering application.EORS 2010, Davos, Switzerland, June 30-July 2, 2010.
Biodegradable polymer nanocomposite scaffolds for bone replacement.Euro BioMat 2011, Jena, Germany, 13 - 14 April 2011.
Cellular biodegradable polymer nanocomposite scaffolds.Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), Granada, Spain, 7-10 June, 2011.
Accelerated ageing and degradation in poly-L-lactide/hydroxyapatite nanocompositesPolymer Degradation And Stability. 2011. DOI : 10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2010.12.018.
Biocomposite Hydrogels with Carboxymethylated, Nanofibrillated Cellulose Powder for Replacement of the Nucleus PulposusBiomacromolecules. 2011. DOI : 10.1021/bm101131b.
Water of functionalized microfibrillated cellulose as foaming agent for the elaboration of poly(lactic acid) biocompositesJournal Of Reinforced Plastics And Composites. 2011. DOI : 10.1177/0731684411407233.
Plasticization of poly-L-lactide for tissue engineeringJournal of Applied Polymer Science. 2011. DOI : 10.1002/app.33835.
Solidification behavior of PLLA/nHA nanocompositesComposites Science and Technology. 2010. DOI : 10.1016/j.compscitech.2010.04.024.
Osteoinductive effect of in vivo mechanical stimulation for bone tissue engineeringESB 2010 17th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics, University of Edinburgh, UK, 5 - 8 July 2010.
Development of a medical instrument to induce and control hydrogel polymerization in-situ2010
In vivo cyclic loading as a potent stimulatory signal for bone formation inside tissue engineering scaffoldsEuropean Cells and Materials. 2010.
Novel hydrogel for the replacement of the nucleus pulposus56th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, New Orleans, March 6-9 2010.
In vivo mechanical stimulation as a potent stimulatory signal for bone formation within bioresobable bone scaffolds56th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, New Orleans, March 6-9 2010.
Structures with adaptive stiffness and damping integrating shear thickening fluidsWO2009053946 ; WO2009053946 . 2009.
Processing and Mechanical Properties of Novel Wood Fibre Composites Foams2009.
Solidification Behaviour Of PLLA/nHA Nanocomposites2009.
A composite hydrogel for the replacement of the nucleus pulposus2009.
Nanohydroxyapatite/poly(ester urethane) scaffold for bone tissue engineeringActa Biomaterialia. 2009. DOI : 10.1016/j.actbio.2009.05.001.
Effect of loading on bone formation inside bone scaffolds: A longitudinal study using micro computed tomographyThird Switzerland-Japan Workshop on Biomechanics 2009, Engelberg, September 1-4 2009.
Morphological study of bone formation in tissue engineering scaffolds: an in vivo micro-CT study.22th Europ Conf on Biomaterials, Lausanne, September 7-11 2009.
Effect of surface treatments of PLLA films on bone cell behaviour.22th Europ Conf on Biomaterials, Lausanne , September 7-11 2009.
Replacement of the nucleus pulposus by a composite hydrogel.22th Europ Conf on Biomaterials, Lausanne , September 7-11 2009.
Effect of early loading of bone scaffolds on bone formation in vivo.International Conference on tissue Engineering, Leiria, Portugal, 9-11 July 2009.
Biomechanical considerations in the development of a cellular biocomposite for bone tissue engineering application22th Europ Conf on Biomaterials, Lausanne, September 7-11.
Augmentation of bone defect healing using a new biocomposite scaffold (PLA/TCP55th annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, Las Vegas, February 22-25.
Micromechanics and damping properties of composites integrating shear thickening fluidsJournal of Composite Science and Technology. 2009. DOI : 10.1016/j.compscitech.2008.11.019.
Cellular gradient polymer compositesEP2040768 ; US2010022479 ; JP2009542890 ; EP2040768 ; WO2008007332 ; EP1878450 . 2008.
Micromechanics of composites with integrated shear thickening fluids2008.
Processing and mechanical properties of novel wood fibre composites foams2008.
Cellular composites based on continuous fibres and bioresorbable polymersComposites Part A-Applied Science And Manufacturing. 2008. DOI : 10.1016/j.compositesa.2008.05.020.
In vivo evaluation of human fetal cells as allogenic cell source for tissue engineering.54th annual Orthop. Res. Soc., San Francisco, Feb. 29- March 7.
In vivo evaluation of human fetal bone cells for bone tissue engineering applications.EORS, 17th annual meeting , Madrid, April 23-26 .
Cellular thermoplastic composites with microstructural gradients of fibres and porosityComposites Science and Technology. 2008. DOI : 10.1016/j.compscitech.2007.08.028.
Human fetal cells induce bone formation in a biocomposite: an in vivo study in rats8th World Biomaterials Congress, Amsterdam, 28 May - 1 June .
In vivo evaluation of human fetal cells as allogenic cell source for tissue engineeringSwiss Bone and Mineral Society / Association Suisse Contre l’Osteoporose, Davos, March 13, 2008.
A composite biofoam, from research to in vivo validation2007.
Shear thickening fluids as a tunable damping element: experimental results and modelling2007.
Cellular and fibre-reinforced composites for bone engineering2007.
A composite biofoam, from research to in vivo validationBiofam.
Human bone fetal cell and polymer biocomposite for bone tissue engineering.European Cells & Material Conferences, Davos, June 25-28.
Polylactic Acid–Phosphate Glass Composite Foams as Scaffolds for Bone Tissue EngineeringJournal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B. 2006.
Dynamic Properties of Materials for Alpine Skis2006.
Functional composite materials for improved feel and control2006.
Pre- and Post-Transition Behavior of Shear Thickening Fluids and their Integration into Sandwich Structures2006.
Multi-disciplinary approach in the development of bone tissue engineering.12 Annual Meeting of the Swiss Bone and Mineral Society, Berne, April 6.
Considérations biomécaniques dans le développement d’une matrice artificielle pour l’os.Journée thématique de la Société de Biomécanique : ingéniierie tissulaire, Paris, 29 mai.
PLA scaffold obtained by supercritical fluid foaming for bone tissue engineering.EORS 16th annual meeting, Bologne, June 7-9.
Processing of homogeneous ceramic/polymer blends for bioresorbable compositesComposites Science and Technology. 2006. DOI : 10.1016/j.compscitech.2005.11.012.
Dynamic properties of sandwich structures with integrated shear-thickening fluidsSmart Materials and Structures. 2006. DOI : 10.1088/0964-1726/15/5/036.
Stamp forming of carbon fibre/PA12 composites - a comparison of a reactive impregnation process and a commingled yarn systemJournal of composites science and technology. 2006.
Bioresorbable polymer composites for bone tissue engineering applications2005.
Resin transfer moulding of anionically polymerized polyamide 12Composites Part A. 2005. DOI : 10.1016/j.compositesa.2005.03.023.
Bioresorbable composites prepared by supercritical fluid foamingJournal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A. 2005. DOI : 10.1002/jbm.a.30385.
Teaching & PhD
Materials Science and Engineering