2014 Biomaterials Society Young Investigator Award

2014 Biomaterials Society Young Investigator Award

Recently the group of Assistant Prof. Brendan Harley at the University of Illinois published a paper on collagen biomaterials with collaborative contributions regarding mechanical testing from the Oyenlab. Dr Harley with that paper then went on to win an award in the…

Good luck, Ching!

Good luck, Ching!

Last night we said goodbye to group PhD student Ching Theng Koh, who successfully defended her thesis, “Fracture of Fibrous Tissue Membranes and Biomimetic Scaffolds,” and is headed back to Malaysia this evening to catch the tail end of the…

Can I get a Ph.D. in Collaboration?

Can I get a Ph.D. in Collaboration?

That is the title of an article written by current Oyen lab PhD student Jenna Shapiro, who is doing a degree that is not only interdisciplinary, but is intercontinental as well! Jenna is a joint PhD student between our lab,…

Hydrogel Mechanics Review

Hydrogel Mechanics Review

Just published online is Michelle’s review of the mechanical characterization of hydrogels. This work was a long time in the making and it’s great to finally see it in pdf! The paper is online here.

CUER Solar Car Resolution Launches

CUER Solar Car Resolution Launches

Group member Oliver Armitage has been a member of Cambridge University Eco Racing since before he joined us back in October 2010. Cambridge University Eco Racing – CUER – is a student run society that designs, builds and races highly…

Fibre Reinforced Hydrogels

Here is an outstanding video effort from PhD student Khaow Tonsomboon, showing the process of making fibre reinforced hydrogels for use as corneal tissue engineering scaffolds. Fibre reinforced hydrogels [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mgurhUyD6Q] The published JMBBM paper is here. Update: Thanks to @michelleoyen…

Michelle writes on Spider Silk

Michelle writes on Spider Silk

It is extremely common to hear someone say that “spider silk is stronger than steel” but it’s not true. Michelle attempts to debunk that myth with hard numbers, but to convince you to still care about spider silk for other…

Easter Eggs Live

Easter Eggs Live

Over Easter Sunday and Monday 2013 one of our PhD students Oliver Armitage re-created the shell of a Quail’s egg for the Channel 4 TV program Easter Eggs Live. Watch his segment here (video time 38:40). This work relates to…

Oliver Publishes on Eggshell Growth

Oliver Publishes on Eggshell Growth

Oliver Armitage along with Daniel Strange and Michelle Oyen recently published in the Journal of Materials Research on the growth of the mineral phase of avian eggshell as it nucleates from the membrane. This marks a few milestones for different…

We're in Wired Magazine!

We’re in Wired Magazine!

Following on from the Google/Lego video, Dan and Michelle ended up in Wired Magazine (UK) for July 2012. You can read the article here. See how amazing a professional photographer makes our research lab look!

Lego Robot Movie–Making Bone

Lego Robot Movie–Making Bone

We (Daniel Strange and Michelle Oyen) had the privilege to work with Google’s London office to make this video for the Google Science Fair, of which Lego is a supporting partner.   The work is fun but is also “real”…

Handbook of Nanoindentation with Biological Applications

Michelle’s book is now out and available for purchase: Written by expert practitioners in the field, this guide explores nanoindentation focusing on biological applications. The first section presents basics of nanoindentation, including the background of contact mechanics underlying indentation technique…

Poroelastic Indentation

Post-doctoral researcher Matteo Galli’s work on poroelastic indentation analysis, including nanoindentation analysis, has been published in CMES, Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences. The article appears in a special issue of CMES focussing on contact mechanics, and edited by Prof….

Building bones and testing their properties

Michelle and Tammy provided mechanical expertise, in the form of nanoindentation testing and analysis, for a collaboration with the group of Molly Stevens at Imperial College London, Dept. of Materials. The study examined, using a wide variety of characterization techniques,…