Process Design to Prevent Prosthetic Infections (PREVENT)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Chemical Engineering


The overarching aim of this project will be to develop a manufacturing process, incorporating additive layer manufacturing to fabricate patient-specific devices that can be modified with a silver-based antibacterial coating.

This process will be used to prevent infection in implants that have a comparatively high likelihood of infection, including cranioplasty. We also aim to undertake design modification of the implant structure.

There are a number of industrial and clinical partners involved in the project and the successful student will form part of a multidisciplinary team working in this area. The student will be supervised by Professor Liam Grover and Dr Sophie Cox, and based in the Tissue Regeneration and Interfaces Lab within the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. It addition the successful candidate will need to work closely with the Advanced Materials and Processing Laboratory in the School of Metallurgy and Materials as well as the Bio-medical Engineering group in Mechanical Engineering.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509590/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1934377 Studentship EP/N509590/1 04/09/2017 03/03/2021 Morgan Andrew Lowther
Description PhD Equipment Access Scheme
Amount £1,800 (GBP)
Funding ID 190009 
Organisation Henry Royce Institute 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 06/2019
Description SciFest After Dark 2018 - Bright Club stand-up comedy performance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Performed a stand-up comedy routine based on research as part of Bright Club, within a wider Sci-Fest After Dark event run by the University of Wolverhampton.

Specifically aimed at engaging adult general public with science and research. Resulted in several discussions with members of the public around my research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
Description University of Birmingham Discovery Day 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Designed, developed, and delivered a 3D-printing workshop to two large groups of Year 10 students (48 students total). Teachers reported greater interest in engineering related subjects on the day than had previously been expressed by students, and a better understanding of the breadth of STEM subjects.

As part of a larger school visit day for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, which aims to inspire year 10 students to aim for high GCSE grades and to make appropriate choices for sixth form to allow the study of STE) subjects at University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018