Dr Erik Hughes

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Role within SRMRC

Erik is a Research Fellow based between the Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) (part of the School of Chemical Engineering) and Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre at the University of Birmingham. As a chemist, materials scientist and formulation engineer with industrial experience, Erik is developing scalable next generation medical materials and devices for hard tissue repair and regeneration. This includes the development of osteogenic formulations of calcium phosphate and calcium pyrophosphate materials designed to stimulate enhanced bone formation at the site of a hard tissue defect. Erik is also working on advancing protocols to examine biological interactions between cells and candidate biomaterials, as well as understanding how the physiological environment may induce biomaterials to undergo physiochemical changes.

Other positions held

Medical materials and devices research engineer,  University of Birmingham (UK) and TWI LTD (UK) (2012 – 2016)

Qualifications

  • EngD in Formulation Engineering, University of Birmingham (UK) (2012 – 2016) FUNDER: EPSRC (AWARD NUMBER: 1294393)
  • Dual Honors BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry (1:1) Keele University (UK) (2009 – 2012)

Based at

Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) (part of the School of Chemical Engineering) and Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre at the University of Birmingham

Biography

Erik has a scientific background in Chemistry and Biochemistry, graduating with a 1:1 Dual honours BSc from Keele University in 2012. He then secured a position as a Research Formulation Engineer at the University of Birmingham, where he worked on the development of a range of medical materials with industrial sponsors TWI Ltd. As part of this post, Erik worked toward an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) qualification, graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2018. Erik has working extensively with a number of industrially relevant materials, including polymers, ceramics and composites. His expertise in chemistry, experience with a variety of materials and proficiency with a number of physiochemical analysis methods (e.g. FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, XRD, µ-XRF, SEM, failure testing) makes Erik an accomplished biomaterials chemist. In his current post, Erik continues to formulate and add value to a number of raw materials with his research focusing on the development of new healthcare technologies for the regeneration of hard tissues.

Contact details

e.a.b.hughes@bham.ac.uk

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e.a.b.hughes@bham.ac.uk

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