Dental Biomaterials

Welcome to the web site for the Division of Dental Biomaterials at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. The study of Dental Biomaterials involves any material used in the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of oral diseases. The Division has been among the international leaders in this area for over 50 years. Currently, our primary areas of research lie broadly within the topics of polymer applications, polymer-cellular interactions and corrosion as well as ceramic mechanics and fabrication techniques.  Our faculty and staff are actively involved with collaborative investigations with researchers in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, operative dentistry, prosthodontics, endodontics, oral biology, and preventive dentistry.

Although individual intellectual investigation is an important pursuit, the development of students into top researchers, teachers and clinicians is our priority. Our educational objectives include:

  • to provide an understanding of how basic physical and mechanical properties influence the performance of Dental Biomaterials
  • to provide every student with a basic understanding to the composition and structure of the materials used in dentistry
  • to communicate the relevance of biocompatibility
  • to create an environment in which students can gain confidence as researchers

Further information can be gained by exploring the links on this web site. Thank you for visiting the Division of Dental Biomaterial's home page. We look forward to hearing from you.