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Natural materials like bone, dentine and wood are good examples of durable materials which are composed of reinforcing fibres of collagen and cellulose. Biomaterials science has started to utilise synthetic fibre-reinforced composites (FRC) as artificial bone and tooth substance replacing materials. The FRC Research Group was established at the University of Turku in 1997 after ten years of pioneering research and is now the largest research group in the area of dental and medical FRCs. The FRC Research Group has two main lines of research: dental and medical bio mimetic composites. The dental research line searches for novel approaches to the FRCs in various disciplines of clinical dentistry, whereas the medical research line is focused on developing optimal structures and compositions for bioactive bio mimetic implants for orthopaedics and traumatology, and for head and neck surgery.

The FRC Research Group collaborates with scientists, clinicians and industry and the group has shared information on FRC biomaterials with tens of visiting scientists. The FRC Research Group has the key role of coordinator in the European Commission project NEWBONE www.hb.se/ih/polymer/newbone and several other projects. Close collaboration with industrial partners has resulted in utilization of novel dental treatment options in minimally invasive dentistry and cranial surgery.

Pekka Vallittu
FRC Research Group Leader

Research Topics:

  • Minimal invasive dental restorations
  • Biomechanically optimised root canal anchoring systems
  • New resins systems for dental and medical composites
  • Zirconium dioxide and its properties
  • Silanes and their applications in dentistry and medicine
  • FRC implant development for orthopaedics and head and neck surgery
  • FEM –modelling on reconstructed tooth and bone

Post-doc researchers: 9
PhD Students: 15
Assisting personnel: 2

Number of per-review articles 2005-2010: 121
Number of per-review articles 1997-2004:
ca. 210

Number of PhD degrees completed in 2005-2010
: 9

The Group belongs to:
NIOM Biomaterials Network

Several Finnish and international university partners
Stick Tech Ltd - Member of GC Group

Skulle Implants Corporation


Contact information:

FRC Research Group
Professor and Chair Pekka Vallittu
Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Dentistry
Department of Biomaterials Science
University of Turku

Lemminkäisenkatu 2, 20520 Turku, FINLAND

Phone Number: +358 2 333 8332
mobile: +358 40 574 8200

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