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BioTiNet - Fellows

Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITNs) are joint research and training projects funded by the European Commission. Funding is provided for young researchers to carry out individual project work in a European country.

The BioTiNet Network will recruit 12 early stage researchers / ESR (for PhD study) and 6 experienced researchers / ER (post docs) over the 4-year project.


BioTiNet ESR fellows successfully defended their PhD theses.




Early Stage Researchers (ESR)


Experienced Researchers (ER)




Early Stage Researchers - ESR FELLOWS

 Matthias Bönisch (ESR_1, RP1), IFW, Germany

Matthias studied physics at the University of Vienna (Austria) and obtained his Master´s degree in 2011 specializing in the field of materials physics. He is interested in the physical metallurgy of Ni-free Ti-based alloys without toxic elements. His special focus lies on understanding phase transformations, in particular martensitic transformations related to the shape memory effect, and their exploitation for applications in biomedical implants.

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 José Julio Gutiérrez Moreno (ESR_2, RP2), UOI, Greece

Julio studied physics at the University of Granada (Spain) and obtained his degree in 2010. He is interested in the theoretical modeling of low rigidity ß-titanium novel alloys and their applications in biomedical implants. His special focus lies on the theory-guided design of non-toxic Ti alloys from ab-initio and molecular dynamics calculations.



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 Yaofeng Guo (ESR_3, RP3), INPG, France

Yaofeng studied Materials Science at the Beihang University in Beijing (China) and obtained his Master´s degree in 2008 specializing in the field of bulk metallic glasses. He is now interested in the ß Ti-based alloys with biocompatible elements. His research is mainly focusing on the synthesis of ß-Ti based implant alloy with young’s modulus close to that of human bone and development of Ti-based metallic glass with non toxic elements.

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 Anna Hynowska (ESR_4, RP4), UAB, Spain

Anna Hynowska studied Chemistry and obtained her Master´s degree at the Jagiellonian University (Poland) in July 2010, specializing in the field of materials chemistry. Now she is interested in biocompatible Ti-based metallic glasses and nanocomposite materials for biomedical applications. Her research project mainly focuses on the synthesis and characterization (structural, mechanical and anti-corrosion) of different types of Ti-based metallic glasses and nanocomposite material with Young’s modulus close to that of human bone.

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 Ajit Panigrahi (ESR_5, RP5), UniVie, Austria

Ajit studied metallurgical and materials engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India) and obtained his Master´s degree in 2011. He is interested in all sorts of severe plastic deformation (SPD) methods and characterization techniques like SEM, TEM, XRD, and DSC. His special focus lies on developing and characterizing nanostructure/ultrafine grained ß-Ti alloys (used for biomedical implants) by SPD methods and to study the transformation from cast structure to nanostructure.

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 Mathew Speirs (ESR_6, RP6), KUL, Belgium

Mat studied mechanical and materials engineering at the University of Birmingham (UK) and obtained his Masters degree in 2011. He is interested in all forms of rapid prototyping specifically selective laser melting (SLM). His special focus lies on scaffold production by SLM of novel alloys and their mechanical properites in applications for biomedical implants.



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 Nataliia Stepina (ESR_7, RP7), UOXF.DJ, UK

Nataliia studied Chemistry at the Lviv Polytechnic National University (Ukraine). After finishing her Bachelor’s Degree, she continued to study Chemical Technology and in December 2010 she obtained a Master’s Degree. The experimental part of her master thesis was made at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany with a topic “Modification of carbon nanotubes surface with peroxide oligomers”. Following her interest in nanomaterials and carbon nanotubes, currently, Nataliia is studding for a Ph.D. in Material Science at the University of Oxford. The main aim of her project is to establish a mechanically strong biocompatible CNT/ ß-Ti alloy composite materials using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method.

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 Kadir Ozaltin (ESR_8, RP9), WUT, Poland

Kadir studied physics at the Suleyman Demirel University (Turkey) and obtained his master degree in 2009 specializing in the field of plasma physics. Now he is interested in fatigue and wear resistance of ufg/ns and glassy Ti-based biomaterials. His special focus is to understand and characterise the mechanical properties of ufg/ns and glassy Ti-based biomaterials by fatigue tests (tension/compression, bending), also to define deformed microstructures by electron microscopy (SEM,TEM) and the determination of residual stresses by XRD.



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 Asli Gunay Bulutsuz (ESR_8b, RP9), WUT, Poland

Asli studied Material Science at the Department of Material Science and Manufacturing Technologies at the Yildiz Technical University Istanbul/Turkey. In 2012 she completed her master degree with a work about laser interferometry and experimental uncertainties. In the last years she performed research in the field of medical materials (dental implants and dental cutting tools) processed by severe plastic deformation. Within BioTiNet, she investigates the wear resistance of Ti-based biomaterials and seeks methods to make them more resilient against abrasive material removal.



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 Somayeh Abdi (ESR_9, RP11), IFW, Germany

Somayeh has studied Chemistry at the Sharif university of Tehran (Iran) and obtained her Master degree in Physical chemistry specializing in the branch of electrochemistry. She is interested in investigating corrosion and electrochemical behavior of a new ufg/ns and glassy Ti-based alloy and focus on applying some surface modifications to improve the biocompatibility of the material for implant application.




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 Mehdi Golozar (ESR_10, RP12), UCAM, UK

Mehdi studied Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto (Canada); in 2009 he obtained his B.A.Sc. degree with a minor in bioengineering, and in 2011 he completed his M.A.Sc. degree in the Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies. As an undergraduate intern, he also gained R&D experience in the automotive industry at Honda of Canada Manufacturing. Mehdi is interested in the interdisciplinary fields of surface science and surface engineering, with applications in biomaterials engineering. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials at the University of Cambridge, UK. His Ph.D. research project is investigating the functional interfaces between Ti-based substrates and bone. His special focus is to develop surface modifications of novel nanocrystalline and glassy Ti-based alloys and to explore potential methods for the application of bioactive coatings.

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 Ganna Yablokova (ESR_11, RP13), KUL, Belgium

Anna studied metal science and thermal treatment of metals and alloys at Kiev Polytechnic Institute (Ukraine) and obtained Master’s Degree in Metal Science and Engineering in June 2010. Earlier she was specialising in oxidation protection of low-density Gamma-TiAl alloys. Now she is interested in production of biocompatible porous titanium scaffolds by selective laser melting (SLM). Particular attention she pays to design and functionalisation of their surface with a view of their application for biomedical applications.

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 Martina Lorenzetti (ESR_12, RP14), IJS, Slovenia

Martina studied chemistry of materials and she obtained her Master degree at the University of Bologna (Italy) in 2011, specializing in the field of biomaterials. Her interests concern the biocompatibility and osseointegration of hydrothermal treated beta Ti-based alloys. Her special topic is to prepare a titania coating with antibacterial properties, in order to improve cell attachment and bone regeneration in vivo.



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Experienced Researchers - ER FELLOWS

 Dr. Bartek Sulkowski (ER_1, RP8), UniVie, Austria

Bartek studied materials science at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Poland. After obtaining his Master´s Degree in 2006 he started his PhD studies at the same university and gained his PhD degree in 2012. He is interested in theory of work hardening of metals and alloys, especially of single crystals of hexagonal metals. His special focus is put on simulation of mechanical properties of Ti-based alloys for medical applications.

 Dr. Simon Pauly (ER_2, RP10), UCAM, UK

Simon studied Materials Science at the Technical University Darmstadt (Germany) and obtained his Masters degree in 2006. In the following he continued to work in the field of bulk metallic glasses and bulk metallic glass composites at the Institute for Complex Materials at the IFW Dresden and received his PhD in 2010. His work has mainly focused on the interrelation between processing conditions, microstructure and phase formation as well as the resulting mechanical properties of metastable Cu-Zr-based alloys. The aim of his research within the BioTiNet project is to particularly understand the influence of surface deformation on the global mechanical properties of metastable Ti-base alloys and to optimise them through surface modification.

 Dr. Edi Tanase (ER_3, RP15), UCAM, UK

Edi obtained his BSc and MSc in Medical Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering from University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi (Romania) and his PhD in Chemistry from Technical University of Iasi (Romania). Throughout his doctorate he developed expertise in the field of bone tissue engineering spending time in Professor James Kirkpatrick’s lab in Mainz, Germany and Associate Professor Theo van Kooten’s lab in Groningen, The Nederland’s acquiring knowledge in cell and molecular biology studies and tissue culture methodologies. His research, within the BioTiNet project, is focused on biosystem-material interactions of human bone cells when cultured on Ti-based materials.

 Dr. Sasan Dadbakhsh (ER_4, RP16), KUL, Belgium

Sasan participates in the BioTiNet project to develop appropriate standards for the fabrication of porous beta-type Ti alloys and to optimise post-treatments of manufactured parts. This is to assure a strong link between the scientific results and the industrial requirements for orthopaedic applications. He graduated with a BSc degree in Materials Engineering (Industrial Metallurgy) from the Iran University of Science and Technology and a MSc degree in Materials Science and Engineering (Metal Forming) from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. He has received his PhD from University of Exeter UK with a project in Mechanical Engineering involving selective laser melting of metals and in-situ aluminium matrix composites. He has also worked with industrial partners, including TWI Ltd, EADS UK, Bombardier Aerospace plc, TISICS Ltd and Materialise UK, in order to develop laser assisted additive manufacture methods for new classes of high value cost effective metallic parts such as Al, Ti, stainless steel, and super alloys.

 Dr. Florina Constantin (ER_5, RP17), PMT, Switzerland

Florina received her PhD diploma in Materials Science at the National Institute for Applied Science of Lyon, France and at the University of Pitesti, Romania. Her doctoral research concerned the field of corrosion inhibitors used in cooling liquids and involved the study of the effectiveness of two different inhibitors (an organic and an eco-friendly one) and their effect on the aluminum alloys. She earned her Master Research diploma in Materials, Nanomaterials and Multimaterials Science at the National Institute Polytechnic of Toulouse, France, and the University of Pitesti, Romania, and her Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering (Medical Engineering) at the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania. Florina is interested in life cycle assessment tests of biomedical alloys (ß-Ti alloys) such as electrochemical extraction tests, pitting corrosion and corrosion under cyclic stress (dynamic fatigue tests).

 Dr. Ile Mircheski (ER_6, RP18), HELIPRO, Slovenia

Ile Mircheski obtained his BSc and MSc in Mechanical engineering from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering-Skopje (R. Macedonia). After obtaining his Master´s Degree in 2009 he started his PhD studies in 2011 at the same university. His special focus is analyzing of structures by a FE (finite element) modelling approach. The aim of his research within the BioTiNet project is creating of 3D FEA (finite element analysis) to obtain information on the global and localized stress and strain fields resulting from different micro-geometries of pores. Ile is interested to find the optimal porous structure morphology/pore geometry for an orthopaedic implant with improved performance and durability.