About this project
Wounds that fail to heal are a worldwide unmet clinical need. Current therapies are often ineffective, largely because not enough is known about how wounds normally heal in response to the treatment clinically received.
New developments in negative pressure technologies are rapidly entering the market to address this clinical need. Current standardised test methodologies, while effective for quality assurance, are failing to demonstrate the increased performance of these technologies. Therefore, there is a need for standardised test platforms and protocols that accurately represent clinical practice with the ability to provide additional data acquisition related to wound healing KPIs.
The University of Hull’s advanced additive manufacturing facility (FabLab) provides the capability to produce such test platforms using FDM, PolyJet, and SLA printing techniques. These technologies allow variation in material properties such as conductivity (i.e. for electronics integration), flexible materials (mimicking anatomical tissues), hydrophobicity/philicity (driving microfluidics), and other features including porosity, anisotropic mechanical properties and complex geometries not achievable through conventional manufacture.
Working as part of the University of Hull’s Advanced Wound Care cluster, in partnership with Smith & Nephew (an industry-leading wound care company), you will join a cohort of PhD students working towards the common goal of applying cutting-edge research techniques to better understand and develop new ways to improve wound repair. The cluster incorporates a pool of experienced supervisors who are experts in wound healing, biomedicine, biomedical engineering and chemistry. All projects also include industry supervisors and provide unique industrial training opportunities.