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Research group


Research Group on Biomaterials

Academic Unit: Faculty of Engineering

Colombian Ministry of Science








Engineering and technology


Other engineering and technologies

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Strategic Focus

The group’s mission is to generate, apply and transmit knowledge on topics related to biomaterials in order to satisfy the existent demand of professionals formed in this discipline. Our group is supported by and works together with well-known, experienced organizations and research centers, which guarantees its continuous strengthening and recognition both regionally and nationwide.

Research Areas and Topics

  • Mechanical behavior of biomaterials.
  • Development, processing and characterization of scaffolds for tissue engineering.
  • Extraction of biopolymers from natural sources.
  • Superficial modification of ceramic and polymeric biomaterials.
  • Synthesis, characterization, and application of bioglass and of calcium phosphate-type ceramic materials.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Good health and well-being Responsible consumption and production Climate action Partnerships for the goals

Group Coordinator

Diana Marcela Escobar Sierra, PhD

PhD in Chemical Sciences

Universidad de Antioquia.

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Scientific Cooperation

Collaborative Relationships

  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin Campus (UNAL).
  • Metropolitan Technological Institute, Medellin (Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano ITM).
  • Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB).
  • Universidad EAFIT.
  • Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia EIA (EIA).
  • Sampedro Medical Industries.
  • Cecoltec.

Notable Projects

  • Development of bone substitutes composed of natural polymers and hydroxylapatite nanofibers.
  • Evaluation of the morphological, mechanical, and in vitro biocompatibility-related properties of hidroxylapatite foams and biopolymer-coated hydroxyapatite foams.
  • Development of bioactive glass from various sources of silico for reinforcing chitosan scaffolds in tissue engineering.

Main Research Results

  • Development of two bone substitutes composed of two natural polymers: carrageenan and hidroxylapatite nanofiber-coated fibroin (both entirely produced in the laboratory).
  • Demonstration of the morphological, mechanical, and in vitro biocompatibility-related properties of hidroxylapatite foams produced in the laboratory.
  • Development of a bioactive glass from various sources of silico obtained from natural sources such as rice husk and corozo shell.

Research Portafolio

  • Synthesis and fabrication of biomaterials.
  • Evaluation of biomaterial properties.
  • Physical–chemical characterization trials for materials.
  • Counseling and consulting on re-use analysis to companies providing medical services.
  • Design of equipment for the analysis of biomaterial properties.
  • Preparation of formulations for food protection purposes.

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