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From Polymer Processing to Fabrication of Tissue Engineering Scaffolds

Reporter: Prof. Lih-Sheng Turng, UW-Madison, USA

Time: 10:00

Place: Room 410, Old Hydraulic Building


In light of the broad range of academic and research interests of the audience and in the spirit of encouraging dialogue, this presentation will begin with a background of Turng’s research on microcellular injection molding, biobased polymers, and polymer nanocomposites. These research areas enable the mass production of porous, biodegradable polymer constructs with tunable mechanical properties that are naturally suitable for tissue engineering scaffold applications. The second part of the presentation includes a brief introduction to tissue engineering and biofabrication, followed by a walk-through of some of the ongoing research projects in Turng’s group and the BIONATES research theme at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

Brief Introduction:

Professor Turng holds the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship and is the Co-Director of the Polymer Engineering Center at UW-Madison, a Fellow member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the recipient of the 2015 Plastics Educator of the Year Award from the SPE Milwaukee Section, 2011 Engineer of the Year award from the SPE Injection Molding Division, and an Honored Service Member (for distinguished services and contributions to the society) of the SPE. Professor Turng has published nearly 300 peer-reviewed technical papers since joining UW-Madison in 2000 and has authored or edited many books, book chapters, patents, conference proceedings, and special issue journals. He has served as the Chair of the Canadian NSERC Network for Innovative Plastic Materials and Manufacturing Processes (NIPMMP) as well as the editorial boards of a variety of international journals and the Board of Directors of the Injection Molding Division of SPE. Professor Turng has recently been selected to lead an interdisciplinary team at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) to develop innovative tissue engineering scaffolds that restore, maintain, or improve the function of diseased or damaged human tissues. He is also the University of Wisconsin–Madison Principal Investigator for the DOD Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) project, one of the President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes.