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Karthik Nair

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Faculty/Dept/School Department of Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering
(Faculty of Engineering and Informatics)
Emailk.j.nair2@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone +441274 233648

Biography

Dr Nair graduated from Bharathi Vidyapeeth College of Pharmacy (India) with a Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy and he gained a PGDip in pharmacology from Nottingham Trent University. He also has an MSc in drug delivery from Aston University, Birmingham. In 2014 he completed his PhD in Pharmaceutical Engineering from Polymer IRC, University of Bradford and since then he is working as a Post-Doctoral Researcher on Healthcare Impact Partnership project on Smart Manufacturing of Medical Devices for soft tissue fixation (e.g. rotator cuff and anterior cruciate ligament repairs; fixations for fracture (including intramedullary nails) and knee joint replacements). The aim of this collaborative project is to exploit unique capabilities in shape memory polymers and biomaterials for enhanced biomedical cementless fixations using controlled shape reversion, in clinically relevant timescales, and open up opportunities for new solutions in orthopaedic repairs, which will have a defined route to regulatory certification and a clear patent pathway.

Research

Main research projects include:

Healthcare: bioresorbable shape memory materials for bone and soft tissue fixation, novel extrusion manufacturing of drugs, drug delivery devices, metered dose inhalers, microneedles, drug-eluting implants and medical devices.

Basic science: Molecular architecture effects on processing, ultra-high strain rate rheometry, AFM of polymers, biomedical materials and nanocomposites.

Novel & efficient processing: Micro-injection moulding, ultrasound moulding solid phase orientation processing, die drawing, extrusion, quality control and additives compounding.


Research and Areas of Expertise:

Drug-eluting devices
Extrusion
Microneedles
Injection moulding
Ultrasound moulding
Soft tissue fixation of medical devices
Die drawing/solid phase orientation
Nanostructures with antibacterial properties
Particle engineering,Spray Drying