Joseph A. Planell

Affiliated Society: European Society for Biomaterials
Country of Residence: Spain
Current Position: President of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya



  • Graduate in Physics at the University of Barcelona (1975); Ph.D. (Materials Science) at the University of London (1983).
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Technical University of Catalonia (1992).
  • Rector (President) of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (2013).
  • Director of the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia since its creation in 2005 to 2013.
  • George Winter Award from the European Society for Biomaterials, 2013.
  • Fellow Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE) by the International Union Biomaterials Science and Engineering Societies.
  • Vice-president of the European Society for Biomaterials (2005-2009).
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine (Springer) (2007-2013).
  • Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona (2008), and Member of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Barcelona (2006).

Areas of research interest:

At present:

  • Calcium phosphates and calcium phosphate cements
  • Calcium phosphate glasses
  • Tissue Engineering (Bone, skin, neural)
  • Surface modification and surface characterization
  • 3D fabrication
  • Electrospun scaffolds
  • PLA-CaP composites