Prof. Dr. Dirk W. Grijpma

Affiliated Society: European Society for Biomaterials
Country of Residence: The Netherlands
Current Position: Head of Department


Dirk Grijpma is professor in Biomaterials Science and Technology at the University of Twente. He also holds a part-time position at the University Medical Center Groningen. His expertise is in the synthesis and properties of resorbable polymeric materials for use in medical devices, tissue engineering and in the delivery of relevant biologically compounds, and the interaction of these materials and devices with cells and tissues.

He is author of more than 210 scientific publications and holds 16 patents. He is editorial board member of Biomaterials, Acta Biomaterialia, Biomatter, The Journal for Applied Biomaterials and of the Biomechanics Journal of Orthopaedic Translation.

Areas of research interest:

His research interests are: resorbable polymers for medical applications, structure-properties relationships in polymers, tissue engineering, bioreactor technology, drug delivery, ring opening polymerization, photo-polymerization and stereolithography.

Current research includes the development of advanced microstructures by photo-polymerization of functionalized degradable oligomers in stereolithography and research programs on the tissue engineering of cardiac muscle and blood vessels, the synthesis and processing of composite materials for fracture reconstruction in maxillofacial surgery, and the development of novel materials for drug delivery. Pre-designed anisotropic architectures based on biologically active materials are being developed to engineer musculoskeletal and cardiovascular tissues in bioreactors under conditions that mimic the natural environment. His research includes the synthesis and characterization of large arrays of materials and their evaluation by high throughput methods.

Research keywords:

Biomaterials and Medical Products Commercialization