Smart Dental Biomaterials: From Antibacterial Therapies to Tissue Regeneration

Date(s) - 11/09/2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Virtual via Zoom

Santiago Orrego, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Departments of Oral Health Sciences and Bioengineering, Temple University

Santiago Orrego, Ph.D.

Smart Dental Biomaterials: From Antibacterial Therapies to Tissue Regeneration


Multifunctional biomaterials play a crucial role in the next generation of biomedical devices. There are increasing demands for new classes of biomaterials that are responsive to local stimuli (e.g. change in pH, temperature) for the effective application of a therapy (e.g. anti-infection, drug delivery, regeneration). The successful development of these technologies could lead to the improvement of overall health and reduction of medical costs associated with diseases.

In this talk, I will present our recent advances on the development of different smart dental biomaterials with intriguing multi-functionalities. Specifically, I will describe our novel dental resin composite with dual functionalities including antibacterial and regeneration.  Furthermore, I will present our biomaterial that mimics bone in the ability to self-stiffen in response to external loading.


Dr. Santiago Orrego currently holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences and Bioengineering Department at Temple University in Philadelphia. His interdisciplinary research combines approaches from advanced materials, microbiology and engineering towards the development of smart biomaterials to improve oral health. His work encompasses various aspects of antibacterial and regeneration technologies, mechanical properties of mineralized tissues and self-stiffening materials.