Dental Biomaterials

I. About the Dental Biomaterials Department
Dental Biomaterials Department was recognized as a postgraduate program in dentistry by the Secretariat of the Council for Dental Education and Postgraduate Programs in 1999. This department has trained Iranian Ph.D. candidates since 2007.
We are pleased to provide the facilities for training international postgraduate students in the field of dental biomaterials. Accordingly, advanced training programs are offered as post-graduate programs.
II. Introduction to Graduate Program (Ph.D.) in Dental
Biomaterials at TUMS
The Department of Dental Biomaterials; School of Dentistry; Tehran University of Medical Sciences in conjunction with the School for Advanced Medical Technologies offers a graduate program leading to a Ph.D. degree in Dental Biomaterials.
Degree awarded: Ph.D.
Duration: 4 years
Program Description:
This program may include complementary courses based on the candidate's background, the subject and the field of Ph.D. research proposal during the 1st yearis listed below (Table 1). The majority of the course work is through the Department of Dental Biomaterials, School of Dentistry. Candidate’s instruction is on one on one bases with his/her research advisor from the department.
Ph.D. Research Proposal:
To find out more about opportunities to study at the Dental Biomaterials Department, choose the research area closest to your field of interest from the list below (Table 2). The list clarifies the department's research priorities and philosophy, the available research environment, and facilities. Applicants can select one of the proposed areas or propose their own idea for further evaluation according to the department's available facilities and policies.
Table 1. Complementary courses, based on candidate's qualifications
  Essentials of Clinical Dentistry (For non-dental graduates)


Oral Biology and Anatomy  Introduction to essentials of oral biology and anatomy
 Introduction to Biochemistry
 General Research Skills
 Introduction to Biostatistics
 Introduction to Research Ethics
 Media and Software Applications in research
 Bioengineering and Materials Science
 Processing and Properties of Materials
 Materials Characterization Laboratory
 Mechanical Response, properties and Testing of Materials and Dental Materials.
 General Knowledge of Biomaterials
 Polymer and Polymer-based biomaterials: Properties, Synthesis and characterization
 Ceramics: Properties, Microstructural Characterization Techniques.
 Metals: Microstructural Characterization Techniques and fundamentals of Metallurgy
 Mechanical Properties.
 Fracture Behavior of Materials
Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering
 Principles of Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering


Table 2. Research Projects.


A. Regeneration and Tissue Engineering
  • Stem cell sources for odontoblast differentiation. (Dr. T.S Jafarzadeh)
  • Dental pulp regeneration (Dr. T. S Jafarzadeh)
  • Polymer and Composite scaffolds for hard tissue regeneration (Dr. S. Shahabi)
  • Preparation, characterization and evaluation of mechanical and biologicalproperties of PLGA/LDH nanocomposites for bone tissue  
  • engineering applications (Dr. T. S Jafarzadeh)
  • Characterization the mechanical and biocompatibility of apatite composed dentalenamels (Dr. T. S Jafarzadeh)
  • Repair of Initial Enamel Lesions Using Nano Fluoro-hydroxyapatite. (Dr. F. Shafiei)
  • Preparation, properties and applications of Biphasic nano hydroxyapatite and beta-tricalcium phosphate. (Dr. F. Shafiei)
  • Preparation, Characterization and Properties of Nano- or Composite-based Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering (Dr. T. Hooshmand)
B. Nanotechnology and Dental Biomaterials
  • Preparation & characterization of a polymeric nano-particulate system fordelivery antibacterial agents and its antibacterial effects on
  • bacteriainteract with osteogenesis in oral diseases (Dr. T. S Jafarzadeh)
  • Nano-hydroxyapatite Materials for Biomedical Applications. (Dr. T. Hooshmand)
  • Characterization and Mechanical Properties of Glass Ceramics, Alumina- and Zirconia-based Ceramics (Dr. T. Hooshmand)
C. Adhesive Dentistry
  • Bonding of dental resin cements to zirconia substrates (Dr. T. Hooshmand)
  • Synthesis and characterization of new an antibacterial dental adhesive. (Dr. F. Shafiei)
  • Characterization and Bonding Effectiveness of Silane Coupling Agents (Dr. T. Hooshmand)
D. Laser in Dental Biomaterials Science
  • Resin to zirconia bonding using laser surface treatments. (Dr. T. Hooshmand)
  • The effect of laser on surface textures of ceramics.(Dr. S. Shahabi)
  • The application of laser on repairing procedures of ceramics. .(Dr. S. Shahabi)
  • Evaluation of the efficacy of laser bleaching. .(Dr. S. Shahabi)
  • The interaction of laser and biomaterials. .(Dr. S. Shahabi)
  • Laser-irradiated Enamel and Dentin Structures (Dr. T. Hooshmand)
E. Dental Technology
  • Experimental navigation system in the mandible Cow for apical resection surgery
F. Biomaterials in Implant Dentistry
  • Bioglasses, Bioceramics and Implant Coatings (Dr. T. Hooshmand)
  • Dental Implant Materials (Dr. T. Hooshmand)


III. Research Facilities and Laboratories:


Dental Biomaterials Department provides three laboratories for biomaterials studies. Moreover, the department collaborates with other laboratories in other research centers and schools inside and outside the main campus (table 3).


Table 3. Laboratories of Dental Biomaterials Department


Laboratory of Biomechanical Characterization and Properties of Materials
Location: school of Advanced Medical Technologies, Imam Khomeini Complex
Facilities: ISOMET micro-saw, Universal Testing Machine, Vickers Microhardness, Shore-A Hardness, Acid Erosion Tester
Laboratory of Chemical Synthesis
Location: Dental Biomaterials Research Center; TUMS Campus
Facilities: Laboratory equipment for organic and non-organic biomaterials synthesis
Laboratory of Biomaterial Analysis
Location: Dental Biomaterials Research Center; TUMS Campus
Facilities: XRD, FT-IR, DSC, SEM


Contact Information:  For further information on post-graduate program in Dental Biomaterials, please fill free to contact:


Dr. T. S Jafarzadeh

Coordinator of the International Affairs

Department Dental Biomaterials

School of Dentistry

Tehran University of Medical Sciences