Faculty of Science
University of Technology, Sydney, P.O. Box 123
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Professor Besim Ben-Nissan has higher degrees in Metallurgical Engineering
(ITU), Ceranic Engineering (University of New South Wales) and a Ph.D. in Mechanical
and Industrial Engineering/Biomedical Engineering (University of New South Wales).
Over the last three decades together with a large numbers of PhD students he
has worked on production and analysis of various biomedical implants, hydroxyapatite
ceramics, advanced ceramics (alumina, zirconia, silicon nitrides), sol-gel developed
nanocoatings for enhanced bioactivity, corrosion and abrasion protections, optical
and electronic ceramics. He also has contributed in the areas of mechanical
¬properties of sol-gel developed nanocoatings.
In the biomedical field, he has involved with the development of materials
for implant technology (bioactive materials including conversion of Australian
corals to hydroxyapatite bone grafts), biomimetics (learning from nature and
its application to regenerative medicine), bio-composites, investigative research
on biomechanics and Finite Element Analysis (jaw bone, knee, hip joints, hip
resurfacing), reliability and implant design (modular ceramic knee prosthesis,
femoral head stresses). He has initiated worlds first reliable ceramic knee
and hydroxyapatite sol gel derived nanocoatings.
Since 1990 he has published over 200 papers in journals, books and book chapters.
He is one of the editors of the Journal of the Australian Ceramic Society and
editorial board member of three international biomaterials journals. He has
served as the Federal President and council member of Australian Ceramic Society
(ACS), and International Society of Ceramics for Medicine and a board member
of the Federation of the Advancement of Research in Medicine (FARM). He was
awarded in 2000 "The Australasian Ceramic Society Award" for his contribution
to Ceramic Education and Research and Development in Australia. He also received
"Future Materials Award" in 2006 for his contribution to the biomedical
materials field with Nanocoated materials and bone grafts. He has collaborated
with a number of international groups in Japan, USA, Thailand, Finland, Israel
and Turkey and held grants from the Australian Academy of Science andthe Japan
Society for Promotion of Science for collaborative work in the biomedical field
in USA and Japan respectively.
After serving as an academic for over 33 years he has retired "or transformed
to a better state", however still contributes to science by supervising
higher degree students, research and as a director of a new biomedical company