Prof Besim Ben-Nissan

Visiting Professor

Faculty of Science

University of Technology, Sydney, P.O. Box 123
PH: +61 (2) 9514 1784
Fax: +61 (2) 9514 1628
Email: [email protected]


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 "BioTomo".

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