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Medical Polymers Research Institute

Medical Polymers Research Institute


Medical Polymers Research Institute

The Medical Polymers Research Institute (MPRI) was established in 2002 to complement the work being undertaken in the PPRC and concentrates on the development of new polymeric materials, products and processes for the medical devices and drug delivery industries. 

MPRI draws its core academic staff from across the chemical, physicochemical, engineering and pharmaceutical disciplines and draws on their vast world class experience to provide integrated solutions to clients' needs in the field of medical polymer engineering. 

Area(s) of Expertise

The academic partners have the background, experience and use of state-of-the-art facilities to engineer the delivery of active agents from devices, together with an appreciation of the relevant clinical and regulatory issues associated with the medical devices/pharmaceutical industry interface. The research specialties of the Institute include polymer processing, biomaterials science, drug delivery systems design and assessment, medical packaging, medical devices design, polymeric prostheses, infection and related clinical aspects of device usage. 

Materials and devices currently being investigated include high-performance polymeric biomaterials, bioactive materials, artificial joints, catheters and stents, medical adhesives, dental materials, device surface coatings and modifications. The research involves studies on polymer morphology and microstructure, blend rheology, processing, diffusion, biocompatibility, physical, thermal and chemical properties, and stress and failure analysis. Clinical applications include urology, orthopaedics, dental surgery, rehabilitation engineering, sterilisation and advanced polymeric packaging systems. 

The Institute carries out fundamental and applied research on polymeric biomaterials, passive and active (drug delivery) medical devices and medical/pharmaceutical polymeric packaging materials, integrating innovative research from design, through processing to testing and evaluation. 


Queen's University Belfast

Project Funding

We have access to a range of potential funding mechanisms to support your business collaborate with this project including

ktp Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are based on partnerships between academic groups and companies who need access to skills and knowledge in order to innovate. The academic and industrial partners jointly devise and manage a two or three year programme to achieve the advances the company needs. This programme of work is carried out in the company by a KTP Associate and the resulting relationship can be very challenging and rewarding to all parties
4k-vouchers Innovation Vouchers are designed to enable small Northern Ireland enterprises to access knowledge and expertise to develop innovative solutions to business issues. The programme provides a voucher of up to £4000 to enable small enterprises to engage with one of the 41 universities, colleges and other publicly funded research organisations throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
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