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Bioresorbable biomaterials used in medical implants, including polymers and ceramics.

Professor Fraser Buchanan graduated with a first class degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy from Imperial College, London in 1987. After spending two years at Rolls-Royce, Bristol, working in an aerospace manufacturing environment, he undertook a PhD at University of Cambridge on the topic of high temperature carbon-carbon composites. Following this he worked at Cookson Group, Oxford, developing refractory systems for handing of molten steel and decorative glazes for the tile industry. He then returned to an academic environment, working on hip and knee joint replacements at University of Nottingham.

Research Statement

Professor Buchanan started as a new lecturer in Queen's in 1998 and was appointed as Chair in Biomaterials Engineering within the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2010. He has been involved in various aspects of materials degradation research for the past 20 years. His research has more recently focused on the influence of process conditions and post-processing modifications on the performance of biomaterials such as calcium phosphate ceramics and bioresorbable polymers. His current research on calcium phopsphates focuses on two main areas. Firstly, optimising the performance of injectable calcium phosphate cements. Secondly, development of naturally derived bioresorbable calcium phosphates derived from marine algae. His research on bioresorbable polymers currently focuses on synthetic biocompatible polymers (e.g. aliphatic polyesters) such as polylactic acid (PLA) and polyglycolic acid (PGA). Projects include modification of degradation behaviour through incorporation of additives and electron beam treatment surface treatments.


Materials 1 MEE1021 for stage 1 Mechanical, Product Design and Aerospace Engineers

Polymer Materials 3 MEE3062 for stage 3 Mechanical Engineers and Product Designers

Undergraduated projects, mainly relating the biomaterials and medical implants

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Tissue Scaffolds Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2002 2006

R3563CHE: Invest NI RTD COE 16

Armstrong, C., Buchanan, F., Dunne, N., Gorman, S., Harkin-Jones, E., Hornsby, P., Jones, D., Martin, P., McNally, T., McNally, G., Orr, J. & Woolfson, D.


Project: Research

Research Output 1998 2019

A bespoke modular 3D printed pelvis phantom for validation of prostate SABR with dominant intra-prostatic lesion (DIL) boost regions

McGarry, C., McCreery, C., Jeevanandam, P., King, R., Hounsell, A., Jain, S. & Buchanan, F., 27 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Bone and Bones
Prostatic Neoplasms
Open Access
Equipment and Supplies
Tissue Scaffolds
Bone and Bones

An Investigation of Diatom Biosilica Incorporation into 3D Printed Bioresorbable Scaffolds of Bone Repair

Han, R., Matthew Julius, Buchanan, F. & Walsh, P., 08 Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

1 Citation (Scopus)

A UV-Vis Spectroscopic Method for Monitoring of Additive Particle Properties during Polymer Compounding

Whitaker, D. A., Buchanan, F., Billham, M. & McAfee, M., 15 Mar 2018, In : Polymer Testing. 67

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Polymer melts



Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Editorial activity

Marine Drugs (Journal)

Susan Clarke (Guest editor), Fraser Buchanan (Guest editor)
01 Aug 201730 Apr 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity


Precision Techniques for Hip Joint Replacement Surgery Improves Quality of Life for over 10,000 Patients

John Orr (Participant), David Beverland (Participant), Fraser Buchanan (Participant), Janet Hill (Participant), Alice Sykes (Participant)

Impact: Economic Impact, Health Impact


Development and assessment of calcium phosphate bone substitutes for orthopaedic applications

Author: Newe, C. F., May 2012

Supervisor: Dunne, N. (Supervisor), Buchanan, F. (Supervisor) & Walker, G. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


In vitro osteoclast resorption of calcium phosphate bone substitutes

Author: Martin, J., 2015

Supervisor: Buchanan, F. (Supervisor), Clarke, S. (Supervisor), Dunne, N. (Supervisor) & Nelson, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy