Project title:

Nanostructural Surface Development for Dental Implant Manufacturing

Project contract number:


Project implementation deadline:

01.01.2018 – 30.06.2023

Total project funding:

1 008 000,00 EUR

Research manager:

Dr. Roman Viter (Laboratory of Optical Biosensors and Functional Nanomaterials)

About the project:

The project NanoSurf is targeted to strengthen international and intersectoral collaboration in dental implant research, sharing new ideas and knowledge transfer from research to market and vice versa. We will investigate nanostructured metal oxide coatings, 3D scaffolds, obtained by electrospinning deposition of organic nanofibers and lazer patterning of the implant surface using biotechnology, cell engineering and nanotechnology. Interdisciplinary project research and innovation goals are targeted to develop a new class of dental implants with advanced mechanical properties and improved surfaces, treated with nanotechnological methods, which will demonstrate high biocompatibility, antibacterial properties and integration with a patient’s bone. The developed devices will simplify dental surgery and avoid bacterial inflammatory complications after the implant surgery. This can provide better dental services and improve health of EU society.
The project partners will provide research and training activities in the fields of fabrication and characterization of Zirconium-Titanium (ZrTi) alloy-based dental implants, sol-gel deposition of metal oxides, biopolymers and organic/inorganic nanolaminates, laser patterning, electrospinning, structural characterization, cell engineering, modeling analysis and commercialisation of scientific achievements from research results to final product.
Research and management training will be provided to experienced and early stage researchers to strengthen their personal skills, improve their track record and expertise via new scientific papers and conference presentations and strengthen development of EU research human resources. Long-lasting collaboration between partners, based on co-supervising students and preparation of novel collaborative project proposals is foreseen. Dissemination of project results will make an impact on development of EU research potential in the fields of bio-, nanotechnology and applied science.


Faculty of Medicine (FM) and Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy (IAPS) have organized a joint open lecture and lab demonstration on ‘Physical methods for analysis of pharmacological compounds’ for 3rd year Pharmacy bachelor study programme students of FM. Prof. Una Riekstina (FM) and Dr. Roman Viter (IAPS) have moderated the activity. 
At the first part of the lecture, theoretical basis of structure and optical characterization of active pharmacological compounds (ACP) has been shown to the students. At the second part of the lecture, experimental facilities of Laboratory of optical biosensors and functional nanomaterials were demonstrated to students within open lab demonstration. Synthesis of nanofibers by electrospinning and surface treatment of dental implants have been shown as examples for application of ACP. The students have learned on how to use optical spectroscopy (transmittance and fluorescence) and FTIR for characterization of organic and inorganic compounds. 
Prof. U. Riekstina and Dr. R.Viter have demonstrated to the students importance of multidisciplinary study and research, participation and opportunities of new joint projects and collaboration. 
FM and IAPS plan to extend joint collaboration in the field of nanotechnology, biotechnology, medicine and biomedical applications.