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Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Mr. Nawar Al-Zebari

Mr. Nawar Al-Zebari

PhD Student

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 334560


Nawar is a Ph.D. student at the Cambridge Centre for Medical Material and he focuses on natural polymers. He is supervised by both Professor Ruth Cameron and Professor Serena Best. He is a member of St. John’s College, Cambridge and he is funded by the Cambridge Home and EU Scholarship Scheme (CHESS). Nawar studied Dental Materials (Materials Science) at Queen Mary, University of London and obtained a MEng degree with First Class Honours. He also received several prizes, of which one was the Armourers and Brasiers Medal for outstanding academic results and research.

Nawar is developing a novel material that can potentially minimise or inhibit fibrotic tissue formation during repair and regeneration of tissues and organs. The material may also be used as an antifouling agent. Many biomedical implants are limited, that they attract undesirable cells, therefore there is an interest in exploring the possibility of making surfaces control which cells attach and proliferate.    

In his final year MEng project, Nawar worked on improving the design and material for a medical catheters which would help reduce infections and resultant costs to the NHS. He was involved in the manufacturing, programming and finally testing of the shape memory polymers, ensuring they operate within physiological temperatures. The outcome was promising in research and development of the ‘smart’ stimuli responsive shape memory polymers which were patented.

His interest lies within the field of tissue engineering, drug delivery and surface modification. He also has a great interest in biomimetic, bioresponsive, bioactive and smart materials.