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Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge


Mr Reece Oosterbeek

Mr Reece Oosterbeek

PhD Student

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 334560


Reece completed his B.E.(Hons) and M.E. degrees at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, specialising in Chemical and Materials Engineering. His Masters project focused on developing novel magnesium-polymer composites for use as bioresorbable orthopaedic implants. Following this in 2013, he joined the Photon Factory, a laser lab at the University of Auckland. Here he worked on laser ablation, investigating how spatial and temporal pulse shaping can affect the laser micromachining process. In 2015 he was awarded a Woolf Fisher Scholarship to undertake his Ph.D studies at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Research Interests

Reece is a Ph.D student at the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials, supervised by Professors Serena Best and Ruth Cameron, focusing on bioresorbable polymer composites for applications in areas such as cardiac stents or orthopaedic surgery. These novel materials can act as a support to allow the surrounding tissue to regenerate, as well as releasing compounds that assist with the healing process.

His project will investigate novel polymers and polymer blends, in conjunction with bioactive glasses as composite materials. These materials display good mechanical properties and can be fully resorbed into the body. Key to successful medical application will be understanding the interaction between the composition, processing, and structure of the composites, and how this affects their final properties. The timescale of degradation is also crucial, and Reece’s work will investigate the mechanisms of composite degradation, in order to tailor materials with appropriate properties that degrade at suitable rates for medical applications.


  • Polymer Blends
  • Degradation of bio-composite materials
  • • Polymer/bioactive glass composites
  • Biodegradable/Bioresorbable polymers

Key Publications

Oosterbeek, R. N., Seal, C. K., Seitz, J. M., & Hyland, M. M. (2013). Polymer–bioceramic composite coatings on magnesium for biomaterial applications. Surface and Coatings Technology, 236, 420-428.

Oosterbeek, R. N., Seal, C. K., Staiger, M. P., & Hyland, M. M. (2015). Topologically ordered magnesium‐biopolymer hybrid composite structures. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 103(1), 311-317.

Oosterbeek, R. N., Corazza, C., Ashforth, S., & Simpson, M. C. (2016). Effects of dopant type and concentration on the femtosecond laser ablation threshold and incubation behaviour of silicon. Applied Physics A, 122(4), 1-10.