Seminar: Van Thompson at Latrobe Conference Room 106

November 10, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Latrobe Conference Room 106
Johns Hopkins University Department of Engineering for Professionals
Johns Hopkins University, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Khairul Bariah Abd Majid, Program Coordinator.
410 516 5033


CISMMS Special Seminar


Date:   Monday, November 10, 2014,  2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Latrobe 106
Speaker: Dr. Van Thompson,Professor of Biomaterials, Biomimetics & Biophotonic,King’s College London Dental Institute,

Floor 17, Tower Wing, Guy’s Hospital,

London, SE1 9RT, United Kingdom.

[email protected]


Dental Enamel- a Multi-Scale Modelling Challenge

 The tooth is a unique functionally graded composite structure at several levels providing a hard and apparently self-healing enamel external shell bonded to a dynamic and resilient dentin core both supported by a vascular and neural network in the tooth pulp. Tooth enamel is nature’s cell derived method for production of a high elastic modulus (~ 90 GPa), hard, wear, and fatigue resistant structure.  This presentation will review the micro and meso structure of human teeth as well as studies on their Hertzian contact and Vickers indentation response.  The fracture toughness measurements of enamel and dentin by several groups and the need to further explore mechanical response with enamel location and orientation are discussed.  Emphasis well be on the role of decussation on enamel properties and likely mechanisms for enamel self-repair of microcracks when teeth are fatigued


About the Speaker

THOMPSONVanP HeadVan P. Thompson, DDS, PhD, is currently, Professor of Biomaterials, Biomimetics and Biophotonics at King’s College London Dental Institute and was previously Chair, Biomaterials and Biomimetics, NYU College of Dentistry.  Known for his work on adhesion and bonded bridges at the University of Maryland he has published many articles and made numerous presentations on dental biomaterials in the U.S. and internationally.  His current research areas include dentin caries activity, all-ceramic crown fatigue and fracture, modifications of dentin for bonding, engineering tissue response via scaffold architecture and practice based research (PEARL Network).


Faculty Host:

 Prof. Somnath Ghosh, 203 Latrobe, 410-516-7833, [email protected]

For more information, please contact:

Khairul Bariah Abd Majid: 410-516-5033 or [email protected]


Center for Excellence on Integrated Materials Modeling