Oct 19, 2015 | Sanchari Dan
The Department of Ceramic Engineering of NIT Rourkela is on its way towards national acclaim with Professor Debasish Sarkar of the department having been selected to receive the prestigious Materials Research Society of India (MRSI) Medal for 2016 for his recent work on patient specific Orthopaedic implants. MRSI Medals are awarded in recognition of excellence in a particular field of expertise within the domain of materials and processes. Prof. Sarkar will also deliver the esteemed MRSI Medal Lecture as the recipient of the award.
Dr. Sarkar, along with his team (comprising Partha Banerjee (M. Tech), Sekh Akbar Basha (Ph.D, JRF), T. Satish Kumar (B. Tech), B. Sambireddy (Ph.D, SRF), Sarath K(M.Tech), Md. Nahid (M.Tech), Barsha Baishali Panda (B.Tech)), has warranted a further shower of accolades on this dynamic department by collaborating with twelve investigators of the material science departments of another five institutes (orthopaedic surgeons/ prosthodontists from M. S. Ramaiyah University of Applied Sciences; polymer scientists from IISc, Bangalore/CIPET; biologists/ veterinary scientists from SCTIMST, Trivandrum and ceramicists from CGCRI, Kolkata) to ensure the establishment of the ‘Translational Centre on Biomaterials for Orthopaedic and Dental Applications’ at IISc, Bangalore, headed by Prof. Bikramjit Basu. This centre has received funding (INR 500 lakhs) from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India under Centres of Excellence and Innovation in Biotechnology (CEIB) scheme. Dr. Sarkar will receive INR 70 lakhs for the design, fabrication and analysis of bio-implants under this program.
Prof. Sarkar and his team are working on the orthopaedic context of the project, developing implants for the various joints in the human body keeping in mind the mechanical and biological constraints of the implantation process. Indian patient-specific femoral ball-head/ acetabular socket prototypes will be developed from zirconia-toughened alumina and HDPE-Alumina-HA based hybrid composites. The exuberant team has already made great strides with their project with two patented designs under their belt.
Team MM congratulates Prof. Sarkar and wishes the team the very best in their research endeavour.