Our goal is to enable the development and manufacturing of biomaterials for oral health moving forward in 21st century by providing critical measurement methods and reference materials. Our multidisciplinary team combines expertise in experimental, theoretical and simulation approaches.
Technical and Programmatic Details:
Photo-cured Polymers, Composites, Adhesives and Coatings
Bacteria – Material Interactions
Scaffold-based Bone Regeneration (emerging areas of science in oral health care)
History and Partners:
NIST's involvement in dental materials dates back to 1919. In 1928, the Paffenbarger Research Center (PRC) of the American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) began working at NIST (then National Bureau of Standards, NBS) with the purpose of developing science-based standards for dentistry. The unique collaboration between NIST and PRC has afforded the dental profession the ability to participate in the development of science-based standards and new technologies that are relevant to the needs of the profession. Scientists at NIST and PRC have changed the profession of dentistry in fundamental ways through scientific advancements and discovery. Throughout its history as the PRC, and now with its new name, the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center (VRC) has been at the forefront of dental materials research. Today, scientists continue the tradition of transferring scientific advances from the bench to the clinic.
Much of this collaborative research has been funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR/NIH). NIST and NIDCR have had an interagency agreement since the 1960s to advance materials and measurement methods for improving oral health. Together, scientists at NIST and PRC, with the support of NIDCR, have developed numerous new technologies and established many scientifically based standards for dental materials, instruments, and therapies.
Today NIST continues its close working relationships with NIDCR and the ADAF, while also establishing closer ties with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The NIST dental research team is also actively involved in the consensus standards bodies (e.g., ADA/SCDP, ISO TC 106), while working closely with dental industry and academic research laboratories.