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Nazanin Emami
Nazanin Emami

Nazanin Emami

Luleå tekniska universitet
Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik
E847 Luleå

Responsible for Biotribology research group

Director of the studies for National Research School in Tribology, Participating universities: LTU, KTH, Uppsala University, Högskolan i Halmstad

Research interest

Biotribology, friction, wear and lubrication in biological environments, in the body's joints, such as hip and knee & Bio-compatible materials especially orthopedic materials development: to develop new implant materials with improvement of certain properties for use in load-bearing joints

Academic background

1994: Doctor in Dentistry (DDS). Thesis title “non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease”

2001: Licentiate in Engineering Science at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Thesis title “Effect of light poser density variation on dental light-cure resin composites”

2004: Doctoral degree (PhD), at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Thesis title “Variables affecting stress development and resin conversion in light-cured dental composites”

2006-2008: Biomaterials and Biointerface Department, Ian Wark Research Institute, University of South Australia, Australia. Supported by Swedish Research Council.

Supervising (Main supervisor for following PhD students)

1. Evelina Enqvist. Research project title: Tribological behavior of Highly crosslinked UHMWPE

2. Silvia Suner Research project title: Wear particles characterization

3. Jorge Rituerto Research project title: Biotribocorrosion of new metallic alloy

4. Alaleh Safari Research project title: Mapping of wear particles distribution in biological lubricant


*Research trainee candidate 2009-2010:Evelina Enqvist. “Novel bio-naoncomposite for biomedical applications”


  • Corrosion and Surface Engineering Research Group, Institute of Engineering Thermofluids, Surfaces and Interfaces. University of Leeds. UK
  • Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds. UK
  • Nanotechnology Research Division, Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation. University of Aveiro. Portugal
  • Department of Chemical Engineering, Umeå University. Sweden
  • Polymer Engineering Research Group at LTU, Sweden
  • Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Western Ontario. Canada


- 2010  First place winner (shared with Division of Materials Engineering) in ”Dental ceramic challenge”

- 2008  Award winner of ”Royal Skytteanska Samfundet”. As young and outstanding researcher in the faculty of engineering at LTU.

-2002 Travel award winner in Doctoral category at International Association of Dental

Research (IADR), held in San Diego, USA.

- 2001 First Price winner of Doctoral category of EDWARD HATTON AWARD, Scandinavian Division meeting of International Association of Dental Res, Copenhagen, Denmark

Master thesis projects, project courses, and short industrial research projects

- 2012. Alaleh Safari. Research project title: Mapping of wear particles distribution of UHMWPE nano-composite in Biological Environment

- 2012. Dmitrij Ramanska: Research project title: Mechanical characterisation of novel UHMWPE-nano compositse  “A comparrative study agains virgin UHMWPE

Industrial research project

 - 2010 Erik Rylander, Latifa Melk, Newsha Doroudgarian “Ceramic Challenge competition, industrial project”. (together with division of materialteknik)

Completed number of research projects and supervision of M.Sc. projects in the areas of Biomateria

- 2011Anna Diez “Effect of Ball Milling on mechanical properties of UHMWPE composite”

- 2011 Erik Rylander “Corrosive and tribological behavior of Hafnium compare to Ti”

- 2010 Mamoun Taher “Effect of temperature and pressure of hot-press on crystallinity and mechanical properties of reinforced UHMWPE”.

*- 2010 Dmitrij Ramanenka “Mechanical behaviour of dental glass-ceramics” Dmitrij was awarded the best “material science and engineering student of the year by NOAK (norrbotten academy) and received an award price for his work.

- 2009Carles Rossell.Master Thesis  "Development of bio-nanocomposite for medical application".

- 2009. Séverine Vennin and Alexandre Dhotel.Research project “Mechanical properties of dentin and dentin bonding interface. Methodology evaluatin”.

- 2009. Wina Widya Gustiana. Master Thesis "Characterization of bonding-dentin interface".

- 2009. Lisa Levander.  Master Thesis “Biocompatible iron-based colloidal suspensions for Imaging Applications”

- 2005. Sebastian Durin. Master Thesis “Bionano-composites; Novel combination of carbon nanotubes with ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene”.

- 2004.Kevin Siebert. Master Thesis “Interaction between important properties in Biopolymers”.

- 2004. Enric B.Llinas and Bertrand Sabatier. Master Thesis “Zirconia based


- 2003. Cédryck Vaquette. Master Thesis “Absorbance behaviour of light-cured dental composites”

- 2003. Stina Wigren and Philip Chaabane. Industrial Master Thesis (project was in collaboration with Ivoclar Vivadent Liechtenstein). “Veneering composites for indirect dental restorations: A comparative study of physical and mechanical properties”

- 2002.Maria M. Vigil and Alvaro N. Viera Sc. Master Thesis “Young’s modulus and degree of polymerization of Light-cured Dental Resins”

- 2002.Federico Tomassini. Collaborative Master Thesis project supervision with university of Perugia,Italy. “Cure kinetic behaviours and mechanical properties of nano-dental composites versus conventional” Report is published in Italy with English summery.


Artikel i tidskrift

Characterization of Wood and Graphene Nanoplatelets (GNPs) Reinforced Polymer Composites (2020)

Al-Maqdasi. Z, Gong. G, Nyström. B, Emami. N, Joffe. R
Materials, Vol. 13, nr. 9
Artikel i tidskrift

Effect of proteins and phosphates on the degradation and repassivation of CoCrMo alloys under tribocorrosion conditions (2020)

Bryant. M, Rituerto Sin. J, Emami. N, Neville. A
Tribology - Materials, Surfaces & Interfaces
Artikel i tidskrift

Tribological performance of hygrothermally aged UHMWPE hybrid composites (2019)

Palmeira Belotti. L, Vadivel. H, Emami. N
Tribology International, Vol. 138, s. 150-156

Biocompatibility, Mechanical and Tribological properties of GO reinforced thermoplastic polymer (2018)

Emami. N
Paper presented at : 14th International Conference on Flow Processes in Composite Materials, 30 May - 1 June, 2018, Luleå, Sweden