Andrea Roberto Calore

PhD Student

To understand and tune how the physical properties of thermoplastic polymers can be engineered to provide standardizable products

Andrea Roberto Calore, simply known as Andrea, got his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Padua and his Master’s degree in Bioengineering at the University of Padua after one year as exchange student at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg (Sweden). After a brief parenthesis as technician for a couple of biomedical companies, he decided to pursue a PhD career to quench his thirst for new challenges. When not studying, he can be found swimming anywhere there is some water or travelling by his motorbike.

His research task aims at improving the processing of biocompatible polymers during 3D printing of scaffolds for bone regeneration. Tissue engineering is the future of medicine, having the potential to cope with the lack of donors or risk of rejection of the implanted organs. In this perspective, three-dimensional printing seems to be the answer to the need of a reliable, reproducible, adjustable and up-scalable method to create scaffolds. Many printers available on the market are based on melting the polymer to extrude it. Unfortunately, this often results in thermal degradation of the material itself. Andrea’s goal is to improve the thermal properties of such polymers in a way that is material-independent, whereas the equipment has limited features.