Benjamin Kyffin

Benjamin Kyffin


Postgraduate Research Student

Academic and research departments

Department of Chemistry.

My publications

Publications

Foroutan F., Kyffin Benjamin, Abrahams L., Knowles J.C, Sogne E., Falqui Andrea, Carta Daniela (2020) Mesoporous strontium-doped phosphate-based sol-gel glasses for biomedical applications,Frontiers in Chemistry Frontiers Media
Mesoporous phosphate-based glasses have great potential as biomedical materials being able to simultaneously induce tissue regeneration and controlled release of therapeutic molecules. In the present study, a series of mesoporous phosphate-based glasses in the P2O5-CaO-Na2O system doped with 1, 3, and 5 mol % of Sr2+ were prepared using the sol-gel method combined with supramolecular templating. A sample without strontium addition was prepared for comparison. The non-ionic triblock copolymer EO20PO70EO20 (P123) was used as a templating agent. SEM images revealed that all synthesized glasses have an extended porous structure. This was confirmed by N2 adsorption-desorption analysis at 77 K that shows a porosity typical of mesoporous materials. 31P magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (31P MAS-NMR) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies have shown that the glasses are mainly formed by Q1 and Q2 phosphate groups. Degradation of the glasses in deionized water assessed over a 7-day period shows that phosphate, Ca2+, Na+ and Sr2+ ions can be released in a controlled matter over time. In particular, a direct correlation between strontium content and degradation rate was observed. This study shows that Sr-doped mesoporous phosphate-based glasses have great potential in bone tissue regeneration as materials for controlled delivery of therapeutic ions.
Foroutan Farzad, McGuire Jamie, Gupta Priyanka, Nikolaou Athanasios, Kyffin Benjamin, Kelly Nicole L., Hanna John V., Gutierrez-Merino Jorge, Knowles Jonathan C., Baek Song-Yi, Velliou Eirini, Carta Daniela (2019) Antibacterial Copper-Doped Calcium Phosphate Glasses for Bone Tissue Regeneration,ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering American Chemical Society
Calcium phosphate glasses are a promising new generation of biomaterials that can simultaneously induce tissue regeneration and controlled release of therapeutic molecules. In this work, novel calcium phosphate glasses containing 0, 2, 4, and 6 mol % Cu2+ were synthesized via room temperature precipitation reaction in aqueous solution. The effect of Cu2+ addition on the glass properties and structure was investigated using thermal analysis, 31P solidstate MAS NMR, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. All glasses crystallize at temperature >500 °C and are mainly formed by Q1 groups. The release of P, Ca, and Cu in solution over time was monitored via inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy. It was found that with increasing Cu content, the amount of P and Ca released decreases whereas the amount of Cu released increases. The effect of Cu2+ release on the antibacterial activity against S. aureus, a bacterial strain commonly found in postsurgery infections, has been investigated. The addition of copper has been shown to infer the glasses antibacterial properties. As expected, the antibacterial activity of the glasses increases with increasing Cu2+ content. Cytocompatibility was assessed by seeding human osteoblast-like osteosarcoma cells Saos-2 (HTB85) on the glass particles. A significant increase in cell number was observed in all the glasses investigated. The copper-doped calcium phosphate glasses have proven to be multifunctional, as they combine bone regenerative properties with antibacterial activity. Therefore, they have great potential as antibacterial bioresorbable materials for hard tissue
regeneration.
Kyffin Benjamin A., Foroutan Farzad, Raja Farah N. S., Martin Richard A., Pickup David M., Taylor Spencer E., Carta Daniela (2019) Antibacterial silver-doped phosphate-based glasses prepared by coacervation,Journal of Materials Chemistry B Royal Society of Chemistry
Phosphate-based glasses are materials of great interest for the regeneration and repair of damaged hard
or soft tissues. They have the desirable property of slowly dissolving in the physiological environment,
eventually being totally replaced by regenerated tissue. Being bioresorbable, they can simultaneously
induce tissue regeneration and deliver therapeutic agents (e.g. antibacterial ions) in a controlled way.
In this work, we have synthesised a series of glasses in the P2O5?CaO?Na2O system doped with Ag2O
using the coacervation method. The addition of silver is known to provide the glass with antibacterial
properties due to the release of Ag+ ions into the body fluid. The coacervation method is a facile,
water-based technique which offers significant advantages over the conventional melt-quench route for
preparing phosphate-based glasses which requires melting of metal oxide powders at high temperatures
(1000?1200 °C). The properties of the initial colloidal polyphosphate systems (coacervates) as a function
of the Ag2O content were characterised using rheology and liquid state 31P NMR. The effect of Ag+
addition on the final dried glasses was investigated using thermal analysis, Raman spectroscopy and
X-ray diffraction. The antibacterial activity was assessed against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus),
a bacterial strain commonly found in post-surgery infections. A dose-dependent antimicrobial effect
was seen with an increasing silver content.
Carta Daniela, Foroutan Farzad, Kyffin Benjamin, Abrahams Issac, Corrias Anna, Gupta Priyanka, Velliou Eirini, Knowles Jonathan (2020) Mesoporous phosphate-based glasses prepared via sol-gel,ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering American Chemical Society