Associate Professor Dr. Ian Nettleship joined the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in 1992. Dr. Nettleship holds a PhD in Ceramics Science and Engineering from University of Leeds, UK, and received a BSc in Materials Science and Engineering from the same university. Prior to arriving at Pitt he carried out postdoctoral research in the Department of Engineering Materials of the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1988-1989 and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1989-1992. Prior to those appointments, Dr. Nettleship was a Teaching Fellow in the Ceramics Department at University of Leeds from 1987 until 1988.
Dr. Nettleship’s research interests include ceramics processing and the structure-properties of ceramic materials. More recently, he has established a unique Porous Materials Laboratory focused on the structure-property relationships of porous materials tailored for biomedical and environmental applications. Over the last few years a strong collaboration with Jorg Gerlach, MD, PhD, has resulted in a new generation of porous ceramic scaffolds that are being tested for application as bioreactor cores. The 2006 “nugget” on his related NSF grant will be featured by the Ceramics Program of the Division of Materials Research. Additionally, the collaboration has resulted in a NSF project on the incorporation of a vascular system into ceramic bioreactor cores for culturing liver tissue and a NIH R01 research program on neovascularization in bioreactor materials.
In addition to his laboratory work, Dr. Nettleship serves as the Program Director for the Materials Science and Engineering Undergraduate Program. He is also the Chair of the Humanitarian Engineering Certificate Program and the Faculty Advisor for the Pitt Chapter of Engineers without Borders USA. The Chapter has engaged in two international projects. The first involved the building of a fish farm in Mali, West Africa, which is now complete. The second involves improving the quality of drinking water for a community in the state of Para in Brazil.
As a result of his research interests, the findings of Dr. Nettleship’s work are available in over 50 publications. He is a member of the American Ceramics Society.
View a list of Dr. Nettleship’s publications here.