Bob Stevens is Professor of SMART Materials and Devices at Nottingham Trent University. His research centres on the development of innovative material based approaches to the design and manufacture of devices to improve clinical outcomes for patients. Electrospinning is proving to be a particularly fruitful avenue with applications developing novel in vtiro diagnostics not only for Point of Care diagnosis but in the rapid screening of potential therapeutic agents.

Opportunity favours the prepared mind and through a deep understanding of how a broad breadth of different technologies can be interlinked, new exciting ‘make a difference’ solutions arise.

Professor Bob Stevens

Current Research Areas & Activities

Connected digital manufacture of Medical Devices

Flexible light emitting optoelectronic devices

Electrospun nanofibre tissue scaffolds leading to cellular therapies for: Spinal Cord repair; Age related Macular Degeneration; Low cost, disposable point of care diagnostics.

Specialises in

Electrospinning of natural and synthetic polymers for applications in Life Science and Healthcare.

Point of Care and Self Diagnostic devices for early detection of disease.

Manufacturing of chronic in vitro 3D tissue models

Nano-electrospray of nanomaterials and biomolecules

Offset and Lithographic Printing for low cost production of flexible hybrid electronics and optoelectronics.

Interfacing printed flexible and stretchable electrodes with manufactured human tissue.

Manufacturing techniques and processes to produce high quality human tissue suitable for cell based medical implants

Selected Publications

Directionality And Bipolarity Of Olfactory Ensheathing Cells On Electrospun Nanofibres, Kueh JL, Raisman G, Stevens R, Nanomedicine, 2012, 2 (8), 1211-1224

Comparison Of Bulbar And Mucosal Olfactory Ensheathing Cells Using Facs And Simultaneous Antigenic Bivariate Cell Cycle Analysis. Stevens B et al, GLI, 2011, 59 (11), 1658-1671

Nanofiber fabrication in a temperature and humidity controlled environment for improved fibre consistency. Hardick O, Stevens R, Bracewell DG, Journal of Materials Science, 2011, 46 (11), 3890-3898

A planar refractive x-ray lens made of nano-crystalline diamond. Alianelli L, Sawhney KJS, Malik A, Fox OJL, May PW, Stevens R, Loader IM, Wilson MC, Journal of Applied Physics, 2010, 108, 123107